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Now Is the Time for Running

December 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in 2012-2013 | December | High School - (Comments Off on Now Is the Time for Running)

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Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams. U.S. edition: Little, Brown, 2011

1. Throughout history, people have sought refuge in other countries. For what reasons might people leave their homeland?

2. This book provides a window into current events in Zimbabwe. What struck you about life in this country?

3. The cover shows a soccer ball and barbed wire. How do these images reflect the boys’ journey?

Drawing from Memory

December 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in 2012-2013 | Middle School | December - (Comments Off on Drawing from Memory)

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Drawing from Memory by Allen Say. Scholastic Press, 2011

1. How did the format of the book help you understand Allen Say’s story?

2. Allen Say gave up everything to pursue his passion for drawing. What is your passion?

3. What teacher has been most influential in your life and why?

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Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book

December 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2012-2013 | December - (Comments Off on Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book)

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Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book by Nikki Grimes. Putnam, 2010

1. Have you been to a thrift shop or rummage sale? What treasure(s) have you found?

2. What is the difference between “wants” and “needs”? What characters have needs and what characters have wants?

3. If you had to write a personal experience poem, what would you write about?

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Little Dog Lost

December 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2012-2013 | December - (Comments Off on Little Dog Lost)

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Little Dog Lost: A True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic by Mônica Carnesi. Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin, 2012

 

 

1. How did people try to save the dog?

2. What are the ways that Baltic might be feeling along the journey?

3. The Author’s Note says no one knows where the dog came from. Where do you think Baltic came from and how did he get trapped on the ice?

Cradle Me / While You Are Sleeping / Twins’ Blanket

December 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | 2012-2013 | December - (Comments Off on Cradle Me / While You Are Sleeping / Twins’ Blanket)

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Cradle Me by Debby Slier. Star Bright Books, 2012

1. What are some of the places you go to sleep? (e.g., crib, bed, couch, floor, car seat, etc.)

2. Let’s do all the things that babies in the pictures are doing (yawn, peek, etc.).

3. (Adult) Invite child to turn the pages as you read. Point to each of the words as you read it.

 

 

While You Are Sleeping coverWhile You Are Sleeping: A Lift-the-Flap Book of Time Around the World by Durga Bernhard. Charlesbridge, 2011

1. Lift the flap (gently!) What is the person under the flap doing? (Ask on each page)

2. What are some things that might be happening while you are sleeping?

3. (Adult) Point to where you live on the map on the book’s endpapers.

 

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The Twins’ Blanket
by Hyewon Yum. Frances Foster Books / Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011

1. What do you notice about the paper inside the front and back covers? (Ask after reading the book)

2. What is different about each girl? What is the same?

3. What does your blanket look and feel like? (Encourage discussion of color, pattern, texture, etc.)

Up Close: Harper Lee

November 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in November | 2012-2013 | Middle School - (Comments Off on Up Close: Harper Lee)

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Up Close: Harper Lee by Kerry Madden. Viking, 2009

1. Whether or not you’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird, what did you learn about the impact of that novel?

2. Harper Lee does not want to be defined by a single book. What do you want to be defined by (e.g. behaviors, values, activities, etc.)

3. This book explores Harper Lee’s private and public lives. How do you describe your public and private lives?

Akata Witch

November 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in November | 2012-2013 | Middle School - (Comments Off on Akata Witch)

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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. Viking, 2011

1. If you were a Leopard Person, what would your juju be?

2. How does Sunny’s sense of identity change throughout the book?

3. Which do you think is more important to the story — the power of friendship or the power of magic? Why?

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Diego Rivera: His World and Ours / My Papa Diego and Me

November 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | November | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Diego Rivera: His World and Ours / My Papa Diego and Me)

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Diego Rivera: His World and Ours
by Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams, 2011

My Papa Diego and Me: Memories of My Father and His Art by Guadalupe Rivera Marín. Children’s Book Press, 2009

 

 

1. What was important to Mexican artist Diego Rivera and how did it appear in his art?

2. How has your childhood been similar to Guadalupe’s? What picture would your Mom and Dad draw about you?

3. If you could paint a mural, what everyday activity would you recreate?

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Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup

November 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | November | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup)

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Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup by Jorge Argueta. Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng. Groundwood, 2009

1. Does your family have any favorite foods that you make?

2. What did the child need to make soup?

3. A simile is a comparison using the words “like” or “as”. (For example: an onion yellow as the dawn). Can you find more similes in this story?

Loon Baby/Gracias

November 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | November | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Loon Baby/Gracias)

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Loon Baby
by Molly Beth Griffin.  Illustrated by Anne Hunter.  Houghton Mifflin, 2010

1. How does Loon Baby feel when he thinks his mother isn’t coming back?

2. What does Loon Baby learn how to do?

3. Loon Baby and his mother have a “soft, warm nest.” What is soft and comfortable for you? What do you snuggle with?

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Gracias / Thanks
by Pat Mora. Illustrated by John Parra. Translated by Adriana Dominguez. Lee & Low, 2009

1. Who are some people who make you happy?

2. What are some things that you are thankful for?

3. Draw a picture of something that makes you happy or thankful.

Anya’s Ghost

October 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in October | 2012-2013 | Middle School - (Comments Off on Anya’s Ghost)

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Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol. First Second, 2011

1. Anya’s family routine is shown several times (e.g. kitchen meals). Show your routine in words and pictures.

2. If you had Anya’s ghost, what would you have it do at home and at school? What harm or good would that cause?

3. Not just the ghost is manipulative. Describe instances of manipulation and what motivated it.

Warp Speed

October 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in October | 2012-2013 | Middle School - (Comments Off on Warp Speed)

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Warp Speed by Lisa Yee. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic Inc., 2011

1. What does this book say about the power of bystanders to make a difference?

2. In which situations would you want to be invisible and when is it better to be invincible?

3. Star Trek, Star Wars, or Batman? Discuss.

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