Truck: Donald Crews

Truck

Author/Illustrator: Donald Crews
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Year: 1980
Brief Summary: In this wordless book, readers follow a red truck on a cross-country journey.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1981′ ‘ Honor Book’ ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘

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

  • Talk about different types of vehicles/modes of transportation and their purposes.  What is the truck in the book used for?  Pair with Freight Train and other of Donald Crews’ books.
  • Talk about colors and shapes found in the book.
  • Discuss road safety — what types of safety features can you find in or out of the book?  (stop sign?  traffic light?  seatbelts?)

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

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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Press Here: Hervae Tullet

Press Here

Author/Illustrator: Hervae Tullet
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Year: 2011
Brief Summary: This simple but innovative book invites readers to interact with the illustrations.  Wonderful things happen when children press, shake, tilt, and do other things with the book and its contents.

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.:
  • Encourage students to play with the book.  What does this book remind you of?  (iPads, perhaps?)
  • Do you prefer reading a traditional book or books on iPads, Kindle, or other electronic formats?  Why?  Make a chart about the advantages and disadvantages of traditional/electronic books.
  • Discuss shapes and colors
  • Math – count the dots

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

Accessed at: B&N

Green: Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Green

Author/Illustrator: Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Year: 2012
Brief Summary: With bold, acrylic paint, Seeger explores many different shades of green, with cutouts revealing surprises from the page before.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

 Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
  • Review the vocabulary words for different shades of green.  Can students think of others, or examples to go with each word?
  • Art: Get several shades of green from craft stores and have children make their own mini book using those colors.  Encourage children to mix colors to get even more shades.  Label each page with an example of something that is that shade of green.

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

  • Art
  • Language arts – color vocabulary

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: B&N

Red Sings from Treetops: Joyce Sidman

Red Sings from Treetops: a year in colors

  • Author: Joyce Sidman

  • Illustrator: Pamela Zagarenski

  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin for Children

  • Publication Year: 2009

  • Brief Summary: Learn about the changing seasons through the use of colors and poetry.
  • Awards (if any):

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Best Books:

State and Provincial Reading List:

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

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

  • Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library