Diversity Materials

absolutelytrueThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Author: Sherman Alexie

Publication Information: New York : ittle, Brown, 2007.

Ages: Middle School/High School

Summary:

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Analysis:

This is a story of adolescence. A story that every person who has every been a teen or a teen who is different in any way should read. Novel does contain subject matter that some readers may not want to read about however, the whole book is not about masturbation. It is about Junior and what it is like to be a young person. I live in Spokane, Washington the hometown of the author and the setting for the story. He tells the truth. I see these students in our schools and I am sure every middle school and high school student in America has felt like Junior. This book should be read not for the sexual content but for the coming of age story it is. It is a shame that even in 2013 we still have books being questioned for its content and not looked at for its message.

Content Area:

English, American Indians, Sexuality, Teen Choices

Curriculum:

We offer a class that all students take titled Teen Choices. I would use this book in that class as it deals with many of the subjects discussed in that class such as bullying, being different, being a teen, emotions, violence. Students can relate to this book and it is a wonderful novel to use to elicit conversations that pertain to the life of a teen.

Digital Content:

Author Website

http://www.fallsapart.com/

 

Awards:

2007
  • National Book Award, Young People’s Literature, for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
2009
  • American Library Association Odyssey Award as the year’s “best audiobook for children or young adults”, read by Alexie (Frederick, MD: Recorded Books, LLC, 2008,
2010

All My Noble Dreams and then What Happens

Author: Gloria Whelan

Publishing Information: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2013.

Ages: 12-16 Middle School/High School

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Summary:

Rosalind lives in British-controlled India.  She is the only daughter in a well-off family whose father is in the British Government. Rosalind runs a small school for the village boys that is not controlled by the government. Her father would not approve if he found out about the school. Her father does not approve of her following of Gandhi and finding out about the school would aggravate him more. This is the second book in the Small Acts of Amazing Courage series.  The book also tells of what happened to Hari, the infant that Rosalind rescued in the first book and how her aunts are now doing living in India.  As Rosalind gets drawn further into British life, she finds her two worlds colliding and the struggle to remain true to herself and what she believes.

Analysis:

Although this book is second in a series it can be read as a stand alone book. I have not read the first book but plan too. I read this book in two days and it is absolutely engaging. The vocabulary is easy to understand and is a perfect read for middle school students. The subject matter is different and explores different cultures and times. Rosalind is a truly remarkable, strong female character that I think even young men would like reading about. She is tough, adventurous and ready to change the world! I highly recommend this book. The author of this book who is 89 years young shows us all that you can keep writing and producing wonderful books no matter your age!

Content:

English, Social Studies, Culture

Curriculum:

I see this book being used in Social Studies classes to examine different cultures around the world. Student could read the book then look at British culture or Indian culture and produce projects. They could examine the fashion of the time, the food, customs, family life. The possibilities are endless.

Digital Content:

Author Website:

http://gloriawhelan.com/index.html

My Mixed-up Berry Blue Summer

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Author: Jennifer Gennari

Publication information: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2012.

Ages: Middle School

Summary:

Twelve-year-old June Farrell spends the summer at her Vermont home getting used to the woman her mother is planning to marry and practicing her pie-baking skills, as she hopes to win the blue ribbon at the fair.

Analysis:

This book was recommended to me by one of my students. She did not tell me anything about it just that I should read it. I enjoyed this wonderful story. It shows the different ways a family is made and when you are a teenager it can be difficult to deal with how others view your family. This book shows how people fear differences and the ignorance that comes from fear. I enjoyed that the author developed a wonderful little story with so many different messages about humanity, prejudice and differences.

Content Area:

Tolerance, Teen Choices

Curriculum:

Again this book could be used in my school’s Teen Choices class. When reading this novel discussions about what makes a family, tolerance and prejudice. In groups of 4 students could make posters promoting positive messages that could be hung around the school.

Digital Content:

Author Website

http://www.jengennari.com/index.html

Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year 2013
A 2013 Rainbow List selection by the American Library Association

Under the Persimmon Tree

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Author: Suzanne Fisher Staples

Publisher: New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005

Ages: Middle School

Summary: Intertwined portraits of courage and hope in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Najmah, a young Afghan girl whose name means “star,” suddenly finds herself alone when her father and older brother are taken by the Taliban and her mother and newborn brother are killed in an air raid. An American woman, Elaine, whose Islamic name is Nusrat, is also on her own. She waits out the war in Peshawar, Pakistan, teaching refugee children under the persimmon tree in her garden while her Afghan doctor husband runs a clinic in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan.Najmah’s father had always assured her that the stars would take care of her, just as Nusrat’s husband had promised that they would tell Nusrat where he was and that he was safe. As the two look to the skies for answers, their fates entwine. Najmah, seeking refuge and hoping to find her father and brother, begins the perilous journey through the mountains to cross the border into Pakistan. And Nusrat’s persimmon-tree school awaits Najmah’s arrival.

Analysis: I three students who experienced life in Iraq after September 11, 2001. Their stories inspired me to read this book and experience the emotions they too must have had. I would love to use this book in our English classes to further expose our students to the events that some of their classmates have experienced prior to coming to America and starting their new lives.

Content Area: Diversity

Digital Content:

https://prezi.com/pou-xeevu_bi/under-the-persimmon-tree/

Awards: Under the Persimmon Tree is a 2006 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year.

Does My Head Look Big in This?

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Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah

Publisher: New York : Orchard Books, c2007, c2005.

Ages: Middle School/High School

Summary: When sixteen-year-old Amal decides to wear the hijab full-time, her entire world changes, all because of a piece of cloth… Sixteen-year-old Amal makes the decision to start wearing the hijab full- time and everyone has a reaction. Her parents, her teachers, her friends, people on the street. But she stands by her decision to embrace her faith and all that it is, even if it does make her a little different from everyone else.

Analysis: Again inspired by my students this book is one of my new favorites! I have four students who wear their hijab full-time. I have had the privilege of hearing conversations between these girls and our American girls about what wearing a hijab means, don’t they want to be like everyone else and what is their hair like underneath. It is wonderful to see such dialogue between teenagers and the understanding from both sides of the conversation about how a piece of cloth means so much to one student and the other student seeing in at first as just a piece of cloth.

Content Area: Diversity

Awards:

Winner – Australian Book Industry Awards 2006 – Australian Book of the Year for Older Children

Notable Book – Selected as a Notable Book by the Children’s Book Council 2006

Long listed for the UK Galaxy Book Awards 2006

Short listed for the Grampian Children’s Book Awards UK 2006

Digital Content:

Teacher Notes

http://www.panmacmillan.com.au/resources/RA-DMHLBITNotes.pdf

Flowers for Algernon

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Author: Daniel Keyes

Publisher: Publisher: Mariner Books; 4.1.2005 edition (May 1, 2005)

Ages: Middle School

Summary: Charlie Gordon is a mentally disabled man who just wants to be smart. When he meets two doctors that think they can “make” him smart with brain surgery, Charlie learns that sometimes the one thing you wish for is not really what you need at all.

Analysis: Each year our 8th grade students read the short story verison of this book. This year I read the novel version. I love the message of the story and the manner in which we can teach tolerance of others and diversity with one book. We show the movie after we read the book and preface the movie with the idea that some events are different to make the movie more “Hollywood”.

Content Area: Diversity

Awards: Hugo Award for Best Short Fiction; Nebula Award

Digital Content: 

Brown Girl Dreaming

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Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Publisher:

New York :Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA)
[2014]
Ages: Middle School
Summary: BROWN GIRL DREAMING focuses on Jacqueline Woodson’s memories of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, moving from Ohio where she was born to South Carolina with her maternal grandparents and then back north to New York. In the backdrop of her family life lies the outlasting effects of the Jim Crow laws — her family still sits toward the back of the bus in the South — and the growing civil rights movement.
Analysis: This book is different in that it is written through a series of poems. Through poetry we meet Woodson’s family and their experiences living in the South. By the end of the novel we feel as though we know every aspect of their lives and their personalities. For readers who do not enjoy reading long novels this is a wonderful book!
Content Area: Diversity
Digital Content: Author Interview
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
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Author: Meg Medina
Ages: Middle School
Summary: After the floor in her mother’s apartment collapses, Piddy Sanchez is forced to move to another part of Queens and start a new school. There, Piddy learns that a girl named Yaqui Delgado wants to beat her up. Though Piddy and Yaqui have never met, Yaqui doesn’t consider Piddy a fellow Latina: her grades are too good, her skin too light, and her accent not thick enough. Haunted by Yaqui and her gang, Piddy grows increasingly fearful, feeling like she’s prey to Yaqui’s predator. In this gritty, realistic novel, Medina explores coming-of-age in a tinderbox of racial stereotyping and bullying.
Analysis: This book is definitely for those readers who are a little more advanced and can handle a higher level of understanding. We purchased this book in our library and we have heard from several students how much this book could be about any student that goes from one school to another and does not fit in. Bullying is such a hot topic in today’s schools and any book that we can get in our collection to address the subject is important.
Awards:

Digital Content:

Elenor and Park

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Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher:  New York : St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013.

Ages: Middle School

Summary: This is the love story of two very different teenagers who should not fall in love but they do. This story is a timeless tale that I think any of us who have fallen in love with someone completely opposite of yourself can relate too.

Analysis: I read this book in one day. I was taken back to a time when I was in love with someone who was my complete opposite. We would spend time together talking about anything and everything. We kept our relationship a secret. It was a time I now look back on and realize that was I truly experienced love for the first time and heartbreak. Eleanor and Park is a tale that speaks to young love and letting your hear guide you. Even if it goes against everything everyone else thinks is good for you.

Awards:

All About Romance (AAR) Annual Reader Poll for Best Young Adult Romance (2014)Michael L. Printz Award Nominee (2014)

YALSA Teens’ Top Ten (2014), Milwaukee County Teen Book Award (2014)

Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award (2014)

Digital Content:
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Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c2013.
Ages: Middle School/High School
Summary: Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.
Analysis: Another book I read in one day! When I first started this book I did not think I was going to love this book. However, that all changed the further I read. This book is full of diversity, trials and loss. This book is a wonderful resource for middle school students who are not only struggling with being a teenager but dealing with outside struggles as well. I loved this book so much that I donated a copy of it to the school I work for. I truly believe that this book can help so many readers understand that you can overcome and you can be happy again despite being thrown so many awful curve balls in life.
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Digital Content:
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Media

Lincoln (2012)

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Tony Kushner (screenplay), Doris Kearns Goodwin (book)

Summary: The Civil War is still raging and President Lincoln is not only dealing with conflict in his cabinet but struggling to make change with the Emancipation Proclamation.
Analysis: This movie is one of the best movies I have seen that not only tells a story but bring history to life. The movie has clean language and does not use special effects to over enhance the action. The Daniel Day Lewis does a magnificent job of portraying President Lincoln and taking the viewer inside his mind and life beyond the Presidency.
Content Area:  Social Studies, History, Civil War, President Lincoln
Curriculum: After reading Bill O’Reilly’s book Lincoln’s Last Days students can view the movie and plot similarities and differences between the two.
Digital Content:
International Movie Database information Page
Age appropriateness: “Lincoln” is officially rated PG-13 in the United States. This movie (set during the U.S. Civil War) contains war-related violence but minimal gore. There should be no issues playing this film in a classroom setting.

 

Inside Job’s Nona’s Bakery

Grade Level:

Middle School

Summary:

This video is produced by Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina. The video takes the views inside Nona’s Bakery and shows how the bakery is run and what jobs you can expect to engage in when being a baker. The video is easy to understand an gives a good explanation of bakery terms and techniques.

Qualitative Text Analysis:

The Inside Job’s videos are all geared to peak the interest of teenagers and young adults who are looking for a career path. The information is presented in a simple way and is not overly technical in describing duties a baker or small bakery business owner encounters during their typical day. Students can learn by seeing the actual bakery and see the host and owner of Nona’s Bakery engage in different tasks.

Content Areas:

Culinary Arts, Baking, Business

Content Area Standards:

Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening

1. Successful group discussions require planning and participation by all.

b. Include multimedia components such as graphics, images, sound

e. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. Visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

h. Recognize the differences between informal and formal language and make choices appropriate for group purposes

Curricular Suggestions:

After watching the video students will have a better idea of what being a baker involves and decide if this is a career they would be interested in pursuing further.

Why I Chose This Resource:

Students can watch this video and see that being a baker in the Culinary Arts does not mean you sit around and bake cakes all day. There are many aspects to the job and this video highlights the whole role a baker has.

Website:

http://www.nonassweets.com


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNtw6uDo3Zw

Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes: Get

the Dish

Grade Level:

Middle School

Summary:

Magnolia Bakery is one of the most famous bakeries in the Unites States. In this video students are taken into the famous bakery and taught via video how to make their famous Vanilla Cupcakes. Magnolia Bakery has several cookbooks as well and most students interested in baking as a career or serious hobby have heard of Magnolia Bakery. This video is beautiful to look at and is easy to follow along with.

Qualitative Text Analysis:

This video is easy to follow and provides an easy to follow along recipe and technique. During the video the famous Magnolia Bakery frosting method is shown and broken down in a manner that middle school students could follow along with. The recipe is given slowly and students could write down the recipe while watching the video then recreate later.

Content Area:

Culinary Arts, Baking, Recipes, Techniques

Content Area Standards:

Reading, Writing and Communication

Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening

1. Successful group discussions require planning and participation by all.

b. Include multimedia components such as graphics, images, sound

e. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. Visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

h. Recognize the differences between informal and formal language and make choices appropriate for group purposes

Curricular Suggestions:

After viewing the video and obtaining the recipe students in groups or individually can recreate the recipe. To add another component students could create their own video showing how they frosted the cupcakes using the Magnolia Bakery technique.

Why I Chose This Resource:

I chose this source first for the Magnolia Bakery aspect. I also chose this video because it is easy to understand and students could follow along and take notes in order to then reproduce the cupcakes as part of a class project.

Website:

http://www.magnoliabakery.com


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ghtvnp7_vPo

How to Bake and Decorate a Cake

Grade Level:

Middle School

Summary:

In this video legendary cake designer Sandy Sheppard takes students through baking and decorating a cake as well as the tools you need to get started.

Qualitative Text Analysis:

Sandy Sheppard has a complete web series that instructs students on the how to’s of baking and decorating. The techniques shown are easy to follow and very informational. Sheppard shows the techniques multiple time so as to fully understand the steps. The recipe’s used are easy to follow as well and could easily be duplicated by middle school students.

Content Areas:

Culinary Arts, Baking, Recipes, Instructional

Content Area Standards:

Reading, Writing and Communication

Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening

1. Successful group discussions require planning and participation by all.

b. Include multimedia components such as graphics, images, sound

e. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. Visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

h. Recognize the differences between informal and formal language and make choices appropriate for group purposes

Curricular Suggestions:

Students can watch and take notes on the videos over the course of two days. On the first day they can bake the cake. On the second day after watching the decorating technique they can decorate their own cakes and present them. Students can choose the colors for decorating but must follow the recipe given in the video.

Why I Chose This Resource:

Students can follow along with this video easily and will be able to produce a product similar to the video and take pride in their work. Also Sandy Sheppard does not believe that you need a great deal of fancy tools to begin cake baking and decorating so it would be easy to follow the directions and not have to buy additional tools or have the students purchase materials that may not be used often.

Website:

http://www.confectionersart.com


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3G-U7Nwvsg

How to Become a Cake Baker

Grade Level:

Middle School

Summary:

This video features baker Amanda Oakleaf who combined her love of art and sweets into a very successful career as a baker.

Qualitative Text Analysis:

Amanda Oakleaf is a relatively new baker who started out in 2008. In this short video the viewers meet Amanda who discuss her start and how someone can become a cake baker as well. Amanda is easier to understand and provides another insight into the world of baking as a career.

Content Areas:

Culinary Arts, Baking, Recipes, Business

Content Area Standards:

Reading, Writing and Communication

Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening

1. Successful group discussions require planning and participation by all.

b. Include multimedia components such as graphics, images, sound

e. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. Visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

h. Recognize the differences between informal and formal language and make choices appropriate for group purposes

Curricular Suggestions:

Each day of class we could begin with a short video featuring a person working in the culinary arts/baking field. In the students writing journal they could react to the video and write down questions that the video might trigger.

Why I Chose This Resource:

I think it is important for students to hear from the people who are actually in the field doing the job. It gives a real life aspect to the course that might be otherwise missing.

Website:

http://www.oakleafcakes.com


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfBxIY_18vo

Pastry Arts Program at the

Auguste Escoffier School of

Culinary Arts-Boulder, CO

Grade Level:

Middle School

Summary:

This video offers an insight into the Pastry Arts Program offered at the Auguste Esoffier School of Culinary Arts. Students as well as instructors are highlighted.

Qualitative Text Analysis:

The Auguste Esoffier School of Culinary Arts in Bolder, CO is a nationally accredited institution that focuses on the one of the most popular careers right now the Culinary Arts. The video is very informational and talks about the many options available at their school for someone interested in Culinary Arts. The students can visually see the inside of the school and how it runs on a daily basis.

Content Areas:

Culinary Arts, Baking, Recipes, Business

Content Area Standards:

Reading, Writing and Communication

Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening

1. Successful group discussions require planning and participation by all.

b. Include multimedia components such as graphics, images, sound

e. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. Visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

h. Recognize the differences between informal and formal language and make choices appropriate for group purposes

Curricular Suggestions:

Once a week we could focus on a Culinary Arts school. Most schools offer specific aspects of baking such as pastry, sugar and chocolate. Students could then participate in a classroom discussion about the pro’s and con’s of the school and maybe keep track of the school’s on a map so we could see where they are located throughout the country as well as the world. It is never to early to get middle school students thinking about college!

Why I Chose This Resource:

It is important to show students that there are many choices when it comes to college. Baking is a science in a way and there are many skills involved in being successful. By highlighting different schools we can get the kids thinking about culinary arts school and have the education to bake up the passion for baking they may have.

Website:

http://www.escoffier.edu

Jok Church: A circle of caring

Summary:

In this TED talk children’s author Jok church talks about how a teacher cared when no one else did and how he returned the favor.

Analysis:

This is a short TEd talk but a powerful one. One that can grab the attention of middle and high school students. The message is one that anyone who is in education hopes their students hear.

Curriculum:

I will use this in my classroom as an introduction for the new year. In conjunction with my welcome speech I think my students will see that I am there because I care and I want to be with them.

Content Area:

Human Relations

Out of the Norm Abraham Lincoln

Presidential Library/Tour

Content Area Standards:

Reading, Writing and Communication

Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening

1. Successful group discussions require planning and participation by all.

b. Include multimedia components such as graphics, images, sound

e. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. Visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

h. Recognize the differences between informal and formal language and make choices appropriate for group purposes

Author: Norm Allen

Summary:

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum is one of the premier presidential libraries in the nation. Host Norm Allen tours this Springfiled, Illinois treasure to participate in the life of our 16th president.

Analysis:

I think this video would be another resource to pair with teaching the Civil War unit and learning about President Lincoln. We live in Washington State and most of our students are probably not going to get to the Lincoln Presidential Library. The host Norm Allen is easy to follow and I feel the kids would be engaged watching as he tours the library.

Content Area:

Abraham Lincoln, History, Civil War,

Curriculum:

Each student learns material different. By watching this video this might be the link a student needs to put the material about President Lincoln all together to remember, learn and enjoy. I would use this video to get the class talking about what they saw, thoughts they had and if they were President what would they want in their library.

Content Area Standards:

Reading, Writing and Communication

Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening

1. Successful group discussions require planning and participation by all.

b. Include multimedia components such as graphics, images, sound

e. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. Visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

h. Recognize the differences between informal and formal language and make choices appropriate for group purposes

Digital Content:

Bill Nye The Science Guy – Genes

Summary:

Billy Nye the Science Guy explores the chromosomal world of DNA and visits a veterinarian from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo who helps save endangered animals using gene technology.

Analysis:

Bill Nye is one of the best sources when it comes to getting kids interested in Science. I especially like this episode because he visits Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo which is about a five-hour drive for our students and many of them have been to the zoo and will like the connection. Genetics is a tough subject for students to grasp and this episode is one way to enhance the learning process with a visual source.

Content Area:

Science

Curriculum:

View the episode and start a discussion about key points of the video. As the episode is airing ask student to take notes and write down questions or thoughts to discuss.

Content Area Standards:

Reading, Writing and Communication

Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening

1. Successful group discussions require planning and participation by all.

b. Include multimedia components such as graphics, images, sound

e. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. Visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

h. Recognize the differences between informal and formal language and make choices appropriate for group purposes

Bill Nye The Science Guy –

Forensics

Summary:

Learn how detectives reconstruct events from the past using bloodhounds, fingerprints, and DNA

Analysis:

This is a relatively new episode for Bill Nye and it speaks to the popularity of forensic science and solving crimes and other mysteries. Students today are very interested in these things and by using this video as a learning tool we can enhance their understanding of the material and maybe even spark interest in students who have been less than responsive to the materials.

Content Area: Forensic Science

Curriculum:

View the episode and start a discussion about key points of the video. As the episode is airing ask student to take notes and write down questions or thoughts to discuss.

Content Area Standards:

Reading, Writing and Communication

Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening

1. Successful group discussions require planning and participation by all.

b. Include multimedia components such as graphics, images, sound

e. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. Visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

h. Recognize the differences between informal and formal language and make choices appropriate for group purposes

Interview with author Beverly

Cleary

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Director of Photography, Editor: Phillip Powell
Producer & Makeup: Peri Basseri
2nd Camera and sound: Jayna Kersh
Interviewer: Barbara Lalicki
Executive Producer: Julie Christopher

Summary:

Barbara Lalicki conducts an interview of beloved author Beverly Cleary

Analysis:

I absolutely adore Beverly Cleary.  As I begin my career as a school librarian this would be something I would show my 7th graders as an introduction to their author spotlight projects. Beverly Cleary books are ones that most kids have seen or read and they would remember her famous characters and make the connection between her and the books. She was a wonderful speaker and person and this video will be used this year.

Curriculum:

Each 7th grade student will be asked to produce an author spotlight project. This video can be used to introduce the project and get them excited to pick and author. Each child needs to pick a different author.

Content Area:

English

Content Area Standards:

Reading, Writing and Communication

Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening

1. Successful group discussions require planning and participation by all.

b. Include multimedia components such as graphics, images, sound

e. Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. Visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

h. Recognize the differences between informal and formal language and make choices appropriate for group purposes







Picture Book

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Title:   Huff & Puff   Hardcover Book
Author: Rueda, Claudia.

 Publication Information: New York : Abrams Appleseed

Ages: 2-6yrs

Summary:
Loosely based on the folktale about the three little pigs, these three pigs have a different surprise for the wolf who is trying to blow their houses down. The reader is asked to huff and puff into a die-cut hole in each page.

Reaction:
This fractured fairytale  is a short book that is very interactive and perfect for children ages 0-4. This book has very few words and the word that are used are repeated, therefore children in our target audience of ages 0-4 would be able to help tell  the story and interact with the huffing and puffing! These things help to promote print awareness with children. The illustrations in this book were made with pen and ink and watercolor on paper. No illustrator was named.

Content: Pigs, Folktale, Wolves

Curriculum:
The book has very few words and is easy for kids to memorize and promote early reading skills. Also the interaction of huffing and puffing helps tell the story through actions as well.

Digital Content:

Author Website

http://www.claudiarueda.com/p/huff-puff.html
Cover Art Image

Title: One Special Day

Author: Schaefer, Lola M.
Illustrated By:  Meserve, Jessica.

Publication Information:
New York : Disney/Hyperion Books

Summary:
An energetic and imaginative boy becomes a big brother.

Ages: 2-5

Reaction:
This book is a sweet story of a very active little boy who likes to do all the things little boys do. Such as climb trees, and yell and run and be wild. But one day Spencer does something he has never done before, he becomes a big brother. The illustrations in this book are whimsical and full of movement.

Content: infant, siblings, brothers

Early Literacy: The text is simple and interactive. As the author is describing Spencer she asks the children to identify things such bears and giraffes. This helps to promote print awareness.

Digital Content:

Author Website- http://lolaschaefer.com/
Cover Art for Take me out to the ballgame [BOOK WITH CD]

Title: Take me out to the ballgame [Hardcover BOOK WITH CD]

Author: Norworth, Jack
Illustrated by: Hirao, Amiko.

Publication Information:  Watertown, MA : Imagine, 2011.

Summary: CD with accompanying book of the familiar baseball song. CD includes two other songs also performed by Carly Simon.

Ages: 2-5

Reaction:
The famous baseball song written by Jack Norworth comes alive in this vibrantly illustrated book. The song or story is repeated three times and would be a wonderful story for a Summertime storytime. The children and adults can sing along with Carly Simon not only to “Take Me out to the Ballgame but an additional three songs on the CD which is included with this hardcover edition of the book. Author notes in the back also include a special memory involving Carly Simon and the baseball great, Jackie Robinson.

Digital Content:

History of the song:

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/poetry/po_stmo.shtml

Carly Simon Website:

http://www.carlysimon.com/

Tags:

Baseball
Children’s songs

Early Literacy:
This book promotes Phonological Awareness and Narrative Skills. When singing song each has a different note for each syllable. This helps children break down words.
Cover Art for Lily loves
Title: Lily loves

Author: Lüftner, Kai.
Illustrator: Drews, Judith.

Publication Information: Simply Read Books, 2012.

Summary:

Lily’s life is full of contradictions–like the fact that she doesn’t like when people call her “Lily flower,” yet she always wears a flower in her hair–but she still loves herself despite her imperfections.

Ages:3-4

Reaction: When I saw this book at the library the wonderful, simply illustrations caught my eye. The story is not rhythmic and I do not think is a children for the recommended age. The author is trying to say that it is ok to be who you are. However kids in this age are too busy becoming who they are to care too much about what others think.

Tags: Girls, Self-esteem

 
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Title: Good news, Bad News
Author: Mack, Jeff.

Publication Information: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2012.

Summary:
While on a picnic, Bunny and Mouse see everything that happens to them from opposite points of view–Bunny sees only the good, while Mouse sees only the bad.

Ages: 0-4

Reaction:

This book has four words, good news, bad news. This book is perfect for children to not only tell the story with the pictures but make up their own story as well.

Tags: Rabbits, Pessimism, Optimism

Curriculum: This book promotes many aspects of early literacy including, Print Motivation, Narrative Skills, Print Awareness and Phonological Awareness.

Digital Content:

Author Website- http://www.jeffmack.com/

Book Trailer- http://youtu.be/KJr_JPnv9EM

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Title: Not Your Typical Dragon

Author: Bar-el, Dan.
Illustrator: Bowers, Tim.

Publication Information: New York : Viking, 2013.

Summary:

Crispin Blaze is seven years old and  he’s expected to breathe fire like all the other dragons. But instead of fire, he breathes a host of unusual things.

Ages: 2-4

Reaction:

This is a charming story of Crispin who is not like other dragons. Just as all children are different Crispin is different and at first his differences are troubling to his parents. But, one day Crispin does something heroic and his Father sees how special his son is and how lucky he is to have him. This is a great story, illustrated with bright pictures and a story that would be perfect for a family storytime!

Tags: Dragons, Individuality

Curriculum: This story promotes Print Awareness in that the print is on different areas of pages and will teach how to follow along with the story and also show how to handle a book when reading.

Digital Content:

Author Website- http://www.danbar-el.com/

Kirkus Review
December 12, 2012

Accepting people for who they are is the
gentle message of Bar-el’s latest …
Bowers’ acrylic dragons are delightfully
nonscary, and readers will be able to tell
their thoughts and feelings with ease;
Crispin’s dejected slouch as he runs away
from home, toting a heavy suitcase, says it
all, as do his befuddled expressions at his
nonstandard eruptions.
Share this with your favorite atypical kids.
(Picture book. 3-7)
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Title:  Time-Out for Sophie

Author: Wells, Rosemary.

Publication Information: New York : Viking.

Summary:

Although Sophie wants to be helpful and good, sometimes she ignores her mother, father, and grandmother
and must have a timeout.

Ages: 0-4

Reaction:

I think this story is perfect for our entire target audience of 0-4. Every little one needs a time out at least once in their day
and this book shows how Sophie’s time-outs might start out with good intentions but don’t always end up exactly how she plans.

Tags: Behavior, Children

Curriculum: This book promotes print motivation in our early readers in that the book is one of those that can be read over and
over again and can be a first step in raising a reader!

Digital Content:

Author Website- http://rosemarywells.com/
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Title: Betty Bunny Didn’t Do It!

Author:  Kaplan, Michael B.

Publication Information: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c2013.

Ages: 2-4

Summary:

When a young rabbit breaks a table lamp and blames the Tooth Fairy, her family explains the importance of honesty.
Reaction: This is a great story for storytime! The message of being honest is one that even out littlest of readers can understand
and the pictures in this book are wonderful! Bright cheery colors yet a moral that is a must in learning!

Tags: Behavior, children, honesty

Curriculum:

This story is outstanding in promoting Narrative skills. Not only can the children help tell the story they can also
begin to share their own experiences in being honest and maybe not so honest.

 
Peep and Ducky  Cover Image

Title: Peep and Ducky

Author: Martin, David

Publication Information: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013.

Summary:

Illustrations and rhyming text follows two animal friends as they play pretend games, fly down a slide, flop in a puddle,
and run around a tree.
Age:0-4

Tags: chickens, ducks, friendship, play

Reaction:

This story is all about having fun with your friend! And learning some words as well! The rhyming is perfect for out target
age and this is definitely a story that anyone can relate to.

Curriculum:

Make the story come alive. Create voices for each character and use your body to tell the story.

Digital Content:

Author Website- http://www.davidzmartin.com/peep_and_ducky_118048.htm
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Title: See a Heart, Share a Heart

Author: Telchin, Eric.

Publication Information: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c2012.

Summary: Love is all around, as depicted by photographs of heart-shaped images in everyday life.

Tags: Shapes, Heart

Ages: 3-4
Reaction:

This book shows our little ones to always look for the good. This is a great book to use in connecting with kids and sparking
conversations. This book would be wonderful to use at storytime and talk about the pictures and get their little minds working.

Curriculum:

Narrative skills: With this book you can answer yes and no questions, have the kids tell a story, and explore their feelings. Ask them questions such as who they love and who loves them. How do they know they are loved?

Digital Content:

Author Video-

Nighttime Ninja  Cover Image

Title: Nighttime Ninja

Author: DaCosta, Barbara.

Publication Information: New York : Little, Brown, 2012.

Summary: Late at night when everyone is asleep ninja’s search for treasure.

Age: 1-4

Reaction:

A great story to get little boys attention! I hear from my sisters all the time that there are not enough books about subjects little boys like! Well here you go! This is a great bedtime book and will definitely have my little nephews thinking!

Tags: Ninja, Imagination, Bedtime

Curriculum:

Print Motivation: A book to get our reluctant boys interested in books and all the joys of reading!

Digital Content:

Author Blog- http://www.barbaradacosta.blogspot.com/

Book Trailer- http://youtu.be/GQRIP2Ja0IY

Awards:

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Title: Baby Penguins Everywhere

Author: Guion, Melissa.

Publication Information: New York : Philomel, c2012.

Summary:

When a penguin finds a hat floating by, she discovers something inside . . . baby penguins!”

Age: 2 and Up

Reaction: If your kids love penguins this story is a must. It is simple to understand with little surprises along the way.

Tags: Penguins, Animals

Curriculum:

Print Motivation: Reading to a child about one of their favorite things encourages them to read!

Digital Content:

Author Website- http://www.melissaguion.com/
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Title: Colors Touch, Look, and Learn

Author: Bolam, Emily.

Publication Information: Wilton, CT : Tiger Tales, 2009.

Summary: A board book designed to be interactive in teaching colors, and shapes and more.

Age 0-2

Tags: Colors

Reaction: A simple book for our younger readers to start their learning. In a board book format to withstand many readers
and easy for little hands to hold.

Curriculum: Letter Knowledge: Point out shapes and colors. Begin to show children how words relate to objects.

Digital Content:

Author Website: http://emilybolam.com/
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Title: Here Comes Jack Frost

Author: Kohara, Kazuno.

Publication Information: New York : Roaring Brook Press, c2009.

Summary:

One cold morning, a lonely boy wishes for something to do. Then someone comes to play who knows what winter is all about.

Tags: Jack Frost, Boys, Animals, Birds

Age:3-4

Reaction: A wonderful story about Jack Frost and winter. The illustrations are beautiful and this again is a good book to
get little boys interested in books and reading.

Curriculum:

Read stories that get kids interested in reading. Enjoy reading together! Even if you can only read a few minutes that is OK. As they get older they will be able to sit longer.

Digital Content:

About the Author- http://www.picturebookparade.com/authors-illustrators/authors/kazuno-kohara
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Title: How Do You Feel?

Author: Browne, Anthony,

Publication Information: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011.

Summary: A young chimp describes a variety of emotions he experiences.

Age:2-4

Tags: Emotions, Chimpanzees

Reaction: We all feel different emotions as we go through our day. In this simply written book we follow a little chimp
as he learns about his emotions. Perfect for toddlers to hear a story about all the emotions they too experience.

Curriculum:

Early Literacy: Narrative skills: As the kids hear the story they can identify through the words and pictures what the little
chimp was feeling and then begin to understand and tell the story themselves. Helps to enforce the idea that feelings are OK.

Digital Content:

About the Author- http://us.macmillan.com/author/anthonybrowne

KIRKUS REVIEW

“Emotions are so critical to childhood that there’s always room for a bright new book about them.”

Reading For Pleasure

All My Noble Dreams and then What Happens

Author: Gloria Whelan

Publishing Information: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2013.

Ages: 12-16 Middle School/High School

all my noble dreams

Summary:

Rosalind lives in British-controlled India.  She is the only daughter in a well-off family whose father is in the British Government. Rosalind runs a small school for the village boys that is not controlled by the government. Her father would not approve if he found out about the school. Her father does not approve of her following of Gandhi and finding out about the school would aggravate him more. This is the second book in the Small Acts of Amazing Courage series.  The book also tells of what happened to Hari, the infant that Rosalind rescued in the first book and how her aunts are now doing living in India.  As Rosalind gets drawn further into British life, she finds her two worlds colliding and the struggle to remain true to herself and what she believes.

Analysis:

Although this book is second in a series it can be read as a stand alone book. I have not read the first book but plan too. I read this book in two days and it is absolutely engaging. The vocabulary is easy to understand and is a perfect read for middle school students. The subject matter is different and explores different cultures and times. Rosalind is a truly remarkable, strong female character that I think even young men would like reading about. She is tough, adventurous and ready to change the world! I highly recommend this book. The author of this book who is 89 years young shows us all that you can keep writing and producing wonderful books no matter your age!

Content:

English, Social Studies, Culture

Curriculum:

I see this book being used in Social Studies classes to examine different cultures around the world. Student could read the book then look at British culture or Indian culture and produce projects. They could examine the fashion of the time, the food, customs, family life. The possibilities are endless.

Digital Content:

Author Website:

http://gloriawhelan.com/index.html

A Tangle of Knots

Author: Graff, Lisa (Lisa Colleen)

Publishing Information: New York, NY : Philomel Books, c2013.

Ages: 8 and up

Cover image for A tangle of knots / Lisa Graff.

Summary:  Cady is an 11-year-old girl who loves to back pie. In fact she has the “talent” of being able to make the perfect pie for anyone. However a “talent thief” is on the loose and he will stop at nothing to steal everyone’s “talents”!

Analysis: This book is magical! The way the author weaves the story around the message of embracing who you are is inspiring. The story is attention grabbing and adventurous with pie recipes as well!  Baking is such a popular subject currently and any young readers who love to bake and read are in for a double dose of sweetness with this book!

Content Area: English, Human Relations, Baking

Curriculum: Our school district is starting a new Culinary Arts program this Fall and I think this would be a great companion book for the class. It not only pertains to the subject of baking, provides easy pie recipes but address the subject that many middle school kids struggle with of finding who you are and accepting that your talents are different and that is great! Students could bake pies from the book and talk about their talents. How Wonderful!

Digital Content:

Author Website

http://www.lisagraff.com/index.html

A Tangle of Knots is a hit!
“Delicious.” –Kirkus/STARRED
“Clever… complex.” –Booklist/STARRED
“[A] magical puzzle.” –Wall Street Journal
“Lyrical.” –EntertainmentWeekly.com
“A reading gift.” –Christian Science Monitor
“10 out of 10” –TIME Magazine for Kids
An Amazon Best Book of the Year So Far
A Kids’ Indie “Next List” Top Ten Title
A YALSA Best Fiction Nominee
A Junior Library Guild Selection

Pie

Author: Sarah Weeks

Publishing Information: New York : Scholastic Press, 2011

Ages: Middle School

Cover image for Pie / Sarah Weeks.

Summary:

When the famous Polly Portman of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania passes away someone tries to find out the famous pie crust recipe. it seems this someone will stop at nothing to discover the secret.

Analysis:

This charming mystery/ coming of age tale features the main character of Alice and her friend Charlie who will stop at nothing to protect the secret pie crust recipe that neither of them has. Alice studied under her dear Aunt Polly but was never given the exact recipe. Throughout the book the reader is given mouth-watering recipes to replicate at home while pondering how Alice will ever convince her family that they do not need the recipe to be truly happy.

Content Area: English, Baking, Human Relations, families, Mothers and Daughters

Curriculum:

Our school district is starting a new Culinary Arts program this Fall and I think this would be a great companion book for the class. It not only pertains to the subject of baking, provides easy pie recipes but also talks about family, and relationships and the fact that growing up can sometimes be hard.  Students can bake the pies as well as discover the relationship link between their lives and the book.

Digital Content:

Author Website

http://www.sarahweeks.com/index2.htm

Author Interview about the book

http://booktalk.scholastic.com/2011/09/27/pie-a-delicious-interview-with-sarah-weeks/

Review by Richie Partington San Jose State University Professor

Richie Partington (Richiespicks.com)

“PIE, set in Ipswitch during the summer of 1955, is a high-spirited, hoot of a whodunit for upper elementary and middle school readers.  This tale is going to inspire a mess of pie baking in your neck of the woods…Those who are familiar with a certain famous and esteemed children’s literature award are going to get quite a belly laugh out of reading the history and details of the national pie making award that Polly wins an unprecedented thirteen times in a row.  And as sure as life imitates art, I bet that there will be a passel of people dishing about PIE when the year-end lists are being compiled.”

Lincoln’s Last Days : The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever

Author: Bill O’Reilly and Dwight Jon Zimmerman.

Publishing Information: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2012.

Ages: Middle School/High School

Cover image for Lincoln's last days : the shocking assassination that changed America forever / Bill O'Reilly and Dwight Jon Zimmerman.

Summary:

This is book describes the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the hunt to track down John Wilkes Booth and his accomplices.

Analysis:

If you have students or patrons that love history this is the book for them. Unlike other history novels this one is engaging. With easy to read text and jammed pack with action, adventure and mystery this book is like no other re-tell of history i have ever see. This book brings to life a time in our American history that truly shaped the way we are today. From beginning to end the novel is filled with historical events and descriptions that will surely keep readers on the edge of their seat and learning!

Content Area: Social Studies, American History, Presidential History, Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth

Curriculum:

Our school library was honored to receive a free copy of the recent movie “Lincoln” from the director Steven Speilberg. This book could be used in conjunction with the viewing of the movie while focusing on our Civil War unit.

Digital Content:

Lincoln Movie Trailer

http://search.yahoo.com/r/_ylt=A0oGdV3TqQJSMkIAUcpXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTB0bTA5c2syBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA3NrMQR2dGlkA1NNRTI0N18x/SIG=123p678h4/EXP=1375935059/**http%3a//movies.yahoo.com/movie/lincoln/trailers/

YouTube video of Prologue and First Chapter:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Author: Sherman Alexie

Publication Information: New York : Little, Brown, 2007.

Ages: Middle School/High School

Cover image for The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian / by Sherman Alexie ; art by Ellen Forney.

Summary:

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Analysis:

This is a story of adolescence. A story that every person who has every been a teen or a teen who is different in any way should read. Novel does contain subject matter that some readers may not want to read about however, the whole book is not about masturbation. It is about Junior and what it is like to be a young person. I live in Spokane, Washington the hometown of the author and the setting for the story. He tells the truth. I see these students in our schools and I am sure every middle school and high school student in America has felt like Junior. This book should be read not for the sexual content but for the coming of age story it is. It is a shame that even in 2013 we still have books being questioned for its content and not looked at for its message.

Content Area:

English, American Indians, Sexuality, Teen Choices

Curriculum:

We offer a class that all students take titled Teen Choices. I would use this book in that class as it deals with many of the subjects discussed in that class such as bullying, being different, being a teen, emotions, violence. Students can relate to this book and it is a wonderful novel to use to elicit conversations that pertain to the life of a teen.

Digital Content:

Author Website

http://www.fallsapart.com/

Video of Author Accepting National Book Award

Awards:

2007
  • National Book Award, Young People’s Literature, for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
2009
  • American Library Association Odyssey Award as the year’s “best audiobook for children or young adults”, read by Alexie (Frederick, MD: Recorded Books, LLC, 2008,
2010

Incorrigible children of Ashton Place-The Mysterious Howling Book 1

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place- The Hidden Gallery Book 2

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place- The Unseen Guest Book 3

Author: Maryrose Wood

Publication Information: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, c2010, 2011, 2012

Ages: Middle School

Cover image for The mysterious howling / by Maryrose Wood ; illustrated by Jon Klassen.Hidden Gallery coverUnseen Guest cover

Summary Book One:

Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave in a civilized manner quickly, in preparation for a Christmas ball.
Summary Book Two:
Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a governess trained at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, takes the three Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place to London, England, and learns they are under a curse.
Summary Book Three:
Since returning from London, the three incorrigible children and their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, have been exceedingly busy. The children have taken up bird-watching, with no unfortunate consequences, yet.
Analysis:
A captivating mystery series that takes place in proper London. However, there are secrets among its upper class and there is a strange howling in the woods. What could it be? I was shocked when it was revealed to be children! I read these books very quickly and you will too. I read the entire series in less than two weeks and was not disappointed by any of them. The author does a wonderful job of giving us just a little of the mystery at a time and when all is revealed you had no idea what will be coming next. The fourth book in the series is being published in December 2013 titled  THE INTERRUPTED TALE!! There will be six books in total. The books are easy to read and the characters are certainly memorable. Middle School readers love to read a series of books and this one is sure to please. And of course with the popularity of wolves(thanks Twilight Series) these books take the subject of wolves in a completely satisfying different direction.
Content Area:
English
Curriculum: In the reading class I co-teach we have 15 minutes of silent reading at the beginning of class everyday. These are books I recommend to my students for that reading time.
Digital Content:
Author Website:
Book Three Reading
Reviews:

“It’s the best beginning since [Lemony Snicket’s] The Bad Beginning and will leave readers howling for the next episode.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“How hearty and delicious. Smartly written with a middle-grade audience in mind, this is both fun and funny and sprinkled with dollops of wisdom.”—ALA Booklist (starred review)

“With a Snicketesque affect, Wood’s narrative propels the drama. Pervasive humor and unanswered questions should have readers begging for more.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Jane Eyre meets Lemony Snicket in this smart, surprising satire of a nineteenth-century English governess story. Frequent plate-sized illustrations add wit and period flair.”—School Library Journal (starred review)

My Mixed-up Berry Blue Summer

Author: Jennifer Gennari

Publication information: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2012.

Ages: Middle School

Cover image for My mixed-up berry blue summer / by Jennifer Gennari.

Summary:

Twelve-year-old June Farrell spends the summer at her Vermont home getting used to the woman her mother is planning to marry and practicing her pie-baking skills, as she hopes to win the blue ribbon at the fair.

Analysis:

This book was recommended to me by one of my students. She did not tell me anything about it just that I should read it. I enjoyed this wonderful story. It shows the different ways a family is made and when you are a teenager it can be difficult to deal with how others view your family. This book shows how people fear differences and the ignorance that comes from fear. I enjoyed that the author developed a wonderful little story with so many different messages about humanity, prejudice and differences.

Content Area:

Tolerance, Teen Choices

Curriculum:

Again this book could be used in my school’s Teen Choices class. When reading this novel discussions about what makes a family, tolerance and prejudice. In groups of 4 students could make posters promoting positive messages that could be hung around the school.

Digital Content:

Author Website

http://www.jengennari.com/index.html

Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year 2013
A 2013 Rainbow List selection by the American Library Association

Moloka’i

Author: Alan Brennert

Publishing Information: New York : St. Martin’s Griffin, c2003.

Ages: High School

Cover image for Moloka'i / Alan Brennert.

Summary:

Seven-year-old Rachel is forcibly removed from her family’s 1890s Honolulu home when she contracts leprosy and is placed in a settlement, where she loses a series of new friends before new medical discoveries enable her to reenter the world.

Analysis:

This book is not marketed for high school readers but after reading it I am recommending it to students grades 9-12. The story chronicles a time in history when little was known about the leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka’i in Hawaii. The story tells the life story of Rachel and the ups and downs her life takes not only due to her illness but the views of others. High School students would respond to the authors story-telling and the way in which we see Rachel weave her way through a society that is faced with fear and ignorance.

Content Area: English, History,

Curriculum:

I see this novel being used in an AP English class. Its content is a little more advanced and has more possibilities as far as projects and discussions. For a group project students can look into the history of Moloka’i as well as the geography. This could be done while reading the book in preparation for each individual student to compose a reflective paper once they complete the novel.

Digital Content:

Author Website:

http://www.alanbrennert.com/

Information about Leprosy

http://www.cdc.gov/leprosy/

History of Moloka’i

http://www.world-guides.com/north-america/usa/hawaii/molokai/molokai_history.html

CBS News Story

http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-204_162-545392.html

The Mother-Daughter Book Club Series Books 1-6

  • The Mother Daughter Book Club-Book 1
  • The Mother-Daughter Book Club- Much Ado About Anne
  • The Mother-Daughter Book Club- Dear Pen Pal
  • The Mother-Daughter Book Club-Pies & Prejudice
  • The Mother-Daughter Book Club- Home For the Holidays
  • The Mother-Daughter Book Club-Wish You Were Eyre

Author: Heather Vogel Frederick

Publication Information:

New York : Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers 2007-2012
Ages: Middle School / High School
Cover image for The Mother-Daughter Book Club / Heather Vogel Frederick.Cover image for Much ado about Anne / Heather Vogel Frederick.Cover image for Dear pen pal / Heather Vogel Frederick.
  Cover image for Pies & prejudice / Heather Vogel Frederick.   Cover image for Home for the holidays / Heather Vogel Frederick.     Cover image for Wish you were Eyre / Heather Vogel Frederick.
Summary:
Book #1- In the first book of this fantastic series we are introduced to the cast of characters and the first book they read which is, “Little Women”. The girls soon discover that they may all be very different as far as their likes and personalities but they really are alike in so many other ways.
Book #2- In book two our book club girls are entering 7th grade. The book club continues  with the reading of “Anne of Green Gables” and their is a new mean trouble making classmate to deal with.
Book #3- The friendships and book club continue and this time they are reading Jean Webster’s Daddy’s Long Legs”. The girls also are getting to know their pen pals from Wyoming!
Book #4- Four girls, and their mothers, continue their mother-daughter book club via video conference between Massachusetts and England, reading Jane Austin’s “Pride and Prejudice,” and try to put friendship before romance.
Book #5- The girls and the book club are together for the holidays reading Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol,” but from unexpected blizzards to a sledding disaster, nothing goes as planned.
Book #6- As the Mother-Daughter Book Club reads Jane Eyre, the girls and some of their mothers are involved in some serious competitions, Becca finds romance when the Wyoming pen pals come for a visit, and a wedding brings the British Berkeley brothers and even Stinkerbelle to Concord.
Analysis:
This series of books is perfect to start reading in middle school and carry right into high school. As the cast of characters grow and age they experience the ups and downs of being a girl, having a Mom who you love one moment and hate the next and trying to figure out boys. The books are each paired with a “classic” novel that the Mothers and Daughters read throughout the book and we are given simple plot and character glimpses. I love that the author ties the new with the old. There are so many great classics that readers today are not reading. This series gets those titles to the forefront and hopefully into the hands of our readers. My daughter and I started reading this series in 2007 and we love it. She is now starting her Sophomore year in high school and we hoped there would be at least two more books but the 6th book was the last.
Content Area: English, Teen Choices, Reading
Curriculum: I have recommended this series of books to my reading students for their quarterly reading project. Not only do they read the contemporary work but the classic as well. They they produce a project connecting the two books.
Digital Content:
Author Website:

winner of the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

winner of the 2008 Boston-Globe Horn Book Award

winner of the 2009 International Book on Books for Young People Sweden – Peter Pan Prize

winner of the 2010 California Young Reader Medal

finalist for the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize

– See more at: http://www.fallsapart.com/the_absolutely_true_diary_of_a_part_time_indian/#sthash.px4JGzJh.dpuf

winner of the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

winner of the 2008 Boston-Globe Horn Book Award

winner of the 2009 International Book on Books for Young People Sweden – Peter Pan Prize

winner of the 2010 California Young Reader Medal

finalist for the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize

– See more at: http://www.fallsapart.com/the_absolutely_true_diary_of_a_part_time_indian/#sthash.px4JGzJh.dpuf

winner of the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

winner of the 2008 Boston-Globe Horn Book Award

winner of the 2009 International Book on Books for Young People Sweden – Peter Pan Prize

winner of the 2010 California Young Reader Medal

finalist for the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize

– See more at: http://www.fallsapart.com/the_absolutely_true_diary_of_a_part_time_indian/#sthash.px4JGzJh.dpuf

Requirements

 

Math Picture Book-Science Picture Book- Science Title for high school

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth The Librarian Who Measured The Earth

Author: Kathryn Lasky

Publication information:

Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 1994.
Summary:
Describes the life and work of Eratosthenes, the Greek geographer and astronomer who accurately measured the circumference of the Earth.
Lexile: AD840L
Analysis:  Eratosthenes was a Librarian who also well-known for his Math skills. The pictures combine with the text to give a clear explanation of how the man came to make his discovery about the Earth’s circumference. A combination of history, science, and biography.
Content Area: Math, History, Science, Earth Science
Curriculum:
This book is perfect to use as a starting point for a discussion concerning measurement. How do we measure things. A great activity would be to make a perfect circle using a pencil ties to a string. Another discussion question might be, he difference between Eratosthenes’ measurement of the earth’s circumference and the modern scientific measurement is 200 miles. Do you think this is a big difference? Students could make a pro/con list in groups and present to the class.
Digital Content:
Author Website:
Eratosthenes information:
Calculating the Circumference of the Earth Project:
Awards:
Library of Congress Notable Book and Parents’ Choice Honor Book:The Librarian Who Measured the Earth

What is Science?

Cover image for What is science? / Rebecca Kai Dotlich ; illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa.

Author: Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Illustrator: Sachiko Yoshikawa

Publication Information:

New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2006.
Summary:

 This wonderfully colorful book takes the reader on a tour through the intriguing world of science. It helps to answer the question, What exactly is science?Science is everywhere. Just look around you and the trees and the rocks and the dirt and the weather and even the car you drive. Science is also about asking questions and exploring the possible answers. Through simple words and child-friendly illustrations, this  picture book introduces children to the exciting subject of science.

Lexile: AD350L

Analysis: I enjoyed this book because it provide so much information but in a really simple manner. The illustrations are bright and bold and really bring to life the world of science and the idea that science is everywhere. The rhyming throughout the book and the questions asked throughout keep the reader engaged and thinking about the content.

Content Area: Science

Curriculum: This book is so general that you could do a wide variety of activities to connect the book. Creating a flip book with the title of “What is Science” gives each individual student the chance to think about their world around them and decide what around them is Science. This would start a great conversation and generate a list of possible topics to focus on for a research project or group movie project.

Awards:
2006 AAAS/Subaru SB&F (Science Books & Films) Prize finalist; Bank Street’s Best Books of the Year

Digital Content:

Author Website:

http://www.rebeccakaidotlich.com/welcome.html

Author Interview:

What is Science? What is a Scientist?

Hidden Evidence : Forty True Crimes and How Forensic Science Helped to Solve Them
Author: David OHidden Evidencewen
Publication Information: Scholastic Books: Firefly Books: 2000
Summary: This book aimed at high school students takes the reader to the scene of 40 crimes and discusses how forensic science helped to solve the crimes. These are crimes that are right out of the headlines and author David Owen shows the reader the steps taken to solve these crimes.
Lexile: 1390L
Analysis: Forensic Science is a very popular career choice for high school students. This book uses true life
crime and evidence to discuss how the crimes were solved and how a forensic science does their job.
The book is divided into 40 cases and the author discusses the procedures forensic scientist mush use to solve a case. Things such as gathering physical clues, examining weapons and bodies if needed and the use of sophisticated analysis. The book does have some challenging vocabulary and text so it is definitely for readers grades 9-12. The book also details
the history of forensic science and all of the technologies that forensic science can use to solve a crime.
Content Area: Science, Forensic Science
Curriculum: For this resource there is an abundance of information available to future forensic scientists. Students should read this book and begin to examine the many aspects of forensic scientists. Each student should choose an aspect of the science and do an extensive research project highlighting their area of choice. The project should be both written and visual and students would be encouraged to contact local forensic scientists for further information. We have a forensic scientist who has come to our school each year and he would be invited to view the visual presentations and offer his thoughts and ideas.
Digital Content:
Forensic Science website by Michael V. Martinez
American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Television Show Modern Marvels- Forensic Science

Assignment Four LIBR 262 A

For this post I will be focusing on evaluating digital learning resources. Digital learning resources include things such as television programs and DVD’s. These five items I would recommend to any first-time parent to enhance the rapid brain development of a child ages 0-4. The first item I will examine is the classical program of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

 http://pbskids.org/rogers/

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood began in 1963. The series is aimed primarily at preschool ages 2 to 5, but has been stated by PBS as “appropriate for all ages”.  According to the shows information page, “All through the series we include traditional “tools” for learning ABC’s, numbers, letters, colors, and basic concepts. They’re offered in a way that children can see that reading, writing, and counting are helpful, interesting, and fun, so they’ll want to learn those skills.

Just as importantly, the programs foster the social and emotional “tools” for learning self-esteem, curiosity, self-control, the ability to pay attention, to handle mistakes, and deal with anger. Children are more able to use their energies for learning if they feel good about themselves, can deal with their feelings, and get along with others.”

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood is a program for children that can withstand the test of time. The skills children were exposed to in 1963 continue to be skills that young children today need in order to foster their brain development. Below is a list of child development principles that creator Fred Rogers based the television series on.

  • Self-esteem
  • The ability to deal with their feelings
  • Self-control
  • Imagination
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity about their world
  • Appreciation of diversity
  • Cooperation
  • Tolerance for waiting
  • Persistence
  • Ability to handle rules and limits

 

With his soft, calm, welcoming voice and masterful way of including the television viewer in the visit, Mr. Rogers’ continues to be a program that all early learners should view, enjoy and learn from. Each independent PBS station decides the time the program airs so you should check your local listings for times.

If you and your little ones want to watch a newer program on television that promotes early learning and literacy you can try The Backyardigans. “The Backyardigans is an animated musical-adventure series for children ages 2 to 5. In each episode, the show’s five high-spirited preschool friends–Uniqua, Pablo, Tyrone, Tasha, and Austin–rely on their vivid imaginations to transform their backyard into a fantastical 3-D landscape, and together they embark on amazing epic journeys.

These lovable characters will inspire children to sing and dance along, and to stretch their imaginations as they climb up mountains, slide down glaciers, and sail across oceans. Each episode is driven by an exciting, age-appropriate story and enlivened by original music–including big band, reggae, rockabilly, bossa nova, and hip-hop–and by professionally choreographed dance numbers.”

The show airs on the Nickelodeon channel during their Nick Jr. programming aimed at pre-school aged children. Music is a key component in the program and helps to promote singing and dancing and stretching their imaginations. Children as young as 9 months old love this show and can clap to the music and begin to recognize the main characters during each episode. For older pre-schoolers they follow the cast as they navigate their way through a daily task. The beginning and the ending of the show feature the same music in each episode so don’t be surprised if your little ones are singing along and begging you to join in. Below is a link to the shows website for you to explore and even print out activities to do with your kids.

http://www.nickjr.com/the-backyardigans/

The Baby Einstein products are the third item for today’s blog. “Baby Einstein offers a wide range of developmental and entertainment products for babies and toddlers. What makes Baby Einstein products unlike any other is that they are created from a baby’s point-of-view and incorporate a unique combination of real world objects, music, art, animals and nature – providing you with a fun way to introduce your baby to the big, beautiful new world around him.”

Baby Einstein keeps early learning and brain development of children in mind when creating their products and has won several awards for their focus. Here are a few awards they have won recently

.American Baby Magazine, Very Best Toys of the Year 2012SheKnows Parenting Award Winner 2012PTPA Media Award

Baby Einstein has built its reputation on creating developmentally and age appropriate content that parents know they can trust. In support of interaction beginning at a very early age, they recommend:

WATCH TOGETHER. Baby Einstein DVDs are designed to inspire parent-child interaction and to make a parent’s active participation easy. By using the DVD like a “hands-free” book and simply pointing to or naming objects on the screen, parents will open a whole new world of discovery for baby. The difference is that you make up the story.

LISTEN TOGETHER. One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to share time together is to listen to or make music. No matter what the preferred genre is, music is enjoyed by all generations, cultures, and geographies. When you listen to a Baby Einstein CD, clap, dance, or sing with baby – it will make the listening experience fun for both of you.

TALK and READ TOGETHER. Not only do conversations and story-time foster language development and communication, they stimulate a child’s imagination. The more words a child hears, the more he or she can begin to express feelings, name objects, and respond to you with sounds that will soon become words. The Baby Einstein books are designed for lap time and cuddle time when you and your baby can talk about each picture.

Baby Einstein products are a must for all new parents. I personally used their Baby Mozart DVD’s and CD’s with my nephew from the moment he was born. His Mom was like all new Mom’s, tired, overwhelmed and needed a break. I purchased the Baby Mozart items and not only did they soothe my fussy nephew, my sister loved the music and was able to nurse while listening to the CD or watching the DVD. As my nephew has grown and is now a bustling 4 year old he continues to love the Baby Einstein products and the time he and his Mom spend together learning.

Baby Einsteing Website Link:  http://www.babyeinstein.com/home/

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a new program on PBS that was created with one of Fred Rogers’ favorite friends Daniel Tiger. The program is aimed at children ages 2-4.

“Each episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood consists of two engaging stories that center on a common early learning theme such as dealing with disappointment. One of the key ingredients that sets the new series apart is its groundbreaking use of catchy, musical strategies that reinforce each theme and that preschoolers and parents will both sing – and use – together in their daily lives.

The series’ stories were written based on extensive input from a wide range of early learning specialists, formative research with children and the benefit of more than 40 years of the work of Fred Rogers. It all adds up to a powerful tool for parents: an entertaining and thoughtful guide for today’s families that integrates music, interactivity and a research-based curriculum.”

I have watched several episodes of this show with my niece who is 2 and it is a wonderful program that is visually engaging and beautiful. The program addresses the following early learning concepts.

Child Development Strategies

With Daniel Tiger as our guide, the series offers a fun, safe place for young children to explore their ever-expanding world, and teaches them developmentally appropriate pro-social strategies. Each episode has one social-emotional theme, explored in a way that’s relatable and generalizable, but never preachy. Examples of the theme are repeated more than once in different situations, to ensure comprehension.

Music

Music plays an important role in the series, as it did in the original Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Daniel is an expressive, artistic and imaginative character, and music highlights his fantasy life. In each episode he has an “imagination moment” where he plays out a fun preschool fantasy set to music. For instance, on a picnic, he wonders what it would be like to be as small as the ants! The singable, repeatable strategies taught in the series are reprised in a full song at the end of each story – a fun and useful take-away for kids and grownups.

http://pbskids.org/daniel/

The final recommendation I have for you today is The Brainy Baby Early Discovery Collection DVD. The DVD set is comprised of 3 DVD’s which totals over three hours of learning for your child. The video collection is for infants and toddlers and includes, Right Brain, Left Brain, Peek-A-Boo, and Laugh & Discover (formerly Laugh & Learn).

The Brainy Baby has a vision of, “helping young children develop a love of learning for a lifetime.” I

To differentiate Brainy Baby products in the marketplace, Brainy Baby specializes in products that bring the learning experience to life by uniting three key elements:

1. A rigorous, proven learning methodology
2. Compelling, multi-layered content
3. Intuitive, engaging delivery of the content and learning experience

“The Brainy Company combines these three key elements to create a unique learning experience for young children that has earned us more than 75 awards to date.”

“Brainy Baby products are different because they introduce infant and preschool subject matter with the use of real children, familiar objects, bright colors, and friendly, encouraging voices and music. We know every child learns differently and through a variety of experiences. The DVDs are specially paced, using small segments with a teach, repeat, review method. Brainy Baby videos are purposely designed to be viewed in these short segments instead of traditional “start-to-finish” story lines.” I have used many of these DVDs and CD’s with my own child and I would recommend these to all parents who want to give their infants and toddlers a good start in their learning and brain development. 

http://www.thebrainystore.com/

 

 

 

Assignment Two LIBR 262A

For this posting we will be looking at tools that are useful in helping to promote early literacy. I have chosen a variety of items to look at, which include The Department of Education’s website tools for parents on “Helping their Child Become a Leader”, the Get Ready to Read Screening Tool, the Match It Bingo game, the Touch and Feel learning cards and the article by Reading is Fundamental titled, Getting the Most out of Picture Books. These tools are all very different from one another however they have one goal in mind and that is to promote early literacy in children ages 0-4.

"Helping Your Child Become a Reader" CoverThe United States Department of Education’s website has thousands of tools for parents, teachers and librarians to utilize in the learning development of children.  The item I chose to review is an online booklet that is titled, “Helping your Child Become a Reader”, from ages infancy to 6. The booklet is available to be printed out in its entirety or simply a few pages at a time depending on the age of your child. Sections in the booklet include topics such as, becoming a reader, activities, a reading check list and Typical Language Accomplishments for Children, Birth to Age 6. According to the booklet, “This booklet gives you information about how you can use your language skills to build your child’s skills. It offers suggestions about how you can:”

 

  • Talk with and listen to your child.
  • Read together with her.
  • Help your child learn about books and print.
  • Encourage your child’s early writing efforts.
  • Help your child learn to read if his first language is not English.
  • Prepare your child for success in school.

This booklet has so much information and is presented in an easy to use manner. I think this booklet is a must have for all parents. It does not cost anything to print the booklet from the website or you also have the option of ordering a copy. I think this would be an excellent example of literature that could be handed out at story times, parent nights at school or sent home in new baby kit from the hospital.

The next item I will examine is an article located on the Get Ready to Read Organization website. Their website is much like the Department of Education’s website in that it has wealth of information and many items you can use for free. The article I will focus on is titled, “Getting the Most Out of Picture Books by Reading is Fundamental. The article addresses topics such as, bringing books to life, seeing the world and building reading skills. One section that I especially enjoyed is entitled, “Hook Kids in with Illustrations”. The section discusses that yes we all judge books by their cover especially children! The section goes on to talk about how important it is to let the children choose books to read and conduct “picture walks through books to help them discuss what they see before they read. I love doing picture walks with children. Not only does it give them an introduction to the book it helps them point to things and name things and just get excited about the book before one word is read. Below is a link to a list of books recommended by Reading is Fundamental.

http://www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources/booklists.htm

The next item is also from the Get Ready to Read website. The item is called the Get Ready To Read Screening Tool. The tool according to the website, “is a reliable, research-based series of questions for children in the year before they enter kindergarten, to determine whether they have the early literacy skills they need to become readers. The screening tool is part of a flexible program, not a curriculum, which complements most early literacy and early reading programs. Educators can use the screening tool and activities as a part of a regular classroom program.”

The tool is aimed at children 3-5 years old but I think some two year olds would be able to be screened using the tool as well. The early literacy skills that this tool looks at are:

  • Print knowledge refers to a child’s understanding of books, printed letters, and words.
  • Linguistic awareness refers to a child’s understanding of how words and language works.
  • Emergent writing refers to a child’s first efforts to create and use print in a meaningful way.

The tool has a series of questions based on the child’s age. The test is on the computer and they ask that you sit with your child why they work through the screening. The screening takes about 15 minutes and they recommend only testing your child twice a year. After the screening is complete the parent, or teacher can print out the results as well as a wealth of information pertaining to the child strengths and weaknesses. The parent or teacher then can use the sites free skill building activities to address the child’s needs. There are countless numbers of activities and book lists to help the adult proceed with enhancing the young child’s learning. I also have provided a link to a list of 100 picture books everyone should know.

http://kids.nypl.org/reading/recommended2.cfm?ListID=61

The next two items I want to discuss are learning toys that can help in a child’s early literacy while having fun! The first item is called The Touch and Feel learning cards. I have seen several card sets similar to this one. This particular set I found on the Fat Brain Toys website. The website is packed with learning toys and are high quality and can withstand over and over again use. The cards can be purchased either in the ABC version or the 123 version. Both come in a sturdy storage box and contain 13 double sided cards. The cards are tactile flash cards that are designed to. “Jump start counting and language skills with darling graphics on educational cards that teach. Each double-sided learning card has a different texture to help children identify what they see. The back of each card is filled with interactive activities for a parent and child to explore together.”

The cards are oversized so little hands can easily use them and have an age range of 2-5yrs. Each card features:

  • Vibrant sensory learning
  • Brilliant attractive graphics with wide variety of textures that delight
  • Counting & language tools for young children

 

I think these cards are a must have for libraries,educators and parents. Kids love being able hold things in their hands and touch and feel. These cards offer all of these things and are a learning tool as well. I plan on purchasing a set of these cards for a special 2 year old who I know is going to love them.

 

Another learning toy I discovered on the Fat Brain site is the Match It! Bingo Picture Game. The game is intended to aid in word recognition and makes it fun. The age range for this learning game is 3 and up. But again I think a younger child could use the cards with an adult and then progress later to actually playing the game. A toy that grows with the child is always one I look for!  Each player must “match the picture word cards to the large Bingo cards. The words printed below the pictures help young learners begin to identify simple words. When that becomes too easy, just flip the cards over to the word-only side. Then children must listen carefully to the letters and sounds to find the right Bingo space.”

Other specifics of the game include:

  • Develops word recognition, early phonics skills
  • 4 Bingo Cards each with 9 objects pictured
  • 36 double-sided picture and word cards
  • Includes several variations for play

 All of the tools I have discussed are easy to use and will not only help any parent, teacher or librarian promote early literacy they will be doing so in a way that is fun for the child. Below is a list of information regarding each tool and where to find it.

Helping Your Child Become a Reader

Childlike drawing of a mother holding and reading to a small child.

U.S. Department of Education
Margaret Spellings
Secretary

First published in September 2000. Revised 2002 and 2005.

This booklet is in the public domain. Authorization to reproduce it in whole or in part for educational purposes is granted. While permission to reprint this publication is not necessary, the citation should be:

U.S. Department of Education
Office of Communications and Outreach
Helping Your Child Become a Reader
Washington, D.C., 2005

To order copies of this publication in English or Spanish write to:

ED Pubs
Education Publications Center
U.S. Department of Education
P.O. Box 1398
Jessup, MD 20794-1398

or fax your request to: 301-470-1244

or email your request to: edpubs@inet.ed.gov

or call in your request toll-free: 1-877-433-7827 (1-877-4ED-PUBS). If 877 is not yet available in your area, call 1-800-872-5327 (1-800-USA-LEARN). Those who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a teletypewriter (TTY), should call 1-800-437-0833.

or order on-line at: www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html.

This publication is also available on the Department’s Web site at: www.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/hyc.html.

Getting the Most Out of Picture Books
By Reading Is Fundamental/ 

http://getreadytoread.org/early-learning-childhood-basics/early-literacy/getting-the-most-out-of-picture-books

Get Ready to Read Screening Tool

http://getreadytoread.org/screening-tools/grtr-screening-tool

Touch & Feel Cards

http://www.fatbraintoys.com/toy_companies/alex/touch_feel_cards.cfm

Match It! Bingo – Picture Word

http://www.fatbraintoys.com/toy_companies/the_learning_journey/match_it_bingo_picture_word.cfm