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!
April 28, 2016
by Bill Thomson
Wordless picture book author/illustrator Bill Thompson (author of Chalk and Fossil) is at it again. This time the kids in the story come across an old typewriter. When they put paper in it and write, the words come to life.
Add this to your must-use wordless picture books!
This book is also great to teach:
- Cause and Effect
- Beginning, Middle, and End
- Description through illustrations
- Sequencing (using illustrations only)