The Art of Teaching

with Picturebooks


An interactive, hands-on workshop that transforms practices around a simple and powerful teaching tool currently available in every classroom.


It’s time for a new perspective on the traditional picturebook.

Blending theory and practice, we’ll put the latest research and best practices into teachers' hands, building upon a foundation of formal properties, finding new features in cherished favorites, and resolving common misconceptions.

Teachers will return to their classrooms ready to engage students in the full literary, artistic, and educational experience of the picturebook.


Teachers will learn how to:

  • Accelerate literacy development using modern picturebook art and design
  • Enhance inferencing and prediction skills by capitalizing on peritext features
  • Guide students in monitoring and adjusting comprehension through close examination of word and picture relationships
  • Promote reading success with ELL students and reluctant readers using wordless picturebooks
  • Interpret students’ responses to picturebooks for comprehension and engagement 
  • Increase students’ abilities to ask literal, interpretive, and evaluative questions of text
  • Align authentic literature to the TEKS

Why choose this workshop?


Invest in growing your teachers

Perfect for novice and veteran teachers

Utilizes tools that are readily available

Timelessly relevant


Next-day implementation in classroom

Research-based best practices

Motivating, engaging and inspiring

Bridges illustration and author's craft


What other teachers are saying:


"It was one of the most valuable trainings I have ever been to."


"The speaker was incredibly prepared and had insightful, clever, well-researched input."


"I can tell she is passionate about her topic."


"Everyone needs to go to this class!"


"I really enjoyed this presentation and it provided me with fabulous insight and made me understand the emotional connection to picturebooks."


"It made me think of a lot of new ideas and perspectives."


"This PD would be great for all teachers."


"VERY helpful and entertaining!"


"Easy to implement in readers/writers workshop!"


Meet the Instructor


Victoria is a reading specialist and has more than a decade of experience in the classroom, delivering trainings, and coaching teachers. She began delivering district-wide professional development in her second year of teaching. She designed a workshop around new research into picturebooks and received rave reviews from teachers in her district. Her mission is to bring the workshop to the widest possible audience.

She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and son.



B.A. from Texas State University-San Marcos
 Interdisciplinary Studies

M.Ed. from The University of Texas-Austin                          
 Mentoring, Leadership, and Professional Development

Certified Reading Specialist


Professional Affiliations:

ILA - International Literacy Association

TALE - Texas Association for Literacy Education

ChLA -  Children's Literature Association

TCTELA - Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts


Work with Me



I work with administrators and school districts who want their teachers to use high-quality, authentic literature as mentors texts to help with students fall in love with reading and writing.

Please use this contact form to talk to me about bringing The Art of Teaching With Picturebooks workshop to your school, district, educational service center, conference, or preservice teacher program. You may also email me directly at

Group and individual instructional coaching is also available.







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