Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall*

I absolutely loved this book.  The book shape (tall and narrow) reflects the subject. 
The illustrations are full of delightful details and depict the ebbs and flows of the life being lighthouse keeper. 
On the back end page Ms. Blackall shares interesting information about the history of lighthouse keepers and lighthouses.
Strategies: predicting, asking questions, inferring
**Highly, highly recommend.
-Borrowed from the library.

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I Got It! by David Wiesner

A boy plays pick up baseball and dreams of catching a fly ball.
Mostly wordless.
Strategy: inferring
-Borrowed from the library.

Falling Down the Page Edited by Georgia Heard*

A Book of List Poems
A perfect mentor text when teaching how to write list poems.
A variety of poets included.
*Highly recommend.
-Borrowed from the library.

The Romans-Gods, Emperors and Dormice by Marcia Williams*

Ms. Williams retells Ancient Rome history via comic style drawings and writings.  A dormouse narrates on the sidebar and adds humor.
I read this aloud to my boys while we studied Ancient Rome.
*Highly recommend.
-Borrowed from the library.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Bolivar by Sean Rubin*

Sybil knows there is a dinosaur living next door to her in New York City, but no one believes. Everyone is too busy to pay attention.  Then someone does see him and draws attention to the dinosaur and all havoc breaks loose!  Can Sybil save her friend?
Wonderful illustrations!
*Highly recommend.
-Borrowed from the library.

Jabberwocky re-imagined and illustrated by Christopher Myers

Mr. Myers changes the setting and the hero's task in his version of Jabberwocky to the city streets/park and winning in basketball.
I read this with my two boys as we discussed context clues.
The library has this book placed in "young adult section".
-Borrowed from the library.

Graphic Nonfiction Julius Caesar The Life of a Roman General by Gary Jeffrey and Kate Petty illustrated by Sam Hadley*

From the time he was a young boy until his murder, the authors bring Julius Caesar's life to the reader in an engaging, exciting manner.
My eleven year old read this book to himself to support our study of Ancient Rome. 
*Highly recommend (especially for boys and reluctant readers).
-Borrowed from the library.