Picture Books

Picture books have been used in the primary grades for decades, but they are a quick and convenient way to help older students activate their prior knowledge.  There is a new focus on picture books that deliver difficult content in simple language.  Picture books are a great model for student writing, as they contain vivid language and a variety of text structures.  The beauty of using picture books in the upper grades, middle and high school, is that they can be read in a few minutes and provide students with information connected to the concept or skill being introduced. 

Picture Books for Older Students

Picture Books for Black History



On the Web:

All About Picture Books and a Picture Book Bibliography

Picture Books on the Civil Rights Movement

Picture Books for Secondary Students -PDF

Using Picture Books in High School



Activating Prior Knowledge
Vocabulary Development
Comprehension Strategies
Summarization Techniques
Writing Across the Curriculum
Getting to Know Students
Technology Tools