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Unlock the Power of Picture Books

Sara Soucy | Picture Book Enthusiast | Elementary Teacher

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A podcast to help elementary teachers incorporate more picture books into their school day by using read alouds across the curriculum. Each week, I'll share picture book titles to guide you in your teaching. You'll find practical tips, innovative ideas, and a collection of handpicked picture books perfect for each subject. Get ready to inspire, educate and empower your students with the captivating world of picture books. Happy reading!
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An English tourist in a small, rural town in the South of France discovers an ancient manuscript with a strange illustration on the last page. A young orphan is sent to live with his elderly cousin, a secretive man who is obsessed with immortality. A picture that tells stories that change according to who is viewing it. These and other delicious, goose bump evoking tales are part of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by Montague R James. A master of his craft, MR James was an academic and adminis ...
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We all know that teaching students about wants and needs is super important. But guess what? Picture books make it way more fun and memorable! We're diving into wants vs needs picture books that can help us explain the difference. 🌟 WANTS VS. NEEDS VS. ROBOTS LESSON PLAN 📚 WANTS VS NEEDS PICTURE BOOKS: - Wants vs. Needs vs. Robots - Those Shoes - L…
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It's that time again - Mock Caldecott 2024! I'm sharing my predictions for which books might win the Caldecott award this year. I even have a freebie for you to host your own Mock Caldecott award ceremony in your classroom. 🌟 FREE CALDECOTT ACTIVITY 📚 CALDECOTT PREDICTIONS 2024: Big An American Story Jumper: A Day in the Life The Tree and the River…
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Check out these new picture books released in November 2023! Each of these books make a great read aloud for the classroom. It's hard to choose which November 2023 picture book to read first! 🌟 FREE BOOK LIST 📚 NOVEMBER PICTURE BOOKS: - Lila Greer, Teacher of the Year - The Big Cheese - What’s in a Dumpling, Grandma? - When I Smile: A Book of Kindn…
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