The Wall

The Wall

Bunting, E. (1990). The Wall. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin

This story was about a young boy and his father visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. They go to find the boys grandfathers name who was killed during the war.



Readers who like to read about the Vietnam War; Readers who are interested in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Rate:5; I really enjoyed this book, it showed the connection between the father and son well. It also paid tribute to the Veterans who lost their lives.

Question: What do you know about the Vietnam war?

Reading strategy: KWL chart

Before reading the book the teacher would form a KWL chart and ask the students what they know about the Vietnam War and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in washington , then what they want to know about it. After reading the story the teacher would ask what they learned from the book about the two.

The KWL chart helps students really think of the background knowledge they have on topics and then be able to add on what they learn after lesson.



Bibliographic: Bemelmans, L. (1967). Madeline (New Viking ed.). New York: Viking Press.

 Short annotation: This is the story of a little girl named Madeline who lived in a convent with other little girls, and how she ended up in the hospital having her appendix removed.

 The genre: Historic Fiction, Picture book

 Grade level: Preschool to Second grade

 Readers who like this book: Children, Parents and Education

 Personal response and rating: I would give this book a 5; I loved that at the end of the story all the other little girls wanted to have their appendix removed, just like Madeline.

 Question: Have you very need to have surgery? 




Title: Sacagawea

Bibliographic Information: Witteman, B. (2002). Sacagawea. Minnesota: Bridgestone Books.

Annotation: This book focuses on the life Sacagawea lived. It is very detailed on her journeys and the legacy Sacagawea left behind.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Grade level: 2nd – 3rd Grade

Readers who will like this book: Readers who are looking for more information and pictures on Sacagawea will enjoy this book.  

Personal response/rating: I rate this book a 5, because it is well organized and provides important facts about Sacagawea. I also like how pictures are on every page to help the reader make a connection with the content.  

Question I would ask before the reading: Have you ever heard of Sacagawea before?

Reading Strategy:

For this book I would use the Quilts (Tompkins, p. 103) reading strategy. Each student would be asked to complete a square to add to our class quilt. Our class quilt will be representing Sacagawea. The squares will include background information on Sacagawea, her journeys, and the legacy she left behind. This reading strategy is necessary for this book because students will analyze how visual elements contribute to meaning and students will integrate information presented in formats to understand the importance of Sacagawea.


A Picturebook of Anne Frank

Title: A Picturebook of Ann Frank

Bibliography: Adler, David. (1993). A Picturebook of Ann Frank. New York: Holiday House.

Short Annotation: A biography of Anne Frank with also a bit of general history about the Holocaust.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Grade Level: 1-4

Readers who will like this book: Children who are interested in world history, children who wants to know about WWII events

Personal response and rating: I thought the book was very well done, considering the touchy topic. I think it would be great to have in the classroom. Rating: 4

Question: Does anyone know who Ann Frank is?


Lewis and Clark

Bibliographic Information:  Glaser, I. (2005). Lewis and Clark. Mankato Minnesota: Capstone press.

Short Annotation: Lewis and Clark changed how the U.S. is today. They made a very long journey to explore the west and to the find the North West passage.

Genre: Biography and Memoir.

Grade Level: Kindergarten through the third grade.

Audience: Students would enjoy this book. This book is a great resource for teachers to use in their classrooms.

Personal response and rating: I give this book a rating of eight. I liked how they described their journey with the most important details that a young reader should know.

Question: Have you heard of Lewis and Clark before?


Pink and Say

Polacco, P. (1994). Pink and Say. New York: Philomel Books.

Sheldon Russell Curtis(Say) was injured during a battle and was helped by Pinkus Aylee (Pink). Pink takes say to his mother’s house where Say is nursed back to health and the two boys become quick friends.

Genre: Picturebook, Historical Fiction

Grades: 3rd-6th, though anyone older than that I would still recommend this book

Audience: Parents, Teachers, Students

I would give this book a five. Along with Patricia Polacco’s beautiful artistry paired with this emotional true(ish) story about two boys during the civil war make this book an interesting read.

From the illustration on the cover, what do you predict this book is about?


Flying Free: Corey’s Underground Railroad Diary

Title: Flying Free: Corey’s Underground Railroad Diary

Bibliographic information: Wyeth, Sharon D. (2002). Flying Free: Corey’s Underground Railroad Diary. New York: Scholastic Inc.

Brief annotation: This book is a diary of a young boy who escaped slavery with his parents and little sister. It is about his family making a life for themselves after successfully reaching Canada through the Underground Railroad. It is the second book in Corey’s series.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Grade Level: 2nd – 5th

Readers who will like this: Children who really like history will like these books because they give a child’s point of view on historical events. These books would also be good for classes that are learning about historical topics.

Rating: 4 – I really enjoyed this book and I think that they would be great books to have in a classroom for children to read.

Question: What do you know about slavery? Was it hard to escape? What is the Underground Railroad?

Reading Strategies: A double-entry journal would be a good strategy for this book because it is structured as a diary. Students can choose an entry or a quote that stood out to them and write an entry of their own that reflects the one in the book.