March 14, 2016
by Lindsey Mattick
Winner of the 2016 Caldecott Medal
Finding Winnie is the true story of how Winnie the Pooh came to be.
Book Blurb from the catalog: A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers’ horses during World War I, and the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh.
This story would be great to:
- Teach suspenseful endings (Cole is not happy with how his mother leaves the story of Winnie. Cole’s mother then starts another story to further explain Winnie in a different way.)
- Family Trees
- Beginning, Middle, End (though there are two stories in this one book, so be careful)
- Caldecott (excellent illustrations)
October 9, 2012
by Maribeth Boelts
Publisher Notes: Jeremy, who longs to have the black high tops that everyone at school seems to have but his grandmother cannot afford, is excited when he sees them for sale in a thrift shop and decides to buy them even though they are the wrong size.
Comprehension Strategies: Connections, Schema, Asking Questions, Inferring, Predicting, Determining Importance, Synthesizing
Lesson Ideas: Poverty, Acceptance, Peer Pressure, Friendship, Empathy
Writing Traits: Conventions (punctuating dialogue), Personal Narrative
October 9, 2012
by Mordicai Gerstein
Format: picture book, hardcover
The young girl in this story doesn’t know what her story should be about. She talks to her family to find out what their stories are about and she learns about all of the different genres. She visits various genres (fairy tales, science fiction, historical fiction, realistic fiction, etc.) and doesn’t feel like these genres are a good fit for her. Ultimately she decides that she is going to write her own story and be an author.
Teaching points: Writer’s Workshop, Genres
Writing: Personal Narrative, Starting up Writer’s Workshop, Generating Ideas,
Comprehension Strategies: Connections