Whole Book Approach Storytime Sets (newsletter March 5, 2020)

Dear Readers,

This is a mini newsletter with some major news: my Steps To Literacy Whole Book Approach Storytime Sets are available to order!

As I look back to the start of this project, I realize I’ve essentially written 7 books about 75 picture books in 8 months. Phew! It’s been a lot of work, and I’m so grateful to everyone at Steps To Literacy and Charlesbridge for supporting this effort to bring the Whole Book Approach to an even wider audience of teachers and students.

While I was writing, I thought a lot about one of my greatest teachers, Susan P. Bloom, Associate Professor Emerita at Simmons University, who passed away just as I began curating titles for the Sets. When Steps To Literacy invited me to write a dedication for the Whole Book Approach Storytime Guide that will accompany each grade-level Set, I knew just what to say:

In memory of Susan P. Bloom, who supervised the independent study at Simmons University that led to my development of the Whole Book Approach in association with The Carle, and who was a constant source of encouragement in my life. May every student be lucky enough to have a teacher like Susan, and may every person have a friend like her in their corner.

I mention Susan in my book that introduces the Whole Book Approach, Reading Picture Books with Childrensince she was also the professor who taught the Picturebook course at Simmons when I was a graduate student 20 years ago. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Whole Book Approach would not exist without her, and it does my heart glad to know that those who read my book, and now my Guide in the Storytime Sets, will be part of the ripple effect of her impact on my life and my career.

Read on for more information about the Sets’ contents, ordering links, and details about upcoming events where I will launch the Sets with Steps To Literacy. Please share this news with the educators in your life, and thanks, as always, for being in my corner.



Each Set for grades Pre-K – 5 includes a sturdy bin filled with:

  • 10 picture books I selected by award-winning authors and illustrators
  • A Whole Book Approach Storytime Guide that I wrote for each grade level, with customized storytime discussion plans, extension activities and resources for all 10 curated books, and. . .
  • “A Message from Megan” introducing the Whole Book Approach and offering additional Critical Literacy resources
See a Sample Guide here!


Meet author-illustrator
Yuyi Morales
at The Carle on March 13, 2020

Steps To Literacy will join me at this special event for a soft launch of our Storytime Sets. I selected two of Morales’s picture books (Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book and Dreamers, pictured above) for the Pre-K and grade 5 Sets, and I can hardly wait to hear her speak.
Register here today »

The Whole Book Approach Meets Critical Literacy

Join me and author and scholar Breanna J. McDaniel on March 14, 2020 at the Transforming Education for Social Justice conference at UMass-Amherst. McDaniel’s debut picture book, Hands Up!, is in the 2nd grade Storytime Set, and Steps To Literacy will be present with samples of the Sets for attendees to preview.
Register here today»



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