The Girl Who Ran

September 11, 2017

The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, The First Woman to Run the Boston  Marathon
by Frances Poletti and Kristina Yee
Illustrated by Susanna Chapman

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Do you want a book about NEVER GIVING UP?  This is for you!  Bobbi Gibb is a girl in the 1960s.  All she wants to do is run.  But others try to stop her, her father even says “Girls don’t run!”  That doesn’t stop Bobbi.  For her first race, she disguises herself as a boy, wearing boy tennis shoes and covering her hair with a hooded sweatshirt.  Midway through the race, she had been spotted and the men running the race replied “We won’t let anyone throw you out; it’s a free road.”  So Bobbi took off her sweatshirt and finished the race!

An inspiring biography of one person who wanted to change the world, who wanted to follow her heart.

Use this at the beginning of the school year as you build community and discuss hopes and dreams!  Bobbi Gibb will definitely inspire your students to never give up and to follow their dreams!


Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights

March 16, 2016

Glow: Animals with Their Own Night Lights
by W. H. Beck

Blurb from the catalog: The author joins world-renowned photographers and biologists to present a collection of images and information about animals who have the unique ability to glow, scientifically known as bioluminescence.

Set on all-black pages, these bioluminescent animals really stand out (though that is possibly because the photographer used flash).  Through the book, students are taught the word bioluminescence by repeating the meaning of the word and showing examples.  Bioluminescence is used by animals in different ways: to hunt, to attract, to trick, to lose an enemy, etc.

When read with just the larger font, the story moves quickly and is easier to read.  Each page also has a smaller font explaining and giving an example of how the bioluminescence is used by the creature.

A great text for student independent reading as well as for a teacher to read aloud.

Whoosh, Crunch, Roar: Football Onomatopoeia

December 9, 2015

Teaching onomatopoeia?  Tired of the same-old lessons?  Looking for a great introductory text?  Whoosh, Crunch, Roar: Football Onomatopoeia is the book for you!

Whoosh, Crunch, Roar: Football Onomatopoeia

Using the high-interest topic of football with real photographs from Sports Illustrated for Kids, author Mark Weakland teaches about onomatopoeia in the context of a football game.  Each onomatopoeia is highlighted in a stand-out font for students to easily identify.  The last page even offers a “quiz” of sorts asking readers to find the onomatopoeias in the paragraph.  Answers are provided right below the paragraph.

The Important Book

October 11, 2012

The Important Book
by Margaret Wise Brown

Publisher Notes: Points out how all things, from an apple to a spoon, and from the sky to a shoe, have certain important qualities that are special about them, and that the most important thing about you is that you are you.

Comprehension Strategies: Inferring (don’t show pictures and don’t tell what the object is, have students use the clues of why it is important to figure out what the object is), Determining Importance (an introduction, possibly)

Writing: Generating Ideas, Organization, Word Choice, Expository Writing