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LMS Book Reviews: Elementary

Mom School

Name  Heidi Keairns
Title Mom school
Author Rebecca Van Slyke
ISBN 9780385388924
Publisher Doubleday Books
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary The child narrator thinks about the things that her mom might have learned at Mom School. She imagines her learning things like grocery shopping, tucking you into bed, going on scary rides at the fair, baiting a fishing hook, doing more than one thing at a time, and building forts from cushions.

 
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  While the mom in the story learns some stereotypical things like baking cupcakes, she also learns things like pumping up a bicycle tire and pitching a ball. The mom's shown are not all the same. The narrator writes that her mom goes to a job everyday but her most important job is being her mom. I think this book will be fun to read around Mother's Day.

 

Human Body Theater

Name Rebecca Schlafer
Title Human Body Theater
Author Maris Wicks
ISBN 978-1-59643-929-0
Publisher First Second
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1 to 5 with 5 being the highest) 5
Summary A comic book describing the different body systems narrated by a skeleton. The book covers eleven different body systems including the skeletal system, the digestive system. the immune system and the nervous system. The book contains color drawings and because of the amount of information that is covered in the book there are lots of words in each panel. The book contains a glossary, bibliography and other recommended texts.
Would you recommend this title and why or why not? Yes. The language in this book is clear and straightforward. There is not any medical jargon or anything to confuse a middle school reader. The drawings are clear. accurate and colorful which will appeal to a middle school reader. Another reason I would recommend this book is because systems of the body are part of the next generation science standards used by JCPS. I will say that this book covers the reproductive system in vert clear and honest language, but it does not cover reproductive act. If you are uncomfortable with medical drawings of sex organs or terms involving reproduction I would not put this book in your library.

 

Lassie Come Home

Name Jessica Thomas
Title Lassie Come Home
Author Susan Hill
ISBN 9781627792943
Publisher Henry Holt and Company
Classification Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5 with 5 being the highest) 4
Summary Lassie, a dog, and her owner Joe love each other very much. Joe's dad loses his job and he has to sell Lassie to someone else because they can't afford to take care of Lassie anymore. Joe and Lassie are both heartbroken. Lassie keeps coming back to Joe and they have to keep returning her to her new owner. Later in the story, Lassie's new owner moves to another city far away. Lassie finds a way to come back to Joe. She travels over many months to get to Joe. When the new owner discovers Lassie came back, he decides to give Joe's dad a job taking care of Lassie, and Lassie gets to stay with Joe.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or Why not? Yes.  This was a very heartfelt book and I think that kids will relate to loving a pet so intensely. I think some kids will also relate to having to give up something they really love because their parents can't afford it. It is a great book for discussion because it has lots of unique vocabulary words that students won't be familiar with, so this would be a great book to work on vocabulary with.

 

I Yam A Donkey!

Name Jessica Thomas
Title I Yam A Donkey!
Author Cece Bell
ISBN 9780544087200
Publisher Clarion Books
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5 with 5 being the highest) 5
Summary This book is about a donkey who thinks a yam is a donkey. The yam is very frustrated because the donkey keeps using incorrect grammar and he keeps thinking he is a donkey. At the end of the book, the yam tells him that he is a vegetable and so are all of his friends. The donkey ends up eating all of them. The kids learned that it is not always nice to keep correcting people and that sometimes it comes back to haunt you.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  The kids laughed non-stop while I was reading this book. They loved it! I even had a student correct another student's grammar after we got done because he used the same incorrect grammar as the donkey did in the story. I think it is a great story to teach students about being kind to others and realizing that some people speak and act differently than you. I also think it is a great book to review grammar usage. I think this will be a popular book in the library.

 

The Skunk

Name Jessica Thomas
Title The Skunk
Author Mac Barnett
ISBN 9781596439665
Publisher Roaring Book Press
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5 with 5 being the highest) 5
Summary This book was about a skunk who shows up on a man's doorstep one morning. The skunk follows him everywhere he goes, and it begins to make the man very nervous and upset. He finally manages to lose the skunk, and he decides to buy a new home and new things and settle down in a new location so the skunk can't find him. Then he begins to wonder and worry about the skunk. He goes out looking for him. He finds the skunk and decides that he will keep an eye on the skunk to make sure he doesn't start following him again.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  My kids enjoyed this book. I like that the book leaves you wondering why the skunk followed the man in the first place. It gave the kids an opportunity to have some discussion about the reasons they think the skunk followed him and create their own endings and hypothesis. It is unique to have a skunk as a main character of a book as well, because that does not happen very often.

 

Giraffes Ruin Everything

Name Jessica Thomas
Title Giraffes Ruin Everything
Author Heidi Schulz
ISBN 978681190822
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5 with 5 being the highest) 5
Summary A little boy talks about how Giraffes ruin everything- flying kites, going to the movies, secret club houses, and many other things. Finally, one of the boy's friends tells him that he ruins everything and that everyone makes mistakes. The little boy then realizes that the giraffe is not trying to ruin anything and that he has good intentions. He hugs the giraffe and they make up. At the end of the book, the little boy warns you about elephants ruining everything, which lead us to believe there could be a sequel to this book.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  My kids thought this book was really funny, and it teaches and excellent lesson- compassion. Students need to know that even if someone does something that frustrates you, they may not understand what they are doing wrong. I was very happy to see that most of my students felt sad for the giraffe and understood that animals can't communicate or act like humans.

 

Stay! A Top Dog Story

Name Jessica Thomas
Title Stay!  A Top Dog Story
Author Alex Latimer
ISBN 9781561458844
Publisher Peachtree Publishers
Classification Elementary
Recommended Level Everybody
Rating (1-5 with 5 being the highest) 5
Summary My kids loved this story! This is a story about a little boy who has a dog named Buster. Buster is a little bit mischievous and he is not allowed to go on the family vacation with Ben and his parents. Ben is worried his grandpa won't be able to take care of Buster while he is gone, so he leaves him lots of notes. Surprisingly, when Ben gets back, grandpa has trained Buster and he is able to go on the next family vacation.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not?
Yes.  The kids though this book was hilarious. It was an easy read and entertained all of my grade levels from Kindergarten-fifth grade.
   
 
 
   
 
 
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Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Name Tammi Dawson
Title Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Author Richard Smith
ISBN 9781627793049
Publisher Henry Holt and Company
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5 with 5 being the highest) 4
Summary Beautiful illustrations bring this holiday song Walking in a Winter Wonderland to life.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Walking in a Winter Wonderland would be a good addition to a school library. It has beautiful illustrations to add to this classic holiday song. Some of the lyrics were a little different than most kids are used to.

 

Crybaby

Name Tammi Dawson
Title Crybaby
Author Karen Beaumont
ISBN 9780805089745
Publisher Henry Holt and Company
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5 with 5 being the highest) 4
Summary Baby wakes up everyone when she cries in the middle of the night. Each person tries to get baby to stop crying, but only Roy the family dog knows what baby really wants - her toy.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  This book would be a good addition to an elementary school library. It would enjoyed most by young readers or during storytime. Kids will love the repetition and rhyme in this story.
 
   

 

A Place To Read

Name Tammi Dawson
Title A Place to Read
Author Leigh Hodgkinson
ISBN 9781681193236
Publisher Bloomsbury
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5 with 5 being the highest) 4
Summary The reader in this story is looking for a good place to read - not too itchy-fuzzy, somewhere quiet, not buzz-buzzy. He soon learns that a book is best anywhere when you share.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  This would be a good selection for a school library especially for a good read-aloud book. Students will love the colorful illustrations and playful rhymes.

 

Egg

Name Tammi Dawson
Title Egg
Author Kevin Henkes
ISBN 9780062408730
Publisher Greenwillow Books
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5 with 5 being the highest) 4
Summary Four different color eggs are waiting to hatch. Baby birds hatch from the first three eggs and fly away. They come back to check on the last egg pecking, waiting, and listening. They are surprised to see a crocodile hatch from the last egg and fly away. They come back and befriend the lonely crocodile.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Young readers will love this simple, repetitive story about friendship. It is easy to read with appealing pictures. Egg teaches us all to be kind to everyone no matter what they look like.

 

The Loch Ness Monster

Name Tammi Dawson
Title The Loch Ness Monster
Author Helen Lester
ISBN 9780544099906
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5 with 5 being the highest) 4
Summary There are not one, but three loch ness monsters - Nessie, Fergus, and their wee laddie, Angus. The wee loch ness monster was so messy that his parents sent him to his room. His pile kept growing until he reached the top of the lake and got the scare of his life.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  The Loch Mess Monster is a good selection for a school library because it teaches a valuable lesson - to keep our rooms neat and tidy. It also has a Scottish glossary at the front of the book to help kids and adults learn new Scottish words.

 

Field guide to the Grumpasaurus

Name Tammi Dawson
Title Field guide to the Grumpasaurus
Author Edward Hemingway
ISBN 9780544546653
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Punlishing Company
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5 with 5 being the highest) 3
Summary This book is a field guide to the Badmoodicus Grumpasauricus, also known as the North American Grumpasaurus. It teaches us to handle a grumpasaurus with care. They can be very loud and fearsome, but they can be won over with a little love.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  This would be a good book for a school library because all kids get grumpy and this books shows them that this emotion is okay. It describes the child's temper tantrum in a way that children can understand and relate to.

 

What makes a monster? : discovering the world's scariest creatures

Name Jessica Thomas
Title What makes a monster? : discovering the world's scariest creatures
Author Jess Keating
ISBN 9780553512304
Publisher Penguin Random House, LLC
Classification Non Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5 with 5 being the highest) 5
Summary I LOVE this book, "The World of Weird Animals: What Makes a Monster?" and so do the kids. I love that it gives the kids a view of many different types of animals, some of which they had no idea existed, and they love the interesting facts that are provided about each animal. The pictures are excellent and gives the students a small amount of information about each animal, such as their name, size, diet, habitat, predators and threats, and interesting facts. This book leads to many students checking out books about each individual animal and learning more about them. This makes for an excellent read aloud, and provides lots of great discussion!
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  All students love animal books. The more the better. What makes this book unique and special is the coloring, interesting and bizarre facts, and the excellent pictures that keep my students focused and attentive. Definitely a must have!

 

The Library: Mysterious Messenger (Book 1)

Name Rebecca Schlafer
Title Curse of the Boggin The Library Book 1
Author D.J. MacHale
ISBN 978-1-101-93253-7
Publisher Random House
Classification Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary Marcus is having trouble in school with a teacher who is picking on him. He is also struggling to get along with his adoptive mother, who he is convinced doesn't like him. All of this comes to a head when Marcus takes a stand against a rude teacher and earns time in detention. In detention, Marcus sees a ghost who tells him to surrender the key. At first, Marcus thinks he is losing his mind, but then he decides to find out the mystery of the key. Marcus enlists his two best friends Lu and Theo to help him. The three of them discover that the key leads to a library filled with unfinished stories of the dead. Marcus has to complete the story of one of the dead people in the story.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? No.  I am in a middle school and the book seems a little young for the older kids. I think that 6th graders would be fine with that, but otherwise it would be a turn-off for many of my students. In addition, this series has little that sets it apart from the other scary mystery series on the market. This doesn't mean that students wouldn't enjoy it, I just don't think I would put it in the library

 

Little Author in the Big Woods

Name Jason Highley
Title Little Author in the Big Woods
Author Yona Zeldis McDonough
ISBN 9780805095425
Publisher Henry Holt
Classification Biography
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary A biography of Wilder set up to be read more like a chapter book, resembling the classic Little House books
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Great choice for an author study or for fans of the Little House books.

 

A whale in the bathtub

Name Jason Highley
Title A whale in the bathtub
Author Kylie Westaway
ISBN 9780544535350
Publisher Clarion Books
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary A little boy can't take his bath because there is a whale in the tub, but no one believes him.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  This would be a fun readaloud

 

There is a tribe of kids

Name Jason Highley
Title There is a tribe of kids
Author Lane Smith
ISBN 9781626720565
Publisher Roaring Press Books
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Beautiful picture book which whimsically illustrates the proper names of groups of things (unkindness of ravens, parade of elephants, etc)
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Great to tie in to a language arts lesson

 

How to share with a bear

Name Jason Highley
Title How To Share With A Bear
Author Eric Pinder
ISBN 9780374300197
Publisher Farrar Straus Giroux
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Cute story with a surprise ending! This would be an excellent choice for classrooms that have trouble learning to share, or for kids who are becoming siblings.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.   Great illustrations.  Fun to read aloud.

 

Crankee Doodle

Name Jason Highley
Title Crankee Doodle
Author Tom Angelberger
ISBN 9780547818542
Publisher Clarion Books
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary This book is a fun way to introduce kids to a song that really doesn't make a whole lot of sense by today's logic. The argument between Yankee Doodle and his horse is silly and fun and sure to appeal to older kids who may still be in the picture book stage.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Lots of fun for struggling readers.

 

Sing

Name Jason Highley
Title Sing
Author Joe Raposo
ISBN 9780805090710
Publisher Henry Holt
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary One of my favorite songs ever, so simple and profound. The illustrations accompany the song beautifully.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  This is a great song about acceptance, and could be used by primary teachers as well as art and music teachers.

 

Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra

Name Jason Highley
Title Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra
Author Stephen Costanza
ISBN 9780805078015
Publisher Henry Holt
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Great example of Historical Fiction for younger readers. Covers Vivaldi as a composer and also has a great lesson for students who may feel neglected or forgotten in class.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Offers a great opportunity for coteaching with a music teacher

 

Count off, squeak scouts

Name Jason Highley
Title Count off, squeak scouts
Author Laura Driscoll
ISBN 9781575655253
Publisher The Kane Press
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary The story and illustrations are a lot of fun, and this book has the added benefit of covering a very basic math concept (number sequence). The book could easily be shelved in math under Dewey, but it makes such a fun readaloud that I felt it best suited to my Easy Fiction section.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Great readaloud, connected to important math concept for early readers

 

My favorite pets

Name Carol Hawkins
Title My favorite pets
Author Jeanne Birdsall
ISBN 9780385755719
Publisher Random House
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary A little boy has to write a report about his pet. He writes about his sheep and all the things you can do and not do with sheep.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  It can be used to teach reports.

 

Snowy Bear

Name Carol Hawkins
Title Snowy Bear
Author Tony Mitton
ISBN 9781619639058
Publisher Bloomsbury
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary A bear is looking for a place to get warm. The bear is turned away from several places and finds a little girl who welcomes it with open arms. They become friends
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  It teaches about friendship.

 

All kinds of kisses

Name Carol Hawkins
Title All kinds of kisses
Author Heather Swain
ISBN 9781250066503
Publisher Feiwel and Friends
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary The book describes the different ways animals eat.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  It teaches kids about animals.

 

The magic balloons

Name Carol Hawkins
Title The magic balloons
Author Paul Margulies
ISBN 9781101935231
Publisher Random House
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary Three girls are given magic balloons. They are told to tie the balloons to their bed and something magical will happen. They float out of the rooms and land among the stars. The sun begins to rise and they pop the balloons and head back down to Earth.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  It would be a great way to teach students about kindness to animals and about imagination

 

Beachy and Me

Name Carol Hawkins
Title Beachy and Me
Author Bob Staake
ISBN 9780385373142
Publisher Random House
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary A small child by the name of Pixie Picklespeare lives in a lighthouse on an island in the middle of the ocean. She complained about having nothing to do when a whale washes ashore and needs help. Pixie tries to help the whale and finally helps set it free. Together they explore the ocean and Pixie finds many new treasures for her island. Pixie learns about the importance of friendship.
Would you recommend this book? Why or why not? Yes.  This book would be great to help students deal with friends that move away.

 

Tony

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Tony
Author Ed Galing
ISBN 9781626723085
Publisher Roaring Brook Press
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary

Rating (1-5)

 

3
Summary The narrator reminiscences about how, when he was a boy, he would go out early each morning and greet Tony, the horse who pulled the milk truck.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? No.  Although the story allows the reader to understand the importance of the relationship between the horse and the child, it is a story that most children will not identify with. Could easily be used to teach change over time, but I do not believe the artwork, although beautiful will attract children to pick up this book.

 

Muddle and Mo

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Muddle and Mo
Author Niki Slade Robinson
ISBN 9780544716124
Publisher Clarion Books
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5

Summary

 

Muddle, an enthusiastic little duckling who asks a lot of questions, and Mo, a not very adventurous white goat who has a lot of patience, are best friends, but Muddle is confused about what type of animals they both are.
Do you recommend this book? Why or why not? Yes.  An absolutely sweet story that shares the importance of accepting and celebrating the differences and similarities of ones friendship.

 

Before morning

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Before Morning
Author Joyce Sidman
ISBN 9780547979175
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Story highlights her desires to have all schedules her mother's busy schedule to be swept aside by the peace of the snow so they can spend more time together participating in snowy day activities.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Both the artwork and story paint a picture of a child's desire to spend special time with a parent. You feel the love of the family through both.

 

Before I leave

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Before I leave
Author Jessixa Bagley
ISBN 9781626720404
Publisher Roaring Brook Press
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Leaving her best friend is difficult for a young hedgehog whose family is moving, but everyone assures her that things will be alright
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Moves are always stressful, but even more when you are having to leave your best friend. This story helps the reader travel through the emotions of hedgehog as it prepares to move and supports this feelings by celebrating all of the fun times these friends have together and offering encouragement that all will be fine

 

Saturday

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Saturday
Author Ian Lender
ISBN 9781596439658
Publisher Roaring Brook Press
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary

Rating (1-5)

 

4
Summary A boy celebrates all the amazing things that happen on Saturday, and maybe Sunday too!
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Absolutely adorable story that celebrates family and all of the activities that children love to participate in with their families!

 

Who wants a tortoise?

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Who wants a tortoise?
Author Dave Keane
ISBN 9780385754187
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Although a young girl is expecting a dog for her birthday and becomes upset when she gets a tortoise instead, she soon learns that even a tortoise can be a good pet.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  This book allows children to see that although we don't always get what we want, we often learn to appreciate what we did receive and it becomes a most valued possession.

 

XO, OX : a love story

Name  
Title XO, OX : a love story
Author Adam Rex
ISBN 9781626722880
Publisher Roaring Brook Press
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 2
Summary An amusing tale of an ox who is in love with a gazelle, told through the letters they write back and forth with each other.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? No.  Unfortunately although the letters back and forth are amusing, the story lacks an ending that makes the reader feel fulfilled.

 

Chicken Lily

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Chicken Lily
Author Lori Mortensen
ISBN 9781627791205
Publisher Henry Holt and Company
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Using puns and poetry Chicken Lily overcomes her fears and reads a poem onstage at her school poetry jam.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  This is a great title to share with students who might be experiencing something new for the first time. It allows Chicken Lily to share her fears and her friends help provide the encouragement to enable her to spread her wings and overcome her fears

 

My thumb

Name Jessica Sowder
Title My thumb
Author Karen Hesse
ISBN 9780312671204
Publisher Feiwel and Friends
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 2
Summary Follows the antics of a happy little girl who explains how sucking her thumb is comforting and that her parents do not need to worry about it.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? No.  Although this book does highlight the child's appreciation for her thumb that many children will understand, the vocabulary is too advanced for children who would identify with it even when the book is being read by an adult.

 

How do you say = como se dice ?

Name Jessica Sowder
Title How do you say = come se dice?
Author Angela Dominguez
ISBN 9781627794961
Publisher Henry Holt and Company
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary Book is very brief, but is a good introduction into bilingual language. Left page provides the English word while page on the right shows the Spanish word. Words provided are words that might be used in early language use of students learning a second language in their own daily life?
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  I have multiple students who are ESL and are learning English. This book offers introductory words that would be helpful for a jumping off point.

 

The blunder years

Name Rebecca Schlafer
Title Moone boy: the blunder years
Author Chris O'Dowd and Nick V. Murphy
ISBN 9781250057075
Publisher Feiwel and Friends
Classification Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  I would recommend this book for any kid who like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. I can't see anyone past 7th grade picking it up, but I do think it is a good read that mixes realistic fiction, fantasy and comic book format.

 

Bus drivers

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Bus drivers
Author Mari Schuh
ISBN 9781626177420
Publisher Bellwether Media
Classification Non Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary Book describes the daily duties of a bus driver and the responsibilities that go along with the job. It is written for k-2 readers and gives a good overview for students at this level. It is one book in a series of Blastoff! Readers that covers Community Helpers.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  It is written at a level that is low enough for students to read who are covering the topic of Community Helpers.

 

King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor

Name Rebecca Schlafer
Title King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor
Author Andy Riley
ISBN 9781627798099
Publisher Holt and Company
Classification Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1 to 5) 3
Summary Edwin is a nine year old king with a money problem. His neighbor is the evil emperor Nurbison who tries to take over Edwin's kingdom because Edwin is so bad with money. Edwin has to work with his jester and his minister Jill to save his kingdom from the emperor.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? No. This book is too young for a middle school library.

 

Raising Rufus

Name Rebecca Schlafer
Title Raising Rufus
Author David Fulk
ISBN 978-0-385-74464-5
Publisher Delacorte
Classification Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1 to 5) 4
Summary
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  I  would recommend this book to a 6th grader who loved dinosaurs in an attempt to get them into more fiction. I have some students who only read non-fiction and I think this book would be a good way to get them into ficiton.

 

Hand in hand

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Hand in hand
Author Rosemary Wells
ISBN 9781627794343
Publisher Henry Holt and Company
Classification Easy
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1 to 5) 3
Summary This sweet and heartfelt picture book celebrates all that parents do with and for their children from the very beginning.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Nice story written by a beloved author written for students just starting school. Helps students appreciate all parents do for them

 

Frankie the blankie

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Frankie the blankie
Author Jennifer Sattler
ISBN 9781619636750
Publisher Bloomsbury
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1 to 5) 3
Summary Doris the Gorilla and her blankie, Frankie, do everything together happily until a fellow jungle mate suggests blankies are for babies. Doris tries to give Frankie up, but life is just not the same so she disguises it for the other jungle animals.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? No.  Story is very similar to Owen by Kevin Henkes. Doris disguises her blankie many different ways to attempt to fit in and still be able to have it as security.

 

Not this bear : a first day of school story

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Not this bear: a first day of school story
Author Alyssa Satin Capucilli
ISBN 9780805098969
Publisher Henry Holt and Company
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1 to 5) 5
Summary It's Bear's first day of school, and he's a bit reluctant to go. Mama says all bears love school; Bear isn't so sure. But school turns out to be full of fun--painting pictures, listening to stories, and making new friends. Maybe this bear will like school after all.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Bear shares his feelings and insecurities about being away from mom. These are feelings that many students experience when they are going to school for the first time too! This story will help them see that they are not alone.

 

Oskar and the eight blessings

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Oskar and the eight blessings
Author Richard Simon and Tanya Simon
ISBN 9781596439498
Publisher Roaring Brook Press
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1 to 5) 5
Summary A young Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany arrives in New York City on the seventh night of Hanukkah and receives small acts of kindness while exploring the city.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes. An uplifting tale seen through the eyes of a young man escaping the Nazi invasion in his home country. Oskar's father encouraged him to see the good in people as he set sail for a new home. From the moment he arrived in New York until he finds the safety of his Aunts home Oskar finds people that help him.

 

I'll never let you go

Name Jessica Sowder
Title I'll never let you go
Author Smriti Prasadam-Halls
ISBN 9781619639225
Publisher Bloomsbury Children's Books
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1 to 5 ) 5
Summary In a celebration of unconditional love, animal families demonstrate how they stand by each other throughout the best and worst of times in life.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Although the story show the unconditional of animal families, it is an easy crossover to one's own family. This book can help children understand the unconditional love of a parent.

 

Ready, set....baby!

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Ready, set...baby!
Author Elizabeth Rusch
ISBN 9780544472723
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Classification Non Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1 to 5) 5
Summary An absolutely welcoming story in which children in a family learn about the new baby that is coming into the house.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  The story is told from the point of view of the children. They offer many examples of the changes that will happen in a home in which a new baby is being welcomed. Absolutely adorable.

 

Bunny Dreams

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Bunny dreams
Author Peter McCarty
ISBN 9780805096873
Publisher Henry Holt and Company
Classification Everybody
Rating (1 to 5) 2
Summary Buunys know what they can do, but in bunny dreams, anything can happen. A bunny might know the ABCs, or count by 1-2-3s. A bunny might find the perfect carrot. A bunny might hop, hop, hop. or even fly! But every bunny needs a cozy place to rest.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? No.  Although the illustrations are adorable the story has little to offer.
Recommended Level Elementary

 

Piggy

Name Jessica Sowder
Title  Piggy
Author Trevor Lai
ISBN 9781681190655
Publisher Bloomsbury Children's
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1 to 5) 4
Summary Piggy loved books so much he never had time for friends, but when he sees a girl cat reading alone, he wonders if they could be best friends.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Piggy learns that friendships are created when you celebrate like interests and build the relationship from there.

 

You're here for a reason

Name Jessica Sowder
Title You're here for a reason
Author Nancy Tillman
ISBN 9781250056269
Publisher Feiwel and Friends
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating 1 to 5 3
Summary Shows how each of us fits into life's big picture, and how the world would be incomplete without each person in it.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Book inspires reader to think about the part that each of their actions places in the world around them. This is a concept that is difficult for young children to understand and with more discussion on the topic maybe it will help.

 

Stanley's Diner

Name Heidi Kearins
Title Stanley's Diner
Author William Bee
ISBN 9781561458028
Publisher Peachtree
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary Stanley the hamster has a busy day at the diner. He cooks, shops, throws a birthday party, cleans up, and then goes home for the night. This is part of series that includes Stanley the Builder, Stanley the Farmer, and Stanley's Garage.

 
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not?

No.  This is a simple book that beginning readers may enjoy reading. It is a cute story in my opinion but over simplifies the tasks Stanley does for the day. It might be a good book for preschoolers.

 

Little Fox in the forest

Name Jamie Poynter
Title Little Fox in the forest
Author Stephanie Graegin
ISBN 9780553537895
Publisher Schwartz & Wade Books
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating 5
Summary  This is a wordless picture book that tells a wonderful story with its illustrations.  The little girl in the story has a toy fox that she adores and daydreams about playing with after getting back home from school.  But her toy gets picked up by a real fox who also adores the toy.  She follows the fox into the forest asking every animal she comes across if they have seen her toy.  She finally finds the fox with her toy and he trades her one of his toys for it.  They both end happy with a new toy to show off.  
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  The pictures tell the story wonderfully and even young readers can decipher what is occuring without having words to read.

 

A Beginner's Guide to Bear Spotting

Name  Jamie Poynter
Title A Beginner's Guide to Bear Spotting
Author Michelle Robinson
ISBN 9781681190266
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This is a young boy's version of a guide to searching for bears. He explains the different types of bears you might encounter on such a search and what you should do if you do come across them.

 
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  This story will grab the interest of student's who have a love of animals and a love for stories that can grab your attention with humor. The story is funny and interesting with silly pictures that keep it entertaining throughout.

 

Buddy's Bedtime Battery

Name Jamie Poynter
Title Buddy's Bedtime Battery
Author Christina Geist
ISBN 9780375974687
Publisher Random House Children's Books
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This is the story of a little boy who pretends to be a robot because he is wearing robot pajamas. It follows him through his bedtime routine and how he has to power down each part of his body in order to go to sleep.

 
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not?

Yes.  This is a fun, lighthearted story that could be used to teach young students about bedtime routines and how important they are.

 

Gretchen over the beach

Name  Jamie Poynter
Title  Gretchen over the beach
Author R.W. Alley
ISBN 
Publisher Clarion Books
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Gretchen goes to the beach with her family but none of her family members will let her play with them. Nobody will listen to her and she starts to feel lonely. Her hat gets swept away by the breeze and as she grabs it to keep from losing it, she gets swept up into the clouds. She goes on an adventure in the clouds with her roly-polys and a sea gull. After the fun, they bring her back down to her family.

 
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  This is a fun, adventurous story that younger students would really enjoy.

 

Mommies are amazing

Name Jamie Poynter
Title Mommies are amazing
Author Meredith Costain
ISBN 9781627796514
Publisher Henry Holt and Company
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This story highlights what makes mommies special. It highlights all the ways mommies take care of their babies and all the things they do to keep them safe. To grab reader's interests the author uses cats as the mommies and children instead of humans.

 
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  This story can help readers understand everything a mom does to care for her children.

 

My new mom & me

Name Jamie Poynter
Title  My new mom & me
Author Remata Galindo
ISBN 9780553521344
Publisher Schwartz & Wade Books
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This is a sweet story about adoption. The story starts with a dog getting adopted by a cat. The dog is not so sure about it at first and doesn't know how to feel about him and his new mother being so different. As time goes by, they learn how to work together at things and become more like a family. Each day as the story goes on, they become closer and happier together.

 
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  This book would really help students who are adopted, hoping to be adopted, or going through the process currently. It also teaches readers how to welcome and accept others who are different from them.

 

Nicknames

Name Stephen Beck
Title  Nicknames
Author Cecil Kim
ISBN 9781599536644
Publisher Norwood House Press
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary A fox and a raccoon tease a little rabbit about his big feet, protruding teeth, and long ears. The little rabbit's grandmother explains why he has those features and helps him to be confident about his appearance. After witnessing the fox and raccoon quarreling, the rabbit decides to use complimentary words about the other animals. The three animals become friends and begin assigning positive nicknames to all of their other animal friends. They are now able to see the benefit of using kind, positive words.

 
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  The story allows readers to witness the power of both negative and positive words. The book provides a great lesson about kindness and and the role that words can play in how others feel. Young readers will enjoy the story and the appealing illustrations. Teachers can utilize this book when featuring kindness and empathy in their classrooms.

 

Before morning

Name Stephen Beck
Title Before morning
Author Joyce Sidman
ISBN 9780547979175
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary A young girl is sad to realize that her mother, who is a pilot, has to leave her to fly a plane. The girl wishes that snow will fall so her mother does not have to leave and can spend time with her. Over the course of the night, her wish comes true as a snow storm grounds the planes and forces everyone to take a break from their daily tasks. The girl's family spend time together playing in the snow.

 
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  This book introduces the reader to an invocation--"a poem that invites something to happen, often asking for help or support." This book would allow students to explore this type of poetry and reflect upon their own wishes. Educators could use the book as a way to feature invocation and provide students with an exemplar of this type of poetry. Additionally, the story is a tale that is relatable to elementary students.

 

Arsenal FC

Name Kristina Morgan Weber
Title  Arsenal FC
Author Mark Stewart
ISBN 9781599538563
Publisher Norwood House Press
Classification Non Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary An introduction to the Arsenal F.C. European soccer club. This book includes information about the team's history, stadium, star players, uniforms and more.

 
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not?

Yes.  The text is simple and serves as a great introduction to nonfiction texts for younger students, especially those interested in sports/soccer.

 

Fearless Flyer

Name Kristina Morgan Weber
Title Fearless flyer :  Ruth Law and her flying machine
Author Heather Lang
ISBN 9781620916506
Publisher Calkins Creek
Classification Biography
Recommended  Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Before Amelia Earhart, Ruth Law was determined to fly from Chicago to New York City. In 1916, she set a record, flying from Chicago to New York state, a distance of 590 miles. She finished the trip to New York City the following day. In 1917, Law campaigned unsuccessfully for women to fly military aircraft.

 
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  This book would be a great biography to add to your collection, especially for March (Women's History Month).

 

Orani: My father's village

Name Kristina Morgan-Weber
Title Orani : My father's village
Author Claire A. Nivola
ISBN 9780374356576
Publisher D&M Publishers Inc.
Classification Non-Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Brief Summary Orani: My Father's Village is a memoir of Clair A. Novola's childhood, in which she travels many times to her father's hometown of Orani.  She paints a picture of a tiny village nestled among the mountains of Central Sardinia.  The book introduces American children to a culture quite different than their own.
Would you recommend this book? Why or why not? Yes.  The book provides perspective of a unique culture.  the book is written as a memoir and can be used to teach form.  The language in the text is beautiful!  this book would be a great touchstone piece to teach the craft of writing.

 

A hop is up

Name Jessica Sowder
Title  A hop is up
Author Kristy Dempsey
ISBN 9781619633902
Classification Everybody
Publisher Bloomsbury
Rating (1-5) 2
Summary A young boy and his energetic puppy take a walk in their neighborhood, where they encounter and interact with lots of friends along the way! Although this book has a catchy sequence of movements and directions, it will not be book that I think children will be drawn toward. Could be used to teach concepts.

 
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? No.  I do not believe there is enough substance to keep a child's attention.

 

 

Boris and the worrisome wakies

Name Jessica Sowder
Title  Boris and the worrisome wakies
Author Helen Lester
ISBN 9780544640948
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Boris is having trouble sleeping each day. He then goes to school tired every day. After sleeping through most of the events at school Boris learns about everything he has been missing. Now he works to make sure he takes care of all of the things that have been keeping him awake so he will not miss out on any of the fun at school.

 
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  This title is perfect for those children that just can't seem to get the rest they need at home.

 

Peep and Egg: I'm Not Trick-or-Treating

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Peep and Egg: I'm Not Trick-or-Treating
Author Laura Gehl
ISBN 9780374301224
Publisher Farrar Straus Giroux
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary As one of the main characters in the story prepares to go trick-or-treating, his friend is scared. Peek continues to try to persuade Egg to join in all different kinds of ways. Eventually they make it out of the house.

 
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Although this story is light in content, it offers support for students who also are a little hesitant to join the trick-or-treating fun.

 

Fall

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Fall
Author Rebecca Pettiford
ISBN 9781626177604
Publisher Bellwether Media
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Book provides basic information about the breed. Pages contain no more than one or two sentences per page. Colorful photographs add to the books attractive appearance. Also includes a glossary and additional links for more information. Would work well for early researchers.

 
Classification Non-Fiction
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Provides information that K-1 teachers need to support lessons about this season. Good support and also could be used for projects for early researchers.

 

Pigs

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Pigs
Author Christine Leighton
ISBN 9781626177253
Publisher Bellwether Media
Classification Non-Fiction
Recommended level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Book provides basic information about the breed. Pages contain no more than one or two sentences per page. Colorful photographs add to the books attactive appearance. Also includes a glossary and additional links for more information. Would work well for early researchers.

 
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  My library is always in need of lower level research materials for beginning researchers and lower level readers.

 

Frankie

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Frankie
Author Mary Sullivan
ISBN 9780544611139
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Classification Everybody
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary As story introduces Frankie, a new dog, to a home it highlights the adjustment the others in this home must make. Sharing becomes a big issue until someone solves this problem. Story is easily told with minimal words and great pictures. May be helpful with students having trouble with sharing.

 
Recommended Level Elementary
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Many libraries need additional titles that show sharing. This title allows that lesson to be taught without being overwhelming.

 

Dalmatians

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Dalmatians
Author Mari Schuh
ISBN 9781626176133
Publisher Bellwether Media
Classification Non-Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating  (1-5) 4
Summary Book provides basic information about the breed. Pages contain no more than one or two sentences per page. Colorful photographs add to the books attactive appearance. Also includes a glossary and additional links for more information. Would work well for early researchers.

 
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not?  Yes.  Always in need on lower level nonfiction materials for early researchers.

 

The man from the land of Fandango

Name Erin Wallace
Title The man from the land of Fandango
Author Mary Mahy
ISBN 9780547819884
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary The Man from the Land of Fandango is illustrated with fantastical depictions of a fictional character who visits once every 500 years and does silly things. The rhyming words make the text flow nicely as a read aloud.

 
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? No.  The story is not complex at all and I would not recommend for elementary age. I would recommend for preschool.

 

I'm allergic to strawberries

Name Lindsey Roberts
Title I'm allergic to strawberries
Author Maria Nelson
ISBN 9781482409840
Publisher Gareth Stevens Publishing
Classification Non-Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Informative book that discusses being allergic to strawberries.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not?  Yes.  Great illustrations! 

 

I'm allergic to wheat

Name Lindsey Roberts
Title I'm allergic to wheat
Author Maria nelson
ISBN 9780482409895
Publisher Gareth Stevens Publishing
Classification Non-Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Informative book that discusses being allergic to wheat.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not?  Yes.  Great illustrations! 

 

Sea Otters

Name Lindsey Roberts
Title  Sea Otters
Author Nathan Sommer
ISBN 9781626177666
Publisher Bellwether Media
Classification Non-Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Summary Informative book that discusses sea otters.
Rating (1-5) 5
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Great illustrations! 

 

Uruguay

Name Lindsey Roberts
Title  Uruguay
Author Emily Rose Oachs
ISBN 9781626174061
Publisher Bellwether Media
Classification Non-Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Informative book that discusses the country of Uruguay
Would you recommend this book? Why or why not? Yes.  The charts are informative and the illustrations are just great! 

 

The money tree

Name Lindsey Roberts
Title The money tree
Author Sarah Stewart
ISBN 9780374452957
Publisher Farrar Straus Giroux
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary A book describes a money tree growing in a yard.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? No.  Not a very interesting story.

 

Goose's story

Name Lindsey Roberts
Title  Goose's story
Author Cari Best
ISBN 9780374327507
Publisher Melanie Kroupa Books
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Perfect story for animal lovers! It is based off a true story of an injured goose and his friendship with a girl.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  It is a great story! 

 

Puddle

Name Jessica Thomas
Title  Puddle
Author Hyewon Yum
ISBN 9780374316952
Publisher Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers
Recommended Level Elementary
Classification Everybody
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This book is about a little boy who is stuck in the house with his mom, dog, and cat on a rainy day and he is bored. She suggest they draw and he does not want to at first. She starts drawing and then he gets in to it. They draw a picture of them outside playing in the rain and he jumps in a puddle. At the end of the story he suggest they go out, and they do. He reenacts what happens in the picture they drew.

 
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not?  Yes.  It is a good book to teach students that you do not need technology or planned activities to have fun. Sometimes it is nice to be creative and come up with plans last minute. That is usually when the best memories are made.

 

Room for bear

Name Jessica Thomas
Title Room for bear
Author Ciara Gavin
ISBN 9780385754736
Publisher Random House Children's Books
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This book is about a bear who comes to visit a duck family and he discovered that he really like being with them, so he decides to stay and live with them permanently. The only problem is that the house was not suited to fit Bear well. They decided to look for another home that was good for the ducks and Bear. Eventually he decides he is a nussiance and decides to leave. The ducks miss him and he misses the ducks. He finds a cave to live in and finally comes up with a solution- he builds the ducks a house within the cave that had everything they needed and he stayed in the cave. It worked out perfectly, and they are all together again.

 
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  It shows students that not everyone has to be alike and that you can still be part of a family or still be friends with someone that might look different or grow up differently than you.

 

Tractor Mac builds a barn

Name Lindsey Roberts
Title Tractor Mac builds a barn
ISBN 9780374301057
Publisher Farrar Straus Giroux
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary This book is about a tractor that helps to build a barn with the help of others.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  The illustrations are good and the characters are likeable. 

 

The Chocopocalypse

Name Lindsey Roberts
Title  The Chocopocalypse
Author Chris Callaghan
ISBN 9781524719159
Publisher Delacorte Press
Classification Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary A girl sets up a science experiment based on the end of chocolate.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Good story with an eventful plot.

 

Gerald McBoing Boing

Name Lindsey Roberts
Title  Gerald McBoing Boing
Author Dr. Seuss
ISBN 9781524716356
Publisher Random House
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Funny tale about a boy who speaks in boings.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  A funny book with great illustrations that children would enjoy.

 

Georgina the giraffe

Name Amy Fallahay
Title  Georgina the giraffe
Author An Vrombaut
ISBN 9781444912982
Publisher Hodder Children's Book Company
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary This book tells the story of a giraffe that is boastful about her singing. This gets her in trouble. Luckily she has many good friends to help her out. In the end, she learns a valuable lesson.

 
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  It is colorful and teaches good lesson.

 

What I touch

Name Amy Fallahay
Title  What I touch
Author Alex Appleby
ISBN 9781482408263
Publisher Gareth Stevens
Classification Non-Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This book teaches about the sense of touch and includes many descriptive words about how objects may feel.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  It has simple language and great adjectives to describe objects.

 

Planet Puzzle

Name Amy Fallahay
Title Planet Puzzle
Author Bill Condon
ISBN 9781480717077
Publisher Teacher Created Materials
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary This book is about some kids from another planet traveling with their family. While they travel, their mother asks them questions about earth (to which they don't know the answers) and she teaches them some facts.

 
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  It taught some facts about Earth in a fun way.

 

I'm allergic to milk

Name Amy Fallahay
Title I'm allergic to milk
Author Maria Nelson
ISBN 9781482409680
Publisher Gareth Stevens
Classifiction Non-Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This book tells about mil allergies.  It includes different reactions, items not to eat/drink, and how to avoid or treat reactions.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Very informative.

 

Ebola

Name Kay-o Wicks
Title Ebola
Author Ann O. Squire
ISBN 9780531214695
Publisher Children's Press
Classification Non-Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Provides information about Ebola, how it spreads, a timeline and basic facts. The author refers to the 2014 outbreak in both the present tense and past tense. The book was published after the outbreak (2016), this should be corrected. I would recommend this book for upper elementary and middle school even with the tense issue.

 
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.

 

Finding perfect

Name Emily Jennings
Title Finding perfect
Author Elly Swartz
ISBN 9780374303136
Publisher Farrar Straus Giroux
Classification Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Well-researched and highly engaging, this novel places readers in the mind of a young girl suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder, although she has no idea what is happening to her. When she is finally diagnosed, there is no quick fix, but a lot of therapy and hard work ahead of her.

 
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  This is a great read-alike for students who have enjoyed "Rain Reign" and "Wonder".

 

Just like me

Name Amy Fallahay
Title Just like me
Author Barbara J. Neasi
ISBN 9780531263716
Publisher Scholastic
Recommended Level Elementary
Classification Everybody
Rating (1-5) r
Summary This book tells about how twins can be similar and different. This is done in a very simple way. It includes an activity book at the end.

 
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  It is a cute simple introduction to twins and also tells how people can be both the same and different.

 

Izzy Gizmo

Name Emily Jennings
Title Izzy Gizmo
Author Pip Jones
ISBN 9781682630211
Publisher Peachtree 
Recommended Level Elementary
Classification Everybody
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Izzy Gizmo loves to tinker and invent. When an injured bird appears in her path, she is determined to invent something to help the bird fly again.

 
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Izzy Gizmo portrays a young girl of color who is interested in tinkering and creating inventions. It is a great addition for any elementary library.

 

A friend for mole

Name Emily Jennings
Title A friend for mole
Author Nancy Armo
ISBN 9781561458653
Publisher Peachtree
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Wolf is afraid of the dark and mole is afraid of the light. These two accidentally find one another and help each to not feel so afraid.
 
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  This book offers the message that having someone to share our fear with makes everything a little less scary. Also, we can be friends with people who are very different from us.

 

Mr. Hare's big secret

Name Emily Jennings
Title Mr. Hare's big secret
Author Hannah Dale
ISBN 9780553538564
Publisher Random House
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Mr. Hare is very hungry and very clever. He convinces all of the forest animals to dance with him under the cherry tree to reveal his big "secret." All of the dancing and jumping causes the cherries to fall out of the tree, revealing the "secret," and the friends have a great feast.

 
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not?  Yes.  This story is great for early primary. It is very repetitive and lends itself to discussion- "What is Mr. Hare's secret?," "Was Mr. Hare tricking the other animals or just getting them to help in a fun way?," "Mr. Hare chose to share the cherries with the other animals. What does this tell us about Mr. Hare?"

 

Blue Ethel

Name Emily Jennings
Title  Blue Ethel
Author Jennifer Black Reinhardt
ISBN 9780374303822
Publisher Farrar Straus Giroux
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Ethel is an old, fat, white cat who is very set in her ways. One day, she accidentally rolls in some blue sidewalk chalk and becomes blue. She doesn't like the way others stare at her and she doesn't enjoy being blue. A small cat named Fluffy notices and causes himself to become pink in an effort to help Ethel feel more comfortable. The two become friends and decide that sometimes it's okay to look different.

 
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  This is a great book for character education. When Fluffy notices that Ethel is struggling, he shows empathy and does everything he can to help her get through it.

 

Time traveling with a hamster

Name Ann Trompter
Title Time traveling with a hamster
Author Ross Welford
ISBN 0399551492
Publisher Schwartz & Wade
Classification Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating ( 1-5) 4
Summary Needing to travel back in time to prevent a motorcycle accident which killed his father, Al sets out on a mission leading to many adventures in his quest.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  The idea of a time travel is appealing to student.  They could easily relate to Al and his hamster. 

 

The masterwork of a painting elephant

Name Ann Trompter
Title The masterwork of a painting elephant
Author Michelle Cuevas
ISBN 9780374348540
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Classification Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Pigeon Jones is abandoned as a baby only to be adopted by a white painting elephant named Birch.  They experience numerous adventures until the day comes when Birch must let Pigeon stand on his own two feet. 
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  It is a heartwarming story that includes the type of adventures that would appeal to students. 

 

Go, Billy, Go! : Being yourself

Name Ann Trompeter
Title Go, Billy, Go! : Being yourself
Author Wiley Blevins
ISBN

9781634400039

Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Billy is a typical boy who enjoys many traditional activities.  When he chooses to participate in cheerleading, his friends and family are not so understanding.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not?  The book is good for students who like non-traditional activities in helping them deal with the misunderstanding of others who are less tolerant.

 

Mom's new friend

Name Ann Trompeter
Title Mom's new friend
Author Mattia Cerato
ISBN 9781936163960
Publisher Red Chair Press
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary Dan is viewed as a threat as a new friend to a boy's mom.  Once they go camping, Dan becomes a more welcomed friend.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Many students experience blended families which students can relate to. 

 

Oddfellow's orphanage

Name Ann Trompeter
Title  Oddfellow's orphange
Author Emily Martin
Publisher Yearling
ISBN 0375870946
Classification Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Delia is mute and placed in Oddfellow's orhanage.  The classes and field trips are unusual.  The Annual Haircutting Day and Field Trip for Monsters create a delightful experience for Delia.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  The creative adventures taht Delia experiences at Oddfellow's are encouraging for most elementary students. 

 

The bad birthday idea

Name Ann Trompeter
Title The bad birthday idea
Author Madeline Valentine
ISBN 9780449813324
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary It is Alice's birthday, and she receives a robot that her brother desperately waned.  When Ben accidently breaks the robot, He has to come up with another plan.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Students will enjoy the book as they can relate to the feelings Ben initially has for his sister's birthday present.

 

My dog is the best

Name Kathleen Ketchem
Title  My dog is the best
Author Laurie Ann Thompson
ISBN 9780374300517
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Classification Everybody
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary  A boy describes all the reasons why his dog is the best.  
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not Yes.  This book is perfect for kindergarten and first grade beginning readers! 

 

Bob and Flo play hide-and-seek

Name Kathleen Ketchem
Title Bob and Flo play hide-and-seek
Author Rebecca Ashdown
ISBN 9780544596313
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Classification Everybody
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Penguins Bob and Flo enjoy learning how to play a game of hide and seek at preschool.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  this book is great for beginning readers in pre-k, kindergarten or first grade.

 

Hurry up, Alfie!

Name Kathleen Ketchem
Title Hurry up, Alfie!
Author Anna Walker
ISBN 9780544586543
Publisher Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt
Suggested Level Elementary
Classification Everybody
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Alfie the alligator is supposed to be getting ready to go to the park.  Instead, several different distraction get in his way.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  This book is perfect for beginning readers.  There are several short sentences and sight words that are prefect for 1st grade readers.

 

Bear can dance

Name Kathleen Ketchem
Title Bear can dance
Author Suzanne Bloom
ISBN 9781629794426
Publisher Boyds Mills Press
Classification Everybody
Suggested level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary Bear wants to learn to fly, but instead, with help from Duck and Fox, he learns that he can dance.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  This story was very short, but I would recommend it because it is great for beginning readers.  There are a lot of great picture clues for helping with the story.

 

Crayola color in culture

Name Heidi Keairns
Title Crayola color in culture
Author Mari Schuh
ISBN 9781512466898
Publisher Lerner
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This book tells how color is part of culture and what culture is.  It gives examples such as the color we wear, the colors we celebrate with, the colors that different countries use and the meaning of colors.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  this book has bright vibrant colored photographs from many different cultures including a colorful shawl from Peru, Holi, Chinese New Year, Greece, cloth plates from Ethiopia, and hats from Morocco.  It could be a great book to read and start discussing different cultures, or to learn about colors.

 

Let's draw vehicles with Crayola

Name Heidi Keairns
Title  Let's draw vehicles with Crayola
Author Ana Bermejo
ISBN 9781512432978
Publisher Lerner
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary This book gives step-by-step examples of how to draw different vehicles using basic shapes.  Some of the vehicles included are space vehicles, rescue vehicles, monster trucks, race cars, and trains.  At the end of the book it goes over some of the Crayola crayon colors used in the book.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Drawing books are often very popular. This drawing book breaks the vehicles down into basic shapes so they are very easy to draw.  it is colorful and attractive with websites to learn more at the end of the book.

 

Gems

Name Heidi Keairns
Title Gems
Author Claudia Martin
ISBN 9781682973257
Publisher Quarto Library
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary This book tells all about gemstones.  Ti tells about their formation, color, uses, patterns, where they are found, and how they are used.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  This book has vibrant and bright photos of gems.  it has lots of information taht a student researching could use but also could be read for fun.  ti even has a gemstone guide at the end.

 

We all have value : a story of respect

Name Lindsey Roberts
Title  We all have value: a story of respect
Author Mari Schuh
ISBN 9781512486506
Publisher Cloverleaf Books
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Story showing way to have good character.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? yes.  This is a social skills book that is for lower elementary.  It also includes multicultural characters.

 

Let's explore sound

Name Lindsey Roberts
Title  Let's explore sound
Author Walt K. Moon
ISBN 9781512482713
Publisher Bumba Books
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary A nonfiction story that explains how sound works.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  A lower level elementary book that explains sound.

 

The emperor's ostrich

Name Stephen Beck
Title The Emperor's Ostrich
Author Julie Berry
ISBN 9781596439580
Publisher Roaring Book Press
Classification Fiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5)  
Summary Begonia, a young milkmaid, has been tasked with locating her runaway cow named Alfalfa.  Her adventure is monitored and occasionally influenced by the actions of a couple of magical elders.  Begonia meets a variety of interesting individuals as she traverses the countryside attempting to track down her cherished bovine.  Begonia encounter a young romantic named Key who assists her on her journey as well as a young maiden with a baby, a woodsman, and a runaway emperor riding an ostrich.  This motley cre work together to stop a planned coup to replace the emperor and find they happily ever afters. 
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  this book was a very fun read.  it would be a great selection for upper elementary and middle school students who enjy adventure and fantasy novels.  the text provides a great mixture of humor, action, and adventure.  This is a great book to nurture a love of reading! 

 

Hurricanes: wild weather

Name Leah McMahan
Title  Hurricanes: wild weather
Author Julie Murray
ISBN 9781532120886
Publisher ABDO Publishing
Classification Nonfiction
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary This title is a leveled reader that discusses hurricanes and their causes and their often devastating impact on an area.  This book also offers additional facts such as how to prepare for a hurricane and some historical background on Hurricane Katrina.
Suggested Level Elementary
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  this is a good information title that will be great for lower elementary and emergent readers.  Most of my K-2 students love learning about weather and its effects on people and the environment. 

 

Hedy Lamarr: reimagining radio

Name Jennifer Stewart
Title Hedy Lamarr: reimagining radio
Author Megan Borgert-Spaniol
ISBN 9781532112829
Publisher ABDO Publishing
Classification Biography
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Students will likely not know Hedy Lamarr at all.  I knew her as an actress, but knew very little about her life as a scientist and inventor.  This accessible biography provides a solid introduction to Lamarr and her important contributions.  The book's timeline and photographs were helpful and interesting I would have loved to have seen any of her drawings or writings about her inventions as an added bonus.  Unfamiliar vocabulary words were highlighted throughout and included in the glossary at the end.  i would have preferred to see the definition on the page where the word first appeared also, but that my just be a personal preference. 
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  I thin it's a good selection because it highlights the life and work of a female scientist, and it also shows someone who had both brains and beauty who preferred to be known for her brain.

 

The salmon's journey

Name Kay-o Wicks
Title The salmon's journey
Author Jon Fishman
ISBN 9781512498127
Publisher Lerner
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Salmon swim in large schools to return to the streams and rivers where they were first born. From egg to fish and out to the open ocean, then back again, follow the journey of migrating salmon.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  A good basic book about salmon, habitat and threats.  The table of contents in not in a list, so it could be confusing for young children.

 

Who invented radio?

Name Kay-o Wicks
Title  Who invented radio?
Author Susan E. Hamen
ISBN 9781512483277
Publisher Lerner
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Nice comparison of Marconi and tesla.  Good for 4th and 5th grade because of the vocabulary.

 

A bad day at pirate school

Name Nan Ison
Title A bad day at pirate school
Author Johanna Gohmann
ISBN 9781532130984
Publisher ABDO Publishing
Classification Everybody
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Piper has a bad day at pirate school until she finds her teacher's golden compass.
Would you suggest this title?  Yes
Why or why not? Kids can relate to the characters and will like the story.

 

Big cat, little cat

Name Nan Ison
Title Big cat, little cat
Author Elisha Cooper
ISBN 9781626723719
Publisher Roaring Brook Press
Classification Everybody
Suggested level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Big cat lives alone until little cat comes to stay.  Big cat and little cat grow old together.  Big cat leaves one day and never comes back.  A new little cat comes and how little cat has a new friend.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  It could help students deal with the loss of someone leaving their family, someone they love, or the loss of a pet. 

 

World's best and worst spooky jokes

Name Nan Ison
Title World's best and worst spooky jokes
Author Emma Carlson Berne
ISBN 9781512483529
Publisher Lerner Publications
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary Knock, knock jokes and other easy jokes for kids to tell to their friends.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Kids love joke books especially easy to remember jokes. 

 

Subjects and verbs

Name Jason Highley
Title Subjects and verbs
Author Kristen Rajczak
ISBN 9781433990816
Publisher Gareth Stevens
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This book covered subject sna verbs in an easy to follow format with vibrant illustrations.  Very easy to understand for elementary aged children.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Great selection for 400 section of the library. 

 

How a solar-powered home works

Name Jason Highley
Title  How a solar-powered home works
Author Robyn Hardyman
ISBN 9781433995484
Publisher Gareth Stevens
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Lots of great illustrations help young readers comprehend the concept of solar power and how it can be used in their everyday lives.
Classification Nonfiction
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Very important topic.  Great addition to an elementary school library.

 

Grover Cleveland again! : a treasury of American presidents

Name Jason Highley
Title Grover Cleveland again! : a treasury of American presidents
Author Ken Burns
ISBN 9780385392099
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Summary Great illustrations and some not-so-well known information makes this a great book about teh U.S. Presidents.  the fact that Ken Burns worked on it is also a plus.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Great addition to a biography collection.
   

 

Ice cream cones

Name Nan Ison
Title Ice cream cones
Author Penelope S. Nelson
ISBN 9781532161902
Publisher ABDO Publishing
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Four short chapters on ice cream, cones, waffle and cake cones, and how to make ice cream.  Easy to read with nice illustrations and includes QR codes for students to get even more information.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Students lvoe books about food and cooking and this would appeal to them.

 

How many hugs?

Name Nan Ison
Title How many hugs?
Author Heather Swain
ISBN 9781250066510
Publisher Feiwel and Friends
Classification Everybody
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary This book counts how many hugs can be given by different animals based on the number of arms they have.  It is a very cute book with nice bright illustrations.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Students like books with bright eye-catching covers and it has a cute story to go along with the illustrations.

 

Engineer it! bridge projects

Name Carrie Mateja
Title Engineer it! bridge projects
Author Carolyn Bernhardt
ISBN 9781532111228
Publisher ABDO Publishing
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Great book for students who want to try their hand at simple engineering bridge projects.  Five different types of bridges are defined and step-by-step project instruction are given for each type of bridge to be recreated in student friendly projects.
Would you suggest this title? Why or why not? Yes.  this book would be great to have in a make space area.  Students would also like this title for project use for classroom assignments. 

 

Engineering you can eat

Name Carrie Mateja
Title Engineering you can eat
Author Megan Borgert-Spaniol
ISBN 9781532170102
Publisher ABDO Publishing
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Engineering is defined and looked at from a kid friendly point of view.  Five different edible engineering tasks are shown with colorful picture and step-by-step instruction for the reader to complete.  Each engineering task has a list of needed ingredients and tools listed.  the book ends with a conclusion and a three question quiz.
Would you suggest this title? Why or why not?  Yes.  This book is a great book to introduce engineering to young students and they will love that they can eat their project at the conclusion.  Great for makerspaces and whole class use. 

 

Super gross slime and snot projects

Name Carrie Mateja
Title Super gross slime and snot projects
Author Jessie Alkire
ISBN 9781532117336
Publisher ABDO Publishing
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary 
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This book describes how to create both slime and snot projects. A list of all the needed materials is included at the beginning of the book for all the projects listed.  Eight different projects have step-by-step instructions, colorful photographs and materials listed to created projects such as fart putty, eyeball slime and diaper slime.  Trivia is also included throughout the book along with a glossary.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  What kids doesn't LOVE to read, talk and actually make slime or snot?!?  This book will always be circulating and NEVER stay on your shelves! 

 

Ninja Claus!

Name Carrie Mateja
Title Ninja Claus!
Author Arree Chung
ISBN 9781627795524
Publisher Henry Holt and Company
Classification Everybody
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary A cute story about a little boy who uses his ninja knowledge and some engineering skills to try and catch Santa delivering presents on Christmas Eve.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Students will enjoy the illustrations and letter writing between characters in this story with a twist to an age old quest of trying to catch Santa in the act. 

 

The amazing idea of you

Name Jennifer Stewart
Title The amazing idea of you
Author Charlotte Sullivan Wild
ISBN 9781681191836
Publisher Bloomsbury Children's Books
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Soft illustrations and lovely language combine to tell teh story of how ideas, seeds, eggs and people are similar.  All spring something new to life.  Though the metaphor sometimes gets a little lost, the message is sweet and inspiring.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  I like the sweetness of the story/message.  Could be a nice text to use for metaphor, figurative language (interesting verbs) , or for exploring the work of planting and working in apple orchards.
Classification Everybody

 

Iguanodon

Name Jennifer Stewart
Title Iguanodon
Author Grace Hansen
ISBN 9781532100383
Publisher ABDO Kids
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Offers a succinct introduction to iguanodons for early readers.  Includes table of contents, glossary, index and QR code for more resources online.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Dinosaur books are always tricky for early readers, because of the vocabulary/names, but this title does a nice job of very briefly and clearly explaining basic facts about the dinosaur.  Large pictures, large font and plenty of white space make them very accessible.  I don't think kids will ever stop asking for dinosaur books, so this is a great title to offer them!

 

Fairness

Name Jennifer Stewart
Title Fairness
Author Julie Murray
ISBN 9781532100086
Publisher ABDO Kids
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Simple text and large color photographs give example of what it means to be fair.  Includes table of contents, glossary and a QR code for more information onlne.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not?  

 

Sharks : nature's perfect hunter

Name Jennifer Stewart
Title Sharks: nature's perfect hunter (science comics)
Author Joe Flood
ISBN 9781626727885
Publisher First Second
Classification Nonfiction graphic novel
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary This book present a plethora of information about sharks in a comic book format.  It discusses sharks in popular culture, conceptions/misconceptions of sharks, sharks in history and the different orders of sharks. Includes a glossary and a shark family tree.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? No.  I was very excited about the prospect of shark information in a comic book.  I was not overly thrilled with the book, however.  I think the information was too much for the intended audience.  The organization by shark order was a bit confusing to follow.  It will be appealing to both graphic novel fans and shark fans, but I am not sure that many of them will learn much more from it.

 

A place to start a family : poems about creatures that build

Name Jennifer Stewart
Title A place to start a family : poems about creatures that build
Author David L. Harrison
ISBN  9781580897488
Publisher Charlesbridge
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Different animals that build, some familiar and other less so, are celebrated in poems and cut-paper relief illustrations.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  these poems provide an accessible introduction to further research on these animal builders, a resource for figurative language, or simply a lovely and interesting collection of animal poems.  The illustrations are vibrant and help the poems , and their respective creatures, come to life. 

 

A dragon's guide to making your human smarter

Name Stephen Beck
Title A dragon's guide to making your human smarter
Author Laurence Yep & Joanne Ryder
ISBN 9780385392327
Publisher Crown Books for Young Readers
Classification Fiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This book is a second book in the A Dragon's Guide series.  Winnie and her dragon, Miss Drake, both consider each other a beloved pet.  Winnie, with the assistance of Miss Drake, makes it through her first year at magical Spriggs Academy while also attempting to escape detection by her menacing grandfather.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  This book does an excellent job of combining fantasy, adventure and a bit of mystery.  The book will be a real treat for students for love fantasy.  Additionally, this book allows students to encounter historical figures, figures from Creek mythology, and the Loch Ness Monster that they may be interested in exploring further.  The story is a fun and entertaining adventure.  Overall, it's a fun read that would be a great addition to a library collection.  I would recommend this title to students in grades 3-5.

 

My adopted family

Name Lou Anne Coomer
Title My adopted family
Author Claudia Harrington
ISBN 9781532130168
Publisher ABDO Publishing
Classification Everybody
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary One of a series of 13 "My Family" books, in this story Lenny follows his friend Adam for a school project to find out what it's like to be a member of an adopted family.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  This book is really more about the love of a family rather than adoption in general.  The illustrations are fun and diverse and the story is simple and easy to follow.

 

Counting on Katherine : how Katherine Johnson saved Apollo 13

Name Carrie Mateja
Title  Counting on Katherine : how Katherine Johnson saved Apollo 13
Author Helaine Becker
ISBN 9781250137524
Publisher Henry Holt and Company
Classification Biography
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This is the life story of Katherine Johnson, the famous mathematician who helped with the Apollo 13 mission.  The book discusses how she lobed to count when she was little and then goes into her passion and love for math as an adult and her job with NASA.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  It is a quick and easy read for the elementary student.  The illustrations are interesting and biographical information is at the end.

 

How is root beer made?

Name Carrie Mateja
Title How is root beer made?
Author Grace Hansen
ISBN 9781532181962
Publisher ABDO Publishing
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This book goes through the process of how root beer was originally made and how root beer is made today.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  The book includes a step by step process for making root beer.  The illustrations are colorful photographs.  Additional facts a included at the end of the book, along with a glossary of terms and of course, what kids doesn't like root beer? 

 

Stan Lee : comic book writer & creator of Spider-Man

Name Carrie Mateja
Title Stan Lee: comic book writer and creator of Spider-Man
Author Grace Hansen
ISBN 9781532104305
Publisher ABDO Publishing
Classification Biography
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary A quick read about the life of comic book great Stan Lee.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Easy read for early grades and struggling readers.  Great photographs of some of his comic books.  Kids love Stan Lee's comics and characters.

 

U.S. Congress

Name Carrie Mateja
Title U.S. Congress
Author Julie Murray
ISBN 9781532104015
Publisher ABDO Publishing
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Readers are given a brief summary about United States Congress and the work that goes on.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  An introduction read for young students getting their first look into the working of the U.S. government.

 

Basketball superstar Stephen Curry

Name Carrie Mateja
Title Basketball superstar Stephen Curry
Author Jon M. Fishman
ISBN 9781541538481
Publisher Lerner Publications
Classification Biography
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary A quick read on basketball star, Stephen Curry, his life and his career.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? High interest/low vocabulary.  Great for younger or struggling readers who want to read a basketball book.

 

Let's celebrate Halloween

Name Carrie Mateja
Title Let's celebrate Halloween
Author J. Patrick Lewis
ISBN 9780531226803
Publisher Children's Press
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary A quick read written in rhyme for younger students with an additional fun fact about the holiday on each illustrated pate.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Great holiday series for early readers.  Halloween is...section and glossary in the back.

 

The Washington Monument

Name Carrie Mateja
Title The Washington Monument
Author Kristen Chang
ISBN 9781626179189
Publisher Bellwether Media
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Great introduction book to American symbols. Primary students get a quick and easy read about why the Washington Monument was built.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Any "Blastoff! Readers" book is good for an elementary library collection.

 

Words and your heart

Name Carrie Mateja
Title Words and your heart
Author Kate Neal
ISBN 9781250168726
Publisher Macmillan Publishing Group
Classification Everybody
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary A about how we should chose our words wisely as words can cause happiness or hurt.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  A great read for kids and adults about how we interact with others.

 

Spectacular Spring

Name Carrie Mateja
Title Spectacular Spring
Author Bruce Goldstone
ISBN 9781250120144
Publisher Henry Holt and Company
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary A near way to find out many different aspect of Spring such as smells, shapes, sounds and activities.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  A great book for kids or adults to use when learning , teaching or studying about Spring.

 

The secrets of Ninja School

Name Carrie Mateja
Title The secrets of Ninja School
Author Deb Pilutti
ISBN 9781627796491
Publisher Henry Holt and Company
Classification Everybody
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary A young lady goes off to ninha school to learn new skills, but she is worried that she won't be any good at being a ninja.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? No.  They story didn't really hold the attention of the kids. 

 

There is nothing to do!

Name Carrie Mateja
Title There is nothing to do!
Author Dev Petty
ISBN 9780399558030
Publisher Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Classification Everybody
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary A frog cannot find anything to do so he visits his friends looking for suggestions.
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  If you liked the first on in the series, you will want to add this to your collection.  All kids go through a stage of "there's nothing to do!"

 

The littlest dragon

Name Carrie Mateja
Title The littlest dragon
Author Susan Quinn
ISBN 9781682971864
Classification Everybody
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary The little dragon may not be big, but he finds out he is important when he has to help his family with something important.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Students love dragon books and friendship is always a topic for younger grades.
   

 

Am I yours?

Name Carrie Mateja
Title  Am I yours?
Author Alex Latimer
ISBN 9781682630440
Publisher Peachtree Publishers
Classification Everybody
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary A different twist about being lost using a dinosaur as the main character.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Children love books with dinosaurs.  A great message about belonging and being found.

 

Don't tell!

Name Carrie Mateja
Title Don't tell!
Author Tom Booth
ISBN 9781250117373
Publisher Feiwel and Friends
Classification Everybody
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary A fun book about keeping a secret or maybe not being able to keep a seccret.
Would you suggest this book? Why or why not? Yes.  Great illustrations and playful story line. 

 

Wordy Birdy

Name Carrie Mateja
Title Wordy Birdy
Author Tammi Sauer
ISBN 9781524719302
PUblisher Doubleday Books
Classification Everybody
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary A bird does more talking then listening and ends up in a little bit of trouble.  Find out why it's important to listen to others.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Eye catching illustrations.  Helps explain to young students why it is important to listen and not always do the talking. 

 

Melvin the mouth

Name Carrie Mateja
Title  Melvin the mouth
Author Katherine Blanc
ISBN 9781580897143
Publisher Charlesbridge
Classification Everybody
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary A quick look at the childhood of Melvin Blanc, the man behind such famous character voices such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck adn Porky Pig to name a few.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  A good book for those students who have lots of energy and like to make sound effects. 

 

Liftoff! Space Exploration

Name Ann Trompeter
Title Liftoff!  Space Exploration
Author Eleanor Cardell
ISBN 9781629206042
Publisher Full Tilt Press
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Readers are able to learn more about space exploration through history.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  this is an excellent book for student sinterested in teh history of space exploration.

 

Stegothesaurus

Name Jessica Sowder
Title  Stegothesaurus
Author Bridget Heos
ISBN 9781250134882
Publisher Henry Holt and Company
Classification Everybody
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary Book would be a cute introductory lesson into using a thesaurus, but I am not sure will be an everyday reading hit.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? No.  I do not believe it will circulate often.

 

Floaty

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Floaty
Author John Himmelman
ISBN 9781250128058
Publisher Henry Holt and Compnay
Classification Everybody
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Mr. Raisin is only interested in sewing , but then something unusual comes into his life that changes his life.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  A lovely book showing the impact that pets have on one's life.

 

Flo

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Flo
Author Kyo Maclear
ISBN 9780374305260   
Publisher Farrar Straus Giroux
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 2
Summary This picture book, starring an adorable panda, celebrates relaxing and being yourself!  Flo is the littlest panda.  She likes to explore, relax, and enjoy everything around her.  She is never in a hurry.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? No.  Story in tis book does not flow easily.
Classification Everybody

 

I'm not using the potty

Name Jessica Sowder
Title  I'm not using the potty
Author Laura Gehl
ISBN 978-0-374-30328-0
Publisher Farrar Straus Giroux
Classification Everybody
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary Peep says it's time for Egg to start using the potty.  But Egg does not want to use the potty and Peep tries to change that!  When things start to get a little uncomfortable, Egg realizes that when nature calls, sometimes you can't say no.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? No.  Although a cute title, it is not really one that is needed in a K-5 school.

 

Ten magic butterflies

Name Jessica Sowder
Title Ten magic butterfiles
Author Danica McKellar
ISBN 9781101933831
Publisher Crown Books for Young Readers
Classification Everybody
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Join ten flower friends for a night of excitement that mixes a little math with a lot of maig.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  This book encourages children to sue their imagination while also working on math concepts.

 

Car, car, truck, jeep

Name Amy Fallahay
Title Car, car, truck, jeep
Author Katrina Charman
ISBN 9781681198958
Pubisher Bloomsbury Children's Books
Classification Everybody
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary It is a rhyming book that lists different types of transportation.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? No.  Being that it is meant for younger children, many of the words are quite difficult.

 

Neil Armstrong

Name Jill Hutto
Title Neil Armstrong
Author Patricia Crete
ISBN  9781250166197
Publisher Roaring Brook Press
Classification Biography
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary Biography of Neil Armstrong
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? No.  Illustrations are not that great.  Photographs would be much better. 

 

Martin Luther King Jr.

Name Jill Hutto
Title Martin Luther King Jr.
Author Hugh Roome
ISBN 9780531232279
Publisher Scholastic
Classification Biography
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Biography of Martin Luther King Jr.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Time line, photographs, text features, table of contents, glossary and index make it a thorough and solid biography.

 

New shoes

Name Jill Hutto
TItle New shoes
Author Sara Varon
ISBN 9781596439207
Publisher First Second
Classification Graphic Novel
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Francis, a shoemaker, must leave his village to go into the jungle in South America to find grass and along the way meets and learns about animals that live in this jungle.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  The students love this author and enjoy reading her work.

 

Magic tricks with cards

Name Jill Hutto
Title  Magic tricks with cards
Author Elsie Olson
ISBN 9781541538948
Publisher Lerner
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary How to perform card tricks
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  I hope this will be good.  I intend to set it up at a table with a deck of cards and let students try it out.  The directions for teh tricks didn't make a lot of sense to me however. 

 

Puffins

Name Amy Fallahay
Title Puffins
Author Leo Statts
ISBN 9781532120619
Publisher  ABDO Publishing
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating(1-5) 5
Summary This book gives information about puffins, what they eat, their habitat and how they live.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  It is very informative especially considering its short length.  It also has great photographs.

 

Collages & sculptures

Name Amy Fallahay
Title Collages & sculptures
Author Carol Hove
Publisher ABDO
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary This book explains how to make many different types of collages and sculptures.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  It has a good variety of projects with step by step directions.  The only downside is that some of the materials may be difficult for some children to access.
ISBN 9781532110672

 

All about colds

Name Carrie Mateja
Title All About Colds
Author Francesa Potts
ISBN 9781532111174
Publisher ABDO Publishing
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary A kid friendly book about why our body can sometimes get hurt or sick.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not?  Yes.  Easy nonfiction read about how you get a cold and how to take care of yourself.
Classification Nonfiction

 

25 Fun Things to Do Outside

Name Carrie Mateja
Title 25 Fun Things to Do Outside
Author Paul Mason
ISBN 9781541501317
Publisher Lerner Publishing
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary 25 fun and creative ideas to do to reconnect with the outside world
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Colorful illustrations and easy to participate ideas for anyone.

 

Bridges

Name Carrie Mateja
Title Bridges
Author Chris Bowman
ISBN 9781626178212
Publisher Bellwether Media
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary An early reader to use to introduce engineering by looking at bridges. Colorful illustrations are used to illustrated and define terms for the reader.

 
Would you suggest this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Great book to use with STEM.

 

The Unofficial Guide to Minecraft Survival

Name Carrie Mateja
Title The Unofficial Guide to Minecraft Survival
Author Linda Zajac
ISBN 9781541538870
Publisher Lerner Publications
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary A gamers look at Minecraft survival. What resources and tools are needed and strategy to use to survive.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  Minecraft is being used in the school setting and this books give a quick and basic look for users of all levels.

 

August

Name Carrie Mateja
Title August
Author Julie Murray
ISBN 9781532100222
Publisher ABDO Publishing
Classification Nonfiction
Suggested Level Elementary
Rating 5
Summary A quick look at the month of August and the activities one might do during that month.
Would you suggest this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  An easy read nonfiction book for younger readers. A quick read for the teachers teaching the primary grades and need a resource.

 

Respiratory System

Name Linda Wrins Ryan
Title Respiratory System
Author Grace Hanson
ISBN 9781532183355
Publisher ABDO Kids
Classification Non-Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Brief Summary This title tells the respiratory process of how oxygen moves from teh air, to the lungs, into the blood and to cells through the body.  Although vocabulary may be difficult for students, there is a glossary in the back explaining terminology.  It is a good introduction although some of the diagrams could have been more explicit.  Also, though there is a picture of an inhaler, there is no text explaining what it is--therefore no relevance. 
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes-- This title will spark interest and may answer some questions of curious young learners.  Recommended for K-2.

 

Frightful ghost ships

Name Linda Wrins Ryan
Title Frightful ghost ships
Author James Roland
ISBN 9781512434026
Publisher Lerner Publications
Classification Non-Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Learn about famous ghost ship sightings around the world and throughout history.  Find out what historians and scientists have to say about them.  Interesting details gives you young readers just enough information to keep them on the edge of their seat to read more.  Good introduction to young chiller seekers.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes-- this title fills the need for students seeking to find out about mysterious ships and the ghosts that are connected with them. 

 

I can make marvelous movers

Name Linda Wrins Ryan
Title  I can make marvelous movers
Author Kristina Holzweiss
ISBN 9780531238820
Publisher Scholastic
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This book is an introduction to what are makers and how you too can be a maker.  It includes the science behind how spinning tops, mountain climbing and balloon cars work and step-by-step directions to make these items are included.  it is easy enough for even the youngest students to make these items with the help of a parent while a 4th grade student will still be intrigued to make them on their own.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes-- for a little book, it holds a wealth of information.  Great introduction to help students get a glimpse at the maker movement and make them feel they can be part of it.  

 

If you were a kids on the Mayflower

Name Linda Wrins Ryan
Title If you were a kid on the Mayflower
Author John Son
ISBN 9780531232163
Publisher Scholastic
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Follow two fictional character as they set sail for American on the Mayflower.  This title is a blend of both fiction and nonfiction.  It tells the story of Hope and Theodore and adds a factual detail of the passengers experiences on the journey.  This title makes reference to many primary sources including the book of Plymouth Plantation and pictures of artifacts like cannons and instruments used on the boat.  The books in this series are very similar to Ann McGovern's If you Lived series.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Good belnd of fiction and nonfiction to engage  young readers although it may not be suited to read to the youngest elementary students in just one sitting. 

 

Expansion of our nation : slavery and the Missouri Comprimise

Name Linda Wrins Ryan
Title Expansion of our nation:  slavery and the Missouri Compromise
Author Elisabeth herschbach
ISBN 9781635178869
Publisher Focused Readers
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This title breaks down the difficult concept of views of the slave and non slave states and the Missouri Compromise with accessible text and visuals to build understanding for young readers. Suitable for as low as third grade reading level.  A map brings a logistical understanding of the debate and the timeline brings it together.  There is an educator link to a lesson plans and activities related to the title.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  This title offers a clear and simple understanding of the Missouri Compromise.

 

Augmented Reality

Name Linda Wrins Ryan
Title Augmented Reality
Author Brett Martin
ISBN 9781599538860
Publisher Norwood House Press
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This title explores the history of augmented reality, the obstacles it has faced and how it has become part of today's culture.  Many interesting facts and how it is used in gaming, the military, hospitals, manufacturing and many other fields is given in detail.  A solid introductory title.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  A good introduction to the technology of augmented reality will give young readers a solid intrduction to this topic.

 

Vincent can't sleep

Name Linda Wrins Ryan
Title Vincent can't sleep
Author Barb Rosenstock 
ISBN 9781101937112
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Classification Biography
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary  Told in storybook format, this title is about the life of VanGogh and how he was inspired to paint differently than other artists of his time.  Even though misunderstood by spectators he continues to follow his passion.  End notes further detail this artist's life.  A good addition to a collection and especially to teacher seeking a sort storybook biography to add to an art curriculum.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  A  good biography in story format to help young learners understand Vincent Van Gogh's vision for his paintings. 

 

School people

Name Linda Wrins Ryan
Title School people
Author Lee Bennett Hopkins
ISBN 9781629797038
Publisher Wordsong
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Fifteen poems about different workers in school who bring wonder into the lies of students.  Each poem is a tribute to a different worker.  Although the drawings of students and some adults are multicultural in nature, it will make for a good addition to a petry section if you do not have many on the topic of schools. 
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Young student will connect well to this title with poems about familiar people in the school.  The language is simple enough for young students in teh primary grades, of whom often study school and community workers as part of their school curriculum.

 

Super simple President's Day activities

Name Linda Wrins Ryan
Title  Super simple President's Day activities
Author Megan Borgert-Spaniol
ISBN 9781532112461
Publisher ABDO Publishing
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary This title briedly describes President's Day.  It then gives simple steps for seven art projects and two food projects to decorate and celebrate the holiday.  Each step is accompanied by photos detailing each step making it easy for non readers to visually follow along as they create the craft.  Shortcoming: the title does not give a pattern for either Washington's hat or Jefferson's wig but does have photo detailing how each is to be drawn.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Most of the activities are simple enough for students to do without adult supervision.  A good addition if you are in need of holiday craft books. 

 

The science of sea monsters : prehistoric reptiles of the sea

Name Ashleigh Kraus
Title  The science of sea monsters : prehistoric reptiles of the sea
Author Alex Woolf
ISBN 9780531258323
Publisher Franklin Watts
Classification  Nonfiction
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Woolf's text provides an overview of prehistoric, predatory sea creatures--squid, dinosaurs, lizard fish, gargantuan crocodiles, and more.  His engaging text provides information about each of these creatures and their deadly characteristics.  He mixes facts with cartoons and illustrations to make a sizable amount of information more palatable for younger readers.  A glossary at the end provides readers with the tools they need to develop their own vocabulary.
Recommended Level Elementary
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  This text does provide a lot of information about these creatures, but it does so in an approachable way through the use of illustrations and cartoons.  The book highlights creatures that have captured pop culture's attention in recent years, which will pique student interest. Text features are abundant in the book as well offering teachers and engaging subject matter with which to teach the concepts of heading, call out box, illustration,caption, map diagram, table of contents etc. 

 

The little fire truck

Name Heidi Keairns
Title  The little fire truck
Author Margery Cuyler
ISBN 9781627798051
Publisher Christy Ottaviano Books
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary Part of a series of books on vehicles, this book goes over what a little fire truck and it's crew do.  it has diverse fire fighters, vehicles with eyes and mouths, and labels on equipment found at the fire station.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? No.  The rhyming text might be good for preschool, but I think it's a little too simple for elementary aged students.

 

After the fall

Name Lindsey Roberts
Title After the fall
Author Dan Santat
ISBN 9781626726826
Publisher Roaring Brook Press
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary The story of Humpty Dumpty's life after he fell off the wall.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Perfect book to relate to fairy tales and STEM (egg drop activity!)

 

Origami fun pets

Name Lindsey Roberts
Title  Origami fun pets
Author Robyn Hardyman
ISBN 9781626177147
Publisher Bellwether Media
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary A how to origami book about pets.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Great book for younger kids to use to learn the art of origami.

 

Super simple mineral projects

Name Lindsey Roberts
Title  Super simple mineral projects
Author Jessie Alkire
ISBN 9781532112386
Publisher ABDO
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Science activities related to minerals.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Great illustrations and easy to follow steps.

 

Passenger trains

Name Lindsey Roberts
Title Passenger trains
Author Christina Leighton
ISBN 9781626176737
Publisher Bellwether Media
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary A book that describes passenger trains.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Easy to read text for lower level readers to follow.

 

Cool cats : Balinese

Name Lindsey Roberts
Title Cool cats : balinese
Author Betsy Rathburn
ISBN 9781626176263
Publisher Bellwether Media
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary A book that describes the Balinese breed of cats.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Great illustrations.

 

Let's explore saving money

Name Lindsey Roberts
Title  Let's explore saving money
Author Laura Hamilton Waxman
ISBN 9781541538542
Publisher Bumba Books
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary This book explains ways and reason to save money.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Easy to read text for lower level readers to follow. 

 

Tesla models

Name Heidi Keairns
Title Tesla models
Author Emily Rose Oachs
ISBN 9781626177802
Publisher Bellwether Media
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This book gives and overview of the history and features of different models of Teslas.
Would you recommend this title? Why or why not? Yes.  this nonfiction book has nice photos and nonfiction text features.  Many of my students are interested in reading about cars and they have enjoyed this series of books including this one on Tesla. 

 

Crafty llama

Name Heidi Keairns
Title Crafty llama
Author Mike Kerr
ISBN 9781681191218
Publisher Bloomsbury Children's Books
Classifiction Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Llama likes to knit when she is figuring things out and thinking.  Lots of animal friends join Llama and make things.  Beaver does not like to make things unless it is useful.  While Beaver and Llama try to figure out what Llama could be making she makes things for all of her friends. 
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  My students love llamas lately and this book celebrates crafting as well as friendship.

 

From seed to sunflower

Name Heidi Keairns
Title From seed to sunflower
Author Camilla de la Bedoyere
ISBN 9781786036216
Publisher Quarto Library
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary A life cycle book that goes through the entire cycle of the sunflower.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  This book has nice big photographs and diagrams of parts of a plant.  It has nice nonfiction text features and notes at the end for parents and teachers.

 

Food truck fest!

Name Heidi Keairns
Title Food truck fest!
Author Alexandra Penfold
ISBN 9780374303181
Publisher Farrar Straus Giroux
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Trucks and a family get ready to go to the Food Truck Fest, attend, and then go home for the night.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Food trucks are popular right now and my students are familiar with them.  This book goes through the day for a Food Truck Fest with repetition and rhyming text that I think my students will enjoy.

 

Toad weather

Name Ann Trompeter
Title Toad weather
Author Sandra Markle
ISBN 9781561458189
Publisher Peachtree
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary It's a rainy Spring day as Grandma, Mama adn Ally set out upon an adventure.  Looking at all the wonderful tings that happens in the city during a rainstorm.  Ally's mother assures her that she is in for a surprise.  Ally is impatient but pleasantly surprised when they come to a Toad Crossing.  A great class read aloud.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why now? Yes.

 

The chupacabra ate the candelabra

Name Ann Trompeter
Title Chupacabra at the candelabra
Author Marc Nobleman
ISBN 9780399174438
Publisher Penguin Random House
Classification Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary 
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary In this fanciful book the famous Chupacabra was coming to dinner.  Unfortunately, it was heard that his favorite thing to eat was goats.  The goats are in a panic and devise a scheme to save their lives.  They find a candelabra on the way to the Chupacabra's.  Chupacabra surprises them as he eats the candelabra saying it's his third favorite food.  The story is a twist on the outsmarting the predator theme.  This is a wonderful read aloud for 2-5.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.

 

Another way to climb a tree

Name Ann Trompeter
Title Another way to climb a tree
Author Liz Scanlon
ISBN 9781626723528
Publisher Neal Porter
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Lulu loves to climb trees.  In fact, she's a bit of a daredevil as she climbs trees that no one else will.  She rejoices in the experience of being in a tree.  When Lulu is sick and confined to the house, she misses being out in nature.  her problem is solved when she sees a huge shadow of a tree on her wall.  From her bedroom she is back to climbing the trees in her imagination.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.

 

Superstars of the NBA finals

Name Amanda Hall
Title Superstars of the NBA finals
Author Brendan Flynn
ISBN 9781532160318
Publisher ABDO
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This is a great high interest/low level non-fiction that covers Stph Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Kawhi Leonard.
Would you recommended this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  This book is engaging and has lots of great text features, including a section on making connections with the text.  There are QR codes throughout that link to activities and videos.
Classification Nonfiction

 

The Scottsboro Boys

Name Amanda Hall
Title  The Scottsboro Boys
Author Duchess Harris, JD, PhD
ISBN 9781532117756
Publisher ABDO
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This book is about the experience of nine African American teenagers who were falsely accused and tried for assault and rape in the 1930's
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  This is an important, but not often discussed, event in history.  Duchess Harris books are always a great addition to non-fiction collections.  This book includes links to resources as well as featuring primary sources throughout. 

 

Drones

Name Amanda Hall
Title Drones
Author Tammy Gagne
ISBN 9781532160394
Publisher ABDO
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary This is a high interest/low level books that covers the whats and whys of drones.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  I recommend this series and other like it from the ABDO Pop! division.  They include many QR codes, with a fun mascot, Cody Koala, that link to book extensions, as well as many useful and attractive text features.

 

Rocket raccoon

Name Amanda Hall
Title Rocket raccoon
Author Skottie Young
ISBN 9781532140860
Publisher ABDO
Classification Graphic Novel
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary This is the third installment in A Chasing Tale about Rocket Racoon of Guardians of the Galaxy fame.  Rocket is accused of murder and he must prove himself innocent with the help of his friend Groot.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  this would be a good addition to a graphic novel collection because of its engaging pop culture characters and attractive artwork.

 

Kentucky

Name Amanda Hall
Title  Kentucky
Author Jennifer Zeiger
ISBN 9780531231654
Publisher Scholastic
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary This book covers all the important facts about the state of Kentucky from its history to current events.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  This book has great text features as well as interesting, current color photo.  Infographics, maps, and a recipe make this book a step up from a traditional non-fiction reader.  The Scholastic True Book Series are reliable and engaging.

 

Weather Watch : Clouds

Name Carrie Mateja
Title  Weather Watch : Clouds
Author Mary Meinking
ISBN 9781532160523
Publisher ABDO
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Easy reader series on weather with this book focusing on various types of clouds.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Easy-to-read, four chapters, in large print, includes QR codes, vocabulary words well defined, photographs used for illustrations.

 

Patterns at school

Name Carrie Mateja
Title Patterns at school
Author Bela Davis
ISBN 9781532107931
Publisher ABDO
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Quick read on patterns that students would see at school.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Examples of patterns shown through photograph illustration, easy to understand vocabulary, great introduction to nonfiction for young readers.

 

U.S. Symbols: Mount Rushmore

Name Carrie Mateja
Title  U.S. Symbols : Mount Rushmore
Author Susan Rose Simms
ISBN 9781532160462
Publisher  ABDO
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Great book for teachers to use when teaching U.S. symbols.  Interesting photo illustrations for students.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Examples for text-to-self, text-to-text and text-to-world, QR codes, easy to read text, great introduction nonfiction book.

 

Kate and Nate are running late

Name Carrie Mateja
Title  Kate and Nate are running late
Author Kate Egan
ISBN 9781250000804
Publisher Feiwel and Friends
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Rhyming story about a mom and son who are running late for work and school with a surprise ending.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Quick, fun, fast paced rhyming story about the start of a school and work day. 

 

Becoming a beetle

Name Carrie Mateja
Title Becoming a beetle
Author Grace Hansen
ISBN 9781532108143
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Introduction to a beetle and its life stages
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Great nonfiction book for early readers, photo illustrations.
Publisher ABDO

 

How are you? Como estas?

Name Carrie Mateja
Title How are you?  Como estas?
Author Angela Dominguez
ISBN 9781250126863
Publisher Henry Holt and Company
Classification Everybody
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Animals ask each other how they are feeling.  Discussion goes back in forth in English an Spanish.
Recommended Level Elementary
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes. Quick easy read that allows a beginner to the English language start to learn Spanish and vice versa. 

 

Snail & Worm again: three stories about two friends

Name Carrie Mateja
Title Snail & Worm again : three stories about two friends
Author Tina Kugler
ISBN 9780544792494
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Hartcourt
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Worm and Snail carry on a conversation about different features they have and how it makes each feel.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  This book teaches the reader conversation skills.  It is a humorous look at how one might view their self. 

 

Earth Science : Water

Name Carrie Mateja
Title Earth Science: Water
Author Mary Lindeen
ISBN 9781599538754
Publisher Norwood House 
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Early reader on the scientific concept of water.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not/ Yes.  Great introduction book to water.  Includes text for background knowledge. 

 

Habitats: Lakes & Rivers

Name Carrie Mateja
Title Habitats: Lakes & Rivers
Author Andrea Rivera
ISBN 9781532120671
Publisher ABDO
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Easy reader introduction to lakes and rivers.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Easy to follow text for nonfiction beginning readers.

 

Ven a la escuela, querido dragon : Come to school, dear dragon

Name Carrie Mateja
Title Ven a la escuela : Come to school, dear dragon
Author Margaret Hillert
ISBN 9781599538273
Publisher Norwood House Press
Classifiction Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Beginning to read book in Spanish and English about a dragon who goes to school.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Good choice for students who understand and/or speak Spanish and are trying to learn the English language. 

 

The shape of my heart

Name Carrie Mateja
Title The shape of my heart
Author Mark Sperring
ISBN 9781599909622
Publisher Bloomsbury
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Quick, catchy rhyming story about that different shapes that one sees.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Easy to read rhyming text, introduces shapes, colorful illustrations taht catch a reader's eye. 

 

Up! Up! Up! Skyscraper

Name Carrie Mateja
Title  Up! Up! Up! Skyscraper
Author Anastasia Suen
ISBN 9781580897105
Publisher Charlesbridge
Classification Nonfiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary Introduction to what you see at a construction stie using rhyming text and discusses the engineering process.
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Easy to follow rhyming text for the reader, introduction to construction site vocabulary, colorful illustrations.

 

Doggone feet

Name  Ann Trompeter
Title  Doggone feet
Author Leslie Helakoski
ISBN 9781590789339
Publisher Boyd Mills Press
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary A humorous story told from the perspective of a dog who sees people from the perspective of their fee.  the family grows as does the number of feet in the house.  It becomes quite crowded but there is always room for a few more. 
Would you recommended this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  The subject matter would appeal to young students.

 

Cows to the rescue

Name Ann Trompeter
Title Cows to the rescue
Author John Himmelman
ISBN 9780805092493
Publisher Henry Holt and Company
Classification Fiction
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary The county fair has begun for a farm family.  Throughout the day various problems arise at the fair.  Surprisingly, the family cows come to the rescue.  
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not?  Yes.  This book is delightfully funny with appealing illustrations.

 

I just like you

Name Connie Poche
Title I just like you
Author Suzanne Bloom
ISBN 9781629798783
Publisher Boyd Mills Press
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary A variety of animals discuss what makes them different, and how that is perfectly okay.  And while they may not be alike, they LIKE each other and enjoy their differences. 
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  It's a cute book for the beginning of the year to use with lower primary readers.  Excellent for discussing similarities and differences.  

My pet book

Name Connie Poche
Title  My pet book
Author Bob Staake
ISBN 9780385373128
Publisher Random House Children's Books
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 5
Summary When choosing a new pet, a boy  bypasses the usual and chooses a bright red book for his pet.  It doesn't shed, or poop, doesn't get fleas, and they have great adventures together.  One day, upon returning from school, he discovers the maid has donated the book to a charity store.  They race to rescue his pet before it is too late.  
Would you recommend this title?  Why or why not? Yes.  Oh my goodness, this is a WONDERFUL book for the beginning of the school year as you introduce students to the joys of reading.  The text is rhyming and the illustrations are bright and splashy.  Most appropriate for grades 2-3.

 

Kate, who tamed the wind

Name Connie Poche
Title Kate, who tamed the wind
Author Liz Garton Scanlon
ISBN 9781101934791
Publisher Schwartz and Wade
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 3
Summary  A man living on teh tippy top of a hill battles the wind constantly.  Clothes are snatched, boards creak, the tea and bread are smashed.  When he calls out in frustration, a little girl names Kate comes up with the answer to his problem.
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes, with reservations.  It would be good for Arbor Day or Earth Day.  ti works toward having a rhyming repeating phrase, but the words are clunky and the phrasing can be awkward, causing the reader to stumble upon a first reading. 

 

Wee Sister Strange

Name Connie Poche
Title Wee Sister Strange
Author Holly Grant
ISBN 9780553508796
Publisher Schwartz and Wade
Classification Everybody
Recommended Level Elementary
Rating (1-5) 4
Summary Wee Sister Strange is a lonely child who wanders the woods at night seeking a treasure.  After searching through bogs, brambles and even the clouds in the sky, she sees a glimmer of hope.  A home with a light glowing through the window.  Inside a mother and child share a story, as Wee Sister Strange listens.  She finds peace in the story and sleeps outside te window. 
Would you recommend this book?  Why or why not? Yes.  While Sister Strange outside the window is a wee bit creepy, the story is about searching for the treasure of reading.  The illustrations are beautiful and make the story worth reading in themselves.