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

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Out of My Mind

  Bibliography: Written by Sharon M. Draper, Atheneum Books, New York, 2012, 295 pgs. Reading Level:  700L Synopsis:  A fifth grader girl named Melody has cerebral palsy is unable to speak … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

What Was the Battle of Gettysburg?

Bibliography: Written by Jim O’Connor, Illustrated by John Mantha, Grosser & Dunlap, New York, 2013, 106 pgs. Reading Level:  Interest Level Grade 3-7, Lexile Level and DRA Level Unavailable Synopsis: This informational, chapter … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Clementine

Bibliographic Information:  Pennypacker, Sara (2008). Clementine. New York, NY: Hyperion Paperbacks for Children. Reading Level: 3rd grade Synopsis:  Clementine is a lovable 3rd grader who has a talent for trouble … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time

Bibliographic Information:  Osborne, M.P. (2010). A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time. New York, NY: Random House, Inc. Reading level: 3rd grade Synopsis:  Jack and Annie travel in the Magic Treehouse … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

Bibliography: Written by Rodman Philbrick, Blue Sky Press, New York, 2009, 224 pgs. Reading Level:  950L (9-12) Synopsis:  After both being raised by their cruel uncle, Homer’s big brother Harold is … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

number one kid

Bibliographic Information: number one kid, written by: Patricia Reilly Giff, illustrated by: Alasdair Bright, Random House Children’s Books, 2010. 69 pgs. Reading Level: 230L Synopsis:  This is the story of a child … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Tua and the Elephant

Tua and the Elephant.  Written by R.P. Harris, Illustrated  by TaeEun Yoo.  Published by Chronicle Books, c. 2012. Reading Level:  790L Synopsis:  Tua, a little girl from Chiang Mai, Thailand, … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912

Bibliographic Information:  I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912. Written by Lauren Tarshis and illustrated by Scott Dawson.  Scholastic, Inc. c., 2010. Reading Level:  7-10 years Synopsis:  On their … Continue reading

June 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

True (…sort of)

  True (…sort of).  Written by Katherine Hannigan.  HarperCollins, c. 2012. Reading Level:  440L Synopsis:  Delly, the main character in this story, is labeled as a trouble-maker.  Trouble, and her … Continue reading

May 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Speak

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Penguin Group, c. 199. Reading Level: 690L Synopsis: Melinda Sordino did not expect the summer before her first year of high school to end this … Continue reading

November 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. HarperCollins Publishers, c. 2008. Reading Level: 820L Synopsis: Nobody Owens, also known as Bod, is not your average boy.  He lives in a graveyard … Continue reading

November 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Frindle

  Frindle. Written by Andrew Clements and illustrated by Brian Selznick. Atheneum Books, c. 1996, 105 pp. Reading Level: 830L Synopsis: Nick Allen had always taken his learning into his … Continue reading

November 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ginger Pye

Ginger Pye. Written by Eleanor Estes. An Odyssey/Harcourt Young Classic, c. 1979, 306 pp. Reading Level: 990L Synopsis: Ginger Pye is the story of 10 year old Jerry Pye who … Continue reading

November 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Rules

  Rules. Written by Cynthia Lord. Scholastic Inc., c. 2006, 200 pp. Reading Level: 780L Synopsis: This story is about 12 year old Catherine and her brother, David who has … Continue reading

November 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

George Washington’s Socks

George Washington’s Socks by Elvira Woodruff. Scholastic, c. 1993. Reading Level: 840L Synopsis: Matthew, Quentin, Hooter, and Tony camp out one night in Matthew’s backyard. In the middle of the … Continue reading

November 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

A Boy No More

  A Boy No More by Harry Mazer. Simon & Schuster, c. 2006. Reading Level: 530L Synopsis: A Boy No More is the sequel to A Boy at War. Adam … Continue reading

November 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor

  A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor by Harry Mazer. Simon & Schuster, c. 2002 Reading Level: 530L Synopsis: Adam is a young teen living in Hawaii with … Continue reading

November 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Freedom Crossing

  Freedom Crossing by Margaret Goff Clark. Scholastic, c. 1991. Reading Level: 720L Synopsis: Freedom Crossing is set in the late 1800’s and is the story of a young girl … Continue reading

November 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web. Written by E.B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams. New York: Scholastic, Inc., c1952. Reading Level: Lexile 680L Synopsis: Fern saves the runt piglet, Wilbur, from being slaughtered and raises … Continue reading

November 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure

Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure. Written by Jeff Brown and illustrated by Macky Pamintuan. New York: Scholastic Inc., c1964. Reading Level: Lexile 640L Synopsis: Stanley Lambchop’s bulletin board fell off of his … Continue reading

November 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May.)

Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May.). Written  by Barbara Park and illustrated by Denise Brunkus. New York: Scholastic Inc., c2005. Reading Level: Lexile 400L Synopsis: Junie … Continue reading

November 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

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