Not JUST for Kids: Using Picture Books with Teens and Tweens

Are you pigeonholing your picture books, limiting them to just primary grades? Gain insights from librarians and literacy luminaries Betsy Bird, Cicely Lewis, and Susannah Richards as they discuss the benefits of and strategies for using picture books with older students—including middle grade and high schoolers.

Watch our webinar on demand, moderated by Carol Hinz, Associate Publisher, Millbrook Press & Carolrhoda Picture Books.

We’ve also put together a Q&A post with our panelists answering audience questions that we didn’t have time to address during the session.

Booklists: Recommended Picture Books

Check out picture books recommended by our presenters for use with older readers or browse picture books from Lerner online now. We’ve also collected a list of books mentioned during the webinar along with crowdsourced resources for finding great picture books!

Download Crowdsourced Booklist and Resources (Excel) >

Download Presenters’ Booklist (Excel) >

Browse Picture Books Available from Lerner >

Download Our Teaching Guides

Download free teaching guides for Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer and Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre. The guides include discussion questions, activities, additional resources, and more ideas perfect for using these picture books to spark discussion with older readers in your classroom or library.

Download the Unspeakable Teaching Guide >

Download the Classified Teaching Guide >

Additional Resources

Article by Cicely Lewis on School Library Journal: “Picture Books for Older Students”

Article from the New York Times: “Your Kids Aren’t Too Old for Picture Books, and Neither Are You”

From Perspectives On Reading: “Nonfiction Picture Books: They’re Not Just for Kids!”

Recommended resources for discovering new picture books from our panelists and webinar viewers:

Cicely Lewis’s column on School Library Journal
Betsy Bird’s Blog on School Library Journal’s Kids Next List
Publisher’s Weekly Children’s Bookshelf Newsletter
Cooperative Children’s Book Center
Children’s Book Council
Book Riot

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