WriteShop® Primary: Choosing Picture Books

Every lesson helps you prepare your child to write by reading a picture book together.
  • If you plan ahead by checking your bookshelves, visiting the library, or buying books in advance, you will always be prepared..
  • Select books you can read in less than 15 minutes.

Picture Book Themes and Topics
Choose books that specifically relate to each lesson’s theme. This chart will help you plan.


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Choose a Book About...

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Choose a Book That...

Lesson 1

One kind of animal

A child’s or animal’s vacation

Is one of your child’s favorite picture books

Lesson 2

A famous person

Rocket ships, planets, or outer space

Is about a mystery

Lesson 3

Any topic that interests your child

An upcoming holiday

Takes place during a certain type of weather

Lesson 4

Friends or friendship

A collection of nursery rhymes

Is about a child’s personal experience

Lesson 5


A familiar fairy tale

Describes a thing

Lesson 6

Colors  (text of book must have complete sentences)

People, places or things in your neighborhood or community

Describes a famous person

Lesson 7

Any topic, but with rhyming text (or a book of poetry)

A humorous story

Describes a certain place

Lesson 8

Insects or spiders

An ocean theme with a problem and a solution

Your child has never read before

Lesson 9

A child’s experience

An animal as the main character in the story

Is a nonfiction picture book about a favorite topic

Lesson 10

A vehicle

A community helper as the main character in the story

Is a nonfiction picture book about the topic your child will write about for this lesson’s Writing Project

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