Last Stop on Market Street

May 4, 2016

Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Peña
pictures by Christian Robinson

Book Blurb: A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

Award Alert–This book got THREE!

  • 2016 Newbery Medal (for the words)
  • 2016 Caldecott Honor (for the pictures pictures)
  • 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor (given to an African American illustrator)

Needing to teach the life skill of helping others?  This is the book for you.

Needing to get students thinking about being selfless?  This is the book for you.

Just need a book that will get kids thinking?  This is the book for you!


My Teacher Is a Monster

March 16, 2016

My Teacher is a Monster
written and illustrated by Peter Brown

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Book blurb from the catalog: Bobby is convinced that his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is a monster, until he runs into her at the park one day and realizes she has another side to her as well.

Lesson ideas directly from PeterBrownStudios.com
http://www.peterbrownstudio.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/TeacherMonster_kit.pdf

Add this book to your Peter Brown Author/Illustrator study.  Add Peter Brown to your author/illustrator studies that you do if he isn’t already one of your featured authors/illustrators!

Lesson Germs from Judy Freeman:

  • What would you like your teacher to know about you so he/she understands you better
  • Make your own paper airplanes, test the aerodynamics (incorporate into a science unit)
  • End of Year project: Write My Favorite Teacher was _______________ because _____________.  Fold the note into a paper airplane.  Have students throw their paper airplanes at their favorite teachers.  Make sure the outside of the airplane clearly states to OPEN BEFORE THROWING AWAY.  Teachers will then be filled with joy from the note as opposed to being angry from having a paper airplane thrown at them.

 


Coming Home

March 16, 2016

Coming Home
by Greg Ruth

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In this nearly wordless picture book, the boy waits and watched until finally being reunited with his mother, who is coming home from her deployment.

Add this book to your list of wordless picture books.

Need ideas on what to do with wordless picture books? Read this from Scholastic.

I will definitely be using this book to introduce the concept of Veteran’s Day next year! It is a great discussion starter for young students to talk about military personnel and the emotions that go along with a deployment.


Wild About Us!

March 14, 2016

Wild About Us
Written by Karen Beaumont
Illustrated by Janet Stevens

Book blurb from catalog: A group of animals at the zoo share the unique characteristics they like about themselves and one another.

This book would be great to help teach:

  • Differences
  • Acceptance
  • Building a Classroom Community
  • Positive Body Image

Excerpt from the book: “I’m Warty Warthog!  Can’t be who I’m not.  I am who I am and I’ve got what I’ve Got.  I have tusks!  I have warts!  But5 I like what I see!  In my own special way, I’m as cute as can be.  Yessirree!  We are all the way we are all meant to be!”


The Goodbye Book

March 3, 2016

The Goodbye Book

by Todd Parr

Todd Parr doesn’t disappoint in his latest book!  He takes the difficult topic of death and grief and makes it accessible to young children.

Great read-along with a child who has just experienced the death of someone special.


Impact: The Story of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks

February 24, 2016

Impact: The Story of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks

Most appropriate for 4th grade and up, this narrative nonfiction book tells about the terror of September 11, 2001 from multiple perspectives. Chapters unfold as the reader meets a passenger on Flight 93 (the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania), an air traffic controller at Washington D.C.’s Dulles airport, a worker in the south tower of the World Trade Center, a worker who happened to be in the elevator of the north tower of the World Trade Center, NYPD firefighters responding to the call for help, the medial relations person from the Pentagon, and a Fox News reporter.  All of their stories weave together to describe the heartbreak that happened on September 11.

This book is a great resource for lessons about generating questions related to text.  Students often have many questions about what happened that day; this book could be the catalyst to teach a reading comprehension strategy while teaching about the emotions and events from September 11, 2001.

According to Capstone, this book is perfect for Common Core standards about narrative nonfiction and exploring multiple accounts of an event.

Resources to use in follow up lessons:

Follow up your learning about September 11 with the poetry book September 12th or the narrative nonfiction picture book 14 Cows for America.

Cover imageDescription of September 12th: Conveys the sense of hope and comfort found in the routine of everyday activities following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001

Cover imageDescription of 14 Cows for America: Presents an illustrated tale of a gift of fourteen cows given by the Maasai people of Kenya to the U.S. as a gesture of comfort and friendship in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001.


Fish in a Tree

December 9, 2015

Fish in a Tree

by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Fish in a Tree

Book Blurb: Ally has dyslexia, and can no more read like everyone else than a fish can climb a tree. Tired of being called slow and a loser, Ally finds that in her latest new school her teacher understands her limitations and actually sees in her a creative, intelligent side. New friends with their own learning disabilities help Ally see that she can achieve success and find happiness.

 

http://www.lyndamullalyhunt.com/books/fish-in-a-tree/

Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s website that has TONS of resources for extension.  Fish in a Tree was chosen as the 2015 Global Read Aloud (a chapter book that is chosen to be read by as many people around the world as possible).  To facilitate the Global Read Aloud, Lynda Mullaly Hunt has YouTube videos of her reading aloud select chapters and answering readers’ questions.

 

Other Resources you may find helpful:

Teacher’s Guide to help with lesson plans and activities–

http://www.penguin.com/static/images/yr/pdf/FishInATree_lessonplans_Final_LR.pdf

Ally’s Sketchbook of Impossible Things

http://www.lyndamullalyhunt.com/books/fish-in-a-tree/the-sketchbook-of-impossible-things/