PERFECT PICTURE BOOKS from Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog
Dear Parents, Teachers, Librarians, Writers, and Gift-Givers,
You’ve come to the perfect place 🙂
There are millions of great books out there, but sometimes it’s hard to find just the right one. How do you know if a book is worth lugging home from the library or, even more important, worth your hard-earned money?
Perhaps you need a book on a certain subject for your child, or to enhance a curriculum unit in your classroom or homeschool. Perhaps you’re looking for a gift and aren’t sure what would be appropriate.
Below you will find instructions for participating in Perfect Picture Book Fridays, links to browse Perfect Picture Books in different ways, as well as an alphabetical list of books by category and title with suitable ages in parentheses.
For your convenience, the list is presented first by theme/subject/category (alphabetically), then by title (alphabetically) so you can search for a particular book or see at a glance all the books that have been done. Please scroll to find the list you want. Some are older books and some are newer, but every single book is highly recommended. In addition, they all include resources for expanding their use at home and in the classroom!
Know a great book that’s not on the list that you would highly recommend? Join in Perfect Picture Book Fridays or send your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org and please let your friends know about this list 🙂
I’d also like to share a wonderful new resource for teachers created by Marcie Colleen –The Picture Book Month Teachers Guide which details how teachers can make use of picture books in all areas of their curricula.
BROWSE PERFECT PICTURE BOOKS
I’m working on creating a better system for accessing and navigating Perfect Picture Books.
To search for a particular author, title, publisher, date, or key word: with the google sheet open, click command+F on a Mac or control+F on a PC. A search box will appear in the top right of the page that says “Find in sheet”. Type the word or phrase you are looking for, and the sheet will highlight all matches in green. Scroll through to see all your results.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN PERFECT PICTURE BOOK FRIDAYS
If you blog and would like to join Perfect Picture Books, please follow the guidelines below, post your Perfect Picture Book on Friday, and add your link to that Friday’s link list. I will add it here.
(Please note that for the time being, Perfect Picture Books is limited to traditionally published Picture Books. Down the road, I hope to expand to e-books and possibly self-published books, as well as books for older readers, but for now, please submit traditionally published picture books.)
- Image of Book Cover – required (for pinning to Pinterest)
- Give us the book title, author/illustrator, publisher, year, fiction or non-fiction, and intended audience age
- Tell us the themes/topics of the book (e.g. sibling rivalry, or, fairy tales, or, ocean life.)
- Give us the opening sentence or page and a 1-2 sentence synopsis.
- Link to any available resources you know of to expand this book’s use at home or in the classroom (e.g. links to classroom guides, coloring pages or other activity sheets, or fun activities that can be done in conjunction with the book like a leaf collage or an egg carton caterpillar etc.) and/or list your own ideas.
- Link back to the Perfect Picture Books page of my blog.
Books used will be linked to your website and/or blog, and that link will remain active in the data base/archive along with the book.
If any of this is unclear, please feel free to view any of my Perfect Picture Book Friday posts for example.
You are welcome to do more than one post per Friday, but PLEASE DO NOT PUT MULTIPLE BOOKS ON ONE POST (it makes it very hard to link) Thank you 🙂
THE LIST! (ALPHABETICAL BY THEME/CATEGORY/SUBJECT)
Each of the links below will take you to the corresponding Pinterest Board which shows all the listed books in that theme/category/subject. (This project is underway and not even close to complete, so I thank you for your patience while I update!)
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