Through the use of picturebooks, including postmodern picturebooks, we can excite children about the reading process, the writing process and how these two processes can be linked together to provide meaningful, contextual literary experiences. Kelly Booker
Using Picturebooks to Inspire and Empower Readers and Writers in the Upper Primary Classroom, provides practical examples for using sophisticated picture books with students from grades 4-6, and up.
Making Writing Real with the Use of Picture Books by Alyson Beecher offers some concrete suggestions for using picture books in multiple ways to enhance instruction.
McCollum-Clark, who is a teacher of future English teachers, is very aware of the time constraints on teachers. She advises teachers to consider using these powerful texts since "...with picture books, you can read the entire work aloud, model the focus you want students to concentrate on, let them explore the craft, have the discussion, and even try it out in their own writing- all in one period!"
Teachers can use picture books as:
Teach with Picture Books blog by Keith Schoch is another must-read. Keith is an educator, presenter, and advocate for reading. Teachers will find resources and recommendations for using picture books with upper elementary and secondary students.
Some of Keith’s many topics include using picture books to teach:
In the Reading section of the Literacy Today website you will find more classroom ideas for teaching reading strategies with illustrated picture books
You can also find ideas for using picture books as models for student writing in the Writing section of the website.