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Turkey Tot / Run Home, Little Mouse

November 1st, 2014 | Posted by etownsend in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | November | 2014-2015 - (Comments Off on Turkey Tot / Run Home, Little Mouse)

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Turkey Tot by George Shannon Holiday House, 2013.

1. What do you think Turkey is making when you read the story?

2. How would you solve the problem?

3. How can being different be good?

 

 

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Run Home, Little Mouse by Britta Teckentrup.  Translated from the German.  U.S. edition:  Kids Can Press, 2013.

1. What seven animals do you see in the forest on the first page?

2. Look through the hole and what do you see?

3. Count the mice on the last page.

 
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Maggot Moon

October 1st, 2014 | Posted by etownsend in October | 2014-2015 | High School - (Comments Off on Maggot Moon)

maggot moonMaggot Moon by Sally Gardner. Illustrated by Julian Crouch. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2013.

1. What are the different factors that pressure characters to not seek the truth?

2. What are specific ways the author provided information in this alternate history to help you make sense of what was going on? In what ways did the fact that it was an alternate history—rather than a futuristic dystopia—hinder or help your understanding of the characters and their situation?

3. As you consider the sequence of events in the novel, what are the details that reveal the hoax to Standish?

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I Lay My Stitches Down / The Thing about Luck

October 1st, 2014 | Posted by etownsend in October | Middle School | 2014-2015 - (Comments Off on I Lay My Stitches Down / The Thing about Luck)

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I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery by Cynthia Grady. Illustrated by Michele Wood. Eerdmans, 2012.

1. In the introduction, the author states that she included three references in each poem: biblical/spiritual, musical, and sewing/fiber arts. Choose a poem and locate each of these references in it.

2. As you were examining each page layout (poem, explanation, artwork), which order did you use to best understand and decode? Why was this your strategy?

3. How is the theme of sewing and quilting developed throughout the collection? What is the relationship between quilting and the experiences of American slaves?

 

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The Thing about Luck by Cynthia Kadohata. Illustrated by Julia Kuo. Atheneum, 2013.

1. Why is Summer so obsessed with mosquitoes? Why does she spend so much time drawing them and seeing them as “beautiful”?

2. How would you describe Summer’s relationship with Obaachan, her grandmother?

3. The author, Kadohata, ends the book in an abrupt way, meaning that there is no distinct ending. Why do you think the author does this? What are possible outcomes for Summer and her family at the end of summer?

 

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Buffalo Bird Girl

October 1st, 2014 | Posted by etownsend in October | Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2014-2015 - (Comments Off on Buffalo Bird Girl)

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Buffalo Bird Girl:  A Hidatsa Story by S.D. Nelson. Abrams, 2012.

1. Why do you think the author wanted you to learn about Buffalo Bird Girl? What are the things the author included to show you this?

2. What do you learn from the photographs, illustrations, and maps?

3. What do we know about the author from the note at the end of the book?

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Picture a Tree / Chavela and the Magic Bubble

October 1st, 2014 | Posted by etownsend in Primary (Grades K-2) | October | 2014-2015 - (Comments Off on Picture a Tree / Chavela and the Magic Bubble)

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Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid. U.S. edition: Albert Whitman, 2013.

1. According to the author, what are some of the uses of a tree? Can you think of new ways to use trees?

2. What changes do you see in the tree in the book? What changes are taking place with the trees outside? What other changes will occur?

3. How do the pictures help you understand the words?

 

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Chavela and the Magic Bubble by Monica Brown. Illustrated by Magaly Morales. Clarion, 2010.

1. Where does Chavela’s magic bubble take her?

2. What types of trees does Chavela visit? What do people make from these trees?

3. How does Chavela know that her magical trip takes her to her grandmother’s past?

 

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Matilda and Hans / Wild Berries

October 1st, 2014 | Posted by etownsend in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | October | 2014-2015 - (Comments Off on Matilda and Hans / Wild Berries)

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Matilda and Hans by Yokococo. U.S. edition:  Templar / Candlewick Press, 2013.

1. Do you know someone nice like Matilda? Do you know someone naughty like Hans?

2. What kind of mask do you like to wear?

3. Were you surprised by the ending to the story?

 

 

wild berriesBTPWild Berries by Julie Flett.  Simply Read Books, 2013.

1. What kind of blueberries does Clarence like? What kind does his grandma like?

2. What do you like to do outdoors with your family?

3. This book has words in English and in the Cree language. Can you say some of these words? (Teachers/Librarians/Caregivers: There’s a pronunciation guide at the end of the book.)

 

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Eleanor & Park

September 1st, 2014 | Posted by etownsend in September | 2014-2015 | High School - (Comments Off on Eleanor & Park)

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013.

1. Eleanor and Park bond over comic books and mix tapes. How do teens in your community forge relationships / friendships? What are your interests and how do you share interests with others?

2. What are ways Eleanor and Park each change over the course of the story? How are they each influenced by one another and their relationship? How does it impact what happens as the story develops?

3. What do you believe are the words written on the postcard? What evidence can you find to support your conclusion?

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Al Capone Does My Homework

September 1st, 2014 | Posted by etownsend in September | Middle School | 2014-2015 - (Comments Off on Al Capone Does My Homework)

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Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko. Dial, 2013.

1. How does living on Alcatraz Island shape the story?

2. How do the characters interact differently with Natalie?

3. Adults are in a position of power over kids. Sometimes adults abuse this power. How might you have reacted to the Trixles’ rude and unfair treatment of the members of Moose’s?

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Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled / The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

September 1st, 2014 | Posted by etownsend in September | Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2014-2015 - (Comments Off on Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled / The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp)

scaly spotted feathered frilledScaly Spotted Feathered Frilled by Catherin Thimmesh. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

1. What is a paleoartist? What decisions do paleoartists have to make in their work? What are some examples of these decision impact their work?

2. Why do you think this book is called Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled?

3. How does a paleoartist learn what a dinosaur may have looked like?

 

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The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt. Atheneum, 2013.

1. Whose stories are told in this book? How are these stories connected?

2. In what ways is the setting of this book important to the story? What elements of the story would change if it happened where you live?

3. What does “being a man” mean to Chap? What does “being a man” mean to you?

 

 

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The Apple Orchard Riddle / Good News, Bad News

September 1st, 2014 | Posted by etownsend in September | Primary (Grades K-2) | 2014-2015 - (Comments Off on The Apple Orchard Riddle / Good News, Bad News)

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The Apple Orchard Riddle by Margaret McNamara. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Schwartz & Wade, 2013.

1. How does Tara solve her teacher’s riddle?

2. What do the pictures tell us about Tara, her personality and her problem-solving methods?

3. Did you learn anything new about apples from this book? Did you learn anything new about solving riddles?

 

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Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack.  Chronicle, 2012.

1. What is something from your own life that could be both good news and bad news?

2. How do the pictures help you decide if something is good news or bad news?

3. What words and pictures let you know that the rabbit and the rat are good friends?

 

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Sophie’s Squash / Little Mouse / Switching Off the Moon

September 1st, 2014 | Posted by etownsend in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | September | 2014-2015 - (Comments Off on Sophie’s Squash / Little Mouse / Switching Off the Moon)

sophie's squashBTPSophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller. Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf. Schwartz & Wade, 2013.

1.  What does Sophie like about Bernice?

2. What are some of the things Sophie does to take good care of Bernice?

3. What do you think will happen to Bonnie and Baxter?

 

 

Little Mouse by Alison Murray. U.S. edition: Disney / Hyperion, 2013.little mouse

1. When do you feel gray?

2. What does your family call you when you are feeling quiet and cuddly?

3. What funny sounds can you make?

 

switching on the moonSwitching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems selected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Candlewick Press, 2010.

1. Which poem reminds you of one of your bedtime routines?

2. What poems made you feel happy? Worried? Quiet? Loud?

3. Find the moon through out the book. How many times is the moon pictured in the book?
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