Home School Years

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Series: Books

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Four-Part Series on Storytelling

This is the second post in a three-part series discussing authors, books, and stories.

Part 1: Authors

Part 2: Books

Part 3: Stories


from Bookspeak! by Laura Purdie Salas

Recommended Book: Bookspeak!: Poems About Books by Laura Purdie Salas

Lesson Ideas:

Different Books For Different Ages ~ discuss these different types/styles of books and how they are meant to transition a reader over time as they develop reading skills. Present an example of each type/style so they can see the difference between each. At the K-2 grade level, they will likely have familiarity with the first three types, but including chapter books to the lesson will help them understand the next phase of reading book.

  • Wordless Picture Books (pre-reading ages)
  • Picture Story Books includes both text and pictures to tell a story (ages 4-8)
  • Easy Readers (ages 6-8)
  • Chapter Books (ages 7-10)

Parts of a Book ~ discuss different parts of a book and their function then ask the child to answer these questions using a book of their choice to assess their knowledge after the lesson.

  • Cover ~ the front cover/flap of a book shows the title, author and illustrator of a book, and sometimes has a graphic too
  • Title Page ~ the title page gives you the title, author/illustrator and publisher of the book
  • Back Cover ~ the back cover/flap of a book sometimes gives you reviews or information on other books that the author has written
  • Spine ~ the spine is what holds everything together, similar to the spine we have in our body
  • Table of Contents ~ this is where you can see how many chapters the story has and the page number where each chapter begins (worksheet 1, worksheet 2)
  • Chapter ~ the chapters are the inside of a book where the story is told in parts
  • Glossary ~ similar to a dictionary, a glossary tells what a word means (worksheet)

Fiction vs. Non-Fiction ~ compare and contrast. Define each and provide examples of both. You can use this Fiction and Non-Fiction worksheet during the lesson.

  • Fiction books are made up by the author; the stories are untrue
  • Non-Fiction books are based on fact; the things written in the book are true
  • One way to remember is Fiction = False or Fantasy

Hardcover vs. Paperback ~ discuss similarities and the difference between both:

  • Similarities ~ both are books, made of paper, have same parts
  • Difference ~ outside cover is hard while the paperback is bendable

Book Reviews ~ discuss what a book review is and why it is helpful to others.

Songs & Poems:

Books & Reading


Why was the math book sad? because it had too many problems



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