I love the concept of Take Away the A, by Michael Escoffier. It pairs words together, showing what one word becomes if you take a letter out of it. ?
One of the pairs in the book (the “i” pair) turned “stair” into “star.” I especially liked the illustration for that, and it made me wonder what it would be like to climb stairs all the way up to stars. And, well, the worrier in me had a few questions!
And I also did something else new, trying to share a connection with another picture book I like. Take Away the A and Cat Tale both focus on words and language in a playful way.
I’ve been doing something new. After reading a picture book, sometimes I jot down a quick poem based on something in the book. It could be inspired by the entire book, the setting, a character, or even just a tiny detail in a picture or a single phrase from the text. I’m using picture books as a jumping off point for poems. I thought this might be something interesting for you to do in your classroom, so I’m going to share some of them here.