Picture Book for Skills Guide

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What is the Skills Guide?

The guide is an excel spreadsheet. It has…

  • More than 140 picture books
  • Cover
  • Title
  • Author
  • Genre/Structure
  • Comprehension Skills
  • Literary Elements & Text Features
  • Cultural, historical, social significance
  • Cross-curricular tie-ins
  • Summary
  • Video read-aloud
  • Fiction, informational, and wordless books
  • Elementary, middle, and high school topics
  • Find the book you need: search by genre, skills, interest level, and more
  • Preview books before buying or checking out from a library
  • Use picture books to introduce, extend, or enhance a lesson
  • Assign guided independent reading
  • Build a classroom library of skill-building books

How can I get the newest edition?

The Picture Book for Skills Guide is updated continuously throughout the year. Educators discover new (and older) picture books that are a great match for skill-building. We also discover rich and layered picture books from award lists like the Caldecott Medal, Robert F. Sibert Informational Medal, the SCBWI Golden Kite Award, and others.

Four times a year, you will receive a newsletter that includes the newest version of the guide. If you received the Picture Book for Skills Guide from a friend, that’s great! Be sure to sign up for the mailing list (below) to receive the next edition. The guide is always free. You may opt out of emails at any time.

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Can I suggest a picture book?

Absolutely! Submissions for the Picture Books Skills Guide are always welcome. We love to hear from educators, librarians, and picture book authors. Use the CONTACT FORM to tell us about the picture book you’d like to see added. Include the skills it helps readers develop.