Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Best Books of 2014: 10-6

Travis Jonker and I are counting down the top 20 books of 2014. Head on over to Mr. Jonker's blog to read our annotations

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Sisters by Raina Telgemeier | Graphix (Scholastic)

I created this Blendspace lesson to help my students prepare for Raina Day! 

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate; illustrated by G. Brian Karas | Clarion (HMH)

Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate talks about Ivan. 

Download the Ivan discussion guide. 

Katherine Applegate, G. Brian Karas, and Anne Hoppe participated in a Sharp-Schu trifecta.

Katherine presented at the 2013 National Book Festival. 

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo | Clarion (HMH)

The Sharp-Schu Book Club celebrated The Troublemaker on July 23. 

Browse Lauren's shop

Jules Danielson caught up with Lauren in June.

The Scraps Book by Lois Elhert |Beach Lane Books

"Trust me when I say, The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert is amazing with an A+!  It's a museum of her life's work.  It will find a place in my selection of Mock Caldecott books for 2015." -Margie Myers-Culver 

"I grew up in a house with a younger brother and a sister, a mom and a dad, and everybody seemed to be making things. I thought everybody in the world lived that way. It wasn't until I got to be an adult that I realized that this was rather unusual because my mother and my dad had other jobs to do.  And so they would make things in their spare time. And they understood that I was interested in art and so they made a bargain with me. They said they would put up a folding table for me to work on. As long as I kept working I could keep my mess on this table and I wouldn't have to clean up every time I wanted to make something. So I grew up getting art supplies from both of them. My dad was a woodworker. My mom was a seamstress. So I had the most beautiful fabric, wonderful colors, and a lot of textural things from my dad like nails and wire and wood."-Lois Ehlert

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon | Dial (Penguin)

Look for Dory and the Real True Friend on July 7, 2015. 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top 20 Books of 2014 (15-11)

Travis Jonker and I are counting down the top 20 books of 2014. Head on over to Mr. Jonker's blog to read our annotations. 

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Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton| Candlewick

"One of the things i have been trying with my books is to tell stories as much as possible through images rather than through words. If the story can be read without language, it should have the ability to be understood by the very young." - Chris Haughton  

Download an activity kit.

Read all of Chris Haughton's books

Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli | Disney-Hyperion

Watch the book trailer for The Watermelon Seed

Lil' Readers buttons by Greg Pizzoli 

Pizzoli's pals appear on a READ poster. 

Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light | Balzer & Bray (HarperCollins)

Kelly Light participated in a Sharp-Schu trifecta.

Why Picture Books Are Important by Kelly Light

Becky Anderson sat down with Kelly Light. 

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm | Random House

Top 5 Reasons Why Science is Cool! 

The Fourteenth Goldfish was a Global Read Aloud selection. 

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd | Scholastic

Download the A Snicker of Magic activity booklet. 


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Top 20 Books of 2014 (#20-16)

After a year hiatus, the Jonker-Schu Best Books list is back. Over the next four days, Travis and I will share our top 20 picks of 2014. 

Please visit 100 Scope Notes to read our blurbs.

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Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato | Henry Holt and Co. (Macmillian)

I premiered the book trailer for Little Elliot, Big City during the Little Elliot trifecta. 

Download the Little Elliot, Big City activity kit. 

Isn't this excellent news? 

Read about how Mike Curato created this display for Books of Wonder

I donated Little Elliot, Big City to a Little Free Library on Friendship Day

Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers | Philomel (Penguin)

Meet Oliver Jeffers, picture book maker!

Take a look inside Once Upon an Alphabet.

Learn how to draw with Oliver Jeffers. 

Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy | DMS/Roaring Brook (Macmillan)

Katherine Roy participated in a Sharp-Schu trifecta on October 2. 

Katherine compiled many helpful resources on her website. 

This video was a big hit with all of my Mock Caldecott groups.

School Library Journal interviewed Katherine Roy about Neighborhood Sharks.

The Right Word by Jen Bryant; illustrated by Melissa Sweet | Eerdmans

Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet participated in a Sharp-Schu trifecta on September 16.

Download a discussion guide for The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus.

Melissa Sweet talks about the influence of libraries. 

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman | Henry Holt (Macmillian)

Travis Jonker reviewed Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny on October 6.

"Classroom Connections with John Himmelman, Part 1" 

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