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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?

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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?

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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.

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My Friend Rabbit

Title: My Friend Rabbit -Caldecott Award Winner, 2003

Bibliography: Rohmann, E. (2002). My Friend Rabbit. New York: Roaring Brook Press.

Short Annotation: This is story of a mouse and his best friend, a rabbit. The rabbit often makes poor decisions although he is only trying to do good. This story shows how true friends don’t give up on each other, and how patience is key.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-1

Readers who will like this book: Children who enjoy animals, children who appreciate friendship.

Personal response and rating: I thought this book was really sweet and I think children will really enjoy it. Rating: 4

Question: Does anyone have a best friend? Do you ever get angry with each other?

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Squircle

Title: Squircle – Winner of the 2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award

Bibliography: Skyberg, A. (2013). Squircle. New York: Wooden Nickel Press.

Short Annotation:
A little girl named Evie tries to catch a squirrel and ends up wandering through a magical forest. She unexpectedly meets many woodland friends who inspire her to overcome negative thoughts and emotions and to live in the moment, and go with the flow. Evie does find her joyful spirit! She realizes that she is never alone.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 2-4

Readers who will like this book: Children who enjoy animals, children who like nature.

Personal response and rating: I thought this book very different from a lot that I’ve read so far. It had childrens’ illustrations which I thought was a nice touch. Rating: 3

Question: Does anyone ever get angry or sad? How do you deal with it?

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Diary of A Wimpy Kid

Title: Diary of A Wimpy Kid

Bibliography: Kinney, J. (2007). Diary of A Wimpy Kid. New York: Amulet Books.

Short Annotation: This is a Contemporary Realistic Fiction book about a middle schooler named Greg Heffley. He deals with bullies, kids already going through puberty and other wimps like him. Greg records his days in school in his diary.

Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Grade Level: 4-6

Readers who will like this book: Children who will soon be entering middle school, children who like diary-like style writing

Personal response and rating: I thought this book was a really fast read. I could relate to Greg at almost every point in the book, remembering my middle school experience. I think it would be great to have in the classroom for older grades dealing with physical and social changes. Rating: 4

Question: Does anyone keep a diary? What kind of stuff do you write about in your diary?

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The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot

Title: The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot

Bibliography: McNamara, M. (2011). The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot. New York: Shwartz & Wade

Short Annotation: This is the story of the three little pigs with a huge twist! Instead of three little pigs, there are three little aliens who each inhabit their own planet. They must try and protect themselves from the big bad robot who flies to their planets!

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 1-3

Readers who will like this book: Children who enjoy fairytales, children who like outer space.

Personal response and rating: This was a hilarious version of the three little pigs and also taught the reader about planets, which is a plus! Rating: 4

Question: Does anyone know the planets in our solar system?