- Aguirre, Jorge. 2012. GIANT’S BEWARE. First Second.
- Amani, Mary Joe. 2012. EXCUSE ME, I’M TRYING TO READ. Charlesbridge
- Applegate, Katherine. 2012. THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN. HarperCollins.
- Bang,Molly; Chisholm. 2012. OCEAN SUNLIGHT. Blue Sky.
- Bardugo, Leigh. 2012. SHADOW AND BONE. Henry Holt.
- Barnett, Mac. 2012. EXTRA YARN. Balzer & Bray.
- Bell, Cece. 2012. RABBIT & ROBOT: THE SLEEPOVER. Candlewick.
- Bingham, Kelly. 2012. Z IS FOR MOOSE. HarperCollins.
- Blumenthal, Karen. 2012. STEVE JOBS: THE MAN WHO THOUGHT DIFFERENT. Feiwel & Friends.
- Bodeen, S.A. 2012. THE RAFT. Macmillan.
- Bray, Libba. 2012. THE DIVINERS. Little, Brown.
- Burns, Loree Griffin. 2012. CITIZEN SCIENTIST. Henry Holt.
- Christensen, Bonnie. 2012. I, GALILEO. Knopf.
- Close, Chuck. 2012. FACE BOOK. Abrams.
- Cole, Henry. 2012. UNSPOKEN. Scholastic.
- Coombs, Kate. 2012. WATER SINGS BLUES. Chronicle.
- Corcoran, Jill, ed. 2012. DARE TO DREAM… CHANGE THE WORLD. Kane-Miller.
- Cushman, Karen. 2012. WILL SPARROW’S ROAD. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
- Datlow, Ellen & Windling, Terri, Eds. 2012. AFTER: NINETEEN STORIES OF APOCALYPSE AND DYSTOPIA. Hyperion.
- Davis, Andrea Pinkney. 2012. HAND IN HAND: TEN BLACK MEN WHO CHANGED AMERICA. Hyperion.
- Davis, Tanitia. 2012. HAPPY FAMILIES. Knopf.
- DiPucchio, Kelly. 2012. CRAFTY CHLOE. Atheneum.
- Dyckman, Ame. 2012. BOY AND BOT. Knopf.
- Elya, Susan Middleton. 2012. FIRE! FUEGO! BRAVE BOMEBEROS. Bloomsbury.
- Engle, Margarita. 2012. THE WILD BOOK. Clarion.
- Fleming, Candace. 2012. OH, NO! Schwartz& Wade.
- Fleming, Candace. 2012. ON THE DAY I DIED: STORIES FROM THE GRAVE. Schwartz & Wade.
- Florian, Douglas. 2012. UNBEELIEVABLES. Beach Lane.
- Fogliano, Julie. 2012. AND THEN IT’S SPRING. Roaring Brook.
- Frazee, Marla. 2012. BOOT AND SHOE. Simon & Schuster.
- Gal, Susan. 2012. DAY BY DAY. Knopf.
- Geithner, Carol. 2012. IF ONLY. Scholastic.
- Green, John. 2012. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. Penguin.
- Going, K.L. 2012. DOG IN CHARGE. Dial.
- Hall, Michael. 2012. CAT TALE. Greenwillow.
- Harris, R.P. 2012. TUA AND THE ELEPHANT. Chronicle.
- Harrison, David L. 2012. COWBOYS. Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press.
- Hartland, Jessie. 2012. BON APPETIT: THE DELICIOUS LIFE OF JULIA CHILD. Schwartz & Wade.
- Hartman, Rachel. 2012. SERAPHINA. Random House.
- Hayles, Marsha. 2012. BREATHING ROOM. Henry Holt.
- Heard, Georgia, Ed. 2012. THE ARROW FINDS ITS MARK. Roaring Brook.
- Hobbie, Holly. 2012. GEM. Little Brown.
- Holub, Joan. 2012. ZERO THE HERO. Henry Holt.
- Hoose, Philip. 2012. MOONBIRD: A YEAR ON THE WIND WITH THE GREAT SURVIVOR B95. Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
- Hopkinson, Deborah. 2012. TITANIC: VOICES FROM THE DISASTER. Scholastic.
- Jessell, Tim. 2012. FALCON. Random House.
- King, A.S. 2012. ASK THE PASSENGERS. Little, Brown.
- King, Jr., Martin Luther. 2012. I HAVE A DREAM. Ill. by Kadir Nelson. Schwartz & Wade.
- Klassen, Jon. 2012. THIS IS NOT MY HAT. Candlewick.
- Koertge, Ron. 2012. LIES, KNIVES, AND GIRLS IN RED DRESSES. Candlewick.
- Kohuth, Jane. 2012. MEOW AND THE BLUE TABLE. Penguin.
- Kokie, E.M. 2012. PERSONAL EFFECTS. Candlewick.
- LaFevers, Robin. 2012. GRAVE MERCY. Houghton Mifflin.
- Levinthal, David. 2012. WHO PUSHED HUMPTY DUMPTY? AND OTHER NOTORIOUS NURSERY TIME MYSTERIES. Schwartz & Wade.
- Levinson, Cynthia. 2012. WE’VE GOT A JOB: THE 1963 BIRMINGHAM CHILDREN’S MARCH. Peachtree.
- Lewis, J. Patrick, Ed. 2012. THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOK OF ANIMAL POETRY. National Geographic.
- Litwin, Eric. 2012. PETE THE CAT AND HIS FOUR GROOVY BUTTONS. HarperCollins.
- Long, Ethan. 2012. UP, TALL AND HIGH. Putnam.
- Lowry, Lois. 2012. SON. Houghton Mifflin.
- Mack, Jeff. 2012. GOOD NEWS BAD NEWS. Chronicle.
- Markel, Michelle. 2012. THE FANTASTIC JUNGLES OF HENRI ROUSSEAU. Eerdman.
- Merchant, Natalie, Ed. 2012. LEAVE YOUR SLEEP. Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
- Messenger, Norman. 2012. THE LAND OF EVERBELIEVE. Candlewick.
- Montgomery, Sy. 2012. TEMPLE GRANDIN. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
- Murphy, Jim. 2012. THE GIANT AND HOW HE HUMBUGGED AMERICA. Scholastic.
- Newman, Leslea. 2012. OCTOBER MOURNING. Candlewick.
- Nobleman, Marc Tyler. 2012. BILL, THE BOY WONDER: THE SECRET CO-CREATOR OF BATMAN. Charlesbridge.
- Palacio, R.J. 2012. WONDER. Knopf.
- Potter, Ellen. 2012. THE HUMMING ROOM. Feiwel & Friends.
- Quick, Matthew. 2012. BOY 21. Little, Brown.
- Rappaport, Doreen. 2012. BEYOND COURAGE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF JEWISH RESISTANCE DURING THE HOLOCAUST. Candlewick.
- Reef, Catherine. 2012. THE BRONTE SISTERS: THE BRIEF LIVES OF CHARLOTTE, EMILY, AND ANNE. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
- Rumford, James. 2012. FROM THE GOOD MOUNTAIN. Roaring Brook.
- Saenz, Benjamin. 2012. ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE. Simon & Schuster.
- Saldin, Erin. 2012. THE GIRLS OF NO RETURN. Scholastic.
- Sandler, Martin. 2012. THE IMPOSSIBLE RESCUE: THE TRUE STORY OF AN AMAZING ARCTIC ADVENTURE. Candlewick.
- Scattergood, Augusta. 2012. GLORY BE. Scholastic.
- Schlitz, Laura Amy. 2012. SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS. Candlewick.
- Schwartz, Heather E. 2012. COOL ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES FOR GIRLS. Capstone.
- Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. 2012. GREEN. Roaring Brook.
- Sheinkin, Steve. 2012. BOMB: THE RACE TO BUILD—AND STEAL—THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS WEAPON. Roaring Brook.
- Sif, Birgetta. 2012. OLIVER. Candlewick.
- Silvey, Anita. THE PLANT HUNTERS: TRUE STORIES OF THEIR DARING ADVENTURES TO THE FAR CORNERS OF THE EARTH. Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
- Siobhan, Vivian. 2012. THE LIST. Scholastic.
- Smith, Jennifer L. 2012. THE STORM MAKERS. Little, Brown.
- Sonnenblick, Jordan. 2012. CURVEBALL: THE YEAR I LOST MY GRIP. Scholastic.
- Spinelli, Eileen. 2012. COLD SNAP. Knopf.
- Spinelli, Jerry. 2012. JAKE AND LILY. HarperCollins.
- Stead, Philip. 2012. BEAR HAS A STORY TO TELL. Roaring Brook.
- Stiefvater, Megan. 2012. RAVEN BOYS. Scholastic.
- Stone, Phoebe. 2012. THE BOY ON CINNAMON STREET. Scholastic.
- Sutton, Sally. 2012. DEMOLITION. Candlewick.
- Wasserman, Robin. 2012. THE BOOK OF BLOOD AND SHADOW. Knopf.
- Wein, Elizabeth. 2012. CODE NAME VERITY. Hyperion.
- Willems, Mo. 2012. GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE DINOSAURS. Balzer & Bray.
- Winter, Jeanette. 2012. KALI’S SONG. Random House.
- Wolf, Karina. 2012. THE INSOMNIACS. Putnam.
- Wooding, Chris. 2012. PANDEMONIUM. Scholastic.
- Wynne Jones, Diana. 2012. EARWIG AND THE WITCH. HarperCollins.
- Yoo, Taeeun. 2012. YOU ARE A LION. Penguin.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
Claudette may be a girl, but here main desire in life is to be a giant fighter like her father. She tricks here best friend Marie—whose main desire in life is to be a princess--and her little brother Gaston—whose main desire in life is to be a pastry chef—into going on a quest and helping her in finding a giant to slay. Of course, the townspeople, worried about the safety of the children, chase after them. The resulting rollicking adventure is fun read as the children outwit various monsters, face dangers with intelligence, and show the adults of the town who the real heroes are. And they even find a giant.
The illustrations in this graphic novel lend so much to the story. The facial expressions of the characters are especially well done. The book is fun; the two strong female adventurers and the boy who wants to be a pastry chef can serve to empower those kids who want non-traditional jobs or roles or even traditional roles. After all, don’t most girls at one time aspire to be a princess? The story and illustrations work well together in this better-than-average graphic novel.
Share this graphic novel as an introduction to studying careers. Have students brainstorm what they would like to be when they “grow up.” Have each student design a PowerPoint slide as to what they would like to do and illustrate it.
Have students research all types of giant—giant animals, plants, bodies of water, land masses, imaginary monsters—whatever you or they can discover. Compare these giants with “normal” sized (i.e. a whale vs. different types of fish; Sequoias with elms or oak trees, and son on).
Other middle grade graphic novels:
Davis, Eleanor. THE SECRET SCIENCE ALLIANCE AND THE COPYCAT CROOK. ISBN 9781599903965
Hatke, Ben. ZITA THE SPACEGIRL. ISBN 9781596434462
Pearson, Luke. HILDA AND THE MIDNIGHT GIANT. ISBN 9781907704253
By Janet Hilbun
Amani, Mary Jo. 2012. EXCUSE ME, I’M TRYING TO READ. Ill. by Lehla Eldridge. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge. ISBN 9781934133514 [Suggested Grade Levels pK- 2]
How is a girl to read when all the animals around keep interrupting? On each page, this humorous book for young readers illustrates just what might happen when someone tries to read with animals in the African jungle: an elephant might disturb with its spray, a dung beetle might pollute the air with bad smells, and impalas might crowd. Of course, the tables turn when the animals get interrupted by the young girl. This book was awarded the National Association of Elementary School Principal’s Children’s Book of the Year Contest.
Consider using this book as a model for developing a class or group book based on another habitat. For example, a group of second graders learning about Texas geography could each select different Texas animals to illustrate how each of those animals might affect someone trying to read.
Other books for children about reading:
Bloom, Becky. WOLF! ISBN 9780531301555
Brus, Deborah. BOOK! BOOK! BOOK! 9780439135252
Duvoison, Roger. PETUNIA. 9780440417545
Lehman, Barbara. THE RED BOOK. ISBN 9780618428588
Sierra, Judy. WILD ABOUT BOOKS. ISBN 9780375825385
By Maria Cahill
Applegate, Katherine. 2012. THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN. Ill. by Patricia Castelao. New York: Harper. ISBN 9780061992254 [Suggested Grade Levels 3-6]
“I am Ivan. I am a gorilla. It’s not as easy as it looks.” Ivan is an attraction at the down-and-out Exit 8 Mall. He has grown accustomed to his “domain” although it’s made of glass and cement, nothing like his natural habitat. He has also grown to understand the humans that stare at him, although they don’t seem to understand him ... except for Julia, the janitor’s daughter, who gave Ivan his first crayon and inspired him to draw. His friends Stella, an elephant, and Bob, a dog, keep him company; but Ivan longs for the companionship of another gorilla. When Ruby, a recently captured young elephant, is brought to the mall, Ivan begins to remember his life before captivity. Not wanting Ruby to grow old in the mall, he makes a plan to save her.
Applegate, in an almost free-verse style, creates a voice for a gorilla that is somehow perfectly believable. The sparse, insightful text invites the reader to laugh, grieve, and celebrate with Ivan while also pondering man’s treatment of all the world’s creatures. Realistic, but gently-personified black-and-white illustrations appear sporadically throughout the novel. The Author’s Note explains the true story of the captive gorilla that inspired the novel.
Readers can locate information about the real Ivan. They can research silverback gorillas and the differences between primates. The treatment of animals can also be discussed; older students might take sides on the issues and debate. The novel also connects well with the beloved classic CHARLOTTE’S WEB.
Harris, R.P. TUA AND THE ELEPHANT. ISBN 9780811877817
White, E.B. CHARLOTTE’S WEB. ISBN 9780060263850
For older readers:
Schrefer, Eliot. ENDANGERED. ISBN 9780545165761
By Jill Bellomy
Bang, Molly and Penny Chisholm. 2012. OCEAN SUNLIGHT. Ill. by Molly Bang. New York: Scholastic. ISBN 9780545273220 [Suggested Grade Levels 3- 6]
The role of phytoplankton and its far-reaching food production on a massive scale to support the marine ecosystem is the topic of this beautifully illustrated picture book. It presents a difficult topic with clarity and precise text to sequentially reveal how these tiny plants capture enough sunlight to produce food that is the very source of all food energy in the sea.
Molly Bang’s illustrations provide additional clarity to the information and evoke a lively spirit in the ocean food-production process. She uses a number of inset pictures to illustrate processes like budding and bioluminescence. The colors on the pages reflect the changes from the brilliance of the sun to the deepest ocean depths as it moves from bright yellows and greens of the plants and ocean water to the blackness of the sea floor.
Tracing the relationship of the sun and microscopic ocean plants and its cyclical nature of renewal makes the book a fascinating read while providing a high-quality informational text. It doesn’t read like a textbook at all; rather, it provides the best explanation of the subject for this age.
Have the children create a visual that will show the relationship of the sun’s energy, the phytoplankton, the organisms that consume it, and the upwelling currents that returns the nutrient-rich marine snow to support the original food producers.
Other books for children about ocean ecosystems:
Hynes, Margaret. OCEANS AND SEAS. ISBN 9780753468630
Parker, Steve. DISCOVER MORE: OCEAN AND SEA. ISBN 978-0545330220
By Shirley Duke
Bardugo. Leigh. 2012. SHADOW AND BONE. New York, NY: Henry Holt. ISBN 978-0805094596 [Suggested Grade Levels 8 – 12]
Bardugo’s novel is one of those rare fantasy novels that entices the realistic fiction readers to cross over. The reader is guided through the fantasy world of Ravka by Alina, a down-to-earth main character who has many of the same concerns, fears, love, and self-doubt that young adults face on a daily basis. While Alina is capable of using magic and deals with the unusual, she maintains her uniquely strong character that young readers can relate to.
Bardugo created a fantasy world reminiscent of old Russia yet uniquely filled with elaborate details, fascinating characters, and a taste of magic. In this world is the Shadow Fold, an evil darkness that has rendered Ravka in two with its darkness and flesh eating monsters. Yet Alina, who has not really been good at anything, finds that she has the magic necessary to bring light to this darkness and begins her training as a Grisha, someone who can rid Rivka of the Shadow Fold.
This first book of a series will leave the reader anticipating the next. Just as the world of Ravka contains a magic based on the natural world, this book contains a magic based upon a reader’s imagination. Alina rings true with her self-doubts and the reader will finish this book feeling as if he or she has walked next to Alina through this magical world.
This book would work well when taking an in-depth look into the use of contrast as part of a story’s structure; good versus evil, light versus dark, etc.
Other books with a young female protagonist:
Hartman, Rachel. SERAPHINA. ISBN 9780375866562
Aguirre, Ann. ENCLAVE. ISBN 9780312650087
By Christine J. Rayl