“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”— Anne Lamott
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Our Young Readers Book Lesson Plans encourage reading comprehension, inferencing and a joy of reading. The most effective way to raise a good reader is to show them the joy of sinking into a good book and finding new friends in the characters between the covers.
How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl by Georgia Lyon (AKA Florida Frenz)
With powerful words and pictures Florida chronicles in her notebook her journey to figure out how to read facial expressions, how to make friends, how to juggle all the social cues that make navigating school feel like being lost in a complicated maze. For those wondering what it’s like inside an autistic child’s head, Florida’s book provides amazing insight and understanding. Reading how she learns how to be human makes us all feel a little less alien.
Barbed Wire Baseball: How One Man Brought Hope to the Japanese Internment Camps of WWII by Marissa Moss
As a boy, Kenichi “Zeni” Zenimura dreams of playing professional baseball, but in 1941, Zeni and his family are sent to one of ten internment camps. Zeni brings the game of baseball to the camp, along with a sense of hope. This true story, set in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, introduces children to a little-discussed part of American history.
A Wilcox and Griswold Mystery: The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake by Robin Newman & Illustrated by Deborah Zemke.
When food goes missing on Ed’s farm, Detectives Wilcox and Griswold do what it takes to track down the thieves. In this case, Miss Rabbit’s carrot cake has disappeared. Has it been stolen? Or eaten? Or both? Whodunnit?
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
When Omri’s big brother has no birthday present for him, he gives Omri an old wooden medicine cabinet he’s found. The cabinet doesn’t seem like much of a present to nine-year-old Omri until he deposits inside it another present he receives for his birthday: a miniature plastic Indian. His mother comes up with a key for the cabinet, and the real magic begins.
Ivy and Bean What’s the Big Idea? (Book 7) by Annie Barrows
It’s the Science Fair, and the second grade is all over it! Some kids are making man-eating robots. Some kids are holding their breath for a very, very long time. Some kids are doing interesting things with vacuum cleaners. The theme, obviously, is global warming. But what should Ivy and Bean do? Something involving explosions? Or ropes? Something with ice cubes? Or maybe … maybe something different.
The Amelia’s Notebook series by Marissa Moss are some of my favorite books.
This year is the 20th anniversary of the first Amelia’s Notebook being published, so it seems like a good time to celebrate this fabulous book series. Check out our Amelia’s Notebook page for resources and book lessons.
Wayside School [3-Book Set]: Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, Wayside School is Falling Down, Sideway Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
“Wayside School was supposed to be composed of thirty classrooms, on one story. However, the builder constructed a thirty story building with an extra-large playground (He said he was very sorry). Consequently, everything about Wayside School is topsy-turvy. The higher one climbs, the stranger the people and the weirder the incident.