If you love picture books as much as I do then you are going to love the month of November. Picture Book Month is an International Literacy Initiative that celebrates picture books during the month of November.
My posts for the month of November will be designed to share some of my favorite picture books to encourage teachers and their students to explore at least one picture book each day. Each book will have significance to that day. I will add a writing prompt for each book to encourage students to practice their writing skills.
In prior posts I have shared how picture books help develop early literacy skills https://karennespoli.com/early-literacy-skills-and-picture-books/ and several reasons to use picture books in upper elementary and middle grades https://karennespoli.com/7-reasons-to-use-picture-books/ Those posts were setting the stage for Picture Book Month.
Even More Reasons to Love Picture Books
Picture books can be good for a laugh – I am not talking about knock knock joke books, but stories that are silly and make children laugh out loud.
Stories are short and easy to follow – Picture books may be shorter, but the illustrations often help children to better understand the story.
Great conversation starters – Children relate to the childhood themes in picture books and can share similar experiences with their classmates.
Picture books can teach us things – Picture books teach children lessons without hitting them over the head with their message. Picture books also help to build background knowledge for a topic of study.
Children of all ages love them!
Picture Books for the Week of November 1st
Here are some suggestions for each day this week.
November 1st – National Authors Day!
The Best Story by Eileen Spinelli
November 2nd – Election Day
Lillians Right to Vote by Jonah Winter
November 3rd – National Sandwich Day
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
November 4th – Diwali
Let’s Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali by Ajanta Chakraborty and Vivek Kumar
November 5th – National Redheads Day
Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore
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Challenge – Your challenge for this week is to celebrate the first week of Picture Book Month with one of these books or perhaps your favorite picture book. Encourage your students to share their favorites and create a list of favorite picture books to share with parents or other classes.
Be sure to let me know below if you have any favorite picture books that we can share with children. Check back next Friday for my list of picture books and writing prompts for week two!
Have a great week!