Picture Books for Middle and High School? Wait, What?

Picture books can be used to:

  • start a discussion about historical events
  • give background information on the discovery of inventions
  • give insight to famous people
  • provide a better understanding of geographical locations
  • develop character traits
  • highlight math concepts
  • embellish and enhance grammar lessons
  • feature poetry styles
  • bring new clarity to concerning issues
  • model various types of writing
  • generate ideas for creative writing
  • introduce sophisticated concepts and ideas
  • demonstrate succinct, rich language
  • demonstrate writers’ craft: setting, foreshadowing, characterization, theme, plot, conflict, point of view, etc. because of brief, explicit text and supportive illustrations
  • demonstrate alliteration, personification, simile, metaphor, illusion, irony, parallel structure, understatement, hyperbole, and onomatopoeia because of brief text and beautiful illustrations