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.
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?
Bibliographic Information: Donaldson, J., & Scheffler, A. (2003). Room on the broom. New York, NY: Puffin Books.
Brief Annotation: As a witch is flying on her broom with her cat, she loses (and finds) her ribbon, hat, and wand, meets some new friends, and makes room on the broom for everyone- until she is about to be devoured by a hideous dragon! Will her new friends be able to rescue her?
Grade Level: PreK-3
Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy stories with witches; readers who enjoy repetitive text; readers who enjoy stories featuring talking animals.
Rating/Response: 4.5; I enjoyed this book immensely. The text is repetitive in a way that will help students develop phonemic awareness. The story is simple, but full of friendship, generosity, and perseverance. I love that the witch’s new friends manage to band together to scare off the dragon, and the broom the witch creates at the end, including special features for each of her animal friends, will amuse readers.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: This would be an excellent book to encourage students to make predictions. Students could practice during the early repetitive portions of the story, and then would get the opportunity to engage more critical thinking skills when making a prediction for the climax.
Bibliographic Information: Snicket, L., & Klassen, J. (2013). The dark. New York: Little, Brown.
Short annotation: This is the story of a boy named Laszlo who is afraid of the dark. One day when the light went out, the dark helps Laszlo to find the light again.
The Genre: Fiction, Picture Book
Grade level: Preschool to First grade
Readers who will like this book: Readers who will enjoy this book are children who are afraid of the dark. It would also appeal to parents wanting to help their children get over the fear of the dark and educators wanting to talk to students about emotions and fears.
Personal response and rating: I would give this book a 5; I enjoyed how the pictures really made the storyline come to life. I also loved that this book talked about a common fear that children have.
Question: Have you ever been afraid of something?
Erica Carle’s Opposites ( The World of Eric Carle)
Carle, E. ( 2007). Erica Carle’s Opposites ( The World of Eric Carle). New York, New York: Grosset & Dunlap.
A book going through the many different types of opposites we deal with on a daily. For example the opposite of “up” is “down” and the opposite of “day” is “night”.
Readers who are learning opposites; Beginning readers
Rate:4; Good book for beginning readers. Illustrations were very nice and detailed.
Question: What is the opposite of something? What are some opposites you know?
Stella Queen of the Snow
Gay, M. (2000) Stella Queen of the Snow. Toronto, Ontario: Groundwood Books
Stella loves the snow and when her new friend Sam experiences his first snow storm Stella is able to answer all his questions. She takes him to go ice skating, sledding, and they make snow angels.
Readers who enjoy the snow; Readers who like the Stella series.
Rate:4; I enjoyed the book, liked how Stella felt she knew everything about snow and was so excited to share the experience with her friend Sam.
Question: Why do you think Stella is called the “Queen of Snow”?
Snow Dog, Go Dog
Deborah, H. (2013) Snow Dog, Go Dog. Las Vegas, NV: Amazon Children’s Publishing
Tinka a golden retriever has fun playing in the snow especially sledding. Until one day Millie a beagle shows up and out races her on the sled . Tinka ends up lost and her owner goes searching for her.
Readers who like the winter; Readers who like dogs
Rate: 4; Feel like children will really like this book especially because of Tinka, a dog who can sled.
What are some fun things you do in the snow?
Title: Dimity Dumpty: The Story of Humpty’s Little Sister
Bibliographic information: Graham, B. (2006). Dimity Dumpty: The Story of Humpty’s Little Sister. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press
Brief annotation: Dimity Dumpty was the lesser known littke sister to Humpty Dumpty. She was the quiet member of the circus performing family but she had a great talent for playing the flute. When Humpty falls off the wall, she finds her voice to save her brother.
Genre: Realistic fiction
Grade: Kindergarten – 3rd grade
Readers who will like this: Readers who like Humpty Dumpty and similar stories willl enjoy this story.
Rating: 4 – I really liked seeing the story of Humpty Dumpty from another perspective. I also liked that Dimity is the quiet younger sister but still makes a big difference.
Question: Can you explain the story of Humpty Dumpty?
Weeks, S., & Greene, J. (1995). Red ribbon. New York: Laura Geringer Book.
Jenny is eight and she has a neighbor who she knows is sick. Whenever she asks her mother about the neighbor her mother says Jenny needs to be caring- and wear a red ribbon. The red ribbon is the ribbon for AIDS.
Genre: Concept, Picturebook
Audience: Parents, Teachers, Students
I would give this book a three. I had no idea it was about AIDS until reading the part at the back of the book explaining what the red ribbon stood for. However, I do like the message of the book and how Jenny knows almost nothing about her neighbor and his illness.
What other ribbons have you seen like this one and what are they for?
Wilder, L. E. (1963). Little House on the Prairie. New York: Little House Heritage Trust.
Laura’s Pa is sick of the big woods. There are too many people living there. He decides to move Ma, Mary, Laura, and Baby Carrie to the Kansas plains where he says no one lives yet and where there is elbow room.
Genre: Historical non-fiction
Audience: Parents, Teachers, Students
I would give this book a four. There is some very obvious racism against Native Americans in this book, but it is a good representation of the time period in which the Ingalls family lived and the troubles that could occur living in a pioneer situation.
Have you ever heard of Laura Ingalls Wilder?
Title: The Next Place
Bibliographic information: Hanson, W. (1997). The Next Place. Minneapolis, MN: Waldman House Press, Inc.
Brief annotation: This book is about one idea of what happens after we die. It shows pictures of a beautiful place where nothing from life matters because everyone is the same.
Grade: Kindergarten – 2nd, but its good for any age really
Genre: Picture book
Readers who will like this: Readers who are dealing with loss and want an idea of what happens after death.
Rating: 4 – I really enjoyed this pictures in this book and thought that the idea behind painted a good picture of what I believe happens after we die.
Question: Where do you think people go after they die? What does it look like to you?