10 free Ideas – using picture books for thinking & writing


In a previous blog I wrote about picture books and why I think they could be used more often to develop thinking and literacy (and other areas of the curriculum)

If you've never used picture books beyond Key Stage 1 - I would urge you to have a go. And to get started here are a few ideas - in the form of  a free download - 10 ideas for use with some of my favourite picture books:

They provide some 'Big Themes' you can pursue after reading the book, alongside some suggested Starters for Thinking questions. Your children may have other ideas of course - but these have been tried and tested so worth a look as a way in to a first thinking session.


The Story of the Little Mole by Werner Holzwarth & Wolf Erlbruch

Whatever by William Bee

Duck, Death and the Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Let’s Do Nothing! By Tony Fucile

The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell

Clocks and More Clocks  by Pat Hutchins

Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears  by Emily Gravett

Boys are Best by Manuela Olten

The Three Robbers by Tomi Ungerer


Click here Ideas for using picture books for thinking and writing  for the pdf file.

They are, of course, only starter ideas which you can adapt and add to. If you have any ideas to share with others feel free to send them: sue@thinkingchild.org.uk


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