Friday, February 28, 2014
BUILD DOGS BUILD: A TALL TAIL by James Horvath. Harper, 2014.
Dog construction crew
Works hard to build something nice
For the neighborhood.
CLARK THE SHARK DARES TO SHARE by Bruce Hale with illustrations by Guy Grancis. Harper, 2014.
Can Clark learn to share
With all of his friends at school?
Sharing is hard work.
YELLOW IS MY COLOR STAR by Judy Horacek. Beach Lane, 2014.
Which color would be
Your favorite of them all?
That's your color star.
JUNKYARD by Mike Austin. Beach Lane, 2014.
Junkyard needs cleaning.
Maybe it can even be
A great new playground?
LOVE IS REAL by Janet Lawler with illustrations by Anna Brown. Harper, 2014.
Mamas and babies know
Love is real, especially
In the family.
TULIP LOVES REX by Alyssa Capucilli with illustrations by Sarah Massini. Katherine Tegen/Harper, 2014.
Tulip loves to dance
As it turns out, so does Rex.
Tulip and Rex: friends.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
HENNY by Elizabeth Rose Stanton. Simon and Schuster, 2014.
Henny is a chicken born with arms instead of wings. Is this a blessing or a curse? Young readers will adore this book and will pore over the illustrations for the details about Henny's own unique nature.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
BRIMSBY'S HATS by Andrew Prahin. Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Brimsby makes wonderful hats. He loves his work, and he loves spending time with his best friend. But when he is best friend decides to go off and be a sea captain, Brimsby is lonely. He does not feel like working. And then he sees the birds.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
MALCOLM LITTLE: THE BOY WHO GREW UP TO BE MALCOLM X by Ilyasah Shabazz with illustrations by A G Ford. Atheneum, 2013.
What was Malcolm X like as a child? His daughter, Ilyasah, gives readers insight into the childhood of the famous leader in this picture book.
Monday, February 24, 2014
COURAGE HAS NO COLOR: THE STORY OF THE TRIPLE NICKELS AMERICA'S FIRST BLACK PARATROOPERS by Tanya Lee Stone. Candlewick, 2013.
Stone dives into a little known piece of history with her nonfiction book about the first African American paratroopers, the Triple Nickels as they were known at the time. Though the paratroopers made history, their story has not been told in such incredible detail. Lots of archival photos, newspaper clipping, and other primary resources disclose what it was like for these history makers to achieve the status of being the "first" and yet not being utilized by the military which still had de facto segregation when it came to African American soldiers. History teachers will find this an invaluable book to share with students.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN SHOT! THE ASSASSINATION OF JOHN F. KENNEDY by James L. Swanson. Scholastic, 2013.
Details, photographs, and other elements combine to provide readers the historical background, information, and opinions on the events leading up to and following the assassination of President Kennedy. Compelling narrative makes readers feel as if they were there in the 60s when the unthinkable happened.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
THE BRONTE SISTERS: THE BRIEF LIVES OF CHARLOTTE, EMILY AND ANNE by Catherine Reef. Clarion, 2013.
The Bronte Sisters, whose first books were published under pen names because women were not seen as fit to be authors, experienced much in their young lives: much loss, much love, much success, much failure. Their lives and their deaths are chronicled here by Reef who draws readers in to the time and place with careful detail and meticulous detail.
Friday, February 21, 2014
BREAKFAST ON MARS: YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS TAKE A STAB AT TEH DREADED ESSAY ASSIGNMENT edited by Rerbecca Stern and Brad Wolfe. Roaring Brook, 2013.
38 essays comprise this collection of authors riffing on a topic. Some essays are memoirs, some are humorous, some are short and sweet and very pointed. Teachers should consider using some of these essays as mentor texts for their writing assignments. Here is proof that the 5 paragraph essay is indeed DEAD.
29 MYTHS ON THE SWINSTER PHARMACY by Lemony Snicket. Illustrated by Lisa Brown. McSweeney's McMullen's, 2014.
From the fertile and frenetic mind of Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, comes this mystery which centers on the Swinster Pharmacy. To be sure, there are strange things happening: the building is a perfect square, people are moved to speak in hushed tones when they pass by the building. There is more, 27 more to be exact. The form and format of the text is sure to attract readers who love to puzzle over text (and illustration) for clues to solving the mystery of this edifice.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
THE BOY ON THE WOODEN BOX: HOW THE IMPOSSIBLE BECAME POSSIBLE ON SCHINDLER'S LIST by Leon Leyson with Marilyn Harran and Elizabeth Leyson. Atheneum, 2013.
Leon Leyson was one of them: one of the many saved by the generosity of Oskar Schindler. This memoir takes readers back to the time of the Holocaust, a tme when simply being Jewish could mean death. Leon and his family certainly faced extermination without the assistance of Schindler and others who put their lives at risk to save others. Leyson's first person account makes this read immediate and powerful.
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HOT ROD HAMSTER: MONSTER TRUCK MANIA by Cynthia Lord with illustrations by Derek Anderson. Scholastic, 2014.
Hot Rod Hamster loves
The monster truck show. He comes
To a driver's aid.