Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne

Recommended Grades: 4-6 Voices in the Park follows four characters as they take a walk in the park.  Each character provides his own point of view of the events that take place.   This is a great model text to demonstrate…

My Name is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth by Ann Turner

Publisher: Harper Collins Publication Date: January 20, 2015 Recommended Grades: 3-5 Born in 1797 to slave parents, Isabella Baumfree was sold several times before being bought by the Dumont family, where she stayed for sixteen years.  After escaping from slavery…

Picture This: Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever!

Publication Date: June 3, 2014 Publisher: Harper Collins Recommended Grades: 3-5 Super cute story about the author’s children and a haircut that turned into a lesson for one child.  Lesson Idea: Mentor Text: Six Traits: Voice:  Read aloud Eva and…

The Monstore by Tara Lazar

Recommended Grades: 3-5 The Monstore sells only the most useful monsters – perfect for all your monsterly needs.  Zack has a monsterly need – to frighten his pesky little sister away.  Does his plan work? Lesson Idea: Word Choice/Voice: Read…

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Recommended Grades: 3-5 Duncan just wants to color, but when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters all saying the same thing: We quit!  Lesson Idea:   Mentor Text: Letter Writing/Voice:  Read aloud The Day the Crayons…