A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Written by Philip C. Stead
Illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2010
Format: Print Book
32 Pages ~ Ages 5-8
In this New York Times Best Seller, Amos McGee is a friendly, loving zookeeper. Each day, he visits his good friends before starting his daily tasks. When he awakes too sick to go to work one morning, his friends miss him so much they go check on him, caring for him the way he does for them.
Brown Girl Dreaming
Written by Jacqueline Woodson
Published by Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014
Format: Memoir; Print Book
336 Pages ~ Ages 10+
In Brown Girl Dreaming, Woodson poetically tells the story of her childhood. Recalling memories of her time in South Carolina and New York, Woodson passionately expresses how she felt halfway “home” in each place. In this verse memoir, readers get a glimpse of lingerings of the Jim Crow Era, family dynamics, and how Woodson knew she would become a writer.
Title: Watch. Connect. Read.
Author: John Schumaker aka Mr. Schu
Dates active: 2010-present
Mr. Schu’s Watch. Connect. Read. is a blog intended to use book trailers to connect readers with books. The blog primarily includes interviews with authors of books Schu chooses for the blog. Watch. Connect. Read. does just that: allows blog readers to watch a book trailer, essentially allowing them to connect with the book, leading them to decide to read it. The blog is successful at connecting with a young audience through its uniqueness of enticing readers via book trailers. The blog includes other vibrant visuals like book covers and art that appeal to readers. What makes this blog different from most others are the always present author interviews.
Mr. Schu is a K-5 school librarian, member of the 2014 Newbery Medal Committee, a Library Journal Mover & Shaker, and active in the Twitter community. He is passionate about putting the right book in every child’s hands. His blog allows him to creatively reach children to do so. Schu often collaborates with Colby Sharp for blog posts.
Highlights High Five
Published by Highlights for Children
Printed by RR Donnelley
Format: Print magazine
40 Pages ~ Ages 2-6
Issue Used: April 2015 ~ Volume 9 ~ Number 4 ~ Issue No. 100
Highlights High Five is a print magazine for preschoolers and kindergarteners. It focuses on encouraging the development of children in this age range and promotes one-on-one time. The monthly magazine includes three main sections: reading, puzzles, and activities. Between the pages lie poems, easy stories that promote independent reading, short stories for one-on-one time, snack recipes, simple crafts, and engaging, educational activities.
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade
Written & illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Published by Houghton Mifflin, 2011
Format: Informational/nonfiction; Print Book; 24×29 cm
40 Pages ~ Ages 4-8
In Balloons Over Broadway, Sweet tells the story of Tony Sarg, the self-taught puppeteer who invented up-side down puppets for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Half balloon, half puppet, Sarg created these helium-filled, rubber balloons that would become the parade’s trademark.
Disney’s Ruby Bridges
Manufactured by Walt Disney Video, 2004
(Original release date – 1998)
Format: DVD; Closed-captioned; 90 min.
Disney’s Ruby Bridges takes viewers into the life of 6 year old Ruby Bridges in New Orleans, LA during the Civil Rights Era. Ruby’s family agreed to allow her to be one of few African American girls who were chosen to integrate public schools in New Orleans in 1960. Disney’s retelling of the historic event sheds light on Ruby’s challenging childhood and how it impacted the world we live in today.
The Watermelon Seed
Written & illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
Published by Disney/Hyperion, 2013
Format: Early/easy ready; Print Book; 27 cm
40 Pages ~ Ages 3-5
This crocodile LOVES watermelon! There’s only one problem: he fears he will swallow a seed. What would happen if he did? Will he eat watermelon again?