Author Archives: schliesman
Hidden by Helen Frost. Frances Foster Books / Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011
1. The title of the book is Hidden. What kinds of things are hidden in this story?
2. How does the weight of their shared secret affect Wren’s and Darra’s relationship?
3. How are Wren and Darra able to understand each other’s point of view?
Bluefish by Pat Schmatz. Candlewick Press, 2011
1. How do Travis (“Bluefish”) and Velveeta feel about the nicknames they’ve been given?
2. Travis is unable to read at the beginning of this story. Why do you think he keeps this a secret
instead of asking for help?
3. Why do you think Travis, Velveeta, and Bradley get along so well?
What Really Happened to Humpty? (from the Files of a Hard-Boiled Detective) by Jeanie Franz Ransom. Illustrated by Stephen Axelsen. Charlesbridge, 2009
1. What stories do these characters come from?
2. How would the story change if it was told from Muffy’s perspective?
3. If you wrote this story, who would you make the hero and who would be the villain?
Cork & Fuzz: Short & Tall by Dori Chaconas. Illustrated by Lisa McCue. Viking, 2006
Dog & Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2007
1. How did the characters in each book show that they were friends?
2. How are the friends in each book the same and different?
3. How are you the same as or different from your friends?
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka. Schwartz & Wade, 2011
1. How can you tell when Daisy is happy? Sad? Curious?
2. What do you think is happening here? (Ask this as you go from page to page to encourage children to use their own words to tell the story as they understand it. You can also have a discussion together, sharing ideas about what is happening on each page.)
3. Daisy feels happy when she has her ball. What is something that makes you feel happy?
Back to School Tortoise by Lucy M. George. Illustrated by Merel Eyckerman. U.S. edition: Albert Whitman, 2011
1. What would you do to get ready for the first day of school?
2. What do you think school will be like?
3. (Adult) Share a memory of a first day of school.