Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - what's in my stacks? 12.13.17


Every Wednesday I join Alyson Beecher from kidlitfrenzy and other
kidlit bloggers to share wonderful nonfiction picture books.
The intention of today's blog post is to give professionals that work in the
education field new nonfiction reading material and ideas to use 
with students to promote a love of reading nonfiction materials.

Here are some nonfiction picture books that have been laying around in my stacks!

Before She Was Harriet
Before She Was Harriet
written by Lesa Cline-Ransome
illustrated by James E. Ransome
I love the structure of this book - it starts when Harriet was in her older years and worked it's way backwards talking about the many roles and names she had in her lifetime.
I wish there had been more backmatter and sources.  

Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years
Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years
written by Stacy McAnulty
illustrated by David Litchfield
I found the next nonfiction book that I'm adding to my collection!  Such a fun voice for a nonfiction book.  I love that Earth is telling us about.... Earth!  And Pluto gets referred to as the family pet!  I think readers will really like the voice of the book telling them facts about the Earth since it's been around!  And love the David Litchfield illustrations.

How the Cookie Crumbled: The True (and Not-So-True) Stories of the Invention of the Chocolate Chip Cookie
How the Cookie Crumbled
by Gilbert Ford
Anyone who has had a chocolate chip cookie is going to enjoy this story.  It's interesting to know the history - even as Gilbert Ford tells us, there are a few versions of what really happened.  I think this will be a well enjoyed biography to add to your collection.

On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World's Weather
On the Same Day in March
written by Marilyn Singer
illustrated by Frané Lessac
Very cool concept - taking a look at what the weather looks like in different areas of the world on the same day.  Good book to use if you study patterns!

Vincent Can't Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky
Vincent Can't Sleep
written by Barb Rosenstock
illustrated by Mary Grandpré
I've been waiting for this book for awhile and it did not disappoint.  I love the writing combination of Rosenstock and the illustrations of Grandpré.  I hope they work together for awhile!
I really don't know much about VanGogh and this book certainly gave me some more information.  It was really interesting to see how he came up with some of his more famous paintings.  I had no idea they were inspired/a result of... his insomnia.

Revolutionary Rogues by Selene Castrovilla
Revolutionary Rogues: John André and Benedict Arnold
written by Selene Castrovilla
illustrated by John O'Brien
This is a really fascinating story about what happened between the now infamous American traitor, Arnold, and the British Major.  I've always known the gist of the story, but I liked getting more information.  

A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman
A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars
written by Seth Fishman
illustrated by Isabel Greenberg
Great example how curricula can cross - great math/science book!  I'm glad there are written out numbers to go along with the huge long string of numbers!

Have these books found a way into your stacks?  Be sure to check them out!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

#road2reading Challenge - upcoming books from Candlewick 12.12.17


All journeys have a starting place.
This is a weekly place to find books and tools 
that you may use with readers at the start of their reading journey.
Join in the conversation at #road2reading.


Candlewick has some upcoming early and transitional chapter books that you may want to have on your radar!



Bug Blonsky and His Very Long List of Don'ts by E.S. Redmond

Bug Blonsky and His Very Long List of Don'ts
by E.S. Redmond
publishes January 2nd

Short chapters and illustrations on every page, this book will be a favorite with young readers because they KNOW Bug!  Bug has a hard time sitting still and remembering to think before he acts.  To help himself out, he decides to make a list, a very long list, of things he shouldn't do.  Like not trade snacks with a healthy friend (you might get a flax seed muffin) and don't make fart noises with your armpit when your teacher leans over.  Books that make adults roll their eyes are always well received with young readers!




I love the full color spreads in Bud!



They Didn't Teach THIS in Worm School!
They Didn't Teach THIS in Worm School!
by Simone Lia
publishes February 13th

What happens when a bird meets a worm?  Well, first the worm talks a lot to avoid getting eating, but then somehow the bird and worm end up on a cross country trip to Kenya (that's exactly what you were thinking was going to happen, right?)
Marcus, the worm, somehow convinces Laurence, the bird, that he should follow his dreams and go to Kenya to find other flamingos like him (talk about your case of mistaken identity).  Marcus ends up being Laurence's travel guide so you know you're in for an interesting adventure with a worm leading a bird!
Taking place in the English countryside, the setting will be a bit unfamiliar for young readers but the adventures will have them laughing to see what happens next.







Julius Zebra: Battle with the Britons!

Julius Zebra Battle With the Britons!
by Gary Northfields
publishes January 2nd

You may be familiar with Julius Zebra already.  If not, get ready to go on a crazy ride!
The Julius Zebra books are good for readers who are ready for longer books (this one is coming in at 288 pages!), yet illustrations are helpful (on every page in this book) and the content is still appropriate for younger readers (lots of slapstick humor).  


I know young readers are going to be laughing at these illustrations!



Thank you to Candlewick for the review copies and interior art pictures!


Did you find a title or two for the new year?  Lots of fun reading ahead!


We hope you've enjoyed our #road2reading Challenge this year.  Hopefully you've found some books for your readers that you might not have known about.  Or perhaps you're trying some new ideas with those readers in your classroom.  We hope you'll continue to join us in 2018 on our new day - Thursdays!  Stop by on Thursday, January 4th for more #road2reading fun!

Don't forget to stop by Alyson's blog!

Want to talk about books for readers who are on the #road2reading?  Link up here!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

#road2reading Challenge - upcoming series from little bee 12.05.17


All journeys have a starting place.
This is a weekly place to find books and tools 
that you may use with readers at the start of their reading journey.
Join in the conversation at #road2reading.


Last school year I found the transitional chapter book series, Tales of Sasha, published by little bee.  My students loved this series about a horse that discovers a big secret! 

I was excited to see that little bee publishers has some new transitional chapter book series that are getting ready to make their debut in early 2018.  Here's some info about them:



The Major Eights series
Book one:  Battle of the Bands
Book two:  Scarlet's Big Break
written by Melody Reed
illustrated by Émilie Pépin
publishes January 2nd

#1: Battle of the Bands
Goodreads summary for Battle of the Bands
Jasmine, Maggie, Becca, and Scarlet love jamming together in Jasmine's basement. Maggie bangs on the drums, Becca strums her guitar, Jasmine plunks the keys of her keyboard, and Scarlet wails into her hairbrush mic. Even though they may not have the best equipment, or an audience, they have fun making music to their own beat. But when Jasmine's brother tells her about an upcoming Battle of the Bands competition, Jasmine thinks this could be their chance to prove they're a real band. Now she just has to convince the other girls. . . .

With each book told from a different girl's perspective, this series is all about girl power, diversity, and marching to the beat of your own drum!

#2: Scarlet's Big Break (The Major Eights)
Goodreads summary for Scarlet's Big Break
After their Battle of the Bands competition, the girls are famous! Everyone knows who they are now--even strangers recognize them! But the attention starts to go to Scarlet's head, and she decides to sign up for the school's talent show as s solo artist. But what about the Major Eights? Should she really leave the band and her friends behind?

With each book told from a different girl's perspective, this series is all about girl power, diversity, and marching to the beat of your own drum!



The Alien Next Door series
Book one:  The New Kid
Book two:  Aliens for Dinner?!
written by A.I. Newton
illustrated by Anjan Sarkar
publishes March 6th

#1: The New Kid (The Alien Next Door)
Goodreads summary for The New Kid
In the first book of the brand-new early chapter book series, the Alien Next Door, an alien boy named Zeke tries to fit in and adjust to life on Earth, while a classmate, Harris, suspects that Zeke might not be quite what he claims to be.

Zeke is on his way to his first day of school, feeling down because he has to start over again on a new planet, as his scientist parents constantly move to wherever their research takes them. When he gets to school, no one seems to notice anything strange or different about him except Harris, a kid obsessed with science fiction and aliens. Harris sees Zeke doing extraordinary things but can't convince anyone, least of all his best friend, Roxy, that Zeke might be an alien. Roxy just thinks Harris is jealous that she's becoming friends with Zeke. But when Roxy invites Zeke over to Harris's house, will Harris find a way to prove that he's right?
 


#2: Aliens for Dinner?!
Goodreads summary for Aliens for Dinner?!
In the second book of the Alien Next Door series, Harris and Roxy go over to Zeke's house and meet his strange family. Will Harris be able to prove to Roxy that Zeke and his family are aliens?

Harris has his suspicions that the new kid at school, Zeke, is an alien, but he hasn't been able to prove it to his best friend, Roxy. When they're both invited over to Zeke's house, Harris thinks this is the perfect opportunity for him to research Zeke's alien family and show Roxy that they're all from another planet. But Roxy is perfectly fine playing with all of Zeke’s alien technology, which she just thinks is "hi-tech," and as a thank-you, Harris's parents invite Zeke's parents over for dinner.

At dinner, no one but Harris seems to notice all the strange things Zeke’s family is doing—like making food levitate to their mouths. However, Zeke realizes that Harris is the only one noticing these things and decides to use this opportunity to have a little more fun at dinner. . . .
 


Looks like we'll be seeing more from both series in May 2018!



With the short chapters, larger font and illustrations, i think these series have wide appeal for students in 1st - 3rd grades.  I'll be adding both series to my collection!

Be sure to swing by Alyson's blog to see what she is up to!

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Monday, December 4, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 12.04.17

This weekly post comes from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts
 and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers.  
It's a great source to find new books to use with your students.


Last Week's Adventures

I celebrated what I found at the NCTE exhibit hall!  Make sure these books are on your radar:

nonfiction picture books

early readers/transitional chapter books

I will be sharing the middle grade novels I picked up as I read them.  Look for them in my Monday and Thursday posts!


Picture Books

Snow Scene
Snow Scene
written by Richard Jackson
illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Guessing game that takes place in the wintry snow.

Waltz of the Snowflakes
Waltz of the Snowflakes
by Elly Mackay
I love getting lost in Mackay's worlds!  This time a young girl and boy meet at a performance of The Nutcracker.  Sharing the performance makes them a bit nicer to each other.

Winter Dance
Winter Dance
written by Marion Dane Bauer
illustrated by Richard Jones
Absolutely loved this book!  Beautiful story for young readers about what animals do in the winter.

Graphic Novels

Time Shifters
Time Shifters
by Chris Grine
I have no doubt your readers who love Greg Grunberg's Dream Jumper series or Ben Hatke's Zita the Spacegirl or Mike Maihack's Cleopatra in Space series will enjoy this book.
I was a little confused by the ending because it seems like it was left open to be a series, but I'm not sure if it is.  This is one graphic novel you really have to pay attention to the characters because readers can easily get confused when the story jumps from the action between the good guys and bad guys.  I wish the transitions were just a bit smoother.

Poetry

I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups
I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups
written by Chris Harris
illustrated by Lane Smith
With a title like that, you know you're going to be laughing at the rest of the book.
The poems are a bit Shel Silverstein and will definitely make readers smile, chuckle and laugh.  Because of the short length of many of them, they will draw in some reluctant readers, and hopefully keep them because of the humor!

Middle Grade

Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava #1)
Aru Shah and the End of Time
by Roshani Chokshi
I am so glad I picked this one up at NCTE.  Alerted of the title by Kellee Moye the morning of the signing, I made sure to get to it first thing that morning.  
We all know Rick Riordan and what he has done for introducing mythology to readers.  Riordan himself knows there are many more stories to be told from other cultures, however, he doesn't know enough about these stories to do them justice.  So, in conjunction with his publishing house, Disney-Hyperion, he is starting an imprint to do just that - tell mythology tales from other cultures by authors who know these stories best.  
The first series comes from India.  We meet Aru Shah, a Georgia middle schooler who tells lies in order to try and fit in.  But those lies catch up to her when she tries to impress some schoolmates, and she accidentally lets out The Sleeper, just this mythological demon who is going to wipe out the human race... It's up to Aru to brush up on Indian Culture and Arts 101 and combat this creature!
This book publishes March 27th.  I know there will be a long hold list for this one so make sure you preorder your copies!

Currently Reading

Keep Calm and Sparkle On! (The Wish List #2)
The Wish List: Keep Calm and Sparkle On!
by Sarah Aronson
Can't wait for more adventures with Isabelle, she is such a fun character!


Happy Reading!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - NCTE finds 11.29.17


Every Wednesday I join Alyson Beecher from kidlitfrenzy and other
kidlit bloggers to share wonderful nonfiction picture books.
The intention of today's blog post is to give professionals that work in the
education field new nonfiction reading material and ideas to use 
with students to promote a love of reading nonfiction materials.


One of my favorite things to do at NCTE is roam the exhibit hall to check out new books and talk to the publishers.  This year on Saturday I was on the lookout for early readers and nonfiction picture books.  Today I am sharing the nonfiction picture books I found.  Here are the early readers I found.


A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women's Rights
A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women's Rights
written by Kate Hannigan
illustrated by Alison Jay
published by Calkins Creek
February 20th


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Blue Grass Boy
written by Barb Rosenstock
illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham
published by Boyd Mills
March 6th

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Terrific Tongues!
written by Maria Gianferrari
illustrated by Jia Liu
published by Boyd Mills
April 3rd
I've already read through this one and it is fantastic!  The text organization is fantastic and will support readers.  I can't wait to add this one to my collection!

Born to Swing: Lil Hardin Armstrong's Life in Jazz
Born to Swing: Lil Hardin Armstrong's Life in Jazz
written by Mara Rockliff
illustrated by Michele Wood
published by Calkins Creek
January 30th
Sorry, any book that has someone working on it that is a Michele with one l is going to be fantastic!  :)

Cute as an Axolotl: Discovering the World's Most Adorable Animals
Cute As An Axolotl
written by Jess Keating
illustrated by David DeGrand
published by Alfred A. Knopf
August 28th

The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell: Based on the Childhood of a Great American Artist
The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell
written by Candace Fleming
illustrated by Gérard Dubois
published by Schwartz and Wade Books
February 27th

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag
written by Rob Sanders
illustrated by Steven Salerno
published by Random House
April 10th

Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers?: The Story of Ada Lovelace
Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers?
written by Tanya Lee Stone
illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
published by Henry Holt and Co
February 20th

Voices from the Underground Railroad
Voices From the Underground Railroad
written by Kay Winters
illustrated by Larry Day
published by Dial Books
January 9th

A Girl Named Hillary: The True Story of Hillary Clinton (American Girl: A Girl Named)
A Girl Named Hillary
written by Rebecca Paley
published by Scholastic
January 30th


Wow, we have some amazing nonfiction reading ahead of us in 2018!  Lots to look forward to next year :)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

#road2reading Challenge - NCTE finds! 11.28.17


All journeys have a starting place.
This is a weekly place to find books and tools 
that you may use with readers at the start of their reading journey.
Join in the conversation at #road2reading.


One of my favorite things to do at NCTE is roam the exhibit hall to check out new books and talk to the publishers.  This year on Saturday I was on the lookout for early readers and nonfiction picture books.  Today I am sharing the early readers I found.  Check back tomorrow to see the nonfiction picture books!

Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur
Crunch the Shy Dinosaur
written by Cirocco Dunlap
illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
published by Random House
March 29th

The Truth about Bears
The Truth About Bears
by Maxwell Eaton III
published by Roaring Book Press
February 27th

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book: Book 1
Polly Diamond and the Magic Book
written by Alice Kuipers
illustrated by Diana Toledano
published by Chronicle
May 1st

Toy Academy: Some Assembly Required (Toy Academy #1)
Toy Academy
written by Brian Lynch
illustrated by Edwardian Taylor
published by Scholastic
December 26, 2017!

Monster Power: A Branches Book (The Magic School Bus Rides Again)
The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Monster Power
written by Judy Katschke
illustrated by Artful Doodlers Ltd.
published by Scholastic
Dec. 26, 2017!
Reimagined under the Branches series, I am really looking forward to seeing where this crazy bus is taking us this time!  The first two books are being released simultaneously with the series continuing in March 2018.

Fairy Mom and Me
Fairy Mom and Me
by Sophie Kinsella
published by Random House
January 2nd
If you're familiar with Kinsella's adult novels, you know there is always tons of hilarity involved.  I'm hoping this one is the same!

Hi, Jack!
Hi, Jack!
written by Mac Barnett
illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
published by Viking Books for Young Readers
February 27th
The first two books in the series are being released simultaneously.

Grilled Cheese and Dragons #1
Princess Pulverizer: Grilled Cheese and Dragons
by Nancy Krulik
published by Penguin Workshop
January 16th
Fans of Katie Kazoo, Switcharoo will be familiar with this author!

Baby Monkey, Private Eye
Baby Monkey, Private Eye
written by David Serlin
illustrated by Brian Selznick
published by Scholastic
February 27th
The book trailer is on Scholastic's Spring 2018 spring books preview.  Hop on over there and watch it - it's laugh out loud funny!

Looks like our students who are on the #road2reading have some great stories ahead of them!

Stop by Alyson's blog for more #road2reading fun!

Want to talk about books for readers who are on the #road2reading?  Link up here!