Teachers often search for picture books on a particular topic and it is wonderful to be able to come to a blog and “nonstop shop” so to speak. In other words, find more than a few books on the same theme in one place.
Now that this blog is almost 18 months old, there are a few themes that reoccur – enough to make up a list of sorts (through a tag search) or an actual list exists under the Book Recommendations page. Favourite picture books make more than one list. Often I have included responses from my students if I have shared the books in class.
Books about Kindness – For a list, read here
Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones was one of our favoutite books that explored this theme.
Books about Courage – For a list, read here
A favourite book on this theme was Sheila Rae the Brave by Kevin Henkes
Books about Death and Bereavement – For a list, read here.
One of the most powerful books on this theme is The Scar written by Charlotte Moundlic and illustrated by Olivier Tallec.
Picture Books that Tackle the Big Issues – For a list, read here Books on this list have been hugely powerful in my primary classroom – many of them can also be found under Social Responsibility Books (here) with themes on the bully/bullied/bystander dynamic, friendship, sibling relationships, self-esteem, etc
Emily’s Art by Peter Catalanotto provoked huge discussion in my class last year. Themes of self esteem, judgement and the negative power of words.