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Being inspired by a great picture book…

Today was spent immersing my students in the short fiction genre by reading picture books. Here are the texts my students read and enjoyed either by themselves or with a partner:

Beatrice’s Goat by Paige McBrier
Betty Doll by Patricia Polacco *
Duck and Goose by Tad Hills *
Imagine A Day by Sarah L. Thomsen
Both Knuffle Bunny Books by Mo Willems
Mia’s Story: A Sketchbook of Hopes and Dreams by Michael Foreman
No Dogs Allowed! by Sonia Manzano
Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco *
Satchel Paige: Don’t Look Back by David A. Adler *
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

As for me, I read Jamaica’s Find by Juanita Havill to the class during Read Aloud today since I think it’s an easy to follow story that will be similar to the kind of writing I hope my students will do this month. Tomorrow I plan on reading Mutt Dog by Stephen Michael King to the kids.

* = Not necessarily a book I want my students to adopt as a mentor, but I wanted them to decide what they wanted to read today since inspiration comes from many places.

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

2 thoughts on “Being inspired by a great picture book… Leave a comment

  1. I love letting them read and get inspiration as well. I remember conducting first grade writing workshop and having kids tell me, “I love the way this author said_____!” It used to give me GOOSEBUMPS!

    🙂 Susan


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