Grade 8 picture books

“I thought I was advancing in my reading and now I am asked to read picture books,” one student commented. Yet according to Nancy Loewen, one of the best ways to learn about  how to write and draw a picture book is to read as many as you can.

As part of the grade 8 Humanities focus on the Romans they have been exploring how Roman society perpetuated their values and culture. Often it was through fables and tales for children. These tales have a moral or lesson to them and were at first part of the oral traditions of societies. Traditional tales are found in the nonfiction section of our collection. We follow Dewey classification and this system places these tales in the 300s which is for society.

Now they are written they have become part of the sweet treats for children – Esphyr Slobodkina. Reading stories is something children love. These books are not easy reads, in fact many children’s picture books have adult reading levels. The language and rhythm are rich and engaging. The pictures should tell part of the story. In every picture book the words enhance the pictures and the pictures enhance the words – they cannot be separated, they rely on each other.

Grade 8 students will be writing their own picture books to illustrate an essential value for society. It will be fun to read them when they are published.

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