Picture Books About Reading and Writing
These lists of books are useful for introducing classroom libraries, genre studies, reading surveys, book tastings and book talks, studying figurative language and word types, understanding parts of a book and text features, appreciating reading and building reading habits.
Love for Books and Libraries
Words and Writing
Author's Craft: Figurative Language Examples
Author's Craft: Text Features, Story Elements, and Composition
Picture Books that Tell the Story Through Letters
I Wanna Iguana
by Karen Kaufman Orloff
This picture book series features Alex, who attempts to persuade his parents through letters. See also I Wanna New Room and I Wanna Go Home.
Can I Be Your Dog?
by Troy Cummings
Arfy writes letters to the people living and working in the neighborhood. Adorable illustrative details in the way the stationery and buildings reflect the people inside. A sequel called I Found a Kitty follows a similar pattern.
by James Kwan
Two hikers are searching for a Yeti, leaving him notes as they go.
by Jerdine Nolen
Gardening isn't for the faint-hearted, as a boy, his science teacher, and his parents discover.
Ice Cream Summer
by Peter Sis
A boy's letters to his grandfather about studying . . . and ice cream.
by Josh Funk
It's awkward when you finally meet the pen pal you have so much in common with, and he turns out to be a human / a dragon.
The Quiet Place
by Sarah Stewart
A girl moves to the U.S. and writes letters to her aunt in Mexico.
See also The Gardener, by this author, about a girl moving to a city.