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1 Annotated Bibliography By: Miss Martinson

2 1 Table of Contents Picture Books:...Pages 2- Collections:.Pages Graphic Novels:.Pages Intermediate Leveled Books:.Pages

3 2 Title: The Ugly Duckling Author: Hans Christian Anderson Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney Copyright date: 1999 Identify the kind(s) of picture book: picture storybook Author s style: narrative Description of the art/visual detail: The illustrations are watercolor and pencil. They use calming colors that reflect nature. Synopsis of the story/content: A young duckling is born into a world where he does not feel like he belongs. He runs away in search to find his place and eventually learns a lot about himself and about acceptance. What tone(s) does the illustrator create? Why? The illustrator creates calming tones to coincide with those found in nature near ponds. The tone changes slightly when the duckling is frozen in the water. Here, the illustrator uses color to change the reader s mood to one that is more somber. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? This book would be good for reading aloud because you could dive into the feelings of the characters with students. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in the pictures or the text. Are there any stereotypes? I did not find any controversial topics. Personal opinion: I enjoyed this book. I also enjoyed the illustrations because they made me feel calm and like I was a part of nature. The book had a good ending that I believe many children would enjoy. Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? It could be used to teach students that it is okay to be different and that everyone has a purpose or a place in the world.

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5 4 Title: Coming On Home Soon Author: Jacqueline Woodson Illustrator: E.B. Lewis Copyright date: 2004 Identify the kind(s) of picture book: picture storybook Author s style: Narrative Description of the art/visual detail: The illustrations show a warmth when the characters experience warmth and cold when they experience cold. You can feel it coming off the page. There is also strategic white space used to make the text stand out. Synopsis of the story/content: A young girl s mother leaves for a while to make money in Chicago while the men are away at war. The story follows the girl s time at home missing her mother. What tone(s) does the illustrator create? Why? The tone reflects the weather and the feeling of the characters. When she feels lonely, the colors reflect a somber disposition. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? This book provides opportunity to discuss feelings of loneliness or longer and missing your parents. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in the pictures or the text. Are there any stereotypes? This book shows how during that time, it would be strange for a woman to be working on the railroad. It shows in hard times, stereotypes can be broken. Personal opinion? I enjoyed this book. I could feel for the young girl and her loneliness in her mother s absence and in her finding some solace with her grandmother and the kitten.

6 Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? A teacher could use this book to talk about the hard times that people had during the war and how it affected especially the women and children left at home. It could also be used to show that sometimes, being patient can be worth it if you re waiting for something or someone special. 5

7 6 Title: Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom Author: Carole Boston Weatherford (Coretta Scott King) Illustrator: Kadir Nelson (Caldecott honor) Copyright date: 2006 Identify the kind(s) of picture book: picture storybook Author s style: narrative Description of the art/visual detail: The pictures are painted in dark colors mainly and the perspective of the photos differ to make Tubman look important and powerful. Synopsis of the story/content: Harriet Tubman in the story is called by God to lead her people to freedom much like Moses did with Israel. What tone(s) does the illustrator create? Why? The tones created by the picture use all emotions such as sadness, loneliness, danger, and joy. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? This would be an alright book to read to the class because there are two different voices and you could discuss the feelings Tubman is going through. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in the pictures or the text. Are there any stereotypes? Some religions believe God can talk directly through you while others believe God talks to you through His word. Personal opinion: I really enjoyed the illustrations. However, I wasn t sure of the message that God spoke directly to Tubman. I believe he was with her and guided her but I don t think God talks directly to people anymore like He did once with prophets.

8 Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? Discuss the Underground Railroad. 7

9 8 Title: Show Way Author: Jacqueline Woodson (Newbery) Illustrator: Hudson Talbott Copyright date: 2005 Identify the kind(s) of picture book: picture storybook Author s style: narrative Description of the art/visual detail: The art changed throughout the book. On some pages, it was painted in bright colors and put together like patchwork. On other pages, there were clippings and pictures of the days of slavery and civil rights. Synopsis of the story/content: The story follows the author s heritage back to the days that the women in her family were enslaved. The story follows the uses of the show way quilt. What tone(s) does the illustrator create? Why? The tone of the colors used portray the sadness and darkness of slavery. The colors and hues on other pages display the joys of the character s lives. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? This book has a few repetitive sayings that students would catch on to while reading. The pictures have a lot of detail so there would need to be time for examining each page. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in the pictures or the text. Are there any stereotypes? The word nigger appears in the pictures. There are also pictures of slaves being whipped as well as shot and sold. Personal opinion? I loved this book. It was a good example of how to hold on to your family heritage and family story. It was also a great way of showing how African Americans have suffered in the past.

10 Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? This book could be used when discussing civil rights as well as African American history. 9

11 10 Title: Goldilocks and The Three Bears Author: (retold) James Marshall Illustrator: James Marshall (Caldecott honor) Copyright date: 1988 Identify the kind(s) of picture book: picture story book Author s style: mixed narrative and dialogue Description of the art/visual detail: Characters are shown in vibrant colors, and the words stand out against the white background. Synopsis of the story/content: One morning when Goldilocks is sent out to buy muffins, What tone(s) does the illustrator create? Why? The illustrator creates a happy tone by his use of bright colors and white space. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? This book is good for reading aloud because there is a lot of dialogue that the reader can use different voices for. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in the pictures or the text. Are there any stereotypes? none Personal opinion? I enjoyed the pictures of this retelling of the story. I found humor in the pictures of Goldilocks simply because I didn t picture her looking like that in my head when I had heard the story before. Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? This story could be used as a reader s theatre activity. Students could be assigned a speaking role or the narrator and could act it out.

12 11 Title: Corduroy Author: Don Freeman Illustrator: Don Freeman Copyright date: 1968 Identify the kind(s) of picture book: picture story book Author s style: narrative Description of the art/visual detail: Pictures are simple but colorful. The pictures are a mixture of pen and watercolor. The word placement is consistent on all pages. Synopsis of the story/content: One day, a little girl comes into a department store and falls in love with a toy bear named Corduroy. This bear however, is missing a button to his overalls. Her mother tells her not to buy an old broken bear. That night, Corduroy goes searching for his missing button. Sadly, he cannot find it. Will anyone buy him without his button? What tone(s) does the illustrator create? Why? He creates a mainly happy tone throughout the book by his use of colors. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? This book would be a good read aloud in order to discuss Corduroy s feelings. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in the pictures or the text. Are there any stereotypes? none Personal opinion: I enjoyed this book because it is a simple story about a cute bear with a happy ending. Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? To teach feelings about friends and about judging someone by the way they look.

13 12 Title: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Author: Eric Carle Illustrator: Eric Carle Copyright Date: 1969 Identify the kind(s) of picture books: story book Author s style: narrative Description of the art/visual detail: A lot of color (primary) and use of white space Synopsis of the story/content: The caterpillar is very hungry so he eats an enormous amount of food until he becomes full and tired. He forms a cocoon to sleep in and when he wakes up, he is a butterfly. What tone (s) does the illustrator create? Why? Happy. The colors are happy because it is about butterflies and is a book for children. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? This book is good for reading aloud because students can count with you since it is a very predictable book. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in pictures or the text? Are there any stereotypes? none Personal opinion: I love the illustrations and the fact that students can read with the teacher easily during class. Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? This book could be used for teaching how to count, talk about the days of the week, and to teach the science of the life cycle of a butterfly.

14 13 Title: This is Not My Hat Author: John Klassen Illustrator: John Klassen Copyright Date: 2012 Identify the kind(s) of picture books: story book Author s style: Dialogue Description of the art/visual detail: dark colors to show the darkness of the sea, simple pictures Synopsis of the story/content: A little fish takes a big fish s hat and causes trouble. What tone (s) does the illustrator create? Why? The dark background with the pops of color create a calming effect on the reader. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? It is a great read aloud for students because of its hints of humor. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in pictures or the text? Are there any stereotypes? none Personal opinion: Loved it! It was a cute book with little hints of humor in it. Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? This book could be used to talk about honesty and also about marine life.

15 14 Title: The Three Pigs Author: David Wiesner Illustrator: David Wiesner Copyright Date: 2001 Identify the kind(s) of picture books: story book Author s style: dialogue Description of the art/visual detail: mixed media for pictures, some drawings, and graphics Synopsis of the story/content: A twist on the original three little pigs where pigs are taken out of the story entirely! What tone (s) does the illustrator create? Why? He creates a chaotic tone because the storyline shifts and changes from the original. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? It would be a great read aloud because of the thought bubbles. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in pictures or the text? Are there any stereotypes? none Personal opinion: I liked the play on the old story and the interesting mixed images used throughout the book. Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? This could be used in teaching how to compare and contrast elements and storylines of books.

16 15 Title: Where the Wild Things Are Author: Maurice Sendak Illustrator: Maurice Sendak Copyright Date: 1963 Identify the kind(s) of picture books: story book Author s style: dialogue Description of the art/visual detail: pictures have some darker colors but are detailed Synopsis of the story/content: One night, Max puts on his wolf suit and is sent to bed early. As he sleeps, a forest grows in his room along with wild creatures. He makes himself king of them and that s where the trouble starts. What tone (s) does the illustrator create? Why? The tone is kind of creepy because he is with strange creatures. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? This book would be good for read aloud because of the voices. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in pictures or the text? Are there any stereotypes? Some children may be afraid of the monsters or creatures. Personal opinion: I think this book is a little scary simply because of the monsters because I think they look intimidating but it is a cute children s story. Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? To teach about having an imagination.

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18 17 Title: The Napping House Author: Audrey Wood Illustrator: Don Wood Copyright Date: 1984 Identify the kind(s) of picture books: storybook Author s style: dialogue Description of the art/visual detail: mellow colors then bright colors in the morning Synopsis of the story/content: Many individuals all pile on one bed in the Napping House until the morning sun shines in. What tone (s) does the illustrator create? Why? Calming tone in the morning and bright tone to signify a new day To what extent is it good for reading aloud? This book would be good for reading aloud because teachers can point to the pictures Describe any controversial messages conveyed in pictures or the text? Are there any stereotypes? none Personal opinion: I liked this book because of the illustrations Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? To read to the class for enjoyment.

19 18 Title: Strega Nona Author: Tommie de Paola Illustrator: Tommi de Paola Copyright Date: 1975 Identify the kind(s) of picture books: story book Author s style: dialogue Description of the art/visual detail: semi-detailed mix of paint and drawing Synopsis of the story/content: When Big Anthony is told not to touch Strega Nona s magic pot, he gets himself into mischief. The whole town fills with spaghetti and Big Anthony must find a way to stop it. What tone (s) does the illustrator create? Why? The tone the colors create is quite calming. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? This book would be a great read aloud with all the interesting dialogue. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in pictures or the text? Are there any stereotypes? Strega Nona is a witch and some Personal opinion: I liked this story because of the lesson it teaches about honesty Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? To teach about honesty and responsibility.

20 19 Title: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Author: Laura Numeroff Illustrator: Felicia Bond Copyright Date: 1985 Identify the kind(s) of picture books: storybook Author s style: narrative Description of the art/visual detail: colorful graphics Synopsis of the story/content: A young boy gives a cookie to a mouse which then causes the mouse to request many things to go with it. What tone (s) does the illustrator create? Why? Happy tone because it is a humorous book. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? This is a good read aloud book because there are rich pictures for students to look at. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in pictures or the text? Are there any stereotypes? The mouse is naked in the shower Personal opinion: I like this book because it is something that wouldn t really happen but is fun to imagine. Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? This book could be used to teach about cause and effect.

21 20 Title: Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire Author: Jane O Connor Illustrator: Robin Preiss Glasser Copyright Date: 2006 Identify the kind(s) of picture books: storybook Author s style: dialogue Description of the art/visual detail: a lot of pink details Synopsis of the story/content: Nancy loves being fancy and adding many fanciful things to everything she sees. The story takes us through her journey to convince her family the same. What tone (s) does the illustrator create? Why? Happy tone To what extent is it good for reading aloud? Good read aloud because of the voices you can use Describe any controversial messages conveyed in pictures or the text? Are there any stereotypes? none Personal opinion: I like this book because it is just a simple story about a girl being silly Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? To teach about family

22 21 Title: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Author: Judi Barrett Illustrator: Ron Barrett Copyright Date: 1978 Identify the kind(s) of picture books: story book Author s style: narrative Description of the art/visual detail: Detailed pictures Synopsis of the story/content: In the town of Chewandswallow, the people just wish for something and it comes from the sky until the weather changes and gives an outrageous amount of food. What tone (s) does the illustrator create? Why? At times the tone turns to scary when the weather changes. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? This would be great for a read aloud because of the pictures. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in pictures or the text? Are there any stereotypes? none Personal opinion: I liked this book because of the pictures and the storyline. Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? To teach about weather and cause and effect

23 22 Title: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Author: Judith Viorst Illustrator: Ray Cruz Copyright Date: 1987 Identify the kind(s) of picture books: story book Author s style: narrative Description of the art/visual detail: black and white pictures Synopsis of the story/content: Alexander has a bad day What tone (s) does the illustrator create? Why? The tone he creates is boring because his day is bad. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? This book would be good for reading aloud because it has a lot of predictable phrases. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in pictures or the text? Are there any stereotypes? none Personal opinion: I like this book because it shows that some days we think we have a bad day but there is always some good! Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? This book could be used to show students about how having a bad day or a bad attitude can affect you.

24 23 Title: Green Eggs and Ham Author: Dr. Seuss Illustrator: Dr. Seuss Copyright Date: 1960 Identify the kind(s) of picture books: storybook Author s style: dialogue Description of the art/visual detail: pant and drawings Synopsis of the story/content: Sam does not like green eggs and ham anywhere. Or does he? What tone (s) does the illustrator create? Why? His tone is comical because of the strange creatures he has in his books. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? This is a good book for reading aloud because of the predictable phrases. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in pictures or the text? Are there any stereotypes? none Personal opinion: I like this book because of the rhymes and because I ve never had green eggs and ham! Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? For enjoyment and to teach about rhyming words.

25 24 Title: Boo ABC: A to Z with the World s Cutest Dog Author: J.H. Lee Illustrator: J.H. Lee Copyright Date: 2013 Identify the kind(s) of picture books: easy reader Author s style: narrative Description of the art/visual detail: pictures of Boo the dog Synopsis of the story/content: ABCs What tone (s) does the illustrator create? Why? Fun and cute To what extent is it good for reading aloud? You can point to the letter and then the picture Describe any controversial messages conveyed in pictures or the text? Are there any stereotypes? none Personal opinion: I like the pictures of the dog because he s fuzzy and cute Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? To teach the alphabet.

26 25 Title: The Polar Express Author: Chris Van Allsburg Illustrator: Chris Van Allsburg Copyright Date: 1985 Identify the kind(s) of picture books: story book Author s style: dialogue/narrator Description of the art/visual detail: detailed life-like pictures Synopsis of the story/content: When Christmas time rolls around, a few children get selected to ride the Polar Express to the North Pole. But when things go wrong, will they be able to believe still? What tone (s) does the illustrator create? Why? The pictures are calming with the snow but quite life-like to make you feel as though you are there. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? Good read aloud because of the pictures. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in pictures or the text? Are there any stereotypes? none Personal opinion: I like this book because it is a classic Christmas story. Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book?

27 26 Title: The Mitten Author: Jan Brett Illustrator: Jan Brett Copyright Date: 1989 Identify the kind(s) of picture books: story book Author s style: narrative/dialogue Description of the art/visual detail: Very detailed and colorful amidst the white snow. Synopsis of the story/content: When Nicki loses his mitten, numerous animals make it their home all at the same time to stay warm. Will Nicki ever get his white mitten back? What tone (s) does the illustrator create? Why? The snow looks peaceful but the animals are so detailed that it looks realistic and humorous To what extent is it good for reading aloud? This book is good for reading aloud because there are many opportunities to pause and ask questions about who will want to come in next. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in pictures or the text? Are there any stereotypes? none Personal opinion: I liked this book because it is cute with realistic pictures but still far fetched that you have to use your imagination. Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? This book could be used to teach about different animals as well as about cause and effect.

28 27 Title: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type Author: Doreen Cronin Illustrator: Betsy Lewin Copyright Date: 2000 Identify the kind(s) of picture books: story book Author s style: narrative/dialogue Description of the art/visual detail: painted and colorful Synopsis of the story/content: When Farmer brown s cows get ahold of an old typewriter, he begins to have problems with farm animal strikes. How will he get his milk and eggs? What tone (s) does the illustrator create? Why? The tone is happy and humorous because of the expressions on the animal s faces. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? This is a good book for read aloud because it is predictable for students to join in. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in pictures or the text? Are there any stereotypes? none Personal opinion: I like this book because it is goofy and it makes me think about what would happen if animals could really type. Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? This book could be used to talk about farm life.

29 28 Title: Make Way For Ducklings Author: Robert McCloskey Illustrator: Robert McCloskey Copyright Date: 1941 Identify the kind(s) of picture books: story book Author s style: narrative and dialogue Description of the art/visual detail: brown and white pencil drawings Synopsis of the story/content: A family of ducks must find a home in Boston but they cannot decide which place would make the best home. What tone (s) does the illustrator create? Why? The tone is calm but happy tone that follows the ducklings and their parents. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? It is a good read aloud because of the pictures. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in pictures or the text? Are there any stereotypes? none Personal opinion: I liked this book because it is a simple story of a family of ducks searching for a home and it is just plain nice. Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? This book could be used to talk about ducks homes as well as to compare and contrast the places they try.

30 29 Title: Skippyjon Jones Author: Judy Schachner Illustrator: Judy Schachner Copyright Date: 2003 Identify the kind(s) of picture books: story book Author s style: mixed dialogue and narrative Description of the art/visual detail: colorful and detailed Synopsis of the story/content: Skippyjon Jones is a cat who wants to be a chihuahua and eat guacamole and become a bandito! What tone (s) does the illustrator create? Why? The tone is happy and carefree because that is how Skippyjon Jones acts in the book. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? GREAT book for read aloud because of the crazy accents. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in pictures or the text? Are there any stereotypes? It includes a lot about Mexican culture. Personal opinion: I love the voices and the storyline. Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? This book could be used for teaching about students wanting to be someone they are not or just read for enjoyment.

31 30 Title: Love You Forever Author: Robert Munsch Illustrator: Sheila McGraw Copyright Date: 1986 Identify the kind(s) of picture books: story book Author s style: dialogue Description of the art/visual detail: realistic drawings Synopsis of the story/content: This story is about a mother s love for her child and how he returns the same love and caring for her when she grows old. What tone (s) does the illustrator create? Why? A calm and soft tone because they are talking about a mother s love. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? This book is good for reading aloud because it is repetitive and predictable. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in pictures or the text? Are there any stereotypes? none Personal opinion: I love this book because it goes through the relationship and bond that a child is supposed to have with their mother. Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? This book could be used to talk about love and family and could be used for Mother s Day

32 31 Title: Every Thing On It Author: Shel Silverstein Illustrator: Shel Silverstein Copyright date: 2011 Identify the kind(s) of picture book: collection of poems Author s style: poetry Description of the art/visual detail: pencil black and white drawings Synopsis of the story/content: collection of funny and interesting poems What tone(s) does the illustrator create? Why? The pictures were detailed. I think this was because they were black and white that he wanted to focus on the details rather than on color. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? I think that poems are good for reading out loud that way students can really hear and feel the rhythm of poetry. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in the pictures or the text. Are there any stereotypes? none Personal opinion? I liked the humor he puts in his poems and would like to read more of his collections. Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? This book could be used when discussing how to read and how to write poetry.

33 32 Title: One Hundred Favorite Folktales Author: Stith Thompson Illustrator: Franz Altschüler Copyright date: 1968 Identify the kind(s) of picture book: collection of folktales Author s style: mixed narrative and dialogue Description of the art/visual detail: pencil, odd depictions Synopsis of the story/content: Collection of folktales What tone(s) does the illustrator create? Why? The illustrator makes you intrigued and wonder what is real or not. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? There is a bit of dialogue that could be shared among students or just the teacher Describe any controversial messages conveyed in the pictures or the text. Are there any stereotypes? There are a few tales of questionable morals. Personal opinion? I thought this book was okay. I would pick and choose some to read to my class in the future. Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? Students could act out or retell a folktale to other students.

34 33 Title: Aesop s Fables Author: Munro Leaf Illustrator: Robert Lawson Copyright date: 1480 Identify the kind(s) of picture book: Collection of Fables Author s style: narrative Description of the art/visual detail: pencil/pen drawings, black and white, detailed Synopsis of the story/content: Collection of Fables What tone(s) does the illustrator create? Why? Realistic drawing are used so children can easily relate. To what extent is it good for reading aloud? This book focuses on morals so it would be good for discussion. Describe any controversial messages conveyed in the pictures or the text. Are there any stereotypes? none Personal opinion? I liked the morals of the stories. Classroom connections: How and for what could a teacher use this book? This could be used to talk about morals

35 34 Title: A Wonder Book: Heroes and Monsters of Greek Mythology Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Awards: none Reading Level: 5-8 Publisher: Dover Publications Copyright Date: 2003 ISBN #: Number of Pages: 176 Genre: Mythology Setting (time and place): Greece Main Characters: King Midas, Hercules, Gorgons Minor Characters: warriors and monsters Synopsis: This is a collections of Greek Myths such as King Midas and his golden touch and Hercules and his amazing strength. Evaluate for signs of author s worldview and stereotyping: Greek mythology does not accept Christ as God but rather is polytheistic. Personal Opinion: I liked reading this book simply because I had forgotten quite a bit about Greek mythology that I had learned during high school. Classroom connections: This book could be used to help teach Greek mythology to students. They would then be able to make more connections when there are references within a text to Greek mythological figures.

36 35 Title: Houdini The Handcuff King Author: Jason Lutes and Nick Bertozzi Awards: none Reading Level: 6th grade Publisher: The Center for Cartoon Studies Copyright Date: 2007 ISBN #: Number of Pages: 83 Genre: Nonfiction Setting (time and place): Boston, MA early 1900s Main Characters: Harry Houdini and his wife Bess Minor Characters: his assistants and the police Synopsis: The story follows Houdini in preparation of his most terrifying jump into a river in Boston. The comics give information about his inspirations and his struggles as a magician. Evaluate for signs of author s worldview and stereotyping: The novel discusses the problem of anti semitism as Houdini is Jewish. Personal Opinion: I enjoyed getting an inside scoop to some magician s tricks as well as learning more about Houdini. Classroom connections: This could be used in a history class discussing that time frame and what some people enjoyed for entertainment. As a class, you could also discuss the judgement that was towards the Jews at that time as well.

37 36 Title: A Wrinkle in Time the Graphic Novel Author: Madeleine L Engle Awards: none (the novel won the Newbery Award) Reading Level: 6th Publisher: Margaret Ferguson Books Copyright Date: 2012 ISBN #: Number of Pages: 392 pg Genre: Science fiction Setting (time and place): Earth, the planets Uriel, the Haooy Medium planet, Camazotz, and Ixchel Main Characters: Meg, Charles, Calvin, Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who, Mrs Which Minor Characters: Father, Mom, Aunt Beast, Happy Medium, IT Synopsis: In the search for their father, Meg, Charles, and their new found friend Calvin trust Mrs What, Mrs Who, and Mrs Which in a dangerous travel through spaced time. In order to be reunited as a family, these three must use their strengths and resist the power of IT. Evaluate for signs of author s worldview and stereotyping: I believe that the author believes in God. In the book, Jesus is spoken of as well as angels. I think that IT is the power of the devil. This book also touched on the troubles of sameness similar to the community in The Giver. Personal Opinion: I loved this book. I liked the way it talked about the power of IT and how we need to resist evil even though it may be hard and giving in would be easier.

38 Classroom connections: In a private school classroom, this could be used to discuss how hard it is to resist the devil. It could also be used to teach about government seeing as this community has no individual thoughts and is completely controlled by IT. 37

39 38 Title: Charlotte s Web Author: EB White Awards: none Reading Level: 2-4 Publisher: Scholastic Inc Copyright Date: 1952 ISBN #: x Number of Pages: 184 Genre: Fiction Setting (time and place): farm Main Characters: Wilbur, Charlotte, Fern Minor Characters: father, the other animals Synopsis: Wilbur is a runt. However, after Fern s father lets her keep him, he becomes some pig. Since his friend Charlotte helps him out, people think he is a real specimen and decide not to bring him to the slaughter house. Through the story, Wilbur s character grows and he makes new friends. Evaluate for signs of author s worldview and stereotyping: The worldview messages sent by this book is to make new friends and accept those not like you because they may have talents that are different from you but are still special. Personal Opinion: I liked Wilbur s character. I found White s humor to be entertaining throughout the story. Even though it is a children s book, I was able to make connections to the feelings Wilbur has and to the lessons he learns.

40 Classroom connections: This book could be used to talk about making new friends, doing things outside your comfort zone, working as a team, and appreciating each other's talents and gifts. This book could also be used to talk about farm life. 39

41 40 Title: Stone Fox Author: John Reynolds Gardiner Awards: none Reading Level: 4th grade Publisher: Scholastic Inc Copyright Date: 1980 ISBN #: Number of Pages: 81 Genre: Adventure Setting (time and place): Wyoming Main Characters: Little Willy, Searchlight Minor Characters: Stone Fox, Grandfather, Doc Smith Synopsis: When Little Willy s grandfather becomes ill, the costs of the farm falls upon Little Willy. The trouble is that Little Willy is only 10 years old and has to run a potato farm all by himself with help only from his dog, Searchlight. When he discovers that they may lose the farm, he decides to enter a dogsled race against the champion Stone Fox for a prize of $500. Evaluate for signs of author s worldview and stereotyping: The only part of the book that may have stereotyping is that the townspeople are quite afraid of Stone Fox. I believe that the author s worldview is that when hard stuff happens, it is best to deal with it head on. Personal Opinion: I did not like this book. I did not like the way that the grandpa is simply depressed to the point where he has given up on life even though he has a 10 year old boy to care for. In the book, it doesn t discuss this in any depth. I feel that this should have been elaborated upon so

42 41 children reading the book know that they cannot simply give up on life when it gets hard as they get older. I wish the book had shown readers how to handle grief and hardships more than it did. Classroom connections: This book teaches that even though others give up, it is important to try hard to get what you want even when others don t think you can achieve your goals.

43 42 Title: Number The Stars Author: Lois Lowry Awards: Newbery Reading Level: 5th Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers Copyright Date: 1989 ISBN #: Number of Pages: 132 pg Genre: Historical fiction Setting (time and place): Denmark during World War II Main Characters: Annemarie, Ellen, Uncle Henrik, Mother Minor Characters: Kristi, Peter, Ellen s parents, Father Synopsis: This great tale of bravery gives readers an insight to what childhood in Copenhagen, Denmark was like during World War II. When the Nazi soldiers began to move the Jewish citizens, Annemarie will have to test her courage and bravery when it comes to helping her friend. Evaluate for signs of author s worldview and stereotyping: The stereotypes of the Nazis in this book lined up with what historical accounts have told us. Personal Opinion: I enjoyed this book. I thought that it was an easy and quick read because it got right into the action. I enjoyed that there was a lot of moving around with the family because it kept me interested and engaged. Classroom connections: This would be a good book to integrate into a WWII or Holocaust history unit.

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45 44 Title: Hatchet Author: Gary Paulsen Awards: Newbery Reading Level: 5/6 Publisher: Richard Jackson Books Copyright Date: 2000 ISBN #: Number of Pages: 208 Genre: Contemporary fiction Setting (time and place): Canada 2000 Main Characters: Brian Minor Characters: Mother, pilot Synopsis: When Brian s plane goes down in the middle of the wilderness, Brian has to find ways to survive all by himself in the wild. Evaluate for signs of author s worldview and stereotyping: The author s world view is that everyone should know some basic survival skills and experience the outdoors. Personal Opinion: I liked this book because I liked the author s style. I also enjoyed the action because it kept me reading. I think this book would be great for young boy readers. Classroom connections: This book could be used to teach about the wilderness and survival. It can also be used to teach about perseverance. This is a great book to be used for free reading as well!

46 45 Title: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Author: John Boyne Awards: none Reading Level: 5/6 Publisher: David Fickling Books Copyright Date: 2006 ISBN #: Number of Pages: 224 Genre: Historical fiction Setting (time and place): Germany and Poland, 1943 Main Characters: Bruno and Family, Shmuel Minor Characters: Pavel, Ralf Synopsis: When Bruno and his family move from their home to Poland, Bruno finds an unlikely friend. When their friendship blossoms, Bruno has to decide whether or not it is okay to be friends with a Jew. Ultimately, their friendship is a heart warming story that turns to be fatal. Evaluate for signs of author s worldview and stereotyping: The author believes in the human good. Although the story is written from a German boy s perspective, it shows how friendships can grow despite differences. Personal Opinion: I loved this book but was not ready for the ending. I feel that this book shows the reality of what the concentration camps were like from the wonderful, innocent perspective of a young boy.

47 Classroom connections: This book could be used to teach about the Holocaust as well as how we should love all people regardless of our differences. 46

48 47 Title: Lincoln: A Photobiography Author: Russel Freedman Awards: Newbery Reading Level: 6th grade + Publisher: Scholastic Inc Copyright Date: 1987 ISBN #: x Number of Pages: 150 Genre: Biography Setting (time and place): Eastern US Main Characters: Abraham Lincoln Minor Characters: Mary Todd Lincoln Synopsis: This book tells the story of Abraham Lincoln s life through words as well as photographs. Evaluate for signs of author s worldview and stereotyping: none Personal Opinion: I enjoy having pictures to go with what I am reading. Since this is nonfiction, it makes it more relatable to see the photos of Abraham Lincoln s life. I like that you don t have to work your imagination as hard to picture what it was like but have the hard copy and physical evidence right in the book. Classroom connections: This book could be used in a study of presidents, the Civil War, Civil Rights or just simply on Lincoln.

49 48 Title: She Said Yes Author: Misty Bernall Awards: none Reading Level: 8th + Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc. Copyright Date: 2000 ISBN #: Number of Pages: 142 Genre: Nonfiction Setting (time and place): Columbine High School in 1999 Main Characters: Cassie, Misty Minor Characters: the gunman Synopsis: This book tells the real life story of Cassie Bernall who was a 17 year old student at Columbine High School. The book deals with the peer pressure and hard times that Cassie had experienced as a high school students and how her parents had to make difficult choices as well. The book deals with the massacre that occurred at this high school and focuses on one girl's story of bravery when faced with the question, Do you believe in God? Evaluate for signs of author s worldview and stereotyping: School shootings must be put to a stop. Teenagers go through hard times and parents want to help but it can be difficult. Would you answer yes? Personal Opinion: I found this book to be emotional and heartbreaking. That being said, it made me think about what I would have said in response to that question when put in that situation. This book also made me think about others and the troubles they may be going through that I don t know about.

50 Classroom connections: This book could be used to teach about school safety and what to do if this situation were to happen in your school. It could also be used to teach how important it is to have open communication with you parents and adults around you. Lastly it could be used to teach about professing your faith boldly. 49

51 50 Title: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Author: Sherman Alexie Awards: national book award Reading Level: Publisher: Hachette Book Group Copyright Date: 2007 ISBN #: Number of Pages: 230 Genre: Fiction Setting (time and place): Reardon, 2000s Main Characters: Oscar, Junior, Rowdy, Arnold Minor Characters: Mr P, Gordy Synopsis: The narrator is an artist who is in high school. The book takes us on his journey to finding friends and surviving life s struggles. Evaluate for signs of author s worldview and stereotyping: The book deals with finding your identity. The main character sometimes feels himself torn between his school self and rez self. Personal Opinion: I liked reading about the narrator's struggles with identity. It s something I have never gone through in the way he did. It was interesting to learn through his perspective. Classroom connections: This book could be used to talk about reservation life as well as finding your identity during your teenage years.

52 51 Title: A Long Way from Chicago Author: Richard Peck Awards: Newbery Reading Level: 4th-6th grade Publisher: Scholastic Copyright Date: 1997 ISBN #: Number of Pages: 148 Genre: Historical Fiction Setting (time and place): Illinois, Great Depression Era Main Characters: Grandma, Joey, Mary Alice Minor Characters: Effie Wilcox, the Deputy Synopsis: During the summers of Mary Alice and Joey s childhood, they travel to visit their cunning, mischievous Grandma. During their stays, they learn how to do much more than just make soap! Evaluate for signs of author s worldview and stereotyping: If no one is getting hurt, being untruthful can be all right and even fun sometimes. Personal Opinion: I loved this book. The book kept you on the edge of your seat wondering what Grandma would do next. Classroom connections: With this book, you could discuss the Great Depression and what life had been like. You could also have discussions with your students over whether or not Grandma s fibs were all right.

53 52 Title: To Kill A Mockingbird Author: Harper Lee Awards: Pulitzer Prize Reading Level: 5-6 Publisher: Harper Collins Copyright Date: 1988 ISBN #: Number of Pages: 323 Genre: Historical Fiction Setting (Time and Place): Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s Main Characters: Scout Jem, Atticus, Boo Radley, Tom Robinson Minor Characters: Dill, Bob Ewell Synopsis: When a black man is accused of raping a white woman, Atticus Finch is the only man in town who will defend him in court during a time of segregation and discrimination. Through the trial, Scout and Jem come to see their father as a man of courage and wisdom. Evaluate for signs of author s worldview or stereotyping: The author includes the stereotypes of the time period but shows how people like Atticus worked to break those stereotypes and treat every person like they ought to be treated, like a human. Personal Opinion: I enjoy this book because I enjoy the characters as well as reading about life from a child s perspective.

54 Classroom Connections: This book could be used to teach about discrimination in the South as well to teach moral character of how we should treat others. 53

55 54 Title: The Giver Author: Lois Lowry Awards: Newbery Reading Level: 7-10th Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Copyright Date: 1993 ISBN #: Number of Pages: 179 Genre: Science Fiction Setting (Time and Place): Futuristic North America Main Characters: Jonas, The Giver, Gabriel Minor Characters: Mother, Father, Chief Elder Synopsis: Jonas lives in a future world that is meant to be a utopia. When he is given his career assignment, he discovers that he is not like his other peers and doesn t want to be. Evaluate for signs of author s worldview or stereotyping: The author shows the realities of what could happen in a world where everyone is exactly equal and has no pain. The author also puts into question whether or not abortion or euthanasia is ethical. Personal Opinion: I love this book. It really provokes deeper thinking of what a perfect society might be like and if it could ever be possible or if we d even like it.

56 Classroom Connections: This book could be used in a social studies classroom to discuss socialism and government control. It could also be used to discuss hot topic questions such as is medication the answer or is abortion okay? 55

57 56 Title: Dear Mr Henshaw Author: Beverly Cleary Awards: Newbery Reading Level: 4-5th Publisher: Harper Collins Copyright Date: 1983 ISBN #: Number of Pages: 134 Genre: Realistic Fiction Setting (Time and Place): 1970s, California Main Characters: Leigh Botts, Mr Henshaw Minor Characters: Mom, Dad, the teachers Synopsis: When Leigh Botts parents divorce and he moves schools, he has a hard time making friends especially with a lunchbox burglar on the loose. So, he writes to a favorite author for advice who in turn suggests he keep a journal. Evaluate for signs of author s worldview or stereotyping: Things will start looking up at some point, you just have to push through. Personal Opinion: I loved this book because it shows how young people handle their thoughts and feelings. It also shows how someone you may never have met can have an impact on your life. Classroom Connections: This book could be used to show how to write a letter and to have a discussion about bullying at school.

58 57 Title: Betsy-Tacy Author: Maud Hart Lovelace Awards: none Reading Level: 3-6th Publisher: Harper Trophy Copyright Date: 1940 ISBN #: Number of Pages: 129 Genre: Realistic Fiction Setting (Time and Place): Deep Valley, MN 1940s Main Characters: Betsy, Tacy, Thelma, Joe Minor Characters: Parents, Teachers Synopsis: This is a story of Betsy and her best friend Tacy s adventures together. Evaluate for signs of author s worldview or stereotyping: friendship is a beautiful thing. Personal Opinion: I liked all the stories especially because they are in Minnesota! Classroom Connections: Minnesota history can be taught through this book as well as about friendship.

59 58 Title: The Westing Game Author: Ellen Raskin Awards: Newbery Reading Level: 5-6th Publisher: Puffin Modern Classics Copyright Date: 1978 ISBN #: X Number of Pages: 182 Genre: Mystery Setting (Time and Place): Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1970s Main Characters: Sam Westing, Turtle Wexler, Flora Baumbach, Chris Theodorakis, Denton Deere, JJ Ford, Alexander McSouthers, Grace Wexler, James Hoo, Berthe Erica Crowe, Otis Amber, Douglas Hoo, Theo Theodorakis, Sydelle Pulaski, Angela Wexler, Sandy Hoo, Jake Wexler Synopsis: 16 people rent an apartment in the Sunset Tower Apartments and one of them is a murderer while another is a mistake. But the mystery is who? And who is setting off the bombs? Evaluate for signs of author s worldview or stereotyping: Crowe believes in Jesus Personal Opinion: I loved this book. Quite confusing but enjoyable once you get the characters straight. Classroom Connections: Read for pleasure and discussing characters and plot.

60 59 Title: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Author: Mark Twain Awards: none Reading Level: 5-6 Publisher: Penguin Classics Copyright Date: 1884 ISBN #: Number of Pages: 327 Genre: Historical Fiction Setting (Time and Place): Missouri 1840 Main Characters: Huck, Tom Sawyer, Jim Minor Characters: Huck s aunt, The Duke Synopsis: When Huck runs away from home, he partners up with a runaway slave to travel with. Through their journey, Huck must decide whether or not he feels the same way as society or if he wants to be a part of it. Evaluate for signs of author s worldview or stereotyping: The author using slang from the era but that message is that you can be friends with anyone of any color. Personal Opinion: I like this book because of how deep it is even though it is a children s book. Classroom Connections: This book could be used while teaching about civil rights and the Civil War.

61 60 Title: The Fault in Our Stars Author: John Green Awards: none Reading Level: Publisher: Dutton Books Copyright Date: 2012 ISBN #: Number of Pages: 313 Genre: Realistic Fiction Setting (Time and Place): Indiana and Amsterdam 200s Main Characters: Hazel, Augustus, Isaac, the author Synopsis: Hazel hates going to her cancer support group until she meets Augustus who changes her views on cancer, love, and confidence. Evaluate for signs of author s worldview or stereotyping: Her view on cancer is that it stinks and you shouldn t treat people with it like they are any less than normal humans. Personal Opinion: I liked this book because I loved the internal dialogue of Hazel. Classroom Connections: Could be used to teach students about cancer and what it is like or just used as a free read in part of your classroom collection.

62 61 Title: The Adventures of Captain Underpants Author: Dav Pilkey Awards: none Reading Level: Publisher: Scholastic Copyright Date: 2000 ISBN #: Number of Pages: 125 Genre: Fiction Setting (Time and Place): modern town in America Main Characters: George and Harold Minor Characters: Mr Krupp Synopsis: George and Harold like to write comic books and pull pranks until they get into trouble. Evaluate for signs of author s worldview or stereotyping: controversial because the characters are in their underwear. Personal Opinion: I liked it because it was sort of goofy and I know children will think it s silly that they re in their underwear. Classroom Connections: free read

63 62 Title: Bridge to Terabithia Author: Katherine Paterson Awards: Newbery Reading Level: 5 Publisher: Trumpet Club Copyright Date: 1977 ISBN #: Number of Pages: 143 Genre: Realistic Fiction Setting (Time and Place): Virginia 1970s Main Characters: Jesse and Leslie Minor Characters: parents Synopsis: Leslie and Jess become friends and create their own magical kingdom together. Evaluate for signs of author s worldview or stereotyping: none Personal Opinion: I loved this book even though it brought me to tears. Classroom Connections: This book can teach about friendship and imagination.