My Personal Annotated Bibliography of Children’s Literature By: Tarra Scofield “ A book can be a magic ticket to a faraway or an imaginary place.” I am Tarra Scofield, I am twenty-one years old and am going into my final year of my bachelors program. I have never been a teacher before. I have done some work in the classroom, but am lacking the full experience. Something from the book that really caught my attention was “Every day. Teachers welcome into their classrooms children from a wide range of cultural, linguistic, and economic diversity. For some of these children, reading will be very easy, but for other, it will be more difficult”. I want to always remember this, and realize that just because reading came easy to me, it will not come easy to every student. I will be very excited when I have finished this course and completed thirty different children’s books. I myself am an avid reader who loves books. I hope to broaden my knowledge on popular children’s works, as well as refresh my memory on the old classics. I am not a parent yet, but hope this experience will help me not only as a future educator, but as a parent too. I used the website provided to us, to aid me in my search for books. I looked for newer books that I have not read and that were different from my usual material. I would like to be a well rounded educator and know what my students like and be familiar with it. Author Personal Response to / Copyrig Theme/ Classroom Use Title Pages Genre Summary the Book Illistrat ht Awards or Picture Books primary general, Sci or SS focus A Good Day Kevin Greenwi 12 Picture Character It started out as a The book was short and This book is great fro Henke llow Book education, bad day for a little sweet. It had great children to read. It shows s Books, (primary ALA bird, baby fox, illustrations. I remember them that even when 2007 grade) Notable squirrel, and puppy, the part in the book where they are having a bad Children’s but by looking at the squirrel dropped its day, good things can Book things in a different acorn, and if the illustration happen. What you might view their bad day was not there. I would think is bad may actually became a good day. have missed the fact that turn out to be a good the acorn actually went into thing. I would use this a stream and was lost book as a read a laud or forever. I t made me really a think aloud with my sad when I read the part class. Maybe have them about the puppy being draw a picture of when tangled in the fence. I was something they thought really glad when it got was bad happened, and untangled. how it changed into a good day. A Dragon in Lauren Orchard 65 Picture Science, This book tells the This book was very This book has tones of the ce Books, Book Smithsonian life story of Anax the interesting, but long. I resources listed inside. Sky Pringle 2001 (Interme Magazine, dragon fly in great cannot believe how long it There is so much /Bob diate Notable scientific detail. takes a single dragon fly to information packed into Marstal grades) Book for develop. It makes you this one book, even the l Children, appreciate them so much side bars are full of 2001 more than before. I detailed information. This remember seeing them would be a great read Junior dead on the front of cars aloud in a classroom. I Library and thinking nothing of it, personal would love to Guild but now I feel sorry for us this as a science selection them. Reading this book lesson. In the back of the took me on an adventure. book it given information John You really feel and connect about how to care for Burroughs with Anax. I remember at Dragon Fly Nymphs. List of the end when it says he This would be a great Nature feels weaker than normal way to help your Books for and you know the end of students see the stages Young his life is coming. It makes of life. Readers you sad. The Arrival Shaun Arthur 128 Picture Journeys, This book depicts I fell so sorry for the family I think this book is Tan A. book 2007 the journey a man as the husband said different and would Levine (graphic Parents' takes when goodbye. This book is so interest students Books, Novel) Choice Gold immigrating to a captivating for having no because of its difference. 2006 Award, foreign country and words. It makes you pay I think it would be great Junior leaving his wife and more attention to the for initiating writing Library child behind. pictures and try and figure prompts. This book could Guild out what is going on. The be used for older Selection pictures grabbed my students and younger attention because they are students. I think using it futuristic, but historic with younger students looking at the same time. would require the use of I’m wondering if the author a think aloud and maybe emigrated from some have them create their foreign area and that own story by drawing or inspired his story. writing. Students could also write a story to go with the pictures. The Moon Frankly HarperC 32 Picture Science This book describes I never knew the difference I know in fifth grade the Seems to n M. ollins/19 book the phases of the between a waxing moon students learn about the Change Branle 60 (Science mon to children. It and waning moon. The phases of the moon. I y/Barb ) shows illustrations of illustrations were amazing. would use this as a ara why the moon I really understood what I secondary source or as and Ed changes. was reading and it helped an supplement. The Emberl me as a adult understand reading is a little more ey the phases of moon better. simple than h=what is in a textbook, it might be beneficial for a student on a lower level to read it or for me to even read it out loud to the class. A Cool Drink Barbar National 38 Picture Social Goes through how When I read this book I I would introduce this Of Water a Geograp book Studies, all over the world realized that everyone book while discussion Kerley hic, World people drink water. does drink water. Without it issues around the world. 2002 issues humans would not survive. I would maybe have a I am such a snot about center for this book drinking filtered or bottled where the student water, this book made me listened to is on tape, realize that a lot of people then reflected on how the do not have that same book made them feel. luxury. I was reminded that The pictures are we are all people and we captivating. You could all have our basic needs. use some of the Water being one of those. sentences and pictures and have students match the sentences with the pictures. When Andrea Abrams 30 Picture Getting This book is about a When I read this book it In my classroom I would Giants Beaty/ Books book along with little girl’s day took me a few pages to get use this book for creating Come to Kevin for different playing with giants. the story line. I felt like writing prompts. This Play Hawke Young kinds of there was no real starting book is fun, and fairly s Readers people point it just jumped right in. short. It could be read at /2006 I think the illustration really the beginning of a make the book. Without lesson. After reading I the illustrations the humor would have a discussion would be hard to about imaginative understand. For example, elements in the story. on the second page the After the class has giants and Anna play hide identified a few I would and seek. The illustration have them create their shows the giants hiding own imaginative story. behind trees and still being They could either use the very noticeable. That part same elements from this made me laugh. story or create their very own. Traditional Literature Folk Tale, Myth, Epic, Multicultural Cinderella The Pamel Katherin 34 Tradition Character An old man is a When I read this book I I would use this book to Leprechaun’ a e Cegen al building great harpist, but is remembered the story of introduce a character s Gold Dunca Books, Literatur very humble. A the tortoise and the heir. I building word for the n 2004 e young man is a good connected with the old month. I think this book Edwar (folktale) harpist who is very man , because I would depict kindness, and ds/ arrogant. The king of have went and helped the helping others in a very Henry the land is holding a person screaming as well. I positive way. It would be Cole contest for the best really loved that a rabbit really easy for students harpist in the land. was trying to pull the to see how being nice Both men go and on leprechaun into his hole. gets you farther in the the way they hear a The illustration is really long run. Some activities loud scream from the funny; you see the I would use for this book forest. The older leprechaun’s foot in the would be to have man went to help, hole and the rabbit tugging. students write an while the younger I thought it was really alternate ending. To stayed and damaged resourceful that the man show a different outcome the older man’s harp. barked like a dog to scare either positive or The old man rescued the rabbit. The ending was negative. a leprechaun, and very good, the man they repay him by deserved to win. giving him a magnificent harp of gold. He ends up winning the contest. Beowulf Michae Candlew 92 Tradition The The oldest English I was excited to read this I would only use this l ick al Importance epic: A tale of a book, because it is a book with a mature Morpur Press, Literatur of great warrior who shorter version of the classroom of older go/ 2006 e/epic Establishing saved Denmark from original epic. I read the students. I think it would Michae Identity a terrible ogre. original version in high be best if read quietly to l Beowulf also endure school and struggled with themselves and then Forem two other challenges some of it. Reading this have a book talk, and an while discovering version cleared up some discuss of some the himself in this epic lingering questions I have themes, and elements tale. had. Such as was the sea found in this book. OFr a hag really Grendel’s culminateing activity I mother or just another would have the students beast. I found out that she draw a scetch of a was indeed his mother. monster and write a story The illustrations and the of how they would defeat text seemed to be a little that monster and more graphic than I had become a great hero. originally thought it would be. The picture of the Sea Hag shows breast, and words such as hell, God’s, and murderous among others are frequently in the text. Glass Paul Henry 28 Multicult Multicultural Uses many different I really loved the I would read this book at Slipper, Fleisch Holt and ural versions of the well illustrations in this book. the beginning of the year Gold Sandal man/Ju Compan Cinderel known fair-tale The pictures are all to my students and talk lie y, 2007 la Cinderella, and different because the about some of the Paschk combines them to illustrator draws the differences and is create one unique pictures to coincide with similarities. Maybe I version. the culture that section of would create a Venn story is related to. I wonder diagram with them. This exactly how many version way we can start to of Cinderella actually exist. explore the different I never knew that they cultures in our own even had their own version classroom. I want my of the fairy-tale in China students to feel and Japan. comfortable in my classroom and respect other cultures. I think this would be a great way to do get that started. Using a very common story, that has many different versions. Modern Fantasy: ( primary, intermediate, upper) Beware of William Candlew 40 Modern A little old lady is I though this book was a If I had to use this book the Frog Bee ick Fanasy scared of the things little graphic for young in my classroom I would Press, (Primary that come out of the children. A Frog eating read it as a read aloud. I 2008 Grade) dark forest that she things is kind of gross. It would have the students lives next to. When could cause them to be decorate their own frogs she gets a pet frog scared of frogs. When I and maybe use them in on her door step it read this I was thinking math. We could have the eat anything that about how nasty the frogs eat things and then tries to get her. Then characters looked, and work with fraction or at the end she kisses how even as an adult I was word problems. the frog and is a little bothered by the turned into a frog story. herself, then she eats the frog. Dr. Mrs. Mark First 30 Modern How lying An owner send her Wow…I loved this story. I After I read this to my Larue, Teagu scholasti Fantasy can hurt you dog to canine am a very bog animal lover class, I would ask them Letters from e c (Interme training school. The and could totally relate to to write a letter to their Obedience paperba diate dog writes her this story. The letters Ike parents like Ike does to School ck grades) exaggerated letters writes are so funny and out his owner about school, printing, and escapes his there. In particular, I love or write a letter to Ike 2003 prison. He then the one when he says he is about their school and realizes how hard life ill, and that it started in his their life comparing and is as a stray and foot and spread to his contrasting the returns to his owner, head. I remember being differences between just in time to save young and when I did not Ike’s experiences and her. want to do something I their own. would pretend I was sick. This reminded me of that. Rapunzel’s Shann Bloomsb 144 Modern Graphic A unique twist on When reading this book I Since this book is for Revenge on & ury, Fanasy novel classic tale. was reminded of a mixture older student I would Dean 2008 (upper Rapunzel and her of Anemia and comic have them do a choice Hale/N grades) friends Jon travel the books all at once. I was a activity. They would have athan wild west righting different reading a choice of writing their Hale wrongs and helping experience to say the own twist on a well know others while they live least. It was hard for me to tale, by creating a a life of adventure. connect to the book graphic novel, or they because I am better could take their favorite accustomed to reading scene form the book, traditional books with fewer and write what they think pictures. I’m wondering if the text would be for that students would really like portion if it were a this book and take the time traditional book. to read it. It was lengthy, but maybe students like this style better. Poetry Books (primary, intermediate, upper) Button Up Alice Harrcour 33 Poetry Personal A collection of I really enjoyed the poem Poetry can be a difficult Schertl t (Primary responsibilit poems about about all the different subject for young e/Petra Children Grades) y children’s clothing clothing that children wear. children. This book has a Mather ’s from the clothes The poems describe the significant amount of s Books, perspective. clothes, what they are poems. The poems are 2009 worn for, and how to put written on a simple level, them on. It adds some life using ordinary things as and personality to what the subject. I would use children wear. I loved the this book to notice one about socks. It says rhyming patterns in how they keep your poetry. It seems that that tootsies nice and warm. If I is the best way to had children myself I would introduce poetry is by own this book. I absolutely seeing and hearing the loved these poems. rhythm of it. I would maybe read them out loud and have students jump when they hear words that rhyme. Something simple they can feel and physically do while focusing on the words. This could be a great way to introduce poetry to a class. A Humble Linda Eerdma 36 Poetry: Joy of This book takes you This collection of poems For my classroom I Life: Plain High/ ns grades Simplicity/ through the seasons was very fun to read. They would use this book as a Poems Bill Books 4-5 2002 Lee of a year in the eyes are all about life on a farm, way to explore poetry Farnsw for Bennett of the Plain People. and what would happen and to also see the orth Young Hopkins over the course of a year. I differences in the way Readers Honor love the one about the people live. The people , 2001 award fishing in the creek. It talks depicted in these poems about waiting patiently for live very different lives a fish to bite. The than we do, yet they still illustrations are a great fit live in the U.S.A. for the context of the Because there are poems. They are not done almost thirty poems in in bright flashy colors, but this book I would do a are subtle and almost think pair share activity. blurry. It gives you a great Each student would be sense of calm and assigned a poem. After relaxation. I thought it was reading and analyzing interesting that the author the poem the students was from Lancaster would go into small county, PA. There is a very groups tat would large Amish and compare and contrast Mennonite population their poems with one there, and that was the another, then share their root of her inspiration. finding with the whole class. Here in Walter Holiday 87 Each 2005 Lee A book compiled of I was inspired by this book. While covering a lesson Harlem Dean House, poem Bennett fifty-four poems Just about every poem has on poetry I would use Myers 2004 has it’s Hopkins written by various a picture of the artist or of this book as a resource own Award people that live in Harlem next to it. My for children to find theme Winner Harlem NY. They favorite poem in this book inspiration. I think that some for describe anything was written by Lois Smith a many children could find example from the atmosphere twelve year old girl. IN the inspiration, because so are: of Harlem, to the poem she talks about many of these poems dreams, trends, and political wanting to have a school are written by young friendshi movements. named after her one day. children or young adults. p, love, My favorite line says “ one and day they’d find me in a knowled book, Check out my name ge and take a second look.” I love her arrogance; she is a young girl who wants to be something some day. In her picture she has a big fur coat and some fur boots on. She is looking all fancied up and cute. Another thing about the book that grabbed my attention was that everything is in grey scale; there are no colors anywhere in or on the book. I think this adds to the drama of the book. Realistic Fiction: (primary, intermediate, upper) A Full Hand Thoma Farrar 32 jealousy, This book follows a By looking at the cover you This story could be used s Straus boasting, nine year old boy would think this story is for a book talk. The Yezers Giroux, cheating/ named Asa who about a small boy who students could read it or I ki 2002 2003 NAIBA accompanies his doesn’t have a care in the could read it to the Book father on a trip and world. The cover made me students. There are lots Award, sees what it means think of Tom Sawyer or of elements to this story. 2003 to make a full hand. Huckleberry Finn. The boy We could discuss the Notable is standing on the side of a different elements of the Social river wearing a straw hat, story. How Asa goes Studies trousers, and suspenders, from being a nieve little Books for while holding the rains of boy to rexcueing his Young two horses. As I read the father from a dreadful People book Iknew he was going death. to be learning new things. Freckle Judy Yearling 47 Realistic Personal A boy, who does not Andrew is very comical in I feel that every student Juice Blume , 1971 Fiction Perception, have freckles, this story. I mean come on and every person has or self desperately would do you really think you can something they feel esteem like to get some. drink a concoction of nasty insecure about. This things to get freckles to book is a great way to appear on your face. I felt show students that being so bad for Andrew when yourself is always best. he had to go back to Everyone goes through school. When he drew the times when they wish freckles on his face I was they had a different color thinking in my head, “no!, hair, or they were shorter don’t do it!”. I felt so bad or taller. I would use this when he walked in the book to teach a lesson classroom and they on self esteem, and how noticed they where fake being yourself is always freckles. I have freckles best. Maybe the student and at one point I was could write a journal embarrassed by them, so I entry describing their could really relate to favorite thing about Andrew. themselves, and why it is their favorite thing about themselves. It’s not the Judy Bradbur 176 Realistic Personal A girl is struggling to Being a child of a very This book would be great End of the Blume y Press, Fiction Conflict come to terms with messy drawn out divorce I for literature circles. I fell World 1972 her parents’ divorce. can totally relate to Karen. that student can really It makes me feel so sad relate to what is Karen is when she rated her days going through. I would with F’s. A child should not use this book as a never have that bad of a wholec lass literature day. The fighting between circle book, but maybe her parents really seemed use it as one for smaller to affect her in the same group literature circles. way it affected me as a That way I could pair child. I could connect with some students in my this book which made it so class that might be going much more appealing to through similar me. The ending was great! situations. When she realized that he parent’s divorce was not the end of the world, but the start of something better. The Sharon Penguin 48 Realistic Coping With A boy who loves his This book was touching. I This is one of those Hundred Bell Group, Fiction Caregiving/ great aunt stands up could relate this book books that I would keep Penny Box Mathis/ 1986 Newberry to his mother when because I have a family in my pocket to give a Leo Honor she tries to get rid of member who has child who might be going Dillon, Winner things that seems to Alzieher’s disease. My through a similar Dian be important to grand[a doesn’t always situation. Sometime Dillon Micheal’s aunt remember my name either, older relatives move in, but you still know that they and children get love you. I love reading the bothered by them or do stories that Micheal’s not understand. I think Great-great aunt Dew tells that if a child read this him. I felt so sad for book maybe they could Micheal as he tried his appreciate the time they hardest to keep the penn could spend with this box safe. The idea that the person, and see that pennies could hold so they could learn a lot b much value at time, yet not just listening. was a very new thought to me, and I enjoyed it.All together this book was GREAT!! Historical Fiction (primary, intermediate, upper) Abraham Robert Henry 30 Historica Grief, This book is This book has amazing This book would be a Lincoln Burleig Holt and l Fiction: sympathy/N centered around the illustrations, the colors are great addition to a Comes h/Wen Compan primary otable death of President vribrant and realistic. The project on Abraham Home dell y, 2008 grades Social Lincoln. Licolns part of story that really Linconl. With all the Minor Studies funeral train caught mi attention as well additional facts in the Trade travceled from as touched my heart and back of the book, it Books for Washinton D.C. to made me see the real would be a great way to Young Springfield Illisoise. significance of the text, incorporate literacy into People ON the way many was when the boy looked social studies. peoepl paid their at his father and saw a respects to the great stream of tears. The boy president. More had never seen his father focus is placed on cry before. At the end of one boy and how he the book there is a lot of handles the death of information regarding the such a historic Lincoln funeral train. figure. Things like facts and the path it took. Jim Ugly Sid Green 130 Historica res This book follows the Jim Ugly is a great book. It I want to make reading to Fleisch willow l Fiction pect for adventures of Jake thrills you with the constant my student a priority in man/Jo Books, nature and and Jim Ugly, his setting change, chases, my classroom. I used to s. A. 1992 Earth/ father's dog,that is and puzzles. My favorite love when teachers Smith American part wolf-part dog, as part in the book is where would just sit with us and Bookseller they travel through he sees his father. The read a little of a book at a Pick of the the Old West trying main characters are his time every day. I think for Lists to find out what dad, him, Jim Ugly this book I would start ALA really happened to Ms.Wilemina, and the reading in and not go Notable Jake's father. Yankee man. The story past the third charter. Children’s starts in the small town of Then tell the students Book bull head and goes as far they can sign up to read Ne as San Francisco. A man it. Hopefully that would w York dressed in a Yankee spark some interest and Public uniform follows Jake so he everyone would be Library's can try and get close to his interested in reading it. I "One Jakes’ dad who was think is more of a boys Hundred accused of stealing book, so I would not read Titles for diamonds from Ms. the entire thing, but Reading Wilemina. who his dad merely give them a taste. and loves. Ms. Wilemina was Sharing" tricked to believe his dad (Sam) stole them. The Yankee man catches Jake and his Father and forces them to show him where the diamonds are stashed. His dad lead the Yankee man back and showed him that the chickens had eatin the diamonds. Then they escape! Crossing Tim Cinco 40 Historica Friendship, A story of a brave The Bok Chitto river This is a great story to bok Chitto: A Tingle/ Puntos l Fiction- faith/2007 little girl and boy who separates the plantations teach friendship. The two Choctaw Jeanne Press, Middle Paterson guide seven slaves and Choctaw tribe from children that become Tale of Bridge 2006 grades Prize, 2007 to freedom in one another. Many slaves friends in this story are Friendship s ALSC America. live on the plantations and very different and come and Notable it is well known that if a from very different Freedom Books for slave can cross the river cultures, but remain Children List they are free from the friends. It could also be a white man. It is known to great way to start be very swift and introducing students to dangerous to cross. One early American history. day Martha Tom a This story is set before Choctaw girl crosses the the time of the trail of river in search of tears, and the civil war. blackberries for her So it can be an example mother. She crosses by of what life was like for finding a stone path just those huge times in under the water, hidden by history. the muddy water. While on the other side she befriends a black slave boy name Mo. Martha continued to visit Mo on Sundays and even participated in his church. One day little Mo’s mother is sold at a slave trade, and will be sent away from the family if they do not excape before she leaves. So Martha and Mo lead Mo’s family to the other side of the river to freedom and safety. When they cross the river at night it is by candle light, and the white men said it was seven black slave souls crossing to freedom. Because the stones made it look like they were walking on water it confused them. It is heart breaking to see the picture of Mo’s father when he find out that his wife was sold. The illustration show one large tear just starting to fall from his eye. You can see the sorrow and desperation in his expression. What an amazing book, I loved it!!! A Good Barbra Holiday 23 Histroica Doing what Hallie discovers two When Hallie find the two This would be a good Night For Marro House, l Fiction: is morally runaway slaves run away slave girls in the character education book Freedom w/Leon 2004 Grade right hiding in Levi Coffin's cellar of the Coffin’s she is for students. Maybe read ard 3-5 home and must torn about what to do. it in class and have them Jenkin decide whether to Should she report them or reflect on what they s turn them in or help should she just be quiet might do in a similar them escape to and ignor it. To me it was a situation, or even give freedom. simple answer, of course them a modern day you wouldn’t turn them in, scenario where they but then I tried to put might be placed in a myself in Hallie’s shoes. similar situation and see During that time things how they would handle it. were very different and slavery was acceptable to many people. Hallie was faced with a really tough decision. Does she do what she thinks is right and not say anything or does she follow the law, what everyone says is right, and turn them in. It made me really sad when Hallie was talking to the two girls about what they would do with money if they had any. The one girl said she would buy her mother. How sad is that, that someone can buy another person. Non Fiction (primary, intermediate, upper) Watching Jim National 32 Non Common This book takes The illustrations in this I would use this book as Desert Arnosk Geograp Fiction: knowledge children on an book are so life like. The a resource for a project Wildlife y hic Ecosyst amazing adventure author took real photos in my class. The Society, ems through the then painted these information in the book is 2002 southwest deserts of illustrations to match. This accurate and the the U.S. book also comes with such illustrations make it more an abundance of kids friendly. It would information pertaining to also be a great book to the desert ecosystem. have in my own Something I didn’t know classroom library for before I read this book students just to flip were: that there are desert through or read during deer, and squirrels that live free time to build their in the dessert among many prior knowledge. different animals, insect, and birds. Cleopatra Andre The 53 Non Informationa This book walks you This book goes into great I know when I was in and The w Bookwri fiction: l through the life of the detail about ancient Egypt. elementary school I had Egyptians Langle ght Egyptian last queen of Egypt, It walks you through all the to do a report on y/ Press, History Cleopatra different social classes, as Cleopatra, and I would Gerry 1986 well as the religious have loved to of had this Wood beliefs, and surrounding book. It is so packed with areas. I have always been relevant information. It intrigued by this time would make a great period and really enjoyed resources for a project the book. It had tone of on this time period. helpful and useful information. The illustrations were not my favorite that I have seen. When I think of Egypt I think of bright bold colors and gold. The illustrations were more washed out. A New Betsy Collins, 59 Non Informationa A book in a series of Haha…my favorite I could maybe use this Nation: The Masest 2009 Fiction: l books that introduce illustrations in this entire as supplemental reading united ro/Giuli America American history to book is on page 18. It when covering this topic States o n young readers shows farmers gathered in a text book. Reading 1783-1815 Maestr History through pictures and around a tax collector and from text books can be o easily understood they are thrown tar and boring and they definitely terminology and text. feathers at him. I know that do not have illustrations This particular cover that was probably very like this book. 1783-1815 in painful in real life but the American History. illustration makes it look interesting. I was never a fan of American history, but this book illustrated the different topics very well and I learned more because I was intrigued by the illustrations and it made me want to read about them. Marvelous Emily Farrar, 32 biograph Arkansas This book is an This book was very This book is a great Mattie : How Arnold Straus, y Diamond informative text of interesting. Margaret inspiration to children, Margaret E. McCull Giroux, Primary the early part of becomes interested in that even though they Knight y 2006 Book Award Margaret Knight’s tools and things when she may be young that Became an 2008-2009 life. It describes her receives a tool box from doesn’t mean they are Inventor life and how she her father. She would not capable of became to be the sketch ideas in a book then extraordinary things. inventor with the use the tool in the tool box Maybe this book would nickname “lady to create them. The most be useful to read to them Edison” interesting invention the before they would start book mention was the one science fair projects. It that folds paper pages. could possible give them She created it when she some inspiration. was only a young adult. A person even took her to court over this invention saying she would never know the complexity of a machine like this. She proved the man wrong by thoroughly proving she had invented it. The book does a very good job of highlighting her accomplishments. During that time people believed women to be inferior to men, and incapable of extraordinary. DIVERSE POPULATIONS (primary, intermediate,upper) Dance, Sing Leslie Harper 35 Diverse Respect, This book describes This book was really I would read this book to , Kimme Collins Holidays religions major holidays in the interesting. I found out a lot my class around Remember: lman/O Publishe Jewish religion. about the Jewish religion Christmas time. I think it A ra rs, 2000 that I had never known a great way to show Celebration Eitan before. For example, I students the differences of Jewish never really knew what in religions, and that Holidays Rosh Hashanah was; I just differences are ok. I think knew that it was a day we that it is important got off of school. After around a major holiday reading this I now know like Christmas, so that that Rosh Hashanah is the students can understand celebration is the Jewish that people celebrate this New Year. The book also holiday differently. covers some of the famous stories or legends that are told in the Jewish religion, and some tasty recipes that are handed down in many Jewish families. I really enjoyed this book. Especially the recipes, I love to cook, and I love to try new foods. I even copied down one recipe for Harvest Muffins that looks really tasty. Brother in Mary Lee & 40 Realistic Sacrifice, Sudan is plagued This story is based on true This book is great to Hope: The William Low fiction and human with civil war, and events that did take place show students how other Story of the s/ Books, struggles/C boys who have lost in Sudan. It makes me very children around the world Lost Boys of Gregor 2005 oretta Scott everything when sad that children had to live. That they are not Sudan y King Award their small villages endure this type of lifestyle always as safe as we Christi Honor 2006, are destroyed, ban for any length of time. are. People in America e ALA together to find Could you imagine coming usually seem to be Notable safety. Their journey home to your village as a egocentric, I think this Children’s takes them to young child and finding book can help children Book Ethiopia and Kenya. everything destroyed? It see that the world is not really shows how resilient like our country, and life children really are. In the for many children their book is says that some of age is hard, and the boy knew how to find dangerous. You could so berries, and other could sequencing with this hunt wild birds for food, but book, because it has they also lived on bark and such a catching story leaves when they could not line. find food. The illustrations in the book are very simple and the backgrounds are almost abstract, it helps you to focus on the boys in the pictures. I really liked this book; it made me realize how lucky I am. A World of Marilyn Raintree 30 Multi- The This book takes Thanksgiving is my favorite I would read this book Holidays : Miller Steck- cultural differences readers on a journey holiday because my before Thanksgiving Thanksgivin Vaughn of people exploring how birthday is either on holiday break. IN the g Publishe and culture different country Thanksgiving or right back of the book there rs, 1998 celebrate around it so I always got to are really great craft Thanksgiving. celebrate with lots of food, ideas to do with children. and a huge cake. I might set up a few Something the book does stations for the students a great job pointing out is to make a few different that not everyone things. I think it would be celebrates this holiday in something fun to do on the same way. Even here the last day before a long in the U.S. people weekend. I know during celebrate the holiday school I never wanted to differently. Some staples of do anything serious the American Thanksgiving are day before breaks and if things like football, the teacher tried we all Parades, and turkey. gave no effort. So maybe Warring! Reading this book if I do something fun it will make your taste buds could inspire some tingle, and your mouth interest. My favorite water! activity in the book is the one for making a pinecone turkey. I like this because it is different from the tradition using your hand to make a turkey. It is also 3D and could be used as a decoration for the family table on Thanksgiving. India Erin Scholast 144 Diverse General This book takes its The illustrations in this This book is rather legthy Pembr ic Populati Nonfiction readers on an book are so vivid and real. and would not work well ey Library on 6-8 adventure through An interesting fact I as a read aloud. I might Swan Publishi grades India. It explores the discovered in this book is assign student certain ng 2002 culture, the people, that India is the seventh section of the book to and the great largest country in the look at and find attractions. world. That amazed me I something interesting didn’t think that it was that they did not know about large. I really enjoyed India, and compile all of skimming the pages and their findings on one finding tis bits of large piece of chart information, but most of all paper, and use the looking at the pictures. information for a writing India looks beautiful, and prompt or think aloud. the culture is surprisingly diverse. There is an abundance of religious beliefs, and cultures all blended together much like the U.S. For some reason I kept thinking this book would make a great coffee book table. Reflection: Wow I am not going to lie, this was a challenge, even for me, a person who loves to read, and enjoys all different genres. I have never read this many books in such a short amount of time. In my other literacy class we only did about ten books or so, and we really focused on them. With this experience I feel like I briefly touched on many books. I liked this different approach, it taught me how to focus on the key elements of stories and see how I would really apply them to my classroom. I absolutely loved some of the books I read, but other did not grab my interest as much. I had two books that I fell in love with. The first was Brothers in Hope: The true story of the Lost Boys Of Sudan by Mary Williams. This book really touched me, reading about the horrible circumstances that these children faced brought me to genuine tears. Seeing the immense strength they possessed opened my eyes to the strength and resilience of children. The second book that I really enjoyed was Dear Mrs. Larue, Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague. I am an animal lover, and this book had me laughing so hard. I think this is exactly how my dog would act if I sent him to obedience school. My least favorite book was A New Nation: The United States. As I said in my review I am not a huge American history fan and I just found this book not as interesting as some of the others. Although the illustrations were good, the text was uninteresting to me. I was surprised by how much fun I really had in the public library looking for all of these books. If I had to do it again, I would probably try and have a student help me find books, so I could included books that I know student’s like. The whole point of the project is to become more familiar with things students will be reading and how to use them effectively, so I think that would add to my effectiveness. As I progress in my education and my professional career I hope that I will continue to read books at my student’s level and interest, so that I can make their learning as fun, and meaningful as possible.
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