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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
it was amazing
Appropriate for 8th graders and older. This is a beautiful book about the struggles of Claudette Colvin- not only in segregationist Montgomery, Alabam ...more
Apr 10, 2010
Apr 10, 2010
The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, or John Howland's Good Fortune
really liked it
Well written and appropriate for 4th grade through even middle school age readers. Told from the perspective of the adolescent John Howland, an indent ...more
Oct 2015
Oct 25, 2015
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia
it was amazing
Extremely well written, appealing and accessible. While I knew the ending, I didn't want to put it down. Fleming not only tells the story of this fami ...more
Feb 2015
Feb 22, 2015
The Red Pencil
it was amazing
Pinkney's language is delicious, worthy of reading and rereading as she creates a vivid picture of the placid family-filled life of 12-year-old Amira ...more
Nov 2014
Nov 30, 2014
Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy
really liked it
1,100 garment factory workers died in Bangladesh recently when the company building collapsed. These workers made about $38 a month each to sew clothe ...more
May 2013
May 15, 2013
The Inventor's Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford
it was amazing
Delightful. The author reveals how Edison and Ford both spent a lot of time "trying out" various models of their inventions. This is an important less ...more
Aug 2015
Aug 19, 2015
Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad
it was ok
Two stars or less because this should not be categorized as nonfiction. While there might be value in reading this book to get a "feel" for Tubman's l ...more
Aug 2013
Jul 31, 2013
Don't Slam the Door!
really liked it
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2 In this rhyming story, Chaconas brings the domino effect to
Mar 20, 2011
Mar 20, 2011
Frog Song
it was amazing
Stunning illustrations and tightly focused text make the new book Frog Song (Guiberson, 2013) an ideal read aloud and independent read for k-5 student ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 24, 2013
Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball
really liked it
Read aloud to 1st-2nd grades
Read aloud and reread aloud as mentor text for writing research 3rd-5th grades

Hoop Genius is a narrative about how basket
Mar 2013
Mar 21, 2013
Flight of the Honey Bee
really liked it
Review of Flight of the Honey Bee by Huber (2013). I’m always a little leery of informational texts that humanize or anthropomorphize animals or non-h ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 17, 2014
Writing with Mentors:
it was amazing
Inspiring and refreshing. The authors bring to life how you can meet the Common Core (think "relevant evidence" and "logical claims") through teaching ...more
not set
Mar 20, 2016
The Goldfinch
it was amazing
I had doubted whether I could handle reading such a long book. A few pages in I was consumed and didn't want to put it down. When I finished, I felt a ...more
May 2014
May 20, 2014
Ask Amy Green: Summer Secrets
did not like it
Is it me or should a thirteen year old girl NOT be on a beach making out with her boyfriend (thanks to "comprehensive kissing lessons" from her 17-yea ...more
May 2011
May 20, 2011
Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl
really liked it
I found this book when I started searching other titles by one of my “go to” authors Tonya Bolden. The book is put together in a way I’d like to explo ...more
Sep 2014
Sep 22, 2014
Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation
it was amazing
Warning. Warning. Warning. This book is incredibly well written. It took me awhile to finish it, but I endeavored because of its importance. While tel ...more
Jun 2014
Jul 04, 2014
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes
it was amazing
LOVE THIS BOOK. An accessible introduction to microbes for 1st through 3rd grade. Definitely read aloud to students, pausing for space to “oooo” and “ ...more
Dec 2014
Dec 18, 2014
Ira's Shakespeare Dream
really liked it
This would be a great read aloud or partner read and then reread in the intermediate grades. There are lots of well-threaded or developed themes for s ...more
Aug 2016
Jul 31, 2016
John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall
it was amazing
Conceptually for late 2nd-4th grade students. I'd recommend this for reading aloud or for partner/small group reading and discussing. There are clear ...more
Mar 2015
Apr 01, 2015
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
it was amazing
Winner of NCTE's 2015 Orbis Pictus award for nonfiction. I'd recommend for middle school students studying extreme weather, natural & man-made dis ...more
Dec 2015
Dec 06, 2015
Fabulous Frogs
it was amazing
This would be great for reading aloud in a k-1 classroom. There's just enough information on each page for the students to digest. A teacher could rea ...more
Jun 2016
Jun 19, 2016
Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
it was amazing
2016 Eureka Gold Award winner. So much potential for student-led conversations and writing in response to higher-level thinking questions like, "What ...more
Nov 2016
Dec 29, 2016
Olivia Goes to Venice
liked it
fun read aloud with pictures of Venice; missed opportunity - a glossary with information about each of the pictures; story-line a bit weak - the probl ...more
Mar 20, 2011
Mar 20, 2011
Doing Her Bit: A Story About the Woman's Land Army of America
really liked it
Engaging and inspiring story about a little known group of women who "did their bit" during WWI when there was a shortage of farm workers. Read this a ...more
Jan 2017
Jan 08, 2017
Giant Squid
it was amazing
LOVE THIS BOOK. Read this aloud to your students. Place in the classroom library for them to snap up at first chance. Use as a mentor for writing. Stu ...more
Jan 2017
Jan 05, 2017
Toilet: How It Works
it was ok
I’m always looking for non-animal focused, non-narrative texts for students to read. Having always been a fan of his adult “how it works” books, I’ve ...more
Jan 2014
Feb 02, 2014
Leopard & Silkie: One Boy's Quest to Save the Seal Pups
really liked it
This would make a great read aloud for k-2 students. The author introduces readers/listeners to the plight of seals on the northwest coast with fewer ...more
Sep 2012
Sep 19, 2012
Feathers: Not Just for Flying
it was amazing
Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart (2014). LOVE THIS BOOK! So many possibilities. Stewart focuses on just birds' feathers and the many d ...more
Mar 2014
Mar 09, 2014
The Lion Who Stole My Arm
it was amazing
There are so many of aspects of this book to like. The compassion I felt for the young Pedru who lost his arm to a lion. The compassion that grew as I ...more
Sep 2015
Sep 25, 2015
White House Kids: The Perks, Pleasures, Problems, and Pratfalls of the Presidents' Children
really liked it
Each chapter in White House Kids (Rhatigan, 2012) deals with a different aspect of being a child in this unusual setting. Rhatigan’s main ideas includ ...more
Apr 2014
Jul 26, 2012
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