Ready to talk about Chapter 2 of Reading Picture Books with Children? Me, too!
Book Jacket as Coming Attraction Poster
I must admit that, before reading this book with you, I did not see the book jacket as one whole wraparound image, front and back cover. I spent time teaching the terms “front cover” and “back cover” to my students, and we looked at them separately.
I’m now taking time to look at both the front and the back of the book jacket before we begin reading, as the author suggests on page 16. Has anyone else tried this and noticed that some books take advantage of this space more than others? I’ve just started noticing these differences.
As the author shares on page 17, it’s charming to think about the characters in the book living outside of the pages.
Visual Thinking Strategies for Jacket Art
- What’s going on in this picture?
- What do you see that makes you say that?
- What more can you find?
I think I’ll write these questions on a little index card to keep on my lap at storytime. I need reminders to change my habits and add new elements to my teaching.
The author says that she allows students to “steer the ship” when she opens storytime with these questions, instead of telling them her own thoughts. (p. 20) I agree that opening storytime with student voices instead of my own changes our entire time together. This is a terrific way to allow all students (of all ability levels) to join the discussion around our book.
Book Jacket Art as Invitation
I think that my students will be intrigued by the idea that books are inviting readers to come inside. Sometimes (is it just me?), I feel like we are pushing readers into books, rather than inviting them, with intrigue and curiosity.
When we invite observations, rather than pushing students for the one correct answer (“how many monkeys do you see?”), I think we can change the whole tone of our book conversations. I hope you will join me in trying this, and share with us what happens in your library. I love curious, engaged readers!
Share your thoughts
I’d love to hear your thoughts, questions, and experiences, either in a comment, or on my Library Learners Facebook page, which allows more interaction. Thanks again for joining me in this book club!