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I’ll Save You, Bobo! / Baby, Where Are You?

January 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | January | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on I’ll Save You, Bobo! / Baby, Where Are You?)

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I’ll Save You, Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal. Illustrated by Marc Rosenthal. Atheneum, 2012

1. Who is your favorite character in this story? Why?

2. Do you think Earl the cat likes Bobo? Why or why not?

3. What do you like about the stories the little boy tells? Do you ever make up stories? (What are they about?)

 

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Baby, Where Are You? by Mack. U.S. edition: Clavis, 2012

1. Let’s find an animal in the book that lives in or near the water. What is it?

2. Let’s find an animal in the book walking in the sand. What is it?

3. Which animals in the book have long necks?

 

Poem to pair 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:

“Tide and Seek” by Andrew Fusek Peters, p. 80

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Lemonade in Winter

January 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | January | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Lemonade in Winter)

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Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money by Emily Jenkins. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Schwartz & Wade, 2012

1. What are some of the things Pauline and John-John do to get ready to have a lemonade stand?

2. How do Pauline and John-John try to get customers? Is there anything else you would have also done if you were in their place?

3. If you were going to sell something in winter, what would it be? Why? What would you need to get ready to have your sale?

 

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Z Is for Moose / Animal 1 2 3

December 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | December | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Z Is for Moose / Animal 1 2 3)

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Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham. Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2012

1. How does Moose feel when he finds out he isn’t going to be the letter “M”? How can you tell what he’s feeling?

2. Can you figure out what letters were supposed to be on the pages after “M Is for Mouse” and “N Is for Needle?.” What clues can/did you use?

3. What makes you impatient? What do you do when do you have to wait?

 

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Animal 1 2 3 by Britta Teckentrup. Handprint Books, 2012

1. Let’s count ___________s (creatures from each/any page in book).

2. What comes after _____ (number)? How much is it if we add one more?

3. Let’s move like ______ (creature from each/any page in book).

 

Poem to pair 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:

“The NO-NO Bird” by Andrew Fusek Peters, p. 28

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Under the Snow

December 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | December | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Under the Snow)

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Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart. Illustrated by Constance R. Bergum. Peachtree, 2009

1. What are some of the ways we see the animals in the book survive in winter ? Can you think of any other things animals might do to survive in the cold?

2. Animals do different things in winter than in summer. What are some things do people do in the winterthat’s different from what they do in summer?

3. What animals have you seen in the winter?

 

 

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After Eli

December 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Middle School | December | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on After Eli)

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After Eli by Rebecca Rupp . Candlewick Press, 2012

1. Why do you think Danny keeps his Book of the Dead?

2. Danny’s memories give readers a strong sense of Eli. What do you learn about Eli as a brother and a friend through specific incidences in the book? How do you think he influenced Danny?

3. What are some things Danny figure outs about friendship through his relationships with Isabelle and Walter?

 

 

Books for Middle School Age

The Raven Boys

December 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in December | High School | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on The Raven Boys)

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Scholastic Press, 2012

1. Every character in this novel is on a quest. Pick two characters and describe their quests. In what ways are their quests mutually supportive, or in conflict with each other early on. Does this change over time?

2. How do you interpret the quotes in the prologue from Edgar Allen Poe and Oscar Wilde in light of the novel? What character or characters does each quote remind you of? Why?

3. What is your theory on what happened to Blue’s father? What evidence in the narrative do you base this on?

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The One and Only Ivan

December 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | December | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on The One and Only Ivan)

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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Illustrated by Patricia Castelao. Harper / HarperCollins, 2012

1. If you could pick one character from this book to befriend, whom would it be? Why—what things about this character do you like?

2. What are some of the ways the author made Ivan’s perspective seem true to how an animal might understand and describe what is happening?

3. Ivan remembers a time when he was free. Do you think he’d ever be able to live in the wild again? Why or why not? What about Ruby?

 

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Never Fall Down

November 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in November | High School | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Never Fall Down)

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Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2012

1. Author Patricia McCormick explains in her author’s note why she chose to write in Arn’s own “distinct and beautiful voice,” which doesn’t follow the rules of English grammar and syntax. What impact did this decision have on you as a reader? In what ways do you think your understanding of Arn and his experience would be different if the book had been written in grammatically correct English?

2. Why do you think the transition from the life as a boy soldier to life in the United States was difficult for Arn?

3. The Holocaust during World War II is something with which most of us are familiar. Why do you think so little is known about other genocides, like the one Arn survived in Cambodia?

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Me and Momma and Big John / Castle

November 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | November | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Me and Momma and Big John / Castle)

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Me and Momma and Big John by Mara Rockliff. Illustrated by William Low. Candlewick Press, 2012

1. Why is the boy so disappointed when he finally sees the stone his mother has been working on?

2. How is the boy feeling about his mother’s work by the story’s end? Why?

3. Do you think the boy’s momma is an artist? Why or why not?

 

 

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Castle: How It Works by David Macaulay, with Sheila Keenan. Square Fish / David Macaulay Studio / Macmillan, 2012

1. If you were a visiting the castle in this book, what are some of the things you might see once you cross the drawbridge?

2. If you were an enemy, how might you try to get inside the castle in this book? What are some of the ways you learned those in the castle might try to stop you?

3. Why don’t you think people live in castles anymore?

 

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I Love Saturdays y domingos / Baby’s Day

November 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | November | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on I Love Saturdays y domingos / Baby’s Day)

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I Love Saturdays y domingos by Alma Flor Ada. Ill by Elivia Salvadier. Atheneum, 2002

1. What are some of the things that are the same at each of the two houses the little girl visits?

2. What are some of the things that are different?

3. What do you like to do with a grown-up you love?

 

 

 

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Baby’s Day by Michael Blake. Candlewick Press, 2007

1. What color is __________? (name the highlighted object(s) on every page)

2. When would a baby wear a bib and have a bowl? What do you think the baby is about to do?

3. Baby is sleeping with a toy bunny. Is there something you like to sleep with?

 

Poems to pair 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:

“Your Birthday Cake” by Rosemary Wells, p. 22

“Baby Fingers” by Nikki Grimes, p. 20

“Candles” by Wendy Cope, p. 26

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Mighty Mars Rovers / Moonbird

November 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in November | Middle School | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Mighty Mars Rovers / Moonbird)

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The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch. Houghton Mifflin, 2012

 

 

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Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012

 

 

 

1. What are some of the ways birdwatchers have helped scientists understand the rufa red knot?

2. How does Moonbird’s story show the interconnectedness of ecosystems?

3. How does the Mars Rover story show the interconnectedness of scientific disciplines?

4. Scientists working with the Mars Rovers seemed to develop emotional attachments to Spirit and Opportunity. Did you feelconcern for these pieces of equipment when they encountered problems on Mars or lost communication with Earth? How does that make you feel about research in space?

5. How are these two extraordinarily long journeys similar and different?

 

Books for Middle School Age

Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic / Dolores Huerta

November 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | November | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic / Dolores Huerta)

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Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic by Ginnie Lo. Illustrated by Beth Lo.
Lee & Low, 2012

Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers by Sarah Warren, Sarah. Illustrated by Robert Casilla. Marshall Cavendish, 2012

 

 

1. In what ways were Auntie Yang and Dolores Huerta similar women? How are they different?

2. What are some things each woman did to bring together people in her community.

3. In Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic food brings people together. What role does food play in Dolores Huerta?

 

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