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

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

Carle, Eric. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse. New York: Philomel, 2011. Genre: Autobiography Reading Level: AD550L Summary: The author, Eric Carle, states that he is a painter and the book … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring

Bibliography: Written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, Illustrated by Brian Floca, Flash Point: Roaring Press, New York, 2010, 48 pgs. Reading Level:  AD710L (Adult directed) Synopsis:  The dancer and choreographer … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Nelson Mandela

Bibliographic Information: Nelson Mandela. Written and Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Published by Katherine Tegen Books, c. 2013 Lexile Level: 960 Synopsis: This beautifully illustrated biography follows Nelson Mandela from his life in a … Continue reading

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Elephants of Africa

Bibliographic Information:  Written and Illustrated by:  Gail Gibbons, Published by:  Holiday House, 2008, 32pp. Reading Level:  NC 920 L (Non-Conforming) Synopsis:  This informational text teaches students all about elephants.  In … Continue reading

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Tornadoes!

Bibliographic Information:  Written and Illustrated by:  Gail Gibbons, Published by:  Holiday House, 2009, 32pp. Reading Level:  NC 970 L (Non-Conforming) Synopsis:  This informational text teaches students all about tornadoes.  This … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Georgia in Hawaii

Bibliographic Information: Novesky, Amy(2012). Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O’Keeffe Painted What She Pleased. New York, NY:  Harcourt Children’s Books. Reading Level: 5th grade Synopsis:  The Hawaiian Pineapple Company invited … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Butterflies

Bibliographic Information: Slade, Suzanne(2008). Butterflies. New York, NY: Power Kids Press. Reading Level: 4th grade Synopsis: A non-fiction text that has magnified photographs of the stages of the life cycle … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

How are Rain, Snow, and Hail Alike?

Bibliographic Information:  Lawrence, Ellen (2012).  How are Rain, Snow, and Hail Alike?. New York, NY: Bearport Publishing Company. Reading Level: 3rd grade Synopsis: This story is a non-fiction text that … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

If you were a Plus Sign

Bibliographic Information:  Shaskan, Trisha (2009). If you were a plus sign.  Minneapolis, MN: Picture Window Books. Reading Level: 2nd grade Synopsis:  This book uses synonyms and examples of addition. It uses … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Creep and Flutter

Bibliographic Information: Creep and Flutter. Written by Jim Arnosky. Sterling Children’s Books c. 2012, 40pp. Reading Level: 1200L Synopsis: This informational text provides lots of information related to insects and … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Giant Pandas

Bibliographic Information: Giant Pandas. Written by Lyn A. Sirota. Capstone Press c. 2010, 24pp. Reading Level: 520L Synopsis: This informational text provides basic facts and pictures of giant pandas. The … Continue reading

June 19, 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

Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation

Bibliographic Information: Pinkney, A. D., & Pinkney, B. (2008). Boycott blues: How rosa parks inspired a nation. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books. Reading Level: 560L Synopsis: Pinkney uses colorful, bold and … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Queen of the Track

Bibliographic Information: Queen of the Track:Alice Coachman, Olympic High-Jump Champion. Written by Heather Lang. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Boyds Mills Press c. 2012, 40pp. Reading Level: 790L Synopsis: When Alice … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Talk, Talk, Squawk!

Bibliographic Information: Talk, Talk, Squawk! Written by Nicola Davies. Illustrated by Neal Layton. Candlewick Press c. 2011, 61pp. Reading Level: NC (non-conforming) 1220 L Synopsis: This interesting non-fiction text is … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Buzz on Bees: Why Are They Disappearing?

Bibliographic Information:  Rotner, S., & Woodhull, A. (2010). The buzz on bees: Why are they disappearing? New York, NY: Holiday House. Reading Level: 950L Synopsis: Bees are mysteriously disappearing at alarming … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

We Are The Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

Bibliographic Information:  Nelson, K. (2008). We are the ship: The story of negro league baseball. New York, NY: Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children. Grade Level Equivalent: 6.2 Synopsis: Winning … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ben Franklin: His Wit and Wisdom from A – Z

Bibliographic Information:  Written by:  Alan Schroeder, Illustrated by:  John O’Brien, Published by:  Holiday House, 2011, 32 pp. Reading Level:  760 L Synopsis:  This book is a biography about Benjamin Franklin … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

creepy creatures termites

creepy creatures termites by: Valerie Bodden, creative education 2013 24pp Reading Level: IG880L Synopsis: This book is all about termites.  It tells about the life of a termite, what they eat, where … Continue reading

June 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Spiders

  Bibliographic Information:  Bishop, N. (2012). Spiders. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc. Reading Level: 820L Synopsis: You might think twice next time you come across a spider after learning some of … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence

Bibliographic Information: Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence. Written by Richard Platt.  Illustrated by John Kelly.  Published by Kingfisher, New York. c. 2011 Lexile: 930L Synopsis: This creatively illustrated, nonfiction picture book presents children with … Continue reading

June 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

My First Biography: Harriet Tubman

Bibliographic Information: My First Biography: Harriet Tubman. Written by Marion Dane Bauer. Illustrated by Tammie Lyon. Scholastic Inc. c. 2010, 30pp. Reading Level: 580L Synopsis: Harriet Tubman was born a slave in … Continue reading

June 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

From Tadpole to Frog

Bibliographic Information: From Tadpole to Frog. Written by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld. Pictures by Dwight R. Kuhn Photography. Scholastic Inc. c. 2010, 32pp. Reading Level: 680L Synopsis: In this scholastic reader, the life … Continue reading

June 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dogs on Duty

Dogs on Duty:  Soldiers’ Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond.  Written and Illustrated by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent.  Published by Walker Children, c. 2012.  Reading Level:  1190 Synopsis:  This picture … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Tsunami!

Tsunami! Written by Kimiko Kajikawa, Illustrated by Ed Young. Published by Philomel, c. 2009. Reading Level: 620L Synopsis: This historical fiction story is based off of a true story about … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Story of Ruby Bridges

The Story of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition.  Written by Robert Coles, Illustrated by George Ford. Scholastic Paperbacks, c. 201o. Reading Level: 730L Synopsis: Ruby Bridges was the first African … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

How Many Baby Pandas?

How Many Baby Pandas?. Written by Sandra Markle. Walker and Company, New York, c. 2009. Reading Level: 400L Synopsis: This is a counting book full of beautiful images of infant … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Guinness World Records 2013

Guinness World Records 2013.  Edited by Craig Glenday.  2012 Guinness World Records Limited, c. 2012. Reading Level: 1330L Synopsis: Discover a world of new records set in 2012 with pictures that … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

unBEElievables

Bibliography:  Written and Illustrated by Douglas Florian, Beach Lane Books, New York, 2012, 28 pgs. Reading Level:  K-3 (no Lexile Level found) Synopsis: On each page, there is a short rhyming … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Amelia Earhart The Legend of the Lost Aviator

Bibliography: Written by Shelley Tanaka and Illustrated by David Craig, Abrams Books for Young Readers, New York, 2008, 48 pgs. Reading Level:  1000L (9-12) Synopsis:  The life experiences of Amelia Earhart … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

America the Beautiful Together We Stand

America the Beautiful Together We Stand. Written by Katharine Lee Bates Illustrated by Bryan Collier, Raul Colon, Diane Goode, Mary Grandpre, John Hendrix, Yuyi Morales, Jon J. Muth, LeUyen Pham, … Continue reading

June 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

War in Afghanistan and Iraq

  War in Afghanistan and Iraq. Written by Janet Souter and Gerry Souter. Carlton Books c. 2011, 48pp. Synopsis: This book details both the war in Afghanistan as well as … Continue reading

June 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dogs on Duty: Soldiers’ Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond

  Dogs on Duty: Soldiers’ Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond. Written by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Walker Publishing Company, Inc. c. 2012, 48pp. Synopsis: Dogs on Duty is an … Continue reading

June 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Animals With No Eyes: Cave Adaptations

Bibliographic Information: Animals With No Eyes: Cave Adaptation. Written by Kelly Regan Barnhill. Capstone Press. c.,2008. Reading Level: 750L Synopsis:  This book describes how certain animals have adapted to be … Continue reading

June 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum

Bibliographic Information:  Written and Illustrated by:  Meghan McCarthy, Published By:  Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2010, 40 pp. Reading Level:  AD 740 L (Adult Directed) Synopsis:  This book tells the … Continue reading

June 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map

Bibliographic Information:  Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map.  Written by Sue Macy and illustrated by Matt Collins.  Holiday House. c., 2011. … Continue reading

June 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

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