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The Day of the Pelican

March 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Middle School | March | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on The Day of the Pelican)

Day of the Pelican book coverThe Day of the Pelican by Katharine Paterson. Clarion, 2009

1. How is it possible to be a refugee in your own country?
2. What strengths do the Lleshi’s have that enable them to overcome hatred and discrimination?
3. How do Meli and Mehmet’s definitions of home change?

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Star in the Forest

March 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | March | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Star in the Forest)

Star in the Forest book coverStar in the Forest by Laura Resau. Delacorte, 2010

1. How does Star help Zitlally deal with her father’s deportation?
2. How is Zitlally different with Crystal than she is with her friends at school?
3. Why do you think Zitlally’s family came to the United States, given how difficult the journey is?

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Goal!

March 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Primary (Grades K-2) | March | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Goal!)

Goal book coverGoal! By Mina Javaherbin. Illustrated by A. G. Ford. Candlewick Press, 2010

1. How did Ajani get his new football?
2. How did the boys outsmart the bullies?
3. Why do the boys like to play football (soccer) so much?

My Name is Sangoel

March 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Primary (Grades K-2) | March | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on My Name is Sangoel)

My Name Is Sangoel book coverMy Name is Sangoel by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed ; illustrated by Catherine Stock. Eerdman’s, 2009

1. If you had to go to school far away from your home, how would you feel?
2. What’s special about your name? Are you named after someone?
3. What pictures would you use to draw your name?
4. What was new to Sangoel in America?

Little White Rabbit

March 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | March | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Little White Rabbit)

Little White Rabbit book coverLittle White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2011

1. What ways do you help at mealtime at home?
2. Are there special foods your family likes to eat together?
3. Tell us a story about a time you were happy or proud about something you helped with.

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall

February 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | February | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall)

Bad News for Outlaws book coverBad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Carolrhoda, 2009

1. What character traits helped Bass Reeves be a successful Marshall?
2. How was the time of Bass Reeves similar to today? How were they different?
3. One line in the book says, “Bass Reeves was respected, and he was hated.” How can both be true?

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Big Red Lollipop

February 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Primary (Grades K-2) | February | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Big Red Lollipop)

Big Red Lollipop book cover

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Viking, 2010

1. Why does Ami (the mother) make Rubina take Sana to the birthday party?
2. What if one of your friends brought their little sister or brother to your birthday party? What would you think or say?
3. Why did Sana give her sister the green lollipop?

Rrralph

February 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | February | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Rrralph)

Rrralph book coverRrralph by Lois Ehlert. Beach Lane, 2011

1. Can Ralph really talk? Do you think animals can talk to us? What are some of the things they try to tell us?
2. Lois Ehlert has created collages out of ordinary objects for the illustrations in this story. What things do you recognize?
3. What colors, shapes, textures do you see in the illustrations?

Between Shades of Gray

January 1st, 2012 | Posted by in High School | January | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Between Shades of Gray)

Between Shades of Gray book coverBetween Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. Philomel, 2011

1. What does the title, Between Shades of Gray, mean to you?
2. Art was important to Lina. What do you think Lina gained from continuing to draw while being held prisoner? What do you think art does for you and for our world today?
3. What new information did you learn about World War II?

Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing / We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World

January 1st, 2012 | Posted by in High School | February | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing / We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World)

Janis Joplin Rise Up Singing book coverJanis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel. Amulet / Abrams, 2010

We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World by Stuart Stotts. Clarion, 2010We Shall Overcome book cover

1. “Sometimes, all the love and passion of a lifetime can be found in a single voice raised in a heartbreaking song.” (From Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing) How was Janis’s life like a heartbreaking song?
2. How has music been used to unite and empower different groups of people?
3. What song would you use as an anthem for your generation? Why?

Forge

January 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Middle School | January | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Forge)

Forge book coverForge by Laurie Halse Anderson. Atheneum, 2010

1. What motivated African American soldiers to fight in the Revolutionary War?
2. What would you have found most difficult about being a soldier at Valley Forge?
3. How does the war affect friendships during the course of the story?

Books for Middle School Age

Zora and Me

January 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | January | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Zora and Me)

Zora and Me book coverZora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon. Candlewick Press, 2010

1. What do you think is the most important lesson Zora learned?
2. What is the relationship between truth and storytelling?
3. What did Zora learn from asking questions and listening to people around her?

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