Category Archives: Picture Books

If You Were The Moon

If You Were The Moon”

 What would you do if you were the moon? In Laura Purdie Salas’ creative and lyrical nonfiction book, If You Were The Moon, readers discover the roles the moon plays.

“Be a bright alarm clock to wake the night.”

Sidebars explain facts about the moon.

This story promotes creative components of flexible thinking, analogy, and nature.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because young readers can easily relate to the moon analogies while learning science facts about the moon.

TITLE: If You Were The Moon

AUTHOR: Laura Purdie Salas


PUBLISHER: Millbrook Press, 2017


TOPIC(S): functions of the moon

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, analogy, nature


1) Author Laura Purdie Salas wrote about the functions of the moon and how that might look to us. Find out some facts about the sun. Imagine you are the sun. What jobs would you do?


Using your creativity, think up two or more additional analogies that could be added to this book about the moon. For example, the author, Laura Purdie Salas, wrote the moon spins like a twilight ballerina. What else could the moon spin like?


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A Dazzling Display of Dogs

A Dazzling Display of Dogs”

A collection of thirty-four visual poems, A Dazzling Display of Dogs, celebrates all things canine.


This lyrical picture book features a variety of poetic forms such as haiku and cinquain with delightful illustrations of different dog breeds.

This story promotes creative components of humor and perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because I love dogs and poetry of course, and how the book introduces different ways to write poems and how to display those poems. Vibrant and fun illustrations fill each page, creating individual stories.

TITLE: A Dazzling Display of Dogs

CONCRETE POEMS by: Betsy Franco

ILLUSTRATOR: Michael Wertz

PUBLISHER: Tricycle Press, 2011


TOPIC(S): dog behavior, dog breeds, poetry

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, perspective


1) Make a list of dog breeds. Pick three – four breeds to combine together to create a new breed. Sketch how your new dog will look. Name your dog.


Use “Saltwater Mutt” written by Betsy Franco as inspiration to write a concrete poem about your new dog breed.


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Mathematickles! offers a playful introduction to math concepts through a creative lens. Follow a girl and her cat through the seasons using addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, graphs and tables.

This story promotes creative components of imagination, flexible thinking, original, and perspective. FYI: This is not a how to book.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: First, I like this book because of the unusual title. It piqued my curiosity about what I would discover between the pages of this book. Also, inventing new words is a favorite pastime of mine. Second, the fun interplay between the concrete nouns, which describe each season and the introduction of basic math concepts allows young readers to think creatively.

TITLE: Mathematickles

POEMS by: Betsy Franco

ILLUSTRATOR: Steven Salerno

PUBLISHER: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2003


TOPIC(S): basic math concepts, seasons, creative thinking

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, flexible thinking, original, perspective


1) Pick a holiday that you like to celebrate. Use three of the math concepts from the book to describe your holiday. Have someone guess your holiday. For example, pumpkin – seeds + sugar = pumpkin pie; dishes of food x laughter = family gathering; Thanksgiving

2) Create sensory chart for each season. For each season, list as many as you can think up for each sense. Choose items from the list to use with basic math concepts.

Autumn Winter Spring Summer



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