I am a huge fan of "interactive picture books" - stories that encourage kids to get involved, even if they don't know it. Coming in many forms, some employ techniques that drive the overall storyline, while others give kids a subtle nudge to respond. Whether inherent, or a bit more sneaky, these elements help readers connect with a book and prove that reading is fun!
Here are just a few examples:
I DON'T LIKE KOALA by Sean Ferrell
-refrains encourage chanting along
FLORA AND FLAMINGO by Molly Idle
-wordless requiring interpretation of the illustrations
BATTLE BUNNY by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett
-metafiction - encourages predicting and adding own alternatives
TEN LITTLE NINJAS by Miranda Paul
-counting, repeated patterns, predictability
The REFOREMO Facebook Group includes various lists that can inform you further. We encourage participants to add titles to our lists as research is conducted.
Cindy is giving away a picture book critique to one lucky participant. To be eligible for prizes throughout the challenge, you must comment on each post, be registered by March 4, and consistently read picture books during the challenge.
As a former educator and magazine editor/writer, Cindy is consumed by a life-long passion for the written word. Writing for children provides her with a real excuse for spending so much time in the children's section of the bookstore. Cindy is a member of SCBWI and is proud to be a REFOREMO contributor. You can find Cindy on Facebook and Twitter @CindySchrauben