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The Linda’s Link to Literature Book of the Week for July 14 is Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.



Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Roaring Brook Press PreS-Gr. 3

A little bull discovers that he has been a big bully.

Starred reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal



Meet the Author



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Today is the birthday of Tomie dePaola, the author and/or illustrator of more than 200 children’s books. His books include a series of stories about Strega Nona, memoirs of his life and growing up, legends and folktales, and holiday stories.
Strega Nona was a 1976 Caldecott Honor Book and 26 Fairmount Avenue was a 2000 Newbery Honor Book.

These are some of our favorites with book-related teaching links along with some author resources.



Strega Nona Stories

Strega Nona
When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works.


Strega Nona’s Magic Lessons
Big Anthony disguises himself as a girl in order to take magic lessons from Strega Nona.


Big Anthony: His Story
Big Anthony, well-meaning but inattentive, journeys around Italy causing one problem after another, before meeting Strega Nona.


Memoirs and Family

26 Fairmount Avenue
Children’s author-illustrator Tomie dePaola describes his experiences at home and in school when he was a boy.


The Art Lesson
Having learned to be creative in drawing pictures at home, young Tommy is dismayed when he goes to school and finds the art lesson there much more regimented.


Legends and Folktales

Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story
After the death of her mother and father, Adelita is badly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters until she finds her own true love at a grand fiesta.


Charlie Needs a Cloak
A shepherd shears his sheep, cards and spins the wool, weaves and dyes the cloth, and sews a beautiful new red cloak.

  • Activity Card features a chart for showing the process for making a garment from wool. University of Virginia Curry School of Education
  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities.  Weston Woods
  • more links…


Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato
The laziest man in all of Ireland catches a leprechaun, who offers a potato seed instead of a pot of gold for his freedom.


The Legend of the Bluebonnet
A retelling of the Comanche Indian legend of how a little girl’s sacrifice brought the flower called bluebonnet to Texas.


The Legend of the Paintbrush
A Native American story of Little Gopher following his destiny, as revealed in a Dream-Vision of becoming an artist for his people and bringing the colors of the sunset down to the earth.


Author Resources


There are additional book-related teaching links for this book in the Linda’s Links to Literature database.

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Ever since Erin E. Stead won the 2011 Caldcott Medal for A Sick Day for Amos McGee, she and her author husband Philip C. Stead have been one of my favorite author and illustrator teams. I look forward to each new book.

This year Philip C. Stead has written and illustrated A Home for Bird.
Roaring Brook Press
PreS-Grade 3
ISBN 978-1-59643-711-1
Starred Reviews – Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly

In the story, Vernon, a wandering toad, meets up with Bird. But even though he introduces Bird to his friends Skunk and Porcupine, he can’t get Bird to make a sound. Deciding that Bird must be homesick, the two set off in a teacup boat to find Bird’s home.

The June issue of BookPage has a brief interview to Meet Philip C. Stead.

Teaching Resources for A Home for Bird

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October 22 is the birthday of Marjorie Flack.
Although she passed away over 50 years ago, her books are still read over and over by children today. She is best known for The Story About Ping and her stories about the Scottish terrier Angus. The Caldecott Honor Medal was awarded to Boats on the River.

Can you answer this question?
Who lived “on a boat with two wise eyes on the Yangtze River”? The answer is Ping from The Story About Ping.

Teaching Resources for The Story About Ping

  • Online Book with illustrations.
  • Guide includes pre-reading, vocabulary, questions, and activities.
  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post-reading activities.
  • Worksheet uses a Venn diagram.

There are 15 book-related teaching resources for this book in our database.

Author Bio Resources

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Since Lane Smith has a birthday on August 25, start the school year with a fun author/illustrator study. Smith has written and illustrated his own books as well as collaborated with Jon Scieszka on The Stinky Cheese Man (a Caldecott Honor book), Math Curse, and more.

Teaching Resources to get you started:

Lane Smith Author/Illustrator Resources
Author/Illustrator Website

Penguin Books

Author Interviews
Adventure Underground

Reading Rockets

Books by Lane Smith
It’s a Book
  Author    Classroom Ideas
John, Paul, George & Ben  Author   Reader’s Theater
Squids Will Be Squids  Illustrator    Activities
The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales Illustrator    Lesson Plan
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs  Illustrator    Extension Activity

There are additional book-related teaching resources for these books and others written and illustrated by Lane Smith in the Linda’s Links to Literature database.

Related Resources
Enhance the teaching unit by reading other fractured fairy tales  –  Fractured Fairy Tale List

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Today, being the birthday of Brian Selznick, gives me the opportunity to share some information about one of my favorite books and authors.

Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret received oodles of awards and recognitions including the 2008 Caldecott Medal, finalist for the 2007 National Book Awards in the Young People’s Literature category, and a 2007 New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books of the Year.
Told through a combination of text and black and white charcoal sketches, the book is about twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931. When he meets a mysterious toyseller, Papa Georges, and his goddaughter Isabelle, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

In December, a movie based on the book and simply titled Hugo will be released…who knows why they changed the name? So far, no trailer has not been released, but I’m sure it will be soon. The movie directed by Martin Scorsese will be in 3D with the cast of Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley and Jude Law.

Teaching Resources
Official Book Website
Discussion Questions
Teaching Unit
Video of the author talking about the book

The Linda’s Links to Literature database has 25+ links to book-related teaching resources for this book.

Brian Selznick’s newest book Wonderstruck will be released later this year. Can’t wait to read it! Watch the new video to see him talk about the book and show the wonderful illustrations.

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Happy Birthday to Joan Bauer!
If you’re planning an author study for the next school year or arranging a teen book club, then Joan Bauer is a great choice.
Her characters face complicated family problems, but her books are sprinkled with humor to lighten up the story.

A Few Teaching Resources:

Author Information

Book Resources

These are just a few of the 50+ book-related resources for titles by Joan Bauer on the Linda’s Links to Literature website.

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