Versatile Picture Fiction

I love a picture book, you know this. I’m obsessed by them, I own hundreds of them, but why?

One of the most important things for me in the classroom is that I can get as much as possible from one picture fiction book because, here’s a secret,  *Checks who is looking* I’m a bit lazy. I like one book to work really hard for me so I don’t have to sort through loads. This also helps with time.  I don’t have all the time in the world to be searching for books and nor, I guess, do you.

Here are some of my top favourite books which are really versatile and could take you all term to explore fully!

Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You 
This is a superb botanical study of the creatures that feature in the Spiderwick Chronicles.  This gives a new non-narrative dimension to the stories for upper KS2 – think top trumps cards for each creature, wanted posters, reports and explanations.

Archie’s War by Marcia Williams
With the 100 year anniversary of the start of WW1 next year this picture fiction book is perfect to use in KS2.  A story in scrapbook form, this has the potential to cover every single text type you might meet during the year.  It would be the perfect basis to start children’s own scrapbooks to record key moments in their lives. With a strong link to autobiography the book has examples of letters, newspaper reports, postcards and many other text types.

The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett
Fancy explaining the Fibonacci sequence to small children?  This picture fiction book could help you out!  What happens when you start with two rabbits in a field?!  The book is a calendar and in every month there is something new –  and a new text type to look at.  Starting with January and one very lonely rabbit who sends an invitation for friends to come and join the party!  With brilliant links to maths, this book is a great all rounder you could use in KS1 or KS2.  There are instructions, invitations, autobiography, measurements, order forms, catalogues and many, many other types of writing.  You will discover new things every time you open it, a great investment – but buy the hardback if possible; you will see why at the end of the book.


Don’t you love it when the books do the hard work for you?  Cue me sat on the sofa, cocktail in hand…

Charlotte Reed – A Very Lazy Primary English Consultant

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