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What do you do with a tail like this? – Common Core Exemplars

Jenkins, S. & Page, R. (2003). What do you do with a Tail like this? New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin. Age 4-8 years I have read books by Steve Jenkins before and loved them, so I was looking forward to this book, and it did not disappoint. I loved the pictures and the guess whoContinue reading “What do you do with a tail like this? – Common Core Exemplars”

Freakboy – YA Novel

Readers Response Blog 7 Clark, K.E. (2013). Freakboy. Harrisonburg, VA: Square Fish. Grade level 7th-9th I honestly had a hard time reading this book. This book addresses a lot of different topics including gender identity, transgender, homophobia, transphobia, depression, suicide, and more and it was a heavy book to read, and at some points heartbreakingContinue reading “Freakboy – YA Novel”

Garmann’s Summer- Batchelder Book

Readers Response Blog 5 Hole, S. (2006) Garmann’s Summer. Norway. J.W. Cappelens Forlag Grades 1-4 Before reading Garmann’s Summer, just from looking at the cover, I thought this book would have a serious message. The colors are somewhat muted, and the Garmann’s facial expression looks sober or serious, not smiling yet not fully frowning. AfterContinue reading “Garmann’s Summer- Batchelder Book”

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Challenged Books

Readers Response Blog 4 Schwartz, A., & Gammell, S. (1981). Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.  New York, NY. Harper & Row Grades 6-8 Honestly, I was not looking forward to reading this book, I am not a fan of horror stories, ghost stories, or even thrillers, but once I started it wasn’t asContinue reading “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Challenged Books”

The Best Man – Culturally Diverse Book

Readers Response Blog 3 Peck, R. (2017) The Best Man. New York, NY. Puffin Books Grades 4-6 I enjoyed reading “The Best Man,” and was happily surprised by the humor. This book was written in such a way that made you believe that these were kids. When Archer and Lynette are about to go intoContinue reading “The Best Man – Culturally Diverse Book”

This is Not my Hat- Caldecott Medal

Readers Response 2 Klassen, J. (2012) This is not my Hat. Sommerville, MA. Candlewick Press Use for grades 1-3 Before reading “This is not my Hat” I had no idea where the story was going to take me. I loved the pictures and the story even though it is a little more on the seriousContinue reading “This is Not my Hat- Caldecott Medal”