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Booklist posts the Top 10 Series Nonfiction: 2012.

 

Here are the lists from past years.

 

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Spring Break is coming up for most schools. Be sure your students continue reading while resting and relaxing.
Hopefully, they will already have books to read or will visit a library or book store while on break.
Here’s the latest lists of New York Times Best Sellers for children and teens for some good suggestions.

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Sunday night I watched the first program in the new Discovery Channel series Frozen Planet about life in the Arctic and Antarctic.
I’ve always been fascinated by penguins and polar bears, but this time I learned about plants and animals that were unfamiliar like how trees grow in these areas and the unusual life of the Wooly Caterpillar. Of course, nothing beats the penguin cam from SeaWorld.

Since Penguins are my favorite, here’s a few book-related resource links from our database.

  • Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems by Judy Sierra
    Study Guide
    includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities.
  • Emperor Penguin: The World’s Biggest Penguin by Meish Goldish
    Activities
    include a crossword puzzle.
  • March of the Penguins by Luc Jaquet
    Guide
    includes includes background, discussion questions, and facts.

There are 50+ books featuring penguins in the Linda’s Links to Literature database.

For more resources about Frozen Planet, check this excellent post from Richard Byrne on his Free Technology for Teachers blog.

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This month’s top 10 list from Booklist features the Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth.

Here are the lists from past years.

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Forget about the various basketball tournaments. The real battle for those of us who love books is School Library Journal’s fourth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books.
Sixteen of last year’s best books for children and teens will fight for the honor of being the very best. The judges include some of the best-known children’s authors.
After four battle rounds, the winner will be announced on April 2 by author Jonathan Stroud.

A PDF version of the bracket poster of books vying for the honor can be printed out and displayed for your students. It would be interesting to see if the students agreed with the esteemed author judges.
Will you agree with the choices and battle round winners?

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Did you know that the Oreo cookie is celebrating its’ 100th anniversary? Nothing makes us remember childhood more than these little crème-filled chocolate cookies. Eat them whole, twisted apart and licking the crème filling, or dunking in milk.

Oreos are so popular they even have their own Facebook and Twitter pages.

So I thought today I would feature some books about the love of cookies.

  •  Bad Boys Get Cookie! by Margie Palatini
    Wolves Willy and Wally try to satisfy a sweet-tooth craving by dressing up as private detectives and chasing down a runaway cookie.
    Story Map
    Margie Palatini
  • Cookies: Bite Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
    Defines words such as cooperate, patient, proud, modest, respect, compassionate, and others with sentences about cookies.
    Guide
    includes author and illustrator information, cross-curricular activities, related books and websites. Illinois Monarch Award
  • Good Day Bunnies: The Great Spring Cookie Hunt by Harriet Margolin
    On a warm spring day, rabbit twins Becky and Bumper search the yard for the cookies their grandmother has baked and hidden for them.
    Lesson Plan
    includes an introduction with prediction questions, vocabulary, conversation questions, and activities.  KYReads
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? by Laura Joffe Numeroff
    A little boy offers a mouse a cookie and a chain reaction is set in motion illustrating how one thing leads to another.
    Teacher’s Guide
    Reading Rainbow
  • Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington
    After a day of making and selling cookies, Mr. Baker gets to enjoy one himself.
    Recipe
    for Mr. Baker’s Sugar Cookies. Monica Wellington
  • Oreo® Cookie Counting Book by Sarah Albee
    Readers can count down as ten OREO cookies are dunked, nibbled, and stacked one by one until there are none.
    Activities
    include math ideas using oreos. Trumpet Club
  • Tough Cookie by David Wisniewski
    When his friend Chips is snatched and chewed, Tough Cookie sets out from the bottom of the jar to stop Fingers.
    Activities Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? by Jane Manning
    Was it Piggy, Kitty, Bunny, Dog, or Mouse? They each have a motive–all of them like cookies–but no one wants to take the blame for this cookie caper.
    Story Patterns Kiz Club

There are additional book-related teaching resources for books about cookies in the Linda’s Links to Literature database.
Books annotations are from The Library of Congress or Linda’s Links to Literature.

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Booklist posts the Top 10 Books on the Environment  for Youth: 2012.

Here are the lists from past years.

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