Chicka Chicka ABC: Bill Martin Jr.

Chicka Chicka ABC

Author: Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Illustrator: Lois Ehlert
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Year: 1989
Brief Summary: A beloved classic in which letters of the alphabet try to beat each other to the top of a coconut tree.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Language Arts: Review ABC with younger students.  Assign letters to each student (give them their letters on an index card), then have them rearrange themselves into ABC order.
  • Find rhyming pairs in the story
  • Bulletin board or felt board display
  • Text-to-text: read with Chicka Chicka 123

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. 

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

Ashanti to Zulu: Margaret Musgrove

 

Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions

Author: Margaret Musgrove
Illustrators: Leo & Diane Dillon
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Year: 1976
Brief Summary: In this alphabet book, children learn about customs and traditions of 26 African tribes.
Awards, Honors and Prizes: 

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Social Studies: Africa — show students (or have them show) on the map where Africa is.  Can they find tribes on the map?  Discuss different aspects of African customs/traditions/daily life as discussed in the book.
  • Language Arts: Students make their own ABC book — work individually?  pairs?  groups? — about their city/town/state/country.
  • Read a state ABC book if available (for example, T is for Tennessee by E. J. Sullivan).  Talk about the culture/daily life discussed in the book.  How is it different from Ashanti to Zulu?
  • Study pictures in detail…what kind of animals are shown?  What kind of clothing is featured?  etc.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.  Artwork is beautiful!

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

Jambo Means Hello: Muriel Feelings

 

Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book

Author: Muriel Feelings
Illustrator: Tom Feelings
Publisher: Puffin Pied Piper
Publication Year: 1974
Brief Summary: In this alphabet book, children learn about African culture and daily life through Swahili words.
Awards, Honors and Prizes: 

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Social Studies: Africa — show students (or have them show) on the map where Africa is.  Find countries where Swahili is spoken.  Discuss different aspects of African culture/daily life as discussed in the book.
  • Language Arts: Students make their own ABC book — work individually?  pairs?  groups? — about their city/town/state/country.
  • Read a state ABC book if available (for example, T is for Tennessee by E. J. Sullivan).  Talk about the culture/daily life discussed in the book.  How is it different from Jambo Means Hello?

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. Editor’s note about how art was made for the book.

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

Fly High, Fly Low: Don Freeman

Fly High, Fly Low

Author/Illustrator: Don Freeman
Publisher: Viking Press
Publication Year: 1957
Brief Summary: A pigeon and his mate decides to build their nest in the perfect spot — inside the letter B of a sign on top of a building in San Francisco.  When it gets moved, the pigeon flies high and low to find his family.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Discuss the setting.  What are some landmarks that you see in this city?
  • Why did Sid want to build inside the letter B?
  • Give children a piece of paper with a big letter B on it.  Have them place Sid and Midge’s nest somewhere inside the letter.  Count out and paste on two eggs.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. N/A

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

Z is for Moose: Kelly Bingham

Z is for Moose 

Author: Kelly Bingham
Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Year: 2012
Brief Summary: Moose can’t wait for his appearance in the alphabet book, but when he finds out Zebra has assigned the letter M to Mouse, he is upset and lets everyone know.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • Review the alphabet with younger kids.  See if kids can guess what the letter stands for on the pages Moose messed up.
  • Have you ever thrown a tantrum or seen your little brother or sister do it?  How does your mom, dad, sibling, or friend help you feel better?
  • Read along with A is for Salad and other isn’t-alphabet books.
  • Have children make their own ABC book…younger students can use words they know; challenge older students to use words about their school, their town, their state, their country, or the country their family’s from.

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • language art; ABC order
  • Text-to-text connections

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. N/A  
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library