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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?


Book coversTime for a Bath
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?

Ship Breaker

May 1st, 2012 | Posted by in High School | 2011-2012 | May - (Comments Off on Ship Breaker)

Ship Breaker book coverShip Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. Little, Brown, 2010

1. Envision a world of the future: how might it compare to Nailer’s reality?
2. Where in the world today are children exploited like Nailer is in the book?
3. Nailer believes he is giving up a lot by choosing to save Nina. What does he gain?

Little Blog on the Prairie

May 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Middle School | 2011-2012 | May - (Comments Off on Little Blog on the Prairie)

Little Blog on the Prairie book coverLittle Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell. Bloomsbury, 2010

1. What technology could you not give up for a whole summer?
2. What did Gen and her family gain from their summer at Camp Frontier?
3. If you went to Camp Frontier, what do you think you’d enjoy the most? What do you think you’d enjoy the least?

Books for Middle School Age

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

May 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2011-2012 | May - (Comments Off on Where the Mountain Meets the Moon)

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon book coverWhere the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Little, Brown, 2009

1. How is Minli helped on her journey?
2. How do the stories that are told connect to Minli’s journey?
3. How does Minli’s mother change between the beginning and end of the story? Why do you think she changes?
4. What was your favorite part of the story?

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The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families

May 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2011-2012 | May - (Comments Off on The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families)

Mangrove Tree book coverThe Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore. Lee & Low, 2011

1. How did the mangrove tree change the lives of the people in Eritrea?
2. Why did Sato choose mangrove trees to plant?
3. What could you plant to help people in your community? How would your plant help?

Cora Cooks Pancit

May 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | 2011-2012 | May - (Comments Off on Cora Cooks Pancit)

Cora Cooks Pancit book coverCora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore. Illustrated by Kristi Valiant. Shea’s Books, 2009

1. What ways do you help at mealtime at home?
2. Are there special foods your family likes to eat together?
3. Tell us a story about a time you were happy or proud about something you helped with.

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