Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown, 2013

K-8th

This is a fantastic book about Mr. Tiger who is tired of living a proper, boring life. He begins walking, acting, and looking like a tiger, which shocks those in his community. So, he decides to leave the life he has always known to be a tiger in the wilderness. While he loves being himself in the wilderness, he misses his friends. He returns home and discovers that his friends are beginning to be themselves as well!

Themes: Individuality, Identity

Six Traits: Ideas, Voice

Comprehension: Asking Questions, Making Predictions

Website Links: http://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?tid=36702&a=1

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Slightly Invisible

Slightly Invisible by Lauren Child, 2010

1st-3rd

Charlie loves imagining with his best friend Marv, but they are often interrupted by his sister, Lola. Because they want to keep Lola from bothering them, they create an invisible potion. But, Lola soon discovers an invisible friend, Soren Lorensen, who joins them on their imaginary journey.

Themes: Imagination, Siblings

Six Traits: Organization, Word Choice

Comprehension: Making Predictions, Summarizing

Website Links: http://www.catherinefriend.com/Downloads/ReadToUsStoryHourKit_S11.pdf

There Was an Old Sailor

There Was an Old Sailor by Claire Saxby and Cassandra Allen, 2010

K-3rd

This is a spin on There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. Written in a rhyme, there is a sailor who started off by eating a krill which made him ill. The rhyme progresses to show how he remedied his illness by eating several sea creatures.

Themes: Rhymes, Sea Life

Six Traits: Ideas, Sentence Fluency

Comprehension: Sequencing of Events, Making Inferences

Website Links: http://www.walkerbooks.com.au/statics/dyn/1266193594964/There-Was-An-Old-Sailor-Classroom-Ideas.pdf

Journey

Journey by Aaron Becker, 2013

K-2nd

In this wordless picture book, a lonely girl uses a red marker to draw a door in her room to lead to an imaginary world of adventure and excitement. She journeys to beautiful cities and lands by boat, hot air balloon, flying carpet, and bicycle.

Themes: Imagination, Travel

Six Traits: Ideas, Voice

Comprehension: Visualization, Making Predictions

Website Links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxUs41jB4Ts

The Matchbox Diary

The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman, 2013

2nd-6th

This is a beautiful story of a great-grandfather sharing his life story to his grand-daughter. As a young Italian boy coming to America, he began collecting mementos of different life experiences in matchboxes. Each memento tells a story, which he explains to his grand-daughter.

Themes: Immigration, Diary Keeping

Six Traits: Organization, Voice

Comprehension: Sequencing of Events, Asking Questions

Website Links: http://classroombookshelf.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-matchbox-diary.html

The Word Collector

The Word Collector by Sonja Wimmer, 2011

2nd-5th

Luna is a lover of words, because she realizes their beauty. Her hobby is to collect words like some people collect stamps. When she finds out that words are disappearing in the world, she goes on a journey to spread the words that she has collected.

Themes: The Power of Words, Vocabulary

Six Traits: Ideas, Sentence Fluency

Comprehension: Making Predictions, Summarizing

Website Links: http://www.schooltube.com/video/e8c4431043a74646868b/Word%20Collector

The Art of Miss Chew

The Art of Miss Chew by Patricia Polacco, 2012

4th-8th

Patricia is a young girl who struggles in school, but her teacher, Mr. Donavan, discovers her wonderful gift in art. He sends her to Miss Chew, the head of the high school art department, for special art classes twice a week. There in Miss Chew’s art class, she develops and grows as an artist and as a student.

Themes: Self-Esteem, Art

Six Traits: Voice, Conventions

Comprehension: Sequencing of Events, Asking Questions

Website Links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq0awn4i2Gw

The Dark

The Dark by Lemony Snicket, 2013

K-2nd

Laszlo is a boy who is afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the closet, behind the shower curtain, and in the basement. Laszlo learns that the dark is not afraid of him, so he does not need to be afraid of the dark.

Themes: Facing Fears, Courage

Six Traits: Voice, Word Choice

Comprehension: Visualization, Asking Questions

Website Links: http://lamontbooks.com.au/media/19326/April-2013-The-Dark.pdf

Emily’s Blue Period

Emily’s Blue Period by Cathleen Daly, 2014

3rd-6th

Emily is in a difficult period of her life, because her parents have recently split up. In school, she learns about Pablo Picasso, so she begins painting like him through expressing her art in shades of blue. When given the art assignment of creating a collage of her home, she struggles with being able to express her view of home.

Themes: Broken Family, Emotions, Art

Six Traits: Ideas, Voice

Comprehension: Asking Questions, Summarizing

Website Links: http://booksthathealkids.blogspot.com/2014/08/book-review-emilys-blue-period.html

Xander’s Panda Party

Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park, 2013

K-3rd

Xander the Panda, who lives at the zoo, is planning a birthday party for himself and other pandas. After realizing that he is the only panda living at the zoo, he opens the invitation to all bears, then to all mammals, and then his invitation begins spreading throughout the zoo. The birthday party turns out to be a wonderful success, because of all the friends who have come to celebrate with him.

Themes: Friendship, Animal Classification

Six Traits: Ideas, Sentence Fluency

Comprehension: Visualization, Making Predictions

Website Links: http://growingbookbybook.com/2014/04/15/xanders-panda-party/