Reading picture books about books, words, and storytelling builds a child’s understanding of all three concepts. Of course, reading in general builds a child’s understanding of these in a more abstract sense. Both are foundational.
Picture Books About Books, Words, and Storytelling
Give Me Back My Book! by Travis Foster and Ethan Long
Lexie the Word Wrangler by Rebecca
Betty’s Burgled Bakery An Alliteration Adventure by Travis Nichols
Let’s Tell a Story! Fairy Tale Adventure by Lily Murray, illustrated by Wesley Robins
Pick the story elements and craft your own stories…Choose something on each page (using the pictures) and invent million of different stories. Do you want to be a prince, a troll, a princess, a black cat, these are just some of the main characters you could be. Then choose your outfits and accessories, where you want to go, who you’ll take with you, how you’ll get there, which path you’ll take, and so on until you get to the end of your dangerous adventure. Then start over and tell a new story! Also read Let’s Tell a Story! Space Adventure by Lily Murray.
I Want to Be in a Scary Story by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Jean Jullien
Nibbles The Monster Hunt by Emma Yarlett
Nibbles is a book monster who makes a monstrous mess in the boy’s books. First, the boy chases Nibbles but then he joins him. Read the mini-books about colors and numbers and peek through the holes.
Alpha Better by Linda Ragsdale, illustrated by Martina Hogan
Word Play by Ivan Brunetti
Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills
Rocket loves reading stories so it’s only natural that he wants to write his own story. He collects words and looks for inspiration which he finds with Owl. Little by little he adds to a story about his new friend owl. This book is sure to inspire storytelling and writing.
The Book Without a Story by Carolina Raberi
The books in this library help their friend Dusty who hasn’t had a reader in so long he’s well, dusty. They push him off a shelf and soon, a reader discovers him!
This is Not That Kind of Book by Christopher Healy, illustrated by Ben Mantle
Is this an alphabet book, a fairy tale, a first day of school book, or just what? The confused characters finally realize an important truth about stories –(and get meta)– that anyone can be in them, that the characters work together to solve problems, and they will learn a valuable life lesson.
The Biggest Story by Sarah Coyle and Dan Taylor
Don’t miss this fantastic, inspiring book about a boy trying to think up a story and the animals that help him. First, the ants suggest they be in his story. Then the cats speak up and the sheep do, too — they want to paraglide. Soon, there are tons of animals including dinosaurs. Errol is ready to tell his mom a story…And his story leads to more stories and his head is full of ideas to tell.