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 Alice Schertle, illustrated by Ted Rand
Create a memory book along the same lines as Keepers. Have children chose an object (or more than one) that has special meaning to them and then write a story or poem about it. Use photographs or personal drawings of the objects to illustrate the stories or poems. Combine stories to create a class book.
This is also a great journalling or writers notebook activity. Encourage children to write several stories or poems and put them together to create their own book of "keepers." Create a classroom or library display of the books created by different children.
Note: Invite, rather than force, children to share their stories/poems when approaching this as a journaling activity. All children should be encouraged, but not all will want to share their personal journal efforts with the class.
Make a connection
written and illustrated by Jim Arnosky
by written and illustrated by Denise Fleming
Bears in Autumn
The books have similar covers—bold fall colors surrounding the nose and front paws of what is apparently a large bear. Both are large format and visually appealing although use distinctly different illustrative styles. Each is an excellent resource to use with younger readers when discussing how woodland creatures get ready for winter. The bear in Time to Sleep starts a chain of winter preparations and conversations in the text give information about the hibernation of several animals and insects. Every Autumn Comes the Bear is simple narrative focused only on the yearly ritual of winter preparation followed by a bear.