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NPBM Blog-Along: School

Did you know that November is Picture Book Month?

Trick question, because it never was before… but now it is!  Picture Book Month is an international initiative to celebrate children’s books and debunk the rumor that printed books will cease to exist because of new technology.  Go read more at founder Dianne de Las Casas’ website, and tune in for the blog posts by famous authors and illustrators.  There’s even a calendar with different themes for each day of November, so you can play along.

You know I can’t resist a good picture book, so this is right up my alley!  Instead of NaNoWriMo or any of the other 30-Day-Blog-Challenges, I’ve decided to take on Picture Book Month as my own personal blogging challenge–I will highlight one book a day that goes along with the theme for that day, in addition to my regular blogging.  Join me for Picture Book Month and share your favorite picture books!

November 18, 2011
Theme: School

Wilson and Miss Lovely: a Back-to-School Mystery, written and illustrated by John Stadler

My first year as a school librarian, another teacher friend gave me Born to Read (written by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Marc Brown) and it was absolutely perfect to read aloud on the first day of school.  For my second year, I had to come up with a book on my own.  That’s the thing about teaching the entire school–you can’t reuse the same lessons and books, because they’ve already seen it, although that was a fun kind of challenge in itself.  Anyway, for the younger grades I chose this book.  It’s fun and a little bit suspenseful–Wilson wakes up late and rushes to school, only to find it empty.  He braves through the day by himself, while lift-the-flaps reveal body parts of something big and scary coming his way.  Spoiler alert–the dragon is his teacher, Miss Lovely!  And it’s Saturday!  This worked for K and 1st grade, by 2nd grade they had already guessed the ending and were all wondering, “Why did he go to school on a Saturday?”  Cute story, great illustrations, fun ending.

What’s your favorite School picture book?

Tune in tomorrow for the next picture book, and check out Picture Book Month’s website too!

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