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What Really Happened to Humpty?

September 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in September | Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on What Really Happened to Humpty?)

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What Really Happened to Humpty?
(from the Files of a Hard-Boiled Detective) by Jeanie Franz Ransom. Illustrated by Stephen Axelsen. Charlesbridge, 2009

1. What stories do these characters come from?

2. How would the story change if it was told from Muffy’s perspective?

3. If you wrote this story, who would you make the hero and who would be the villain?

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Cork & Fuzz / Dog & Bear

September 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in September | Primary (Grades K-2) | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Cork & Fuzz / Dog & Bear)

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Cork & Fuzz: Short & Tall by Dori Chaconas. Illustrated by Lisa McCue. Viking, 2006
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Dog & Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2007

1. How did the characters in each book show that they were friends?

2. How are the friends in each book the same and different?

3. How are you the same as or different from your friends?

A Ball for Daisy/Back to School Tortoise

September 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | September | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on A Ball for Daisy/Back to School Tortoise)

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A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka. Schwartz & Wade, 2011

1. How can you tell when Daisy is happy? Sad? Curious?

2. What do you think is happening here? (Ask this as you go from page to page to encourage children to use their own words to tell the story as they understand it. You can also have a discussion together, sharing ideas about what is happening on each page.)

3. Daisy feels happy when she has her ball. What is something that makes you feel happy?

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Back to School Tortoise by Lucy M. George. Illustrated by Merel Eyckerman. U.S. edition: Albert Whitman, 2011

1. What would you do to get ready for the first day of school?

2. What do you think school will be like?

3. (Adult) Share a memory of a first day of school.

Lockdown

September 1st, 2011 | Posted by in September | High School | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Lockdown)

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Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers. Amistad / HarperTeen, 2010

1. If you had a friend, like Reese’s friend Toon, who you knew was going to be beaten up, how would you respond?
2. Describe a situation where you overreacted in some way. How could you have handled it differently?
3. Describe ways Reese was “locked down.”

Ninth Ward

September 1st, 2011 | Posted by in September | Middle School | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Ninth Ward)

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Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Little, Brown, 2010

1. How does the author use bridges as a symbol in the story?
2. How would Lenesha define “Family”?
3. How might Lanesha’s experience during Hurricane Katrina have been different if she lived with her uptown family? Books for Middle School Age

Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians

September 1st, 2011 | Posted by in September | Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians)

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Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians by Jarrett T. Krosoczka. Alfred A. Knopf, 2009

1. How do you read a graphic novel differently from a traditional novel that’s all words?
2. Why did the librarians want to take over the world?
3. How do the pictures help tell the story? Icon for the Intermediate (Grades 3-5) readers

City Dog, Country Frog

September 1st, 2011 | Posted by in September | Primary (Grades K-2) | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on City Dog, Country Frog)

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City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems. Illustrated by Jon J Muth. Hyperion, 2010

1. What kinds of things can you do in the city? In the country? In both places?
2. What do you think happened to Frog?
3. Who do you think Country Dog will meet next year?

How Rocket Learned to Read

September 1st, 2011 | Posted by in September | Primary (Grades K-2) | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on How Rocket Learned to Read)

How Rocket Learned to Read

How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills. Schwartz & Wade, 2010

1. What things did Rocket do that helped him learn to read?
2. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet and why?
3. What do you like to read?

Always in Trouble

September 1st, 2011 | Posted by in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | September | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Always in Trouble)

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Always in Trouble by Corinne Demas. Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Scholastic Press, 2009

1. What kinds of things can you try to do to keep a pet out of trouble?
2. Toby stayed with Miss Katz for a week. What do you think she did to train Toby?
3. Which picture in the book made you laugh the most? Why?

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