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We continue with our series of free book-related resources for teaching with Caldecott books. Today’s post focuses on the 2005 winners.

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2005 Medal Winner

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollinsPublishers)
When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.
The illustrations were created using gouache, an opaque white pigment added to watercolors, and colored pencils with mostly colors of black, white, and gray.

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Honor Books:

Coming on Home Soon illustrated by E.B. Lewis, written by  Jacqueline Woodson (G.P. Putnam’s Son’s/Penguin Young Readers Group)
After Mama takes a job in Chicago during World War II, Ada Ruth stays with Grandma but misses her mother who loves her more than rain and snow in this beautiful book with watercolor illustrations.

  • Activities include cross-curricular ideas and a related booklist. North Carolina Children’s Book Award
  • Guide includes a summary, author information, related titles, websites, and curriculum connections with activities. Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award
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Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale illustrated and written by Mo Willems. (Hyperion Books for Children)
Trixie becomes very unhappy when she accompanies her daddy to the laundromat and realizes she has lost her stuffed bunny.
The book uses hand-drawn ink sketches combined with digital photography.

  • Book Module includes a plot summary, discussion of the main philosophical issues, and discussion questions. Mt. Holyoke College
  • Teacher’s Guide includes an introduction, pre-reading activities, activities, and discussion points. Hyperion
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The Red Book by Barbara Lehman (Houghton Mifflin Company)
A wordless story in which a little girl finds a red book in the snow that holds an astonishing surprise.
The illustrations in this book also use the art technique of gouache with watercolors as the predominant technique.

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Books annotations are from The Library of Congress or Linda’s Links to Literature.

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Today’s Kindle Deal is a download of Monster by Walter Dean Myers for $1.99. Great price!

Don’t have a Kindle? Just use one of Amazon’s free reading apps to read the book on another device.

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Linda’s Links to Literature has 25+teaching links for this book for grades 7-12.
Here’s a few to get you started.

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Today is Monday, and we continue with our series of free book-related resources for teaching with Caldecott books. Use these resources for the 2006 Caldecott Awards books to enhance the learning experiences of your students.

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2006 Medal Winner

The Hello, Goodbye Window  illustrated by Chris Raschka and written by Norton Juster (Michael di Capua Books/Hyperion Books for Children)
A little girl tells about the special kitchen window at her beloved Nanny and Poppy’s house from which a person can see anyone or anything coming and going.
The book uses beautiful watercolors with pastel crayons and charcoal pencil to illustrate the family love and connection.

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Honor Books:

Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride illustrated and written by Marjorie Priceman. (An Anne Schwartz Book/Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
Presents a story about the first passengers on the very first hot air balloon ride.
The mostly wordless picture books uses gouche, an opaque painting medium, with India Ink and watercolor paper to create a whimsical collage of images.

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Rosa illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Nikki Giovanni (Henry Holt and Company)
Presents an illustrated account of Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955, and the subsequent bus boycott by the black community.
This biographical picture book uses the art technique of watercolor collage with cut-outs.

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Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems illustrated by Beckie Prange, written by Joyce Sidman (Houghton Mifflin Company)
Using wood-blocks hand-colored with watercolor, the artist creates illustrations depicting the animals from the poems.

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Zen Shorts illustrated and written by Jon J. Muth (Scholastic Press)
When Stillwater the bear moves into the neighborhood, the stories he tells to three siblings teach them to look at the world in new ways.
The vivid and exquisite illustrations use watercolor ink.

  • Book Module includes a plot summary, discussion of the main philosopical issues, and discussion questions. Mt. Holyoke College
  • Discussion Guide focuses on “A Heavy Load” and “Uncle Ry and the Moon”. Thinking Stories
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Books annotations are from The Library of Congress or Linda’s Links to Literature.

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These are a few posts that I found interesting as I blog hopped across the web this week.

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.All Hallow’s Read 2012 promotes reading and giving someone a book on Halloween. The website has bookmarks, posters, stickers, and more.

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This week Amazon announced a new service called Whispercast for schools and businesses. How do you think this will change e-reading in the classroom? And what is the implication for libraries?

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Infographics can be a powerful tool in the classroom. This is a good explanation.
Follow our Pinterest board Infographics – Books/Literature for a collection of book-related infographics.

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The 2012 Teens’ Top Ten books have been announced! Get your teens involved. How many have you read?

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At this time of year, children love books about  pumpkins. Use some of our favorite titles to develop reading strategies for informational books and to learn more about this seasonal fruit.

Informational Picture Books

From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer
Illustrated by James Graham Hale
Describes and illustrates the growth of a pumpkin from seed to flower to full-grown fruit.

  • Lesson Plan focuses on pumpkin growth, characteristics, and vocabulary. Christa Carol Jones
  • Video of the book WatchKnowLearn

The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons
Describes how pumpkins come in different shapes and sizes, how they grow, and their traditional uses and cultural significance.

  • Activity Guide includes comprehension questions, vocabulary, cross-curricular activities, and an Internet activity. Live Oak Media
  • Lesson Plan includes activities that can be used on a SMART board. SMART Exchange
  • more links…

The Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George Levenson
Rhyming text and photographs follow a pumpkin patch as it grows and changes, from seeds to plants to pumpkins ready to harvest, to jack-o-lanterns and then to seeds again.

Storybooks With Information About Pumpkins

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas.
Charlie, the smallest child in his first grade class, is amazed to discover that of the three pumpkins his teacher brings to school, the tiniest one has the most seeds.Lesson Plan includes pre-reading, questions, and activities. Reading is Fundamental

Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell
In the course of one year, a jack-o-lantern, discarded after Halloween, decomposes in the backyard and eventually grows new pumpkins from its seeds.

Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
Jamie plants a pumpkin seed and, after watching it grow, carves it, and saves some seeds to plant in the spring.

The Linda’s Links to Literature database has 75+ books with related teaching links featuring pumpkins.

Related Teaching Resources

Pumpkin Printables and Worksheets A to Z Teacher Stuff

Pumpkin Unit Busy Teacher’s Café

Words to the song in the video below

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Today’s post continues our series of free book-related resources for teaching with Caldecott books. This post features the winners from 2007.
Use Caldecott-winning books as springboards for literature-based learning experiences in the classroom.

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2007 Medal Winner

The 2007 Medal Winner was Flotsam by David Wiesner (Clarion).
A young, science-minded boy goes to the beach to collect and examine anything floating that has been washed ashore and discovers an underwater camera that contains a collection of unusual pictures.
In this wordless book, the author/illustrator uses watercolor illustrations to tell the story.

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Honor Books include:

Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet by David McLimans (Walker)
Presents the alphabet in capital letters designed to look like endangered animals, and lists facts on each species, covering their habitats, geographic ranges, threats to survival, and statuses.
Each black and white letter graphically represents characteristics of each featured animal using pencil and pen with India ink with smaller pictures of each animal in red.

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Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom  illustrated by  Kadir Nelson, written by Carole Boston Weatherford (Hyperion/Jump at the Sun)
A fictionalized account of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery for freedom in Philadelphia, where she turns her talents to leading others along the Underground Railroad.
The brilliant illustrations of courage, sorrow, and resilience were created using oils and watercolors.

  • Discussion Guide includes questions, cross-curricular activities, and information about the author and illustrator. Hyperion
  • Lesson Plan focuses on math activities. Membership to this website is free. Learning Through Listening
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There are additional book-related teaching links for these books in the Linda’s Links to Literature database.
All Amazon links are affiliate links for Linda’s Links to Literature.
Books annotations are from The Library of Congress or Linda’s Links to Literature.

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