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Today we continue with our series of free book-related resources for teaching with Caldecott books. Use these resources for the 2003 Caldecott Awards books to enhance the learning experiences of your students.

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2003 Medal Winner

My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann (Roaring Brook Press/Millbrook Press)
Something always seems to go wrong when Rabbit is around, but Mouse lets him play with his toy plane anyway because he is his good friend.
The humorous, simple illustrations are created with double-page and-colored relief prints with a black outline around each object.

  • Comprehension Questions Dr. Jeff’ Sapp
  • Lesson Plan includes pre-reading, vocabulary, questions, and activities. Book It
  • Literature Guide includes journal writing, questions to think about, word game, and other activities.  Nancy Polette
  • Literature Resource includes a book summary, book activities, writing ideas, vocabulary words, discussion questions, and an online quiz. Professional Development Institute
  • more links…

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Honor Books:

Hondo & Fabian by Peter McCarty (Henry Holt & Co.)
Hondo the dog gets to go to the beach and play with his friend Fred, while Fabian the cat spends the day at home.
The soft brown illustrations were created using pencil and watercolor papers.

  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC
  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods
  • more links…

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Noah’s Ark by Jerry Pinkney (SeaStar Books, a division of North-South Books Inc.)
Beautiful watercolor pencil illustrations are used to retell the biblical story of the great flood and how Noah and his family faithfully responded to God’s call to save life on earth.

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The Spider and the Fly illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi, written by Mary Howitt (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
A black and white illustrated version of the well-known poem about a wily spider who preys on the vanity and innocence of a little fly.

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

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     Today’s Amazon Kindle daily deal for grades 6-12 is the 2005 Newbery Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt for just $1.99.
In 1911, Turner Buckminster hates his new home of Phippsburg, Maine, but things improve when he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from a poor, nearby island community founded by former slaves that the town fathers–and Turner’s–want to change into a tourist spot.

Always check for price change before downloading. Use one of Amazon’s free reading apps if you don’t have a Kindle.

Enjoy these free teaching resources from the Linda’s Links to Literature database.

  • Guide includes pre-teaching, discussion questions, and interdisciplinary activities. Listening Library
  • Literature Unit Free download after registering for the site. Teachers Pay Teachers
  • Novel Resource includes author information, booktalk, literary elements, curriculum connections, activities, discussion questions, and vocabulary. Leslie Preddy
  • Reader’s Theater Lerner Books
  • Reading Strategies include activities, strategies, and worksheets. Novelinks
  • Teacher’s Guide includes author information, thematic discussion questions, curriculum connections, vocabulary, and web links. Random House
  • More links…

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

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When I was growing up, I lived in an area that didn’t have the benefit of a public library. The school library in my first two elementary schools had little to offer and no librarian to help me select a book or even teach me about different books. My last elementary school only had a library because my mom and other parents were determined to establish one with a qualified librarian.

Since I didn’t have a librarian to introduce different genres to read, my real first experience with biographies was from the generosity of a neighbor. Her children were older, and she had some great books that she decided to give away. That was my introduction to biographies. She gave me the complete set of Childhood of Famous Americans. The series is still around today.

Today, however, there are some wonderful biographies published every year that shouldn’t be missed.
The books listed here are some of my favorites from the 2012 publishing year. I hope you check them out.

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The Amazing Harry Kellar: Great American Magician by Gail Jarrow
Calkins Creek, Gr. 5-8
Introduces the life and accomplishments of Harry Kellar, following his career from his early days as a magician’s assistant to his own international stardom at the turn of the twentieth century.
K, SLJ

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Annie and Helen by Deborah Hopkinson; illustrated by Raul Colon
Schwartz & Wade Books, Gr. 2-5
Describes the relationship between Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, and includes excerpts from letters written by Annie about her work with Helen.
SLJ

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Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World by Tracey E. Fern
Farrar Straus Giroux, Gr. 1-4
Looks at the life of paleontologist Barnum Brown.
B, K, SLJ

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Best Shot in the West: The Adventures of Nat Love by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack, Jr.
Chronicle Books, Gr. 6-10
A graphic novel portrayal of the life of African-American cowboy Nat Love, also known as Deadwood Dick.
K, SLJ

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Bon Appetit!: The Delicious Life of Julia Child by Jessie Hartland
Schwartz & Wade Books, Gr. 2-5
Follows Julia Child from her childhood in Pasadena, California, to her life as a spy in WWII, to the cooking classes she took in Paris, to her celebrity as a world-renown chef.
B, PW

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Colorful Dreamer: The Story of Artist Henri Matisse by Marjorie Blain Parker, Illustrated by Holly Berry
Dial Books, Gr. 2-5
Describes how Henri Matisse grew up to be a famous painter.
B, K, SLJ

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Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd
Dial Books, Gr. 2-6
An illustrated biography of Founding Father and inventor Benjamin Franklin.
B, K, PW

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The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michell Markel, Illustrated by Amanda Hall
Eerdmans Books, PreS-Gr. 3
Introduces the life and accomplishments of Henri Rousseau, a self-taught painter who faced harsh criticism but persevered and succeeded.
B, PW, SLJ

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Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asmi, Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Little, Brown, Gr. 2-4
An illustrated introduction to the life of Booker T. Washington that focuses on his hard work and determination to earn a college degree.
K, PW, SLJ

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Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller by Doreen Rappaport, Illustrated by Matt Tavares
Hyperion Books, Gr. 2-4
An illustrated biography of Helen Keller, introducing young readers to her life and legacy.
K, SLJ

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It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw by Don Tate, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Lee & Low, Gr. 2-4
A biography of Bill Traylor, a former slave who began to draw pictures–based on his recollections of rural and urban life–at the age of 83.
B, K, SLJ

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Jazz Age Josephine by Jonah Winter, Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
Atheneum, Gr. 2-6
Introduces the life and legacy of Josephine Baker, examining her accomplishments, and describing how she overcame her poor, segregated upbringing to find success as a performer.
B, K, PW

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Life in the Ocean: The Story Of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A. Nivola
Farrar Straus Giroux, Gr. K-5
A picture book biography of oceanographer Sylvia Earle, discussing her childhood along the Gulf of Mexico, her passion for the environment, and her experiences in ocean exploration.
B, K, PW, SLJ

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Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman
Nancy Paulsen Books, Gr. K-5
A young girl is curious about Abraham Lincoln and sets out to find out more about the life of the nation’s sixteenth president.
PW, SLJ

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Monsieur Marceau by Leda Schubert, Illustrated by Gerard DuBois
Roaring Brook Press, Gr. 1-5
An illustrated biography of the famous French mime, Marcel Marceau.
B. K, SLJ

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Paiute Princess: The Story of Sarah Winnemucca by Deborah Kogan Ray
Farrar Straus Giroux, Gr. 3-7
A biography of Sarah Winnemucca, Paiute Indian and Native American civil rights activists, discussing her childhood, her work as an advocate for all Native Americans, and the appeals to white America to treat her people with dignity.
PW, SLJ

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Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman by Esme Raji Codell, Illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins
Greenwillow, Gr. 1-3
Chronicles the life of the man who came to be known as Johnny Appleseed and reveal the five principles he followed that led to his legendary status in American history.
PW

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Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass by Lesa Cline-Ransome, Illustrated by James E. Ransome
Simon & Schuster, Gr. 2-5
A biography of the early life of Frederick Douglass, one of the first leaders of the antislavery movement, discussing his childhood on as a slave child on a plantation, at eight when sold to Hugh and Sophia Auld in Baltimore, and explains that learning to read was the key to his freedom.
PW, SLJ

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Recommendations:
B – Booklist
K – Kirkus Reviews
PW – Publishers Weekly
SLJ – School Library Journal

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

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The 1952 Newbery Award Medal was awarded to Eleanor Estes for the book Ginger Pye.
The Kindle edition of this book is specially priced for today at $1.99.
After today, check for any price change before downloading. Use one of Amazon’s free reading apps if you don’t have a Kindle.

Appealing to grades 4-7, Ginger Pye focuses on the disappearance of a new puppy named Ginger and the appearance of a mysterious man in a mustard yellow hat that brings excitement into the lives of the Pye children.

Here a few book-related teaching resources from the Linda’s Links to Literature database:

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

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One of today’s free Kindle books for children is The Five Mouse Brothers by Rachel Yu.
In the book, one of the mouse brothers is accused of stealing food and sentenced to death by mousetrap. His brothers find a way to rescue him by tricking the villagers.

Before downloading a free Kindle book, always check for price changes.

Don’t have a Kindle? Use one of Amazon’s free reading apps to read it on your computer.

If you liked this book, read the sequel – The Five Mouse Sisters by Rachel Yu.

I have always liked this traditional Chinese story. Perhaps you’d like to use The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop in your classroom.
Here’s a few book-related teaching links for this book from the Linda’s Links to Literature database.

The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop
The Five Chinese Brothers, who use their extraordinary physical abilities to save the life of the First Chinese Brother, are unfairly condemned to death for the accidental drowning of a selfish and naughty boy.

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What Did You Miss This Week?

What did you miss this week on our Facebook page and Pinterest boards?

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Top 10 Religion & Spirituality Books for Youth: 2012 from Booklist. See previous years on our Pinterest Board.

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The winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature is Goblin Secrets by William Alexander.

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Plan ahead for the holidays – a free Kindle book – Homemade Christmas Gifts.
Always check for price change before downloading. Use one of Amazon’s free reading apps if you don’t have a Kindle.

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Try this free animated game for determining the order of books in the library.

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Bookmarks you can easily make.

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A video about why the world needs librarians.

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Today’s post continues our series of free book-related resources for teaching with Caldecott books. Hope you can use some of these resources for the 2004 winner and honorees with your students.

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2004 Medal Winner
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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein (Roaring Brook Press/Millbrook Press
A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit’s 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.
The author/illustrator used suspenseful drawings using pen & ink and oil paint using mostly subdued shades of blue, green and gray.

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Honor Books:

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine (Harcourt, Inc.)
Despite the advice of others in her family, Ella Sarah persists in wearing the striking and unusual outfit of her own choosing.
Chodos-Irvine uses bold, bright colors and print-making techniques with a white outline around many of the illustrations.

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems. (Hyperion)
A pigeon that longs to drive a bus sees a chance to make its dream come true when the bus driver takes a short break.
The book uses hand-drawn ink sketches combined with digital photography.

  • Activities for the Smart Board. Smart Exchange
  • Guide includes activities related to the theater production that can be done with the book. Northwest Childrens Theater
  • Teacher’s Guide includes cross-curricular activities. Hyperion
  • more links…

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What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? illustrated and written by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. (Houghton Mifflin Company)
This book using cut-paper collage looks at the ways in which different animals use their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails.

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

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