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Putting Books to Work

  • Putting Books to Work: Where Things Come Back

    John Corey Whaley’s debut novel Where Things Come Back is the winner of the 2012 William C. Morris, and Michael L. Printz awards. The reader may struggle to see parallels between the different characters in the two stories, however, the plots eventually come to focus.
  • Putting Books to Work: 'Superworm'

    "Superworm" is the story of an ordinary worm who chooses to use his talents in unusual ways. The book has a wonderful sense of rhyme and plays well into repeated reading for the children to join in. The lively, moving story will capture children's attention as the summer time gets closer and help pull them in to reading and activities.
  • Putting Books to Work: ‘Bear and Bird’

    “Bear and Bird” is the story of an unlikely friendship between a helpless bird and a helpful bear. The book begins with Bear finding a fledgling bird who has fallen from her nest.
  • Putting Books to Work: TAR BEACH

    Lesson ideas around Faith Ringgold's book about the dreams of an eight-year-old girl in Harlem.
  • Putting Books to Work: THE HOUSE THAT GEORGE BUILT

    THE HOUSE THAT GEORGE BUILT takes K-5 readers on an informative and fun journey back to the early days of the White House. The creation of the most famous house in America is revealed in picturesque step by step progression...
  • Putting Books to Work: BALL DON’T LIE

    Sticky is a young teenager trying to find his way and make sense of a world where he feels alone. He suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, which embarrasses him, so he just can’t help doing certain things over and over until they “feel” right.
  • Putting Books to Work: ODETTE'S SECRETS

    While living in Paris, Macdonald became intensely interested in what life was like for French Jews during WWII. She was particularly drawn to the lives and stories of Jewish children. She began reading avidly about this time period and discovered that...
  • Putting Books to Work: THE CART THAT CARRIED MARTIN

    THE CART THAT CARRIED MARTIN is an easy to understand look at the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. The story follows the funeral processions of King that happened in an unusual way. A man of great principles and convictions had a humble beginning and his funeral procession mirrored this fact.
  • Putting Books to Work: WANT TO GO PRIVATE?

    Abby is a seemingly typical 14-year-old girl whose story begins as she discusses her fears about starting high school the next day with her best friend, Faith. Faith, however, is excited about this next step in their lives and she embraces high school and new friends with enthusiasm, leaving Abby to feel more and more isolated.
  • Putting Books to Work: TWERP

    Middle school boys have been waiting for Julian Twerski.

    In the recent novel TWERP, author Mark Goldblatt turns the bully paradigm on its head, giving us a gruesomely honest account of the middle school power dynamic.

    Many books have been written about the “mean girl” mentality and about bullying in general. Let's face it: teasing, ridicule, abuse, and the desire to belong are so rife in our tween years that practically no middle grade book would be complete without them.

  • Putting Books to Work: Gene Luen Yang’s BOXERS and SAINTS

    BOXERS and SAINTS is a two-volume work hot off the presses (September 10, 2013) from highly acclaimed AMERICAN BORN CHINESE author, Gene Luen Yang. AMERICAN BORN CHINESE was the first graphic novel to win the Michael L. Printz Award (2007) and was also a National Book Award nominee.
  • Putting Books to Work: CARVER: A LIFE IN POEMS

    IRA’s theme for International Literacy Day 2013 was “Invent Your Future.” The idea of “inventing your future” made me think immediately of George Washington Carver and Marilyn Nelson’s gorgeous verse biography of him and his life. The combination of Nelson’s poetic skills and Carver’s amazing life resulted in a magical work.
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