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!
Lemons Are Not Red
By:Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Simple, repetitive text provides the names of the items and colors: “Lemons are not red,” “Carrots are not purple,” and so on. When the page is turned, an object of the correct color is now revealed. This creatively designed volume combines an introduction to colors with a bedtime story.
In the Classroom:
- Use Lemons Are Not Red to help with teaching colors or as an introduction to art lessons.
- The Smithsonian offers a long list of Art lesson plans ranging from pre-K to 12th grade.
- The National Art Gallery offers Teaching Packets and Lesson Plans for a wide variety of Art topics.
By: Louis Sachar
Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys “build character” by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.
In the classroom:
- Random House Publishing provides a free lesson plan to go along with reading Holes.
- Scholastic offers a free lesson plan with discussion questions for the book.
- Literary Links provides a writing lesson plan to use following reading the book.