Picture Books for Writers

 PICTURE BOOKS FOR TEACHING WRITING

PLOT
Apt. 3. Ezra Jack Keats
A Fine, Fine School. Sharon Creech.
The Firekeeper’s Son. Linda Sue Park.
Gleam and Glow. Eve Bunting.
The Hockey Sweater. Roch Carrier.
My Freedom Trip: a Child’s Escape from North Korea. Frances Park.
My Name is Yoon. Helen Recorvits.
The Summer My Father was Ten. Pat Brisson.
That’s Hockey. Paul Bouchard.
The Three Questions. Jon Muth.
Under a Prairie Sky. Anne Laurel Carter.

CHARACTERIZATION
Miss Rumphius. Barbara Cooney.
An Extraordinary Egg. Leo Lionni.
The Firekeeper’s Son. Linda Sue Park.
Grandfather’s Journey. Allen Say.
Roses Sing on New Snow. Paul Yee.
Ruby’s Wish. Shirin Yim Bridges.
The Summer My Father was Ten. Pat Brisson.
Tales of a Gambling Grandma. Dayal Kaur Khalsa.
The Three Questions. Jon Muth.
Under a Prairie Sky. Anne Laurel Carter.

SETTING
All the Places to Love. Patricia MacLachlan.
Come On, Rain. Karen Hesse.
Rose Blanche. Roberto Innocenti.
The Summer My Father was Ten. Pat Brisson.
Tsunami! Kimiko Kajikawa.
Under a Prairie Sky. Anne Laurel Carter.
When I was Young in the Mountains. Cynthia Rylant.

MOOD
All the Places to Love. Patrica MacLachlan.
Come On, Rain. Karen Hesse.
Glory. Nancy White Carlstrom.
Grandfather’s Journey. Allen Say.
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More. Karen Beaumont.
In November. Cynthia Rylant.
Once Upon a Memory. Nina Laden.
Rose Blanche. Roberto Innocenti.
Timmerman Was Here. Colleen Sydor.
When I was Young in the Mountains. Cynthia Rylant.

THEME
The Dot. Peter H. Reynolds.
A Fine, Fine School. Sharon Creech.
Fish is Fish. Leo Lionni.
Gleam and Glow. Eve Bunting.
Glory. Nancy White Carlstrom.
Ish. Peter H. Reynolds.
My People. Langston Hughes. (Photos by Charles R. Smith)
Knots on a Counting Rope. Bill Martin, Jr.
Roses Sing on New Snow. Paul Yee.
Ruby’s Wish. Shirin Yim Bridges.
Some Dogs Do. Jez Alborough.
Stars. Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee.
The Stars will Still Shine. Cynthia Rylant.
The Three Questions. Jon Muth.
You Were Loved Before You Were Born. Eve Bunting.

STYLE

Listen to Our World

Martin Jr., Bill and Michael Sampson. Listen to Our World. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016.

“Youngsters awaken in the morning with the belief that they are the greatest little ones in the world, whether they are children in their mothers’ arms, eagles soaring above mountains, whales swimming in the ocean, or other animals in their domains.” – CIP. Illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Melissa Sweet. A wonderful read-aloud for teaching the use of powerful language!

1. Parallel Structure:
All the Places to Love. Patricia MacLachlan.
Apt. 3. Ezra Jack Keats.
Bear’s Picture. Daniel Pinkwater.
Grandfather’s Journey. Allen Say.
If You Find a Rock. Peggy Christian.
Imagine a Day. Sarah L. Thomson.
In November. Cynthia Rylant.
Mister Seahorse. Eric Carle.
Once Upon a Memory. Nina Laden.
The Stars Will Still Shine. Cynthia Rylant.
The Three Questions. Jon Muth.
When I was Young in the Mountains. Cynthia Rylant.

2. Sensory Details:
All the Places to Love. Patrica MacLachlan.
Come On, Rain. Karen Hesse.
Glory. Nancy White Carlstrom.
If You Find a Rock. Peggy Christian.
In November. Cynthia Rylant.
Tales of Gambling Grandma. Dayal Kaur Khalsa.
When I was Young in the Mountains. Cynthia Rylant.

3. Strong Verbs:
Cinderella. Barbara McClintock.
The Firekeeper’s Son. Linda Sue Park.
Glory. Nancy White Carlstrom.
Ish. Peter H. Reynolds.
Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix.  Gary Golio.
Jonah’s Whale. Eileen Spinelli.
That’s Hockey. Dave Bouchard.

4. Alliteration:
The Firekeeper’s Son. Linda Sue Park.

Two Little Birds

Two Little Birds.  Mary Newell. DePalma (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2014).

5. Similes and Metaphors:
Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix.  Gary Golio.
My Garden. Kevin Henkes.
Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum. Robert Andrew Parker.

6. Rhythm:
All the Places to Love. Patricia MacLachlan.
Frog Girl. Paul Owen Lewis.
The Ghost-Eye Tree. Bill Martin, Jr.
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More. Karen Beaumont.
Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein. Don Brown.
One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin. Kathryn Lasky
Stars will Still Shine. Cynthia Rylant.
Zen Shorts. Jon Muth.

7. Rhyme:
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain. Verna Aadema.
The Cat in the Hat. Dr. Seuss.
Chicken Soup with Rice. Maurice Sendak.
A House is a House for Me. Mary Ann Hoberman.
Jazz. Walter Dean Myers.
Oh the Places You’ll Go! Dr. Seuss.
Some Dogs Do. Jez Alborough.

8. Conversation in stories:
Apt. 3. Ezra Jack Keats.
Come On, Rain. Karen Hesse.
A Fine, Fine School. Cynthia Rylant.
The Ghost-Eye Tree. Bill Martin, Jr.
Knots on a Counting Rope. Bill Martin, Jr.
Mister Seahorse. Eric Carle.
Ruby’s Wish. Shirin Yim Bridges.

9. Onomatopoeia:

The Rain Train. Elena de Roo. (Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2010).

The Rain Train

Wild Berries = Pikaci-Minisa. Julie Flett. (Vancouver: Simply Read Books, 2013).

Wild Berries

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