Using Picture Books in Middle and High School

Wanting to use picture books in the secondary classroom? Perhaps you aren’t sure where to begin. Or, maybe you’ve already tried it but are looking for fresh ideas. We have some! As always, here are our differing approaches.


Lauralee takes well-loved picture books from home to the classroom by the basket full. She teaches her high school students to think about how animals occur throughout literature. Pigs, anyone? And, in this post, she also explores the opportunities for teaching students to read to younger children as well as to revert back to childhood and simply enjoy reading.


In this post, Melissa discusses alternate approaches for using picture books in middle and high school. If you need fresh ideas for analyzing children’s literature for language patterns or purposeful aesthetic choices, you’ll find what you need here. Plus, she shares several minilesson and mentor text ideas for language, reading, and design.

We hope you will enjoy our suggestions for using picture books in the secondary classroom. If you have tips and ideas of your own, we’d love to hear them! Please share in the comments.

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