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Around the World in Eighty Days
Jules Verne, Brian W. Aldiss, Michael Glencross
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
Karen Foxlee
OPEN
David Price
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
Sam Kean
Teaching Visual Literacy: Using Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Anime, Cartoons, and More to Develop Comprehension and Thinking Skills
Nancy Frey
Engaging the Eye Generation: Visual Literacy Strategies for the K-5 Classroom
Johanna Riddle
Visual Literacy: Learn to See, See to Learn
Lynell Burmark
Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom - Sylvia Libow Martinez, Gary S. Stager Inspiring. Filled with practical examples, links to resources and vendors, and solid advice.
The Boy Who Cried Ninja - Alex Latimer Finally... a book for those boys (and girls) who are always accused of fibbing (and who are really telling the truth)!
Let's Go for a Drive! - Mo Willems I was so excited to unpack this book today, I had to share it with the next class that walked into the library. 4th grade connected the story to planning ahead and problem solving.
Landed - Milly Lee, Yangsook Choi How well do you know your family? A young boy named Sun must pass a test to prove that he is his father's son before being allowed to enter America. He spends some time on Angel Island with other boys waiting for his chance to answer the questions.

Lovely story, would be a great addition to an immigration unit.

Yikes! Bikes! (Ready, Freddy! Series #7)

Yikes Bikes! - Abby Klein, John McKinley The kids are going to ride in a bike-a-thon to help the local animal shelter. The problem? Only 2 wheelers are allowed, and Freddy doesn't know how to ride without training wheels yet!

Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak - Charlotte Guillain Part of the Author Biographies / Heinemann Read and Learn series. Simply told biography of the life of Maurice Sendak. Each page includes a photo and 1 to 2 sentences of informative text. Includes: table of contents, timeline, glossary, index, additional reading and links.
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours - Duncan Tonatiuh Shares the experiences and ideas behind Diego's style and subject matter. Illustrations are not Diego's work, instead are inspired (index to original works that inspired the illustrations at back). Includes glossary, author's note, bibliography, museums where Diego's art can be seen.
Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John "Appleseed" Chapman - Esmé Raji Codell, Lynne Rae Perkins Johnny Appleseed is a legend. This picturebook biography attempts to shed light on John Chapman, the man who became Johnny Appleseed. The author shows the reader a man who loved and wanted to preserve nature, a man who cherished peace, and a man who used his resources.

Early elementary teachers may want to share this book with their students on or around September 26 (John Chapman's birthday).

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl - Charlotte Guillain Part of the Author Biographies / Heinemann Read and Learn series. Simply told biography of the life of Roald Dahl. Each page includes a photo and 1 to 2 sentences of informative text. Also includes a section on Quentin Blake, the illustrator for most of Dahl's books. My favorite fact: Dahl liked chocoalte. Includes: table of contents, timeline, glossary, index, additional reading and links.

Armstrong's Rock (Stories of Great People (Prebound))

Armstrong's Moon Rock (Stories of Great People) - Gerry Bailey, Karen Foster, Karen Radford, Leighton Noyes Tells the story of Neil Armstrong through a story of 2 children who discover a moon rock at a street market stall. The story and cartoon illustrations slowly give way to informative pages that share facts and information about Armstrong, the space program, and what was learned from Armstrong's trip to the moon. Includes table of contents, glossary, index.

Johnny Appleseed: The Legend and the Truth

Johnny Appleseed: The Legend and the Truth - Jane Yolen, Jim Burke Contrasts the story of Johnny Appleseed with known facts about John Chapman.

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter - Charlotte Guillain Part of the Author Biographies / Heinemann Read and Learn series. Simply told biography of the life of Beatrix Potter. Each page includes a photo and 1 to 2 sentences of informative text. Includes: table of contents, timeline, glossary, index, additional reading and link to hop-skip-jump.com

Let's Meet a Librarian

Let's Meet a Librarian - Gina Bellisario, Ed Myer Finally! A book about librarians that focuses on their love of information! Huzzah! And NO SHUSHING! I love how the author and illustrator shows readers a school librarian who does more that read stories... incorporates technology, helps teachers with tech issues, puppet shows, sings/dances!
Zel - Donna Jo Napoli A 4 star story until the last chapter, which read like a strange, surreal epilogue. It felt somewhat out of place, too mysterious and impossible even for this mysterious and magical tale.
Why We Broke Up - Maira Kalman, Daniel Handler Recounts the details of a relationship between an artsy girl and a jock. Text is a letter the girl is writing to the boy to let him know why they broke up. Awesome illustrations by Maira Kalman give this book an extra star. At first the idea is interesting, going through a box of mementos and explaining the story behind each and how those events impacted the relationship. It gets old quick, at least for this non teen girl.
The Paperboy - Dav Pilkey I wonder how many children would easily accept that this young man has a job delivering papers. In our part of the world adults have taken over this job market.