Life Experiences, Relationships

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And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street [ACTIVATE & CONNECT, INFER & VISUALIZE]

by Seuss, Dr.

Life Experiences, Relationships

Difficulty: Easy Reading

ACTIVATE & CONNECT, INFER & VISUALIZE

Marco uses his imagination on his way home along Mulberry Street. Dr. Seuss’ first published book invites students to listen to the melodic rhyming text and relate it to what they see in their environment.

Age Range: 4 to 9

Lexile: NPL

Recommended by Susan Kirk: I read this aloud to my students in both 1st and 2nd grade and had them do a writing extension to make connections. We re-named their writing “And to Think That I Saw it on Cherry Street” and wrote about what we see in our great school.

Easy Reading
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street

Chrysanthemum [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]

by Henkes, Kevin. Illustrated by Henkes, Kevin

Life Experiences, Relationships

Difficulty: Challenging

MONITOR COMPREHENSION

She was a perfect baby, and she had a perfect name. Chrysanthemum. When she was old enough to appreciate it, Chrysanthemum loved her name. And then she started school. “I’m named after my grandmother,” said Victoria. “You’re named after a flower.” Chrysanthemum wilted. Life at school didn’t improve. In fact, it got worse. Then the students were introduced to their music teacher, Mrs. Twinkle. Mrs. Delphinium Twinkle. And suddenly, Chrysanthemum blossomed…. – From: www.barnesandnoble.com

Age Range: 4 to 10

Lexile: 460

Rich vocabulary

Recommended by Emily D. Zuppert

Challenging
Chrysanthemum

Doctor De Soto [MONITOR COMPREHENSION, ASK QUESTIONS, INFER & VISUALIZE]

by Steig, William

Life Experiences, Relationships

Difficulty: Challenging

MONITOR COMPREHENSION, ASK QUESTIONS, INFER & VISUALIZE

“Doctor De Soto, the dentist, did very good work. With the aid of his able assistant, Mrs. De Soto, he copes with the toothaches of animals large and small. His expertise is so great that his fortunate patients never feel any pain. Since he’s a mouse, Doctor De Soto refuses to treat “dangerous animals,” that is, animals who have a taste for mice. But one day a fox shows up and begs for relief from the tooth that’s killing him. How can the kindhearted De Soto turn him away? But how can they make sure that the fox doesn’t give in to his baser instincts once his tooth is fixed? Those clever De Soto will find a way. – From: www.barnesandnoble.com

Age Range: 4 to 9

Lexile: 560

Recommended by Emily D. Zuppert. Rich vocabulary. Make predictions.

Challenging
Doctor De Soto

Duck! Rabbit! [INFER & VISUALIZE]

by Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. Illustrated by Lichtenfield, Tom

Life Experiences, Relationships

Difficulty: Easy Reading

INFER & VISUALIZE

“The team behind The OK Book again plays with perspective and visual trickery, this time using a classic image that looks like either a rabbit (with long ears) or a duck (with a long bill). In a series of spreads that show the boldly outlined duck/rabbit against a blue sky, two offstage speakers, their words appearing on either side of the animal’s head, argue their points of view. The snappy dialogue makes for fine read-aloud: “Are you kidding me? It’s totally a duck.” “It’s for sure a rabbit.” Though the main image is basically static, Lichtenheld has fun with the details and setting, placing the animal behind green leaves (“Now the duck is wading through the swamp.” “No, the rabbit is hiding in the grass”), near water (“Look, the duck is so hot, he’s getting a drink.” “No, the rabbit is so hot, he’s cooling off his ears”), etc. The creature’s disappearance brings a brief moment of reconciliation, but the twist ending puts the speakers at odds again. Duck? Rabbit? As kids will readily see, it depends on how you look at it.”

Age Range: 3 – 8

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Easy Reading
Duck! Rabbit!

Llama Llama Red Pajama [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]

by Dewdney, Anna. Illustrated by Dewdney, Anna

Life Experiences, Relationships

Difficulty: Easy Reading

ACTIVATE & CONNECT

Llama, Llama red pajama waiting, waiting for his mama. Mama isn’t coming yet. Baby Llama starts to fret. In this infectious rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama! Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying when she goes downstairs, and his soft whimpers turn to hollers when she doesn’t come right back. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right. Children will relate to Baby Llama’s need for comfort, as much as parents will appreciate Mama Llama’s reassuring message. – From: www.barnesandnoble.com

Age Range: 2 to 6

Recommended by Emily D. Zuppert. Engaging story that young children can connect to. Rhyming.

Easy Reading
Llama Llama Red Pajama

Should I Share My Ice Cream? [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]

by Willems, Mo. Illustrated by Willems, Mo

Life Experiences, Relationships

Difficulty: Easy Reading

ACTIVATE & CONNECT

Elephant tries to decide if he should share his ice cream with his best friend Piggie. While Elephant agonizes over this decision the ice cream melts.

Age Range: K – 1

Recommended by Tracy Furlong: The book can be used to make predictions and connections. Mo Willems books are also excellent for readers theater in pairs. One student can play the elephant and one can play the pig.

Easy Reading
Should I Share My Ice Cream?

The Amazing Bone [MONITOR COMPREHENSION, INFER & VISUALIZE]

by Steig, William. Illustrated by Steig, William

Life Experiences, Relationships

Difficulty: Challenging

MONITOR COMPREHENSION, INFER & VISUALIZE

It’s a bright and beautiful spring day, and Pearl, a pig, is dawdling on her way home from school. Most unexpectedly, she strikes up an acquaintance with a small bone. “You talk?” says Pearl. “In any language,” says the bone. “And I can imitate any sound there is.” (Its former owner was a witch.) Pearl and the bone immediately take a liking to each other, and before you know it she is on her way home with the bone in her purse, left open so they can continue their conversation. Won’t her parents be surprised when she introduces her talking bone! But before that happy moment comes, the resourceful bone must deal with a band of highway robbers in Halloween masks and, worse, a fox who decides that Pearl will be his main course at dinner that night. And deal it does, with gambits droll and thrilling.

William Steig, incomparable master of the contemporary picture book, has never been better than in The Amazing Bone. – From: www.barnesandnoble.com

Age Range: 5 to 9

Lexile: 600

Recommended by Emily D. Zuppert. Rich vocabulary. Make predictions.

Challenging
The Amazing Bone

The Monster Who Ate My Peas [INFER & VISUALIZE]

by Schnitzlein, Danny. Illustrated by Faulkner, Matt

Life Experiences, Relationships

Difficulty: Average

INFER & VISUALIZE

When the narrator doesn’t want to eat his peas, a monster appears and offers to help him out in exchange for something the boy owns. When the monster asks for the boy’s dog in exchange for eating the boy’s peas, the boy stands up to the monster and also finds out he likes peas.

Age Range: 6 to 12

Recommended by Kathy Littlefield: Told in rhyme with vivid language, this is a great book to make inferences about the characters and visualize the monster.

Average
The Monster Who Ate My Peas

Traction Man is Here [INFER & VISUALIZE]

by Grey, Mini

Life Experiences, Relationships

Difficulty: Easy Reading

INFER & VISUALIZE

“Traction Man – wearing combat boots, battle pants, and his warfare shirt – comes in a box, but very quickly finds the way into the imagination of his lucky boy owner. This superhero searches for the Lost Wreck of the Sieve as the boy makes a game of doing the dishes, and later in the bathtub, he conquers the Mysterious Toes that are stealing his pet, the brave little Scrubbing Brush. These are just a few of the action-packed adventures played out by the boy and his new toy that may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but can vanquish all manner of villains lurking around the house. Mini Grey’ story in words and pictures is an irresistible invitation to the private world of a child’s play.”

Age Range: 4 – 8

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Easy Reading
Traction Man is Here!

Ugly Fish [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]

by LaReau, Karen

Life Experiences, Relationships

Difficulty: Easy Reading

ACTIVATE & CONNECT

A bully gets his comeuppance!

“Ugly Fish is ugly and big and mean, and he won’t share his driftwood tunnel or his special briny flakes with anyone. And that means the wimpy little fish who keep showing up in his tank have got to go. But then one day someone bigger and uglier and maybe even meaner arrives . . . and suddenly Ugly Fish isn’t feeling quite so confident anymore.”

Age Range: 4 – 8

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Easy Reading
Ugly Fish