June 2012

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A Cowgirl and Her Horse

June 28, 2012

A COWGIRL AND HER HORSE, written and illustrated by Jean Ekman Adams, is a delightful picture book about a girl and her horse, their friendship and adventures. Young readers will have fun with this book while stretching their imaginations, especially if they like horses, dogs and outlandish, zany art. Taking care of a horse is […]

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Graphic Novels for Confident Readers

June 28, 2012

GIANTS BEWARE! by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre (First Second, 2012) Tales of a baby-feet eating giant, chased back to the tallest mountain in the territory, have kept the local citizens of Mont Petit Pierre living in fear. But one young citizen, Claudette, is different. Fearless and determined, Claudette is the only one of the […]

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Graphic Novels for Emerging and Transitional Readers

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BENJAMIN BEAR in Fuzzy Thinking by Philippe Coudray BENJAMIN BEAR in Fuzzy Thinking is a book that was a satisfying match for one particular boy in my classroom this year. His reading skills were strong. He was able to read grade level material, but he was hard to please. Nothing that I came up with […]

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The House on Dirty-Third Street

June 24, 2012

THE HOUSE ON DIRTY-THIRD STREET by Jo S. Kittinger, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez, Peachtree, March 2012 A run-down dirty old house is bad enough to have to claim as home.  When moving in to dirt also means “moving away” from everything that has been home, it is hard for anyone not to feel discouraged, angry, […]

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FAQ: Why Read Wordless Books?

June 21, 2012

If we’re trying to help our kids learn to read, why read wordless picture books? Isn’t reading all about letters and words? Yes and no. Reading is: to inspect and apprehend the meaning of writing or other signs or characters. (Thanks, dictionary.com based on the Random House dictionary!) So, reading a book means gaining meaning […]

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Beyond Boundaries: Summer Reads

June 19, 2012

MALI  UNDER THE NIGHT  SKY,  A LAO STORY OF HOME written and illustrated by Youme Landowne,  is the true story of the Laotian-American artist, Malichansouk Kouanchao, who fled Laos with her family as civil war became the reality of bombs, soldiers, machine guns and grenades.  The story is narrated by Mali as she describes her […]

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Graphic Novels Reach Beyond Borders

June 17, 2012

ZITA the SPACEGIRL  by Ben Hatke  is a First Second Book and what a book!  Pure fun to read the zappy dialogues and to feast on the engaging graphic images. Zita is the kind of curious, courageous kid who sees an odd-looking “thing” and of course, picks it up.  ZAAAP!   Off she goes to another […]

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