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
Counting is for the Birds
written and illustrated by Frank Mazzola, Jr.
Collect recordings of different bird songs. Have students listen to the different bird calls and associate them with the birds that made them. It may take some students several times listening to recognize tunes. Do periodic contests and offer prizes to students who can remember the calls. Take a walk in the woods in the spring and see how many birds students identify by their song.
Make a connection
written by Byrd Baylor, illustrated by Peter Parnall
written and illustrated by P. K. Hallinan
I'm Thankful . . .
While both books look at appreciating the blessings one has I'm Thankful Each Day is simple, colorful, and easier for younger children to understand. The Table Where Rich People Sit is more abstract, both in its approach and the illustrations. Together they can provide a stimulating starting point for discussion of needs and wants.