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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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It's National Poetry Month, and what better way to celebrate than by bringing incredible poems into your classroom? In this video, we're sharing some of our favorite poetry collections for elementary students, from silly and playful to beautiful and thought-provoking. We'll cover books that: Rhyme and rhythm their way into young hearts Explore them…
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Celebrate Earth Day with these fun read alouds! Each book is perfect for teaching students how to take care of the Earth and why it is so important. 🌏 EARTH DAY FREEBIE 📚 BOOKS IN THIS VIDEO: The Curious Garden On Meadowview Street We are Water Protectors The Big Beach Clean Up Becoming a Good Creature Thank You, Earth See the show notes for the Ea…
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Get ready for the solar eclipse with these children's books! I've got some amazing picture books that will spark your students' curiosity about this celestial event! We'll explore a collection of engaging picture books perfect for read-alouds, all centered around the wonder of solar eclipses. These books will introduce your students to the science …
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Check out these new picture books released in March 2024! Each of these books make a great read aloud for the classroom. It's hard to choose which March 2024 picture book to read first! 🌟 FREE BOOK LIST 📚 MARCH PICTURE BOOKS: - The Dress in the Window - A Rainbow in Brown - When the Rain Came Down - Don’t Wash Winston - Tricky Chopsticks - The Moch…
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This episode is full of engaging picture books that will help your students understand the importance of recycling in your elementary classroom. ♻️ These colorful read alouds will introduce students to the importance of recycling and its impact on our planet. 🌎 They are perfect book to add to your Earth Day celebration! 🌟 ONE PLASTIC BAG LESSON 📚 R…
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Picture books are a great tool to teach writing concepts. 📝 Today we are going to be chatting about teaching setting with picture books. Unleash the hidden power of picture books: Learn how their sensory details and evocative language paint stunning settings that inspire young writers. 🌟 OWL MOON LESSON PLAN 📚 SETTING PICTURE BOOKS: Owl Moon The Sn…
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Calling all germ-busting educators! This video is your one-stop shop for engaging picture books that teach kids about healthy habits, specifically the importance of handwashing and stopping the spread of germs. 🌟 SICK SIMON LESSON PLAN 📚 HEALTHY HABITS BOOKS FOR KIDS: - Sick Simon - What are Germs? - Do Not Lick this Book - Germs vs. Soap - A Germ’…
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Check out these new picture books released in February 2024! Each of these books make a great read aloud for the classroom. It's hard to choose which February 2024 picture book to read first! 🌟 FREE BOOK LIST 📚 FEBRUARY PICTURE BOOKS: - A Happy Place - Escargot & the Search for Spring - Seeds of Change - It’s Holi! - Memory Garden - Sydney’s Big Sp…
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March Madness is heating up, and what better way to celebrate the excitement than by bringing the energy of the court into your classroom? Today, we're doing a slam dunk of a dive into amazing basketball picture books perfect for read-alouds during March Madness! 🌟 SALT IN HIS SHOES LESSON 📚 BASKETBALL BOOKS: - Salt in His Shoes - Dream Big - Allie…
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Leap into Learning with Picture Books! Check out these fun Leap Year read alouds. We'll be diving into a collection of fun, engaging reads that explore the concept of time, the importance of calendars, and the excitement of an extra day. Whether you're looking for silly stories, informative explanations, or heartwarming tales, we've got you covered…
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Struggling to make those tricky states of matter click for your young scientists? Look no further than the wonder of picture books! This video unlocks the secret to transforming your classroom into a laboratory of imagination, where learning explodes with vibrant illustrations and playful narratives. ⚗️ 🌟 SNEEZY THE SNOWMAN LESSON PLAN 📚 STATES OF …
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Check out these new picture books released in January 2024! Each of these books make a great read aloud for the classroom. It's hard to choose which January 2024 picture book to read first! 🌟 FREE BOOK LIST 📚 JANUARY PICTURE BOOKS: - Homegrown - Time to Make Art - There’s No Place Like Hope - The Fish of Small Wishes - Too Much: My Big Great Native…
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Celebrate World Read Aloud Day in your classroom with these fun activities! I have 6 different ways to help you share books with your students this February. Watch the video to learn how to use all these World Read Aloud Day activities in your classroom! 🌟 FREE STORYTELLING ACTIVITIES Check out the show notes for World Read Aloud Day Activities Joi…
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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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Story elements are the foundation of our comprehension work with students. Once they can retell the components of a story, they’ll be able to answer higher level questions. Story elements include; characters, setting, problem & solution, main events. And the best way to teach this is through read alouds! Here are a few of my favorite picture books …
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Hibernation books for kids are a great way to teach students about this intriguing science topic! Get ready to snuggle up with your class and dive into a collection of stories that will make this natural phenomenon come alive in the most delightful way. 🌟 BEAR HAS A STORY TO TELL LESSON PLAN 📚 HIBERNATION BOOKS FOR KIDS: - Bear has a Story to Tell …
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Kids have a lot of opinions! But getting them to write those opinions and give reasons can be tough. A great way to introduce opinion writing is to model how our favorite authors share their opinions through mentor texts. Students need to be exposed to examples of the writing genre we are teaching. These mentor texts are not just for exposing stude…
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Check out these new picture books released in December 2023! Each of these books make a great read aloud for the classroom. It's hard to choose which December 2023 picture book to read first! 🌟 FREE BOOK LIST 📚 New Picture Books December 2023: Wish Soup If I Were a Fish I’m Going to Be a Princess Mercy Watson is Missing! The Little Tiger Cupig: The…
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Join me as I share my favorite picture books that were released in 2023! All of these books make great read alouds for your elementary classroom. 📚 2023 Picture Books: January - The Kindest Red February - Once Upon a Book March - When Things Aren’t Going Right, Go Left April - Naming Ceremony May - Big June - Salat in Secret July - A Book for Bear …
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It's almost 2024! Around this time, I like to look into the picture books that will be released in the new year. Well, I was not disappointed! I planned to write a post that covered books for all of 2024. However, I already had a huge list in just the first half of the year! 📚 New Picture Books: 2024 Homegrown Time to Make Art There’s No Place Like…
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These Christmas books for kids are perfect to read aloud in December! The Christmas picture books share the spirit of the holiday and your students will definitely enjoy them. 🌟 FREE LESSON 📚 CHRISTMAS PICTURE BOOKS: Dasher Santa in the City The Polar Express Red and Lulu The Little Reindeer A Wish to be a Christmas Tree I Got the Christmas Spirit …
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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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In today's video, we're diving into picture books to teach elementary students about holiday celebrations. Join me as we explore the power of interactive read-aloud lessons to make learning about diverse holidays a memorable and engaging experience. 📚✨ ✏️ Winter Candle Lesson 🌟 Free Lesson: Our Favorite Day of the Year 📚 PICTURE BOOKS ABOUT HOLIDAY…
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In this video, I'm sharing picture books to teach small moments in writing. We'll be using an interactive read-aloud lesson, a method that never fails to capture students' imaginations. ✏️ Last Stop on Market Street Lesson Plan 📚 PICTURE BOOKS TO TEACH SMALL MOMENTS: - Last Stop on Market Street - Owl Moon - The Snowy Day - Fireflies - Blackout - S…
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Today, we're diving into the magic of picture books to teach an invaluable lesson—gratitude! In this episode, we'll explore the power of interactive read-aloud lessons and how they can help our students understand and express gratitude in meaningful ways. ✏️ Thankful Lesson 📚 Thankful Picture Books 📚 Thankful The Thank You Book The Thankful Book Th…
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Check out these new picture books released in October 2023! Each of these books make a great read aloud for the classroom. It's hard to choose which October 2023 picture book to read first! 📝 FREE Picture Book List 📚 New Picture Books 📚 What You Need to Be Warm I am Mister Rogers Busy Betty and the Circus Surprise Flat Cat Lawrence & Sophia Sankofa…
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In this episode, we'll explore how to use the magic of picture books to teach friendship skills and create a more inclusive classroom environment. 🌟 Picture books are the perfect tool for teaching social development and empathy to young students. Learn about picture books that address friendship themes, promote diversity, and engage your students. …
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In this episode, I'll show you how to use picture books to teach your students the art of descriptive writing. Get ready to witness the transformation of your young writers as we embark on an interactive read-aloud adventure! 📝 I Need My Monster Lesson Plan 📚 Picture Books 📚 I Need My Monster Southwest Sunrise Magnificent Homespun Brown A Gift for …
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In this episode, I'll be sharing some tips on how to use picture books to teach students about storms. Storms can be a scary and confusing topic for young children, but they are also an important part of science. Picture books can be a great way to introduce children to storms in a way that is both engaging and informative. 📝 I am the Storm Lesson …
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In today's episode, we're diving into a fun and interactive lesson on how to teach the asking questions strategy using picture books. 📖✨ 📝 The Stranger Lesson Plan 🎯 Key Takeaways 🎯 Discover the art of selecting the perfect picture book for your lesson. Learn how to introduce the asking questions strategy with examples from beloved books like 'The …
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Check out these new picture books released in September 2023! Each of these books make a great read aloud for the classroom. It's hard to choose which September 2023 picture book to read first! Picture Books: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Sleigh Something, Someday Artivist Who I Am Swimming Toward a Dream Harlem at Four I’m From Babo Building a Dr…
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Goal setting picture books for kids are a great way to start the new year! These picture book read alouds about goals are perfect for any time of the year, though. Each book will walk through the steps of setting a goal for students. I've also included a free goal setting activity for you to use after reading these books aloud! Resources: Goal Sett…
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Hi! Welcome to Unlock the Power of Picture Books. I'm Sara Soucy, a former elementary school teacher with a passion for read alouds. This podcast will be the place where I share my best tips for using picture books in the classroom. Join me each week as I share book titles to use in all areas of the curriculum. Join the Colorful Apple Book Club! Ch…
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I'm sharing my favorite read aloud books about being kind! These picture books would be perfect for World Kindness Day in November or any day of the school year! This social emotional learning skill is so important for students. So I'm also including a kindness lesson plan for you to download for free! Book Links: I Walk with Vanessa Each Kindness …
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Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples' Day with books! These picture books make great read alouds in the month of October or any time of the year. Learn about the history and culture of National Indigenous Peoples' Day with these stories. Picture Books: Josie Dances Sharice's Big Voice Zonia's Rain Forest We are Still Here When We are Kind Bowwow P…
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