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Goodbye Stranger

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Goodbye Stranger Written by Rebecca Stead Wendy Lamb Books, 2015 On Sale August 4, 2015 ISBN: 978-0-385-74317-4 Grades 6-8 Book Review “You must have been put on this earth for a reason, little girl, to have survived.” So claims a nurse at the Manhattan hospital in which eight-year old Bridget Parsamian recovers after getting hit […]

A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat

A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat Written by Emily Jenkins, Illustrated by Sophie Blackall Published by Schwartz and Wade, 2015 ISBN 978-0-375-86832-0 Grades 2-6 NOVEMBER 4, 2015 NOTE: Since the initial publication of this blog entry, there has been significant discussion within and outside of the children’s book community regarding the […]

Teaching for Change and Social Justice

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Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! As we think about our goals for our students, we embrace the fact that we are not just teachers of academic content. We also want to support our students to be productive, responsible, and thoughtful citizens. Here at The Classroom Bookshelf, one of our goals is to feature selections […]

2013 Sibert Medal, YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, Newbery Honor: Bomb

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Bomb: The Race to Build –and Steal—The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin 2012, Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan ISBN: 978-1-59643-487-5 Grades 6 and Up Book Review “It’s a story with no end in sight. And, like it or not, you’re in it.” What story, you may ask? The story of “how humans created a […]

Each Kindness and Beneath a Meth Moon

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  Each Kindness Written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Young Readers Group, 2012 ISBN 978-0-399-24652-4 Grades 2 and Up Book Review  “I watched the water ripple/as the sun set through the maples/and the chance of a kindness with Maya/becoming more and more/forever gone.” Despite the changes in picture books […]

Skull in the Rock & Their Skeletons Speak

The Skull in the Rock Written by Marc Aronson and Lee Berger National Geographic, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4263-1010-2 Grades 6- 8  Book Review  “For Dr. Berger, it would have been enough to find that one special bone. But the clavicle was just the beginning. It was the rabbit hole beckoning Alice, the wardrobe flung open to […]

Teaching with Text Sets

This week, we celebrate the publication of Mary Ann and Erika’s book, Teaching with Text Sets. We wrote Teaching with Text Sets because we have witnessed the power of children’s literature to engage students, inspire deep content exploration, and differentiate instruction. We’ve also seen the potential for digital multimodal texts, like the kinds we regularly […]

Titanic

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson Scholastic Press, 2012 IBSN 978-0-545-11674-9 Grades 5-8 Book Review Rhoda Abbott. Olaus Jorgensen Abelseth. Lawrence Beesley. Frank Goldsmith. Charles Lightoller. Mother of two. Swedish immigrant turned South Dakota farmer. Science teacher. Nine year-old. Second officer on the RMS Titanic. All survivors of the disaster, and some of […]

2012 Coretta Scott King Award for Writing, Honor Book for Illustration: Heart and Soul

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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Written and Illustrated by Kadir Nelson Balzar and Bray, 2011 ISBN: 978-0-06-173074-0 Review This extraordinary work of art tells the story of America through the lens of African American history. It is at once familiar and yet unfamiliar to all too many. Even author-illustrator Kadir […]

Same, Same But Different

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The Classroom Bookshelf welcomes Nea Wadson as our guest blogger this week. Nea is a student in the Specialist Teacher of Reading Program in the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University. Same, Same but Different Written and Illustrated by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw Published in 2011 by Christy Ottaviano/Henry Holt ISBN # 978-0-8050-8946-2 Grades: PreK […]