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
By the Light of the Halloween Moon
written by Caroline Stutson, illustrated by Keven Hawkes
The girl in the story meets a number of Halloween characters, some in atypical forms and clothing. The vocabulary describing the characters adds to their uniqueness. For example, the “ghastly drooling graveyard ghoul” is dressed in a patterned purple coat and tie and wears a bright green tophat.
With the group brainstorm a list of characters one might expect to see or hear about at Halloween. For more idea prompts you may want to read other picture books that contain both unique Halloween characters and interesting descriptive adjectives such as Fright Night Flight and The House that Drac Built.
After each student chooses a Halloween character to draw and color have each choose several adjectives for the picture’s label that add interest and depth to the portrait. Encourage the use of alliteration and rhyming. Remind students that they can use whatever colors and clothing they choose—they are not limited by the traditional evil blacks and ghostly grays. For example, a “villainous, vermin-infested vampire” might be wearing a silver brocade cloak covered by bugs of all colors.
Make a connection
written and illustrated by William Steig
written by Carol Chapman, illustrated by Steven Kellogg
The main character in each of these stories makes wishes with unexpected consequences. Six-year-old Barney Bipple wants to be eight but finds out that older is not really better for him. Sylvester makes a wish without carefully thinking through the repercussions and finds himself unable to return to his former self.