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Hot Day on Abbott Avenue

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Hot Day on Abbott Avenue)

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Hot Day on Abbott Avenue by Karen English. Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. Clarion, 2004

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My Dadima Wears a Sari

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on My Dadima Wears a Sari)

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My Dadima Wears a Sari by Kashmira Sheth. Illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi. Peachtree, 2007

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Siesta

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Siesta)

Siesta coverSiesta by Ginger Fogelsong Guy. Illustrated by René King Moreno. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 1005

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Jazz Baby

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Jazz Baby)

Jazz Baby coverJazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Harcourt, 2007

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A Good Day

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on A Good Day)

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A Good Day
by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2007

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Pick-Up Game

May 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in High School | 2012-2013 | May - (Comments Off on Pick-Up Game)

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Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court edited by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith Jr. Candlewick Press, 2011

1. This book was written with each author adding to the sequence of stories. In what way(s) were you surprised by something revealed in a later story about a character or characters introduced in a previous story?

2. Do you know much about basketball? How do you think your knowledge/lack of knowledge about basketball affected your response to the stories?

3. Choose a character you would like to be friends with. Why?

Bird in a Box

May 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Middle School | 2012-2013 | May - (Comments Off on Bird in a Box)

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Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Illustrated by Sean Qualls. Little, Brown, 2011

1. Why was Joe Louis such a powerful figure for the African American community?

2. The radio was an important way to build community in this story. How do today’s technologies both build community and isolate us from one another?

3. What do you think happened to the characters after the story ended?

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Seaglass Summer

May 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2012-2013 | May - (Comments Off on Seaglass Summer)

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Seaglass Summer by Anjali Bannerjee. Wendy Lamb Books, 2010

1. What do you want to be when you grow up? Why?

2. What does Poppy learn about being a veterinarian and how is it different than what she expected?

3. What do you think would be the hardest part about spending time away from home?

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Anna Hibiscus

May 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2012-2013 | May - (Comments Off on Anna Hibiscus)

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Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke. Illustrated by Lauren Tobia. U.S. edition: Kane/Miller, 2010

1. Anna is about your age. How is she the same as kids you know? How is she different?

2. What did you know about Africa before you read this book?

3. What do you know about Africa now?

Big Baby Book / Time to Eat / Time to Sleep / Time for a Bath

May 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | 2012-2013 | May - (Comments Off on Big Baby Book / Time to Eat / Time to Sleep / Time for a Bath)

Big Baby Book coverThe Big Baby Book by Guido van Genechten. Translated from the Dutch. Clavis, 2011

1. What do you think you could do when you were a new baby? Could you stand? Could you run? Could you cry? Do you think you were hungry a lot?

2. Have you ever seen any animal babies? What were they like?

3. How many babies can you find on each page?


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by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Houghton Mifflin, 2011
Time to Eat by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Houghton Mifflin, 2011
Time to Sleep by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Houghton Mifflin, 2011

1. What do you do when it’s time for a bath? Time to eat? Time to sleep?

2. (Adult) Find examples from the books to discuss and compare animal habits with human behavior. For example, “Giraffes sleep two hours a day. How long do you think you sleep every day/night? More, or less?”

3. Is there one of these animals you wish you could be? Which one? Why?

The Watch That Ends the Night

April 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in High School | 2012-2013 | April - (Comments Off on The Watch That Ends the Night)

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The Watch that Ends the Night by Allan Wolf. Candlewick Press, 2011

1. Which character were you the most drawn to and why?

2. How does knowing the ending of this story affect you as you read?

3. What did you learn about the Titanic that you didn’t know before?

Inside Out & Back Again

April 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Middle School | 2012-2013 | April - (Comments Off on Inside Out & Back Again)

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Inside Out & Back Again by Thanha Lai. HarperCollins, 2011

1. What makes newcomers an easy target for bullies?

2. What did Ha miss most about Vietnam? What would you miss if you moved to another country?

3. In what ways is Ha’s sense of herself different from how others view her?

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