Today is the start of Picture Book Month. As you probably can guess by my frequent book reviews, reading updates, and blog posts, I am a huge fan of picture books. I will most definitely be celebrating Picture Book Month. Yay! Having the realization that Picture Book Month protocol may not be clear and we may need guidance for how to celebrate, I’ve come up with ten ideas to celebrate Picture Month Book in your classroom, in your home, on your own, or with others.
1. Read lots of picture books. Make a goal of reading at least one picture book a day or one new picture book each week.
2. Visit your local libraries. Pull picture books off the shelf and discover new authors and illustrators! Ask the librarian for assistance in find the right book for your and your child/students.
3. Find your favorite picture books from when you were a child. My husband recently found his two favorite childhood picture books online. Thanks to the selling power of Amazon, he found Disney Classic Button Soup. It was such a pleasure to see Nana reading Button Soup to our Lil Guy. (The Big Guy was listening too!)
4. Visit book blogs that are celebrating Picture Book Month. There are so many amazing book blogs out there that may cater to your picture book tastes. You can easily blog hop from one book blog to another just by checking for ‘blogs I follow’ links.
5. Check out past Caldecott winners. The Caldecott medal is given to picture books by a committee that recognizes excellence in story and illustrations. Click HERE for the official Caldecott website with a lits of previous winners and honor books.
6. Stock up on picture books as gifts for birthdays, holidays, or give them as children (or adults) just because. I love giving (and receiving) books as gifts. Work a book into a themed gift! (Give sporting goods plus a book about a favorite character playing sports.)
7. Visit a local book store. Book stores are one of my true vices. I love seeing the full book shelves and new books ready to be discovered. I also love used book stores where I can grab a stack of picture books from the clearance section for a steal. Try local indie book stores for unique local reads!
8. Participate in PiBoIdMo. Picture Book Idea Month was started by Tara at Writing For Kids. You can sign up on her blog. The idea is simple. Get your ideas for picture books out of your head and into notebooks, onto paper, write, sketch, and get organized. If you are the writing type, check out herideas along with the other participants HERE.
9. Reread your favorite picture books. Grab those favorites off the shelves. Enjoy them or look at them critically for a new perspective. Use fun voices for the characters or read a book in the dark with only a flashlight. (Kids love that!) Try reading book for younger students to an older audience and see their reaction!
10. Join a reading community. Connect with other readers of picture books online at GoodReads or on twitter. Check for your favorite author or illustrator’s website. Go to story time with your children or encourage older students to share non-fiction picture books in the classroom. (It’s worth it, I promise!)
Overall, have fun and enjoy picture books.
Have a great Picture Book Month and for more information,
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