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)
April 6, 2016
I Wish You More
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
This is a great encouragement book if you notice your students are struggling with too much on their plates. In simple text, Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld wish their readers more happiness than sadness, more good times than bad.
Sample from the text:
I wish you more ups than downs.
I wish you more hugs than ughs.
I wish you more Woo-Hoo! than WHOA!
Reading this blurb from Tom Lichtenheld’s blog just made me love him more than I already did!
“When Amy and I work together, it’s impossible (and pointless) to distinguish Artist from Writer. We both come up with words and we both come up with visuals, so a book gets the full benefit of whatever talent we can collectively muster up. This is why our book covers never use designations such as “written by” or “illustrated by.””
For this reason, this book might be a good book to use to discuss collaboration and working together. Share Lichtenheld’s blog post on NerdyBookClub’s blog (linked here)
I Wish You More Activity Kit
Amy Krouse Rosenthal Author Website
Tom Lichtenheld Website
March 16, 2016
Pom and Pim
by Lena and Olof Landstrom
Blurb from the catalog: A child named Pom has a stuffed toy named Pim. Together they go outside on a nice sunny day, and a series of good luck and bad luck events lead them home again.
This text is a great beginning-reader text perfect for K-2 when teaching cause and effect. The author uses the terms “good luck” and “bad luck” to show the effects of different occurrences.
This book also is also great for students to infer what happened from the illustrations.
Pair this book with the book Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack!