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
Alligator Arrived with Apples
written by Crescent Dragonwagon, illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey
Prepare a set of fifty-two 4x6 index cards by writing the names of the animal and food used for each letter of the alphabet in the story. You can add pictures from clipart of photos if you like and laminate them for longer use. Use the cards in different learning center activities.
Animal or vegetable?
Divide the deck into 4 sets - each comprised of a roughly equal number of animals and foods. You can use different colored cards or add a sticker/design on the back of the card so that sets can be easily sorted into groups. Have students sort each group of cards into two groups (animals and foods) and put the cards in each group in alphabetical order, laying the cards in rows on the floor or in a pocket chart.
For an added challenge, students can put all the cards in the set in alphabetical order (alligator before apple, etc.)
Make a connection
written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes
written and illustrated by Alastair Graham
Under a Full Moon
Kitten’s First Full Moon is a gentle little story of a kitten out exploring on his own for the first time under a full moon. The illustrations are simple and the lack of color emphasizes the night and the moonlight. It is a delightful bedtime book while Full Moon Soup is just the opposite, demanding active involvement in the frantic goings-on. It is a wordless book but each 2-page picture spread shows a cutaway of the Hotel Splendide and intricate details of the colorful chaos happening throughout.