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The Amazing Bone

Title: The Amazing Bone

Bibliographic information: Steig, W. (1976). The Amazing Bone. New York: Square Fish

Brief annotation: Pearl makes a new friend, a talking bone. Follow their adventure as they try to outwit a band of robbers.

Genre: Realistic Animal Fiction

Grade: K – 2nd Grade

Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy adventure will enjoy this book.

Rating: 3 – I enjoyed this story. I think that it is a story that children would really enjoy.

Questions: If you could make any object talk, what would it be?

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Brave Irene

Title: Brave Irene

Bibliographic information: Steig, W. (1986). Brave Irene. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Brief annotation: Irene’s mother is a dress maker. She needs to deliver a dress to a very important client but becomes sick. Irene decides to make the journey to deliver the dress herself but comes upon many obstacles along the way.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Grade: 1st – 3rd

Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy adventure will enjoy this book.

Rating: 4 – I really enjoyed this story. I liked that it showed bravery in such a young girl and showed that you can do anything if you don’t give up and just keep trying.

Questions: Can you think of a time when you were brave?

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Treasury for all Seasons

Title: Treasury for all Seasons

Bibliographic information: Andrews, J. & Hamilton, E. (2012). Treasury for all Seasons. New York: Little, Brown and Company.

Brief annotation: This is a collection of poetry that spans an entire year. Their are poems that cover every month and some of the major events that happen in that month. There are also poems to celebrate individual events in life, like birthdays and coming of age.

Genre: Poetry

Grade: K – 6th Grade – I thought that this book would cover all grades. It could be used to read aloud for younger students to celebrate the different seasons, but it could also be used by older students to learn different types of poetry.

Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy poetry of any kind will enjoy this book.

Rating: 4 – I really enjoyed this story. I liked that it showed that you should reach for you goals no matter how crazy people may think they are.

Questions: What is is your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate it?

Learning strategy: I chose a gallery show for this book. Students will write their own poems about a family tradition and students will have a gallery show to read everyone’s works.

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Elizabeti’s School

Title: Elizabeti’s School

Bibliographic information: Stuve-Bodeen, S. (2002). Elizabeti’s School. New York: Lee & Low Books

Brief annotation: Elizabeti is starting school and she is so excited. She really enjoys her first day but she misses her family. Would she be better off at home with them?

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Grade: 1st – 3rd

Readers who will like this: This book would be good for students who may be afraid  to go to school and leave their families. This would be a good book for the first day of school.

Rating: 4 – I really enjoyed this story. It showed what the first day of school is like in another culture, which isn’t much different than here. Readers can make connections between what their first day was like and how Elizabeti’s was similar or different.

Questions: How did you feel on your first day of school? What was your favorite thing from that day?

Learning strategy: I chose the Writer’s Chair  for this book because students can write the story of their first day of school and then have the opportunity to read it to the class.

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Always Room for One More

Title: Always Room for One More

Bibliographic information: Leodhas, s. (1965). Always Room for One More. New York: Henry Holt and Company

Brief annotation: This is a Scottish folktale about Lachie MacLachlan, a man who, despite having a family of twelve, always has room for one more weary traveler to stay the night.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Grade: 1st – 3rd

Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy folktales and enjoy reading books from other cultures will enjoy this book.

Rating: 4 – I really enjoyed this story. I think it shows that no matter how little you have, you always have enough to help someone. And not necessarily with tangible things.

Questions: What are some things you would do to make a guest feel welcome in your home?

Caldecott Award: The Medal is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published by an American publisher in the United States in English during the preceding year. There are no limitations as to the character of the picture book except that the illustrations be original work. Honor books may be named. These shall be books that are also truly distinguished.The award is restricted to artists who are citizens or residents of the United States.  Books published in a U.S. territory or U.S. commonwealth are eligible.The committee in its deliberations is to consider only books eligible for the award, as specified in the terms.

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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.

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The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders

Title: The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders

Bibliographic information: Prelutsky, J. (2002). The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders. New York: Greenwillow Books

Brief annotation: This a collection of poetry about people, places, and animals.

Genre: Poetry

Grade: Kindergarten – 3rd

Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy poetry will like this. It would also be good for teaching a poetry lesson to younger grades.

Rating: 4 – I really enjoyed the poetry in this book. They were all fairly short so they could be used for younger children.

Questions: What are some characteristics of poems?