The list author says: "Today picture books are not just for little kids, nor are they all simple tales. Picture books run the gamut from early easy readers, to sophisticated and complex adult themed reflections. Keeping this in mind, this list is a start towards identifying picture books that can augment a teacher's lesson plans.
Part 2: Stories about or written from the perspective of man's best friend, the dog."
"Excellent Teacher Read Aloud Themes: friendship, loyalty, sharing, perspective, differences Content areas: calendar, seasons, habitat, change, life cycle, expression/mood through art Beautifully portrayed story of an unexpected friendship between a city dog and a country frog, who share through the seasons, their own special way of having fun."
"Positive Attitude Themes: community, extended family Content areas: elementary K-3, Writing- 1st person, imagination, end punctuation, ArtÂ visual expression, Guidance- positive attitude, special talents, respect Fun family trip to the beach story, where everyone has a special talent and makes the best of difficulties that arise."
"Themes: friendship, respect. Language: rhyme, alliteration, repeated phrases, point of view. Trixie Koontz loves life, & wants her readers to as well (even if they arenÂt a dog). Written from a dogÂs perspective, Trixie lays out her reasoning for why there are cats, cows, sheep & others in the world. Importantly, Trixie reminds us to dream big & be the best at whoever you are."
"This story comprised of 29 poems written from a dog's point of view is simple joyous fun. All dog lovers will relate to these insightful missives. Bountiful source for language arts instruction, such as rhyme scheme, descriptive language, point of view, and journaling or news writing."
"A delightful story about Katie a happy-go-lucky terrier whose best loving intentions are totally misunderstood.This simple tale with itÂs fanciful watercolor and ink illustrations is sure to please. Great for lessons in summarization, prediction, and unintended consequences."
"Great read aloud for practicing and teaching prediction, what-if-questions, alternate endings, calendar and respect lessons. The bright and expressive illustrations show the action and mood of the tale to perfection. Those who've gone through raising a puppy will make laugh out loud connections throughout."
"Excellent read aloud (preschool - 2nd grade). Using humor, bright colorful illustrations, and simple childlike prose, the stories of Dog and Bear come to life. Great for young children who will love to hear repeated readings; and excellent for teaching beginning writers how to visualize and execute short stories with a simple beginning-middle-end sequence. Themes: friendship, cooperation."
"Great K-2 read aloud (despite the washed out illustrations). Students won't stop laughing as they make endless connections to their own attempts at dealing with puppies large and small. Lessons: irony, patience, recognition that the glass isnÂt always half empty, and a bad thing can often turn out to be a very good thing."
"Starting with the ÂmarvelousÂ alphabet, through letter sounds, and lots of practice, Rocket does indeed learn to read. Great story to start the school year off (K-2) with, & reminds us all that good books are to be read over and over; and to become a good reader takes practice."
"A Nonfiction Lesson in Acceptance Themes: adoption, acceptance Content areas: Documentary journal writing, sequencing Perfect for elementary school students to explore journal writing and develop visual documentation and sequencing skills."
"Great story to guide young readers in making connections. From getting up in the morning, catching the school bus, learning math, art, music and taking recess, Bailey brings humor and good feelings to a young school kids day. Excellent illustrations provide lots of detail."
"What a fun book to read aloud. Writer Susan Stevens CrummelÂs word choice and cadence are a joy of sound and expression. Teaching moments abound through her use of alliteration, sound affects, creative type face, and color."