This section includes descriptions and links to recommended picture books that make excellent feature books in different themes or are special favorites that can extend and enrich the study of a particular subject.
Featured Book Activity
written and illustrated by David McLimans
Gone Wild illustrations create animal art from letters of the alphabet. Ask children to draw and color a picture with the letter at the beginning of their name as the foundation of the piece or an integral part of it. Encourage them to use upper or lower case, and to rotate or stretch the letter to accommodate the needs of the drawing - but it should still be recognizable. They may choose the starting letter of their given or family names and may decide to draw an animal, plant, inanimate object, or landscape depending on what their imagination tells them to do with the letter. The letter used should also be incorporated into the title of the piece.
Make a connection
written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco
written by Betty Ren Wright, illustrated by Ronald Himler
Patricia is disappointed because it seems her father has forgotten her birthday. Some Birthday! Billy is upset because The Blizzard will prevent his cousins from coming to visit and celebrating his birthday. Both Patricia and Billy become involved in activities, taking their minds off their "birthday blues", which eventually lead to exciting celebrations for each of them. Both books also feature glimpses of warm family relationships.