Monday, March 24, 2014

Picture Books Not Just for My "Littles"

In case you didn't know I love books! Small ones, big ones, funny ones, scary ones, true ones, and fantasy.  History is my passion though.

At times I pair favorite pictures books with primary sources (historic photographs and historic newspapers.  My older kids come to the library once a week for an hour, this includes check out time.  It is always fun to read a story and then show them an actual newspaper clipping about it.  I often hear "Is that real?"

I love the Picture Book format because I can read one during class and the next week we can examine the primary source.  There are so many wonderful writers.  I believe that Picture Books are not just for my "littles".

Here are a few of my favorites.

When Marian Sang:  the True Recital of Marian Anderson 

Marian Anderson: Realizing History Through Song

"Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" - recording  Marian at Lincoln Memorial

Papa's Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming

Interview with the Candace Fleming

Philip Lodner

Marching With Aunt Susan by Stacey Schuett

Sept 26, 1914 Montana Suffrage Parade

The Wonder Horse by Emily Arnold Cully.*
(*Check the author's note for other primary sources)


  1. Thank you...this post is helping me with my mentor text planning. How did I miss Wonder Horse? xo

  2. StorykeeperferrisMarch 24, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    It's a great read. Have you used Chronicling America to find newspaper articles?

  3. Great resources! Thanks for sharing! And you're right, picture books aren't just for little kids...:)

  4. Thanks for giving me great ideas to make picture books come even more alive by using primary sources along side then. Your specific sharing will be making stronger readers in my VA classroom!! :)

  5. I use to have my sixth grade students take a picture book and write a story based on what they saw in the book. Taking these stories to a first grade classroom to share always excited my students.

  6. So many picture books can spark interest in the events of history now. Thanks for some great titles.

  7. Thanks for sharing the titles and other resources. I agree that picture books are appropriate for all ages.

  8. Great books! Isn't it wonderful that we have these to teach history with?

  9. StorykeeperferrisMarch 24, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    I am delighted that more are being written all the time.

  10. Just a great list, Ruth. I know all but the Wonder Horse one. I actually did a lesson like this with a small group reading lesson using the Marian Anderson book. She is so inspiring, & to read the book, then listen to her sing was amazing. Here's a title to look for that I reviewed recently: Blackie, The Horse That Stood Still - written by Christopher Cerf and illustrated by Paige Peterson Thanks for your list.


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