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Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book by Nikki Grimes. Putnam, 2010
1. Have you been to a thrift shop or rummage sale? What treasure(s) have you found?
2. What is the difference between “wants” and “needs”? What characters have needs and what characters have wants?
3. If you had to write a personal experience poem, what would you write about?
Little Dog Lost: A True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic by Mônica Carnesi. Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin, 2012
1. How did people try to save the dog?
2. What are the ways that Baltic might be feeling along the journey?
3. The Author’s Note says no one knows where the dog came from. Where do you think Baltic came from and how did he get trapped on the ice?
Cradle Me by Debby Slier. Star Bright Books, 2012
1. What are some of the places you go to sleep? (e.g., crib, bed, couch, floor, car seat, etc.)
2. Let’s do all the things that babies in the pictures are doing (yawn, peek, etc.).
3. (Adult) Invite child to turn the pages as you read. Point to each of the words as you read it.
While You Are Sleeping: A Lift-the-Flap Book of Time Around the World by Durga Bernhard. Charlesbridge, 2011
1. Lift the flap (gently!) What is the person under the flap doing? (Ask on each page)
2. What are some things that might be happening while you are sleeping?
3. (Adult) Point to where you live on the map on the book’s endpapers.
The Twins’ Blanket by Hyewon Yum. Frances Foster Books / Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011
1. What do you notice about the paper inside the front and back covers? (Ask after reading the book)
2. What is different about each girl? What is the same?
3. What does your blanket look and feel like? (Encourage discussion of color, pattern, texture, etc.)
Up Close: Harper Lee by Kerry Madden. Viking, 2009
1. Whether or not you’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird, what did you learn about the impact of that novel?
2. Harper Lee does not want to be defined by a single book. What do you want to be defined by (e.g. behaviors, values, activities, etc.)
3. This book explores Harper Lee’s private and public lives. How do you describe your public and private lives?
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams, 2011
My Papa Diego and Me: Memories of My Father and His Art by Guadalupe Rivera Marín. Children’s Book Press, 2009
1. What was important to Mexican artist Diego Rivera and how did it appear in his art?
2. How has your childhood been similar to Guadalupe’s? What picture would your Mom and Dad draw about you?
3. If you could paint a mural, what everyday activity would you recreate?
Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup by Jorge Argueta. Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng. Groundwood, 2009
1. Does your family have any favorite foods that you make?
2. What did the child need to make soup?
3. A simile is a comparison using the words “like” or “as”. (For example: an onion yellow as the dawn). Can you find more similes in this story?
Loon Baby by Molly Beth Griffin. Illustrated by Anne Hunter. Houghton Mifflin, 2010
1. How does Loon Baby feel when he thinks his mother isn’t coming back?
2. What does Loon Baby learn how to do?
3. Loon Baby and his mother have a “soft, warm nest.” What is soft and comfortable for you? What do you snuggle with?
Gracias / Thanks by Pat Mora. Illustrated by John Parra. Translated by Adriana Dominguez. Lee & Low, 2009
1. Who are some people who make you happy?
2. What are some things that you are thankful for?
3. Draw a picture of something that makes you happy or thankful.
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol. First Second, 2011
1. Anya’s family routine is shown several times (e.g. kitchen meals). Show your routine in words and pictures.
2. If you had Anya’s ghost, what would you have it do at home and at school? What harm or good would that cause?
3. Not just the ghost is manipulative. Describe instances of manipulation and what motivated it.