Valerie Schulz’s Annotated Bibliography Introduction: The following presented is the annotated bibliography that I, Valerie Schulz, completed during the course of this class. I am an Elementary Education major at Florida Gulf Coast University. I have been in the College of Education for both the spring and summer semesters now and will be entering Block 2 in the fall. I have not had too much experience teaching yet. I have assisted in teaching tap and Sunday school in the past, and this summer I helped tutor a Kindergartener at Tropic Isles Elementary. Over the course of these past nine weeks, our class has been reading about the genres required to be read for this project in a book called The Joy of Children’s Literature. This book taught me a lot about the genres before I ever had to read them. I am positive now 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‖ (pg. 4). I think that, after reading all of these books, the content helps to expand the mind and open readers up to experiences that they may not have had and may never have. I have read a book about a 200 pound teenage boy and the issues that he went through during the summer, and I am pretty sure that’s an experience I will never have, yet it did help to expand my mind. Another quote from the book that I would like to share is, ―Teachers understand the importance of children’s literature in their students’ lives‖ (pg. 5). Without completing a major project like this, where so many books were required to be read, I do not think I would have the grasp of how important children’s literature is. Whether it is a picture book, traditional literature, or historical fiction, there is always something that can be learned by reading. Teachers need to value this importance and demonstrate to their students how much they love reading in order to model how important reading and literacy truly is. My method for choosing my books for the annotated bibliography was pretty simple. After each chapter in the book, there was a list of the top ten read alouds. I would write down each of these books and the authors, and I would take that list to the library. When at the library, I would look for that book or a similar book by the same author. That was how I found the majority of my books. Any other book that I found was from a recommendation, personal favorite, or one that was presented in class that I wanted to include. Many of the books that I read can be used in the classroom, and depending on what age level I do get to teach, I now have more insight as to what I can use in the classroom. Title, Author, Copyright Theme Personal Response to the Book Classroom Use Genre, Pages Summary I’m wondering…I remember…I’m thinking that…I feel Awards sorry for…I connected to…Can you believe…When I read__I…I was reminded of…Wow! Picture Books primary general, Sci or SS focus The Magic Hat by Mem Magic. -Oh, I like that this Mem Fox book I would use this book for teaching my Fox This story is about a magic hat that is rhymes! students more about the concept of Harcourt, Inc, 2002. 32 floating through town turning different -That is one ugly toad. rhyme. We could go through the book pages people into animals. The people are saved -I didn’t think she was going to say together and they could write down (Primary) by a giant wizard who comes and changed bear. the rhymes that they find. them all back into people. -I’m wondering why that wizard is so Awards: big. -The Best Children's Books of the Year, 2003; -Kirkus Book Review Stars, March 1, 2002 Where the Wild Things Classic, Cleverness, Creativity, I was never read this book growing up, so I This book could be used to teach Are by Maurice Sendak This book told the story of a young boy guess I cannot appreciate now, because I kids about imagination and how HarperCollins, 1963. 48 who is sent to his room. He then goes to did not see it to be as amazing as everyone with your imagination, you can go pages. the land where the wild things are. He has said for it to be. However, I could anywhere you want to go. I (Primary) parties with them, and then send them to make some connections to it. I was would then probably have them bed. He then travels back home to eat reminded though of how I would be put in (more in 1st and 2nd grade) write the meal his mother left for him. my room, and I would let my imagination run a story of a place they’d go in -Caldecott Medal (1964) wild, and I believe that young kids could their imagination, what they’d -American Library Assocation (ALA) probably relate to that. I’m wondering why do, and what creatures they Notable Book Max treats the wild things the same way his would meet. -Indies Choice Book Award for Picture mother did to him; maybe he realizes that Book Hall of Fame (2009) he was acting inappropriately. The Stinky Cheese Man Postmodern Picture book. Personally, I believe this book is hilarious. This book can be used in the class in and other Fairly Stupid In this book, Jack the narrator tells I grew up loving this book, and know it is order to have the students create Tales, by Jon Scieszka and many of the different fairly tales, one I will have in my classroom. Re-reading their own parody of a fairy tale. They Lane Smith but with a twist. Stories have been now, I not only still appreciate the humor, can either recreate one that is Scholastic, 1992. 56 pages. combined, broken apart, or but I love that the authors worked in how already in the book, or do rewrite a (Intermediate) completely avoided in being told. a book usually works, such as labeling the different one. We could then put all Characters in the book include the end pages, table of contents, and the title of the stories together into our own Little Red Hen, The Stinky Cheese page. I also wonder how the author came class book that the students would be Man, Chicken Licken and The Really up with all of these remakes of the stories. able to bring home and show to their Ugly Duckling. parents. Awards: Caldecott Honor (1993), Inspirations: Stories Women, art, empowerment, -I like the biographies and the way that the lives I think that this would be a good About Women Artists by strength. are retold. I also like that it is a picture book book to use if teaching about Leslie Sills This book is about four authors, because of the paintings it shows by the artists. women in the early 1900s, women Albert Whitman & Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, - I can’t believe that a teacher drew over Georgia painters, or women who have made a Company, 1989. 56 pages. Alice Neel, and Faith Ringgold. O’Keeffe’s painting! How rude! I do like how the difference in history. The (Upper) The book teaches about each book describes how Georgia found her inspirations. backgrounds make it easy to study -Oh good, Kahlo… Now maybe I will find out why author and gives insight into the their life and it also displays the she has those crazy eyebrows… Wow! I never knew reasoning behind their artwork. paintings that the women have that she went through so much pain in her life! created. -Wow, Kahlo really was a talented artist. -I have no clue who Alice Neel is. I like how they relate her back to O’Keeffe. She is another very strong woman. Oh my gosh, it’s so sad her daughter died and Kahlo couldn’t have kids! These women sure have ups and downs. -Faith Ringgold? I’ve never heard of her AND she’s 30 years after the other 3. She was also sickly, like Frida. I like that her art reflects her African culture. The Very Hungry Eating, and imbibing I read this book when I was little, and I this book in order to teach Caterpillar by Eric Carle This story tells of a young enjoyed it for its entertainment value, but Kindergarten students the life cycle Philomel Books, 1969. 26 caterpillar that is eating and growing now, as an adult, I see its value as a book of a butterfly. A whole unit could be pages. and in the end, changes into a for both entertainment and teaching. taught to students using this book, or (Science) beautiful butterfly. When re-reading through the book now, I just by relating the book and topic to -New York Times Ten Best Picture was reminded of how I would look for every other subject, such as writing, Books of the Year citation, 1969. caterpillars outside and would play with math, etc. I think that, as part of a -American Institute of Graphic Arts them, and how my family, a few times, kept science project, we could even go award, 1970. caterpillars and fed them, and waited until outside to find caterpillars, or I could -Best Children's Books of England they turned into butterflies. bring them into the class, and my citation, 1970. students can witness the changes that -Selection du Grand Prix des Treize, caterpillars go through in order to France, 1972. become a butterfly. Since Dad Left by Caroline Divorce. When I saw this book in the library, I One thing that students need to be Binch This book is about a young boy, Sid, thought right away that this would be a taught about is accepting every Millbook Press, 1998. 32 who is mad about the split between good book to connect to students about different family construct that there pages his Mum and Dad. However, after divorce. Why is this boy not responding is. There are many families that are (Social Studies) trying to not be friendly with his to his dad? Shouldn’t he be happy that he either single parent, divorced, both dad, Sid learns that he can still have is getting to see his dad? Will everything parents, grandparents, foster parents, a fun time with his dad, and things between them end up okay in the end? I or even two same sex parents. There can be ―just like old times.‖ remember thinking and trying to relate it are so many constructs, and this book Winner of the 1998 United Kingdom back to my boyfriend and his father will tell not only about one of those Reading Association Book Award because his parents are divorced and he constructs, but it will also let students barely sees his father. I thought that who have gone through the situation some students may not know that it’s okay relate to it. to be angry, and others may not know that things are going to be okay. Traditional Literature Folk Tale, Myth, Epic, Multicultural Cinderella Adelita: A Mexican This is the classic Cinderella story, -I like how the Spanish is woven into the story. This book could be used in a Cinderella Story by Tomie told from the Mexican point of view. -This is a lot like the Disney Cinderella, except unit on different countries and dePaola It is very similar to the Disney Adelita has a nanny. cultures that include Mexico. Putnam Juvenile, 2002 Cinderella, except for a few things. -Oh wow, why would the stepmother get rid of It can be used as a compare 40 pages There is no fairy godmother, there the nanny when she says she’ll only work for a and contrast from the Disney (Multicultural Cinderella) is a nanny, and there is no prince, place to sleep? Cinderella and the Mexican just a wealthy young man named -So there isn’t a prince, just a young man whose Cinderella. This can lead into a Javier. In the end, Adelita does get parents own a ranch. discussion and the teacher can to marry her prince, and everyone -Oh, so the nanny ends up being the ―fairy verify that the students do lives happily ever after. godmother.‖ know how to compare and -Oh, religion is worked into this story, with the contrast. crucifix. -The boy falls in love with Adelita, but he doesn’t know that it’s her. -I’m surprised that the stepmother actually grants permission for Adelita to marry Javier. If she wouldn’t let her go, then why let her marry him? -I like the Spanish phrases included at the end. Three Billy Goats Gruff The moral of the story is: Do not pick on -I don’t really remember this story from This could be used in a unit on retold by Glen Rounds someone bigger than you. OR Do not when I was younger. fables. Students can hear Holiday House, 1993. 30 threaten those smaller than you, because -How are they going to get to the other multiple fables and then make a pages there is always someone bigger than you side if the troll is threatening to eat them list of the morals learned and (Fable) yourself. up? possibly even write a similar This is the classic story about the three -Way to throw the larger goat under the one with the same moral or Billy Goats Gruff who try to cross a bridge bus there small Billy Goat Gruff! their own brand new fable. to get to some delicious grass and are only -Oh wow! It’s a good thing that the third stopped by a troll. But in the end, the Billy Goat Gruff defeated that troll so three Billy Goats Gruff defeat the troll that they can eat that delicious grass. and remain on the hillside to this day. Legend of the Chinese In this book, the story tells of the -I kind of like the illustrations in this book. This book can be used in a Dragon by Marie Sellier Chinese people of long ago who -People who live in different places have classroom in a few ways. There NorthSouth Books, 2007 worshiped different animal spirits as their own animal spirits that they choose to can be a day where the class 40 pages their protectors. Wars would watch over them? I wonder what ours would learns about different legends (Chinese Legend) sometimes be waged in the names of be here in Fort Myers… from several cultures, and this their protectors, and this upset the -How do you declare war on war? book can be involved. It could also children. So, the children created an -…Oh! By creating one animal that has the just be used to teach a little bit animal that combined all four animal abilities of all of the overseeing spirits that of background on the Chinese spirits and this created the dragon are already worshipped… and this is how the culture. that still is a symbol of peace and is dragon was created! important to the Chinese to this day. -I like how it ties back into today and tells I do not believe that this book has readers that the dragon remains a symbol of won any awards. peace and plays an important role in Chinese celebrations. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in This folktale begins with a mosquito -I like the use of onomatopoeia in this This is another book that can be People’s Ears by Verna telling an iguana about a farmer digging up book. used in multiple ways. If there was a Aardema a yam that was the size of the mosquito, -How is a chain reaction like this day when students were learning The Dial Press, 1975 and this annoyed the iguana, so he stuck starting?! about legends, I would also use this 32 pages sticks in his ears and walked off. But when -What? They kill in owl in this book? award winning book to teach them (African Folktale) he ignores the python, the python hides in What’s up with that illustration? this African folktale. This would be the rabbit’s burrow, which scares the -The owl is supposed to wake the sun? used to illustrate what stories are python. This chain continues until a -I can see this is an African tale valued in the African culture, or it monkey jumps onto a branch that breaks, because of all of the African animals could teach the basics of what a falls, and crushes one of Mother Owl’s that are involved in this story. folktale really is. If this story was babies. So, when she won’t hoot to let the -Oh great, now everyone is going to just used for teaching the basics of sun come up, King Lion works backwards to play the blame game. folktales, then I would read the book find that the mosquito is the one who -Of course everyone will want to and ask my students if to write their started all of the problems. Once this is punish the mosquito. own folktale to explain something found out, they seek to kill the mosquito, -Oh! That’s why the mosquitoes buzz that happens to them. who hides and is never found. She only in our ears. Well then the obvious comes to our ears to ask us if everyone is answer is ―YES!‖ still mad at her, which we obviously are. Caldecott Award 1976 How the Ostrich Got its This is the story of the original -That image of an ostrich with a short This is another good folktale that I Long Neck by Verna ostrich, one with a very short neck. neck looks quite preposterous. could use in my classroom if I was Aardema She goes to help a crocodile with a pain -Oh, they may think that the crocodile teaching my students about the Scholastic, 1995. 28 pages. in its tooth, and the crocodile tries to doesn’t have a toothache at all and is different folktales in different (Folktale) bite the ostrich’s head off! The trying to trick them! cultures. This is by the same author ostrich pulls, and pulls, and pulls away -I don’t think I would trust the crocodile, of Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s until his head is finally released from but I do feel bad for her. Ears, and I would probably use both the crocodile’s mouth. When this -Oh wow, so the crocodile DOES try to of the books together in a lesson. happens, however, the ostrich’s neck is eat the ostrich! much longer, but it is welcomed -Ostrich’s neck stretched from pulling because it makes the ostrich’s life hard and trying to escape! much more simple. Modern Fantasy: ( primary, intermediate, upper) Chrysanthemum by Kevin Bullying, being yourself/unique. This is another book that I never read This book could be used in a Henkes This book has many good lessons and growing up; however, I really like it. I classroom to teach about the themes Greenwillow Books, 1991 themes in the book. Chrysanthemum remember thinking and liking that even of being your own person and not 32 pages goes to school for the first time in this though Chrysan-themum is a mouse, a lot bullying, especially if this is an issue (Primary) book and the girls in her class, of her actions that she does are also in the classroom. This is a book that especially Victoria, torture and make things that flowers do, such as ―wilted‖ I foresee many students liking. fun of her because of her name. In the and ―bloomed.‖ I also remember liking end, the music teacher reveals she has the lessons it teaches. It teaches a long flower name as well, and all of readers to love being unique, being the girls become jealous of yourself, and liking what you like to like. Chrysanthemum. -Library of Congress, It also shows how it is not nice to bully Best Books of the Year, 1991 and make fun of other students. I know -Parenting Magazine: Reading Magic I was able to connect to being teased Award, 1991 and hating that feeling, and I feel like -School Library Journal, Best Books, this book could have maybe helped me if 1991 I had read it as a child. The Tale of Despereaux by Bravery, love, honor, standing up for Even though this book was 268 pages, I The Tale of Despereaux could be Kate DiCamillo yourself. probably could have read it in a little used in literature circles, and I would Candlewick Press, 2003. This book tells not only of Despereaux, under 4 hours. I liked that how, definitely use them with this book. 268 pages. but also of Chiaroscuro (or just throughout the book, even though there Every job would connect very easily (Intermediate) Roscuro), Miggery Sow (or just Mig), were the ―bad guys,‖ like Roscuro, the to the book; especially for and the Princess Pea. This tale travels author could still find ways to make you vocabulary. The writer does use a both forwards and backwards in time to feel ―empathy‖ for them. (Empathy was few large words for the age level, so explain why the characters are the way one of the words the author explains to both myself as the teacher and they are and how their fates all the reader.) I remember too feeling those in charge of vocabulary in intertwine in the dungeon of the castle. sorry for Mig because she just wanted literature circle would need to make -Newbery Medal winner, 2004 to be happy in life and finally have sure those words are known. -Maine Student Book Award Winner, something she wanted. 2004-2005 Gossamer by Lowis Lowry Good vs Evil, bravery, family. I read this book in one day, and it was Gossamer could definitely be used Walter Loraine Books, The story told is of how dreams are pretty good. I felt sorry for John as I for literature circles within the 2006. 140 pages, given and the beings that give you your learned more and more about his classroom. The book could also be (Upper) dreams. Intertwined in the story of situation, and I was very happy in the used to move into the myth or the dream world creatures, there is end when Littlest/Gossamer was able to folktale genre to discuss what else also the story of a little boy named save him from the Horde. I think this they have heard about how dreams John, his mother, and the woman who book was easy to connect to because are brought to us or legends told by has taken John into foster care. almost everybody dreams and different ethnic groups. Although it may sound a little confusing, remembers what they see, and I think I don’t think it was, and the two stories that imagining about what actually gives were woven together very well. people dreams made this book slightly - Sunshine State Young Readers Grade more interesting. 6-8 Nominee (2007) Poetry Books (primary, intermediate, upper) Insectlopedia by Douglas Poetry/Rhymes on Insects and spiders. As I was reading through each poem, I Not only could this book be used to Florian This book is a collection of different was surprised by how witty the author is. have students learn about and maybe Harcourt Brace & poems about insects. The poems are After the first poem, I was like, ―Okay, research different kinds of bugs, but Company, 1998. 47 pages. usually descriptive, and they are all this seems like it’s going to be a good students cause also begin to learn (Primary) very entertaining. There were a few book.‖ Then, I get to the second one, more about how poetry works. Within poems in the book that did not follow a and I think ―Dang, that’s a really good learning about each poem, there are regular straight down the page, left to descriptive poem!‖ So I flip to the next vocabulary words that can be right format. ―The Inchworm‖ one, and so on. Overall, and for a poetry discovered and even a few words with followed how the body of an inchworm book, I really enjoyed the poems in this double meanings (such as ―leaves‖ in would look and ―The Whirligig Beetles‖ book. I connected a lot to the poem on The Caterpillar). There are many follows a circular pattern, just like the daddy longlegs because I grew up in different ways that this book could how the poem describes their an area where there were daddy longlegs be incorporated into a language arts movement to be. and I had always kind of wondered why or science lesson. -Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee they looked so different from other (2000-2001) spiders. -ALA Notable Children's Book (1999) A Pizza the Size of the Poetry, humor. -Eww! Eyeballs for sale? This guy must be This is a book that we looked over in Sun crazy. class, and I really think that it would By Jack Prelutsky This is one of Prelutsky’s many -How does he come up with all of these be a good book to use for poetry Greenwillow Books, 1994. poetry books, and even though it has crazy ideas for his poems?! theatre. Since so many of the 160 pages. pages and pages full of poems, they -I Was Walking in a Circle looks really cool! poems are wild and ―out there,‖ they (Intermediate) are all fun ones that kids can enjoy. -Quentin Quimble Quamble Quayle is quite a would be fun to act out. It could ridiculous name. also be used to teach more about -IRA/CBC Young Adults’ Choice ALA Booklist Perpetual Motion -Oh, I remember I Made aEditors’ Choice the English language, such as - ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice Machine!! I like that one! rhyming or similes. -I Am Your Mirror Image is awesome too, but hard to read. -I’m glad I’m not a Duhduh too. -Haha, ―Llook‖ at the ―llovely llamas‖! I like that! -Whoa, A Dizzy Little Duzzle is crazy. -I like that ―preposterpus.‖ FEG: Ridiculous Poems of Alliteration, homophones, haikus, As I was reading this book, I couldn’t Although I could not find a definitive Intelligent Children palindromes, etc. help but keep thinking, ―Wow! I could age level that this book should be By Robin Hirsch Not only is it a book of poetry, but definitely use this book in a classroom!‖ used for, I believe it would work great Little, Brown, and within this poetry, it teaches many of As I was reading through the book, I at possibly the 6th grade level. That Company, 2002. 48 pages. the different techniques that authors just kept thinking that whoever wrote is when I think I really started to (Upper) like to use and incorporate into their these poems MUST be BRILLIANT! understand many of the devices poetry. On pages 22 and 23 are poems They are so good, and I would really like talked about in this book, and so the titled ―A Palindrome is not a to have this book in an upper level students would definitely be able to Palindrome‖ and ―But Not Now A classroom, especially if I had to teach in learn more about them as well. Wonton Tub.‖ The first one is a poem Middle School. I could connect to this Additionally, students can look up the that ends with a play on words with book, because I was labeled as ―gifted‖ words, as suggested, in a dictionary ―PAL*IN*DROME‖ while the second in elementary school, and I think that and keep a running list of vocabulary poem ends with a palindrome. just the title of this book would have words they didn’t know. Vocabulary Underneath both of these poems, the encouraged me to read it. Even picking can be used as vocabulary words of footnotes address each poem to help it up at the library a week ago, I the week and one or two poems could the reader understand them more. thought, ―Oh wow! This book must be for be taught a day as part of a unit plan. I do not believe this book has been me!‖ given any awards. Realistic Fiction: (primary, intermediate, upper) Fancy Nancy Pride and self-esteem, respect, family. -Alright, I have already seen this This book can be used in the classroom in By Jane O’Conner This is the story of a young girl named in class, so I’m sure it can only be many ways. One thing that I liked was HarperCollins, 2005. Nancy who is very fancy. However, her better a second time. the synonyms in the book. We read this 32 Pages family is not fancy. Nancy decides to -Wow, there are a lot of good in our own class, but I would definitely (Primary) change this by giving her family lessons synonyms in this book! use the exercise that we did. Before and making them fancy. Once they are -OH NO! Nancy is going to be so reading, I would have students get out a fancy, they go out to dinner, and that embarrassed and devastated! sheet of paper and listen for the ends in disaster. Overall, this is a -I can relate to this book only synonyms (two words that mean the same precious and enjoyable book. It is also through the way my sisters would thing) and record them, and then after one that I hope to have in the classroom. act growing up. I was a tom boy, so the lesson, we could share and discuss all Fancy Nancy has won a ―Borders 2006 I was never fancy. of the words that were found. We could Original Voices‖ Award and spent nearly even try to make up synonyms for the 100 weeks on the New York Times Best vocabulary words of the week if we had Seller list. not already. How to Eat Fried Worms Friendship, bets, loyalty, money, -What a crazy bet, I wonder if he can do it? I think this is a book with by Thomas Rockwell responsibility. -What is the difference physically between a night a lot of lessons that should Yearling, 1953. 128 pages In this book, friends Billy, Tom, Allen, crawler and a worm? be taught in class. This (Intermediate) and Joe make a bet that Billy cannot -They’re already planning on what they are going to book was written in 1953, eat 15 worms in 15 days. If he can, do with the money so they can’t quit now! where $50 would not be as then Allen owes Billy $50, and if he - Oh wow! I can’t believe Alan and Joe are making much, and would be can’t, Billy owes Allen $50. Over these up fake stories to get Billy to quit! equivalent to over $400 15 days, Allen and Joe try everything -Ick, I couldn’t imagine dreaming about them.. I today. These boys were that they can to either trick Billy out couldn’t want to eat them after having dreams like betting money they did not of eating the worms or keep him from that. have, and they jeopardized eating the worms. In the end, their -Ha, they try to get Billy’s mom to stop it but she their friendship over this friendship suffers, but Billy wins the actually cooks the worm into a recipe to make it bet. Students could read bet, forcing Allen to work off his debt taste better. this book to see that there at a store. -I can’t believe they’re trying to trick him like that! is no need to sacrifice a WINNER 1976 - Hawaii Nene Award That’s terrible! Will he be able to get his worm? friendship over a stupid WINNER 1978 – Tennessee Volunteer -Oh no! They were such good friends at the bet. No amount of money State Book Award beginning and this bet is tearing them apart… is worth losing your Also for this book: -Oh wow! They’re trying to trick him again with a friends, and that’s what I -Mark Twain Award fake worm! … Oh no! They can’t try and lock him up! would hope they would gain -California Young Reader Medal, - Pete got him a worm! Yay! from this book. -Sequoyah Award -I feel sorry for Alan: he has to work at the store so he could pay Billy the $50. Otis Spofford by Beverly Family unit, loneliness, -Oh, hey! The mom’s name is Valerie! I think that I would use Cleary attention -I like their interpretation of a bullfight! this book in class in HarperCollins, 2001 This story is about a young -What could she possibly do to make him stop making spitballs? order to show why some 208 pages. boy named Otis who lives with -Oh wow, well I guess I would do that too to make my students bullies, or other (Upper) just his mother, a dance stop spitting spit balls. students who act out, instructor, who seems to have -I think that Otis is doing a lot of this for attention, since he act in the way that they doesn’t receive any at home. only time for her dance do. Many students who -I also think Otis likes Ellen studio. Because of this, Otis are bullies may be able -Why does he want to ruin the science experiment? At least he’s acts out in school to receive to relate to Otis, and feeding Mutt though. attention from his teachers other students can gain -Wow, I can’t believe Ellen was feeding Mutt too… Aw, that’s nice and classmates, especially Ellen gave Mutt to Otis. an insight and Ellen. Throughout the course -I like how they want to go to football practice and idolize the understanding as to why of the book, Otis acts out football players that much. people like Otis act in more and more, until he -Wow, I can’t believe how much of a jerk that quarterback is, the ways that he acts. reaches the point that he making some young kids do his project for him. But you can tell As a project, I could actually cuts off one of his Otis idolizes him because he does the same thing back to Bucky. have students think -Otis is lucky he won at the end by grabbing that flea. classmate’s hair. This leads back to and write about -Hm, well I’m happy for the girls for finding someone to stick up to the downfall of Otis, where a time that they acted for them, but Otis doesn’t need to be made fun of like that. everyone teases him and he out and see if it was -OH MY GOSH!!! He cut Ellen’s hair. If I was his mother, I would seems to have no friends left, because they too kill him for doing that to a girl. and the story pretty much -Poor Otis, no one wants to be friends with him after what he did. wanted attention just ends off that way. -Oh no, the girls took his shoes… Is he really going to chase after like Otis did. Award won: them in his ice skates? New York Times Outstanding -Well, in the end he does get his boots back, but since he ―had Book of the Year kings,‖ he can still tease Ellen. Historical Fiction (primary, intermediate, upper) A New Coat for Anna by Family, bartering. -Oh, so this book is set during a war. This book teaches about the Harriet Ziefert This book, set during a nondescript war, -Yeah, that’s what they had to do back bartering system as well as war Alfred A Knopf, 1986 tells of how a mother barters with many then when they didn’t have any money— time. The bartering system is 40 pages. people in order to have a new coat made barter. something that can be gone over in (Primary) for her daughter. She has to trade a -Many people would think she would bring Social Studies and students can gold watch, a lamp, and even a porcelain that watch to a pawn shop to get money practice bartering candy or pot in order to have the coat made. nowadays… something else that can be easy After waiting almost a year to have it -It takes three months each time they distributed in the classroom. finished, it finally is and looks beautiful. need something done, except for the This book can also teach children WINNER 1986 - ALA Notable weaving and the tailor. the process of how things are made Children's Books -I’m glad everything had a happy ending, and that not everything is easy and WINNER 1986 - Booklist Books for I just wish I knew which war this was instant, especially not in the past. Youth Editors' Choice during. Baseball Saved Us by Ken This book is about a young boy who is -Wow, I’m really glad that there is a I would use this book with a non- Mochizuki growing up in America during the time children’s book that actually brings up fiction book. I would read this Lee & Low Books, 1995. 32 period where we kept Japanese how we held the Japanese in internment book first and ask students what Pages Americans in internment camps. It tells camps. they thought to be true, cause (Intermediate) how the Japanese in the camp came -It is so sad that we actually did keep many students will not know about together to create a baseball field, people in camps like that. how Americans treated the which allowed everyone to come -I feel sorry for this little boy. Japenese. Then I would read the together, and it gave the main character -Wow, that’s so amazing how they worked non-fiction book to relay what in outlet. When they returned back to together to make a baseball field. (Don’t information was true from Baseball reality, the boy seemed to be hated by forget it is historical fiction!) Saved Us. everyone and also thought he was bad at -What a great victory that that boy baseball, but in the end, he wins and is finally deserves! loved by his team. -Wow, but when it’s back to reality, -Parents’ Choice: Silver Honor everyone is cruel again. - Best Multicultural Title Roll of Thunder, Hear Family, segregation, -Wow, I can’t believe the world that these children have to live in, and just There are many My Cry by Mildred D. poverty, sticking together. because they are black. I feel sorry for them. ways this book can Taylor This book is about a black -I would be mad too if we finally got books, but they were just the old be used in this Puffin, 1991. (Original family growing up in 1933, tattered ones the white children didn’t want. classroom, publication in 1976) 288 during the times of -I couldn’t image half of the stuff these children go through happening to me. starting with the pages segregation. There are I would not be able to walk to school, covered in rain and mud. But I am glad obvious topic of they get some revenge. (Upper) white people burning blacks segregation. -I can’t believe T.J. won’t take the blame for cheating! I feel sorry for and trying to lynch them, There are many Stacey. He does have a right to beat T.J. up. mostly just because of the other good books -Oh, I see now why they cannot go to the store, because the owners are color of their skin. The on this topic, and burning people. I could not imagine that happening to me and no law children, Cassie and Stacey, enforcement helping me. this could be just need to find their own ways -I would be crushed having to apologize for something that is not really my one that the to be proud of who they are, fault, especially if it was my mother making me do it. But wow! Uncle Hammer students read, if I and ways to not be stepped seems determined to get back at them for what happened to Cassie wanted to create on. Also, the parents, as -I’m glad that they value getting books for Christmas. That is something that literature circles. well as other members of children these days do not appreciate Students can use the community, start to -I like Cassie’s revenge on Lillian Jean. Even though it would have been this book to boycott a white man’s store, terrible sucking up to her, I think that (even though beating someone up is obviously see the and the white men begin to wrong) it would’ve felt good in the end. effects of Roll of Thunder, Hear threaten the family. In the -Wow, what T.J. did was stupid. I would not be his friend anymore either. He segregation on My Cry cont. end, when a fire begins in a was not even a very nice kid to begin with. people and how it cotton field, everyone must -I can’t believe they would ambush people like that! Seriously, what had they affected black work together to protect done to offend them and hurt them?! Americans. This their precious crops. -I guess T.J. REALLY learned his lesson about trusting those white boys who book should Awards: he thought were his friends. definitely be used -Oh no! There is a fire in the field! But that’s where they all make their Newbery Medal in 1977 for the upper money…Oh wow! The father started it! But it did get everyone to work elementary level. together in the end. Non Fiction (primary, intermediate, upper) Ankylosaurus and other 567.9 -I like the size comparison picture that is provided. This would be a good book to use to Mountain Dinosaurs by This book, split into -I like that they make this book relevant to children teach students how to compare and Dougal Dixon chapters, has information by comparing the dinosaurs to animals that are still in contrast as well as just teaching Picture Window Books, about life in the mountains existence today. about dinosaurs. This book does 2005. 24 pages. and eight different -Wow! The Eoraptor was really small! compare the dinosaurs to animals (Primary) dinosaurs that lived in the -I like that the book breaks down and explains what today, and as a whole, the class mountains. This book has extinct means. Younger children might be hearing could try and compare and contrast very good information and this word for the first time. the dinosaurs more or other animals breaks down facts about that they know more about. This each dinosaur. book, however, does teach a lot about the mountain dinosaurs. What Happened to the 567.9 -I’m glad that they explain what a theory is because If I was teaching my students Dinosaurs? By Franklyn M This is another book about some students may not understand what that is if they about dinosaurs, I would use this Branley dinosaurs that elaborates on do not have the definition given to them. book in collaboration with the HarperCollins, 1989. 32 theories of how the -I never heard the animals eating the dinosaur eggs book above. They could learn pages. dinosaurs are believed to theory before. about different dinosaurs and (Primary) have died. It tells of many -I doubt the sun got cooler… That was a dumb theory. then learn about the possible different theories, but -A great fire is plausible. ways that they could become ends, stating that it is still a -I think that the comet theory is the most plausible one extinct. They can then mystery for scientists to -I thought nemesis meant enemy? But I guess it could write/talk about which theory this day. just mean trouble. they believe in the most. -I’m glad it ends stating that the disappearance is still a mystery. The Magic School Bus: In Nonfictional facts about -Oh I love this book and had it when I little! This book would definitely be the Time of the Dinosaurs dinosaurs, although going -I love all of the side notes in the book that have the usable for a unit on dinosaurs or by Joanna Cole back in time is fictional. extra information that could be used to teach about prehistoric animals. This has an Scholastic, 1994. 48 pages. 567.9 dinosaurs. entertaining storyline, but it also (Intermediate) This book tells of how Ms. -YES! I love that Ms Frizzle’s name is Valerie! tells many different facts about Frizzle’s class learns all -I like the little map that tells which time periods the animals. It tells about the about dinosaurs. It is a they’re in and how all of the dinosaurs are labeled. different time periods of the book I remember from when -I also like the map that shows Pangaea and then how it past, how Pangaea drifted apart, I was young, and I still breaks apart and so on. and many more things that can be remember a lot of facts, -I like how the actual size of an Allosaurus tooth is incorporated into the classroom. just by reading this book all included—it’s huge! We could even have parents come the time when I was -Oh wow! The Tyrannosaurus Res tooth is even bigger! for a visitors’ day like they had in younger. It takes up the whole, vertical page of the book! the story. Amazing Dinosaurs by 567.9 Dixon -I like the family tree to show how they evolved and This book would definitely be Dougal Dixon This book, broken up into 4 show which of the ancestors are still alive today. only used in a science class or one Boyds Mills Press, 2000. sections, tells about all of -I like that the meanings of the dinosaurs names are where we are extensively 128 pages. the dinosaurs. Whether it included, as well as pronunciation, size, time it lived, researching dinosaurs. This book is a meat eater, long-neck, place it lived, and what kind of food they know or is broken into the kinds of armored, or two-foot plant believed it ate. dinosaurs that there were, and eating dinosaur, this book -I’m glad they have each one illustrated so that you can could aid students in research on has a short description of see what some of these dinosaurs look like. the dinosaurs. It’s not one that each. You can research ones -I can now see that ―raptor‖ means thief. would probably be read all of, but that you already know, or -I like the diagrams of the bodies. it does give a plethora of good learn about new ones you -Huh, that’s interesting that some dinosaurs broke information for readers to study have never heard of! All in apart from the rest of the continents and were stuck and use. all, this is a very informative there, like some animals are today in Australia. book. -There was some good body armor for those dinosaurs! -I also like how the first dinosaur in the classification has an explanation as to what that classification means. -I like how discovery is explained and that there is a glossary. DIVERSE POPULATIONS (primary, intermediate, upper) Happy Passover, Rosie by Family, religion, Passover, -I honestly do not know what matzoh balls are. This book can be used in a multitude Jane Breskin Zalben holidays -So I can tell that this is a ceremony that they of ways, but mainly just to teach Henry Holt and Company, In this book, Rosie and her use to practice their religion since the need to students about what Passover is. I 1990. 26 pages. family of bears are celebrating recite lines. would have to research more of what Passover. This book gives -Rosie shouldn’t be scared of her Grandfather Passover is exactly, besides a Jewish insight into how Passover for that. holiday, so that my students can get works, little things that they -Oh, he just frightened her. Oh well, she did get the most out of this book. Students do to celebrate it, and even over it! who are Jewish would like hearing part of the ritual/ceremony. -I like that this book includes how the plate more about their religion and should be made up, the four questions in English, holiday, and other students will be and the four questions in Hebrew interested to learn what other holidays are celebrated by their classmates and friends. Downtown Boy by Juan Family, Life experiences and -Wow, there are a lot of Spanish phrases in this book. Although this is a long Felipe Herrera relationships, changes and -I do not understand the layout of this book yet. Is this supposed book for a 4th grade Scholastic, 2005. 293 new experiences. to be poetry? The words rarely cross the midline of the page. classroom, I would (Intermediate) This story is about a small -I wonder what the ―green van‖ is. probably use it at the end family who moves to San -He must miss his dad; I would too. I feel like the kid has no true of the year, especially if I Francisco to stay with home. had many Spanish -I wonder if his father is actually dead and that’s why he doesn’t family. After Juanito gets Speaking and/or ESOL write to him. into a lot of mischief, his students. Since it is -So is he acting out for attention or just put under peer pressure? father returns and says about a young Latino boy, -Oh… Did his parents got a divorce? that they are moving, and many students from this -Wow, I’m surprised Gregory is so nonchalant about stealing. they then move three times -Oh good, his father finally shows up over 100 pages in. background may be able before they finally stay put. -They have to move, but they’re all together again, so that’s good to relate him. Students Once Papi loses his legs, -Well, I didn’t know they were on welfare until now. can learn new vocabulary Juanito learns that his -I like how the book demonstrates what Juanito hears as compared words from this book, and father has other children to what is said: ―poordead‖ instead of ―portrait‖ it would be interesting to from an ―old family,‖ but in -Wow, only a month or so later, they are moving again translate the Spanish to the end, he learns that his -He has to move schools again? I wonder what it’s like to grow up English. family is precious and dear, without having the same friends and barely making new ones. and one of the only things -One month later, again they move… Downtown Boy cont. he will always have. -What is happening to Papi’s foot? Award: -Oh my gosh, they have to amputate his dad’s foot! The Tomas Rivera Mexican -So does Juanito have a secret brother and sister? Oh, it’s his ―old American Children's Book family.‖ Award -OHHHHH! That’s what the green van is. -Aw, I’m glad for Juanito since his dad says he’ll never leave. -Every moment is precious One Fat Summer by Being overweight and taken -Within that first paragraph, I can tell this main character has After reading this book, I Robert Lipsyte advantage of. body issues. am unsure if I would even HarperCollins, 1977. 152 In this book, Bob is a 200 -His best friend, Joanie has face issues from her nose. use it in the classroom. pages. pound boy at the start of -Was using the word ass really necessary? Yes, it talks about how a (Upper) summer. He has a best -I wonder what’s going on with Joanie’s family. large, 200 pound boy friend, Joanie, who leaves at -Dr. Kahn seems like a mean boss. ―You are extremely fat…‖ spends his summer, but it -Wow, he got heatstroke AND missed his first meal ever in his life the beginning of summer so also has words like ―ass‖ because of it. he takes a job cutting the and ―fag‖ and has a -Um, does that mean he was masturbating?? Oh…um, wow? lawn for Dr. Kahn. Before paragraph that talks -I hope he loses weight from this job, and I think he is. he knows it, he’s mixed up about masturbation. It -I wonder what’s going on with his mother. with Rumson, who is -Oh my gosh! I can’t believe Rumson did that to him! And I can’t also has characters who convinced Bob took his job. believe Jim Smith saved him. are bigots. Despite this Even after hearing how he -Did Joanie get a nose job? though, this would be a should quit his job, Bob -Oh, his mom wants to get a job and that’s why his dad’s upset. book I would keep in my learns to stick up for -I think that Joanie changed along with her nose. classroom library for himself, and during the -So he has finally learned that he was eating as a defense students to read and course of the book, loses a mechanism when he was feeling bad or just when he felt good. connect to. They can be lot of his weight. -I think that he learned to stand up for himself and how to lose inspired by Bob’s summer. weight. That he shouldn’t allow himself to be picked on. Reflection: Over the course of this project, I learned so much. I had known about this project for awhile, and did some work on it, but since I was overloaded with two jobs and other classes, I did not find time for the majority of my project until a week before it was due. So, I learned about the different genres of books, how to quickly but efficiently read books, and how to improve my work ethic. Coming into this course, I was aware of most of the genres that I had to read books in, but I probably could not have named half of them. Now, however, I am definitely aware of the genres. Reading the book and doing literature circles helped me to begin to tap into what the genres were about, but actually reading books in these genres did help to make the idea of the genre more definitive for me. Since I did put off this project until the last week, I learned how to speed read, yet still be able to connect and follow to story line. I had told many people that I was still actually reading the books, and I was surprised that they looked at me like I was crazy! However, I knew there was no way I could get a good grade on this project without putting my all into the work. I have improved in my quick-reading and am able to read about 100 pages in an hour now. Another thing I learned from this project was how to pace myself. Usually, I do not like to procrastinate, yet for this assignment, I did. I think that if I could go back and do the project all over again, I would try and find a library that was close to where I was living at the time, instead of waiting until I moved. I would have read a book a day, and it would have been a lot less stressful. Even though it was stressful, I am glad that I would spend every moment that I could, over the past week, reading. If I would not have done that, then my annotated bibliography would not be complete and I would not receive a grade I am proud of. Overall, I learned a lot from this project, and not just from what I already mentioned. I also learned about what kinds of books are best in aiding me in the classroom. Through the course of this project, I found quite a few good books that I would want to use, especially a lot of what I have for traditional literature. I think that almost any traditional literature book could be used in the classroom, especially if I wanted to have a unit where my students would read and hear multiple traditional literature stories from different cultures. That was the genre that I made me excited to share in my classroom. Some of the favorite books that I read were The Magic School Bus: In the Time of the Dinosaurs, Baseball Saved Us, Otis Spofford, and The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales. These were all good in their own ways, and I am glad I either re-read them or experienced them for the first time during this project. I will definitely keep them in a classroom where they would be appropriate. In the future, I do hope to be an Intermediate level teacher, so I could probably keep most of those in my classroom.