Close Reading of Picture Books, Part Deux!

Image from (Kelly Gleason)

Okay, #pln.  I have finally found some time to do a second installment of picture books I would use to teach the Six Signposts from Notice and Note.  If you’re interested, there’s a video on The Importance of Close Reading (Kylene Beers and Bob Probst sharing their thinking) that outlines the key points about the signposts.  Otherwise, here’s a couple more ideas to consider.

Alexander, Who’s Not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to Move by Judith Viorst – you can see the transformation come over this little guy as he comes to terms with moving.  I think this is a great example of Contrasts & Contradictions or Again & Again.

The Hat by Jan Brett – another good example of Contrasts & Contradictions or Again & Again as the hedgehog struggles with a sock.

Big Bad Wolf is Good by Simon Puttock – there are some great Aha Moments for the Big Bad Wolf and Mrs. Duck as they figure things out about themselves and others.

Tuesday by David Wiesner – I have to give a nod to this (almost) wordless picture book as a great example of Contrasts & Contradictions.  Flying frogs, anyone?

Julius, The Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes – the description of the cute baby mouse and Lilly’s adamant “disgusting” illustrate Again & Again. And eventually, Lilly has an Aha Moment about her brother.

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes – when Lilly gets her purse taken and gets upset, she retaliates and ends up having an Aha Moment after some Words of the Wiser.

Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose – decisions, decisions, decisions… do the Words of the Wiser make a difference?

The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado – gotta love the Words of the Wiser of Abigail, the old cow.  She gets it.


I realize that I do not have any explicit examples of Tough Questions.  What books might you suggest for Tough Questions?  What other suggestions do you have for picture books that support the six signposts?  Please leave me your ideas.


Related posts:

Close Reading of Picture Books – my first post on this topic

Beginning to Close Read {Notice and Note} – blog post about Notice and Note classroom applications

Notice and Note Strategies for Close Reading – gives a great example of using Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting





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