AASL Standards–based learning for primary grades using picture books

For Immediate Release
Mon, 04/08/2019


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association



CHICAGO — Drawing on compelling picture books that can be used to directly support the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), Maureen Schlosser and Rebecca Granatini’s new book “Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades,” part of the AASL Standards-Based Learning series published by AASL and ALA Editions, is a ready-to-go toolkit of lessons, worksheets, anchor charts, assessments, and rubrics specifically designed 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 following 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.

Schlosser is a retired school librarian who writes for the website BookPagez and blogs for Knowledge Quest. 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. Granatini is a content area curriculum specialist with the Wethersfield, Conn. Public School System. She has many years of teaching experience across all grade levels K-5. A 2016 Fund for Teachers Fellow, she frequently offers professional development and conference workshops in the areas of STEAM Education, as well as integrative science and math education. The authors both blog at the website Library Lessons.

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