Since I am teaching kindergarten this year, I'm in the trenches of back to school picture books. Some picture books correlate nicely with a theme in which the teacher can use the picture book to support the classroom theme.
For example, I am using a pirate theme. There are soooo many pirate picture books out there. Sadly, I don't have that many, but what I do have, I'm excited to share because it goes perfectly with my theme. I found this image below on Pinterest.
My fun "assignment" for you is to think of a great classroom decorating theme and go write a picture book that a teacher could use with that theme. For example, I recently saw Planet Kindergarten (haven't read it yet), but that might be fun to decorate with a space theme. If you research "Kindergarten" or "back to school books," check out what themes have been used. Create your own. I don't want to be doing pirates forever!
I'm at the Grog Blog today talking about translation in children's books. I learned so much from a session I observed.
I set sail for Pyeongtaek, South Korea, in a new school, teaching my favorite grade--kindergarten! As you can tell from the picture and title, my decorating theme is pirates. Since then I've noticed a plethora of pirate picture books + International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th!
Our first reading unit theme is nursery rhymes. Lo and behold, my friend, Nancy I. Sanders, wrote A Pirate's Mother Goose, which I'll read to them after they learn the originals.
It's so fun to teach these little ones to become readers and writers.
Speaking of writing--try brainstorming a fresh hook or premise for a pirate children's book. I will try, too.
Tina M. Cho, children's author
I'm a children's author and freelance writer for the educational market. Welcome!