Cinderella

Bibliographical Information: Disney, Walt. Cinderella. New York, NY: Gallery, 1986. Print.

Brief Annotation: With the help of her fairy godmother, Cinderella is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters. She secretly attends the palace ball where she meets the prince of her dreams.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: Pre-3

Readers who will like this: Readers who are interested in princess and fairy tales

Rating/Response: 5 This book is every girls dreams to become a princess.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: How do you think you would meet the love of your life?

Reading Strategy: Free choice (Picture)

Rationale for Strategy: This book is great for free choice because students are given a chance to read about fairy tales and able to imagine what their life would be if they were in the story.

Posted by: Lisa Lor

Monster

Bibliographical Information: Myers, Walter Dean, and Christopher Myers. Monster. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1999. Print.

Brief Annotation: While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 5-6

Readers who will like this: Readers who are interested in court cases and murders.

Rating/Response: 5 This book is written in a play script form and it will be a challenging but it will be a different read.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What other types of reading articles do you read that is not a book?

Reading Strategy: Free choice (Chapter)

Rationale for Strategy: This book is great for free choice because students are not reading their typical novel but a script that can help them visualize better.

Posted by: Lisa Lor

The Lorax

The Lorax

Bibliographical Information: Seuss. The Lorax. New York: Random House, 1971. Print.

Brief Annotation: There is a problem in the town of once-lers and they are trying to figure why there are no more trees.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-3

Readers who will like this: Readers who are interested in vibrant colors of the illustration and who are into solving problems.

Rating/Response: 5 There is an important message behind this book and students can make a connection.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What would you do if all tree were plastic?

Reading Strategy: Free choice (Picture)

Rationale for Strategy: This book is great for free choice read aloud because students are given an opportunity to fantasize a different world from their own.

Posted by: Lisa Lor

No More Baths

Bibliographical Information: Cole, Brock. No More Baths. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1980. Print.

Brief Annotation: A little girl with a particular aversion to taking baths decides to run away the next time her mother tells her to take one.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: Pre-2

Readers who will like this: Readers who does not like to take baths.

Rating/Response: 4 Students will have a connection to the book if they also do not like to take a bath.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Do you like to stay clean?

Reading Strategy: Important Ideas

Rationale for Strategy: This book is good for important ideas because having good hygiene is good for the body and the book tells why.

Posted by: Lisa Lor

The Story of Ruby Bridges

Bibliographical Information: Coles, Robert, and George Ford. The Story of Ruby Bridges. New York: Scholastic, 1995. Print.

Brief Annotation: Ruby Bridges is the first African American student to walk into an all white school in the 1960’s, it was the most controversial situation but that did not stop Ruby Bridges to continue her learning.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Grade Level: 1-3

Readers who will like this: Readers who like to learn about the civil rights movement or the African American culture.

Rating/Response: 5 Students will be intrigue at how far the world has gone with segregation.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Why are you in school?

Reading Strategy: Inferences

Rationale for Strategy: This book is good for inferences because students can learn inference how history was changed.

Posted by: Lisa Lor

The LateHomecomer

Bibliographical Information: Yang, Kao Kalia. The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir. Minneapolis: Coffee House, 2008. Print.

Brief Annotation: Kao Kalia Yang writes about her personal experience and the Hmong people’s journey to seek refuge in the United States. She believes that the power of writing will allow the Hmong people a voice, a voice of importance.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Grade Level: 4-12

Readers who will like this: Readers who like to learn about a new culture or a history that has never been read in textbook.

Rating/Response: 5 This is the first book about the Hmong people written by a Hmong author that has been in the limelight.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Why are the Hmong people important in history?

Reading Strategy: Free Choice (Chapter)

Rationale for Strategy: This book is good for free choice because students can connect to the experience especially students who are also refugees.

Posted by: Lisa Lor

Mr. Lincoln’s Way

 

 

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Bibliographical Information: Polacco, P. (2003). Mr. Lincoln’s Way New York: Harper Collins.

Brief Annotation: Mean Eugene is not nice to the people in the school and says inappropriate things to people.  The principal Mr. Lincoln is liked by everyone but Eugene and Mr. Lincoln is trying to find a way to get him to like him.

Genre: Important Ideas

Grade Level: 1-5

Readers who will like this: I think all readers will enjoy this book because we all have that favorite teacher that we talk about.  We also usually know that one specific person who feels differently about that teacher.

Rating/Response: 5 I could think of my favorite teacher in high  school and how he would do anything for anyone but a lot of people didn’t like him because he was the hockey coach and they had been having a couple bad seasons.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Do you have a favorite teacher? Why are they your favorite?

Reading Strategy: Important Ideas

Rationale for Strategy: This book draws upon the talents of the mean kid and how the principal uses this as a way to befriend him.  This is an important detail in the story and is something that children can learn from when befriending others themselves.

Posted by: Brittany Billiet

Frog and Toad Are Friends

Bibliographical Information: Lobel, A. (2003). Frog and Toad Are Friends. New York: Harper Collins.

Brief Annotation: A series of stories about two best friends and their adventures with each other.  It deals with the many issues they face and how they stay best friends throughout the book.

Genre: Children’s Book

Grade Level: Pre-K-3

Readers who will like this: Anyone who loves adventure and tales between two best friends.

Rating/Response: 5 I had read one of the stories in here before but not all of them.  I really enjoyed reading the rest of the stories because they include many different adventures and situations that two best friends would deal with.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Can you think of a time when you and your best friend had a fun adventure?

Reading Strategy: Free Choice

Rationale for Strategy: I chose this book because I think it would be fun to read a mini story in my classroom every so often with my students.  I think they will grow to love Frog and Toad and want to keep reading more about them.

Posted by: Brittany Billiet

Llama Llama Red Pajama

Bibliographical Information: Dewdney, A. (2005). Llama Llama Red Pajama. USA: Penguin Group.

Brief Annotation: Baby Llama is waiting to be tucked in at night but begins to worry when his mama doesn’t come!  Lots of rhyming and repetition occurs in this book.

Genre: Children’s Book

Grade Level: Pre-K-1

Readers who will like this: Children will love this because they can relate to being tucked into bed.  I remember worrying if my mom didn’t tuck me in so this is a perfect book for children that feel this way too!

Rating/Response: 3 I read this book with one of my students during my practicum and really enjoyed it and had to read it again.  I loved the repetition and the pictures in the story.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Do you ever worry that your parent/guardian isn’t going to tuck you in for bed?

Reading Strategy: Free Choice

Rationale for Strategy: I chose to read this book because I read it with a student who had chosen it to read to me.  I loved it and had to read it again.  It is a book that many children if not most, can relate to.

Posted by: Brittany Billiet

The BFG

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Bibliographical Information: Dahl, Roald. (2001). The BFG. United Kingdom: Penguin Books.

Brief Annotation: Sophie befriends a giant called the BFG, where many magical things happen.  In this story, the two of them team up to help save the people from the people-eating giants which the BFG is not a part of.

Genre: Children’s Novel

Grade Level: 4-6

Readers who will like this: I think this book is great for anyone that is into giants or imaginative creatures.  I grew fond of the bond between the two of these characters and I think this is something all readers will enjoy.

Rating/Response: 5 I have never read this book but heard it was great from many people my own age.  I loved reading it and found it to be really loving and goofy at the same time.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What does BFG stand for?!

Reading Strategy: Free Choice

Rationale for Strategy: I chose this book because it was a popular book when I was a kid but never read it.  I felt it was important for me to read it so I knew what it was about.  I think this book would be a great day-to-day read-aloud with my students.

Posted by: Brittany Billiet