Tag: Gr. 3-5

Happy Birthday, Harry Houdini!

Happy Birthday, Harry Houdini!

Cindy: Today, March 24th, is the anniversary of Harry Houdini’s birth. Yesterday, we blogged about a new book for young magicians, and today we feature Brian Selznick’s magical art in his reissued book, The Houdini Box (originally 1991). My sixth grade students are crazy about The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck and keep asking me for […]

Hidden by Loic Dauvillier

Hidden by Loic Dauvillier

Lynn:  I’m starting this post with a mea culpa admission.  When I first heard about this book I was cranky.  Who would imagine they could write a book about the Holocaust that is appropriate AND understandable for a very young audience?  Not possible!  Loic Dauvillier has me eating my words. Hidden:  A Child’s Story of […]

Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner

Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner

Cindy: No one hung a basket of flowers on my doorknob today, but I’m still celebrating May 1st because it ushers in Booklist’s Mystery Month festivities. If you are a mystery fan, make sure you are following the #mysterymonth hash tag and keeping an eye on the Booklist Blogs this month. We’ll be posting about […]

The Scraps Book: Notes From a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert

The Scraps Book: Notes From a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert

Cindy: Books that encourage creativity are always a favorite of mine and I’ve been a fan of Lois Ehlert since I read Planting a Rainbow again and again when my children were little. My father used to pass the winter months planning his garden and looking at seed catalogs and I spend mine looking at […]

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Lynn:  “Ophelia did not consider herself brave but she was very curious.”  So Karen Foxlee introduces the heroine of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy (Random/Knopf 2014), eleven-year-old Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard.  Ophelia and her older sister Alice have accompanied their father to his new job as curator on an important upcoming museum exhibit in a strange […]

Lego Mania

Lego Mania

Lynn:  Legos have been a feature at my house for thirty years or more.  My sons, now in their thirties, played with them nonstop and that building gene passed straight through the genetic tree to my grandsons.  Since I provide care for my local grandsons, I still have Legos dominating my house:  completed projects sit […]

Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss

Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss

Cindy: Determination is up at bat in Barbed Wire Baseball (Abrams 2013)  an inspiring nonfiction picture book that could be used in many units and at any grade level. Kenichi Zenimura, “Zeni,” is credited as being the father of Japanese American baseball and this book mostly focuses on his years at the Gila River War […]

Locomotive by Brian Floca

Locomotive by Brian Floca

Cindy: This is another one of those times that I am kicking myself for leaving Lynn in the lurch on the blog. She wrote the draft for this book on December 12th and has been waiting for me to write my part. Here is her post written six weeks BEFORE this book won the 2014 Caldecott Medal […]

The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock

The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock

Lynn:  Vasily Kandinsky was a proper Russian boy.  “He studied bookfuls of math, science and history.”  The opening illustrations of The Noisy Paint Box:  the Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art (Random/Knopf Feb. 2014) are grey and square, reflecting the routines of Kandinsky’s privileged but boring childhood.  One day, Vasya’s aunt gave him a […]

When the Beat Was Born by Laban Carrick Hill

When the Beat Was Born by Laban Carrick Hill

Cindy: I have a 7th grade teacher talked into collaborating with me on a picture book biography unit this year. When the Beat Was Born: D.J. Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Roaring Brook 2013) will be a highly popular inclusion despite the the book’s younger target audience. Kool Herc was a Jamaican […]