A Good Day by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2007
Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court edited by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith Jr. Candlewick Press, 2011
1. This book was written with each author adding to the sequence of stories. In what way(s) were you surprised by something revealed in a later story about a character or characters introduced in a previous story?
2. Do you know much about basketball? How do you think your knowledge/lack of knowledge about basketball affected your response to the stories?
3. Choose a character you would like to be friends with. Why?
Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Illustrated by Sean Qualls. Little, Brown, 2011
1. Why was Joe Louis such a powerful figure for the African American community?
2. The radio was an important way to build community in this story. How do today’s technologies both build community and isolate us from one another?
3. What do you think happened to the characters after the story ended?
The Big Baby Book by Guido van Genechten. Translated from the Dutch. Clavis, 2011
1. What do you think you could do when you were a new baby? Could you stand? Could you run? Could you cry? Do you think you were hungry a lot?
2. Have you ever seen any animal babies? What were they like?
3. How many babies can you find on each page?
Time for a Bath by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Houghton Mifflin, 2011
Time to Eat by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Houghton Mifflin, 2011
Time to Sleep by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Houghton Mifflin, 2011
1. What do you do when it’s time for a bath? Time to eat? Time to sleep?
2. (Adult) Find examples from the books to discuss and compare animal habits with human behavior. For example, “Giraffes sleep two hours a day. How long do you think you sleep every day/night? More, or less?”
3. Is there one of these animals you wish you could be? Which one? Why?
Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word by Bob Raczka. Illustrated by Nancy Doniger. Roaring Brook Press, 2011
Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems) by Linda Sue Park. Illustrated by Istvan Banyai. Clarion, 2007
1. How did these poems surprise you?
2. Which type of poem would you prefer to write? Why?
3. What word would you use to create your own poem squeezed from a single word?
Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes. Illustrated by Sally Mavor. Houghton Mifflin, 2010.
1. (Adult) Tap out the rhythm of a nursery rhyme on a table or chair while reading it aloud. Encourage children to clap the rhythm of rhymes they know well.
2. (Adult) Write nursery rhymes on small pieces of paper to hide around the house. Encourage children to find them and then share them together. (Caregivers: send them home with children and ask adults in the home to hide and then share when found.)
3. (Adult) For ELL families—Through an interpreter (if needed), encourage adult family members to share any rhymes or poems from their own childhoods/native language with their children
The Rain Train by Elena de Roo. Illustrated by Brian Lovelock. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2011
1. What does the rhythm/feel of the words as I read them make you think about? (Does it sound at all like rain? Like a train?)
2. Pretend you’re the rain: what sounds do you make? How do you move?
3. Pretend you’re a train. Now what sounds do you make? How do you move?