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

book cover - 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 lots of fun, but lots of problems can be blamed on you, especially when you are the only one who can see the dragon!

Rationale for classroom use:  This beautifully illustrated book can be instrumental in building imagination and spur creative thoughts.


  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.7 Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

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This entry was posted on June 21, 2013 by in Beginner Readers/ Early Readers, Picturebooks, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , .


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