Using Picture Books for Standards-Based Instruction, Grades K–2
by Written and Illustrated by Patricia A. Messner and Brenda S. Copeland
February 2016, 110pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-4133-0
$45, £35, 40€, A62
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-4134-7
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With its ready-to-use lesson plans, book lists, and included reproducibles, this book is a fantastic resource for librarians who do structured storytimes for primary school-age children.

This practical handbook provides ready-to-use lesson plans that connect picture books to the Common Core standards and are ready to roll out on Monday.

Elementary school librarians today are working harder than ever, sometimes serving in two or more libraries. Most have very little time to develop lesson plans, particularly the task of relating them to standards. Elementary school librarians need materials aligned with Common Core standards that are ready to go. Written by working school librarians with 44 years of combined experience, this instructional book is designed for use with primary grade students and offers 37 library lessons that have been tested and refined in the authors’ elementary school libraries.

The lessons are constructed with follow-up materials and recommended book lists to encourage classroom teacher collaboration and continuation of the lesson. Each lesson is accompanied by reproducible patterns and worksheets and includes complete bibliographic information. Also included in each lesson are a description of the standards applied, skills and objectives addressed, recommended grade levels, lists of props and materials needed, a step-by-step lesson description, and follow-up activities.


  • Provides lessons that are linked to national standards and appeal to teachers and librarians needing to have weekly plans that identify the specific standards taught
  • Supplies accompanying patterns and reproducible handouts
  • Suggests fun follow-up activities and book titles appropriate for further instruction
Patricia A. Messner has been an elementary media specialist for the past 26 years in the Lebanon City School District, Lebanon, OH. She earned her master of education degree from Miami University, Oxford, OH, and her bachelor's degree in elementary education at Asbury College, Wilmore, KY.

Brenda S. Copeland has been an elementary media specialist for the past 18 years in Palmyra School District, Palmyra, PA. She earned her master of library science degree from Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA, and her bachelor's degree in elementary education at University of Delaware, Newark, DE.
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