Three Picture Book Resources for the Upper Elementary Classroom

A busy weekend allowed me to read; however, I was unable to post. I found the following books that I read to be great resource books for the upper elementary classroom, rather than read alouds:
  • George Washington by Cheryl Harness
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
  • She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton
The books are longer than the other picture books that I have read and have found them to be full of a lot of information for one sitting. Students may use these books to gain knowledge about a subject for research or can be used as a classroom resource to share small portions at a time.

George Washington by Cheryl Harness. An extremely informative biographical picture book about the life of our first President, George Washington. Published by, National Geographic the information is credible and relatable to the upper elementary student. What I loved the most about this book was the details within the pictures. A student will gain a lot of information from studying the information in the drawn maps and illustrations of key moments in history. For example: those present at the Second Continental Congress (pages 14-15), the men in the room discussing the Constitution (pages 32-33) and the first administration hard at work (pages 38-39).

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison. A collection of short biographies on some black women who have done incredible things to make a difference in our world. Chronologically organized by their year of birth: Phillis Wheatley 1753 to Dominic Dawes. Each women is featured in an illustrated character on one page and then their name, year lived, title/position, and a synopsis of who they were and what they did. The book offers additional women that are just as incredible who did not make into the collection; as well as suggested Further Reading page which includes websites, books, and other media to learn more about women leaders listed and not listed within the pages of this book. An incredible way to introduce a variety of historical women leaders to your students and inspire them to "be the change, they want to see in the world."

From my own personal library (a gift on my 41st birthday), She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton. Similar to Harrison's Little Leaders, this beautifully illustrated picture book is another collection of women. Chelsea Clinton provides short biographies of American women who persevered in the face of adversity. The following thirteen women helped shape the United States through their persistence: Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, Nellie Bly, Virginia Apgar, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, and Sonia Sotomayor. The book begins with a message about how being a girl is sometimes difficult and the reality at times our abilities are limited due to our gender; although we are told that not everybody listens to those boundaries. Each woman has a full two page spread filled with a picture, a small description of who they are, a quote, and how she persisted. The book concludes with another message, "They persisted and so should you." Reading and studying this book will assist students toward meeting, Idaho Social Studies Standard 5.SS.1.1.2 Discuss significant individuals who have been responsible for bringing about cultural and social changes in the United States.

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These books were read as a part of my #BookaDay Summer Reading Challenge. I am looking forward to my next read, already! Who knew that reading picture books would become so addicting! Until next time....


  1. I have not yet read Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, but this looks like a fabulous source for both the classroom and at home. I appreciate it when "further reading" information is available in the back of the book. I need to add this to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing, Jeanie!

  2. I haven't read Little Leaders yet, but I love She Persisted (though I need to read the international one). Thank you for sharing these titles :)

    Happy reading this week!

    1. Thank you Kellee for stopping by, I too need to read the International one of She Persisted!
      Happy Reading ☕

  3. I absolutely loved She Persisted, too. I just borrowed She Persisted Around the World - and am looking forward to reviewing it soonest. :) - Myra (GatheringBooks)


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