Posts Tagged 'illustrations'

Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2008


2009 is quickly approaching, along with the holiday shopping season… So, before hitting the bookstore to stock up on gifts for your family, friends, classroom and perhaps self, take a look at the
New York Times‘ Best Illustrated Children’s Books 2008 slide show.

I absolutely adore the illustrations in Wave (by Suzy Lee) given that I currently reside in the middle of a very hot desert! The watercolors in Pale Male (by Janet Schulman, illustrated by Meilo Alfred) are breathtaking as well!

If you are looking for free readers to send home with your students over the holidays, make sure to check out the printable illustrated reading passages on FreeReading. For example, the illustration above comes from the story Fish (by Lisa Webber, illustrated by Cheryl Johnson)–a FreeReading reader that can be used to practice contractions, author’s purpose and identifying details.

To inspiring illustrations and holiday gift ideas!


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Endless String and Other Illustrated Children’s Texts

I never cease to be amazed by the talent and enthusiasm displayed by members of the FreeReading Community! Thanks to Cheryl Johnson for contributing 15 illustrations to the previously unillustrated texts on FreeReading! Below is her cover to the short story Endless String. To see the other story illustrations she’s created to-date (including Fran’s Magic Blanket, Festival Fun and Rat’s Candy Plan), click here. Feel free to print these stories for your students. They are great for practicing decoding, fluency and comprehension. Thanks Cheryl! -Anna

Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2007

The Frog who wanted to See the Sea

The New York Times just published a slide show of the best illustrated children’s books of 2007! Have a click through! I am particularly fond of the illustration featured above from, “The Frog who wanted to See the Sea” written and illustrated by Guy Billout.  Who doesn’t want to surf and think of turquoise waters when it is 30 degrees outside?!


Fun Story for Beginning Readers: Bob Bug

I love the illustrations in Julia Donaldson’s early reader Bob Bug. If you are doing a reading center on bugs, this would be a fun book to print out and share with your students. Bob the Bug’s Teddy Bear is SO cute! -Anna

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