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Forge

January 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Middle School | January | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Forge)

Forge book coverForge by Laurie Halse Anderson. Atheneum, 2010

1. What motivated African American soldiers to fight in the Revolutionary War?
2. What would you have found most difficult about being a soldier at Valley Forge?
3. How does the war affect friendships during the course of the story?

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Zora and Me

January 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | January | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Zora and Me)

Zora and Me book coverZora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon. Candlewick Press, 2010

1. What do you think is the most important lesson Zora learned?
2. What is the relationship between truth and storytelling?
3. What did Zora learn from asking questions and listening to people around her?

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The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

January 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Primary (Grades K-2) | January | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred)

The Cazeula That the Farm Maiden Stirred book coverThe Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred by Samantha R. Vamos. Illustrated by Rafael López. Charlesbridge, 2011

1. What ingredients go into the pot? Can you say them in Spanish? In English?
2. What animals helped the cazuela make the arroz con leche?
3. What do you like to cook? What foods are special to your family?

Hello Baby

January 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | January | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Hello Baby)

Hello Baby book coverHello Baby! by Mem Fox. Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. Beach Lane 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.

Divergent / The Unidentified

December 1st, 2011 | Posted by in December | High School | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Divergent / The Unidentified)

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

December 1st, 2011 | Posted by in Middle School | December | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on The Frog Scientist)

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?

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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?

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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?

Dark Water

November 1st, 2011 | Posted by in November | High School | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Dark Water)


Dark Water by Laura McNeal. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010

1. How would the story change if it were told from Amiel’s perspective?
2. Describe how Pearl sees two worlds.
3. How does Pearl’s vision change over the course of the book?

Cosmic

November 1st, 2011 | Posted by in November | Middle School | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Cosmic)

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce. U.S. edition: HarperCollins, 2010

1. How would Liam define the role of being a dad at the book’s beginning? Do you think his definition has changed by the story’s end? If so, how?
2. In some ways, Florida seems superficial. What evidence suggests otherwise?
3. Why is it important to continue to explore space?

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Rickshaw Girl

November 1st, 2011 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | November | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Rickshaw Girl)

Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins. Charlesbridge, 2007

1. How did Naima change throughout the story?
2. How does Naima’s art help her and her family?
3. How did Naima and her family’s ideas about girls change from the beginning to the end of the story? Why do you think they changed?

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