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Wed, Nov 25




Join me as we unpack 17 books to look for all the reading, writing, and language standards hidden within this picture book. Learn how to turn your favorite picture book into a phenomenal reading and writing mini-lesson.

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Time & Location

Nov 25, 2020, 5:06 PM



About The Event

The purpose of this PD is to unpack all the possible teaching points contained within one title. 

I would not and I do not suggest you teach all the teaching points in one title in one day/week (I will discuss more on this in the PD). The intent is to read the picture book aloud to your students first before using it as a mentor text. Using the book as a mentor text means you are using the book during your reading or writing strategy minilesson to teach one skill and strategy that readers or writers use to make meaning. While we will discover 20+ teaching points for each book, one should be taught at a time and the others should go into your "teaching bank" to be taught later on in the school year. This PD will equip you with the skills and know-how to teaching skills and strategies when one is not provided for you. For example, lots of schools and districts are provided with reading and writing units of study, or lots of schools and teachers use the reading and writing strategies book, however neither one of these resources are all comprehensive. When a strategy for a reading or writing school does not exist, you will have the power to create one because you have completed this PD. 

The protocol that we will follow to find the teaching points is scalable meaning you will be able to do this on your own with any book after the PD, or teach other teachers how to unpack a picture book. 

The Zoom code will be emailed to attendees the night before the event. 

The price of this PD does not include the purchase of the book title. Please print this attachment before attending the PD.

Purchase the books here: PB&J Titles

 9/30 8pm-9pm I Dissent (K-8) Biography, Social Justice & Women's Rights

10/3 10am-12pm The Last Stop on Market Street (3-8) Fiction, Diversity/Inequality

10/6 3pm-5pm Nothing Ever Happens On 90th St. (3-8) Fiction, Personal Narrative Writing

10/8 8pm-10pm Creepy Carrots (K-8) Fiction, Spooky Story

10/13 3pm-5pm Night of the Veggie Monster (K-3) Fiction, Author’s Craft

10/17 10am-12pm Sulwe (K-8) Fiction, Skin Tone & Self Love

10/20 6pm-8pm Mae Among the Stars (3-8) NF Narrative, Big Dreams

10/24 10am-12pm Counting on Katherine (3-8) NF Narrative, Women in STEM

10/26 3pm-5pm Emmanuel’s Dream (K-8) Biography, Overcoming Disabilities

10/28 8pm-10pm Sophie Valdez, Future Prez (K-8) Fiction, Women Empowerment

10/31 10am-12pm Grace for President (Nov. 3 – Election Day) (K-8) Fiction, Electoral College

11/4 3pm-5pm The Wall (Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day) (K-8) NF Narrative, Veteran’s Day

11/10 3pm-5pm The Rough-Face Girl (2-8) Folktale, Algonquin Folktale

11/12 8pm-10pm Balloons Over Broadway (K-8) NF Narrative, Macy’s Day Parade

11/16 10am-12pm Island Born (K-8) Fiction, Social Justice

11/18 6pm-8pm The Great Thanksgiving Escape (K-8) Fiction, Thanksgiving

11/21 10am-12pm Esquivel* (K-8) Biography, Hispanic Musician

If you are registering multiple people, please email their names and email addresses to

Please pay via PayPal or credit card for groups less than 20. If you are registering a group larger than 20 people and need to pay via purchase order, please email If your ticket is not paid for by the night before the event, the Zoom code and password will not be sent to you.

For any questions and for more details, email


  • All Access Ticket

    Includes access to all 16 PB&J videos




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