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Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same

November 1st, 2011 | Posted by in Primary (Grades K-2) | November | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same)

Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same by Grace Lin. Little, Brown, 2010

1. How are Ling and Ting alike?
2. How are Ling and Ting different?
3. Which do you think it is better to eat with: chopsticks or fork? Why?

Pecan Pie Baby

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

Pecan Pie Baby Book coverPecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Putnam, 2010

1. “Pecan Pie Baby” is a nickname. Do you or does anyone you know have nicknames?
2. Why do you think Gia isn’t as excited about the baby as everyone around her seems to be?
3. Gia enjoys doing a lot of things with the adults in her life. What do you enjoy doing with the adults in your life?
4. What do you think Gia and the baby will do together?

The Voyage of Turtle Rex

October 1st, 2011 | Posted by lendlich in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | October | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on The Voyage of Turtle Rex)

The Voyage of Turtle Rex

The Voyage of Turtle Rex by Kurt Cyrus. Harcourt, 2011

1. Why did the turtle go back to the beach?
2. Where would a 2-ton, 15-foot turtle fit?
3. Pretend you’re a sea turtle coming out of your egg–show us how you would walk on the sand or swim in the water.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

October 1st, 2011 | Posted by in October | High School | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Will Grayson, Will Grayson)

Wil Grayson, Will Grayson Book Cover

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. Dutton, 2010

1. Who was your favorite character in the book and why?
2. How is humor used to deal with difficult issues in this story?
3. There are many unlikely friendships in this book. Discuss an unlikely friendship you have had in your life.

Prime Baby / Smile

October 1st, 2011 | Posted by in October | Middle School | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Prime Baby / Smile)

Primae Baby Cover

Prime Baby by Gene Luen Yang. First Second / Roaring Brook Press, 2010

Smile Cover

 

Smile by Raina Telgemeier. Graphix, 2010

 

1. In what ways can you relate to Thaddeus in Prime Baby?
2. How do Raina’s experiences in Smile make her stronger?
3. How does the graphic novel format enhance each story?

 

Books for Middle School Age

 

 

 

This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness

October 1st, 2011 | Posted by in October | Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness)

This Is Just to Say Book Cover

This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness by Joyce Sidman.
Houghton Mifflin, 2007

1. What makes apologizing difficult?
2. When is it easier to forgive someone? When is it hard?
3. Has there been a time recently when you’ve had to apologize or forgive someone?Icon for the Intermediate (Grades 3-5) readers

Always Listen to Your Mother

October 1st, 2011 | Posted by in Primary (Grades K-2) | October | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Always Listen to Your Mother)

Always Listen to Your Mother Book Cover

Always Listen to Your Mother by Florence Parry Heide and Roxanne Heide Pierce. Illustrated by Kyle M. Stone. Disney / Hyperion, 2010

1. How are the mothers in the book the same? How are they different?
2. What might happen if Vlapid went to Ernest’s house?
3. What kinds of things are you expected to do at home?

Lockdown

September 1st, 2011 | Posted by in September | High School | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Lockdown)

Lockdown Book Cover

Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers. Amistad / HarperTeen, 2010

1. If you had a friend, like Reese’s friend Toon, who you knew was going to be beaten up, how would you respond?
2. Describe a situation where you overreacted in some way. How could you have handled it differently?
3. Describe ways Reese was “locked down.”

Ninth Ward

September 1st, 2011 | Posted by in September | Middle School | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Ninth Ward)

Ninth Ward Book Cover
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Little, Brown, 2010

1. How does the author use bridges as a symbol in the story?
2. How would Lenesha define “Family”?
3. How might Lanesha’s experience during Hurricane Katrina have been different if she lived with her uptown family? Books for Middle School Age

Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians

September 1st, 2011 | Posted by in September | Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians)

Lunch Lady Book Cover

Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians by Jarrett T. Krosoczka. Alfred A. Knopf, 2009

1. How do you read a graphic novel differently from a traditional novel that’s all words?
2. Why did the librarians want to take over the world?
3. How do the pictures help tell the story? Icon for the Intermediate (Grades 3-5) readers

City Dog, Country Frog

September 1st, 2011 | Posted by in September | Primary (Grades K-2) | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on City Dog, Country Frog)

City Dog, Country Frog Book Cover

City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems. Illustrated by Jon J Muth. Hyperion, 2010

1. What kinds of things can you do in the city? In the country? In both places?
2. What do you think happened to Frog?
3. Who do you think Country Dog will meet next year?

How Rocket Learned to Read

September 1st, 2011 | Posted by in September | Primary (Grades K-2) | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on How Rocket Learned to Read)

How Rocket Learned to Read

How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills. Schwartz & Wade, 2010

1. What things did Rocket do that helped him learn to read?
2. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet and why?
3. What do you like to read?

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