Maureen Schlosser is a retired school librarian, author of Social and Emotional Learning for Picture Book Readers, and co-author of Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades. She also blogs for Knowledge Quest and Library Lessons. She was the co-chair of the Nutmeg Book Award and has presented at state and national library conferences. Her articles about integrating the arts with library lessons and advocacy were published in library journals.
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"I just got my 25 copies of Lessons Inspired by Picture Books. It is FANTASTIC! I love the way the lessons are framed with inquiry questions; how the anchor chart examples 'teach' collaborative practices; and the use of AASL Best Apps, assessments, and rubrics. This one is a winner! I really think this could be used as a text for teaching a new librarian how to organize, deliver, and assess instruction. WOW! So glad I bought this for my elementary team!" — Mary Keeling; Supervisor, Library Media Services; Newport News Public Schools, VA
Drawing on compelling picture books that can be used to directly support the AASL National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries, this ready-to-go toolkit of lessons, worksheets, anchor charts, assessments, and rubrics is specifically designed to build learner competencies while examining big ideas inspired by picture books. An invaluable timesaver, this resource provides
- 21 lesson units that cover the six Shared Foundations, each utilizing a formatted template that’s easy to follow and incorporates the four Domains (Think, Create, Share, Grow);
- a picture book synopsis for each unit, followed by lesson objectives, essential questions, materials, and duration;
- worksheets, anchor charts, and exit slips tailored for each picture book and lesson;
- “Quick Tips” that offer helpful ideas and suggestions to consider during the lesson; and
- an appendix that includes rubrics to facilitate assessment in all six foundations.
With this resource in hand, learners and educators alike will think, create, share, and grow as they work together to meet the AASL Standards.
Chapter 1 Inquire Lessons
Chapter 2 Include Lessons
Chapter 3 Collaborate Lessons
Chapter 4 Curate Lessons
Chapter 5 Explore Lessons
Chapter 6 Engage Lessons
- Appendix A Rubrics
- Appendix B Worksheets
"Collaboration is more than an educational buzzword in this professional resource; it is the key ... This guide will help librarians looking for new ideas to establish collaborative relationships with classroom teachers on common objectives saving valuable planning time."
— School Library Connection
"This is an excellent resource for teachers and librarians who want to feature picture books in their lesson planning; it also offers useful advice on how to build and expand collaborations between the classroom and the library."
"The introduction maps every chapter to the AASL Standards, as well as three additional sets of school standards. This makes it easy for librarians to track what standards they've covered and share that progress with administrators ... I commend the authors for creating such a useful resource for school librarians."
— Against the Grain
Praise for Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades
"It is FANTASTIC! I love the way the lessons are framed with inquiry questions; how the anchor chart examples “teach” collaborative practices; and the use of AASL Best Apps, assessments, and rubrics. This one is a winner! I really think this could be used as a text for teaching a new librarian how to organize, deliver, and assess instruction. WOW! So glad I bought this for my elementary team!”
— Mary Keeling, Supervisor, Library Media Services, Newport News Public Schools, VA
"Your book brings the Standards into focus in an authentic, tangible manner. I expect lesson planning will be much easier after people look at your book. What is also unique to your book is that you take one picture book in each of the foundations and then develop lessons in each of the Domains. This provides a continuity that doesn't exist in any resource that I have seen. Kudos to you for your insight.”
— Carmen Redding, School and Youth Services Specialist, North Dakota State Library