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Fiesta Babies / Anna Hibiscus’ Song

February 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | February | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Fiesta Babies / Anna Hibiscus’ Song)

Fiesta Babies coverFiesta Babies by Carmen Tafolla. Illustrated by Amy Córdova. Tricycle Press, 2010

1. A fiesta is a party. Let’s find at all the party things happening in the book (e.g, dancing, eating, singing)

2. Adult: Give shakers and streamers or ribbons to create a (supervised) fiesta.

3. Adult: Play upbeat dancing music and ask children to dance after reading the book together (you can read the book while they dance, too!)

Anna Hibiscus' Song coverAnna Hibiscus’ Song by Atinuke. Illustrated by Lauren Tobias. U.S. edition: Kane Miller, 2011

1. What are some things you like to do when you are happy?

2. What are some of the things the people in Anna’s family do when they are happy?

3. Anna lives with her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Who do you live with? Who else is in your family?

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall

February 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | February | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall)

Bad News for Outlaws book coverBad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Carolrhoda, 2009

1. What character traits helped Bass Reeves be a successful Marshall?
2. How was the time of Bass Reeves similar to today? How were they different?
3. One line in the book says, “Bass Reeves was respected, and he was hated.” How can both be true?

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Big Red Lollipop

February 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Primary (Grades K-2) | February | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Big Red Lollipop)

Big Red Lollipop book cover

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Viking, 2010

1. Why does Ami (the mother) make Rubina take Sana to the birthday party?
2. What if one of your friends brought their little sister or brother to your birthday party? What would you think or say?
3. Why did Sana give her sister the green lollipop?

Rrralph

February 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | February | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Rrralph)

Rrralph book coverRrralph by Lois Ehlert. Beach Lane, 2011

1. Can Ralph really talk? Do you think animals can talk to us? What are some of the things they try to tell us?
2. Lois Ehlert has created collages out of ordinary objects for the illustrations in this story. What things do you recognize?
3. What colors, shapes, textures do you see in the illustrations?

Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing / We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World

January 1st, 2012 | Posted by in High School | February | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing / We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World)

Janis Joplin Rise Up Singing book coverJanis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel. Amulet / Abrams, 2010

We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World by Stuart Stotts. Clarion, 2010We Shall Overcome book cover

1. “Sometimes, all the love and passion of a lifetime can be found in a single voice raised in a heartbreaking song.” (From Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing) How was Janis’s life like a heartbreaking song?
2. How has music been used to unite and empower different groups of people?
3. What song would you use as an anthem for your generation? Why?

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