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

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The Big Snow: Berta and Elmer Hader

The Big Snow

Author/Illustrator: Berta and Elmer Hader
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Year: 1945
Brief Summary: The animals prepare for a big storm, and are delighted to find a surprise feast after the snow stops.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • How do animals prepare for winter?  Some fly south, some hibernate, some store away food during fall.
  • Discuss winter.  What do people do to prepare for a big snow?  What do you do if school closes after a big snow?  What are some winter activities that your family enjoy together?

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

  • Science: animals preparing for winter; discussion of seasons

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

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