Create Your Own Picture Book!


   You are new to America and want to share your culture with everyone.  You feel like the people of America need to know more about where you come from. You and a partner decide you want to design a picture book. However, you want to make sure people read your book so you want to make sure it is eye-catching.

   For this project, you are expected to use your imagination and research on a culture to create a picture book sharing your culture. Think back to a time or event in your childhood that is similar to the culture you are learning about. You can create a picture book using your experiences and the studied culture to create a relatable book. 



 You and a partner will be creating a picture book using the culture you chose. You and your partner must work together to make your picture book interesting and eye-catching. 

   In this lesson, you and your partner will:

  • Research your chosen culture
  • Work together to write and illustrate a picture book
  • Use your own experiences and combine them with what you learned about your culture
  • Create a picture book using blank books provided

   After completing the books, the class will vote on whose picture book is the best and that book will be publised and placed in the school library.  So do you best! 


   In order to work on this project and receive full credit, you and your partner must follow the following steps:

  1. After picking which culture you and your partner want to create a picture book about, you must research that culture.  Try and find as much information about the culture as you can so that when you create your book, you are well educated in that culture. 
  2. Once you have gathered information about the culture, you and your partner are ready to start planning for your book! Work with your partner and brainstorm ideas that you can use in your book. Be thinking about: the topic, the title, the setting, the chararters, and how you can relate it to your own life.
  3. Now is the time to be writing a draft of your story! Try to make it as interesting and engaging as possible! Have fun with your story!
  4. Next, think about which medium the illustrator will be using for the pictures. Will they be drawing, using water color, or another method? Remember that pictures can be used to set the mood in a story!
  5. Use your sketchbook that was provided for you to draw out a rough draft of your book.  Choose where you want to put the words in relation to the pictures.
  6. After you have completed the above steps, come get your approval from the teacher.
  7. Once you get an approval, it is time to start creating your final draft of your picture book! You may now begin using your blank book. Make sure to write neat!

Your story will be graded based on its effort, how engaging it is, and neatness. 










The Story’s Illustrations

The story only contains a few drawings.  These drawings are messy and have little detail. It is clear the illustrations were rushed.


The illustrations are similar and repeat themselves. The time was spent to create the drawings, but there was lack of creativity.

The illustrations in the story are original and show creativity.  It is evident that the illustrator took their time. The pictures are engaging and interesting.



The Text in the Picture Book


The text is sloppy or nonexistent. The story has no meaning and not much effort was placed into writing.

The story does not flow and seems choppy. Although it is overall appropriate, the pictures don’t match and more details are needed.

The text is thorough and the pictures work well with the text. It is written neatly and there is a purpose for the story being written.



 How the Story is Presented

 The story and illustrations are poorly put together. It was sloppy and the story does not flow.


The story flows, but more time needed to be spent on the illustrations and story.

It is clear that the author and illustrator took their time and put much time and effort in the making of the book.



After reading the cultural picture book, Silent Music, you discovered one of the many differences cultures practice. In this book, you saw that even their writing in different cultures can be different.  By creating your own pictures book about different cultures, it helps you better understand a specific culture and share it with others in your own creative way!


The following book was read before beginning the project:

Rumford, James. (2008). Silent Music. New York: Roaring Brook Press. 

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Carrie Cann

Teacher reads Silent Music by James Rumford as an opening for this lesson. This book demonstrates many cultural differences.  Students then create their own picture books using the culture of their choice.