May 10, 2016
by Barb Rosenstock
illustrated by Mary Grandpre
Award Alert: Caldecott Honor 2014
During Dr. Seuss week I used this book on Wacky Wednesday to teach about abstract art, an idea that some think of as “wacky.” Having earned the Caldecott Honor, the illustrations vividly paint a portrait of Kandinsky and his journey to creating abstract art.
Supplement this book with examples of Kandinsky’s abstract art as well as other abstract artists.
Use this book to teach
See other lesson ideas here from the publisher.
- Using Senses
- Writing Descriptively
- Phonemic Awareness — listen for the /b/ and /p/ sounds
May 10, 2016
by Jenna Glatzer
Talk about grit and determination! George Ferris has them both! Mr. Ferris had an idea (the Ferris Wheel), and he did not let any obstacles (and there were many!) get in the way of making his dream come true.
For teachers who want to emphasize the concept of grit and perseverance, read this book!
April 28, 2016
This is an exciting new biography series for kids interested in Crayola crayons, Barbies, LEGO, and Play-Doh!
The four books from the series that we purchased for the library are:
- Play-Doh Pioneer: Joseph McVicker
- LEGO Manufacturers: The Kristiansen Family
- Barbie Developer: Ruth Handler
- Crayola Creators: Edward Binney and C. Harrold Smith
These books are not only high interest reads, but can also fit into lessons about:
- Innovators and Inventions
- Nonfiction Text Features
- Main Idea
- Determining Importance
March 14, 2016
A Boy and a Jaguar
by Alan Rabinowitz
Book blurb from the catalog: Presents a picture book featuring the true story of Alan Rabinowitz, who loved the animals at the zoo and hated that they were kept in cages. Wanting to speak out, Alan found he couldn’t keep himself from stuttering, except when talking to animals–a fact he used to his advantage in championing animal rights.
This book would be great to help teach:
- Empathy (understanding Alan’s stuttering)
- Building Classroom Community (how do we treat others who are different than ourselves)
- Biographies (and even a unit on writing autobiographies — picking out a watermelon seed moment instead of one’s entire life)
- Setting goals (Alan says that if he ever gets “his voice” he will speak for the animals, who cannot speak for themselves. This is a lofty goal for a stutterer, but once he does get his voice he follows through with his promise.)
- Research famous people who stutter
This book has a website!