Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie

Bibliographical Information: DiCamillo, K. (2000). Because of Winn-Dixie. Massachusetts: Candlewick Press.

Brief Annotation: India Opal finds a new friend (A dog) in the Winn-Dixie supermarket and takes him home as her own.  Throughout her journey she meets multiple people who teach her multiple things about life and finding the good in the bad.

Genre: Children’s Novel

Grade Level: 4th

Readers who will like this: This book would be great for students who have a great bond with an animal in their lives.  I think it is a great story for children to relate to because it talks about how the dog influences her to do many things which teach her many lessons.

Rating/Response: 5 I loved reading this as a kid and loved it even more reading it now.  I forgot about all of the lessons being taught in it and was glad to read it again.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: From looking at the cover page, what do you think is going to happen in this book?

Reading Strategy: Free Choice

Rationale for Strategy: I chose this book because children can learn many lessons from it.  They can also relate their special bonds with something to this story.

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

Me and My Senses

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Bibliographical Information: Sweeney, J. (2004). Me and My Senses. New York: Random House.

Brief Annotation: Introducing the five senses, this book provides great illustrations and plot to explain how the senses work.

Genre: Science

Grade Level: Pre-K-3

Readers who will like this: I think younger readers will enjoy this book because of the great illustrations as well as if they are just learning about their senses.  I can see them using this book to reference back to if they are still working on remembering their senses and what they do.

Rating/Response: 4 This book was very cute and a great way to show readers the senses and the way they work.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Can anyone list the senses we use from our bodies every day?

Reading Strategy: Science

Rationale for Strategy: I think this book is great for students learning their senses.  It is definitely a book I would use with the younger children and preparing them to understand how their senses work and helping the m become aware of them in their every day life.

Posted by: Brittany Billiet

George Washington’s Teeth

Bibliographical Information: Chandra, D. (2003). George Washington’s Teeth. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux.

Brief Annotation: This book is both factual and witty and provides the many accounts of George Washington losing his teeth.

Genre: Social Studies

Grade Level: Pre-K-3

Readers who will like this: I think anyone would enjoy this book.  It is a funny way of telling the actual ways that George Washington lost his teeth.  Young children may relate to this as they are losing their own teeth!

Rating/Response: 5 I loved this book.  I think it is great to incorporate in the classroom as children begin learning about George Washington.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: From what we have learned about George Washington, have we learned anything about his teeth? If not, what do you think happened to them?

Reading Strategy: Social Studies

Rationale for Strategy: I chose this book because I like witty books and I feel that it keeps children engaged.  I could see myself using this book to introduce a lesson during a social studies unit in my classroom.

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

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

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

Slippery, Slimy Baby Frogs

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Bibliographical Information: Markle, S. (2006). Slippery, Slimy Baby Frogs. New York: Walker & Co.

Brief Annotation: This picture book is also a trade book and gives a brief summary and description of different frogs. The book provides information regarding the way they live, mate, survive, etc.  It also discusses how certain animals eat the frogs and their eggs.  At the end, there is a glossary of terms used in the book as well as a map of where the frogs are from.

Genre: Science

Grade Level: Kindergarten-5

Readers who will like this: This book would be great for anyone interested in frogs, young or old.  Children love learning facts about different animals and amphibians, and I think this book does a great job explaining multiple frog types. 

Rating/Response: 5 Not only are the images in this book vibrant and helpful in understanding different frog types, there is a lot of information for students to learn about when reading about frogs.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do we already know about frogs?

Reading Strategy: Science

Rationale for Strategy: I chose this book because it would be great for a unit discussing frogs.  I think it uses simple enough language for students to comprehend as well as provides multiple frog types for children to learn about and get an idea for.

Posted by: Brittany Billiet

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

Tar Beach

Bibliographical Information: Ringgold, F. (1991). Tar Beach. New York: Crown Publishers.

Brief Annotation: Cassie Lightfoot is a girl dreaming of flying over her neighborhood and imagining being the only one able to fly.  This story brings forth the hardships that people of the lower class in Harlem deal with.

Genre: Synthesizing

Grade Level: Kindergarten-3

Readers who will like this: I think this would be a great book to read in an inner city classroom or with children who do not have the perspective of a life outside the middle class.  This story is great for any elementary readers.

Rating/Response: 4 I think this book is a great representation of the situations that people faced in Harlem back in the day.  I think it encompasses not only the hardships but the belief of freedom and hope that things will change.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever wanted a super power?  What would it be and why?

Reading Strategy: Synthesizing

Rationale for Strategy: I chose to read this book because of the strange title.  I was confused as to what it was about and then read it and understood that it would be a great book to use for synthesizing because of the interesting title as well as the interesting pictures.  Readers are immediately questioning what is going to happen in the story even before opening the book.

Posted by: Brittany Billiet