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Books for Elementary Teachers 2011

September 2011

Behavior

Stead, Philip. A Sick Day for Amos McGee.  New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2010.  978-1-59643-402-8.                      JE  Ste

            Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day--'Ah-choo!'--he woke with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.

 

Underwood, Deborah.  The Quiet Book.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2010.  978-0-547-21567-9.    JE  Und

            From the quiet of being the first one awake in the morning to "sweet dreams quiet" when the last light is turned off, simple text explores the many kinds of quiet that can exist during the day.

 

Wells, Rosemary. Hands Off, Harry! New York: HarperCollins, 2011.  978-0-06-192112-4.          JE  Wel

            Harry has trouble keeping his hands off his classmates until Tina thinks of the perfect piece of gym equipment to teach him about personal space.

 

Language Arts

Gidwitz, Adam. A Tale Dark & Grimm. New York: Dutton Books, 2010.  978-0-525-42334-8.                    J  G453  and J  G453 CD

            Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.

 

Hauth, Katherine.  What’s for Dinner? : Quirky, Squirmy Poems from the Animal World. Watertown, Massachusetts: Charlesbridge, 2011.  978-1-57091-471-3.  j811.54  H381

            Describes in poetic verse the predatory habits of a variety of animals and the foods that they eat.

 

Loewen, Nancy. Talking Turkey and Other Clichés We Say. Mankato, Minnesota, 2011.  978-1-4048-6272-2.             j428.1  L827

            Feeling under the weather? Don't throw in the towel. Chin up! This book is your dream come true. For more cliches, look inside.

 

Wright, Danielle. My Village: Rhymes from Around the World. London: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2010.  978-1-84780-086-2.                j808.81  M995

            Collects poems and nursery rhymes from around the world, including such countries as China, Ireland, Zimbabwe, and Iran, and provides the English translations along with the rhymes in their original languages.

 

Raczka, Bob. Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2010.  978-0-547-24003-9.               j811.6  R123

            A collection of unique haiku poems, organized by season, that will appeal especially to boys.

 

Willems, Mo. We Are in a Book! New York: Hyperion Books, 2010.  978-1-4231-3308-7.  J Rdr Wil ORANGE

            Piggie realizes that she and Gerald the elephant are in a book and that she can make the reader say words, but when Gerald comes to understand the danger of the book ending, Piggie comes up with a solution to get the reader to keep reading.

Social Studies

Ancona, George. ¡Olé! Flamenco. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2010.  978-1-60060-361-7.                     j793.3194  A542

            "Photo-essay about Flamenco, a southern Spanish art form that incorporates song, dance, and music, tracing its cultural history and focusing on a contemporary young girl and her brother as they learn the traditional style of movement and instrument playing. Includes a glossary/pronunciation guide and author's sources"

 

Davies, Jacqueline. The Lemonade Crime. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2011.  978-0-547-27967-1.            J  D256  and J  D256  CD

            When money disappears from fourth-grader Evan's pocket and everyone thinks that his annoying classmate Scott stole it, Evan's younger sister stages a trial involving the entire class, trying to prove what happened.

 

Falken, Linda.  Can You Find It? America. New York: Abrams, 2010.  978-0-8109-8890-3.          j709.73  F192

            An “I Spy”-type of book using works of art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, all by American artists and depicting scenes and items from American history.

 

Ramsey, Calvin. Ruth and the Green Book. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 2010.  978-0-7613-5255-6.                      JE  Ram

            When Ruth and her parents take a motor trip from Chicago to Alabama to visit her grandma, they rely on a pamphlet called "The Negro Motorist Green Book" to find places that will serve them. Includes facts about "The Green Book."

 

Tonatiuh, Duncan. Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin. New York: Abrams, 2010.  978-0-8109-3872-4.                        JE  Ton

            Two cousins, one in Mexico and one in New York City, write to each other and learn that even though their daily lives differ, at heart the boys are very similar.

 

Wooldridge, Connie. Just Fine the Way They Are: From Dirt Roads to Rail Roads to Interstates. Honesdale, Pennsylvania: Calkins Creek, 2011.  978-1-59078-710-6.                 j388  W913

            Follows the development of roads in the United States--and the new forms of transportation that used them--from the National Highway of 1805 through railroads and paved roads for bicycles and automobiles to the interstate system.

 

Biographies

Hill, Laban. Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2010.  978-0-316-10731-0.         j921  D246H

            Through beautiful images and poetry, the life of a slave potter who lived in South Carolina in the 1800s is shown. 

 

Burleigh, Robert. The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn.  New York: Atheneum Books, 2011.  978-0-689-83041-9.    j921  T969B    

            A biography of Mark Twain as told through the eyes and voice of Huckleberry Finn. 

 

Math

Beaumont, Holly. Multiplication Made Fun. New York: DK Publishing, 2011.  978-0-7566-7591-2.          j513  B379

            A beginner's guide with tips, tricks and activities to help you learn the time tables up to ten. Front cover has a built in owl calculator to help you check your answers.

 

Erskine, Kathryn. The Absolute Value of Mike. New York: Philomel Books, 2011.  978-0-399-25505-2.             J E73  and J E73 CD

            Fourteen-year-old Mike, whose father is a brilliant mathematician but who has no math aptitude himself, spends the summer in rural Pennsylvania with his elderly and eccentric relatives Moo and Poppy, helping the townspeople raise money to adopt a Romanian orphan.

 

Fitzgerald, Theresa. Math Dictionary for Kids: The Essential Guide to Math Terms, Strategies, and Tables. Waco, Texas: Prufrock Press, 2011.  978-1-59363-644-9.               j510.3  F554

            Whole numbers and operations -- Measurement -- Algebraic ideas -- Geometry -- Decimals, fractions, percents, and ratios -- Statistics and probability -- Problem solving -- Quick reference guides-operations -- Learning with manipulatives -- Formulas -- Tables and charts -- Measurement conversion tables -- Basic math tools and equipment.

 

Goldsmith, Mike and Tom Jackson. Computer. New York: DK Publishing, 2011.  978-0-7566-8265-1.     j621.3916  G624

            Discover the history and science behind the technology that drives our digital world.  Includes fold-out poster and CD-ROM.

 

Science

Doudna, Kelly. Super Simple Things to Do with Temperature: Fun and Easy Science for Kids. Minneapolis: ABDO Publishing, 2011.  978-1-61714-676-3.           j536.5078  D728

            Presents several fun science experiments one can do with temperature.

 

Shores, Lori. How to Make Slime. Mankato, Minnesota: Capstone Press, 2011.  978-1-4296-4492-1.                 j620.1  S559

            Simple text and full-color photos instruct readers on how to make slime and explain the science behind the activity.

 

Animals

Antill, Sara. Red Panda. New York: Windmill Books, 2011.  978-1-60754-994-9.    j599.763  A629

            Learn about the Asian red panda, more closely related to raccoons than to the well known giant panda.

 

Bishop, Nic. Lizards. New York: Scholastic, 2010.  978-0-545-20634-1.     j597.95  B622

            Stunning photography and facts give a closer look at these amazing animals.

 

Eileen Campbell. Charlie and Kiwi: an Evolutionary Adventure. New York: Antheneum, 2011.  978-1-4424-2112-7.                     JE Cam

            Charlie, who wants to explain to his classmates why the kiwi is so different from other birds, follows his stuffed friend Kiwi on a journey through time on which one of his ancestors helps him understand how the kiwi--and all birds--evolved.

 

Everything You Need to Know About Frogs and Other Slippery Creatures. New York: DK Publishing, 2011.  978-0-7566-8232-3.    j597.8  E93

            Full of fascinating facts, statistics and stories about the anatomy, life cycle and behavior of amphibians and reptiles.

 

Ipcizade, Catherine. The Strongest Animals. Mankato, Minnesota: Capstone Press, 2011.  978-1-4296-5309-1.            j590  I64

            Simple text and photographs present the world's strongest animals.

 

Jenkins, Steve and Robin Page. Time to Eat. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2011.  978-0-547-25032-8.                      j591.53  J52

            Dine with a group of animals that have fascinating—and often peculiar—eating habits.

 

Lourie, Peter. The Manatee Scientists: Saving Vulnerable Species. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2011.  978-0-547-15254-7.          j599.5509  L892

            Learn about the intricacies of the three different manatee species, while discovering ways to keep the manatees’ already vulnerable conservation status from reaching the devastating point of extinction.

 

McAllister, Ian and Nicholas Read. The Sea Wolves: Living Wild in the Great Bear Rainforest. Victoria, British Columbia: Orca Book Publishers, 2010.  978-1-55469-206-4.                      j599.773  M114

            The coastal wolf, a genetically distinct strain that swims and fishes, inhabits the Great Bear Rainforest on British Columbia’s rugged west coast.

 

Roza, Greg. Strange Spiders. New York: Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2011.  978-1-4339-4611-0.           J Rdr Roz ORANGE

            Simple sentences and photographs introduce young readers to spiders.

 

Sill, Cathryn. About Hummingbirds: a Guide for Children. Atlanta: Peachtree Publishers, 2011.  978-1-56145-588-1.  j598.764  S584

            Explains what hummingbirds are, how and where they live, and what they do.

 

Stewart, Melissa. A Place for Fish. Atlanta: Peachtree Publishers, 2011.  978-1-56145-562-1.     j597.17  S851

            Introduces young readers to ways human action or inaction can affect fish populations and opens kids’ minds to a wide range of environmental issues.

 

Food

Butterworth, Chris. How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?: The Story of Food. Somerville, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press, 2011.  978-0-7636-5005-6.                      j641.3  B988

            Explains the process of how the most common lunch foods get from farm to table.

 

Hodge, Deborah. Watch Me Grow!: A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City. Tonawanda, New York: Kids Can Press, 2011.  978-1-55453-618-4.             j630.9173  H688

            Examines gardens in the city and other places to grow food, herbs and to raise animals.

 

Sayre, April. Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant. New York: Beach Lane Books, 2011.  978-1-4424-2141-7.            j641.35  S275

            A rhyming tribute to all kinds of vegetables found in the farmers’ market.

 

Watterson, Carol. An Edible Alphabet: 26 Reasons to Love the Farm. New York: Random House, 2011.  978-1-58246-421-3.   j630  W346

            A survey of modern farming providing a wealth of farm facts and farm lore.