Author Archives: schliesman

Job Site/Monday Is One Day

October 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | October | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Job Site/Monday Is One Day)

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Job Site by Nathan Clement. Boyds Mills Press, 2011

1. What color is each machine?

2. What other colors can you find?

3. What sound do you think this machine might make? (Ask for each one)



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Monday I
s One Day by Arthur A. Levine. Illustrated by Julian Hector. Scholastic Press, 2011

1. Let’s recite (and/or count) the days of the week in the book. (Adult: You can also use a calendar after reading the book and find each day on it with children.)

2. Is there a special thing you/your family do on the same day every week?

3. Who are the people in your family? (or, Draw a picture of your family)

The Fault in Our Stars

September 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in September | High School | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on The Fault in Our Stars)

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Dutton, 2012

1. Is this a good title for the novel? Why or why not?

2. If your life was limited, what would you do over the next year to avoid having regrets?

3. How did being in a cancer support group affect the dynamics of the characters’ relationships?

Hidden / Bluefish

September 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in September | Middle School | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Hidden / Bluefish)

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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?


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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?

Books for Middle School Age

What Really Happened to Humpty?

September 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in September | Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on What Really Happened to Humpty?)

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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?

Icon for the Intermediate (Grades 3-5) readers

Cork & Fuzz / Dog & Bear

September 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in September | Primary (Grades K-2) | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Cork & Fuzz / Dog & Bear)

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Cork & Fuzz: Short & Tall by Dori Chaconas. Illustrated by Lisa McCue. Viking, 2006
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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/Back to School Tortoise

September 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | September | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on A Ball for Daisy/Back to School Tortoise)

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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?

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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.

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