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Thank you to everyone who responded to my request for Picture books for High School. I have cut and paste the many list, trying not to duplicate. There are a couple of links that were very helpful too. This is my compiled list. Thanks again!
This site (
has links to a couple of great list.
Squids will be squids by Jon Scieszka
Caldecott books, or Dr. Seuss
I would try Leo Lionni, Eric Carle, David Diaz ,Eve Bunting and Chris Van Allsburg.
Subject:RE: picture books
From: Loreen Azevedo <Loreen.Azevedo@scds.org>
Alexander and the terrible horrible no good very bad day by Judith Viorst is a great one.
Chris Van Allsburg and Patricia Pollaco
"Meanwhile" by Jules Feiffer
"Weslandia" by Paul Fleischman
Wiesner, David Macauley's books
I specifically focussed on Caldecott Medal/Honor illustrators, to ensure high quality visual experiences, and looked for books that would have stories that implemented folk tales or
cultural awareness. They are such a hit! Many different students have been picking them up and reading them, with a lot of reminiscing going on too.
Here are some that I recommend:
The Emperor and the Kite (China) - Jane Yolen, author; Ed Young, illustrator
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses (Native American) - Paul Goble,
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship (Russia) - Arthur Ransom, author; Uri Shulevitz, illustrator
Lon Po Po (China) - Ed Young, author/illustrator
Anansi the Spider (West Africa) - Gerald McDermott, author/illustrator
Baboushka and the Three Kings (Russia) - Ruth Robbins, author; Nicolas Sidjakov, illustrator
Ox-Cart Man (19th century New England) - Donald Hall, author; Barbara Cooney, illustrator
Ashanti to Zulu (Africa) - Margaret Musgrove, author; Leo and Diane Dillon, illustrators
Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky (Africa) - Elphinstone Dayrell, author; Blair Lent, illustrator
Arrow to the Sun (Native American) - Gerald McDermott, author/illustrator
Raven (Native American) - Gerald McDermott, author/illustrator
Golem (Czechoslovakia) - David Wisniewski, author/illustrator
The Contest (Armenia) - Nonny Hogrogian, author/illustrator
Smoky Night (multicultural USA) - Eve Bunting, author; David Diaz, illustrator
Tar Beach (Afro-American) - Faith Ringold, author/illustrator
Chanticleer and the Fox (England - Chaucer) - Barbara Cooney, adaptation and illustration
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (Africa) - John Steptoe, author/illustrator
The Graphic Alphabet - David Pelletier
Alphabet City - Stephen T. Johnson
Hush! (Thailand) - Minfong Ho, author; Holly Meade, illustrator
A Time to Keep (American holidays) - Tasha Tudor, author/illustrator
You and Me (American, poetry; young focus but beautiful multi-ethnic illustrations) - Salley Mavor, author/illustrator
When I was Young in the Mountains (Appalachian America) - Cynthia Rylant, author; Diane Goode, illustrator
Owl Moon (American) - Jane Yolen, author; John Schoenherr, illustrator
The Amazing "True" Story of a Teenage Single Mom,' by Katherine Arnoldi
"Maus, a Survivor's Tale," by Art Spiegelman.
"Boys Life," the official Boy Scout magazine
Patricia Polacco's "Pink and Say"
Bunting's _Smokey Night
Fly Away Home, also by Eve Bunting, is about homelessness.
Nettie's Trip South for civil war (don't know author)
THE MIDDLE PASSAGE on slavery by Tom Feelings
MAUS I and II by Spiegelman are good graphic novels on the Holocaust.
Seuss's "Butter Battle Book"
Rose Blanche by Innocenti [suggested several times]
The Faithful Elephants
A Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert
Aliki has great books for history themes:
A Medieval Feast
Mummies Made in Egypt
Hiroshima No Pika [suggested several times]
Ken Machizuki wrote Baseball Saved Us
Eve Bunting has many issues books, most are wonderfully illustrated. The Blue and the Gray is one of her latest.
Harvey has picture books on traveling West
Stanley biographies -
McDermott, Carle, and Wisniewski Jan Brett's books -
Chris Van Allsburg (Jumanji) all his books
David Wisniewski [his work was suggested by several people]
Thomas Locke has a book called Sky Tree
Borders--St. George and the Dragon by Trina Schart Hyman, and her other books.
Lois Ehlert -Her books include Growing alphabet soup, and others whose names I can't think of right now.
the Ed Emberley books--Ed Emberly makes a world, Ed Emberley's book of animals, etc.
Scieszka, Jon -- Math Curse (Math department loves it)
Sis, Peter -- Starry Messenger
Stanley , Diane -- Leonardo Da Vinci
(illustrations and content both good)
Cole, Joanna. Illus. by Bruce Degen The Magic School Bus
Lost in the Solar System from Scholastic
Macaulay, David [several titles on building]
Jeannie Baker-"Where the Forest Meets the Sea" and "Window"
The Frog Prince Continued, The Polar Express, Sierra, Brother
Eagle, Sister Sky, Star of Fear--Star of Hope, Fly Away Home, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, The Wall, YO! Yes?, Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky, Love You Forever, (a treasure!), and All the Places to Love, (another treasure!)
I think all books by Chris Van Allsburg would be great for high school, "Jumangi" and my personal favorite "The Mysteries of Harris Burdick"
William Steig books should be used in grades K-12 because they were the perfect example of what good writing should be. All his books are excellent
"Emily" by Barbara Cooney about emily Dickinson.
New books of poems by Langston Hughes and illustrated by Romaire Bearden.
Robert Frost's "Stopping by woods on snowy evening"
Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride" has been done as a picture book.
"Joyful noise"l by Paul Fleishman "poetry in
Native American history, Paul Gobles books are beautiful.
So many poems, legends and epics...the Highwayman, Beowulf,
Barbara Fritche, Midnight Ride of P. R. etc. with gorgeous illustrations
"The Weighty Word Book"
"Dogzilla" and "KatKong" by Dave Pilkey
Wisniewski - his books [suggested by several] are
mostly on folk tale themes and have wonderful illustrations.
Aardema, Kimmel, Scieska
Heller's retelling of Cinderella, Yeh Shen - (Cinderella),
Lon Po Po (red Riding Hood)
Goble "Rough Faced Girl" (Native American Cinderella)
TygerTyger by William Blake illustrated by Neil Waoldman
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge illustrated by Ed Young-
Voigt's (Solitary Blue and Dicey's Song and Homecoming
Waiting for the Evening Star by Rosemary Wells
Here are ALA Best Book
1. Barker, Clive, THE YATERLING AND JACK. Eclipse Books, CA. 1991.
2. Bober, Natalie, ABIGAIL ADAMS: WITNESS TO A REVOLUTION. Simon & Schuster. 1991.
3. Bovillain, Nancy, NATIVE AMERICAN RELIGION. Chelsea House. Ny. 1996
4. Murphy, Jim, THE GREAT FIRE. Scholastic Books. NY. 1995.
A wonderful picture book for adolescents is The Faithful Friend
(SanSouci) - Black/White friendship/ the Caribbean region/ folktale-like in style/ gorgeous illustrations.
Macaulay building books. [suggested by several]
ALPHABET CITY by Stephen T. Johnson,
THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER illustrated by Ed Young
Judith Viorst, Jon Scieszka, Mercer Meyer, Stephen Kellogg.
You can't go wrong with the following authors: Dr. Seuss, Bill Martin, Patricia Polacco, Mem Fox, Verna Aardema, Jane Yolen, Bill Peet, Faith Ringgold, Eric Carle
Thomas Locker "Between Earth and Sky"
Picture Books for
Middle & Secondary Students
Children's Literature for Adult ESL Literacy
ERIC digest. Benefits; selection; bibliography.
Using Picture Books in the Secondary Classroom. By Mara Peluso
Selecting Picture Books for the Middle & Secondary Classroom
By Theresa Perez. Includes bibliography
Children's Literature Web Guide
Picture Books for Secondary Students
Picture Books for Young Adults
Picture Books for the Secondary Classroom
Internet Public Library
Create an Alphabet Book
Lesson plan. From ERIC. By Carolyn Creeger. All grades
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