How Do You Use Picture Books?

My name is Sue and I'm a bookaholic...

Classic works by Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters and Thomas Hardy; mindless chick lit that I devour by the sixes or sevens when I'm on holiday; biographies, cookery books, thrillers and Harry Potter. You name it, I love it. But I must admit I have a special place in my heart for children's books. I just can't help myself.

The walls in my "shed" are lined with shelves just groaning with children's books - everything from "The Wind in the Willows" and "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", to the wonderfully touching "Goodnight Mr Tom" and "Carrie's War" (set in my part of the world). Picture books are my particular downfall - I just can't pass them...

My purpose in telling you all of this is to draw your attention to two Anthony Browne books that I hope will be useful to you in the classroom in the coming weeks - "My Dad" and "My Mum".

My Mum My Dad

Anthony Browne not only writes these wonderful books, but also illustrates them. His illustrations are rich, detailed and carry a wealth of information, but at the same time allow children with limited language ability to access the story and empathise with the characters. I could sit looking at the illustrations all day long and still find something new in them...

Visit my blog to find out all about these wonderful books and how I'll be using "My Mum" in the classroom.

Have a great evening!

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