A few months back I shared the strategy of pairing picture books with primary sources. This is an amazing strategy as a way to introduce younger students to primary sources, and build a deeper understanding of historical context, primary source analysis, and critical thinking skills for older students.
Below is a list of a collection of primary source sets paired with a specific picture book:
- Crossing Niagara: The Death-Defying Tightrope Adventure of the Great Blondin by Matt Taveres
- Hope Genius by John Coy
- The Wildest Race Ever by Meghan McCarthy
- The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin
- Dazzle Ships by Chris Barton
- Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey
- Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers
- Dangerous Jane by Suzanne Slade
- Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression by Carole Boston Weatherford
- Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette ‘Daisy’ Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure by Shana Corey
- Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee! by Andrea J. Loney
When students are able to connect their readings with actual history and historical documents, learning is not only fun, but also enriches student understanding by allowing them to make connects they wouldn’t have otherwise been able to do. I hope these primary source collections will help you in planning your next lesson using picture books. Maybe it will inspire you to create primary source set for your favorite picture book!
What picture books do you like to use in your classroom?