3 Picture Books for Course Content


Images Credit: http://www.amazon.com/Mysteries-Harris-Burdick-Chris-Allsburg/dp/0395353939 and http://www.amazon.com/The-Chronicles-Harris-Burdick-Introduction/dp/0547548109/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0VYAE2TGTF6ZAW7P7DB7

Category/Genre: Course Content/Fiction/Poetry-Picture Prose

Published: Originally 1984, and again in 2011

Awards: ALA Notable Children’s Book; Horn Book Fanfare Selection; Boston Globe – Horn Book Award; New York Times Best Illustrated Children; Booklist Editors Choice

Pages: 32

Themes: Writing Inspiration!

Rating: 5 Stars

Intended Age/Interest Range: PreK and Up

Originally created for children to compose their own stories about the odd and interesting pictures, the title become republished in 2011 with popular authors taking on the composition challenge inspired by the original illustrations.

Overall Literary Merit: VERY HIGH

Classroom Possibilities: This book screams to be used in the classroom! Students can compose using the original published works, then the newer publication could be introduced. There are tons of resources online for this book – This video offers a great place to start:  http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/harrisburdick/


Images Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crows_of_Pearblossom

Category/Genre: Course Content/Fiction

Published: Originally in 1967, then again in 2011

Awards: None that I could find, but there should be:)!

Pages: 40 (the 2011 published)

Themes: Handed-down Stories; Problem solving

Rating: 5 Stars

Intended Age/Interest Range: 1st grade and Up

Rattlesnake keeps stealing The Crows’ eggs, so Mr. Crow partners up with Old Man Owl to outsmart the snake. Comical and fun, Aldous Huxley wrote this story for his niece, Olivia, as a Christmas gift in 1944.

Overall Literary Merit: VERY HIGH

Classroom Possibilities: This title could used alongside A Brave New World study (showing the different ways Huxley could write!). Additionally, a comparison of the 1967 edition with the 2011 edition could trigger interesting class discussion. Here’s a link for more info regarding the 1967 publication: http://wetoowerechildren.blogspot.com/2011/06/aldous-huxley-crows-of-pearblossom.html


Image Credit: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6330332-in-our-mothers-house

Category/Genre: Course Content/Realistic Fiction

Published: 2009

Awards: ALA Rainbow Book List 2010; What’s New in Children’s Literature 2010 (Dr. Peggy Sharp)

Pages: 48

Themes: Family, Acceptance, Kindness

Rating: 5 Stars

Intended Age/Interest Range: 1st grade and Up

Told from the perspective of their oldest child, we learn about the ordinarily wonderful, love-filled lives of a family with two mothers. Unfortunately, the unique family does faces some un-acceptance. How they overcome it, with the help of self-confidence and love from others, is beautifully illustrated in a way readers can understand,empathize, and most importantly – understand.

Overall Literary Merit: HIGH

Classroom Possibilities: This could be used to discuss different family units; Or in a secondary classroom, this title could kick off a unit on the LGBT genre that is gaining traction in the publishing world despite some banning. Here are three other websites to get your gears grinding about this topic: http://www.tolerance.org/lesson/talking-about-our-families;  https://childrenslit-socialstudies.wikispaces.com/In+Our+Mothers’+House+Reinforcing+Activity;   http://bannedbooks.world.edu/2012/06/17/banned-books-awareness-in-our-mothers-house/


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