Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin: Lloyd Moss

Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin

Author: Lloyd Moss
Illustrator: Marjorie Priceman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Year: 1995
Brief Summary: Through pleasant rhyme, readers are introduced to 10 different instruments, music vocabulary, and parts of the orchestra.
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.:

  •  Music: discuss the musical instruments mentioned in the book in more detail.  If there is a music room in the school and these instruments were available, arrange for students to try them out.
  • Arrange a field trip to an orchestra/concert.  See if students can meet the musicians back stage or visit the “pit” to see everything from the musicians’ point of view.
  • If field trip isn’t possible, play some classical music and see if students can identify the different instruments.
  • Review the number prefixes — solo, duo, trio, etc.
  • Find rhyming pairs in the book.

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

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

A Child’s Calendar: John Updike

A Child’s Calendar

Author/Illustrator: John Updike/Trin Schart Hyman
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication Year: 1999
Brief Summary: This collection of 12 poems follows the child’s activities through the year.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

ABC Children”s Booksellers Choices Award, 2000′ ‘ Winner’ ‘ Special Subjects’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Parents” Choice Award, 1999′ ‘ Recommended’ ‘ Picture Books’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Randolph Caldecott Medal, 2000′ ‘ 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.:

  • Discuss seasons, months of the year words, activities suitable for specific times of the year.
  • Discuss poetry and different literary devices used in the book.
  • Find rhyming pairs; play matching game with younger students.

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

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly: Simms Taback

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Author/Illustrator: Simms Taback
Publisher: Blue Sky Press
Publication Year: 1997
Brief Summary: A classic song about an old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a bird, etc.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

New York Times Best Illustrated Children”s Books of the Year, 1997′ ‘ Winner’ ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1998′ ‘ Honor Book’ ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Society of School Librarians International Book Awards, 1998′ ‘ Honor’ ‘ Language Arts – Picture Books’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Best Children’s Books of the Year, 1998 ; Bank Street College of Education
Capitol Choices, 1997 ; The Capitol Choices Committee
Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
Los Angeles’ 100 Best Books, 1997 ; IRA Children’s Literature and Reading SIG and the Los Angeles Unified School District
Notable Children’s Books, 1998 ; ALSC American Library Association
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, August 1997 ; Cahners
Reading Magic Award, 1997 ; Parenting
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, December 1997 ; Cahners

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

  • What was the moral of the story?
  • Have children try to remember the animals in the correct order in which they appear in the book.
  • Rhyming pairs.
  • Study details in the illustrations, like newspaper clippings.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.   Note in the back talks about “Hoosier Folklore”, first heard in the 1940s, but true author remains unknown.

  • Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

Goodnight Moon: Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Moon

Author: Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrator: Clement Hurd
Publisher: Harper and Bros.
Publication Year: 1947
Brief Summary: In this beloved night-time classic, the narrator bids goodnight to everything that is near and dear to the child.  The rhymes are gentle and calming, and children will love being soothed to sleep by the poem.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

 Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
  • Use with younger students; pair with companion book My World, also by Margaret Wise Brown.
  • Discuss nighttime routines: what do your parents do to help you get sleepy at night?  A bath?  A story?  Do you have a favorite pet/stuffed animals you sleep with?
  • Discuss rhyming words in the book.  Give one of the words in the rhyming pair and have the children think of words that rhyme with it.
  • Have older children draw a picture of their room and label.

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

  • Text-to-text connections
  • Text-to-self connections

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