"Mr. Welling's Book List"
ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY, Luke Welling Introduction: My name is Luke Welling and I am currently a student at Florida Gulf Coast University studying Elementary Education. My desired area to teach is upper-level elementary grades. This past semester, I was assigned to read 30 children’s books documenting each in a list that will help me reference books to future students. I hope to not only use this list as a reference, but also as a source for teaching lessons on various subjects. In order to produce the list below, I referred to different sources. My first source was Top 10 read aloud lists that were supplied in an education textbook called The Joy of Children’s Literature by Denise Johnson. This book was a great help because each chapter discussed a different genre of literature, then had a Top 10 list of books that fell under each genre. Another source that I used was a database constructed by Lisa R. Bartle. This list was especially helpful because it searches books that fall under different age categories, genres, and types of literature. The final source that I used was my own memory. I tried to recall different books that I read in the past that I enjoyed reading. It is important to develop an array of book genres and themes when choosing and selecting books. Concerning this, Johnson mentions that “the content and availability of books on specific topics gives children the opportunity to think critically and creatively, to solve problems, to make judgments, and to discuss literature with other children” (Johnson, p. 4). It is also important to have a wide selection of books because one never knows which book will spark a child’s interest for reading, a factor that might affect the rest of that child’s life. One thing that sparks interest, or disinterest for that matter, is prior experiences that the reader connects to a book. This is why it is important to learn about a student and his/her likes and dislikes so selected texts will be found “interesting, engaging, and accessible” (p. 27). A wider selection of books is always more beneficial. I look forward to using this list in the future. I am especially excited to see the joy and newfound knowledge the students experience from these books. Reflection: Creating a list like this was completely new to me. I have never been that interested in reading, lest develop a library of books to read and even reference to others. Despite that, I found it very beneficial. One benefit that I gained from doing this project is the expansion of my children’s book knowledge. Throughout my childhood, I might have encountered five of the books listed below. Every other book gave new experiences and filled the void of literature that was missing from my life. A few of the books that I especially enjoyed was Owl Moon, Big Country, Big Men, Old Yeller , Hatchet, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, and Click, Clack, Cows that Type. One reason I enjoyed Owl Moon so much is because of my relationship with my own father. Taking a journey like the two main characters did in this book reminded me of something my father and I would do. Big Country, Big Men is an excellent book of enjoyable tall tales that I recall hearing as a child. Reading some of them gave me a nostalgic feeling. I also enjoyed Old Yeller and Hatchet because to me, these are typical boy stories, one about responsibility and the other about courage. Finally, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears and Click, Clack, Cows that Type were books that I found very humorous and amusing. Other books in this list had good morals, great plots, or neat designs. I plan on using each of these books in lessons in the future and will label this list Mr. Welling’s favorite books, so students will take special interest in them. Title, Author, Copyright Theme Personal Response to the Book Classroom Use Genre, Pages Summary Awards Picture Books primary general, Sci or SS focus Mouse Count, Walsh, Counting (K-3)/ I thought this was a great book for its interdisciplinary I would use this story to teach E.S., 1991, Fiction, 32 Mouse Count is a book about a content. It can be used for language arts and math. the parts of a story using a snake’s search for dinner. As story map. We would identify he catches more and more the author, main characters, mice, he is overtaken by setting, plot, problem, and greed. When he comes back solution. for his dinner, he finds a surprise./ Awards-Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, ALA Notable/Best Books Award, ABA Book Council Owl Moon, Yolen, J., Owls (4-5)/ I really like this book because it is about a journey. I This book would be great to 1989, Fiction, 28 This is a wonderful book that myself am highly active and very curious about the world teach different geographic depicts a father and around me. This would be a great book for those locations of Massachusetts and daughter’s journey to find an students who share the same interests. how to pinpoint locations by owl. As they walk through the using a map. The students can woods, the father makes owl even create their own journeys calls. Finally, they find a by using a map or even an atlas. wonderful creature, the Great Horned Owl./ Awards-Caldecott Medal Brooklyn Bridge, Curlee, Historic Construction (8-12)/ I thought it was very interesting learning about the I would give each student an L., 2001, Nonfiction, 35 This picture book tells how Brooklyn Bridge. I never knew of John and Washington event from the provided the Brooklyn Bridge was built Roebling. This book is eye-opening as it goes beneath the timeline, ask the students to lead by the ideas of a father surface of what the bridge is and means. find a picture or draw an and son. It also gives a brief interpretation of the event, history of the bridge./ then present it in front of the Awards-Smithsonian’s class. The students would be Notable Book, Robert F. grouped to present and we can Sibert Nonfiction award, ALA figure out what sequence they Notable/Best Books go in. This would test knowledge we gained from the book. The Skull Alphabet Book , Investigation (K-3)/ I really enjoyed this book because of the author’s This would be a great book Pallotta, J., 2002, Animal Biography (K-3)/ writing style. He writes as if he is setting you up to hear for animal identification Science, 32 This picture book the answer of what the animal skull is, but instead, has from a biological standpoint. challenges the reader to the reader investigate. guess the animal according to the animal skull that is shown. The reader discovers different animals from A-Z through observation of the design of the skull and what clues can be gained according to the design of the skull. The Boston Tea Party, American Revolution (K-3)/ I especially like this book because it goes beyond the I would use this book in a choral Edwards, P.D., 2001, This book gives a description single event of the Boston Tea Party. Instead it gives reading activity to practice Social Studies, 30 of the events that lead up to the reader background knowledge of how and why the fluency. the Boston Tea Party. From event happened. the picking of tea leaves from far-off lands to why we celebrate the 4th of July, the story gives an account of why the event of the Boston Tea Party was so important. This book is excellent for repeated phrasing activities. Traditional Literature Folk Tale, Myth, Epic, Multicultural Cinderella Big Men, Big Country, Tall Tales (4-5)/ I really enjoyed reading through this book. It took me One way to use this book would Walker, P.R., 2000, This book is a collection of back to my days as a child listening to stories about the be to teach main ideas and Folktale, 79. American tall tales about great American tall-tale legends. sequence of events by using characters such as Paul story boards. Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Davy Crockett, and Old Stormalong. One story in particular is about Old Stormalong and how he was the greatest, and biggest, sailor who ever sailed the seas. It tells of his many voyages up to his death./ Awards-Aesop Award. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Origins (K-3)/ This was a very interesting book for me. I thought it was This book would be great to use People’s Ears, Aardema, This book is a fantastic humorous as the book progressed, although, I also to teach onomatopoeia, a word V., 1975, Fable, 26 African folktale that thought it was a pretty harsh ending. that describes a sound. This would also be a great book to explains why mosquitoes teach how early Africans viewed buzz in our ears. When the world. mosquito tells a lie to iguana, a chain-effect occurs that includes an animal death. At this point, a council comes together to hunt for the animal responsible for the death. Throughout the book, onomatopoeia is used to describe the sounds the different animals make./ Awards-Caldecott Medal, ALA Notable/Best Books, SLJ Best Books. Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Rags to Riches (K-3)/ I thought this was an interesting take on the story of This book can be used to teach Story from China, Louie, This is a different Cinderella. It was neat reading about the fish-bones and compare/contrast skills by using A.L., 1982, Multicultural perspective on the story of how they take the role of the American-version Fairy- Venn Diagrams to differentiate Cinderella, 32. Cinderella told from a Chinese God mother. In fact, it is actually closer to the original between the Chinese version and perspective. The story is Western story when Cinderella makes wishes on a twig. the more well-known Disney about a young girl named Yeh- version of Cinderella. Shen who wishes onto magical dead fish bones for serious needs. Her serious need arises when her stepmother demands she stays home from an event where a prince chooses a lady to marry. After asking the bones for help, she finds herself dressed extravagantly. She attends the ball where she is recognized by her step- sisters. When noticed, she runs and loses her shoe. The king finds her shoe and eventually finds its owner. After being found, the prince asks Yeh-Shen’s hand in marriage./ Awards-Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, SLJ Best Book Modern Fantasy: ( primary, intermediate, upper) Good Night, Good Knight, Helping Others (K-3)/ This is a great book that allows young readers to easily This book can be used in the Thomas, S.M., 2002, In this story, The Good connect with sleeping troubles. This would be a good classroom to build vocabulary. Fiction, 48 Knight comes to save three book to have in the classroom because, in my opinion, it For any unknown words, the dragons from what seems to allows the reader prior knowledge, a key component in student can place these words in be a sleepless night. To help comprehension. a word jar. In order to learn the the dragons, The Good Knight word jar words, the student can meets each dragon’s need look at the word, draw a picture that helps them fall asleep./ of it, and write it in a sentence. Awards-Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, ALA Notable/Best Books, SLJ Best Book, BCCB Blue Ribbon Book, Parent’s Guide Book Award. Fly By Night, Adventure (4-6)/ This book reminds me of the upside-down world from the For this book, students will Hardinge, F., 2006, Fly By Night is about an book Fahrenheit 451. To me, this is an interesting take learn to write through the RAFT Fiction, 487. orphan named Mosca Mye. only from a child’s perspective in a fantasy world. strategy. Each student will take Mosca is an orphan of a on the role of a character from murdered father and a the book, choose an audience to mother who died at write to, choose a format to childbirth. Mosca’s world is write in, and write about a topic different from our own; in from the reading. By using this her world, books are banned. strategy, students learn to Punished for her ability to write in different styles such as read, Mosca escapes a prison a letter, poem, postcard, diary setting. After escaping with entry, etc. and are given focus Eponymous Clent, a con man, for their writing. they meet a crazy goose named Saracen. The three experience dangerous journeys together, including the restructuring of a corrupt land./ Awards-BCCB Blue Ribbon Book, Publisher’s Weekly Best Book, SLJ Best Book. Fahrenheit 451, Futuristic Society (Upper Once into the book, I could not put this one down. There This book can be used to teach Bradbury, R. 1989, Level)/ was a lot of action and unforeseen plot twists that character development within a Fiction, 179. Fahrenheit 451 is a story set entices the reader to read more. It is scary to think how story by following a character’s in a futuristic society that this prophetical book is so close to being real in an age role throughout the story. has a mission to burn every where books are being transferred onto electronic book for the common good. devices such as I-Pads and Kindels. When Guy Montag starts exploring intellectual ideas, he is scrutinized and is even turned into an outcast, an outlaw who must be killed. Montag starts on a journey to find a new society that memorizes books to hold onto the rich history of the world that once was. Towards the end of the story, his eyes are opened to a world that has been a cover-up by the government. Poetry Books (primary, intermediate, upper) Wiggle, Cronin, D., 2005, Movement (K-3)/ I thought this was a very fun book, especially for young I would give students a list of Rhyme Book, 36. This rhyme book is one children. words from the book. The task that is about the many of the student would be to find ways to wiggle. The many words that rhyme with the provided words. After finding ways to wiggle are given these rhyming words, the from the perspective of a student would use the two breakfast-cooking, bed- rhyming words in a sentence. jumping, imaginative cartoon dog./ Awards-BCCB Blue Ribbon Book Sharing the Seasons: A Seasons (4-5)/ I really enjoyed the color scheme in this book. Each gave After reading different poems Book of Poems, Hopkins, Sharing the Seasons is a an appropriate warmth and coolness to each season. from this book, the students will L.B., 2010, Poetry, 83 collection of poems written by write in a form of poetry that well-known, and other cultural describes their favorite part of poets. Each poem gives a any season. After writing, the different description of a students will share their poems season, each from a different with the class. This activity perspective. The poems truly teaches the different seasons give a view of the seasons in a as well as poetry forms such as creative and visual way. Haiku, Cinquain, found poetry, and free-style. Space Songs, Livingston, Space (5-7)/ I really liked how each poem describes the title word After reading poems from this M.C., 1988, Poetry, 31. This book gives descriptions with definition like statements. In some poems, sensory book, students will collaborate of space jargon such as words are given so the reader can almost feel what it is to create a song about space. satellites, meteorites, describing. The creation of the song will be asteroids, Milky Way, and a practice of rhyme, beat, comets through creative speed, and rhythm. poetry. Each poem describes the space word with clever adjectives and gives each word feeling. The poems take abstract concepts and make them concrete through the connection of word meanings to its visual artistic picture. Realistic Fiction: (primary, intermediate, upper) Radio Boy, Denslow, S.P., Inventions (K-3)/ I thought this was an interesting book that shows one is One of the inventions that 1995, Realistic Fiction, This story is about a boy never too young to fix a problem. Nathan tinkers with is street 29. named Nathan who was a lights. I would use this idea to young boy inventor. In the teach about electricity and small town of Murray, demonstrate to the class what a Kentucky, Nathan makes circuit is. Using a battery, a different contraptions that wire, and a small light bulb, I even Mr. Gaines, a local would split the students up into business owner, marvels at. groups, giving each group When a friend of Mr. Gaines directions on how to connect contacts him about a broken different circuits. The students telephone, Mr. Gaines tells must test each circuit to see the friend to send it because which work and which do not. he has just the person to fix it. Giving it to the boy inventor, Nathan tinkers with it for a week and finally fixes it and goes on to discover other marvelous inventions. Old Yeller, Gipson, F., Friendship (4-5)/ This book gave me an idea of what life was like in Texas I would use this book in literacy 1956, Realistic Fiction, Old Yeller is a boy meets dog during the 1860s. I thought it was a great book that circles. Each student would find 158. story set in the state of exemplifies responsibility. a different way to connect to Texas. After his father goes the text according to different away to herd cattle in an roles. This activity also effort to bring home money promotes cooperative learning. for the family, Travis is given the role of man of the house. One day, a yellow dog arrives giving a bad first impression after stealing meat and jumping in a spring-water pond. Instantly, Yeller is placed on Travis’s bad side. As the story goes on, Travis grows fond of Yeller after seeing how Yeller protects he and his family. In his final protecting effort, Yeller gets rabies and is now a danger to the family. Now, Travis knows what he must do to protect his own family./ Awards-Newbery Honor, State Award, Young Reader’s Choice Award. Hatchet, Paulsen, G., Survival (5-7)/ This book sparked great interest with me. It would be This book can be used to teach 2002, Realistic Fiction, Hatchet is a book about a great for any active boy or girl or perhaps even any child about different geography 195. young boy who is part of a who is currently experiencing divorce. landscapes and focus on the divorced family. On a plane type of land Brian had to live on. trip to see his father, his A study can be done about what pilot dies and the plane kind of meats and vegetation crashes into the forest below. would be available to Brian Brian does what he can to according to the location. survive in the wild with a hatchet given to him by his mother. / Awards-SLJ Best Book, State Award, Margaret A. Edwards Award, ALA Notable/Best Books, Newbery Honor, Historical Fiction (primary, intermediate, upper) A Brave Soldier, Debon, WWI (K-3)/ This book was very political to me and had a bit of a bias In order to feel what the N., 2002, Fiction, 32 This book is one that is about against war activity. Despite, it shows what innocence characters feel and practice a Canadian soldier named most soldiers have going into a war and debunks all fluency at the same time, I Frank. Frank, along with many naivety that many people think about war. would create a Reader’s Theatre other Canadian soldiers at to go with this book. I would this time, was excited to hand out scripts and have the enter the war thinking it students re-read them seven would be finished quickly. times before presenting them in Throughout the book, he front of the class. They should finds out the harsh reality get a feel of what most soldiers that is war and how it isn’t around the world felt before what he expected it would be. entering the war compared to what they felt during the battles. A Faraway Island, Thor, Holocaust Period (4-5)/ I have been fortunate enough never to have been in a This book can be used as a A., 2009, Fiction, 247 At the start of the second foster home, but I do know what it is to be in a divided source to help talk about WWII World War, two Jewish home. This book reminds me of different walks of life and events that lead up to the sisters from Vienna, Austria, my youngest sister and I have had. entrance of the United States. Stephanie and Nellie, are sent I would have the students do a to Sweden by their parents in QAR on the book, answering order to flee Nazi questions that are “right there” advancements. Each sister is in the book, “think and search” brought up in a different questions, “author and me” foster home as they wait for questions, and “on my own” their parents to meet them questions. This is used to learn again. One sister is the different kinds of questions flourishing in the Swedish and where and how to find the lifestyle, the other, not so answers to them. This book is much as she is bullied by also a great tool to use to teach fellow students and lives in a about European culture during cold climate living WWII including the climate of environment. It is an the people and the economy. interesting book that shows two different foster upbringings./ Awards-Mildred Batchelder Award, Horn Book Fanfare, ALA Lizzie Bright and the Racism (5-6)/ While reading this book, I experienced many emotions as This book can be used to teach Buckminster Boy, Lizzie Bright and the the book took me through an experience of one of its from a social studies Schmidt, G., 2004, Buckminster Boy is a book characters, Turner. The book puts into story form a perspective to show how people Fiction, 219. about racial tension between harsh reality that once was and still exists today, racism. and places change over time. A a white Maine community and comparison can be done to show an outcast black community what life was like during this that lives a channel away on time period compared to today. Malaga Island. In an effort from a town to oust the black community in exchange for condos and tourism attractions, Turner stands strong against what seems to be a juggernaut looking to plow through anything that stands in its way./ Awards-Newberry Honor, SLJ Best Book, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Michael Printz Award, ALA Notable/Best Books. Non Fiction (primary, intermediate, upper) What Do You Do With a Animal Science (K-3) I really like how the author first poses a question In order to better learn and Tail Like This? Jenkins, This was a wonderful book about each function, then asks the reader to identify which parts belong to S., Page, R., 2003, that teaches about the identify the animal and what the animal might use each animal, students will Nonfiction, 32 many functions of eyes, participate in a double-line drill. it for. Each student will be given an ears, noses, feet, mouths, animal and will explain as much and tails of various as they can to the person across animals. The author has from them. The students take the reader use turns sharing information. investigative skills to figure out which body parts belong to which animals./ Awards-Caldecott Honor, BCCB Blue Ribbon Book, ALA Notable/Best Books, NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts. Scholastic Atlas of Weather (4-5) I really liked how this book implemented different This book can be used in a unit Weather, Scholastic This book gives factual measurements and charts exposing the reader to various about weather. Math can be Editors, 2004, information about various math and science tools scientists use to determine implemented by testing Nonfiction, 80 weather patterns such as weather. different measurement systems tornadoes, thunderstorms, such as, for example, the use of snowfalls, and hurricanes. It thermometers and recording is a fact book about what the information. causes are for change in weather patterns and also tells about many weather terms such as precipitation, weather prediction, pollution, etc. The book also provides various experiments. The American Revolution American Revolution (5-6) I really enjoyed this book for the stories that it gave As a pre-writing activity about for Kids: A History With This book gives a collection of and the information that followed. This could be a the battles that preceded the 21 Activities, Herbert, stories of events that lead up phenomenal resource for a teacher. American Revolution, the J., 2002, Nonfiction, 139 to and occurred during the students will create a data American Revolution. In the chart that labels battles, dates book are also useful activities of battles, the location of the that really bring the text to battle, and whether the battle life for example, brewing root was a win or loss for the beer, and performing Patriots. different dances from the time. DIVERSE POPULATIONS (primary, intermediate,upper) My Diary from Here to Family Moves (K-3)/ This is an outstanding book that is great for I would use this book using There, Pérez, A.I., 2002, Amada is a young girl who immigrant families, or even families that have prediction strategies, such as Fiction Diary, 32. lives in a Mexican family experienced a new move. In elementary schools picture walks and telling about that is undergoing the book solely by the cover. today, these students are common. It would be This book can greatly be used to economical hardship. In great to have this book around in the classroom. identify with immigrant families. order to provide for his In response, this book can be family, her father leaves used to teach diary/reflective Mexico for America to gain writing. funds so his family can survive. The book is written from a diary perspective to the reader and is translated from Spanish to English./ Awards-Americas Award for Children’s Literature, BCCB Blue Ribbon Book, Pura Belpre Award. Brothers in Hope: The Orphans (4-5)/ I had heard of the Sudanese war but have never read From this book, we can practice Story of the Lost Boys This is based from a real life too much into it. This book hit home with me and is a fine discussion in student-centered of Sudan, Williams, M., story from the Sudanese civil display of courage that most boys, in my opinion, can small-group conversation about 2005, Historical Fiction, war depicting the event where learn. the book. Groups will discuss 40 over 30,000 Sudanese boys what stood out to them, what were searching for a place of they didn’t understand, and refuge. The story is told from what they still have questions the perspective of Garang, about. It would be an excellent one of the leaders of the Lost opportunity to learn about the Boys. The book takes the Sudanese culture. The teacher reader on a journey as the will sit in on each conversation boys walk to Ethiopia, then, and add input on important because the war is spreading, information or topics that were to Kenya. Tom, an American left out. plays an integral role as he sends the story of Garang to an American source leading to Garang’s adoption in the U.S. Rickshaw Girl, Perkins, Issues in Gender (5-6)/ I thought this story was incredibly unique in its image it In the back of this book is a M., 2007, Multicultural This book is about a young girl gives of Indian culture. glossary of the foreign terms Literature, 91 named Naima who is part of a used in the book. These words family that experiences can be used in a word study such financial hardship. Naima as in a concept-definition word really enjoys painting alpanas, map. This book also can be used paintings designed by women to teach about gender roles in during special celebrations, India and how they differ from but she wants to do our own. something to earn more money for her family, just like a close friend does for his. Unfortunately, her plan to help her family runs amuck and puts her family even steeper into debt. All is settled when Naima is hired to use her talents by painting alpanas on rickshaws./ Awards-Jane Addams Book Award, Skipping Stones Honor Award. YOUR CHOICE Eats, Shoots, & Leaves: Grammar (K-3) I really like this book because it teaches grammar I would use this book to teach The Zero Tolerance In the book Eats, Shoots & in a very fun effective way. comma use. I would also use this Approach to Punctuation, Leaves Lynn Truss shows book to teach conceptual versus Trusse, L., 2004, literal meaning. the importance of a comma Nonfiction, 209. by displaying two sentences that are the same, yet very different when a comma is included. To show the difference, an illustration is given for each. The difference is humorous as the meaning is completely changed by the addition of a simple punctuation mark./ Awards-British Book of the Year Award Click, Clack, Moo: Cows Animals (K-3)/ I thought this was a fun book that tells about different A fun activity to go along with That Type, Cronin, D., This is a book about farm farm animals. The book was very humorous because of this book would be learning 2000, Fiction, 32. animals that make demands the animal demands on the owning farmer. about different farm animals to a farmer, threatening and what they do to help us live. To understand this concept, to stop their production if students will brainstorm their demands are not met. different products each farm A great way to use this animal produces, then, we will do book for teaching would be language and writing practice by learning about different writing letters to the animals farm animals and what about why we need what they they do to help us live./ produce. The students will identify the main parts of a Awards-Irma and James letter: greeting, introduction, Black Award, ABC Choice, body, conclusion, signature. State Award, NAPPA Gold/ Honor Book, SLJ Best Book, NCTE Notable Children’s Books in Language Arts, Publisher’s Weekly Best Book Award, Caldecott Honor, Storytelling World Award, Charlotte Zolotow Award/Honor Book, ALA Notable/Best Books, Book Sense Book of the Year/Honoree. Mr. Peabody’s Apples, Rumors (K-3)/ I thought this book gave a fantastic moral about the In this book are many compound Madonna, 2003, Realistic This book is about a young damage that rumors do. words. In a phonetic practice, Fiction, 28. boy named Tommy compound words can be taken Tittlebottom, who spreads a from this book to teach how to rumor about Mr. Peabody and chunk up words to make them how he was caught in easier to sound out and, in thievery. The idea that Mr. meaning, easier to understand. Peabody was a thief was In a morpheme study, the actually a misconception, but chunked up words can be Tommy did not know. To help defined separately, then Tommy understand what he defined when they are had done, Mr. Peabody asks compounded together. Tommy to do what seems like an impossible task. So might cleaning up the mess that a rumor makes. 1, 2, 3: Counting Rhymes, Counting (K-3)/ I thought this was a cute rhyme that had an interesting I would use this book for an Mitter, M., 2004, Poetry, This book is a great way to count. early childhood number study, 16. interdisciplinary book that what the numbers are and what connects language arts they represent, and how to count them. This book can also with math. Through be used for rhyming activities. rhyming and pictures, this book teaches children to count.