Great resource. Thank you for sharing! I do feel very strong about the use of picture books with Junior students though. I call them "Short stories with pictures", and explain that even for adults, the short story genre is very important. This text form often packs a huge emotional punch in 30 pages. They often have rich language beyond the ability of primary grades, and concepts that only older students can really fully grasp. For example, "Earth to Audrey" by Susan Hughes, any book by Chris Van Allsburg, books by James Herriot. Even Leo Lionni's fables have morals that are above many young children...often with the theme that you should believe in yourself, dare to be different, rather than preachy morals. This being said, I do have a student this year who is reading Mercer Mayer...which isn't appropriate for his age group. I'm giving him time to get see what he'll do next with some gentle encouragement, but... Anyway, don't mean to complain. You have wonderful ideas. Just don't discount short stories:)
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