Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Summer Learning, Picture Books, and Building classroom Library FREEBIES!!!!

Emily and I are taking classes this week through the Summer Academy that our district has provided for us.  Although it does cut our summer a bit short, the resources and information we gain are definitely beneficial.

We were lucky enough to be in the same class where we had the opportunity to peruse a variety of picture books and discuss various ways they can be used for instruction.  I love when presenters give time for teachers to share out ideas.

As you probably noticed in the Picture Book Linky we participated in, Emily and I absolutely LOVE using picture books in our daily instruction.  So we want to share out some of the books discussed in our class today.
A great book to teach the purpose of  punctuation
and what happens if we didn't have it to use.
A book about a dog which is
written as Haikus
Great for connections and is SO appropriate
with our current weather conditions

A book of idioms and some history
behind them.

Also, the lady presenting (my friend Cheryl) shared a bunch of resources for building a classroom library.  They are book lists to go along with many different reading skills and she was oh so gracious enough to share them with us.  Some documents list books which go along with one specific skill while others have various skills combined into one file.  There is also a document which lists picture books to use across the content areas. :)  Click here to access these documents.  We hope you find them useful in building your libraries! :)

In the class I taught today over launching units for reading and writing, a few people asked me if I had recommendations for organizing libraries as well as keeping track of the books.  I gave some suggestions like grouping them by authors, genres, and/or topics.  In my amazing friend Tracy's library, every book has a card containing its information.  She takes a picture of each of her students sitting in a reading chair and attaches those pictures to pocket envelopes which are glued to poster board.  When a child checks out a book, he/she takes the card from the book and places it in his/her envelope.  I think that's a great way to keep track of books.

We would love to hear your amazing ideas.  What do you recommend for organizing and keeping track of books in your classroom libraries?  Also, we are always looking for picture books to use. So any ideas are always more than welcome!

Antoinette and EmilyK


  1. Thank you so much for sharing your documents on picture books and classroom libraries. These lists are amazing!

  2. I know. When we looking at the lists, we couldn't believe how many resources there were!
    The class had high school teachers too, They were also sharing how they even used the picture books mentioned above. Which was awesome to hear!


  3. Thank you for this extensive book list! I love using picture books to model strategies and engage students. Even the "big kids" (I have 4th gr) enjoy picture books and I've found that they are very effective in starting good discussions on important topics as well.

  4. Jen- I agree with you completely. I taught 4th and 5th for most of my career I consistently used picture books. The kids love hearing the stories and discussing their thinking. :)

  5. Wow, what amazing resources, thank you so much for sharing these with us!!!

    :) Nicole
    Tadpole Tidbits

  6. Can we donate some freebies?

  7. Ben,
    We would love a freebie donation!