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Using Picture books With Your Class

Teaching Literary Elements with Picture Books: Engaging Standards-Based Lessons and Strategies by Susan Van Zile and Mary Napoli, Call Number: 372.6 V285t
NOTE: This is actually pitched for younger students, but definitely could be used with higher level courses.

Caldecott Winners

Each year the American Library Association awards a prize for the best illustration of a picture book. Runner ups are called Honor Books.


Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 740.92 S837r 

Honor Books

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 813.6 E471d

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 813.6 W362f

Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 813.6 B874L

They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 813.6 W482t

Newbery Winners

Each year the American Library Association awards a prize for the best contribution to children’s literature, traditionally given to a book at a chapter book level. They also give prizes to runners up called Honor Books.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, Call Number: CL 813.6 B262g

Honor Books

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, Call Number: CL 813.6 B915f

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, Call Number: CL 813.6 G453i

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk, Call Number: PB WOL


Other Picture Books Added This Year

Charlotte the Scientist is Squished by Camille Andros, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 813.6 A576c

Cry, Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 813.6 B582c

Darwin and the True Story of the Dinosaurs by Luca Novelli, Call Number: CL 576.8

Day of the Dinosaurs: Step into a Spectacular Prehistoric World by Dr. Steve Brusatte and Daniel Chester, Call Number: 567.9 B912d

Earth-Friendly Living by Miriam Coleman, Call Number: CL 640 C692e

Elliott’s Guide to Dinosaurs by Elliott Seah, Call Number: CL 567.9 S438e

Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy by Richard Michelson, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 791.43 N713m

Giant Squid by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann, Call Number: 594 F597g

Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World by Reshma Saujani, Call Number: CL 005.102 S255g

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood, Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6 U561i

The Kid Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews, Call Number: CL 813.54A565k
NOTE: Iowans Norman Borlaug, Vice President Henry Wallace, and George Washington Carver are described in this book.

Marie Curie for Kids: Her Life and Scientific Discoveries with 21 Activities and Experiments, Call Numbers CL 540.92 C975o

My Family’s Beef Farm by Katie Othoff, Call Number: CL 813.6 O529mb

My Family’s Corn Farm by Katie Othoff, Call Number: CL 813.6 O529mc

A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Call Number: 813.6 P635p

Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, Call Number CL Easy Reading 599.36 B845p

Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant, Call Number: CL 686.2 U561s

Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness by Donna Janell Bowman, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 179.3 B787s

Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm by Karen Deans, Call Number: CL 781.65 D284s

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe, Call Number: 500 M968t

Tiny Stitiches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendolyn Hooks, Call Number CL Easy Reading 617.4 H784t

The Tree Lady by J. Joseph Hopkins, Call Number: 635.092

Tuesday Takes Me There: The Healing Journey of a Veteran and His Service Dog, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 362.4 M763t

Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey, Call Number: CL 599.809

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prevot, Call Number: 333.75 M111p

What a Waste! Where Does Garbage Go! by Claire Eamer, Call Number: CL 363.72 E121w

What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada, Call Number CL Easy Reading 813.6 Y192w

When the Slave Esperanca Garcia Wrote a Letter by Sonia Rosa, Call Number: CL 869.3 G216w

When the Sun Goes Dark by Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz, Call Number: CL 523.7 F812w

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