Little Dog Lost

December 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | December | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Little Dog Lost)

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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 / While You Are Sleeping / Twins’ Blanket

December 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | December | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Cradle Me / While You Are Sleeping / Twins’ Blanket)

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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 coverWhile 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.


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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.)

Divergent / The Unidentified

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Divergent cover imageDivergent by Veronica Roth. Katherine Tegen Books, 2011

Unidentified cover imageThe Unidentified by Rae Mariz. Balzer + Bray, 2010

1. In the book Divergent, which faction would you choose to belong to and why?
2. What do you think would happen if corporations ran schools?
3. Explain how science fiction set in the future can reflect our world today using examples from one or both of these stories.

The Frog Scientist

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Frog Scientiest book coverThe Frog Scientist by Pamela S. Turner. Photographs by Andy Comins. (Scientists in the Field) Houghton Mifflin, 2009.

1. What did you learn about the scientific process by reading this book?
2. Tyrone’s parents and teachers encouraged his interest in science; how is he paying it forward?
3. Tyrone says, “Environmental health and human health are one and the same.” What do you think he means by this?

Books for Middle School Age

The Thumb in the Box

December 1st, 2011 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | December | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on The Thumb in the Box)

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The Thumb in the Box by Ken Roberts. Groundwood, 2002

1. How are this town and the people who live there unique.
2. How did the village get more than the pump?
3. Who are the tricksters in this story?

Icon for the Intermediate (Grades 3-5) readers

Nabeel’s New Pants: An Eid Tale

December 1st, 2011 | Posted by in Primary (Grades K-2) | December | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Nabeel’s New Pants: An Eid Tale)

Nabeel's New Pants Book CoverNabeel’s New Pants: An Eid Tale by Fawzia Gilan-Williams. Illustrated by Proiti Roy. Marshall Cavendish, 2010

1. How did Nabeel’s family members show they cared for one another?
2. What did Nabeel and his family do to prepare to celebrate Eid?
3. Eid is a special holiday for Muslims. Is there a special holiday your family observes

Carry Me

December 1st, 2011 | Posted by in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | December | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Carry Me)

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Carry Me by Rena D. Grossman. Star Bright Books, 2009

1. How do you like to be carried?
2. Is there a way to be carried shown in the book that you’d like to try?
3. What patterns, colors or textures do you see in the pictures?

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