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Great Websites for Writing Ideas
Inanimate Objects That Tell a Story (also useful for Voice)
Call Number: P HAL (hardback)
Red's factory-applied label clearly says that he is red, but despite the best efforts of his teacher, fellow crayons and art supplies, and family members, he cannot seem to do anything right until a new friend offers a fresh perspective.
Call Number: P MAC (hardback)
Spork, a misfit in the cutlery drawer, finds his combination of spoon and fork is just right for a very messy creature that has arrived in the kitchen.
Call Number: P ROS (hardback)
A pair of chopsticks gets separated, but after some traumatic moments the two friends eventually learn to stand on their own.
The Ideas are the main message, the content of the piece, the main theme, together with all the supporting details that enrich and develop that theme. The Ideas are strong when the message is clear, not garbled. The writer chooses details that are interesting, important, and informative–often the kinds of details the reader would not normally anticipate or predict. Successful writers do not "tell" readers things they already know; e.g., "It was a sunny day, and the sky was blue, the clouds were fluffy white …" Successful writers "show" readers that which is normally overlooked; writers seek out the extraordinary, the unusual, the unique, the bits and pieces of life that might otherwise be overlooked.
From Education Northwest Website: http://educationnorthwest.org/traits/trait-definitions
The Farmer and the Clown by
Call Number: P FRA
A wordless picture book in which a farmer rescues a baby clown who has bounced off the circus train and reunites him with his clown family.
Call Number: P BOY
Told solely through images and using a spare yet dramatic palette, artist Lizi Boyd has crafted a masterful exploration of night, nature, and art. Both lyrical and humorous, this visual poem--like the flashlight beam itself--reveals that there is magic in the darkness. We just have to look for it.
Free Fall by
Call Number: P WIE (hardback)
A young boy dreams of daring adventures in the company of imaginary creatures inspired by the things surrounding his bed.
Call Number: P THO (hardback)
A wordless picture book about three children who go to a park on a rainy day, find some chalk, and draw pictures that come to life.
Call Number: P COL
In this wordless picture book, a boy who is confined to his room fills his sketch pad with lions and elephants, then imagines himself on a safari.
The Lion and the Mouse by
Call Number: P PIN (hardback)
In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable set in the African Serengeti, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when she rescues the King of the Jungle.
Call Number: P MIY (hardback)
Wordless picture book about a boy who loses his paper boat in the rain.
Call Number: P KUL (hardback)
"Torben Kuhlmann's ... nearly wordless tale offers a ... window into an imaginary yet hauntingly familiar world under our feet, where the moles suddenly recognize the precarious balance between progress and preservation. But is it too late?"
Flora and the Peacocks by
Call Number: P IDL (hardback)
In this wordless book with interactive flaps, a little girl named Flora forms a friendship with two peacocks as the three learn to dance together.
The Flower Man by
Call Number: P LUD (hardback)
Presents a story of an old man who loves to garden, and when he steps into a colorless world he brings the stories out of all of his neighbors.
Call Number: P KRO (hardback)
Josh hides the bad haircut he gave himself by wearing a bag on his head, until his sister has a better idea.
Call Number: P PER (hardback)
Illustrations present such imaginative possibilities as worms with wheels, caterpillar toothpaste, and whales in outer space.
The Whisper by
Call Number: P ZAG (hardback)
Her magical book of stories is wordless until a whisper in the wind tells a little girl to imagine a story for each page.
One Day, the End by
Call Number: P DOT (hardback)
One day. . . I went to school. I came home. The end,- says our storyteller-a girl with a busy imagination and a thirst for adventure. The art tells a fuller tale of calamity on the way to school and an unpredictably happy ending. The genius of this picture book is that each illustration captures multiple, unexpected, and funny storylines as the narrator tells her shorter-than-ever stories, ending with One day. . . I wanted to write a book
Picture Books that Spark Ideas
Fractured Fairytales to Spark New Story Ideas
Prince Cinders by
Call Number: P COL
A fairy grants a small, skinny prince a change in appearance and the chance to go to the Palace Disco.