A Ball for Daisy

Raschka, C. (2011). A ball for daisy. New York, NY: Schwartz & Wade Books.

Losing something special NEVER feels good, and for Daisy the loss of her ball is a terrible one! Follow Daisy the dog on an adventure involving loss and the kindness that can result from it.

Genre: Fiction, Wordless picturebook

Grade level: PreK-2nd

Readers who would like this book: Children who are struggling readers (especially with vocabulary and fluency), children who love dogs, children who are learning to read and working on comprehension.

Rating and response:5; I had previously read Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka and loved the book, and became convinced of my love for his authorship by A Ball for Daisy. This book is so endearing, and its illustrations make reading comprehension accessible to even the youngest readers. Raschka’s illustrations do a fantastic job of conveying emotion through Daisy the dog, and this aspect might have been one of my most favorite things about the book. Although it might be a challenge to incorporate this book into the classroom as a read aloud text, I think that this book would definitely serve as a valuable part of any classroom library!

Question: Have you ever lost something that was very important to you? How did it make you feel?



Pancakes for Breakfast

Title: Pancakes for Breakfast

Bibliography: dePaola, Tomie. (1978). Pancakes for Breakfast. New York: HMH Books for Young Readers.

Short Annotation: A little old lady who attempts to make pancakes for her breakfast.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: Pre-K-1

Readers who will like this book: Children who enjoy pictures (and breakfast).

Personal response and rating: I love it. Simple and hilarious. Rating: 4

Question: Does anyone like a good breakfast in the morning? What do you eat? Have you ever tried making pancakes?


The Loin and The Mouse

Bibliographic Information: Pinkney, J. (2009). The lion & the mouse. New York: Little, Brown and Co. Books for Young Readers.

Short annotation: This novel is about a head male lion who finds a field mouse walking through the field of dry grass. The lion scares the mouse and tries to eat him, but after hearing the mouse’s pleas to let him go, the lion lets him live.

The Genre:  Folktale, Fable, Wordless picture book

Grade level: Children and Adults of all ages

Readers who will like this book: Readers of all ages

Personal response and rating: I would give this novel a 5; I loved all the illustration found in the novel and all the details that went into every drawing. I also loved the fact that by having this story be a wordless picture book, students and children can create their own stories from the illustrations.

Question:  Can a story be told without using words and how?

Reading Strategies Connection: The reading strategies that will be use is found in Literature-Based Reading Activates by Ruth Hellen Yopp and Hallie Kay Yopp.  The reading strategy is literature map (Yopp, R. & Yopp ,H. 2010). For this active, the class needs to have read a book like for The Lion and The Mouse. The teacher will need to make a large table either by using paper, blackboard or other forms of technology that is divided into four plus section (Yopp, R. & Yopp, H. 2010). Each square can either have the name of a character along with characteristics of the character and section for question that a rise from reading the story (Yopp, R. & Yopp H. 2010). Some of the befits to using this active is it helps the student learn to paraphrase ideas, have active engagement with the reading, etc. (Yopp, R. & Yopp, H. 2010) This activity will be great for the book The Lion and The Mouse because there are  three main characters and many different questions that the teacher and students may have from reading this story. What makes this a great active is that is can help young children indemnify character and ask question about the text that had just read.



Banyai, I. (1998). Zoom. New York: Puffin Books.

This book shows what it would be like if you zoomed in on a photograph. There are so many different things you would see.

Genre: Wordless book, Picturebook, Realistic Fiction

Grades: K-5th

Audience: Parents, Teachers, Students

I would give this book a four. It loses the one point because I would love an explanation behind the idea of the book. Aside from that, this books illustrations are amazing and the idea behind it is clever.

If you zoomed in on a TV ad, what do you think you’d see?



Title: Flotsam

Bibliographic Information: Wiesner, David (2006). Flotsam. New York: Clarion Books.

Annotation: One day, a boy finds an old camera that was washed up on shore. The boy gets the film printed; looking through the pictures he finds one of a girl holding a picture of a boy holding a picture. He puts this picture under a microscope and finds that the picture of a child holding a picture continues. He ends up taking a picture of himself with the picture and throws it back in the ocean.

Genre: Wordless picture book

Grade level: K- 2nd

Readers who will like this book: Readers who like fun, detailed, exciting pictures, and who enjoy connecting pictures to a story will love this book.

Personal response/rating: 5; I loved the images in this book. The pictures are clear and well demonstrated that tells an adventurous and detailed story.

Question I would ask before reading: Have you ever found something old and discovered something interesting about it?


Pancakes for Breakfast

Bibliographic Information: DePaola, T. (1978). Pancakes for Breakfast. San Diego, New York, London: Harcourt Borace & Company

Short Annotation: The woman woke up one morning and wanted pancakes. When she was preparing the pancake mix, she realized something. She was out of milk, eggs and went out and got those ingredients. As she finished making the mix, she realized she was out of maple syrup and went out to get some. When she got back, the kitchen was a mess! This woman now has to find a way to get pancakes.

Genre: Contemporary realistic fiction.

Grade level: Kindergarten through second grade.

Audience: Students would like this book because it would give them a chance to interact with the book by being able to tell the story themselves just by looking at the pictures.

Response and Rating: I give this book a rating of seven. I liked how it provided pictures without any words. This gives kids a chance to figure out what happens in the story and it helps them with their imagination.

Question: Have you ever had pancakes for breakfast before?



Bibliographic Information: Lehman, B. (2007). Rainstorm. Boston: Houghton Mifflin

Brief Annotation: It’s a rainy day, and a lonely boy is stuck inside- until he finds a mysterious key that leads him on a journey.

Genre: Contemporary realistic fiction (wordless)

Grade Level: PreK-K

Readers who will like this: Developing and beginning readers; readers with active imaginations; readers who enjoy a mystery.

Rating/Response: 5; Like most wordless picture books, this is an excellent book to help children with inferring. There is more of a definitive plot than many wordless picture books, but there is still plenty of space for readers to bring their own interpretation. I love that the story contains children of multiple races, genders, and socioeconomic statuses getting along effortlessly. As a child, I was always fascinated by the idea of secret passageways and longed to have one (or more) in my house. I would have adored this book, and I think other children will react similarly.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What kinds of things do you do when it’s rainy and you can’t go outside to play?



Title: Bluebird

Bibliographic information: Staake, B. (2013). Bluebird. New York: Random House

Brief annotation: A boy who is bullied makes a new friend in a beautiful bluebird.

Genre: Picture book

Grade level: K – 3

Readers who will like this: Children who have been or are being bullied will like this book.

Rating: 4 – The illustrations are beautiful and do a wonderful job of telling the story even without words.

Question: Do you have a friend that would stand up for you against a bully?



1. Flotsam

2. Wiesner, D. (2006). Flotsam. New York: Clarion Books

3. This book is about a boy who goes to the beach to find things and ends up finding a camera that has many pictures within the pictures.

4. Wordless picture Book

5. 1-3

6. Readers who are imaginative and enjoy pictures and making up their own stories.

7.Rate:3; The book had very good artwork in it.

8. Whats your favorite thing to do at the beach ?



1. Flotsam
2. Wiesner, David (2006). Flotsam. New York: Clarion Books.
3. Annotation: A boy finds a camera that is washed up on shore. He takes it to a camera shop and gets he film printed. Looking through the pictures he finds one of a girl holding a picture of a boy holding a picture. He puts this under a microscope and finds that it keeps going. So he takes a picture of himself with the picture and throws it in the ocean for someone else to find.
4. Wordless picture book
5. K- Grade 2
6. Readers who like imagery and inferring their own story would like this book.
7. Rating/Response: 4; I loved how it was a complicated story told only though imagery.
8. Question: Have you ever found something old or in an off place?
Reading Strategy: I would use grand conversation. This is a good strategy because it gives students a change to talk about the images they see, because there is no words it also gives them a change to talk about they story that they inferred through the illustrations.