Kick start the critical reading craze in your classroom!

Some of our resources are available for you to try out here. If you do use them, we would love to hear about how the sessions went, please contact us to let us know, or simply include us in a tweet @whyweread

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Below you can find some accessible examples of the sessions we have given.

Picture books

Drawing on some aspects discussed in the blog post on Where the Wild Things Are this entertaining lesson considers Time to get out of the Bath, Shirley, Where the Wild Things Are and Eat Your Peas. It asks readers to look really closely at how the words and pictures are arranged on the page, and gradually shows them why it matters in the light of the power balances in the story. Adaptable for all ages.

recipe picture book mechanics

The Garden of Inside-Outside

Perfect for online learning and a fabulous empathetic and important picturebook, please follow the link in the first instance to hear me read this story. Then use the second video to listen to my ideas about what to look for in a picturebook, things you might discuss at home and/or with the children in class. At the end of the second video I include a list of activities that children might do to accompany this book. If you do any of these with you class or at home we would love to see your work and hear your feedback. Please comment below, or tweet myself or Book Island. While these videos give you a good idea about the book, it really is the most beautiful book to have and if you do want to buy it, for home or school, please, please support your local Indy bookshop or buy it directly from Book Island so we can keep giving our readers this level of high quality literature.


Find the follow up, critical discussion and lesson ideas here:

Roald Dahl