Human Body Factory

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Bibliographic Information: Green, D. Human Body Factory. (2012). New York: Kingfisher.

Brief Annotation: A very detailed, kid-oriented description of all of the systems and functions of the human body.

Genre: Informational (NF)

Grade Level: 4-7

Readers who will like this: Students who are interested in anatomy or science.

Rating/Response: 2. Although it is incredibly detailed, it is almost too much information to take in.  I would recommend reading through one page per day at maximum.  The illustrations are very much like those in “Where’s Waldo?” books, which would be appealing to young students.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do you know about the human body?  How much do you think you know about it?

Posted by: Iliya Hoffert

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

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Bibliographic Information: Floca, B. Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11. (2009). New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Brief Annotation: This is an account of the journey made by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Apollo 11.

Genre: Informational (NF)

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this: Students who are interested in astronauts or space.

Rating/Response: 5. Students will love this one.  I would bet that most young students that read this will want to be astronauts someday.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Do any of you know what an astronaut does?  Have you heard anything about their trips into space?

Posted by: Iliya Hoffert

The Secret of the Yellow Death

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Bibliographic Information: Jurmain, S. The Secret of the Yellow Death. (2009). New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

Brief Annotation: This is a good account of medical advances during the Cuban yellow fever scare in the late 1800s.  The author gathered many primary sources to find the sections in quotations and formatted the book well so that it will appeal to younger readers.

Genre: Informational (NF)

Grade Level: 5-8

Readers who will like this: Students who are interested in history or medicine.

Rating/Response: 3. Like BOMB, this is an easily-readable account of a historical event.  The author uses terms that younger readers will understand, and it is written in a style that will keep them interested.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: How many of you have heard of yellow fever?  Can you tell me what you know about it?

Posted by: Iliya Hoffert

The Planets

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Bibliographic Information: Whitehouse, Patricia. (2004). The Planets. Chicago: Heinemann Library.

Brief Annotation: This book teaches us about what planets are, the Solar System and all of the planets in the Solar System.

Genre: Informational

Grade Level: K-1

Readers who will like this: Students who are interested in the Solar System and the planets

Rating/Response: 4, This is a good informational book about the planets. It isn’t very long or complicated which I think is good for younger students.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Can anyone tell me the name of any other planets?

Posted by: Alyssa Timmerman

I Can Read All About Planets

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Bibliographic information: Schecter, D., & LaPadula, T. (1996). I can read about planets. [Mahwah, N.J.]: Troll Associates.

Annotation: This book is all about the planets and outer space!

Genre: Informational

Grade level: 1-3

Readers who will like this book: Children who like learning about space

Rating/Response: 5. I love learning about our solar system and this book is perfect for it. I know students will love it too and it will help them expand their knowledge.

One question you would ask before a read aloud? Can anyone name all of the planets in our solar system?

Posted by: Christina Angell

Icebergs: Facts, Stories, Activities

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Bibliographic information: Wood, J. (1990). Icebergs: [facts, stories, activities]. London: Two-Can.

Annotation: This book has all you need to know about icebergs!

Genre: Informational

Grade level:  1-3

Readers who will like this book: Children who like science/learning about the earth

Rating/Response: 5. The illustrations in this book are very informational and there are activities to go along with it that children will love

One question you would ask before a read aloud? Does anyone know what an iceberg is?

Posted by: Christina Angell

About Habitats: Wetlands

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Bibliographic information: Sill, C. P., & Sill, J. (2008). About habitats: Wetlands. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree.

Annotation:
This is a book about the ecosystem and more specifically how wetlands fit in to the ecosystem. Readers will find out what animals and plants are living in wetlands and they will learn about the variety of wetlands.

Genre: Informational

Grade level: 1-3

Readers who will like this book: Readers who like science/animals/habitats

Rating/Response: 5. Children will learn a lot from this book. The illustrations in it are amazing and I think that will grab their attention and make them want to read more.

One question you would ask before a read aloud? Does anyone know what animals live in the wetlands?

Posted by: Christina Angell

Looking at Lincoln

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Bibliographic Information: Kalman, Maira. Looking at Lincoln. New York: Nancy Paulsen, 2012.

Annotation:  Tells about President Lincoln and his legacy- he’s on the penny and five dollar bill.  The little girl in this book finds out many other facts about Lincoln’s life.

Genre: Informational (NF)

Grade Level: 3-5

Readers who will like this: Children who like history, children who have been to Washington DC, children learning about the presidents

Rating/Response: 5 I loved that we learn about Lincoln from a young girl’s perspective.  Very interesting but still fun to read!

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Who are some presidents you know? What do you know about them?

Posted by: Katie Reisdorf

E is for Ethiopia

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Bibliographic Information: Gudeta, Ashenafi, Betelhem Abate, Ataklti Mulu, and Dama Boru. E Is for Ethiopia. London: Frances Lincoln Children’s, 2010

Annotation:  Tells about the history, wildlife, etc. of Ethiopia- one of the oldest civilizations in the world.  Ethiopia lies in East Africa.

Genre: Informational (NF)

Grade Level: 2-4

Readers who will like this: Children who like to travel, children who are from another country, children who like history

Rating/Response: 5 Beautiful pictures throughout the book that were taken by young photographers in Ethiopia.  Important to learn about the various cultures of the world- reading books like this one is a great way to.

One question you would ask before a read aloud:  Do you know where Africa is on a map?

Posted by: Katie Reisdorf

America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell

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Bibliographic Information:  Brown, Don, and Andrew Arnold. America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day The Towers Fell. New York: Roaring Brook, 2011. Print.

Brief Annotation: Experience the tragic and breathtaking events that occurred on the day that changed the world forever.  Through descriptive, accessible narration and vivid watercolor paintings, children who are too young to live through September 11th, 2001 can learn to appreciate the national day of remembrance.

Genre: Informational (Non-Fiction)

Grade Level: 1-5

Readers who will like this: Children who like history, children who are interested in the war, children who like to learn.

Rating/Response: 4  I think it is vital for students to learn about events like 9/11 that shaped our nation, even though they may be tragic.  This book does a fabulous job introducing the topic in a sensitive and informational matter.  The only problem I have is that it may instill a bit of airplane fear in students too young to understand how rare of an occurrence an event like this is.

One question you would ask before a read aloud:  What do you know about September 11th, 2001?

Posted by: Maggie Ellis