The Think Books Project is the result of a joint effort between children’s book illustrators, Burkins and Yaris, Literacyhead, and Literacy Builders. The The Think Books Project develops and freely shares special guided reading books, which include illustrations by your favorite children’s book illustrators.
For each participating artist, there are at least 5 guided reading books ranging from level A-ish to level E-ish. Each of the five, guided reading books carries the same “Think Theme,” which we pull from a set of picture books illustrated by the feature artist. For example, the “Think Theme” for the Steve Jenkins Think Books compares the ways animals and people eat, sleep, and work.
The intent of the Think Books Project is for parents and teachers to read the illustrator’s picture books aloud to young children to build background knowledge, and then to extend the read aloud by using the Think Books in the shared, guided, and independent reading experiences of these very-beginning readers. This connection between picture books and beginning reading books increases the complexity of the thinking work, while maintaining reasonable word recognition demands for beginning readers.
Each Think Book is available free as a flipbook. The flipbooks do not require flash and work on tablets, iPads, Kindles, etc. Below the flipbooks, you will find a PDF/booklet version for each title, which we invite you to print, copy, and share widely!
The Think Books Project seeks 1) to help people fall in love with great picture books, 2) to lift the level of illustration in books for very-beginning readers, 3) to increase the thinking opportunities of very-beginning readers by connecting their texts to great picture books, and 4) to encourage teachers and parents to read picture books aloud to children A LOT.
By purchasing the picture books illustrated by artists participating in the Think Books Project, you help us continue to offer high-quality, free, guided reading books for very-beginning readers. Please support Steve Jenkins! We also appreciate your support of Literacyhead.com and Literacy Builders, which contribute the additional resources required to produce these Think Books.