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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The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

January 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Primary (Grades K-2) | January | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred)

The Cazeula That the Farm Maiden Stirred book coverThe Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred by Samantha R. Vamos. Illustrated by Rafael López. Charlesbridge, 2011

1. What ingredients go into the pot? Can you say them in Spanish? In English?
2. What animals helped the cazuela make the arroz con leche?
3. What do you like to cook? What foods are special to your family?

Hello Baby

January 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | January | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Hello Baby)

Hello Baby book coverHello Baby! by Mem Fox. Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. Beach Lane Books, 2009

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.

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