Today is Picture Book 10 for 10 Day!
Thank you to Mandy Robek and Cathy Mere for developing this wonderful way to share our favorite picture books!
On the Two Writing Teachers blog, Stacey Shubitz wrote about 10 newly published or soon to be published realistic fiction books, "that will help kids see their own lives reflected in a book. By choosing to share one or more of these books in your classroom, you will provide your students with an opportunity to know they aren’t alone AND that they can write a personal narrative on a similar topic."
I am looking forward to reading and sharing these new titles. Her post made me think about my favorite realistic fiction books. I have used the following books many times over the years as mentor texts when working with young writers of personal narrative and realistic fiction.
Ten Picture Books For Narrative Writing
I love how Patricia Polacco "zooms in", slowing the action down in places to capture the reader's attention.
#1. Mrs. Mack by Patricia Polacco
#2. My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco
#3. Thundercake by Patricia Polacco
The following books can help a writer reflect on the people and places dear to us.
#4. The Sunsets of Miss Olivia Wiggins by Lester L. Laminack
#5. All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan
#6. My Great Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston
#7. Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) by Elizabeth Fizgerald Howard
#8. One Green Apple by Eve Bunting
#9. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
#10. Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran
In future blog posts I will share the particular craft moves that writers can learn form these authors. Mini-lesson suggestions to follow!