I’ve added a new page to my blog – the tab is at the top and is titled Books for Saturday’s Child.
Saturday’s child has to work for a living….
so the best thing I can do for my classroom of Saturday’s children is provide a foundation in literacy, hence this new page about my book choices. (I wrote a bit more about this project here.)
My first criteria for choosing a book is that the pictures tell the story – I will teach my students to pay attention to pictures in books but I need the pictures to be worth paying attention to!
My second criteria is that the book tell a compelling story. It helps if the author has created one for me, but I’m not above using pictures to tell the story I read in them.
That’s it. But it is way harder than you might think!
Here’s my test: I pick up a book and look at it without reading it at all. If the pictures interest me and I can guess at the story, then I give it a deeper look-see. If the story is one I can imagine my young children relating to and the language of the story is rich, I know I’ve struck gold.
Try it yourself – let me know what you find. Meanwhile, I’ll share a few of my finds.