Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Recommended Grades: 3-5 A tentative partnership blooms into an unlikely friendship between a girl and a flamingo in this wordless picture book. Lesson Idea: Close Reading/Making Inferences: Share Flora and the Flamingo with students. Provide students with sections of the story…

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…

August 10 for 10: A Picture Book Event

Cathy at Reflect and Refine and Mandy at Enjoy and Embrace Learning began this special event in 2010, after having a discussion stemming from this question:  If you were stranded on an island and had to teach, what 10 picture…

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

Recommended Grades: 2-6 In the introduction, we learn that Chris Van Allsburg saw the drawings in this book at the home of Peter Wenders.  Wenders once worked for a children’s book publisher.  Thirty years ago, a man called Mr. Wender’s…