Monsters

There’s a Monster in Your Book By Tom Fletcher

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Back of Book: Shake, wiggle, and tickle the monster out of this book—an interactive bedtime read-aloud.
My Review:
I have always been a fan of interactive books. They engage students in a unique and different way. When I picked up There’s a Monster in your book, I instantly fell in love with the concept. Each page gives readers an instruction to try and help get the monster out of the book. The action being asked is bolder then the rest of the text, so children can focus on the details. The monster is a very fun, and none scary monster. He simply wants to have fun with the reader The illustrations are sweet and excellent for young audiences. This is a perfect bedtime story because it shows readers that they do not have to be frightened on monsters. The ending is fun and will make readers beg to hear it again. I am definitely glad I came across this book.

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Civil Rights, History, Uncategorized

Climbing Lincoln’s Steps: The African American Journey By Suzanne Slade

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Back of Book: This empowering and emotionally driven story showcases significant moments in African American history that tie back to the Lincoln Memorial by introducing iconic civil rights activists as well as exploring President Abraham Lincoln’s role in abolishing slavery. This book highlights the hardships and triumphs faced while fighting for racial equality in America.
My Review:
I remember walking up the steps to the Lincoln Memorial. There was something unexplainable about the feeling that overcomes you as you take each stair. The history that has been made in that place is astounding. I loved each topic that was discussed in this story. Each page gives readers detailed information about different people who helped the Civil Rights Movement. This book celebrates the changes that have happened over the years. This book inspires readers to make a difference while still remembering those who have already walked the path before us. I plan on adding this book to my Civil Rights reading lit.
Ages 6 and up
32 Pages

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Fairy Tales

Little Red Writing By Joan Holub

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Back of Book:
My Review: Little Red, a pencil in search of a story. Given a writing assignment by her teacher Ms. 2, Little Red travels down the story path with a basket of red nouns looking for the kind of tale that will allow her to display bravery and fight evil, “because red is the color of courage. But what would a brave pencil do?” As she journeys around the school, she encounters action words at the gym, descriptive words at the library, etc., until she comes across a long tangly tail that is up to no good. Brave Little Red follows it into Principal Granny’s office where she comes upon the Wolf
Any time I can use a picture book to teach proper handwriting skills, and structure I do. I love that the main characters are all pencils. I also liked that first page discussed, and defined a story path. As the story progresses, the text discusses action verbs, adjectives, and other parts of speech. Little Red has several trials such as, run on sentences, and using to many nouns. I love that the book is structed using word bubbles to tell the story. It creates a unique approach to reading. Although this book is based on the premise of Little Red Riding Hood, it is different enough that children will stay engaged in it. The ending is fun, while still teaching students about the importance of the writing process. I highly recommend this book to read before any writing project.
Ages 6 and up
36 Pages

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Uncategorized

Martina & Chrissie: The Greatest Rivalry in the History of Sports By Phil Bildner

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Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert come from completely different places and play tennis in completely different ways. Chrissie is the all-American girl: practiced, poised, with perfect technique. Martina hails from Czechoslovakia, a Communist country, and her game is ruled by emotion. Everything about them is different, except one thing: they both want to be the best. But as their intense rivalry grows, something else begins to swing into place, and a friendship forms that will outlast all their tennis victories. Phil Bildner and Brett Helquist tell the engaging true story of these two masters of the court as they win title after title — and, most importantly, the hearts of the fa
My Review:
I have never known much about the sport of tennis so I was not filmier with the story of Martina, and Chrissie. This is a great detailed biography about the lives of the two women who dominated the sport of tennis. I loved how the text gives readers a picture of the way the two women played. It talks about their wicked and volley serves. The language is very descriptive and allows a reader to feel like they are a part of the game. This book allows readers to form their own opinion about which player was the best. I loved that this book shows readers that even friends can have healthy competition. The illustrations are beautiful and detailed. I would recommend this book for sports lovers, or children needing a strong biography story to do a report on.
Ages 7 and up
40 Pages

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History, Skills Children Learn, Uncategorized

The Coal Thief By Alane Adams

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Back of Book: Brrr! Georgie wakes up to a freezing morning in 1920s Pennsylvania and gets the bad news that there is no coal to heat the farmhouse―and he knows there is no money to buy more, either. Just after he finds this out, along comes his friend Harley, who drags him off on an adventure to find some mysterious “black gold.” Before Georgie can catch his breath, he’s in a pile of trouble―all the way up to his ears! Take a trip back in time and join Georgie in this heartwarming tale of mischief made and lessons learned in America’s storied past.

 

My Review: The Coal Thief is a beautiful story about a little boy who learns a very valuable lesson. Georgie thinks that he is going on an adventure instead, he is asked to steal coal from a train.  This action causes Georgie to end up in trouble, creating a perfect lesson to teach to children. Georgie’s father shows him that if he shares the coal with others, he can bless them. I love that this book combines history, with valuable skills about having integrity and helping others. The story also teaches readers about taking responsibility for their actions, and choosing good friends.  The illustrations are stunning and draw a reader into the story.  The ending is sweet, and allows readers to see an example of doing the right thing.

 

Ages 5 and up

 

32 Pages

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Autumn

Leaves Fall Down: Learning About Autumn Leaves By Lisa Bullard

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Back of Book: Autumn is time for the leaves to change colors. Get out your rake and help gather the fallen leaves. Find out why leaves change color. And take a running leap into that huge pile of leaves!
My Review:
Autumn is my favorite season. I love reading my students all kinds of picture books about the fall season. This is a great real aloud that teaches children the science behind why the leaves change colors, then fall to the ground. I loved that the story is about a young boy and the walk that he and his mother go on to look at the leaves. The illustrations are soft, and perfectly represent the changing seasons. This is a perfect book to share with children on the first day of Autumn. It is a great story for pre-school or Kindergarten.
Ages 4 and up
24 Pages

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Biography

Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller By Doreen Rappaport

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This picture book biography is an excellent and accessible introduction for young readers to learn about one of the world’s most influential luminaries. With her signature style of prose laced with stirring quotes, Doreen Rappaport brings to life Helen Keller’s poignant narrative. Acclaimed illustrator Matt Tavares beautifully captures the dynamism and verve of Helen Keller’s life and legacy, making Helen’s Big World an unforgettable portrait of a woman whose vision for innovation and progress changed America-and the world-forever.
My Review:
This story is a perfect snapshot into the life of Helen Keller. I learned so many different pieces of information about this amazing woman. I loved learning more about Annie, the woman who taught Helen how to sign. The illustrations are beautiful and truly lifelike. I loved the quotes from Helen that are weaved within the storyline. The text is early reader friendly and perfect for book reports, or National Woman’s month. This book will show readers about the amazing things that Helen Keller accomplished in her life time. I highly recommend this book.

Ages 6 and up

48 Pages

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History

Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride By Andrea Davis Pinkney

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Back of Book: Born into slavery, Belle had to endure the cruelty of several masters before she escaped to freedom. But she knew she wouldn’t really be free unless she was helping to end injustice. That’s when she changed her name to Sojourner and began traveling across the country, demanding equal rights for black people and for women. Many people weren’t ready for her message, but Sojourner was brave, and her truth was powerful. And slowly, but surely as Sojourner’s step-stomp stride, America began to change.
My Review: This is an excellent story about slavery and one woman who fought to teach other people the truth about it. I realized that I didn’t know very much about Sojourner Truth. This book taught me about the amazing strong woman that changed the way woman were seen during that time period. Sojourner spent a lifetime fighting the injustices of slavery, and close minded thinking. She became famous for her speeches and ideas. This is a great addition to any slavery, Civil War, or great woman unit. The illustrations are eye catching and beautifully done. I can see this being a perfect book report story. I highly recommend this book.
Ages 6 and up
32 Pages

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Picture Day

Picture Day Perfection By Deborah Diesen

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Back of Book: It’s picture day, and the boy at the center of this charming picture book wants to make sure his picture is perfect. It seems as though everything’s going wrong for him—he has bedhead, a stained shirt, and a big scowl on his face. But when he goes up for his picture, he thinks about his terrible appearance, and he smiles—because he secretly wants his picture to be the worst ever taken! But just as he smiles, the photo is snapped and his plan is ruined—the photo looks great.
My Review:
My picture Day is next week. So that means it’s time to practice our smiles. I have learned that children can be scared of picture day. So, I always find fun stories to show my students how fun picture day can be. Picture Day Perfection is about a boy on a mission to have the perfect picture. Well perfectly awful. The text shares everything that he goes through to make sure that his picture doesn’t turn out. The only problem is that everything backfires. Dan Santat created fun and wacky illustrations to bring the boys plans to life. This is a great book to use for a reading response, or parts of speech unit.

Ages 6 and up

32 Pages

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Fairy Tales, Farm

The Great Sheep Shenanigans By Peter Bently

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Back of Book: “A lamb for my supper will taste mighty fine!”
Thought a wily old wolf by the name of Lou Pine.
As he sneakily, slyly snuck up on the flock
But it wasn’t the sheep that were in for a shock.

With a stunningly cunning plan, Lou Pine, finds a disguise that is sure to deliver a lamb stew or two. But this flock of sheep aren’t quite the dumb mutton they seem.
My Review: This story follows a wolf in his attempts to catch a sheep for his dinner. However, he doesn’t plan for Rambo the Ram. The story follows his funny antics as he tries several different ways to get his dinner. Children will laugh as the wolf strikes out over and over. The fun twist in this story is the addition of the grandmother from Little Red Riding Hood. It creates a fractured fairy tale within the story line. Peter Bently is an amazing storyteller and has the ability to create fun and creative characters that children will love and remember. The illustrations are fun and match the funny storyline. This is a perfect book for circle time or a read aloud. It can be used for cause and effect or fractured fairy tale units.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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