Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Bink and Gollie


DiCamillo, Kate, Alison McGhee, and Tony Fucile. Bink & Gollie. Somerville, MA: Candlewick, 2012.

Genre: Fiction, Beginner/Early Reader

Reading Level: AD310L

Summary: This story is the first of (currently) three-book series about two little girls who, though they look like total opposites, are actually best friends. The story is broken up into three different, unrelated chapters: in one Bink and Gollie find themselves at odds over a pair of wildly colored socks, and in the others Bink gets a pet fish and Gollie pretends to go mountain-climbing. These are funny, imaginative vignettes that are accompanied by beautiful, simple cartoonish illustrations.

Rationale for Classroom Use: This would be a great early reader for students with big imaginations. In a classroom, students could answer a prompt in their journal based on the text, like “Share an adventure you had with your best friend” or “Make up an adventure you would like to go on with your best friend.”

Common Core Connection: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.


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