I have been exploring the genre of postmodern picture books for one of my courses(Learning to Read RDG 692). It's interesting because the genre is fairly new to me even though I am familiar with some of the stories and authors in the genre. What is most interesting to me about the genre is its nontraditional way of bringing the story to the audience. In fact, these stories encourages the reader to co-create the plot with the author.
The characteristics of a postmodern picture book include:
Teachers may have more of a difficult time with this stories simply because they don't follow tradition and completing a simple "picture walk" through the postmodern picture book will certainly prove to be different indeed. Students, though will have no problem at all responding to these books and will enjoy how the characters speak directly to them.
Here is a link to some of the more popular postmodern picture book authors and their stories:
Barone, D. & Mallette, M. Best practices in early literacy instruction.
Pearl Garden, Ed.D has completed her dissertation research involving understanding the vocabulary instruction practices of early grade teachers. She has a passion for the new and novice educator, and it is her goal to help educators tackle the achievement gap with her research findings. She will use this blog to share what she has learned in “pearls of literacy”. The ideas come from her dissertation titled “A Content Analysis of the Vocabulary Instruction Habits by Early Grade Teachers”.