Having a group of preschool students write and illustrate their own book is one way that a teacher showed her group of three year olds that they can be anything they want to be.

Preschool Students Write and Illustrate Their Own BookAt White Oak Elementary School, Amy Jankowski had her three year old morning and afternoon classes write and illustrate their own picture books.

“I feel my purpose is to help them believe they can be anything,” Jankowski said. “I believe if you have a love of books, reading and writing, you can become anything you want.”

The preschoolers were inspired after an author study on Mo Willems, the author and illustrator of children’s literature.  They chose Willems” “Pigeon” as their main character, but wrote their own storyline that was funny.

Tis project took over two months.  Each class started by gathering around a large chart for brainstorming sessions. Focusing on the main character, they developed all the stages of a book – brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing and publishing.

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