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

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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

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

A Bad Case of Stripes

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Bibliographical Information: Shannon, D. (1998). A Bad Case of Stripes. New York: Scholastic Press.

Brief Annotation: Camilla loves lima beans.  The only problem, she doesn’t want others to tease her for liking them so she stops eating them.  But once she stops, many transformations begin occurring and the kids in school make fun of her.  Only one thing can cure her and this may include lima beans.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: Kindergarten-4

Readers who will like this: This book is an awesome book that I believe any elementary student will love.  It shows that people can like what they want and shouldn’t change that for anyone else to like them.

Rating/Response: 5 This book has great and vivid illustrations and a great message for all readers to learn from.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Is there anything in your life that you like but are afraid others might make fun of you for?

Reading Strategy: Free Choice

Rationale for Strategy: I chose this book as a lesson in differences between people.  I think it is important to show children that it doesn’t matter what you like as long as you are happy.

Posted by: Brittany Billiet

Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus

Don't let the pigeon drive the bus

Bibliographic Information: Willems, M., & Hyperion Books for Children. (2003). Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus. New York: Hyperion Books for Children.

Brief Annotation: When the bus drivers leaves the bus unattended he asks the kid on it not to let the pigeon drive the bus! The pigeon does everything possible to get the kids on the bus to let him drive the bus.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: k-2

Reader who will like this: Readers who like funny stories!

Rating/Response: 4- This is a funny book with vivid illustrations.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Can a pigeon really drive a bus?

Reading Strategy: Free Choice (Picture)

Rationale for Strategy: I chose this book because it is a fun book to learn about persuasive language and what it means in a very simple way.

Posted by: Yesenia Corral

Edwina, the dinosaur who didn’t know she was extinct

Edwina, the dinosaur who didn't know she was extinct

Bibliographic Information: Willems, M. (2006). Edwina, the dinosaur who didn’t know she was extinct. New York: Hyperion Books for Children.

Brief Annotation: A little boy is trying to prove to everyone including Edwina that dinosaurs are extinct!

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level:  K-2

Reader who will like this: Readers who will enjoy this are those who like funny stories, and stories about animals.

Rating/Response: 5- This is a great book full of fun illustrations and great humor.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Do you think dinosaurs can live with humans?  

Reading Strategy: Free Choice (Picture)

Rationale for Strategy: This is such a fun book that can be used to introduce the science topic about dinosaurs and extinction! The book is also very funny and students will really enjoy that.

Posted by: Yesenia Corral

First Day Jitters

First day jitters

Bibliographic Information: Danneberg, J., & Love, J. D. F. (2000). First day jitters. Watertown, MA: Whispering Coyote.

Brief Annotation: Teacher Sarah is scared of starting her first day of school as a new teacher at a new school, what is going to happen?

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 1-3

Reader who will like this: Readers who will enjoy this are those who like funny stories, and stories about school.

Rating/Response: 5- This is a great book that offers a view of a teachers perspective on the first day of school.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: How do you think teachers feel on their first day of school?

Reading Strategy: Free Choice (Picture)

Rationale for Strategy: I think this would be a great book to read to students when they feel scared about starting school, letting them know that teachers can be scared too!

Posted by: Yesenia Corral

The Adventures of Taxi Dog

Bibliographic Information: Barracca, D. and S. Barracca. (1990). The Adventures of Taxi Dog. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.

Brief Annotation: Maxi was a lonely dog, until Jim the taxi driver adopted him.  Maxi and Jim drive around New York City in Jim’s taxi exploring New York and meeting new people.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-3

Readers who will like this: Children who like dogs and people as the main characters; children who like New York City; children who like rhyming books.

Rating/Response: 4 This is a fun and quick book to read for a read aloud.  It’s fun to see where the taxi will take Jim and Maxi next!

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever driven in a taxi before?  What was it like?

Reading Strategy: Free Choice (Picture)

Rationale for Strategy: This book would make a good free choice picture book because it is a fun and quick read, with a story that most children can relate to.

Posted by: Jenna Bosch

I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!

Bibliographic Information: Seuss, Dr., and James Stevenson. I Am Not Going to Get up Today! New York: Beginner Book, 1987. Print.

Brief Annotation: This is a book about a little boy who doesn’t want to wake up in the morning, so he decides to sleep and sleep and sleep.  His mom calls people from all over to try to wake him up but he is just so tired and content that he won’t wake up until he is ready.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: Kindergarten-2

Reader who will like this: Students may really connect to this book because we all have those mornings where it is hard to get up and we just want to sleep all day long.  I could see this being a book that almost all students will like and laugh at.

Rating/Response: 4, this book is a funny book that is easy to read.  Like most Dr. Seuss books, there are many rhyming words that can make it somewhat difficult for beginner readers.  But it is an easy book to relate to, which makes it even more fun to read.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Has anyone ever wanted to sleep all day and not do anything?

Reading Strategy: Free Choice (Picture)

Rationale for Strategy: This is a fun book to read and it could be used for a lesson or a free choice book for students to read.

Posted by: Breanna Richey