Motivate middle school students to become more involved in literature! Introducing hundreds of sophisticated and thought-provoking picture books on a variety of topics, this book shows you how to connect students to literature through picture books. Each title was carefully chosen, using as criteria the quality of the writing, the importance of its message, and how easily it could serve as a springboard to vels. Students will become familiar with the basic components of literature, understand idioms and analogies, recognize literary devices, and determine a text's main ideas. Each topic includes questions and writing prompts that will challenge your students. With this book, you will be able to deepen students' understanding of the writer's craft and inspire them to immerse themselves in quality literature.
Nancy J. Polette is professor of education at Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO, author of more than 100 professional books, and an in-demand speaker at state and national library, gifted, and reading conferences. JOAN EBBESMEYER is Adjunct Professor of Education at Lindenwood University, O'Fallon, Missouri.