My Annotated Bibliography:
My name is Laura Geniesse. I am 20 years old and will be starting my block 4 internship this fall 2010. I have
always had a passion for teaching. I especially love reading: children’s literature is my strong suit. I hope to teach
K-3 in Hillsborough County once I graduate in May of 2011.
My goal of reading 30 books this semester was to learn as much as I can about the different genres. I
wanted to find books that were new to me and that would be beneficial to me in my teaching career. I selected
books that not only I had an interest in but I thought about kids that I know and what books they would like. I
used the five main factors of motivation when selecting the books 1. Self-selection 2. Access 3. Personally
interesting books 4. Access to many books and 5. Books that can be read aloud. I hoped that those books would not
only teach a lesson but engage a student to a book. I hope to help students have a love of reading. “The truly
literate are not those who know how to read, but those who read: independently, responsively, critically, and
because they want to. The first real business of reading instruction is to make children want to read.” (G Sloan pg
47) This is the type of love of reading I hope students would gain from the books that I chose.
Reflection: The extensive searching for books was new for me. Also, the genres were new. I knew many of them
but I had never had to search for them. I found some new favorites now that I have completed this project. A Bad
Case of Stripes by David Shannon is now one of my favorites and I do plan on using it in my classroom. The Rough
Face Girl by Rafe Martin also stood out to me because of the story. It is a multicultural Cinderella story but it was
different for me. I felt that it would be a great story for student engagement and for the students to relate to.
If I had to do this project again I would have researched authors more extensively. I would have found out more
award winning books and spent more time searching for the right book. All in all I am very pleased with the
annotated bibliography I have made for my future. I plan to use this annotated bibliography to start my classroom
library. I have many ideas now that I have completed this and I cannot wait to start my carreer.
Title, Author, Copyright Theme Personal Response to the Book Classroom Use
Genre, Pages Summary
Picture Books primary general, Sci or SS focus
Black-Eyed Susan Award, Young Hoosier I really enjoyed this book because of the I would use this book in a classroom
Book Award Nominee, Blue Hen Book humor the story is told with. It would be to teach about being yourself and not
Award. a great book to captivate an audience of caring what other people think. It
Theme: Being yourself children because it had my attention would be a great introduction to an
right away. I enjoyed the lesson that is individuality lesson.
A Bad Case of Stripes is all about taught in the book as well. It is a lesson
friendship. Camilla loves lima beans, but that needs to be focused on in school
none of her friends do. She never eats because it is becoming a problem.
them because she wants to fit in. She
A Bad Case of Stripes breaks out in to a bad case of the
by David Shannon stripes trying to impress everyone.
Theme: First day of school, direction I enjoyed reading this book for the first I would use this book in a classroom
following time because of its lesson. I found many to first introduce the first day of
great ideas to teach along with this book. school. The book could also be used in
Amelia Bedelia is excited for her first It is something that students can relate teaching figurative language. As a
day of school. She takes all directions to. Students who already understand the teacher you may teach how to give
and statements made toward her very routine may find Amelia funny. good directions as well.
literally. The book follows Amelia
through her journey on the first day of
Amelia Bedelia’s First
Day of School by Herman
Theme: Science The book was very relatable. I remember This would be a great way to
when I was young and had so many introduce science fairs to students.
Ima Kindanozee loves to know what’s questions for teachers and my parents. I They will be able to relate to the
going on around her at all times. She loved the witty text and the bright questions Ima has, maybe
asks tons of questions. The perfect day illustrations for this book. remembering a time they had lots of
to ask questions is Science Fair Day. She questions to ask.
touches anything and everything in sight.
The teacher must delay the principle
Science Fair Day from coming to judge because of the
By Lynn Plourde mess Ima has caused. In the end he is
Dutton pleasantly surprised with Ima and her
Science (1st-3rd) questions.
Theme: Math I thought that this was a great book to I would use this book to introduce or
teach and introduce circumference, review circumference, diameter, and
Sir Cumference assists King Arthur on a diameter and radius with. I haven’t been radius.
mathematical journey to find the familiarized with math picture books so I
perfect shape for his table. He wishes found this book to be very interesting.
to have his knights gather at the table.
They must find the perfect shape. The
story is full of geometric terms and
Sir Cumference and the
First Round Table by
Theme: Fantasy I enjoyed the vivid illustrations in the This would be a great read aloud for a
story. It is a great adventure for young classroom. You could talk about
Rosalba is always going places with her younger readers to have read aloud or grandmothers of all different
abuela (grandmother). During one of begin to read independently. It cultures as well. You could also talk
their outings to the park, she wonders incorporates the Spanish language into about imagination and where would
what it would be like if she could fly. the story. you go if you could fly.
Her and her abuela begin flying above
the New York sites. The book reveals
their culture through the journey and
pictures. It has very vivid pictures.
Abuela by Arthur Dorros
Theme: Community Service I really liked this book because of its This would be a great book to focus
message. It used another great book on community service. The
Mrs. Rowell’s 5th grade class reads a Beatrice’s Goat within it. The message is illustrations would keep the students
story about a girl in Uganda who didn’t all about community service and helping interested. Using this book could
have enough money to go to school. The out others. stem your own community service
girl’s family was given a goat which project or try to raise money to buy a
helped her pay for school. The fifth goat as well.
graders learn about Heifer
International, the students decide to
sell healthy food at school in order to
Give a Goat by Jan West raise money to buy goats, chickens or
Schrock ducks for families in need.
Social Studies (3rd-5th)
Theme: Social Issues, Being Lost It is a very cute book to teach about I would teach students about what to
strangers and to be careful when you are do when you are lost. It would be a
Mom's Choice Awards alone. Students can relate to the great intro for students.
Gold Recipient, Values & Life Lessons, character and his issues.
Roonie B. Moonie wants to be a great
explorer like his hero, Christopher
Columblebee. But, while exploring one
day, he wanders into a dark, unfamiliar
Roonie B. Moonie: Lost place and finds himself in one scary
and Alone situation after another. Approached by a
By Roonie B. Moonie suspicious stranger offering to help,
Illumination Arts Roonie must rely on his mother's
30 Pages guidance and on his instincts to keep
himself safe. Will he leave with a
stranger? Will he find his way back
home? How does he decide who can be
Traditional Literature Folk Tale, Myth, Epic, Multicultural Cinderella
Theme: Animals, Africa I enjoyed the book because of the I would use this to introduce
rhythm and rhyming in the story. folktales to the class. I would also
This is the retelling of the Kenyan Students would enjoy following the use it to teach about Kenyan people
Folktale from a Nandi Village taught over rhyme. It is a great tale. and Nandi tribe. Also, you could teach
70 years ago. It is a rhyming story about rhyming along with that.
the drought and the rainy season
following. It is the story of how Ki-pat
Bringing Rain to the
brings the rain to the Kapiti Plain.
Kapiti Plain by Verna
Folk Tale (2nd)
Theme: Morals The fables in this book are beautifully I would use these fables to cover
retold and the pictures follow them as morals. After reading you could have
Stories like the mouse that saved the well. I like how they compiled them into the students try to figure out the
lion. The tortoise that won the race, or one book so that you may teach them moral in the fable.
the camel who tried to dance. All these together.
stories are retold in this compiled book
of Aesop fables.
Aesop’s Fables (Stories
for Children) by Anna
Theme: Native American, Inner beauty, The book’s illustrations beautiful acrylic I would use this story in a class to
culture paintings. The story is an amazing tale of teach a moral lesson on the
a multicultural Cinderella story. It importance of inner beauty and not so
An Algonquin tale of three sisters. The teaches a cultural lesson to students. much focus on the outer beauty. Also,
youngest sister is forced by the others you could use this book as well as
to sit by the fire and feed the flames. other multicultural Cinderella stories
Sitting by the fire all this time results in to compare and contrast them.
scarring and burning. The young women
are trying to win over the invisible being.
The Rough Face Girl by
Her sisters must prove that they have
seen him but they cannot. The rough
faced girl proves that she can see the
Modern Fantasy: ( primary, intermediate, upper)
Theme: School This is a great way to teach students. I would use this book to teach
The story has great imagination and is patience. Also, it can be used to teach
Lilly the mouse loves her teacher Mr. relatable to children. The story is rules. You can teach students after
Slinger up until he takes away the purple enjoyable and the illustrations are reading that seeking revenge of
plastic purse she wanted to show to her colorful, these things would keep people is not right, that breaking the
classmates. Lilly is so upset she draws a students engaged. rules have consequences.
mean picture of Mr. Slinger and puts it
in his bag. At the end of class, Lilly gets
her purse back. Inside is a sympathy
Lilly’s Purple Plastic note and a bag of treats.
by Kevin Henkes
Theme: good over evil, fantasy I enjoyed this story because of the I would use literacy circles after
fantasy aspect of it. Children enjoy reading each section of the book. I
Four children. Peter, Susan, Edmund and pretending and faraway lands. The would focus on the vocabulary in the
Lucy are sent to live with a professor creative aspects of the story allow for book. Also, I would allow students to
during WW2. Lucy, while exploring, many different activities. use their own creative thoughts to
discovers the wardrobe that takes her write their own fantasy story. In
to Narnia. The children eventually older grades you could also watch the
become kings and queens of Narnia and movie and do an analysis of the movie
spend 15 years there growing and and the book.
The Lion, the Witch and
maturing. When they return to the real
the Wardrobe by C.S.
world again they find themselves to be
children again. This is the first of the
Chronicles of Narnia series.
Theme: friendship, books I really enjoyed this novel because of I would use this novel with book in a
the love of books. Students would be hour after reading. I would have
Mortimer is a book binder and he passes attracted to this book because of the discussion questions covering the
his love of books to his daughter Meggie. fantasy, the characters coming out of main parts of the story. Also,
He has never read aloud to her and she the book. students could be creative and think
wonders why. In this mysterious book, of a book they would like a character
Meggie finds out that her father does to come out of and come up with
not read aloud to her because when he interview questions to ask them.
does characters and objects come out of
Inkheart the book.
By Cornelia Funke
The Chicken House
Poetry Books (primary, intermediate, upper)
Theme: Holidays, Important dates and This book is very interesting. It contains I would use this teaching about the
people, history a lot of information on the months of the months of the year and historical
year and poems to go along with that dates and people. It would be a great
This book is compiled of 12 sections for time. It would be great for students to way for a seasons/months unit
each month of the year. It contains a get to know more about the months and incorporating poetry as well. The
calendar with information about each work on a unit. Also, the historical dates students could write their own poems
month, including flower and birthstone. and figures are an important and helpful about historical figures and important
The book then includes weather reports part of this book. dates as well.
for each time of the year. It includes
poems by many different authors about
Days to Celebrate: A Full each time of the year. Also , it includes
Year of Poetry by Lee poems about historical dates and
Bennet Hopkins figures.
Theme: Culture I enjoyed the poetry because of its free This would be a great way to
form. I feel that students would relate introduce other culture to students.
A short series of free-form poems, the to one of the six students. The book is As an activity I would have students
author presents 6 3rd grade students in written as a true depiction of English’s write a poem like the students in the
an inner-city public school. Each of the 6 experience teaching. book. It would be explaining their
students are different, the poems troubles, character or something that
depict their character. represents them.
Speak to Me and I Will
Listen Between the Lines
By Karen English
Farrar, Straus and
Poetry (culture) 4th
Theme: Humor, Animals It has been shown that students seem to In the classroom I would use this to
enjoy poetry about animals and humor as have students learn to write an
Exploring the lives of cats through an well. What better way to put those interview in poetry form. It would be
interview between a cat and a child. together than through this book. a great introduction to a lesson.
Students would have the opportunity
to write an interview to an animal of
So, What’s it like to be a
By Karla Kuskin
Theme: Poetry, Social Issues I really find this book compelling This book would be great for doing
because of the different forms of personal poems with students. Also,
Students from room 412, a fifth grade poetry that is used as well as the for teaching different forms of
classroom reveal their private feelings personal poems from all the students. poems. Students could each receive a
about birth and death, a missing bicycle
type of poem and choose a way to
and a first kiss, as well as their
thoughts about recess, report cards, teach it to the class.
fitting in, and family.
Using many poetry forms, such as
sonnets, sestinas, and acrostics. The
book is about the stories of the kids in
Room 214 and their teacher.
Spinning through the
Universe by Helen Frost
Realistic Fiction: (primary, intermediate, upper)
Theme: Death It is a touching story that would help a I would recommend this book to a
student cope with loss. student who is dealing with loss.
Stevie's first day at school gives him a
stomachache. But his teacher, Miss
Perry gets him through by telling him
that her wish is that they have lunch
together. Then one day, she isn't in
school. After lunch, the kids are
surprised to find their parents in their
classroom. Principal O'Brien has
I Remember Miss Perry
something to tell them: Miss Perry has
by Pat Brisson
been killed in a car accident. A grief
counselor helps the students cope by
asking for memories, and recalling their
teacher's fondest wishes eases the
Theme: Culture, Social Issues, Prejudice Another great story about being Students could do literature circles
yourself and not judging people by while reading this book. Students
Newberry Honor Award material things. Greatly written and will could write a personal essay on a
keep students engaged. Students will be situation they have been in similar to
Wanda Petronski, a Polish-American girl able to relate to the character. Wanda’s.
from a poor family, is teased by
classmates at school for being different.
She is teased for saying she has one
hundred dresses at home while she only
wears the same faded dress to school
The Hundred Dresses
every day. After Wanda's absence from
by Eleanor Estes
school two children find out the true
story about the one hundred dresses
Realistic (4th grade)
and try to make things right.
Theme: Animals The book is greatly descriptive. I would use literature circles or book
Students who love animals, especially in an hour during the reading of this
Newberry Honor Book horses, will love this book. book. Students could write essays on
something that they have worked
Paul and Maureen want the wildest horse hard to earn.
on Assateague Island. They work hard to
earn enough to buy the horse. After lots
of work and tribulations, the two
Misty of Chincoteague by
children bring the wild mare and her colt
Misty to their home on Chincoteague
Island. In the end, they have to decide
whether to set Phantom free.
Historical Fiction (primary, intermediate, upper)
Theme: Historical, Family A classic book for children. I love the I would use this in the classroom to
description in the book: it makes it so introduce the pioneer life units.
ALA Notable Children's Books award- real to people. Students could come up with their
winning book own trail for their journeys,
The book is about pioneer life on the
Kansas prairie. Laura Ingalls Wilder and
her family are faced with everything
from malaria to prairie fire. Laura's
Little House on the descriptions bring to life what the
Prairie pioneers had to go through many years
by Laura Ingalls Wilder ago.
Theme: Farm Life I enjoyed this book because of its I would teach a lesson around Florida
Florida setting. Students would be together with the literature. I would
Newbery Medal award winner interested because it is relatable teach history of strawberry farming
ALA Notable Children's Books award because of where they live. in Florida. Literature circles would
winner also be a great thing to do with this
A little girl named Birdie helps her
family raise strawberries on a
frontier farm and earns the title
of "Strawberry Girl". They have to
Strawberry Girl cope with drought, roaming
by Lois Lenski animals, grass fires and
HarperTrophy unfriendly neighbors. The book
Hist. Fiction (4th) depicts what life was like in the
208 pages lake region of Florida in the early
Newberry Medal Award 1961 I enjoyed reading this book. It has many In a classroom you could use
Theme: Survival, companionship, lonliness great lessons that can be taught and not Literature Circles while reading the
Karana refuses to leave her younger just from the historical perspective. The novel. Also, you could teach about The
brother when her island is told to novel would be great in a 5th grade class. Lost Women of San Nicolas. Along
evacuate. She is a 12 year old Native The storyline had meaning and many with the historical piece, you could
American girl. Not too long after the themes can be taught from it. teach personification of animals as
evacuation, Karana’s brother dies and well as similes and metaphors.
she is left to wait alone for a ship to
come rescue her. She waits 18 years.
Island of the Blue The story is told day by day her life
Dolphins journey. The novel is based on a
by Scott O’Dell historical figure, The Lost Woman of
Yearling San Nicolas. She lived on the island from
5th grade 1835-1853.
Non Fiction (primary, intermediate, upper)
Theme: Animals, 5 senses This book has amazing illustrations. The I would use this to introduce animals
students would love the guessing parts to the students. Also, the guessing
Caldecott Honor Book of the book. part of the book would keep the
students engaged. Students could
This book shows close-up pictures of come up with their own version of the
body parts of animals and asks the “what book.
do you do” question. The next page
What do You do With a children get to see what the animal is. A
Tail Like This? good guessing book.
By Steve Jenkins
Theme: History WW1 I enjoyed the story line behind this I would teach this along with WW1.
novel. Most war novels do not share the Students could think of something
Recommended by NCTE good stories. that they have done similar to this
that they may write an essay about.
On July 29th 1914, the world's peace
ended as the army of the Austria-
Hungary Empire began fighting and most
of Europe joined as well. This was the
First World War. On December 25 the
troops would defy their commanding
Truce officers by stopping the fighting and
by Jim Murphy having a celebration of Christmas with
Scholastic their "enemies"? In a Christmas Miracle,
Nonfiction (4th-5th) this beautiful narrative will remind
144 pages everyone how brotherhood and love for
one another reaches far beyond war and
Theme: Math I like this book because math was never I would use this book as an attention
fun for me. I’ve become very interested getter in a math lesson. Also, this
This book challenges children to open in pulling literature into math. book could be used at the beginning
their minds and solve problems in new of a class day to get the students
and unexpected ways. By looking for brain warmed up.
patterns, symmetries, and familiar
number combinations displayed within
eye-catching pictures, math will become
easier, quicker, and fun.
The Grapes of Math by
DIVERSE POPULATIONS (primary, intermediate,upper)
Theme: Culture I particularly enjoyed this book because I would use this book to recommend
it is a growing issue among kids today. I to any student who is having these
A young interracial boy wonders why know of many people that would love to same questions at home.
people are labeled by the color of their have this book for their children.
skin. Seeing that people dream, feel,
sing, smile and dance, regardless of
their color, he asks, Am I a color, too?
Am I a Color Too?
By Heidi Cole
Theme: Culture, Celebration, Alphabet I really enjoyed this book because of the This book could be used when
illustrations. I was taught about the Day teaching other cultures. It also could
The book is about a journey with Senor of the Dead in high school and it is an be used when teaching the alphabet.
Calvera, the skeleton from Day of the interesting celebration. Students could
Dead celebrations. Senor Calvera is learn something new from it.
worried. He can't figure out what to give
Grandma Beetle for her birthday.
Misunderstanding the advice of Zelmiro
the Ghost, Senor Calvera decides not to
get her one gift, but instead one gift for
Just in Case
every letter of the alphabet, just in
by Yuyi Morales
Fiction 2nd grade
Theme: Social Issues I had seen the movie Ruby Bridges but I would use this to teach parts of
never read this book. I was very Civil Rights. Ruby Bridges would be
Parents Choice Gold Award interested to read this book. It is a one of the Civil Rights people that
NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for great story. students could choose to do a report
Outstanding Nonfiction for Children on.
Publishers Weekly Best Books of the
Ruby Bridges is an icon of the civil rights
movement. In Through My Eyes, we are
Through My Eyes by
given a firsthand account of what it was
like to be a small 6 year old black girl in
New Orleans, Louisiana who sets the
stage for school integration.
Theme: Culture, family This book is a great tale of Japanese- I would use book in an hour to help
American hardship. It also has the story focus on the issues in the book. Also I
Newberry Medal Book of love and closeness of family. It is would use this to introduce Japanese-
relatable and can help students through Americans in history.
Japanese-American Takeshima family a hard time.
moves from Iowa to Georgia in the 1950s
when Katie is in kindergarten. Though
her parents endure bad conditions and
crazy hours in the poultry plant and
hatchery where they work, they manage
to create a loving, stable home. Katie
Kira-Kira especially loves Lynn. She teaches her
By Cynthia Kadohata about everything from how the sky, the
Aladdin ocean, and people's eyes are special to
Fiction 5th grade the injustice of racial prejudice. When
272 pages Lynn develops lymphoma, it's
heartbreaking, but through the course
of her worsening illness, Katie does her
best to remember Lynn's "kira-kira"
outlook on life.