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
My Name is Yoon
written by Helen Recorvits, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska
We each drew a small portrait of ourself and then drew our self again, this time in a thought balloon as something else we might want to be (as in Yoon's daydreams of birds, cats, and cupcakes).
We each drew a portrait of ourself doing something we liked at school and labeled it “My name is (name) and I like school.” Students could choose to write about what they were doing in the picture or tell why they liked school. Some also chose to write the name of their school. (My name is Patty and I like recess at Ryan Park School.)
More mature writers wrote anagram poems to accompany their portraits using the letters of their names as starting points. (I drew an angry face and said PAT--pretty awful temper!)
Make a connection
written by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by S.D. Schindler
written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco
. . . To the Honey!
The Bee Tree is a rambunctious, cumulative story of a wild chase of a bee through 19th century Michigan countryside in order to find some honey (and teach a lesson about perseverence). If You Should Hear a Honey Guide is a realistic presentation of another search for honey, this time initiated by a bird and traveling through a traditional African landscape.