Wow! Two posts in two days! I can’t lie, I wrote them both and set the post dates. I’m not avoiding the work I *should* be doing or anything…
My favorite informational author of all time is Gail Gibbons! She has a book on just about everything and I think her books can be read at almost any elementary grade level. I am also loving how her style of illustration is evolving. With all of the digital viewing kids do, I think their idea of what images are interesting is changing and they just don’t gravitate towards the older books. Here are a few of my favorites:
(images from Amazon.com)
I cannot tell you how much I LOVE the work of Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long! There books are beautifully written and illustrated. The lend themselves to teaching so many things! I also love the description! The text is written on two different levels – one part is short and more descriptive, then there is additional detail in small writing on the page to give more information. My students are complete absorbed into listening to these books. Don’t forget to look inside the front and back covers for a surprise! I see a new one that I need to order!!!
I see these books are available on Kindle, which means they could be projected in the classroom – lots of new options with that!
The National Geographic Kids Books are fabulous! They have amazing photographs and sooo many text features. (They are perfect for teaching informational writing and text features, too!) They are super reasonable through Scholastic, but I have found them at the Dollar Tree, too!
I also love bringing in cookbooks, gardening books, newspapers, and magazines to share texts that may not really be thought of in the school.
What books do you like to use to teach author’s purpose”"?