October 17, 2018
by Minh Le
illustrated by Dan Santat, Caldecott Artist 2015 (Adventures of Beekle)
A boy and his grandfather cross a language and cultural barrier using their shared love of art, storytelling, and fantasy.
Starting out as a wordless picture book, you meet a boy and his grandfather. They seem to have nothing in common until they boy gets bored and pulls out his art supplies. Then a whole new world opens up as the boy draws and the grandpa draws, building “a new world that even words can’t describe.”
- Mentor text for illustrations telling details from the story
- Discussion starter: language barriers
An introspective look by other educators:
September 11, 2017
How to Survive as a Firefly
by Kristen Foote
Illustrated by Erica Salcedo
Did you know that fireflies only live as adults for 5-30 days?
Drill Sergeant Firefly is tasked with teaching the firefly larvae all they need to know to survive their life cycle. And he must accomplish this task quickly, before he dies.
Told in a comical dialogue, readers learn about metamorphosis, the firefly life cycle, bioluminescence, and everything you could possibly want to know about fireflies!
Looking for a way to spice up your how tos?
Looking for a possible project using coding, incorporating life cycles?
Looking for a mentor text that shows a comical voice?
Just looking for a good read?
This is the book for you!
November 21, 2016
by Michael Escoffier
Remember reading Take Away the A?
Well, the author of Take Away the A has a new book in his series: Where’s the BaBOOn? It encourages students to put together the red letters to solve the riddle on each page. For example, the riddle reads “Who brought an apple?” The illustration shows the arm of an ape giving the teacher the apple. Students put together the letters a – p – e and the clue from the illustration to know it is the APE that gives the apple. Each page is one riddle after another.
November 18, 2016
by Jacqueline Davies
Illustrated by Sydney Hanson
Panda wants to wear pants. Father Panda doesn’t agree. Read to find out how this little Panda tries to persuade his father.
Use this to teach:
- Dialogue (no speech bubbles or quotation punctuation, though)
- Persuasive Writing
- Using illustrations to help tell the story
Really—this one is a just a great read aloud!