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.
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