Picture Books Kids Will Love
These delightful picture books about Flight will make your child’s reading comprehension soar if you read them in a special way to get your kids excited to do some thinking. I’ll show you some tips and tricks as a Reading Specialist. Try these three high-quality picture books to start.
- Flight School (P-3 Lexile 490) Read-aloud Guide is attached here. Flight School
- Goggles The Bear Who Dreamed of Flying (All ages, no Lexile available)
- Penguin Flies Home (P-3 Lexile 620)
- Mingo the Flamingo (P-3 no Lexile available) A Read-aloud guide is on the top Menu.
I will be reading all four of these stories on my You Tube channel, Creating Smart Readers. A direct link to my channel is here. You Tube Stories
Before You Read
Get the kids excited and curious before you read – make paper airplanes together. Also, talk about the cover illustrations and titles and ask kids to make predictions on what the stories will be about. Ask kids what they think about animals flying. Boys, especially will be motivated to read about aviation if they make planes and get to move around by flying them. When Boys Hate to Read
During the Read-Aloud
When you read aloud to kids, you become the model of how good readers think while reading because, after all, reading is all about thinking. So you will “think out loud” during the reading. This will also get your children engaged in the story by guiding them to look at words and illustrations and to ask questions. And, the best of all is when you stop to point out something awesome in the story, you are showing your kids that it’s okay to stop and notice things of wonder.
Picture books are often overlooked as great mentor texts that give examples of parts of speech, use of language, hidden meaning, and a call to initiate change in the world. For example, the author of Flight School uses onomatopoeia (sound effects) during the story. This story also shows kids that they should keep working to find a solution to a problem and never give up on your dreams. Ask kids what advice they would give Little Penguin to solve the problem. There are more ideas in the Read-aloud guide.
After-Reading Fun and Learning
It’s what you do after reading a story that cements the information into the minds of young learners. These activities also encourages kids to learn more about a topic and to have fun with what they learned. These are just a few ideas for the flight books listed above:
- Compare and Contrast 2 or 3 of these picture books
- Research penguins and flamingos
- Create a flying invention for an animal
- Write a new ending to one or more of these stories
- Write a story that shows problem and solution and use sound effect words
- Find out more about airplanes and flying
- Make and fly a kite
- Take a Virtual (or real) Tour of an airport
- Build and create with blocks or Legos
- Have races with your hand-made paper airplanes. Measure the distance for a Math connection.
The Power of the Picture Book
Kids love airplanes and making paper airplanes too. Use this interest to teach them all about how good readers think smart when they read. You are their guide when you use picture book read-alouds in this interactive way. It has always been my feeling that most picture books are too hard for kids to read on their own – to get the deep meaning and understanding of the stories. That is why I stress the importance of reading picture books aloud to your children and talking about them as you read. In the top Menu, you will find Read-Aloud Guides for for many of the stories I feature.
A Word About Lexile Levels
A Lexile level is the range of numbers that matches a book’s reading level with a grade. Please note that Flight School is recommended for kids in P-3 with a Lexile level of 490. A 490 level is at the end of Grade 2. These levels are for kids who read in the normal grade-level range. Penguin Flies Home, however, is rated 620 in Lexile level which is at the beginning of Grade 4. It is targeted at kids P-3. Please know your child’s reading level.
Children should practice reading with books close to their own reading level for best success and to build confidence. However, kids can understand books read aloud to them that are 2 years above their own grade level reading scores.
There are many great picture books available to read aloud to kids on aviation-related topics. Get them excited; get them engaged, and get them busy learning more!