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


Mr. Lincoln’s Way



Mr. Lincolns Way Polacco, Patricia 1 of 1

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

Froggy Builds a Tree House

Bibliographic Information: London, Jonathan, and Frank Remkiewicz. Froggy Builds a Tree House. New York: Viking, 2011. Print.

Brief Annotation: This book is about a frog named Froggy who wants to build a tree house but needs the help of his friends and his family.  Once the task is complete, Froggy and his friends hang out in the tree house all night and have fun.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-4

Readers who will like this: Students who enjoy the Froggy books or books about having fun with friends will love this book.

Rating/Response: 3 – This book is an easy read and has great illustrations.  Students will enjoy this book, especially during read-to-self because the pictures do a great job of showing them what is happening.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Having you ever tried to do something but you needed help from someone else even though you didn’t necessarily want it?

Reading Strategy: Important Ideas

Rationale for Strategy: This book shows students that sometimes it is alright to ask for help because we can’t always do everything by ourselves, not even teachers or other adults.

Posted by: Breanna Richey

Bear Says Thanks

Bibliographic Information: Wilson, Karma, and Jane Chapman. Bear Says Thanks. New York: Scholastic, 2013. Print.

Brief Annotation: This book is about a bear who is bored one day so he decides to have a big feast with friends but he doesn’t have any food.  All of his friends bring food but he still doesn’t have anything.  His friends show him that it is alright because they stick together and help each other out.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this: Students who enjoy beautiful illustrations and stories about being thankful.

Rating/Response: 3 – This book holds a great message about being thankful for things that we may not have realized we are thankful for.  It has beautiful illustrations but when reading this book, we must remember to remind our students that this is not a true story and it is definitely not the story of Thanksgiving.  It is just a fun book to read around Thanksgiving.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What are you thankful for?

Reading Strategy: Important Ideas

Rationale for Strategy: It is important to remind students that we are all thankful for something but sometimes it is hard to remember what we may be thankful for.

Posted by: Breanna Richey

Chicken Sunday

Chicken Sunday

Bibliographical Information: Polacco, P. (1992). Chicken Sunday. New York: Philomel Books.

Brief Annotation: Three children want to buy their friend Miss Eula who makes them chicken on Sundays an Easter hat that she has been admiring for quite some time.  This story illustrates their journey in getting the hat for her.

Genre: Important Ideas

Grade Level: Pre-K-3

Readers who will like this:This book is great for all ages to read.  I think it is something we can all relate to because we have all felt that need to give someone something to show appreciation for what they have done for us.  At times, we haven’t had the adequate funding to do so, but we have worked hard to gain what we need.

Rating/Response: 4.5 This book includes multiple cultures as well as provides readers with a scenario they can relate to.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: When was a time you wanted to give something to someone in return for what they have done for you?

Reading Strategy: Important Ideas

Rationale for Strategy: Using this book for the reading strategy of Important Ideas is great because it helps students not only notice the main points but to also to differentiate between the many cultures being referred to in the book.

Posted by: Brittany Billiet

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Bibliographic Information: Numeroff, Laura Joffe. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. New York: Harper & Row, 1985

Brief Annotation: If you give a mouse a cookie, he’ll want something else to go with it.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: k-2

Readers who will like this: Students who enjoy stories about animals or crazy situations will enjoy this book.

Rating/Response: 4 – This is a wonderfully written book with great illustrations, the repetitive text will keep younger students engaged while the silly situations will make older students want to read it again.

One question you would ask before a read aloud:  What do you think will happen if you give a mouse a cookie?

Reading Strategy: Inferences

Rationale for Strategy:  This book gives students the opportunity to predict what the mouse will want next, if desired, inferences could be made after each page.

Posted by: Olivia Cyr


Bibliographic Information: Cooper, Elisha. Dance! New York: Greenwillow Books, 2001. Print.

Brief Annotation: This book follows a dance company from rehearsal to performance with lots of detail and fun, descriptive language.

Genre: Nonfiction/Realistic Fiction

Grade Level: 2-4

Readers who will like this: Students who enjoy dance or movement will especially enjoy and connect with this book.

Rating/Response: 3 – This book is fun and has a lot of words that will help students imagine the process of getting dancers ready for rehearsal. I don’t like how small and minimalistic the illustrations are, but the writing is really engaging and students can visualize what goes into being a dancer.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do you imagine it’s like to be a professional dancer? What sorts of things would you do to prepare for a performance?

Reading Strategy: Important Ideas

Rationale for Strategy: Since this book is very detailed, it offers an opportunity for students to practice picking out the important ideas of a text, namely the steps of preparing for a professional dance performance.

Posted by: Caitlin Miller

Madeline’s Rescue

Bibliographic Information: Bemelmans, Ludwig. Madeline’s Rescue. New York: Viking, 1953.

Brief Annotation: The girls of Miss Clavel’s boarding school are on their daily walk, when Madeline slips and falls off the bridge into the Seine River, she would have drowned if not for a heroic stray dog who came to the rescue.  The girls took the dog home and named her Genevieve, but Lord Cucuface does not approve and kicks Geneveive out.  The girls rebel and look all over the city for their new dog but can’t find her until there’s another accident.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-3

Readers who will like this: Students will enjoy this book if they enjoy the Madeline books, books about dogs, or have ever been in a situation where they felt like they needed to be rescued, such as falling into a pool, falling off a bike, etc.

Rating/Response: 5 – I have always loved the Madeline books, but I particularly enjoyed this one, especially with the double meaning of the title.  The story is written in delightful verse that keeps the tone light enough for young readers.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Can you think of a time you helped someone?

Reading Strategy: Important Ideas

Rationale for Strategy: Madeline’s Rescue teaches the importance of safety precautions as well as the importance of helping those who helped you.

Posted by: Olivia Cyr

The Hunterman and the Crocodile

Bibliographic Information: Diakite, B.W. (1997). The Hunterman and the Crocodile. New York: Scholastic Press.

Brief Annotation: Donso, the hunterman, has to carry crocodiles across a river and as he does he comes across other creatures that refuse to help him.  This causes him to learn that he needs to live in harmony with nature.

Genre: West African Folktale

Grade Level: 4-6

Readers who will like this: Children who like folktales; children who like animals as characters; children who like African settings; children who like stories with lessons/morals to be learned.

Rating/Response: 4 I really liked this book because it teaches an important idea, that humans are not above all other living things; we need to live in harmony with nature.  The story is also repetitive so it is easy to follow along, and the illustrations are wonderful!

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Do you think humans and other living things live in harmony?  Why or why not?  Should we?

Reading Strategy: Important Ideas

Rationale for Strategy: This book would make a great book for determining important ideas because there is a main theme/moral to the story that students can pinpoint.  Students can also determine the reasons and evidence from the book that supports the main idea.

Posted by: Jenna Bosch

Pink and Say

Bibliographic Information: Polacco, Patricia. Pink and Say. New York: Philomel, 1994. Print.
Brief Annotation: This is an insightful story about Pink, a white man, and Say, an African American Union soldier, who become friends during the Civil War. They help each other out and learn from each other while facing hardships, showing that true friendship does not discriminate. 

Genre: Historical Fiction

Grade Level: 3-6

Reader who will like this: Readers who enjoy learning about history will certainly enjoy this tale centered on the American Civil War. This book would likely appeal to males, which is highly important to note, in addition to females.

Rating/Response: 5 – This story is magnificently written and the illustrations do not distract from the deeper meaning within the text. This would be an awesome book to use as an introductory read aloud for the topic of the Civil War. Patricia Polacco does a nice job of celebrating humanity and differences within this story.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: We know that this book is about the Civil War. Based on the title and cover of the book, what can we predict that the book is going to be about and why? Who do you think Pink and Say are and why?

Reading Strategy: Important Ideas

Rationale for Strategy: I do not think that we can stress enough to students how important it is not to judge someone based on the color of his or her skin. This book celebrates diversity but also addresses key ideas revolving around the Civil War and American history.

Posted by: Emma Henke