Vol. 10, Issue 3, March 2010

Ask the Librarian
Some Recommended Resources from the Curious Librarian

Nanette Dougherty

And the winner is...

One reader asked, “Can you please recommend some great picture books around the theme of imagination?” What a great question, Jen Scully! You are the lucky winner, and a gift of a beautiful picture book is on its way to you. According to Albert Einstein, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Also, everyone, even high school students, can enjoy great picture books.   

Perhaps you are going to be teaching a new course and need some new K-12 resources; or you are looking for the perfect read aloud for an upcoming unit; or you just need some ideas for great books or Web sites to work with a particular student or students.

I am at your service, NYS TESOL friends! Please feel free to email me about what you are looking for. I am happy to help.
I may even feature some findings in future columns and choose you as my lucky book winner! Write to me at thecuriouslibrarian@gmail.com.

Book List & Web Sites

Blake, Q. (2006) Tell Me a Picture. Millbrook Press.
A super collection of paintings and drawings from Quentin Blake. Each painting tells its own story, and comes to life in the imagination of the reader.

Bosak, S. (2006). Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom and Wishes. Toronto: TCP Press.
An inspirational and imaginative depiction of life’s hopes and dreams; illustrated by fifteen top artists. Gorgeous illustrations!

Child, Lauren. (2002). Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? New York: Hyperion Books for Children.
One strange night Herb falls into a book and meets some fairy tale characters. What an awesome book! This is a sure hit for read alouds!

Christian, P. (2000). If You Find a Rock. San Diego, Ca.: Harcourt.
The photographs and poetic text invite readers to think about common rocks in new ways; this book calls on the reader to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Dorros, A. Illustrated by Kleven, E. Abuela.  (1991). New York: Puffin Books.
An old tried and true one, with text in both Spanish and English. Rosalba wonders what it would be like to fly and soars in the sky with her grandmother by her side.

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Nanette Dougherty has been working with culturally and linguistically diverse students in grades K-12 in New York City’s Title 1 schools for fifteen years. Nanette is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Literacy (Reading & Language Arts), and is NYS State certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages(K-12), Elementary Education, English Language Arts 7-12, and now as a School Library Media Specialist. She is also the current 1st Vice President of New York State TESOL.