A while back I posted about an article I read in the New York Times about parents pushing their children out of picture books sooner. Trying to make homework more engaging this year, I read part of the article to the children and then asked them to read a picture book for homework and whether or not they agreed or disagreed with the parent who was quoted as saying, “My kid doesn’t need books with pictures anymore,” and why or why not?
Well the children (at least in my class) have spoken, and they unanimously disagreed with that parent. Then in groups of three to four they shared what they learned from those picture books, why they could be challenging, and whether or not they enjoyed the story. I included picture books that were fiction, non-fiction, as well as a few wordless books as well. It was a great experiment and one where their conversations about books this morning was great to observe.
One of my colleagues had a birthday today, and as part of a little treat I left for her, included was a picture book: David Weisner’s new one – Art and Max. If you haven’t read it yet, do yourself a favor and take a peek. He may end up being the first person to win the Caldecott 4 times. We’ll just have to wait and see.