Caring for Your Lion by Tammi Sauer

Caring For Your Lion

Caring for Your Lion by Tammi Sauer; illustrated by Troy Cummings. 2017. Artworks was created digitally.  Published by Sterling Children’s Books.

Brief summary: A boy has been waiting for almost a month for his new kitty to arrive. He has all of the pet supplies ready. The pet delivery truck arrives with a giant wooden crate with a note on it. “Congratulations on your new lion! We know you ordered a kitten, but we ran out of those.” There is an instruction sheet of ludicrous fourteen steps to follow.

Comments: Be sure to look the front end pages where the story begins. Troy Cummings’ hilarious 50s/60s cartoon style brings the story alive with one humorous step to the next. I would use this book as a writing exercise. Students could think of a wild animal that they would receive in the mail and what steps they would need to take to care for it. Drawings could be included.

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Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus

Blue Sky White Stars

Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus; illustrated by Kadir Nelson. 2017. Oils. Published by Dial Books for Young Readers.

Brief summary: This patriotic poem celebrates the beauty and symbolism  of the American flag with illustrations of the country’s people, land, and history.

Comments: This would be a nice book to share for Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, or Flag Day.  The poem is short. The illustrations are full-paged and capture the face of the hopes many of the immigrants seek. Several of the people are working together for the same dreams and goals in their lives.  This would be a good exercise for students to share what they think those dreams could be.

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Second Grade Holdout by Audrey Vernick

Second Grade Holdout

Second Grade Holdout by Audrey Vernick; illustrated by Matthew Cordell. 2017. Pen and ink with watercolor. Published by Clarion Books.

Brief summary: A boy going into second grade remembers all of the wonderful things he did and accomplished in first grade. He worries that second grade will have difficult tasks, and he may not be the good student his dad wants him to be.  He decides he’ll just stay in Ms. Morgan’s first grade class and comes up with all the reasons why that will be a good idea. He agonizes about going to second grade after hearing that second grade is much harder than first grade.  After realizing that his best friend’s sisters are kidding about what second grade is like, he and his buddy go to school.

Comments: Students will find the boy’s reasons of not going to second grade humorous.  I like how he is able to figure out that his best friend’s older sisters are kidding and teasing them about being worried about going into second grade. They actually help him realize that it is going to be okay knowing that not all of the rumors are not true about second grade.

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Tinyville Town: Time for School! by Brian Biggs

Tinyville Town Time for school

Tinyville Town: Time for School! by Brian Biggs; illustrated Brian Bigss. 2017. Colored pencil and India ink, colored in Photoshop. Published by Abrams Appleseed.

Brief summary: It is the first day of school in Tinyville Town and everyone in the community gets ready. Students arrive to school and are helped to find their new classroom. The entire day from beginning and to ending is shared with readers when students get to know each other in the classroom to lunch to recess to going home.

Comments: I like how this book goes through the entire first day of school including the preparation before school begins. All of the various community helpers in the community are involved.

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How to Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan

How to get your teacher ready

How to Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan; illustrated by Lee Wildish. 2017. Published by Alfred A. Knopf.

Brief summary: The children give advice and suggestions of how their teacher can succeed throughout the school year from the first day of school, 100th day, to saying goodbye at the end of the year. This funny role reversal story will delight readers as they relate to all of the school events that occur  in a year.

Comments: This is the latest of the How to series by Jean Reagan. I love the exaggerated whimsical big head illustrations.

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Drop by Drop: A Story of Rabbi Akiva by Jacqueline Jules

Drop by Drop

Drop by Drop: A Story of Rabbi Akiva by Jacqueline Jules; Illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg. 2017. Published by Kar-Ben.

Brief summary: Akiva, a poor shepherd, takes care of a wealthy man’s sheep. Rachel, the daughter of the wealthy man, notices how kind Akiva is to the sheep. Although Akiva cannot read or write, Rachel sees that he is smart. The two marry without the blessing of Rachel’s father. After many years, Rachel lovingly encourages her husband to learn how to read and write. Akiva protests that at forty, it is too late to learn. She does not share his doubt. He decides to try by sitting with the children in a classroom and begins to learn to read a little at a time just like the drops of water he notices  making a hole through the stone he saw next to the stream.  His wife, once again, encourages her husband to further his education by going to study the Torah where he excels and becomes famous for his wisdom. Meanwhile, Rachel, works hard to keep a home for them upon his return.

Comment: What a wonderful story to teach perseverance, growth mindset, and sacrifice to reach a goal that may seem unattainable. This book is based on Rabbi Akiva, a great sage of the first century.

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My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Dads by Hope Anita Smith

My Daddy Rules the World

My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Dads by Hope Anita Smith; illustrated by Hope Anita Smith. 2017. Torn paper. Published by Henry Holt and Company.

Brief summary: Fifteen poems with full-page illustrations all in the voice and viewpoint of the son or daughter.

Comments: Illustrations are created with torn paper. The faces are without features. I liked all of the different roles that a father had in this book. Students and children will be able to relate to the subject matter. Multicultural.

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The Dog Days of August: New Dog Picture Books by Angela Ferraris

National Dog Day is August 26th. In honor of this special day, I am sharing some of my favorite new dog picture books. Barkus

Barkus  by Patricia Maclachlan; illustrated by Marc Boutavant. 2017. Published by Chronicle Books.

Brief summary: Uncle Everton comes to visit Nicky before traveling around the world. He leaves Barkus, a large brown dog, to Nicky and her family. Barkus follows Nikky to school becoming her class’s dog. Barkus is loved by everyone and has several little adventures including finding a kitten.

Comments: This is a beginner reader with short chapters to help prepare young readers for chapter book reading. Each chapter is a story within itself.  The energy and excitement of having a new pet is shared with the reader. It looks like this may be the first of a series.  The title page and spine did say Book 1. The online description says 56 pages.

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The Best Days are Dog Days by Aaron Meshon; illustrated by Aaron Meshon. 2016. Pen & ink, scanner, colored and layered into the final art digitally.

Brief summary: A French bulldog and his sis(human girl) have a fun day together with the help of Mom and Dad. Sis’s life is on the left side of the book with the dog’s on the right.  The story parallels one another in a humorous way.

Comments: A cute story of a dog and his family in which children can see and read the two viewpoints of a canine and human going on an outdoor adventure together.

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Douglas, You Need Glasses by Ged Adamson

Douglas, You Need Glasses! by Jed Adamson; illustrated by Jed Adamson. 2016. Pencil and watercolor.

Brief Summary: Douglas(a dog) does not realize he is near-sighted and keeps mistaking objects. His owner takes him to get classes and his world becomes clearer.

Comments: Students will chuckle at Douglas and his visual mistakes.  There is a two page spread of photos in the back of children who actually wear glasses. I will read this book  to my younger students around the time vision is tested.

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Hello Goodbye Dog

Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari; illustrated by Patrice Barton. 2017. Published by Roaring Brook Press.

Brief summary: Zara loves her dog, Moose. Moose misses Zara when she goes to school. The dog wants to be with her owner and escapes from the house to be with Zara in her classroom. The dog loves the hellos of seeing Zara, but not the goodbyes when she must leave her human. It takes Mom, Dad, Zara and Mrs. Perkins to get Moose to leave the classroom. Moose soon returns for a big hello as everyone is reading in the library. The entire day is full of hellos and goodbyes for Moose. Zara comes up with a solution, and she and Moose go to therapy dog school where Moose passes all the tests to becomes Zara’s therapy dog. Now, Moose can attend school with Zara all day.

Comments: This is set up as a cumulative story with more and more people taking Moose out of the school. There is an author’s note in the back about library dogs and therapy dogs.  It was refreshing to read a story about a little girl who went to school and who happened to be in a wheelchair.  The story was not focused on her disability.

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treat

Treat by Mary Sullivan; illustrated by Mary Sullivan. 2016. Pencil on Strathmore drawing paper, scanned, and digitally colored.

Brief Summary: Dog wants a treat and looks everywhere for one with great enthusiasm using that one word over and over. Treat? Treat. Treat!

Comment:  I plan to use this with my primary to practice reading with question marks, periods, and exclamation marks. I want them to see how our voices change saying the same word but with different meanings.

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All Kinds of Friends by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly

All Kinds of Friends

All Kinds of Friends by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly. 2017. Photography. Published by Millbrook Press.

Brief summary: Through simple text, this book explores all kinds of friends one can have.

Comments:  This teaches how there are different types of friends. It talks about the characters a friend could have like funny or tall. The book talks about where you may have different friends like at school or in a family. It  explores the fun activities friends like to do like dress up or pretend. I liked that it explained that sometimes we can be sad or mad with our friends. I will definitely be buying this book to share with my elementary students. The photographs really caught the true facial expressions of the friends.

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Billy Bloo is Stuck in Goo by Jennifer Hamburg

Billy Bloo is Stuck in Goo

Billy Bloo is Stuck in Goo by Jennifer Hamburg; illustrated by Ross Burach. 2017.Digital media. Published by Scholastic Press.

Brief summary: Billy Boo gets stuck in green goo and several funny characters come along trying to  help get him out but get stuck in the goo as well. Finally, all the character get loose but not for long.

Comments: This is a rhyming cumulative story with hilarious illustrations. I would pair this with a green homemade slime making project.

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