The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

Synopsis

It’s the Grouchy Ladybug’s 20th birthday. To celebrate, we are introducing a new, larger format edition with brighter, more colorful pages created from Eric Carle’s original artwork using the latest reproduction technology. The Grouchy Ladybug is bigger and brigher, as irascible but irresistable as ever and will surely delight new generations of readers, as well as her devoted fans of all ages. Happy Birthday, Grouchy Ladybug!

A grouchy ladybug, looking for a fight, challenges everyone she meets regardless of their size or strength.

Key Ideas

  • Writing
  • Time

Lessons Plans

Activities 

Handouts

Ladybugs

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Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote by Tanya Lee Stone,Rebecca Gibbon (Illustrator)

Synopsis

Elizabeth Cady Stanton stood up and fought for what she believed in. From an early age, she knew that women were not given rights equal to men. But rather than accept her lesser status, Elizabeth went to college and later gathered other like-minded women to challenge the right to vote.Here is the inspiring story of an extraordinary woman who changed America forever because she wouldn’t take “no” for an answer.

Elizabeth Leads the Way is a 2009 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year.

Key Ideas

  • Large vocabulary
  • 3-5th grade
  • Women’s rights
  • Lot of information about Elizabeth
  • Connections to elections

Lesson Plans

Women Rights

Elections

Book Connection

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Anne Frank by Josephine Poole

Synopsis

The life of Anne Frank, from birth until being taken from the hidden attic by the Nazis, is presented in this haunting, meticulously researched picture book. It is a compelling yet easy-to-understand “first” introduction to the Holocaust as witnessed by Anne and her family. The stunningly evocative illustrations by Angela Barrett are worth a thousand words in capturing for young Americans what it must have felt like to be Anne Frank, a spirited child caught in the maelstrom of World War II atrocities. A detailed timeline of important events in Europe and in the Frank family is included.

Key Ideas

  • World War
  • Jewish Culture
  • Illustrations are good
  • Struggling readers- names are difficult
  • Difficult concepts would have to explain
  • Older students

Lesson Plans

Holocaust 

World War I

World War II

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1,000 years ago on planet earth by Sneed B Collard III

Synopsis

At the dawn of the third millennium we know more about our amazing planet than ever before. But what did the world look like one thousand years ago? This eye-opening book takes readers back a thousand years in time to discover what was happening in twelve incredibly different civilizations at the turn of the first millennium. Travel to Central America to explore the great pyramid at Chichen Itza, witness the acts of the bloodthirsty and adventurous Vikings in northern Europe, and learn about the fascinating innovations of the Chinese during the Song Dynasty. This fascinating flashback describes how the planet has changed over the centuries and helps readers imagine what the future may be like.

Describes events and cultural developments all over the world 1,000 years ago, including the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Key Ideas

  • Non-fiction
  • Different continents
  • Social studies
  • 4-5th grade

Lesson Plans

Social Studies

Vikings

Continents 

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Minty by Alan Schroeder, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)

Synopsis 

This beautifully written book, illustrated by four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Jerry Pinkney, makes the story of Harriet Tubman’s childhood accessible to very young readers. As a young slave, nicknamed “Minty,” Harriet Tubman was a feisty and stubborn girl with a dream of escape, and whose rebellious spirit often got her into trouble. Pinkney’s expressive illustrations bring every emotion to brilliant life-from troubled sorrow to spirited hope for freedom.

Key Ideas

  • Illustrations
  • Black history
  • Language
  • Dialect
  • True to past
  • Slavery

Lesson Plans

Kindergarten

Enrichment Activities

Underground Railroad

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Same Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw, Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw (Illustrator)

Synopsis

Elliot lives in America, and Kailash lives in India. They are pen pals. By exchanging letters and pictures, they learn that they both love to climb trees, have pets, and go to school. Their worlds might look different, but they are actually similar. Same, same. But different!

Through an inviting point-of-view and colorful, vivid illustrations, this story shows how two boys living oceans apart can be the best of friends.

Key Ideas

  • Pin pals
  • Illustrations
  • Cultural differences
  • Family
  • Comparison
  • Multiculrual
  • Excitement about reading
  • Animals

Lesson Plans

India

Pen Pals 

Pen Pals

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Burger Boy by Alan Durant, Mei Matsuoka (Illustrator)

Synopsis

Benny likes burgers. Benny loves burgers. In fact, burgers are the only food that Benny ever eats. “If you don’t watch out, you’ll turn into a burger one day,” warns his mom.

And one day, Benny does.

Hilarious, roly-poly illustrations capture Benny’s wacky transformation and the chaos that ensues. A delectable cautionary tale, this is a rollicking read-aloud that’s certain to tickle picky eaters (and their parents) everywhere.

Key Ideas

  • Bullying
  • Counting
  • Illustrations
  • Eating habits

Lesson Plans

Bullying

Counting

Nutrition

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