Bluebird by Bob Staake

Recommended Grades: 3-5

A lonely boy meets a special friend in this wordless picture book. A beautiful story of how the friendship is tested.

The Common Core State Standards have placed a lot of emphasis on close reading. Here is a way to teach students how to “read closely” using pictures as a scaffold.

Lesson Idea:

Close Reading/Making Inferences: Share Bluebird with students. Provide students with sections of the story to “read.” What do they notice? Ask them to make inferences about the section they have. Ask students how words and pictures work together to help us understand what we read. Would words help them understand what is going on in the pictures? How?

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5 thoughts on “Bluebird by Bob Staake

  1. atelierstorytime July 8, 2013 / 12:58 PM

    It seems a great book! Using wordless books is a great way to teach children to think and use their words to tell or rewrite a story. I use them even to teach languages to children : they are a great resource! I will try this one and let you know how it worked. I have a website ( where I review books for teaching languages and put some reading online too.
    Thank you for sharing your books. I have been following you for a while!

    • Links to Literacy July 14, 2013 / 12:19 PM

      Thanks, Michela. Your site sounds like a great resource. I will check it out!

  2. Tina July 10, 2013 / 10:23 PM

    I’ve not seen this book before. I’ll look forward to it!
    I am starting a new link-up party this week for all things book and reading related on my blog, Mommynificent. I’d love to have you join us with this post and any others you’d like to share. Hope to see you at Booknificent Thursday this week and every week!
    Tina @ Mommynificent

    • Links to Literacy July 14, 2013 / 12:14 PM

      Hi Tina,

      I missed this past Thursday, but I’ll shoot for next Thursday. Love the story of your “Nificent” family! 🙂

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