October 31, 2017
written by Dori Hillestad Butler
illustrated by Nancy Meyers
King’s ball is tossed over the fence. A “not-my-ball” comes back. The case is one: Find King’s missing ball. The Cat with No Name is no help, except giving the clue that Mouse took it. So where is this mouse? Read the book to find out if King and his pals can find his missing ball!
This book is part of a series that is sure to entertain budding chapter book readers.
November 21, 2016
by Duncan Tonatiuh
Looking for a great folktale?
This picture book explains the creation of two volcanoes found 40 miles southeast of Mexico City. Expand your teaching to show where Mexico City is on a map, and show photographs of the two volcanoes. Itza is known as “la mujer dormida” and is an inactive volcano. Popo sits next to Itza and has errupted as recently as 2013.
Catalog blurb: Daughter of the emperor, Izta has no desire to marry a wealthy, powerful man like she’s supposed to. Instead, she has her eye on Popoca, a warrior. Izta’s father agrees to allow the marriage if Popoca can defeat Jaguar Claw, the ultimate enemy.
This book would be great to teach
- Problem and Solution
- Beginning, Middle, and End
- Context Clues (there are a lot of Spanish words in this book that are not directly defined)
November 16, 2016
by Mark and Rowan Sommerset
Sheep is bored. Sheep comes across something that looks suspiciously brown, but looks delicious. Sheep tries to convince Turkey to eat this substance. Spoiler alert: Poor Turkey!
But Turkey doesn’t learn. In the sequel book (I Love Lemonade) Turkey is convinced he will NOT be tricked again and tries to trick Sheep. But, somehow, Sheep turns it back around on poor Turkey! How clever!
YOU HAVE TO READ THESE BOOKS! They are even better when read aloud!
- Context clues
- Teaching dialogue with speech bubbles
- Persuasive writing
- Character Traits