Monday, May 25, 2015

Dynamic Duos: Monsters


Here is a pair of books about monsters that scream to be a part of compare and contrast. Venn Diagram, anyone?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Dig down



UP IN THE GARDEN AND DOWN IN THE DIRT is perfect to share with readers. The narrative thread tells what is happening at the surface and beneath it as well. Pair this with Kate Messner's OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Growing up Pedro


Growing up with a talented older brother in the major leagues was tough. But Pedro Martinez went on to set his own path through the majors.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Black and white and should be read all over!


Instant lesson: compare and contrast the illustrations in these two books about artists. One is a tribute to Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie; the other is about a young artist, maybe even Christopher himself?

Up close and personal


Here are two "characters" kids will find fascinating, two real life people. One sold the Eiffel Tower (twice) and one uncovered a fake.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Learning about animals



Here are three pieces of nonfiction that will provide lots of information for readers of many ages (not all; one book does not fit all). The narrative and expository voices serve to demonstrate how varied nonfiction is.