The Big Book of Picture-Book Authors & Illustrators by James Preller

June Theme: Professional Resources Related to Picture Books

With summer beginning for some teachers, and just around the corner for others, I thought I would take this month to post professional books that may be of use when using picture books in the classroom.

Recommended Grades: K-3

The Big Book of Picture-Book Authors & Illustrators is a great resource providing 75 short read-aloud biographies that introduce favorite authors and illustrators, such as Patricia Polacco, Eric Carle, and Faith Ringgold,  and help students learn about the writing process.  Each biography provides selected titles of the author’s books as well as a writing activity related to the author.  

Professional Resource Ideas: When conducting an author study in class, provide students with background information of the author by reading aloud the short biography.  Discuss how the author’s writing may be influenced by his/her real life.  Or have students attempt to emulate the writing of a favorite author by using their works as mentor texts.

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