The Teacher's Tool Kit For Literacy

Picture Books For Older Readers With Giselle Pulford

Episode Summary

Upper primary school teacher Giselle Pulford joins literacy experts Sharon and Phil Callen to talk about how to fully utilise picture books for older students.

Episode Notes

Picture books aren't just for young students, they also have the power to impact upper primary aged children. 

Teacher Giselle Pulford returns to the show to share her insights on activating older students with picture books, and shares a huge list of books that teachers can use to motivate and engage. 

Resources from Episode 34

TEACHIFIC

Our Class Read Aloud Calendars, K-7

BOOKTOPIA

Books mentioned in this episode that you can view and buy:

TANTALISING TEXTS – stories that engage older students, make them wonder, question, laugh in surprise etc:

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Chris Van Allsburg)

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole (Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen)

After the Fall (Dan Santat)

The Word Collector (Peter Reynolds)

Help! I’m falling apart / Help! I’m cracking up! (Tedd Arnold)

Maths Curse / Science Verse (Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith)

… leading to TRUE TASKS – rich language experiences, content related but driven by the book:

Little Mouse’s book of fears (Emily Gravett)

The Highway Rat (Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler) and

The Highwayman (Alfred Noyes, Charles Keeping version)

… leading to TRANSFORMATIVE TEACHING:

Bad Seed / Good Egg / Cool Bean / Couch Potato (Jory John and Pete Oswald)

The Fabulous Friend Machine (Nick Bland)

Welcome (Barroux)

… leading to THINKERS TALKING – What do these books tell us? What do they leave us with? Students can see themselves in these stories, can relate to the experiences, can be forced to shift their perspectives and understanding:

Room on our Rock (Jol Temple and Kate Temple)

Weslandia (Paul Fleischman and Kevin Hawkes)

Last Stop on Market Street (Matt de la Penã and Christian Robinson)

Milo Imagines the World (Matt de la Penã and Christian Robinson)

The Proudest Blue (Ibtihaj Muhammad and SK Ali)

Your Name is a Song (Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and Luisa Uribe)

The Rabbits (John Marsden and Shaun Tan)

Welcome to Country (Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy)

Cooee Mittigar (Jasmine Seymour and Leanne Mulgo Watson)

Finding our Heart (Thomas Mayor and Blak Douglas)

The Koala Who Could (Rachel Bright and Jim Field ) and

Here We Are and What We’ll Build (Oliver Jeffers)

Upper Primary Classroom Read-Aloud Texts 

Picture Books:

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole (Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen)

I Want My Hat Back / This is Not My Hat / We Found a Hat (Jon Klassen)

Maths Curse / Science Verse (Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith)

Room on Our Rock (Jol Temple and Kate Temple)

After the Fall (Dan Santat)

Weslandia (Paul Fleischman and Kevin Hawkes)

The Dot / Ish / Sky Colour (Peter Reynolds)

The Word Collector / Say Something (Peter Reynolds)

The Water Princess (Susan Verde, Georgie Badiel, Peter Reynolds)

The Highway Rat (Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler), compared with The Highwayman (Noyes, Keeping)

Flood / Fire / Drought (Jackie French and Bruce Whatley)

We Are All Wonders (RJ Palacio)

The Lost Thing (Shaun Tan)

The Rabbits (John Marsden, Shaun Tan)

Window (Jeannie Baker)

My Place (Donna Rawlins and Nadia Wheatley)

All the Ways to be Smart (Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys)

The Fabulous Friend Machine (Nick Bland)

Help! I’m Cracking Up! (Tedd Arnold)

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Chris Van Allsburg)

Little Mouse’s Book of Fears (Emily Gravett)

Bad Seed / Good Egg / Cool Bean / Couch Potato (Jory John and Pete Oswald)

The Magical Yet (Angela DiTerlizzi and Lorena Alvarez)

What Do You Do With a Problem? / With an idea? (Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom)

Ada Twist, Scientist / Iggy Peck, Architect etc (Andrea Beaty and David Roberts)

Your Name is a Song (Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and Luisa Uribe)

The Proudest Blue (Ibtihaj Muhammad and SK Ali)

Last Stop on Market Street (Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson)

Milo Imagines the World (Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson)

The Koala Who Could (Rachel Bright and Jim Field and 4 others in the series)

Here We Are and What We’ll Build (Oliver Jeffers)

Indigenous stories and voices:

Welcome to Country (Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy)

Wilam, a Birrarung Story (Aunty Joy Murphy and Andrew Kelly)

The Outback (Annaliese Porter and Bronwyn Bancroft)

Cooee Mittigar A story on Darug Songlines (Jasmine Seymour and Leanne Mulgo Watson)

Cunning Crow (Gregg Dreise)

Young Dark Emu, a Truer History: Bruce Pascoe

Finding our Hear : Thomas Mayor and Blak Douglas

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