5 Picture Books That Connect Reading and Writing

Research shows that reading and writing skills reinforce and strengthen each other.

More-igami by Dori Kleber    

Young Joey loves to fold!  When a special guest comes to school and introduces the art of origami, he knows he has found his perfect fit!  Unfortunately, he practices his origami skills on his homework and money from mom’s purse!  Surprisingly, he finds the perfect place to practice his origami folding at the neighborhood restaurant…folding napkins!  All of that folding is good practice to increase fine motor skills in order to master writing! Recommended for ages 5-7.

My Leaf Book by Monica Wellington

A young girl begins a collection of fall leaves that she keeps in a journal.  She identifies and writes a short description of each leaf.  In doing so, she is identifying shapes and colors, making prints and pasting in her leaf book.  The colors are bright and eye-catching and some of the leaf shapes are just for fun.  Readers will find ideas to make their own leaf book on the last page. Recommended for ages 3-6.

If I Wrote a Book About You by Stephany Aulenback

This lovely affirmation of the love between mother and daughter includes descriptive words represented in branches, crackers, soap bubbles and even peas on a plate!  Each new vocabulary word serves to let the daughter know how wonderful she is.  Young children will be able to visualize that writing can take place anywhere in a variety of script styles. Recommended for ages 5-8.

The Things I Can Do by Jeff Mack

A bold, thick, black crayon imitates the handwriting of a young child sharing his list of all his accomplishments.  The illustrations are drawings by our character, enhanced with stickers, tape of all sorts and collage elements. Young children can see themselves as readers and writers with this title.  Adults can see the value of using fine motor skills like coloring, tearing paper, cutting and gluing as part of writing pre-cursors. Recommended for ages 2-4.

A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams

Writing becomes a sensory experience when Greg draws a lion in the sand with his stick.  The lion’s tail becomes longer and longer taking him down the shoreline.  As he walks, the line becomes wavy, zig-zags and loops around the marine life he passes by.  Greg even takes the time to write his own name. Recommended for ages 3-6.