In my talk at WSRA last week, I spent a good deal of time on writing notebooks and how essential they are to my writing process. As Ralph Fletcher says in A Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You:
Keeping a writer’s notebook can help you be more alive to the world. It can help you develop the habit of paying attention to the little picture and images of the world you might otherwise ignore.”
Here are three recent picture books that celebrate that same sense of wonder. Any of these could be a great way to launch writing notebooks.
In this wordless picture book, a little girl collects city wildflowers and gifts them to things around her, while her distracted father cruises through his day.
Just two words: “Hurry” and “Wait” create the plot for this story of a mom and her son hustling to catch a train. A great reminder that sometimes things are worth slowing down for. Also perfect for talking about perspectives with little ones.
Surely, you’ve heard about this Newbery-winning/Caldecott Honor-ing picture book by now. But each time I reread the journey of CJ and his grandmother’s bus ride, I’m struck by the power of the words and the message.