A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln

Title: A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln

Bibliographic information: Adler, D. (1989). A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln. New York: Holiday House

Brief annotation: This book is a biography of Abraham Lincoln. It follows his life from childhood, through his presidency, to his assassination.

Genre: Non-fiction

Grade: Kindergarten – 3rd

Readers who will like this: Readers who are interested in the presidents will like this book. This series would also be good for a unit on the presidents.

Rating: 4 – I really enjoyed that this book. I loved that it had factual information in a concise, easy-to-understand way. Also, being that this is an audio book, students can start out by reading along with the recording and work up to reading alone. This is a good option for a developing reader.

Questions: Who was Abraham Lincoln?

Learning strategy: I chose the collaborative books activity. Students, in small groups, will choose a president and write their own book like this one.


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?



D’Souza, N. (n.d.) Windswept. Retrieved from: http://lightupyourbrain.com/stories/audio-story-windswept/

This story is about a beautiful Copperpod tree who is envied by all. When the wind begins to blow, the Copperpod tree demands that it stop blowing its leaves off! It does, but in the end the Copperpod tree realizes he needs the wind after all!

Grade level: PreK-3rd

Genre: Fiction

Readers who would like this: Children who enjoy audiobooks, children who enjoy stories with strong morals, children who enjoy stories with fantastical elements.

Rating and response: 3; I thought this audiobook was good, however the read was a bit boring to me. The storyline was quite simple and I feel like there are better children’s books that depict the selfish-turned-appreciative character. The thing that I did like about the book is that it had a pretty clear-cut moral for young students. Overall, it was a bit lackluster to me.

Question: What is the value of appearance?

Reading Strategy: Picture Carousels

For picture carousels, the teacher selects images that are related to the literature and posts them around the room for students to explore. The students try to figure out a common theme within the pictures. A modification of this activity for older children could be to make inferences about the pictures posted.

This strategy would work well for this book due to the lack of images present with the literature. Placing pictures around the classroom would give students concrete examples of the moral depicted in the story.


The Composer is Dead

Bibliographic Information: Snicket, L., Ellis, C., & Stookey, N. (2009). The composer is dead. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Brief Annotation: The Composer is Dead is an introduction to the sections of an orchestra as told through a murder mystery. The Inspector attempts to solve the case by interviewing the various sections of the orchestra. The book ends with the inspector realizing that many composers are dead, but we keep them “alive” by playing their music. The paper copy of the book includes an audio cd that features the story being read aloud with an original score composed by Nathaniel Stookey to support the text.

Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Grade Level: K-12

Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy mysteries; readers who enjoy classical music; readers who are curious about the orchestra.

Rating/Response: 4.5; I love this book, and I love that the author and composer collaborated to create this new take on introducing the orchestra through a story (as has previously been done with Peter and the Wolf, among others). As with much of Snicket’s collected bibliography, the story has a bit of a morbid twist, as well as clever wordplay (“This is called composing. […] This is called decomposing.”).

One question you would ask before a read aloud: There are many different kinds of music, like jazz and hip hop. What other kinds of music can you think of?


The Whale who Ate Everything

Title: The Whale who Ate Everything

Bibliographic Information: Devoe, D (2012) The whale who ate everything. Canada: EH Plus Publishing.

Annotation: A very hungry blue whales eats everything he can find in the sea. The more he eats, the bigger he gets, and then all of a sudden the whale attempts to eat a boat.

Genre: Children’s Fiction Picturebook

Grade level: Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Readers who will like this book: Readers who like fun books about whales will enjoy this book.

Personal response/rating: I rate this book a 5, because it is a cute book with fun illustrations. The captions from the other animals were fun to read too.

Question I would ask before the reading: Do you know what whales eat?


The Whale Who Ate Everything

The Whale Who Ate Everything

Devoe, D (2012) The Whale Who Ate Everything. Canada: EH Plus Publishing

A blue whale is really hungry so he begins to eat random things he finds in the sea. As he eats he gets bigger and bigger, until one day the whale tries to eat a boat.

Children’s fiction


Readers who like books about fish;Readers who like whales

Rate:4; The book was adorable to me the illustrations were cute and I really enjoyed the captions from the other animals.

Question: What do you think is going to happen to the whale after he ate everything?


Moose Crossing

Bibliographic Information: Greene, S. (2005). Moose Crossing. Grand Haven, Michigan: Brilliance Audio

Short Annotation: One day a sign was displayed outside of Mooses habitat, and it said Moose Crossing. He got really excited and kept a close eye on it. Then people started to recognize him more and he did not like that. He wanted to get rid of the tourists and back to his own lifestyle.

Genre: Nonfiction.

Grade Level: Kindergarten through first grade.

Audience: Students would like this book.

Personal rating and response: I give this book a rating of six. I liked how this book showed how moose was proud to have his own sign but once more and more people came around to watch him, he got tired of it. He was able to figure out a way to get rid of the tourists to get back to his lifestyle.

Question: Have you ever seen a moose before?


Is Your Mama a Llama?

Guarino, D., & Madigan, A. (20061989).Is your mama a llama?. New York: Scholastic Audio.

Little Llama wants to know what animal each of his friends mothers are. He goes on an adventure to find out.

Genre: Informational Text, Audio book

Grades: Pre-K through 1st Grade

Audience: Parents, Teachers, Students, Other Caregivers

I would give this audio book a three.. Though I liked the story, I felt the pace at which it was read and the voice of the narrator irritated me.

Describe your mom. What is she like?


A Bad Case of Stripes

1. A Bad Case of Stripes
2. Shannon, David (2006). A Bad Case of Stripes. New York: Scholastic Press.
3. Camilla woke up with stripes all over her body. She went to school even though she didn’t want to. Everyone made fun of her. Then she was asked not to come back to school until she was better. Her mother called the doctors and they did not know hoe to fix it. They had everyone try to help Camilla. An old women offers her lima beans and that fixes the problem.
4. Audiobook
5. Kindergarten- Grade 3
6. Readers who like problem solving and sickness will like this book.
7. 3; This was a good book, although it was long. I think it gives a unique perspective in being sick and getting made fun of.
8. Have you ever been sick? Did you go to the doctor?
Reading Strategy: I think that doing a quickwrite would really get readers thinking about this book. You could ask them what crazy thing they would have used to cure Camilla’s sickness or about when they are sick. It would help students connect to the story.



Bibliographic Information: Allsburg, C., & Williams, R. (2012). Jumanji (30th anniversary ed.). Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt;.

Short annotation: Jumanji is the story of Peter and Judy finding a board game and the wild adventures they had while playing Jumanji.

The Genre: Fiction, Picture Book, Audio CD

Grade level: Preschool to Third Grade

Readers who will like this book: Some readers who will enjoy reading this novel are children, parents and educators looking for a wonderful adventure book which exposes children to a large vocabulary.

Personal response and rating: I would give this book a 5; I enjoyed every part of this novel because the plot line was so creative, the illustrations were so detailed and the characters are very relatable for children. I also loved the fact the 30th anniversary edition had a CD reading of the story because this could be a great tool for children who are still having a difficult time reading, to help them improve their vocabulary and helping them learn to read better.

Question: Have you ever play a board game that ever took you on a wild adventure?

Reading Strategies Connection: The reading strategies that will be for this story can be found in Literature-Based Reading Activates by Ruth Hellen Yopp and Hallie Kay Yopp.  The reading strategy is called a graphic organizer (Yopp, R. & Yopp, H. 2010). This activity uses a visual display to show the sequence of a story. For this active, the teacher will either need to make a story map by using paper, black bored or the using other forms of technology to show the image of the story map (Yopp, R. & Yopp, H., 2010). This is one example of a story map, this story map has the title of the book at the top with an arrow pointing at the three boxes labeled beginning, middle, end ((Yopp, R. & Yopp H., 2010).  The student should give example of what happened in sequential order of the story Some of the advances for using this activity is help student learn to organize information, text structures, description, etc. (Yopp, R. & Yopp H., 2010).  This is an excellent activity that will work very well with the book Jumanji because there is a very clear beginning, middle and, end to the story. Also if the teacher can use any of the other story maps this book will easy fit into any of the requirements.