Pat Dragan

Playing the Book: A Way for Children to Build a Bridge to Literacy


 Pat is a career educator, from Grade K–University. She has taught first grade, credential classes in literacy at California State University, San Francisco, and children’s literature and art workshops at the University of CA, Santa Cruz Extension. She has written and illustrated five trade books for children, including The Kid’s Cookbook: Yum! I Eat It! — with Rosemary Dalton. She has also written four professional development books for teachers, published by Heinemann: 

  • Literacy from Day One 
  • Everything You Need to Know to Teach First Grade 
  • The How-to Guide for Teaching English Language Learners in the Primary Classroom 
  • Kids, Cameras, and the Curriculum 

Pat partnered with Lois Bridges, Executive Director of The Bring Me a Book Foundation, to co-author The Bring Me a Book Read Aloud Guide (Bring Me A Book, 2010). 

Pat now mentors new teachers through the California State New-Teacher Induction Program. 

Picture Book Connect: 14 Read-Aloud Lessons

Enjoy the 14 read-aloud lessons included here. Each one is designed for you as you read a quality picture book to groups of young children. Simply click on the links below to access each lesson’s PDF.

Picture Book Connect: An Introduction

  1.  Picture Book Connect, Belonging: Grandmas Tiny House 
  2.  Picture Book Connect, Belonging: Mama, Do You Love Me
  3.  Picture Book Connect, Confidence: I Like Myself 
  4.  Picture Book Connect, Confidence: Olivia
  5.  Picture Book Connect, Courage: Giraffes Can’t Dance
  6.  Picture Book Connect, Courage: Truman
  7.  Picture Book Connect, Curiosity: Red Leaf Yellow Leaf
  8.  Picture Book Connect, Curiosity: Round 
  9.  Picture Book Connect, Friendship: Making a Friend
  10.  Picture Book Connect, Friendship: On the Night of the Shooting Star
  11.  Picture Book Connect, Hope: Elmore 
  12.  Picture Book Connect, Hope: Jabari Jumps
  13.  Picture Book Connect, Kindness: Peter’s Chair
  14.  Picture Book Connect, Kindness: The Scarecrow