Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Picture Books & 3rd Graders....

Well hello there! If there are still any readers of our blog then, SURPRISE! I'm posting something! I know, you thought this day may never come again, but IT HAS! You see, I need the minds of the picture book community to help me answer a question...

It all started when I meeting with the teacher who's classroom I am taking over next year. (OH, that's right, I'm teaching kindergarten next year!! Small announcement, big deal! I CANNOT WAIT!!!)
Anyway, the other teacher is moving to 3rd grade and he wasn't gonna take his Pete the Cat border because he thought 3rd graders might be too old for Pete the Cat...?

So, then I go into this whole spiel about how no one is too old for Pete the Cat and picture books completely have a place in 3rd grade and just because other teachers aren't doing that in our school doesn't mean he should think 3rd graders are beyond it and lots of picture book content is to meaty and wordy for younger kids anyway and....and...and, you get the drift. Poor guy, I'm sure I scared the wits out of him.

So, after the rant ended, he commented that maybe he's just out of touch a bit since he's been in kindy. Which got me to thinking, maybe I'm out of touch too.

Am I? 


Did I steer him off course?


Are kids gonna laugh in his face when he pulls out a picture book in 3rd grade?


Personally, and maybe it's because I suffer from picture book delirium, I think what I said is true. Picture books do have a place in 3rd grade. Off the top of my head...

               
                     

I mean most of Chris Van Allsburg's stuff would work. Also, how about Patricia Polacco? And then think about tall tales, legends, and (hello!) all sorts of fairy tales and fractured fairy tales!! Plus, what about all the complete awesomeness that is picture book non-fiction?? That cannot be over just because kids are headed toward double digits...can it?

Have I gone mad, or do you agree with me? Please let me know so I can either (a) apologize to my colleague or (b) hook him up with a fantastic book list for next year!

Thanks,
Whitney

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