My Annotated Bibliography: Introduction: 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 Awards 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. Scholastic General 32 Pages 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 school. Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School by Herman Perish Greenwillow Primary 32 Pages 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. 40 pages 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 mathematical concepts. Sir Cumference and the First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander Charlesbridge Publishing Math (3rd-6th) 32 pages 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 Puffin Fantasy Picture 40 pages 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. Tilbury House Social Studies (3rd-5th) 32 pages 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. 2009 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 trusted? 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 Aardema Puffin Books Folk Tale (2nd) 32 pages 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 Milbourne Fables (K-2) Usborne Books 94 Pages 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 Rafe Martin seen him but they cannot. The rough Putnam faced girl proves that she can see the Multicultural Cinderella invisible being. (3rd-5th) 32 Pages 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. Purse by Kevin Henkes Greenwillow Fantasy (K-2nd) 40 pages 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 Lewis children again. This is the first of the HarperCollins Chronicles of Narnia series. Fantasy (4th-6th) 224 pages 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 Fantasy (5th-6th) 544 pages 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. Greenwillow Poetry (K-3) 112 pages 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 Giroux Poetry (culture) 4th 32 pages 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 their choice. So, What’s it like to be a cat? By Karla Kuskin Aladdin Poetry (2nd) 40 pages 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 Frances Foster Poetry (5-7th) 93 pages 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 Dial counselor helps the students cope by Realistic (1st-2nd) asking for memories, and recalling their 32 pages teacher's fondest wishes eases the children's pain. 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 Harcourt story about the one hundred dresses Realistic (4th grade) and try to make things right. 80 pages 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 Marguerite Henry Misty to their home on Chincoteague Aladdin Island. In the end, they have to decide Realistic (5th-7th) whether to set Phantom free. 173 pages 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. HarperTrophy Historical (3rd) 352 pages 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 book. 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 1900's 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. 192 pages 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 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Nonfiction (K-1st) 32 Pages 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 politics. 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 Greg Tang Scholastic Nonfiction (5th) 40 pages 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 Illumination Arts Fiction (2nd) 32 pages 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 case. Roaring Brook Fiction 2nd grade 40 pages 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 Year 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 Ruby Bridges like to be a small 6 year old black girl in Scholastic New Orleans, Louisiana who sets the Nonfiction stage for school integration. 5th-6th grade 64 pages 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.
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