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

June 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ten Little Caterpillars

Bibliographic Information: Ten Little Caterpillars, written by Bill Martin jr., illustrated by Lois Elhert, published by Beach Lane Books, New York, c. 2011 Lexile: 410 Synopsis: Ten unique caterpillars make their way across … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Splat the Cat

Scotton, Rob. Splat the Cat. New York: HarperCollins, 2008. Genre: modern fantasy, picturebook Reading Level: AD390L Summary: This is the first of many Splat the Cat books, where Splat is about to … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Children Make Terrible Pets

Brown, Peter. Children Make Terrible Pets. New York: Little, Brown, 2010. Genre: modern fantasy, picturebook Reading Level: AD260L Summary: This is a silly role-reversal kind of story. A bear named Lucy comes … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers

Bibliography: Written and Illustrated by Lisa Campbell Ernst, Scholastic Inc., New York, 2011, 32 pgs. Reading Level:  770L Synopsis: The Gingerbread Girl gets animal crackers for her birthday.  The animal crackers instantly … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Sandwich Swap

Bibliography: Written by Queen Rania Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio, Illustrated by Tricia Tusa, Disney-Hyperion Books, New York, 2010, 32 pgs. Reading Level:  630L Synopsis: Two best friends, Lily and Salma, loved … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Watch Your Tongue, Cecily Beasley

Bibliographic Information Watch Your Tongue, Cecily Beasley, Writen by Lane Fredrickson. Illustrated by Jon Davis. Published by Sterling Children’s Books, New York, c. 2012 Age : 4-7 SynopsisThis is the … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

There’s a Wolf at the Door

Bibliographic Information:  Written by:  Zoe Alley, Illustrated by:  R.W. Alley, Published by:  Roaring Book Press, 2008, 40pp.  Reading Level:  GN 490 L (Graphic Novel) Synopsis:   This adorable book tells the … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dave the Potter

Bibliographic Information: Dave the Potter. Written by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Bryan Collier. Little, Brown and Company c. 2010, 40pp. Reading Level: AD (adult directed) 1100L Synopsis: This historical … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Each Kindness

Bibliographic Information: Each Kindness. Written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Nancy Paulsen Books c. 2012, 32pp. Reading Level: AD (adult directed) 640L Synopsis: In this realistic fiction story, … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Too Tall Houses

Bibliographic Information: Too Tall Houses. Written and illustrated by Gianna Marino. Penguin Young Readers Group c. 2012, 36pp. Reading Level: 420L Synopsis: In this fantasy story, owl and rabbit are … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable life of Bass Reeves, Deputy US Marshall

Bibliographic Information:  Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux (2009). Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall.  New York, NY: Carolrhoda Books. Reading Level: 5th grade Synopsis:  This … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Nora’s Chicks

Bibliographic Information:  MacLachlan, Patricia (2013). Nora’s Chicks. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press. Reading Level: 2nd grade Synopsis: Nora and her family moved to the prairie from Russia.  Nora was sad and … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Rapunzel

Bibliographic Information:  Isadora, Rachel (2008). Rapunzel. New York, NY: Penguin Young Readers Group. Reading Level: 4th grade Synopsis: A new interpretation of the classic Brothers Grim fairy tale set in … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Won Ton

Bibliography:  Written by Lee Wardlaw and Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin, Henry Holt and Company, LLC, New York, 2011, 40 pgs. Reading Level:  DRA Level P (3rd grade);  Lexile Level is … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dear Hot Dog

Bibliographic Information: Dear Hot Dog. Written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein. Abrams Books for Young Readers c. 2011, 40pp. Reading Level: 850L Synopsis: This book is comprised of poems about … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah

Bibliographic Information: The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah. Written by Leslie Kimmelman. Illustrated by Paul Meisel. Holiday House c. 2010, 32pp. Reading Level: AD (adult directed) 530L Synopsis: … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Grandma and the Great Gourd

Bibliographic Information: Grandma and the Great Gourd. Retold by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Illustrated by Susy Pilgrim Waters. Roaring Book Press c. 2013, 32pp. Reading Level: AD (adult directed) 730L Synopsis: … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek

  Bibliographic Information: Hopkinson, Deborah (2008). Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek. New York, NY: Random House Children’s Books. Reading Level: 3rd Grade Synopsis:  A book about Abe Lincoln and his … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Fox in the Dark

Bibliographic Information:  Green, Allison (2009).  The fox in the dark. New York, NY: Scholastic Books. Reading Level:  2nd grade Synopsis:  This is a  great rhyming story of guess who’s coming … Continue reading

June 18, 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

Child of the Civil Rights Movement

Bibliographic Information:  Shelton, P. Y., & Colon, R. (2010). Child of the civil rights movement. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books. Reading Level: Adult Directed/ 960L Synopsis: Told from the … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Molly, by Golly!

Molly, by Golly!:  The Legend of Molly Williams, America’s First Female Firefighter Bibliographic Information:  Written by:  Dianne Ochiltree, Illustrated by:  Kathleen Kemly, Published by:  Calkins Creek, 2012, 32pp. Reading Level:  … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

I Am the Book

Bibliographic Information:  Written by:  Lee Bennett Hopkins, Illustrated by:  Yayo, Published by:  Holiday House, 2011, 32pp. Reading Level:  AD 690 L (Adult Directed) Synopsis:  This is a wonderful collection of … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Teacher For Bear

Bibliographic Information:  Written by:  Anne Marie Pace, Illustrated by:  Mike Wohnoutka, Published by:  Scholastic, 2011, 32pp Reading Level:  AD 560 L (Adult Directed) Synopsis:  This book tells the story of … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem

  Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem. Written by Mac Barnett Illustrated by Adam Rex. Hyperion Books c. 2009, 48pp. Synopsis: Billy’s mom his forever telling him if he … Continue reading

June 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Princess and the Peas and Carrots

The Princess and the Peas and Carrots. Written by Harriet Ziefert Illustrated by Travis Foster. Blue Apple Books c. 2012, 40pp. Synopsis: A young girl named Rosebud likes everything in … Continue reading

June 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Girl of the Wish Garden

  The Girl of the Wish Garden by: Uma Krishnaswami, Illustrated by: Narsin Khosravi, Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press, 2013 32pp Reading Level: 1st grade Synopsis: This is the … Continue reading

June 15, 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

Langston Hughes: The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Bibliographic Information:  Lewis, E. B. (2009). Langston hughes: The negro speaks of rivers. New York: Jump At the Sun Books. Reading Level: Adult Directed/K-2 Synopsis: Illustrator E.B. Lewis interprets Langston Hughes … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Underground: Finding The Light To Freedom

  Bibliographic Information:  Evans, S. W. (2011). Underground: Finding the light to freedom. New York, NY: Roaring Brook Press. Reading Level: Adult Directed/ .6 Synopsis: This powerful picture book captures the experiences slaves endured while traveling … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Birds

  Bibliographic Information: Henkes, K. (2009). Birds. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books. Grade Level Equivalent: 1.4 Synopsis: Look up into the sky and you might catch the glimpse of a … 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

One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference

Bibliographic Information: One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference. Written by Katie Smith Milway, Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes. Published by Kids Can Press Ltd., Tonawanda, NY, c. 2008 … Continue reading

June 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Tsunami

Bibliographic Information: Tsunami! Written by Kimiko Kajikawa. Illustrated by Ed Young. Published by The Penguin Group, New York, c. 2009 Lexile Level: 620L Synopsis: Tsunami! is the story of wise Ojiisan, or grandfather, … Continue reading

June 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

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