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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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Barnum’s Bones / Knucklehead / My Name Is María Isabel

June 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2013-2014 | Summer - (Comments Off on Barnum’s Bones / Knucklehead / My Name Is María Isabel)

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Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World by Tracey Fern. Illustrated by Boris Kulikov. Margaret Ferguson Books / Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012

 

 

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Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories about Growing Up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka. Viking, 2008

 

 

 

 

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My Name Is María Isabel by Alma Flor Ada. Atheneum, 1993

 

 

 

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I Lost My Tooth in Africa / Jingle Dancer / The Rumor

June 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2013-2014 | Summer - (Comments Off on I Lost My Tooth in Africa / Jingle Dancer / The Rumor)

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I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Penda Diakité. Illustrated by Baba Wagué Diakité. Scholastic Press, 2006

 

 

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Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. Morrow / HarperCollins, 2000

 

 

 

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The Rumor by Anushka Ravishankar. Illustrated by Kanyika Kini. U.S. edition: Tundra Books, 2012

 

 

 

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The First Part Last / The Fortunes of Indigo Skye / The Name of the Wind

June 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in High School | 2013-2014 | Summer - (Comments Off on The First Part Last / The Fortunes of Indigo Skye / The Name of the Wind)

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The First Part Last by Angela Johnson. Simon & Schuster, 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti. Simon & Schuster, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1). DAW, 2007

 

 

 

 

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Baby Goes Beep / Con Mi Hermano / Eating the Alphabet / First the Egg

June 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | 2013-2014 | Summer - (Comments Off on Baby Goes Beep / Con Mi Hermano / Eating the Alphabet / First the Egg)

All poems listed below are from Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2007

 

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Baby Goes Beep by Rebecca O’Connell. Illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max. Deborah Brodie Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2003

Poem:
“Baby in a High Chair” by Jack Prelutsky, p. 23

 

 

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Con mi hermano / With My Brother by Eileen Rowe. Illustrated by Robert Casilla. Bradbury, 1991

Poem:
“Brother” by Mary Ann Hoberman, pp. 44-45

 

 

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Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989

Poem:
“Berries” by Lilian Moore, pp. 56-57

 

 

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First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2007

Poem:
“Chicks” by Eric Finney, p. 35

 

 

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Chomp / Diamond Willow / Kimchi & Calamari

June 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Middle School | 2013-2014 | Summer - (Comments Off on Chomp / Diamond Willow / Kimchi & Calamari)

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Chomp by Carl Hiaasen. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012

 

 

 

 

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Diamond Willow by Helen Frost. Frances Foster / Farrar Straus Giroux, 2008

 

 

 

 

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Kimchi & Calamari by Rose Kent. HarperCollins, 2007

 

 

 

 

 

Books for Middle School Age

See You at Harry’s

May 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Middle School | 2013-2014 | May - (Comments Off on See You at Harry’s)

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See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles. Candlewick Press, 2012

1. Each member of Fern’s family responds differently to the tragedy they face. Pick any two of the family members and talk about what changes from before to after in terms of how they behave.

2. Guilt and grief are two powerful forces in this book. How does guilt affect various characters’ grieving?

3. Why do you think Holden doesn’t want Fern to know about the bullying he faces?

 

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The Beetle Book

May 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2013-2014 | May - (Comments Off on The Beetle Book)

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The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins. Houghton Mifflin, 2012

1. Name at least three things that all beetles have in common based on what you learned from this book.

2. What are three ways that various types of beetles can defend themselves from predators?

3. What beetle in this book was most interesting to you? Why?

 

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Happy Like Soccer

May 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2013-2014 | May - (Comments Off on Happy Like Soccer)

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Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts. Illustrated by Lauren Castillo. Candlewick Press, 2012

1. Soccer makes Sierra both happy and sad. Why? Is there anything that makes you feel that way?

2. Why do you think it’s so hard for Sierra to call her coach and ask him to change the game? Why can asking for something we want or need sometimes be so hard?

3. What are some of the kind things people do to try to make Sierra’s experience playing soccer a good one? Are there other things you think people could have done?

 

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Ask the Passengers / Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

May 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in High School | 2013-2014 | May - (Comments Off on Ask the Passengers / Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe)

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Ask the Passengers by A. S. King. Little, Brown, 2012

1. Would you encourage Astrid to label herself and come out, or support her desire to resist labeling? Why?

2. Astrid resists the conformity and small-mindedness of her town. In what ways does she defy it? In what ways does she unintentionally participate in the culture she despises?

3. What do you think Astrid’s conversations with “Frank” (Socrates) do for her?

4. What purpose do you think the chapters in which Astrid sends out her love to the passengers of airplanes serves? What do they reveal about Astrid? What do they reveal about life beyond the confines of her small town

 

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamine Alire Sáenz. Simon & Schuster, 2012

1. Ari considers himself a loner and is surprised by how much he enjoys spending time with Dante. Why do you think the two boys get along so well? In what ways do their characters differ? How are they similar? How do they complement one another?

2. How does the secret about Ari’s brother affect Ari and his family?

3. This book is set in the late 1980s. Are there things you can point to that make it feel different from today in terms of attitudes toward being gay? Are there things that seem the same?

 

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