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Children’s Lit Pick – May 2016

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

ladybug reading-horzEvery month we pick two books to spotlight, one picture book and one chapter book, and put them at 10% off! Check out the Knowledge Tree Blog, on the second week of the month, for a review of these books and some ideas for using them in your home or classroom!

The Wall

Written by: Eve Bunting    Illustrated by: Ronald Himler

the wall


A boy and his father visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. “Before this powerful book is half finished, readers will be deeply moved. Bunting’s understated prose captures the meaning of the memorial to the American people. . .  Himler’s gauzy watercolors are a perfect accompaniment”.–School Library Journal, starred review. Reading Rainbow Main Feature. Full color.





In the classroom:

  • Education World provides a wonderful lesson plan for students to learn about Veterans. Lesson plan includes writing letters to Veterans.
  • manchester.edu has an online lesson plan that coincides with the book.


boy reading


One Crazy Summer

Written by: Rita Williams-Garcia

one crazy summer
In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them.
Eleven-year-old Delphine is like a mother to her two younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern. She’s had to be, ever since their mother, Cecile, left them seven years ago for a radical new life in California. When they arrive from Brooklyn to spend the summer with her, Cecile is nothing like they imagined. While the girls hope to go to Disneyland and meet Tinker Bell, their mother sends them to a day camp run by the Black Panthers. Unexpectedly, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern learn much about their family, their country, and themselves during one truly crazy summer.
This moving, funny novel won the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction and the Coretta Scott King Award and was a National Book Award Finalist.



In the classroom

  • HarperCollins provides a 6 page Teaching Guide for Rita Williams-Garcia books.
  • The California Young Readers Medal gives teachers a 14 page resource guide for One Crazy Summer.
  • EdHelper.com gives educators links to reading journals, word walls, mixed review lit units, and much more.

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