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Children’s Lit Pick – November 2014

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014 in Book of the Month, Language Arts | 0 comments

autumn_book_2 Join us once a month to view our top picks for the month in children’s literature. There are so many amazing books out there and we are excited to explore, with you, just a small portion of what is available. Each month we will spotlight two books, a chapter book and a picture book, that we feel are among the best for your children. We will also give you ideas of how to use these books in the classroom. These books are 10% off for the month!


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


Written by Judith Viorst       Illustrated by Ray Cruz

Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair.
And it got worse…
His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch bag. And, on top of all that, there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on TV!
This handsome new edition of Judith Viorst’s classic picture book is sure to charm readers of all ages.

In the classroom

These blogs give some fun lesson plans and ideas for activities to do in correlation with reading Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good ,Very Bad Day:

  • Scholastic offers a lesson plan to accompany the book.
  • 123Read&Write offers a Reading Comprehension Lesson Plan.
  • Mt. Holyoke offers a questionnaire to lead a class discussion.




Illustrated Stories From Dickens


Illustrated by: Barry Ablett

A beautifully illustrated collection of five classic Charles Dickens’ stories, retold for younger readers.

Includes ‘Oliver Twist’, ‘Bleak House’, ‘Great Expectations’, ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ and ‘David Copperfield’ as well as a short biography of the great author himself.

With internet links to find out more about the life and times of Charles Dickens.


In the classroom:

These blogs give some fun lesson plans and ideas for activities to do in correlation with reading Charles Dickens

  • Teaching English is a British based site which gives multiple Charles Dickens  lesson plans.
  •  PBS Masterpiece offers an interesting teachers guide to teaching Dickens.
  • What the Dickens is a fun, interactive website for students and teachers alike.


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