Author Day for Room 3T by Robin Pulver

Recommended Grades: 2-5

Mr. Topple’s 3rd grade class prepares for an author visit from Harry Bookman with a surprising outcome!

Lesson Idea:


Reader’s Workshop: Read aloud Author Day for Room 3T and plan your own author visit.  Have students read books by one author and learn as much about that author as they can.  Then if you are able, invite that author to your class or school to talk to the students.  If you are unable to secure an author visit, consider having a Skype visit with an author.  Many children’s authors offer free Skype visits.  An author visit is a great way to connect literature with students.

©2011 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.

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Wonderful Words: Poems About Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins

August:  Getting Started with Writer’s and Reader’s Workshop

As we round the corner of summer and start our preparations for “back to school” in the U.S., this month I’ll share picture books that can be used as you plan for your writer’s and/or reader’s workshop.

Recommended Grades: 2-5


Wonderful Words: Poems About Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening is a collection of poetry about reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  It’s a celebration of words that influence our lives.      

Lesson idea: 

Reader’s Workshop: Use this book to begin your Reading Workshop at the beginning of the year to get to know your students as readers.  Read aloud one or more of the poems in this collection and discuss how reading and words influence our lives.  Then have students write their own poems related to reading or writing.

©2011 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.

The Wonderful Book by Leonid Gore

August:  Getting Started with Writer’s and Reader’s Workshop

As we round the corner of summer and start our preparations for “back to school” in the U.S., this month I’ll share picture books that can be used as you plan for your writer’s and/or reader’s workshop.

Recommended Grades: 2-4


 A rabbit finds this wonderful thing and thinks it will make a great house.  A bear comes along and says it will make a great hat.  What is it?  A little boy comes along and knows exactly what it is (a book) and shares it with his new forest friends. 

Lesson idea: 

Reader’s Workshop: Read aloud The Wonderful Book as you introduce your reader’s workshop and discuss all the ways a reader might find a book (or text in general) useful.  Create a class list of reasons we read or habits of readers.  Continue to add to the list throughout the year and refer to it as needed during reader’s workshop.

©2011 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.