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!
By: Neil Gaiman
Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he’s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.
Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead?
Awards: The Graveyard Book won the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal and is a Hugo Award Winner for Best Novel.
In the classroom:
- This book supports common core standards
- Harper Collins has provided a list of discussion questions to use in your classroom.
- The Ghoul Gate is a wonderful resource for everything Gaimen and The Graveyard Book. It provides multiple activities and lesson ideas that correspond with the book.
By: Drew Daywalt
Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.
What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?