Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

When a Dragon Moves In

Bibliographic information:  written by Jodi Moore, illustrated by Howard McWilliam, published by Scholastic, c. 2011 Lexile:  not available, grade level 3.3 Synopsis:  When a dragon moves in you can have … Continue reading

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A Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology: The Stories of the Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Monsters, and Other Mythical Creatures

Bibliographical information: written by Heather Alexander, illustrations by Meredith Hamilton, published by Black Dog and Leventhal, c. 2011, reading level – ages 9-12. Synopsis: This informational books explains the traditional … Continue reading

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The Roots of My Family Tree

written and illustrated by Niki Alling, published by Amazon, c. 2013 Synopsis: The narrator tells the reader that “The roots [to her family tree] spread out both far and wide … Continue reading

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Poems to Learn by Heart

Text by Caroline Kennedy with poems by many authors, many of which are well-known; paintings by Jon J. Muth, published by Disney Hyperion, c. 2013 Synopsis: This book is a … Continue reading

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Emergency Vehicles

written by Penelope Arlon and Tony Gordon Harris, published by Scholastic, c. 2013 Lexile: 800L Synopsis: This book shows and discusses a variety of emergency vehicles and how they are … Continue reading

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Raising the Bar: Photos and Facts About My Life

written by Gabrielle Douglas, published by Zondervan, c. 2013 Grade level 4-7 Synopsis: Olympic Gold-medalist gymnast, Gabby Douglas, discusses her life and gymnastics and has full-color photos interspersed among the … Continue reading

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Ladybug Girl

written by David Soman and Jacky Davis, published by Dial Books for Young Readers, c. 2008 Lexile: AD600L Synopsis: Ladybug Girl feels too small to do anything, but she finds … Continue reading

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Fancy Nancy and the Sensational Babysitter

Bibliographic information:  based on Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor, cover illustration by Robin Preiss Glasser, interior illustrations by Aleksey and OlgaIvanov, puglished by Harper Festival, c. 2010 Synopsis: Nancy is … Continue reading

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Mia and the Girl with a Twirl

Mia and the Girl with a Twirl Bibliographic information:  written by Robin Farley, illustrated by Aleksey and Olga Ivanov, published by Harger, c. 2013 Synopsis: Mia has a new girl … Continue reading

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Justin and the Bully

Justin and the Bully Bibliographic information:  written by Tony and Lauren Dungy, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, c. 2013 Lexile: 300L Synopsis: Justin is so excited about starting the soccer … Continue reading

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I Want My Hat Back

Bibliographic Information: I Want My Hat Back. Written and illustrated by Jon Klassen. Candlewick Press. c. 2011, 40pp. Reading Level: 90L Synopsis: Bear loses his hat and asks all of the animals … Continue reading

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I Need My Monster

Bibliographic Information: I Need My Monster. Written by Amanda Noll. Illustrated by Howard McWilliam. Flashlight Press. c. 2009, 32pp. Reading Level: 490L Synopsis: When the monster under Ethan’s bed, Gabe, goes fishing for … Continue reading

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A Child’s Garden of Verses

Bibliographic Information: A Child’s Garden of Verses. Written by Robert Louis Stevenson. Illustrated by Barbara McClintock. HarperCollins Publishers. c. 2011, 80pp. Reading Level: NP Synopsis: This text is a collection of 64 poems … Continue reading

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Wagons Ho!

Bibliographic Information: Wagons Ho!. Written by George Hallowell and Joan Holub. Illustrated by Lynne Avril. Whitman, Albert & Company. c. 2011, 32pp. Reading Level: 400L Synopsis: One girl moves from Missouri to Oregon … Continue reading

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The Sisters Grimm: Magic and Other Misdemeanors

Bibliographic Information: The Sisters Grimm: Magic and Other Misdemeanors. Written by Michael Buckley. Illustrated by Peter Ferguson. Abrams, Harry N., Inc. c. 2008, 304pp. Reading Level: 720L Synopsis: Sabrina and Daphne have their first … Continue reading

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Immi’s Gift

Bibliographic Information: Immi’s Gift. Written by Karin Littlewood. Peachtree Publishers, Ltd. c. 2010, 32pp. Reading Level: 560L Synopsis: A young Innuit girl catches brightly colored objects while ice fishing in the frozen north, and … Continue reading

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Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem

Witches! – informational text Bibliographic information:  written by Rosalyn Schanzer, published by National Geographic, c. 2011 Lexile: NC1190L Synopsis: This award winning book describes the 1692 Salem witch hunts and … Continue reading

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The Dangerous Days of Daniel X

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X – Fantasy Bibliographic information:  written by James Patterson, published by Little, Brown, c. 2008 Lexile 680L Synopsis: Daniel, a teenage boy with extraordinary skills … Continue reading

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Profiles: One Event, Six Bios: World War II

Informational Text Bibliographic information:  written by Aaron Rosenburg, published by Scholastic, c. 2011 Lexile: 940L Synopsis: There are six biographies of men who were pivotal leaders in World War II: … Continue reading

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I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor,1941

Historical fiction: Bibliographic information: I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 by Lauren Tarshis, c. 2011, Lexile 620L, published by Scholastic. Synopsis: Danny is a boy who desperately wants … Continue reading

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Ladybug Girl at the Beach

Bibliographic Information: Ladybug Girl at the Beach, written and illustrated by David Soman and Jackie Davis, published by Dial Books for Young Readers, New York, c. 2010. Lexile Level: 710 Synopsis: Ladybug … Continue reading

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Desmond and the Very Mean Word

Bibliographic Information: Desmond and the Very Mean Word, written by Archbiship Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams, illustrated by A. G. Ford, published by Candlewick Press, Somerville, c. 2013. Lexile Level: 810 Synopsis: This … Continue reading

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Penguins Are Cool

Bibliographic Information: Penguins are Cool!, written by Connie and Peter Roop, published by Sterling Children’s Books, New York,  2012 Lexile Level: 250 Synopsis: This easy to read non fiction book is filled … Continue reading

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Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci

Bibliographic Information: Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci, written and illustrated by Gene Barretta, published by Henry Holt and Company, New York, c. 2009 Lexile Level: 950 Synopsis: This book offers … Continue reading

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This Child, Every Child: A Book about the World’s Children – Multicultural Theme

  Bibliographic Information: Smith, D. J. (2011). This child, every child: A book about the world’s children. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press. Lexile Measure: 1020L  Synopsis: Illustrations and facts in … Continue reading

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Bug Off! – Creepy, Crawly Poems – Poetry

Bibliographic Information: Yolen, J. (2012). Bug off! – creepy, crawly poems. Honesdale, PA: Word Song.  Lexile Measure: 940L  Synopsis: Readers meet 13 bugs in colorful, humorous poems. The bug photographs … Continue reading

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What in the World is a Ton? – And Other Weight & Volume Measurements

  Bibliographic Information: Bussiere, D. (2013). What in the world is a ton?- and other weight & volume measurements. Minneapolis, MN: ABDO.  Lexile Measure: 440L  Synopsis: Each page poses a … Continue reading

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Daisy Dinosaur Gets Lost

Bibliographic Information: Daisy Dinosaur Gets Lost, written by Steve Smallwood, Illustrated by Daniel Howarth, published by QED Publishing, c. 2010, level Pre-K Synopsis: Daisy tags along with brother Rex to … Continue reading

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Free Running

Bibliographic Information: Eason, S., & Mason, P. (2011). Free running. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publications Company.  Lexile Measure: 960L  Synopsis: Free running, a combination of athletic skills with gymnastics, is a … Continue reading

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On the Job: Teachers In Our Community

Bibliographic Information: Ames, M. (2010). On the job: Teachers in our community. New York, NY: PowerKids Press.  Lexile Measure: 125L  Synopsis: The duties and responsibilities of a teacher are communicated … Continue reading

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President Barack Obama – Biography

Bibliographic Information: Marks, J. L. (2009). President Barack Obama. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press. Lexile Measure: 380L  Synopsis: A biographical look inside the life of the 44th United States President. The … Continue reading

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Ruth and the Green Book – Historical Fiction

Bibliographic Information: Ramsey, C. A. (2010). Ruth and the green book. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books.  Lexile Measure: 810L  Synopsis: Ruth and her family travel by car during the Jim Crow … Continue reading

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Survivor – Realistic Fiction

Bibliographic Information: Langan, P. (2013). Survivor. West Berlin, NJ: Townsend Press.  Lexile Measure: 850L  Synopsis: A terrible, past secret begins to manifest itself when Tarah Carson is forced to see … Continue reading

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Matched – Fantasy

Bibliographic Information: Condlie, A. (2010). Matched. New York, NY: Dutton Books.  Lexile Measure: 680L  Synopsis: Cassie, a member of the Society, has always trusted the government to make significant choices … Continue reading

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Rapunzel – Traditional Literature

Bibliographic Information: Isadora, R. (2008). Rapunzel. New York, NY: G. P. Putnam’s Sons.  Lexile Measure: 700L  Synopsis: This book is a classic fairy tale retold in an African setting. Rapunzel, … Continue reading

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I’m Bored

Bibliographic Information: Black, M. I. (2012). I’m bored. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.  Lexile Measure: 250L  Synopsis: A young girl expresses her boredom until she … Continue reading

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Your Moon, My Moon: A Grandmother’s Words to a Faraway Child

Bibliographic Information: MacLachlan, P. (2011). Your moon, my moon: A grandmother’s words to a faraway child. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.  Lexile Measure: 525L  Synopsis: … Continue reading

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Big Words for Little People

Bibliographic Information: Curtis, J. L., & Cornell, L. (2008). Big words for little people. New York, NY: Joanna Cotler Books.  Lexile Measure: 300L  Synopsis: The narrator teaches advanced words to … Continue reading

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The Earth Book

Bibliographic Information: Parr, T. (2010). The earth book. New York, NY: Hachette Book Group.  Lexile Measure: 225L  Synopsis: A book on the importance of recycling, reducing, and reusing. The narrator … Continue reading

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The Drawing Lesson

Bibliographic Information: Minden, C., & Meier, J. (2010). The drawing lesson. Mankato, MN: The Child’s World.  Lexile Measure: 130L  Synopsis: Herbie, a bear, holds a round, yellow object and communicates … Continue reading

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No Talking

Bibliographic Information: No Talking. Written by Andrew Clements. Illustrated by Mark Elliott. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. c. 2009, 160pp. Reading Level: 820L Synopsis: The fifth grade boys at Laketon Elementary School challenge the … Continue reading

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Anna Hibiscus

Atinuke, and Lauren Tobia. Anna Hibiscus. Tulsa, OK: Kane Miller, 2010. Genre: multicultural literature Reading Level: 670L Summary: This is the first of many Anna Hibiscus books. Anna is from Africa, and … Continue reading

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You Wouldn’t Want to Sail on the Titanic

Bibliographic Information: You Wouldn’t Want to Said On the Titanic, written by David Steward, illustrated by David Andtram, published by Salariya Book Company, Brighton, c. 2013. Lexile Level: 940 Synopsis: This humor … Continue reading

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Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

Wardlaw, Lee, and Eugene Yelchin. Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku. New York: Henry Holt, 2011. Genre: poetry Reading Level: AD840L Summary: This is a wonderful book told completely in … Continue reading

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Looking at Lincoln

Kalman, Maira. Looking at Lincoln. New York: Nancy Paulsen, 2012. Genre: informational text (my choice) Reading Level: AD480L Summary: The story begins with a little girl who sees a man in the … Continue reading

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underGROUND

Fleming, Denise. Underground. New York: Beach Lane, 2012. Genre: informational text (not biography) Reading Level: AD310L Summary: This is a really cool book about animals that make their homes underground. The illustrations … Continue reading

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underGROUND

Fleming, Denise. Underground. New York: Beach Lane, 2012. Genre: informational text (not biography) Reading Level: AD310L Summary: This is a really cool book about animals that make their homes underground. The illustrations … Continue reading

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Bumble-Ardy

Bibliographic Information: Bumble-Ardy, written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, published by Harper Collins Publishers, c. 2011 Lexile: 640 Synopsis: In this wild tale Bumble-Ardy, a poor nine-year-old pig who has never celebrated a birthday … Continue reading

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Rapunzel: The Graphic Novel

Bibliography: Written by Stephanie Peters, Illustrated by Jeffrey Stewart Timmins, Stone Arch Books, Minnesota, 2009, 40 pgs. Reading Level:  GN360L (GN- Graphic Novel) Synopsis: After a husband of a pregnant wife is … Continue reading

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Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea

  Jenkins, Steve. Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. Genre: informational text (not biography) Reading Level: NC1040L Summary: This is a … Continue reading

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