The Witches

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Bibliographic Information: Dahl, Roald. The Witches. Jonathan Cape, 1983. Print.

Brief Annotation: The witches have a terrible plan to turn all of the children of England into mice! Can one young boy and his grandmother stop them?

Genre: Fantasy

Grade Level: 3-6

Readers Who Will Like This: Children who like slightly scary stories, hildren who have big imaginations

Rating/Response: 5 This is a great book that tells a highly exciting story. I read this book to a third grade class during my immersion week and they would beg for me to read more. The content may be frightening for younger students and it does contain magic, so one should make sure that their students are mature enough to realize that it is just a story.

Posted By: Maria Muellerleile

Mattimeo

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Bibliographic Information: Jacques, Brian. Mattimeo. New York: Philomel, 1989. Print.

Brief Annotation: Mattimeo, son of the warrior Matthias, is kidnapped by Slagar the cruel. Will he and his young friends from Redwall be able to escape?

Genre: Fantasy

Grade Level: 5-8

Readers who will like this: Children who like epic novels, children who liked Watership Down

Rating/Response: 5 This was one of my favorite books when I was younger. It reads like a legend, and may especially be enjoyed by older boys. It is a rather long book, though, and does contain some violence.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Do you know any legends? What does it take to be a warrior?

Posted by: Maria Muellerleile

All the Water in the World

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Bibliographic Information: Lyon, G. E., & Tillotson, K. (2011). All the water in the world. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Brief Annotation: Where does all the water go? This book explains the water cycle and where all the water in the world goes.

Genre: Informational 

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this: Children who like science

Rating/Response: 4 I thought that this book was very informational in a way that children would understand. I think that children would be entertained and still learn a lot of things. The pictures were also beautiful. I loved the collage that made each of the pictures.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Where does the water go?

Posted by: Mariah Townsend

If You’re Bothered and You Know It

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Bibliographic Information: Murin, T. (2007). If You’re Bothered and You Know It. South Carolina: YouthLight Inc.

Brief Annotation: This book uses the If Your Happy and You Know It songto show students how to stop someone if they are being bothered.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this: Children who have been bothered

Rating/Response: 4 This book gives students a great way to stop bothering. It is in a fun and easy way for them to remember the steps.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever been bothered before? How did you solve the problem?

Posted by: Brooke Bitzan

The Mitten

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Bibliographic Information: Brett, J. (1990). The mitten. New York City : Simon & Schuster.

Brief Annotation: Nikki’s Grandma knits him some snow white mittens. See what hapens when he drops it in the snow and a group of furry animals find the mitten. The animals all find  new home, but can they all fit?

Genre: Fanstasy

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this: Children who like animals, Children who like winter

Rating/Response: 4 I really like this book. I think that it would be a good book to help students learn sequencing and it is fun to read. The pictures are beautiful and really help to make this book more enjoyable.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do you wear in the winter?

Posted by: Mariah Townsend

Enemy Pie

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Bibliographic Information: Munson, D. (2000). Enemy Pie. California: Chronicle Books LLC.

Brief Annotation: A boy has an enemy down the street. The dad made a secret recipe for enemy pie. The boy invites his enemy over so he can feed him the pie but before that they play together. They realize they may not be enemies anymore.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this: Children who have an “enemy”

Rating/Response: 4 This book has a great message for students. I think the pictures are colorful and go well with the words. The book is goofy but still has a good point.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do you think is in the enemy pie?

Posted by: Brooke Bitzan

Rhyolite: The True Story of a Ghost Town

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Bibliographic Information: Siebert, D., & Frampton, D. (2003). Rhyolite: The true story of a ghost town. New York: Clarion Books.

Brief Annotation: This is the story of an actual town in Nevada that suddenly booms in the early 1900s. The town grows like crazy but in a few years, the people start fading out and it soon becomes a ghost town that is only roamed by coyotes.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Grade Level: 3-5

Readers who will like this: Children who like learning about history; children who like rhyming

Rating/Response: 5. This story is great. Everything rhymes so the whole book has a really nice rhythm to it and it’s easy to follow along. I think it is more fun to read because of the rhyming. Also, the illustrations are excellent. They were made by an artist who used wood cuts to print and all of the images are fascinating to look at. This book is very visually engaging, which helps draw students in but they will also be learning history at the same time!

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Does anyone know what a ghost town is?

Posted by: Christina Angell

June 29, 1999

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Bibliographic Information: Wiesner, D. (1992). June 29, 1999. New York: Clarion Books.

Brief Annotation: Holly Evans is doing a science experiment. She plants vegetable seeds and sends them into the ionosphere! She wants to see what the effects of extraterrestrial conditions would be. Soon she gets a surprise that no one would have imagined. But is her experiment the cause of these amazing events? You’ll have to read to find out!

Genre: Science Fiction

Grade Level: 3-5

Readers who will like this: Children who like science fiction and outer space 

Rating/Response: 4. This story is so fascinating. There was a lot of imagination that went into it and I think children will love it. I think it will help them with their creativity and learning how to use their imagination. This would be great to read to kids around the time of a science fair. 

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever wanted to send something into space?

Posted by: Christina Angell

Working Cotton

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Bibliographic Information: Williams, S. A., & Byard, C. M. (1992). Working cotton. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Brief Annotation: This is a story of little girl, Shelan, and her family on a typical day working in the cotton fields. They are slaves. Readers will learn what life was like for slaves in the fields.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Grade Level: 4-6

Readers who will like this: Children who like learning about history

Rating/Response: 3. This book has great illustrations, it even won a Caldecott award! But there is no real climax or plot. It’s just sort of a boring story about what life was like for slaves. However, this could be the first book of many to read to children to get them talking and learning about slavery in America. This will not shock them or scar them badly so it’s a very good starter book. 

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Does anyone know what the word slavery means? Does anyone know about slavery in America?

Posted by: Christina Angell

Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds

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Bibliographic Information: Adler, David A. (1980). Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds. New York: Scholastic Inc.

Brief Annotation: Cam Jansen and her friend Eric are at the mall when someone robs the jewelry store. Cam has a photogenic memory and is able to remember all of the people that come out of the store. Cam and Eric follow one of the men and find the group that stole the diamonds. They get the police, the three people get arrested and Cam and Eric become heroes.

Genre: Mystery

Grade Level: 2-4

Readers who will like this: Children that like mystery books

Rating/Response: 5, I think this is a really good book for young readers. It shows a good relationship between best friends that also solve mysteries. It is an easy book to read and has a good storyline. For children that like mystery books, there is a whole series of Cam Jansen books.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What would you do if you saw someone stealing something? If you could have any power that would help you solve mysteries, what would it be?

Posted by: Alyssa Timmerman