Friday, May 3, 2019

Essential Picture Books for Teachers, Parents, and Learners

Picture books can be a great way to engage students in lessons connected to essential skills that all students need today and tomorrow.  


I use two picture books as part of my Environmental Science curriculum. I love the connections we make in class to The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. My high school seniors are also mesmerized when I pull out the book and read it to them.



I also have three picture books on display stands in my office to remind me that no matter how many times I fail there is always a reason to keep moving forward. These never fail to inspire me and I think they are a nice reminder for everyone who comes in that I value essentials skills even more than I value content or technology. 
If you've followed this blog or me, you know that I am always looking for new books to help grow as a learner and a teacher. I am always reading, organizing, and sharing recommended books for teachers on this site, but I've never thought about books that can be used with students. 

A few days I was inspired by several events I attended connected to digital citizenship to start exploring books for students connected to digital literacy and digital citizenship. I quickly discovered how many amazing books have been written that I've never had the chance to read. My initial focus on digital citizenship expanded a bit as I started organizing these books in a Padlet.


Padlet of Picture Books for Teachers and Learners

I think there are already more than 50 books organized in 15 different categories. 

I hope to find some time to visit our local library to read some of the books I discovered. I hope the librarians are ok with an adult man sitting in the children's section reading, otherwise, you might be reading about me in the local police reports. 

If you have a favorite that I've missed, please consider adding it to the comments below. 



Special thanks go to Al Davenport, Jennifer Zurawski & Keith Schroeder for being a big part of the inspiration for the creation of this resource.

7 comments:

  1. Mine is here: https://padlet.com/kschroed/60g7ab6vn3so

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    1. Thanks Keith! Your padlet was part of what inspired me to dive into this. Happy Friday!

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  2. Thanks Steve for always inspiring me to look at new ideas for my students. Can't wait to look at some of these for next year.

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  3. Hi, Steve! I like the picture books curated here on the #geniushour / #20time LiveBinder: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1x_IcZlCt1oUn72sb8mW_sG9JGLGK-lMZ3eRj-mLQoTQ/edit?usp=sharing
    Thank you for sharing all of these - the more, the better!

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  4. I love to start each year in writing workshop with The Best Story by Elieen Spinelli.

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