Today’s picture book pairs look at sports, Pride, and 4th of July.
Apple Pie 4th Of July by Janet S. Wong, Margaret Chodos-Irvine and My Fourth Of July by Jerry Spinelli, Larry Day are stories about the same holiday but from different perspectives.
Use the guide below from the introduction to Perfectly Paired Picture Books as you study the books in today’s post.
1. Is a book you read diverse? If yes, what story elements make it so?
· Main character
· gender identity
· sexual orientation
· skin color
· racial identity
· ethnic/cultural identity
· religious affiliation
· socioeconomic inequity or inequality
· Story problem
2. How is this book a mirror for readers represented in it?
3. How is this book a window or sliding glass door for readers who are and are not represented?
4. How does the point of view add to the storytelling?
5. What makes the structure of this book a good fit for this story?
6. How do the illustrations and visual storytelling add to the text?
7. Consider the author’s perspective—what are examples of ways the author and or illustrator show how they see the setting, character, problem, or topic?
8. Do you know the relationship of the author to the characters, topic, and or theme of the book? How does that affect the storytelling?