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

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

June 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

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

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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

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

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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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

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

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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

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

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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Soldier Bear

Dumon, Tak Bibi., and Philip Hopman. Soldier Bear. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans for Young Readers, 2011. Genre: historical fiction Reading Level: 780L Summary: This is actually a (mostly) true story about a … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Bullies Never Win

Cuyler, Margery, and Arthur Howard. Bullies Never Win. New York: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, 2009. Genre: Contemporary realistic fiction Reading Level: AD450L Summary: This is a story about Jessica, a … Continue reading

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Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School

Bibliographic Information: Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School. Written by Herman Parish. Illustrated by Lynne Avril. HarperCollins Publishers. c. 2009, 32pp. Reading Level: 380L Synopsis: Amelia Bedelia is sure she will love everything about … Continue reading

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Bear’s Loose Tooth

Wilson, Karma, and Jane Chapman. Bear’s Loose Tooth. New York: Margaret K. McElderry, 2011. Genre: modern fantasy Reading Level: AD440L Summary: Bear and his friends are eating lunch in the forest when … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

King Hugo’s Huge Ego

Van, Dusen Chris. King Hugo’s Huge Ego. Somerville, MA: Candlewick, 2011. Genre: traditional literature Reading Level: AD920L Summary: This is my personal favorite fairytale about a king named Hugo who thought very … Continue reading

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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

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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

The Berenstain Bears Go on Vacation

Bibliographic Information: The Berenstain Bears Go on Vacation. Written by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain. HarperCollins Publishers. c. 2010, 32pp. Reading Level: 680L Synopsis: The Berenstain Bears have come to Gull Island for summer … 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

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach

Bibliographic Information Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach, Written and illustrated by James Dean. Published by Harper Collins Publishers, New York, c.2013 Lexile Level:200 Synopsis: Pete is enjoying a day … 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

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Froggy Rides a Bike

Bibliographic Information: Froggy Rides a Bike. Written by Jonathan London. Illustrated by Frank Remkiewics. Penguin Group Inc.. c. 2008, 32pp. Reading Level: 560L Synopsis: Froggy just got his very first bike, but he has … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Pug and Other Animal Poems

Bibliographic Information: Worth, Valerie(2013). Pug and Other Animal Poems. New York, NY: Margaret Ferguson Books. Reading Level: 3rd grade Synopsis:  This book is a collection of animal poems.  The illustrator … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

National Geographic Kids: Sea Turtles

Bibliographic Information: National Geographic Kids: Sea Turtles. Written by Laura Marsh. National Geographic Society. c. 2011, 32pp. Reading Level: 620L Synopsis: This nonfiction text teaches readers about sea turtles. Readers learn about the interesting … Continue reading

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National Geographic Kids: Penguins!

Bibliographic Information: National Geographic Kids: Penguins!. Written by Anne Schreiber. National Geographic Society. c. 2009, 32pp. Reading Level: 750L Synopsis: This text provides readers with fun facts and colorful pictures that introduce them to … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Each Kindness

Bibliographic Information: Each Kindness, written by: Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis, Nancy Paulson Books, Penguin Group, 2012, 32pp. Reading Level: 640L Synopsis: This is the story of an African American … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

World Rat Day

  Bibliographic Information: World Rat Day Poems about Real Holidays You’ve Never Heard of, by: J. Patrick Lewis, Illustrated by:  Anna Raff, Candelwick Press,2013, 36pp. Reading Level: 4th grade Synopsis: This … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Barbed Wire Baseball

  Bibliographic Information: Barbed Wire Baseball, written by:  Marissa Moss, Illustrated by: Yuko Shimizu, Abrams Books for Young readers, 2013 48pp. Reading Level:  800L Synopsis: This is the story of how … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy)

Bibliographic Information: The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy), written by: Barbara Kerley, Illustrated by: Edwin Fotheringham, Scholastic Press, 2010, 48pp Reading Level: 1090L Synopsis:  This is the story of both … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad

  Bibliographic Information: Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad, by: Henry Cole, Scholastic Press, 2012, 40 pgs. Reading Level: Wordless so anyone Synopsis: This beautifully illustrated book by Henry Cole … 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

Mr. Putter & Tabby: Ring the Bell

    Bibliographic Information:  Rylant, Cynthia (2011).  Mr. Putter & Tabby: Ring the Bell.  New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Reading Level:1st Grade Synopsis:  An Easy Reader with short chapters, … 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

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

Boom Boom Go Away!

Bibliographic Information: Boom Boom Go Away, written by: Laura Geringer, Illustrated by: Bagram Ibatoulline, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2010, 40pgs. Reading Level:AD480L Synopsis:  This Picture Book is a story about how … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Puss In Boots

  Bibliography:  Puss In Boots: Written by: Jerry Pinkney, Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin Group Inc., 2012 Reading Level: 4-8 years 40PG. Synopsis:  This book written by Caldecott Medalist … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

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