This is Paris

Title: This is Paris

Bibliography: Sasek, M. (2004). This is Paris. New York: Universe.

Short Annotation: This is a book which mentions all the famous and historical landmarks of the city of Paris.

Genre: Non-fiction

Grade Level: K-3

Readers who will like this book: Children who enjoy illustrations, children who like learning about history, children who enjoy travel

Personal response and rating: As I hope to be eventually teaching at a French Immersion school, I really want to find as many books as I can which acknowledge French culture and I thought this book did a wonderful job, I was really excited to find it! Rating: 5

Question: Has anyone ever traveled outside of the country? Do we think that big cities have long lines of history? What is a landmark?


Rosalie, My Rosalie

Title: Rosalie, My Rosalie

Bibliography: Mitchard, J. (2005). Rosalie, My Rosalie. New York: HarperCollins.

Short Annotation: Main character Henry Marie really, really wants a pet! She doesn’t care what kind of pet, just something to play with. Her parents keep making excuses about why she couldn’t have certain pets until her father comes home with a duckling! They immediately become inseparable and Henry Marie learns that taking care of a pet is harder than it looks.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 1-3

Readers who will like this book: Children who like animals

Personal response and rating: I thought this book was kind of generic and I got a little bored towards the middle. Rating: 2

Question: What responsibilities are there with having a pet of your own? Is it hard taking care of a pet?


The Greek News

Title: The Greek News

Bibliography: Powell, A. (2009). The Greek News. New York: Candlewick.

Short Annotation: This story is written as thought there would have been newspapers during ancient civilizations.

Genre: Fiction, Mythology

Grade Level: 3-5

Readers who will like this book: Children who enjoy mythology, children who enjoy reading the newspaper

Personal response and rating: One of the students in my fieldwork classroom was reading this book and I was able to skim along with him. I thought it had a really cool way of getting students interested in learning about mythology through a modern take, although I’m not that huge on mythology, personally. Rating: 3

Question: What is an ancient civilization? Does anyone know what a myth is?


The Chocolate Touch

Title: The Chocolate Touch

Bibliography: Skene, P. (2006). The Chocolate Touch. New York: HarperCollins.

Short Annotation: John Midas LOVES chocolate more than anything. His greed turns into him gaining a chocolate touch, meaning everything he touches turns to chocolate!! He soon learns that this is not something he wants after all.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 2-4

Readers who will like this book: Children who enjoy silly stories, children who are possibly too greedy

Personal response and rating: Listening to a book on tape was such a new thing for me and I think it was great, especially if as a teacher you are really wrapped up in getting a task done but need to keep students occupied. The story was very entertaining too. Rating: 4

Question: If you could wish for an endless amount of something, what would you wish for? Do you think there could be consequences to the wish?


The London Eye Mystery

Title: The London Eye Mystery

Bibliography: Dowd, Siobhan. (2007). The London Eye Mystery. New York: David Fickling Books.

Short Annotation: This mystery novel is based about a boy named Ted and his sister Kat who solves the mystery of his missing cousin after disappearing on the London Eye.

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Grade Level: 4-6

Readers who will like this book: Children who have varying cultural traditions, children who like learning about other cultures.

Personal response and rating: I thought this novel was a really fast and entertaining read… definitely full of suspense, too. I love London and had fun revisiting places in the story that I’ve been to so I enjoyed this book on a very personal level. There is some slang in the book that may be a bit challenging though for younger readers. Rating: 3

Question: Has anyone ever been lost? Has anyone ever had to work as a detective to find something you’ve lost before?


Chicken Sunday

Title: Chicken Sunday

Bibliography: Polacco, P. (1992). Chicken Sunday. New York: Puffin Books.

Short Annotation: This story is based around three characters, Winnie (Russian), Winston, and Stewart who want to do something nice for Winston and Stewart’s grandmother. They decide they want to buy her a bonnet that they’ve seen her admire from a shop window. With limited funds, Winnie suggests that the three decorate eggs in the traditional Russian style and sell them in the hat shop. When the owner of the shop sees how selfless the children are being, he gives them the hat free of charge. The grandmother is overjoyed with the wonderful gift.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Grade Level: 1-6

Readers who will like this book: Children who have varying cultural traditions, children who like learning about other cultures.

Personal response and rating: I love Patricia Polacco and this book just further confirms it. This story was original and I was engaged the entire read. Rating: 5

Question: Does anyone have friends from other cultures? What are some things that you think are cool or unique about something within their culture’s traditions?


The Hundred Dresses

Title: The Hundred Dresses -Newberry Honor Book

Bibliography: Estes, E. (2004). The Hundred Dresses. New York: Scholastic Press.

Short Annotation: Wanda wears the same faded blue dress every day to school, although she claims to have 100 more beautiful dresses. None of the girls in her class believe her and all begin to tease her. Although going along with the teasing, a girl named Maddie in the class knows it’s wrong but can’t come up with the courage to speak up for Wanda. Soon enough, Wanda is pulled from the class and all of the girls realize they were wrong in teasing their classmate and Maddie decides to from then on, speak up rather than say nothing.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-4

Readers who will like this book: Children who deal with bullying

Personal response and rating: I have always wanted to read this book and I’m glad I finally got the chance. In my opinion, it brought up a subject of bullying which will always be relevant. I thought the not-so-happy ending was very effective, in the sense that being mean is something you will regret and may not be able to take back, although I thought it was a little depressing too. Rating: 3

Question: What does a bully do? How do you think you’d feel if you were being bullied?

Reading Strategy Connection:

a. Reading strategy: Quick Writes

b: This strategy involves letting students explore a topic by responding to a specific question.

c: I think this strategy would work with this book because students could be prompted to answer how they would feel if they were being bullied and possibly give a scenario when they saw something happening that they felt was wrong and either spoke up or didn’t and wish they would have.


Duck for Turkey Day

Title: Duck for Turkey Day

Bibliography: Jules, J. (2009). Duck for Turkey Day. New York: Albert Whitman & Company.

Short Annotation: Tuyet is a Vietnamese American. She is very excited to celebrate the traditional American Thanksgiving until she realizes her family would be eating duck- not turkey! She wonders what her classmates will think. When she returns to school, she learns that many of her other classmates also had other meals not including turkey. One thing they did have in common, was that they got together with family and were thankful.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 1-3

Readers who will like this book: Children with varying family traditions, Children who enjoy holidays.

Personal response and rating: This book had a good way of approaching acceptance of different traditions. I think to many children this book would be very relatable. Rating: 4

Question: Does anyone have a favorite holiday? What do you do to celebrate?


The Name Jar

Title: The Name Jar

Bibliography: Choi, Y. (2003). The Name Jar. New York: Dragonfly Books.

Short Annotation: Unhei is at a new school and nervous about meeting people.  but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, she is nervous that her classmates won’t be able to pronounce her name so, instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a different name within a week. Her new classmates really curious about this new student in their classroom with no name. They and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. But while Unhei tries out different names, another student discovers her real name and how it is very special to Unhei and her family. Her new classmates encourage Unhei keeps her name and helps everyone with pronunciation.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 1-3

Readers who will like this book: Children who are learning about different cultures, children who have unfamiliar names, children dealing with culture shock.

Personal response and rating: This book was wonderful! I think it showed a great example of how students can embrace other cultures in their classrooms. Rating: 5

Question: Do you think it would be hard if you went to a new school in a different country? How do you think you would feel?


The Big Snow

Title: The Big Snow

Bibliography: Hader, B., Hader E. (1948). The Big Snow. New York: Simon & Schuster Books.

Short Annotation: As fall turns into winter and snow begins to fall, all sorts of animals begin preparing for it.   The animals stay busy by gather food find shelter for when the temperature drops.

Genre: Realistic Animal Story Picture Book

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this book: Children who enjoy animals, children who are learning about seasons, children who enjoy winter

Personal response and rating: The book was short and sweet. I think it’s simplicity was refreshing and the pictures were in great correspondence with the text.

Question: How do we prepare for winter? Are there ways that animals prepare for winter?

Reading Strategy Connection:

a. Reading strategy: Guided Reading

b: This strategy is small-group reading and involves the students reading individually until a teacher passes by and one by one they’ll whisper read.

c: I think this strategy would work with this book because it’s along with being an award winning book, it has a simple storyline so attention can be focused on engagement and enthusiasm of reading the story.