Here I Am by Patti Kim

Recommended Grades:3-5

A beautiful tale of one childs journey to establish a new life in a new country, based loosely on the authors own experiences.  The story unfolds entirely through illustrations, wordlessly capturing a young boys poignant struggle to say goodbye to one home and acclimate to an unfamiliar, new one. 

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Using Pictures to Read Closely: Read aloud Here I Am and discuss how the illustrator created pictures that draw the reader in.  Since this is a wordless picture book, how does the author/illustrator convey feelings through pictures?  Explicitly teach students how to use pictures/illustrations to help them gain meaning from a text.  How does the author use color and symbols to convey meaning?  Would adding words to the story change the meaning of the story?  Here I Am is a great mentor text to scaffold close reading strategies for students.  Pair it with other wordless picture books, Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle and Bluebird by Bob Staake when scaffolding close reading with students.

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Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address with designs by James Daugherty

Publisher: Albert Whitman and Company

Publication Date: February 1, 2013

Recommended Grades: 5-8

This is an interesting pictorial depiction of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address by James Daugherty. 

Lesson Idea:


Close Reading: Use Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in a study of speeches.  Pair it with I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with paintings by Kadir Nelson.  Use both books as scaffolds of close reading.  Students can use the pictures to find clues to analyze and gain a deeper understanding of the text. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address actually discusses each picture spread in the back of the book shedding more light on the clues found in the pictures.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review.

©2013 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.Publisher: Albert Whitman and Company

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 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? What emotions do the characters show? How do you know?

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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?

©2013 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.