“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Dave the Potter. Written by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Bryan Collier. Little, Brown and Company c. 2010, 40pp.
Reading Level: AD (adult directed) 1100L
Synopsis: This historical fiction story describes how Dave, a real slave, potter, and artist, created his jugs out of clay. Dave wrote poems on his jars and only signed his first name, Dave. It is not known how Dave learned to read and write, but he was lucky that his owners allowed him to create pottery because he lived a better life than most slaves who worked in the fields.
Rationale for Use: This book would be a great way to introduce and/or discuss the genre of historical fiction to younger students.
Common Core Connection: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.5 Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.