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
Rain Drop Splash
written by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
Brainstorm different words that describe a body of flowing water: brook, stream, river, etc. that rain may travel on its way across the land. Discuss how each word means something similar to, but different than the others. For example, try putting the words in order based on the volume of flowing water.
Buiding word lists is an opportunity to talk about word choice and how an author can create clearer pictures of a story's setting by selecting one word over another. Encourage children to keep adding waterway words to their journals and to use them when writing.
Make a connection
written and illustrated by David A. Johnson
written and illustrated by Lita Judge
Words for Sounds
Onomatopoetia (on-oh-mah-tuh-pee-a) is forming words that, when spoken, sound like what they represent. In Snow Sounds a boy is listening to all the sounds in the environment around him; as heavy equipment is digging out after a heavy snowfall. Different color fonts and text devices are used to clearly represent each word's meaning: “snore”, “purr”, “Jingly-Clink-Vroom” ! There are very few words in Red Sled and they represent the sounds made by the animals as they fly down the hill on the sled; scrunch scrinch, gadung gadung gadung, fluoomp…..ft!