Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Jazz books for K-2nd grade teachers

Ben's Trumpet by Rachel Isadora
Ben wants to be a trumpeter, but plays only on an imaginary instrument until one of the musicians in a neighborhood night club discovers his ambition.

Bring on the Beat by Rachel Isadora
This colorful introduction to rhythm is enhanced by the colorful, splashy illustrations.

Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Christopher Raschka
Introduces the famous saxphonist and his style of jazz known as bebop.

Jazz Baby by Carole Boston Weatherford
A rhyming introduction to jazz instruments.

Rap a Tap Tap by Leo and Diane Dillon
Repeated phrasing: "Rap a tap tap, what do you think of that?"

The Sound That Jazz Makes by Carole Boston Weatherford
Based on the predictable cadence of "This is the house that Jack built."

This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt
Based on the song: "This old man, he played one..."

Twist With a Burger, Jitter With a Bug by Linda Lowery
A rhyming, rhythmic read-aloud.

Violet's Music by Angela Johnson
The world is a lonely place for Violet, until she finds other people who love music as much as she does.


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Superhero stories

Ralph Costentino's versions of:

Captain Pajamas: Defender of the Universe by Bruce Whatley
In the middle of the night, Brian transforms himself into Captain Pajamas: Defender of the Universe, in order to save his sister from attacking aliens.

Lorette, Ace Pinky Scout by Keith Graves
An unrelenting perfectionist is devastated when she fails to earn the Golden Marshmallow Badge, but her grandmother's picture gives her a new perspective on things.
Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod
Silly superheroes such as "Goo Girl" represent the letters of the alphabet from A-Z.

John Himmelman's barnyard heroes:
  • Chickens to the Rescue
  • Cows to the Rescue
  • Ducks to the Rescue
  • Pigs to the Rescue

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Traditional Versions of Popular Fairytales

Byron Barton's versions of:

Paul Galdone's versions of: 

James Marshall's version of:

Jan Bretts' version of:


Janet Stevens version of:

Barry Moser's version of:

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My Favorite Fractured Fairy Tales

Betsy Who Cried Wolf by Gail Carson Levine
A serious young shepherdess finds there is more than one way to keep a wolf from eating her sheep.Cinderella's Stepsister and the Big Bad Wolf by Lorraine Carey (2015).
A new take on an old tale.Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka and Steve Johnson
When the princess kissed the frog, he did turn into a prince -- however, the two of them did NOT live happily ever after.

Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter by Diane Stevens
Rumpelstiltskin's daughter may not be able to spin straw into gold, but she is more than a match for a monarch whose greed has blighted an entire kingdom

True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
The wolf provides his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.

Wide Awake Princess by Katherine Paterson
This beauty is sleeping no more; a clever princess shows her people how to make better lives for themselves

Wolf Who Cried Boy by Bob Hartman
Little Wolf is tired of eating lamburgers and sloppy does, but when he tricks his parents into thinking there's a boy in the woods, they could all miss a chance for a real feast.

CHAPTER BOOKS:
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl


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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

SILLY

Always Listen to Your Mother by Florence Parry Heide, 2010. Ernest, a boy who always listens to his mother, learns to have fun with his new neighbor.


Best Pet Ever by Victoria Roberts, 2010. When her mother tarries in buying her a pet, a little girl satisfies her desire with a pet rock, a pet glove, a pet balloon, etc.

Big Bad Baby by Bruce Hale, 2014. With a big bad baby on the loose, what will the townspeople do?

Chicken of the Family by Mary Amato, 2008. Henrietta’s older sisters convince her that she is really a chicken, so she runs away to live in a chicken coop.

Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown, 2010.  When a young bear discovers a boy in the woods, she asks her mother if she can keep him - only to discover that he is impossible to train.

Chip Wants A Dog by William Wegman, 2003. All Chip has ever wanted was a dog, and he can't understand why his parents won't allow it.

DogFish by Gillian Shields, 2008. Aoy longing for a dog decides to train his fish to catch sticks and wag its tail.

Dogs Don't Do Ballet by Anna Kemp, 2010.  Biff has bigger dreams than other dogs...

Don’t Be Silly, Mrs. Millie!  by Judy Cox, 2005. Silly teacher Mrs. Millie is always confusing words like stepping in a poodle instead of a puddle or hanging up goats instead of coats.

My Cat, The Silliest Cat in the World, 2006. An artist describes his "cat," who can usually be found either sleeping or eating.

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems, 2009. Wilbur horrifies his peers by wearing clothes.

Peanut by Linas Alsenas, 2007. Mildred names her new “puppy” after his favorite food.

Pie Went By by Carolyn Dunn, 2000. One fine day, Good King Bing walked along the path to the castle - with a pie on his head!

Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! by Maureen Wright, 2010. A bear with a hearing problem misunderstands the words of Old Man Winter, so he drives a jeep, sweeps a house, and climbs a steep mountain.

You're Finally Here!  by Melanie Watt, 2011. A rabbit is glad that children are reading this book, but has several complaints regarding what on earth took them so long.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

CLOTHING

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judy Barrett, 1990. Pictures of animals wearing clothes demonstrate why this would be a ridiculous custom for them to adopt.

Aunt Lucy Went to Buy A Hat by Alice Low, 2004. Rhyming tale of a woman who sets out to replace her lost hat, but ends up with a cat and a succession of other items instead.

Ducks Don’t Wear Socks by John Nedwidek, 2008. A serious girl meets a duck with a wacky wardrobe, and learns how to play.

Kettles Get New Clothes by Dayle Ann Dodds, 2002. When the small town store where they usually buy their clothes changes hands, the Kettles are in for a surprise on their annual shopping trip.

Mad About Plaid by Jill McElmurry, 2000. After she finds a lonely little purse in the park and takes it home, a young girl’s entire world turns plaid.

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach by Carmen Deedy, 2007. Martina's grandmother advises her to deliberately spill coffee on the shoes of her many suitors as a test.

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems, 2009. Wilbur horrifies his peers by wearing clothes.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

JUNK FOOD and SWEET TREATS

Badger’s Fancy Meal by Keiko Kasza, 2007. A ravenous Badger yearns for yummy meals like mole taco, rat burger, and rabbit-banana split.

Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum by Lisa Wheeler, 2004. A pink glob of bubblegum causes a series of animals to get stuck in the "chewy-gooey icky-sticky" mess.

Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells, 1997. To Max, a birthday cake isn't complete without red-hot marshmellow squirters.

Burger Boy by Alan Durant, 2006. A boy eats so many burgers that he turns into one.

Chocolatina by Eric Kraft, 1998. Tina eats so much chocolate that she wakes up one morning and finds that she has turned into chocolate.

Cook-a-Doodle-Doo! by Janet Stevens, 1999. With the questionable help from his friends, Big Brown Rooster manages to bake a strawberry shortcake.

Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson, 2010. The horse nays for his hay, and the geese flip for corn - but the cow has a sweet tooth! 

Froggy Bakes A Cake by Jonathan London, 2000. Froggy insists on helping his father bake a cake for his mother's birthday - with hilarious results!

Gladys Goes Out to Lunch by Derek Anderson, 2005. A gorilla who is tired of eating nothing but bananas goes in search of a sweet treat.

Gulps by Rosemary Wells, 2007. A family of junk food junkies try their first taste of salad.

Gumdrop Tree by Elizabeth Spurr, 1994. When her father gives her a bag of gumdrops to eat, a little girl decides to plant them instead.

Ice Cream Bear by Jez Alborough, 1997. Bear dreams that it is snowing ice cream.

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff, 1996. If you give a mouse a cookie, he will need a glass of milk to go with it...

Isaac the Ice Cream Truck by Scott Santoro, 1999. An ice cream truck develops an inferiority complex.

Jake Goes Peanuts by Michael Wright, 2010. Everything new makes Jake's list of books he doesn't like. Everything except peanut butter. 

Lawrence by Janet Stoeke, 1990. This hedgehog's favorite dessert is coconut cream pie.

Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake, 2010. When Mouse finds a delicious cupcake, all his friends ask if they can have a taste.

My Pop Pop and Me by Irene Smalls. Pop Pop and his grandson transform baking a lemon cake into a magical mystery tour of sound and rhythm.

On Top of Spaghetti by Paul Brett Johnson, 2006. Yodeler Jones is a hound dog who serves nothing but meatballs and spaghetti at his restaurant.

Oodles of Noodles by Diana Hendry, 2008. Mom's new pasta-making machine has a mind of its own!

Pie Went By by Carolyn Dunn, 2000. One fine day, Good King Bing walked along the path to the castle - with a pie on his head!

Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann,2006. A little girl eats so many pink cupcakes that she turns pink.

Rodeo Ron and His Milkshake Cows by Rowan Clifford, 2005. A cowboy rides into town and proposes a "shake off" contest of milkshakes vs. soft drinks.

Simply Delicious! by Margaret Mahy, 2000. Mr. Miky rides home on his bicycle, carrying a double-dip-chocolate-chip-and-cherry ice cream cone for his son.

Thelonius Monster’s Sky-High Fly Pie by Judy Sierra, 2006. A good-natured monster thinks a pie made out of flies would be a good dessert, and invites all his friends and relatives over to try it.

Ugly Pie by Lisa Wheeler, 2010. 'Ol Bear has a hankering that nothing can satisfy - except ugly pie.

Wild Boars Cook by Meg Rosoff, 2008. Doris discovers a recipe for the messiest, stickiest, gooiest, chewiest, most delicious pudding in the whole wide world!

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Thursday, January 22, 2009


FOWL PLAY

Big Chickens by Leslie Helakoski, 2006. While trying to escape from a wolf, four frightened chickens keep getting themselves into the very predicaments they are trying to avoid.

Chicken and Cat by Sarah Varon, 2006. When Cat feels sad about living in the hustle and bustle of the city, Chicken finds colorful ways to make Cat feel better.

Chicken of the Family by Mary Amato, 2008. Henrietta’s older sisters convince her that she is really a chicken, so she runs away to live in a chicken coop.

Coriander the Contrary Hen by Dori Chacanas, 2007. A hen sits in the middle of the road, refusing to move, until a girl comes up with a wise solution.

Duck & Goose by Tad Hills, 2004. Duck and Goose find what they think is an egg, and fight over who gets to sit on it until it hatches.

Ducks Don’t Wear Socks by John Nedwidek, 2008. A serious girl meets a duck with a wacky wardrobe, and learns how to play.

Four Hens and a Rooster by Lena Landstrom, 2005. When a rooster turns into a bully, four hens take a class in self-esteem and learn to stand up for their rights,

Gus, the Pilgrim Turkey by Teresa Bateman, 2008. When Gus learns what happens to turkeys on Thanksgiving, he decides to head South for the winter.

Hungry Hen by Richard Waring, 2001. A greedy fox watches a hungry hen growing bigger every day, knowing that the longer he waits to eat her, the bigger she will be.

Mr. Duck Means Business by Tammi Sauer, 2011. Unexpected noisy visitors show up at the pond and ruffle Mr. Duck's feathers.

The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett. All of the other birds have an egg - except for Duck, who goes out and finds an enormous egg with a surprise inside.

Problem With Chickens by Bruce McMillan, 2005. When women in Iceland buy chickens to lay eggs, the chickens try to behave like humans, until the ladies hatch a clever plan.

Shelly by Margie Palatini, 2006. A late-bloomer learns to come out of his shell.

Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza, 1996. A hungry wolf’s attempts to fatten a group of chicks have unexpected results.

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HEALTHY FOOD

I’d Really Like to Eat A Child by Syliane Donnio, 2004. A young crocodile decides one morning that he is tired of his diet of bananas. But the first child he encounters finds him absolutely adorable.

I Will Never Not Ever Eat A Tomato by Lauren Child, 2000. A boy tries to convince his sister to sample her carrots by telling that they are really orange twiglets from Jupiter.

Jake Goes Peanuts by Michael Wright, 2010.  Everything new makes Jake's list of foods he doesn't like. Everything except peanut butter.

Little Pea by Amy Rosenthal, 2005. Little Pea hates eating candy for dinner, but his parents won't let him have his spinach dessert until he cleans his plate.

The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster by Alice Flaherty, 2007. When a little girl who is forced to eat oatmeal three times a day decided to dump it off of a ship, the results are enormous!

Muncha Muncha Muncha by Denise Fleming, 2002. Mr. McGreely tries to find a way to keep rabbits out of his vegetables.

Pickin’ Peas by Margaret Read MacDonald, 1998. A little girl captures a rascally rabbit who has been picking the peas from her garden.

Stop That Pickle! by Peter Armour, 1993. The pickle-version of the Gingerbread Boy.

Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens, 1995. A clever rabbit strikes a deal with a rich but very lazy bear.

Trouble At the Dinosaur Cafe by Brian Moses, 2006. Vegetarian dinosaurs can no longer enjoy their meals when a ravenous Tyrannosaurus stomps in looking for meaty dinosaur stew.

Trouble With Cauliflower by Jane Sutton. Mortimer, the careful koala, will not eat cauliflower because he always has bad luck on the following day.

Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin, 1998. A little girl thinks her mother's garden is the ugliest in the neighborhood until she discovers that flowers might look and smell pretty but Chinese vegetable soup smells best.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009


DOGS

Alfred's Nose by Vivienne Flesher, 2008. A French bulldog feels insecure about his appearance.

Bertie Was a Watchdog by Rick Walton, 2002. Can a dog as small as a watch outsmart a burglar?

Chip Wants A Dog by William Wegman, 2003. All Chip has ever wanted was a dog, and he can't understand why his parents won't allow it.

Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey, 2004. The Tosis family dog has such bad breath that they consider giving her away, until she proves to be a good watchdog.

DogFish by Gillian Shields, 2008. A boy longing for a dog decides to train his fish to catch sticks and wag its tail.

Dog Who Cried Wolf by Keiko Zasza, 2005. A puppy suffers from wolf-envy.

How to Be A Good Dog by Gail Page, 2006. Illustrations invite children to comment on Bobo’s behavior.

Juggling Pug by Sean Bryan, 2008. A celebrity pug wears out his welcome.

Mutt Dog by Stephen King, 2005. Sweet story about a mangy mutt trying to find a home.

My Dog Is As Smelly As Dirty Socks by Hanoch Piven, 2007. A child creates collages that illustrate the characteristics of his family.

My Father the Dog by Elizabeth Bluemle, 2008. A tongue-in-cheek tribute to the traits that dads and dogs share.

Never Cry Woof by Jane Wattenberg, 2005. A dog, who has applied for the job as sheep-protector, gets bored one day and decides to create his own brand of excitement.

Nobody’s Diggier Than A Dog by Susan Bartoletti, 2005. Fun with adjectives.

Peg Leg Peke by Brie Spangler, 2008. A Pekingnese puppy with a boo-boo imagines being a pirate with a peg leg sailing the seven seas.

Some Dog! by Mary Casanova, 2007. A basset hound named George is overshadowed by the new puppy in his household.

Stanley's Wild Ride by Linda Bailey, 2006. A dog on wheels is in for a night of adventure!

Wet Dog by Elise Broach, 2005. A rhythmic tale of a dog’s quest to cool off on a hot day.

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Saturday, June 14, 2008


WEIRD, WILD
& WACKY


Encyclopedia of Immaturity by Klutz Editors, 2007. Learn how to shrink heads, snort rubber bands, take off your thumb, break your nose, and make radio-controlled underwear!

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex, 2006. Dracula walks around with spinach in his teeth, because everyone is afraid to tell him about it, and the Phantom of the Opera can't get 'It's a Small World' out of his head.

Gallop: A Scanimation Book by Rufus Butler Seder. Children are amazed by the way the animals in the illustrations move while they turn the page.

Imagine by Norman Messenger, 2005. This book is filled with interactive puzzles, such as shape-shifting animals.

Ribbit: Flip and See Who Froggy Can Be by Bender & Bender, 2007. An ingenious flip-book with unlimited combinations.

Science Verse by Jon Scieszka, 2004. A sing-along, rhyme-along introduction to science that is guaranteed to get children engaged. My favorite is the version of Mary Had A... that refers to a parasite in her belly.

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SUPERHEROES
& VILLAINS


Another Perfect Day by Ross MacDonald, 2002. What started out as another perfect day for a superhero performing heroic feats suddenly goes awry.

Atomic Ace: He's Just My Dad by Jeff Weigel, 2004. In this rhyming story told in comic book format, a boy considers his family normal, though his dad is a superhero.

Batman: The Story of the Dark Knight by Ralph Cosentino, 2008. Finally, a Picture Book about Batman that can be read aloud!

Baron Von Baddie and the Ice Ray Incident! by George McClements, 2008. An evil genius becomes bored without the challenge of his nemesis, the superhero.


Bertie Was a Watchdog by Rick Walton, 2002. A dog as small as a watch outsmarts an overconfident robber.

Captain Pajamas: Defender of the Universe by Bruce Whatley, 2000. In the middle of the night, Brian transforms himself into Captain Pajamas, Defender of the Universe, to save his older sister Jessie from attacking aliens.

Chickens to the Rescue! by John Himmelman, 2006. Six days a week the chickens help the Greenstalk family and their animals recover from mishaps that occur on the farm, but they need one day to rest.

Dogzilla by Dav Pilkey, 1993. A monstrous mutt terrorizes the residents of Mousopolis.

He Saves the Day! by Marsha Hayes, 2002. In plane or race car, on the high seas, in a jungle or before a castle, a brave and daring champion saves the day, but sometimes he needs help.

How I Became Champion of the Universe by Kenny Harrison, 2002. A pint-sized wrestling fan is surprised to become the new champion of the universe after he uses his secret weapon.

Just Another Morning by Linda Ashman, 2004. A little boy imagines that the everyday objects around him are fantastic creatures as he goes about his day.

Kapow! by George O'Connor, 2004. A boy and his friend pretend they are superheroes. Children might find this book a little confusing, because the protagonists are depicted as adult superheroes on every other page, and then they go back to being kids again.

Loretta: Ace Pinky Scout by Keith Graves, 2002. An unrelenting perfectionist, is devastated when she fails to earn the Golden Marshmallow Badge, but her grandmother's picture gives her a new perspective on things.

Max by Bob Graham, 2000. The son of superheroes is a late bloomer when it comes to flying, until he is inspired by the plight of a falling baby bird.

Mighty Max by Harriet Ziefert, 2008. Despite discouragement from grownups, Max is determined to be the superhero he was born to be!


Phooey! by Marc Rosenthal, 2007. No superheroes in this book, although with all the accidents, the townspeople sorely need one! However, the comic book style appeals to children.

SuperHero ABC by Bob McLeod, 2006. Silly superheroes such as Goo Girl and The Volcano represent the letters of the alphabet from A to Z.

Superhero Max by Lawrence David, 2002. A second-grade boy has trouble fitting in at his new school, until he wears his Captain Crusader costume.

Supermoo by Babette Cole, 1992. A bovine superhero crusades against the evil spreaders of filth and pollution.

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