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But this does not stop the young elite of New York from partying. And then suddenly Skye is invited to join an exclusive gang. But this is no ordinary clique - they have access to an underground portal that can transport them into the future. And what Skye discovers in the future is horrifying. When Belle touches the Beast's enchanted rose, memories flood through Belle's mind-memories of a mother she thought she would never see again. And, stranger still, she sees that her beautiful mother is none other than the enchantress who cursed the castle and all its inhabitants.

Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast will have to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is 21 years in the making. Ghouls live among us, the same as normal people in every way -- except their craving for human flesh. Muzna Saleem is used to being invisible. So no one is more surprised than her when Arif Malik, the hottest boy in school, takes a sudden interest. But Arif is hiding a terrible secret and, as they begin to follow a dark path, Muzna faces an impossible choice: keep quiet and betray her beliefs, or speak out and betray her heart.

Phoebe is a glamorous Uni student who blames herself for her mother's recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers schools from an oppressive Bible college. What Will knows for sure is that he loves Phoebe, but his girlfriend is being increasingly drawn into a secretive extremist cult.

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And When the group bombs several buildings in the name of faith, Phoebe disappears. Rodriguez shares her experience growing up in the shadow of low expectations, reveals how she was able to fake her own pregnancy, and reveals all that she learned from the experience. Victoria Zell doesn't fit in, not that she cares what anyone thinks.

She and her homeschooled boyfriend, Andrew, are inseparable. All they need is each other. That is, until Zachary Zimmerman joins her homeroom. Soon she's lying to everyone she knows in an effort to unravel Z's secrets. Except Z's not the only one with a past. Victoria's hiding her own secrets -- secrets that will come back to haunt her, and destroy everything in her path. Rory Rooney goes to school every day with the fear Tommy Lee Kimossky will attack him.

One day, in the last attempts of saving himself, Rory sits with Tommy Lee at lunch with extra sandwiches for Tommy. However, this ends terribly because Tommy Lee is extremely allergic to the nuts found in the Wagon Wheel. Needless to say, Tommy Lee was rushed to the hospital. From then on, Rory was accused of trying to kill Tommy Lee. Though Tommy Lee is out of the picture, his sidekicks continue to attack Rory.

Though the cold water was shocking to Rory, what is more shocking is he changes to a green color. He is immediately flown to a hospital where he is placed in isolation because no one knows the cause of changing from a normal flesh color to green. He is not alone in this isolated room, however. His nemesis, Tommy Lee, is also in the room and as green as Rory. They are stuck together for weeks. They clash during the day, but every night Tommy Lee and Rory obtain special powers, sneak out of the hospital, and go on adventures together.

One night they find a girl who is also green and they bring her back to the hospital, where their doctor is thrilled to have yet another green mysterious subject. These adventures go on for a while, until one night things become out of hand and Tommy Lee is separated from the other two and in trouble. Rory saves Tommy Lee. All these adventures and time spent together, bring the two boys together. They slowly lose their greenness, finding out it is an immunity to an illness going around the town, and they are forever be remembered as the astounding broccoli boys.

This book is a combination of realism and science fiction. There are multiple impossible situations which are a part of the plot, such as turning green and teleporting, but theme of uniqueness among individuals is realistic, everyone is astounding. The main conflict of bullying is also realistic as are the emotions of fear and dread Rory experiences when he is the victim. The three children have strong, distinct personalities which make them seem realistic, but their greenness and powers they obtain are fantastical. The Astounding Broccoli Boy is an exciting and heartwarming book.

Bradbury, Jennifer. River runs deep. Set in the s, River Runs Deep tells the story of Elias, a twelve-year-old boy who has fallen ill to tuberculosis. He has been sent to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky in order to receive the treatment of one Dr. John Croghan. As he is undergoing the experimental treatment, involving eating only eggs and tea and living in the cave, Elias begins to forge relationships with the other patients, as well as with a group of slaves. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that the cave is not only being used to heal patients; it is also a part of the Underground Railroad.

Elias must work with the slaves in order to protect their Haven from the malicious and conniving patient Pennyrile, who hopes to capture the runaway slaves. While the historically based story is engaging, fast-paced, and action packed, it reads as more of a historical fantasy. Bradbury does a wonderful job keeping the reader guessing how Elias will overcome the sickness and the trials before him, but it is clear that this narrative is not historically accurate.

The story reads as an almost dystopian novel, creating an unbelievable account of the lives of Croghan and his patients. Although River Runs Deep can hardly be considered historical fiction, it is a great historical fantasy read for junior high and early high school students. Bragg, Georgia. How they choked: Failures, flops, and flaws of the awfully famous. Everyone makes mistakes, even famous people from history.

This book outlines 14 prominent historical individuals and reveals their accomplishments, as well as their mistakes. Sketches throughout this text add to the humorous aspects of each story: they provide readers with detailed maps outlining where each story took place, as well as helpful images of the individuals found throughout the stories. How they choked is a comical, witty, and intriguing read for middle level readers interested in historical figures.

Brett, Jan. The turnip. Illustrated by Jan Brett. When Badger Girl finds a giant turnip in her vegetable garden, different animals stop by and try their hand at pulling up the oversized vegetable. A family of bears and others foreshadow what is to come in the story in the borders on each page. The setting takes place on a rural farm in Russia and the animal characters, dressed in bright colored traditional Russian clothes, will have children ages 3 to 5 eagerly turning pages to find out what will happen next. The use of warm colors produces a calm mood. Readers will learn about animal hibernation when the family of bears goes to sleep in their underground home as the snow begins to fall.

Brown, Daniel. The boys in the boat. Penguin House. This suspenseful story about nine young men and their quest for gold will engage readers in grades six and up. As students follow a graphic story of hope and determination, they will be inspired. The Boys in the Boat is an accurate story of the American rowing team and their victory at the Olympics. The accuracy and the ability to relate to these young men are strengthened by the pictures.

Photographs complement the narrative and draw readers into the events. The chronological organization supported by several photographs makes this story easy to follow and builds suspense as readers participate in this incredible journey. Brown, Don. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Drowned city revisits the tragic saga of Hurricane Katrina for middle and high school aged readers. The harshly sketched out lines of urban art places the world on the pages in a fearsome perception that well accompanies the disheartened environment New Orleans knew for so long during and after Katrina.

Accurate, without bias, and suspenseful in experience, I have yet to read a more uniquely succinct informational account of this history. Brown, Jeffery. Goodnight Darth Vader. Chronicle Books LLC. This easy-to-read bedtime story is great for putting those star wars loving kids to sleep.

This book outlines every influential character in the Star Wars movies and tells the reader what each character does before he or she falls asleep. Bruchac, Joseph. Trail of the dead killer of enemies book two. Trail of the dead is appropriate for upper middle school through high school readers. Lozen, the main character of the story, and her family are trying to find refuge from the despotic Ones.

The enemy once forced Lozen to fight monsters, who continue to take over the world after it crashed from the overuse of electronics. Due to the governmental corruption, Lozen and her family are looking for a safe place to live. Lozen is battling with herself and well as trying to decipher who she can and cannot trust in this unique post-apocalyptic setting. There is an immense amount of pressure on Lozen to protect her friends and family, creating the theme of overcoming fear, conflict and attaining self-belief.

The author uses a unique blend of Native American mythology to create a futuristic world for the reader to enjoy and believe. Suspension of disbelief is also developed by establishing a unique character list, including inner demons, monsters, and an enigmatic big-foot friend. The unique setting and characters contribute to adventure and suspenseful episodes throughout the post-apocalyptic story. Bryant, Howard. The organized style helps share the accurate information with the reader. Providing his own personal experiences, Bryant reminds the audience football is more than just a game.

Football helps to build unforgettable friendships, memories, and life lessons. Legends: The best players, games, and teams in baseball. This book is interesting in the way that each chapter stands alone, telling the story of a player or a team. This book would be great for teachers and care givers to give to a student who is struggling to find a research topic. This book engages the reader in the game of baseball and is perfect for any student, whether they are a fan of baseball or not. Buckley, James Jr. Who was Blackbeard?

Illustrated by Joseph J. He started his career working for the British government as a privateer fighting against France and Spain. When the war ended, he did not quit privateering however, and became an independent pirate. He built his fierce reputation in the Atlantic attacking cargo ships and stealing goods such as sugar, indigo, and rice to make a profit for his crew. The British sent its Navy to find Blackbeard and put an end to his pirate career. The text is appropriate for the intended audience, especially since terms are defined throughout the book.

The book also has sections where a term or an important event are explained in detail. The illustrations throughout the book help explain what is happening in the story.

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The pirates are sketched as the typical looking pirate with big hats, eye patches, earrings, etc. While the illustrations are stereotypical, they enhance the information about Blackbeard and immerse readers into a different world. Buckley, James. Who was Seabiscuit? Illustrated by Gregory Copeland. A historical look at the record-breaking racehorse, Seabiscuit captures the attention of young mid-level readers. A bibliography to supports the accuracy of the information, as does a timeline of events. Another important aspect of the book are the inserts of quick biographies of the other important figures in the life of Seabiscuit to help give young readers a little more information.

Bunting, Eve. Whose shoe? Illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier. Whose Shoe is a book about a mouse that is determined to find the owner of a lost shoe. It is appropriate for preschool- early elementary aged students. By using rhythms, rhymes, and vivid illustrations the book encourages students to stay involved in the text. This book takes the readers on an adventure. The mouse asks everyone from a spider to a hippo if the show belongs to that particular animal.

The major theme of this book is about manners. It provides readers with an example of a very kind and honest mouse who at the end of the book is rewarded for his kindness. Burt, Marissa. A sliver of stardust. HarperCollins Publishers Harper. A sliver of stardust, follows the story of Wren Matthews, a homeschooled girl who prefers to be invisible to most, until magic enters her life unexpectedly. After competing and tying with competitor Simon, she finds herself befriending him when they are invited to join The Fiddlers. They two are catapulted into a world of magic, shimmering dust, and a new look on original nursery rhymes.

The two young kids are made into apprentices in the Crooked House and quickly discover their love for adventure and start to notice how similar they are, and begin to form a strong friendship. Fantasies set in strange and unique worlds are thrilling to read and shy students may relate to Wren. Marissa Burt suspends disbelief in many ways throughout the story. The book does not include a futuristic plot, but it takes the two young adults into a new world filled with magic, invisible birds, shimmering dust and includes recognizable motives in nursery rhymes.

The author takes the reader into a world filled with creativity and includes interesting, vital, characters. The author also suspends disbelief by putting magical powers in the hands on an eleven year girl. This can be thrilling and a suitable prompt for a class discussion about magic, supernatural powers, and individual potential. The plot is filled with fantasy, but the main character is credible because she is the same age as many readers and the setting creates the image of a stable home life. A sliver of stardust, can take the reader into a new world filled with friendship, magic and adventure.

The book is an example of quality fantasy with a cliffhanger that leaves the reader wanting a sequel. Children have been a primary audience for tales of animals, rhyme, folly, and other engaging nonsense prose for centuries. The illustrations are not nostalgic because they remind adult readers of their childhoods, but because they are the illustrations of their childhoods. Cameron, Anne and Victoria Jameson. The lightning catcher: The secrets of the storm vortex. As the third book in a series, The lightning catcher: The secrets of the storm vortex is an adventurous yet scary story.

Angus McFangus and his two friends, Indigo Midnight and Dougal Dewsnap, are starting their sophomore year at the Perilous Exploratorium studying to become lightning catchers; people who chase powerful storms and weather. No one can see what is happening inside the storm vortex because it is vicious and powerful. Angus starts training with a lightning catcher and prepares to rescue his parents. These ridiculous names add to the humor of the adventure.

Also, the plot is exaggerated. The plot is based on extreme weather conditions such as rancid rain, storm vortex, and scarlet sleeping snow. The author suspends disbelief by creating a world where unusual circumstances are believable. These are vivid description allowing children to become transfixed into the book to the extent they can see and hear what is happening; as if they were experiencing it themselves. Capucilli, Alyssa S. Biscuit goes camping. Illustrated by Pat Schories. Biscuit Goes Camping is a simple easy- to -read book for young readers who are just beginning to explore chapter books.

Biscuit Goes Camping has short simple sentences with exciting, vibrant illustrations clearly depicting the concepts in the storyline. The story focuses on a young girl and her puppy, which will spark interest in young readers and develop confidence and reading skills among students. Capucilli, Alyssa. Tulip and Rex write a story. Illustrations by Sarah Massini. They are so inspired they bring their journal along for a word walk; introducing new vocabulary to the reader as they do different activities in the breathtaking city.

The vocabulary words are illustrated in rustic but warm colors that welcome the reader into the story Tulip and Rex artistically create. With descriptive vocabulary and detailed paintings, the book will introduce new concepts to children through art. Carle, Eric. Walter the baker. The story of Walter and his baking skills will enchant all beginner readers, from late first grade through early third grade, with its easy-to-read format.

The plot will captivate readers and keep them turning pages, all while reassuring them that Walter will eventually succeed. The picture book Friends is a sweet book written for early readers. The illustrations also done by the author, Eric Carle, give readers beautiful imagery to go along with this story of true friendship. The illustrations accompany the text beautifully, utilizing color as the primary story-telling agent. Young readers will be drawn into the story Eric Carle has created and will learn what it means to be a true friend.

MH, AMB. The nonsense show. Illustrated by Eric Carle. The simple illustrations produce a friendly mood with bright colors and geometric shapes. The various detailed textures used throughout The nonsense show add complexity to the simple shapes. Bold, curved, and straight lines demonstrate expression and motion on the page. Carson, Mary Kay.

Photographs by Tom Uhlman. Readers travel from park to park, exploring the unique wonders each site has to offer. This informational piece introduces readers to new animals, insects, land features, and equipment found at each different location. Chapman, Lara. The xyzs of being wicked. She is more than ecstatic to be going to boarding school, a magical boarding school that is. Hallie possesses magical powers, and The Dowling Academy School of Witchcraft is her ticket to understanding herself and have a fresh start. During the rest of the novel, Hallie must determine the right choice to make with her powerful witchcraft, and choose the positive route.

Cleary, Brian P. Poetry adventures: Bow-tie pasta: Acrostic poems. Lerner Publishing Group Millbrook Press. Illustrated by Andy Rowland. Brian P. Cleary crafts many acrostic poems with a wide variety of silly characters and themes in Bow-Tie Pasta. Readers, ages 7 to 11, can predict what each poem is about and they will feel compelled to create a poem of their own. Along with the acrostic poems, visuals with bright colors, light, and curvy lines shows the expression of characters and their movement. Teachers and parents can use Bow-Tie Pasta to inspire children to use their imaginations and use descriptive language to write their own acrostic poems.

Pre- and re-, mis- and dis-: What is a prefix? Illustrated by Martin Goneau. Prefixes help readers understand the meaning of a word; and Pre- and re-, mis- and dis- creatively answers questions about prefixes in a fun and informative way. This impressive book is a great resource tool to help students become more comfortable with prefixes. Each page contains a word with a prefix, and the prefix appears in a different color from the rest of the word.

This form of highlighting helps students identify and remember prefixes. This book defines prefixes for readers, as well as uses illustrations to reinforce the concepts. The diverse examples of prefixes and the creative illustrations of this book make learning new words fun and easy. Something sure smells around here. Something Sure Smells Around Here is a delightful collection of fun and silly limericks for children.

Always funny, clever, or with a quick wit, author Brian P. Cleary writes limericks that are relevant to young readers, spark their interest, and make them laugh. This book also does an excellent job of taking the first few pages to explain the nature of a limerick and how to write one. This collection makes poetry fun for the reader, while maintaining the dignity of the limerick style. Illustrator Andy Rowland contributes throughout with brightly colored, silly drawings, varying in size all they way up to full-page illustrations, that really bring the poems to life.

Teachers and caregivers can implement this book as a great introduction to the writing of limericks and poetry in general. This book is a great testament to the fun that can be had and the creativity that can be fostered while still writing poetry. Colfer, Eoin. Imaginary Fred. Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Imaginary Fred is appropriate for early to middle elementary readers.

The theme of the story encompasses true friendship and loyalty. Fred, the main character, is an imaginary friend to those who need him. After they find real friends, Fred fades away. This fading element is prominent in the illustrations as Fred is made up of colorful blue dots, making him the emphasis on all of the delicately sketched monochromatic pages. As the plot continues, Fred and a boy named Sam create an undivided bond.

Their friendship is threatened as Sam discovers a real friend, Sammi. However, as the adventure continues, they all discover what it means to build a group of best friends, imaginary and real. Witty and imaginative, this story stimulates cognitive development about relationships among young readers. Cornell, Kari. The nitty-gritty gardening book: Fun projects for all seasons.

Photographs by Jennifer S. This book is filled with fun projects for young kids to do throughout the changing seasons. Within the book children are able to learn why gardening is great for conservation, as well as what plants are native to particular areas, and how to properly plant for photosynthesis. Along with the drawn and real life picture containing examples, the book includes step-by-step instructions on how to build specific projects. Crossan, Sarah. Apple and rain. Bloomsbury Publishing. This realistic fiction book stunningly captures the reality of the ups and downs in the life of a year-old girl through the desperate cries of her broken heart.

The engaging story is told from the perspective of Apple, a year-old girl abandoned by her mother and raised by her grandmother, who is desperately searching for fulfillment and acceptance. She convinces herself she will only be happy when her mother returns to her one day, but when her mother finally comes back 11 years later, it is not the homecoming Apple pined for. Her mother is an irresponsible, immature woman who drinks heavily and has another daughter named Rain. Through a spiraling series of events, Apple begins to realize the bridges she has burned and severe disappointment and regret sink in, as she tries to make sense of her lost world.

Through themes of solitude, growing up, friendships, vulnerability, and second chances, this story realistically reveals the many true struggles adolescent children face and how one girl overcomes these challenging heartbreaks. Chainani, Soman. The school for good and evil: The last ever after. The third book in a thrilling trilogy, The school for good and evil: The last ever after is a fast-paced, driving novel following the remaining story of Sophie and Agatha, two teenage girls who find themselves confronting challenges many young readers face: what is right and wrong and where is the line between friends and enemies.

This novel, aimed toward pre-teen readers, suspends disbelief through the use of familiar fairy tales spun in new ways. As Sophie and Agatha settle into their Ever Afters, the infamous villains, readers for centuries love to hate, return to alter their own endings through grotesque means, rendering beloved heroes tossed from their towers, stabbed, and beheaded.

Sophie and Agatha struggle to mend their broken friendship while trying to muddle through the confusions of true love. Chainani brings in struggles many pre-teens face in their relationships, including the complexity of friendship, and expands upon them through the use of magic and the age-old battle between good and evil. His writing offers a person-versus-person and person-versus-self conflict-driven narrative causing readers to become lost in the story as they try to discover how the heroes and villains will overcome their trials.

Although this novel takes a fairy tale-based plotline and attempts to make it seem fresh and new for a new generation of readers, the characters fall into the tropes found in older tales, making the characterization seem thrown-together and forced. The constant struggle between love and friendship becomes forced and exhausting, falling privy to common themes and reinforcing the ideals of an older generation.

The female characters are dependent on their male counterparts throughout the novel, and while there are instances of a newer point of view with these characters, overall Sophie and Agatha become indecisive and complaintive, like the princesses they do not want to imitate. The conclusion to the tale does rectify this, showing Sophie accepting herself and Agatha learning to overcome her own self-doubts.

Comstock, Eric and Sadler, Marylin. Charlie Piechart and the case of the missing pizza slice. Illustrated by Eric Comstock. This math concept book is about a pizza night with Charlie, his mom and dad, two sisters, and his best friend Lewis. They decide to order a large pepperoni pizza with twelve slices so they can they can all have two slices each. He asks all of the people in his family, but no one took the slice of pizza.

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His mom and dad decide that they will each have one and a half slices of pizza instead so all the children can still have two slices. Suddenly, Watson their dog happily and calmly wanders over to the group, and when Watson burps they know who stole the slice of pizza.

This book has an engaging story line capturing the attention of elementary school children. At the same time, this story teaches a math lesson about fractions. The illustrations clearly and concisely present fractions, and show how fractions can apply to real-life situations. They are essential visual aids when learning and grasping mathematical concepts. Czekaj, Jef. Austin, lost in America. Illustrated by Dana Fritts. Take a journey with Austin as he travels from the Mountains of Montana to the swamplands of Florida.

Austin, Lost in America is a concept book following Austin, the delightful dog, around the United States. As Austin stops at each state, the reader is introduced to intriguing facts. The energetic colors in the illustrations and the joy portrayed visually through Austin face show the reader how exciting it can be to learn about geography. There is never a dull moment with Austin, and every page has an array of pictures, enhancing the unique nature of each state. Danticat, Edwidge. Penguin Random House Putnam Group. Illustrated by Leslie Staub. The colorful pictures complement the text and the pictures in the story.

Readers also are able to learn some Haitian Creole phrases. This book would be great appropriate for elementary students because Saya is a positive example of a student using skills, like her writing, to do something helpful. Davis, Marc. Disney Book Group Disney Editions. This book is suitable for any age. It is perfect for any Disney lover at any reading level.

If it is a younger student they can look at the amazing pictures and as they develop read bits until they are able to read the whole book. As a college student I thought this book was amazing and made me want to draw my own pictures, which I feel students would want to do as well. This book would work well in an art classroom. Day, Nancy Raines. What in the world: Numbers in nature. Illustrated by Kurt Cyrus. What in the world: Numbers in nature is an information book about a boy exploring the outdoors, following a theme of numerical sets in nature.

Cyrus captures the elements of nature in his beautiful illustrations. Warm color hues create a warm and comfortable mood. The bold and thick horizontal lines paired with simple and familiar shapes in nature produce a stable atmosphere. Natural light streaks through tree branches and reflects off water to highlight the focal points on each page. This information book will teach children ages 4 to 8 about numerical sets in the world and encourage them to explore the nature around them and to use their imaginations.

Dean, James. Pete the cat: Five little pumpkins. HarperCollins HarperCollins Publishers. Illustrated by Jeanne L. Pete and his pumpkin pals are going on an adventurous journey the night of Halloween. The mischievous night consists of friends rhyming and counting their way through town. The illustrations are bold and the five pumpkins light-hearted faces and bright orange bodies can be spotted from page to page.

The Halloween story prompts children to think about numbers and rhymes while reinforcing the many symbolic Halloween creatures and events. Slow and with minimal descriptive vocabulary to share with young readers, this book seems incorrectly labeled as both a Shared Reading book and one for children ages ; a better setting is perhaps as an introductory individual reading book specifically for struggling readers , or for those ages Pete the cat and the bedtime blues.

He invites the gang to his house for a sleepover only to discover falling asleep is much harder with his noisy friends in the room. Pete must come up with a solution in order to catch some winks before another exciting day. This picture storybook is witty and thoughtfully illustrated encouraging students to use the images as guides. Readers will not be able to tell the story by looking at the pictures which ensure a productive reading and learning experience.

One must actually read the story to understand the plot. The animal characters are simple, memorable and not too complex. The plot is well developed and easy to follow with the repetition of exclamations Pete makes. All of the lines are curved depicting a safe and relaxed setting for the story. Any beginning reader will enjoy following the series of Pete the Cat books. This particular story teaches the importance of friendship and problem solving in group situations.

DePola, Tomie. Andy is a strong choice for preschool and kindergarten classes. Students will view the image of the wagon as a strong and steady base for their letters. Each letter stands out in black against lighters earth tones and the white pages. The illustrations on each page will help students to associate each word with its action as it is spelled. This book may act as an informal assessment on the alphabet. DePaola, Tomie. Jack depicts a boy who lives in a small village, but wants to move into the city. Eventually he decides to travel to the city, and on his way he comes across many animals who ask if they can join him and live with him.

In the end their wish is granted and they are given a lovely house by the king. This would be a great story for young elementary students when they need a little help with sharing and knowing how to treat others. This would also be a good tool to show other cultures and ways of living. Derby, Sally. Sunday shopping. Lee and Low Books. Illustrated by Shadra Strickland. Evie and her grandmother go on imaginary shopping adventures before bed every Sunday night. They look through the newspaper and find bargains at the grocery store, jewelry store, furniture store, and many other stores, until their money runs out or until they are too tired to shop anymore.

The more they buy, the more the pages fill with their discoveries. Each page is a collage-like scene of the items in each store. In these scenes, color, texture, and lines are the main visual elements of the illustrations. The primary colors of the book are bright inviting colors, with a pastel yellow being a main background color. The collages of their items are bright and inviting.

The scenes of Evie and her grandmother on their bed however, are a calming, cream background and they are wearing blue and purple nightgowns. This creates a sense of coziness. Texture is also shown through the brush strokes of the illustrator and from the overlapping of the collages. The brush strokes in pictures such as a cat and a rug, make them look realistic and soft. The illustrations look like pictures cut out and glued onto the page, like in a collage, creating a textured image. The lines from the overlapping pictures in the collage and paint brush also enhance the illustrations.

The lines, produced from a paint brush, are soft, making the pictures more inviting. After reading this story, students could enjoy doing this with their grandma or family member and making their own collage. Dewdney, Anna. Llama llama sand and sun. Young children ages 3 and under will be able to develop through language and movement along with the rhyme and rhythm of the text. The illustrations radiate bright, inviting colors, making the book aesthetically pleasing to children. Nelly Gnu and daddy too.

This picture storybook is perfect to read aloud with dad. It is full of rhyme and the illustrations help to really tell the story for young readers. The use of bright colors help to show the inviting and safe feelings that Nelly and her dad have for one another.

The theme of family is then demonstrated by the smallest details. Disney Storybook Team. Baby animals. Disney Storybook Art Team. Infants through second grade students will find this concept book appealing. Baby Animals is also appropriate for kinesthetic learners. Children can interact with this book because of the varying textures of the baby animals present in the illustrations. Throughout the book, animals are linked with identifying traits, for example, a baby bird tweets.

Youngsters will find this book engaging and exciting because animals are associated with textures and common, recognizable characteristics. Donaldson, Julia. Levine Books 32pp. Illustrated by Axel Schaffer. One day Harry asks Betty to marry him and she says yes so they immediately go out in search of all the items they need for the festivities. Harry goes out to find pink flowers for the wedding and his search takes him very far from home. Will the scarecrows get everything they need for the wedding?

Can Harry make it back before Reginald ruins their special day? The couplets paired with bright red, blue, yellow, and green illustrations make it an upbeat and fast paced story which complements the theme of good over evil. It would be an appropriate tool for the moral development of children as it depicts the dangers of smoking, but also can aid in their emotional development with the theme of love overcoming all obstacles. Doodler, Todd H..

One potato, two potato. One potato, two potato is filled with colorful graphics, creating an interactive story where readers can count along to the book. Learning through short rhymed sentences, early readers through 2nd grade could easily comprehend and follow the repetition to sound out words. Readers will learn how one can still be unique by presenting individual characteristics among almost identical potatoes. Doyle, Elizabeth. A B see. Illustrated by Elizabeth Doyle. The A B see is an alphabet book for young children who are beginning to learn the letters, A-Z.

This book is different from other alphabet books because it uses pictures within each letter starting with the specific letter introduced on the page. For example, there are pictures of an alligator, apple, and anchor inside of the letter A. The pictures also rise off of the page so that children are able to trace each letter with their fingers in order feel what it is like to draw each letter. Allowing children to use their sense of touch is extremely helpful in developing muscle memory for learning and writing the alphabet.

In the back of the book, the author lists of all the objects within each letter so children can check if they found everything. There is also a letter within each letter for children to find. For example, within the big letter B there is also a smaller letter B. Since the realistic illustrations complement the text with organic shapes, children are able to apply the pictures and letters to real life animals and objects. Ehlert, Lois. Holey Moley. Holey Moley is a captivating book for pre-k through first grade students. Every page contains a collage of different materials, creating a unique texture.

Similar shades of paper or materials are joined to create an object. Although the book does not use real photographs, the plants and animals still look realistic. The art will motivate students to complete their journey with Mole. This book is destined be a class favorite. Emanuel, Gabrielle. The everlasting embrace.

Illustrated by E. The Everlasting Embrace is appropriate for early to middle elementary students. The mother and child bond is the predominant theme of the story. The two travel around the village and interact with many others, while still being connected.

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  6. The overall themes of love and compassion the mother is teaching her child are valuable lessons for all readers. Delicate and descriptive watercolors share the unconditional affection between mother and child. The illustrations also provide a very descriptive visual for setting the mood and place of the story. Engle, Margarita. Enchanted air: Two cultures, two wings: A memoir.

    Illustrated by Edel Rodriguez. Enchanted air: Two cultures, two wings: A memoir is narrative poetry appropriate for children 12 and older. The poems describe the life of a young Cuban girl, Margarita, and how she grows up in two completely different worlds. Margarita and her family live in Los Angeles but enjoy traveling to visit their family in Cuba. Margarita and her family overcome many obstacles in their life such as a love for two countries that have so much hatred toward one another, two families, and two languages.

    Each poem is descriptive and readers can see, hear, and feel the experiences of Margarita and her family. Metaphors make the pages come to life for the reader. The author includes words in their native tongue, Spanish, which provides children the opportunity to explore a new language. The author describes her life in the way she sees it but also includes factual information regarding the Cold War, including a timeline at the end of the book. Erskine, Kathryn. The badger knight. Scholastic, Inc. Scholastic Press. Adrian is almost 13 years old, but very small for his age.

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    His father is a bowyer, and all Adrian wants is to become an archer and fight for England, but his father wants him to become a scribe. Adrian follows him, hoping to soon also take part in the battles against Scotland. But when Adrian finds Hugh giving medical aid to a wounded Scotsman, Donald, he wonders how his best friend could ever help the enemy. But when Adrian gets to know Donald, he learns everything he was taught about the enemy was wrong. The badger knight is an excellent young adult novel with complex and layered characters engaging readers in the story.

    The historical era is well-researched and provides an accurate depiction of life during that time.

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    Esbaum, Jill. I am cow, hear me moo! Illustrated by Gus Gordon. Many young readers relate to the realities that Nadine the cow faces as she confronts her fears and learns important life lessons. The diverse illustrations throughout this captivating book incorporate watercolors, colored pencils, and scrapbook pieces; together, these illustrations bring the story alive. The bravery and self-esteem depicted throughout this story are excellent characteristics to reinforce in young readers.

    Everest, D. Children, ages eight to twelve, will be on the edge of their seats as they follow the main character, Archie Greene, on a crazy quest in this modern day Harry Potter fantasy book. Archie receives an obscure package on his twelfth birthday containing a prehistoric book written in an unrecognized language. Archie becomes an apprentice and must protect the magical book, which is a family tradition. He meets his long-lost relatives and learns about his family in an unusual setting in a hidden, magical, believable world with strange happenings such as spells and magical libraries with supernatural characters with human traits.

    The powerful book Archie is trained to protect is pursued by evil powers with a goal to keep dark magic for their own use. Everest suspends disbelief through the universalizing themes including a continuous battle between good and evil, and faith and perseverance when facing obstacles. Archie uses his magical abilities to overcome obstacles and fight evil in this conflict-driven plot to save the world from dark magic. Frank, John. Lend a hand. Illustrated by London Ladd. Through the use of beautiful full page pictures and creative poetry John Frank and London Ladd will spark a strong desire in students to help others they see in their community.

    This collection is an excellent classroom edition for any teacher who has a strong desire to spark service learning in their students. Federle, Tim. Illustrated by Mark Fearing. Tommy is an energetic boy who is constantly on the go and never gets tired. Tommy enjoys running around doing the actions to different animals or everyday things. When his sister suggests he try tap dancing as a last resort to tire him out, he discovered he is likes it. Felix, Rebecca. Lerner Publishing Group. Ten of the most famous landmarks, including parks, geysers, museums, and the history of Wyoming are included in this informative book.

    The purpose of this book is to explain and illustrate the fascinating landmarks in Wyoming. It is written in a clear and direct manner without bias, strictly stating facts. The book includes a glossary to help readers with potentially unfamiliar words and endnotes with additional information about the source of the facts including websites, videos, and photographs. Also, the book includes detailed, vivid, and expressive photographs helping readers visualize each landmark.

    Ferrier, Florian and Katherine Ferrier. Hotel strange 1: Wake up, spring. Lerner Publishing Group Graphic Universe. Illustrated by Katherine Ferrier. Wake up, spring is part of the Hotel strange series involving an interesting bunch of creatures embarking on a journey to find Mr. In the story, winter moves on to spring and many monsters ready to stay at Hotel Strange wake the creatures in charge of the hotel from their hibernation. Chaos develops when Mr. Spring, who controls the spring weather, disappears. The unique group of creatures head out on a crazy journey to find Mr.

    Spring so he can set things back to normal. This humorous graphic storybook is composed of comic frames for middle to upper elementary school students. The intricate illustrations include bright, warm colors and rounded geometric shapes to represent a friendly mood and dark, cool colors and sharp, pointy shapes with shadows set a scary and dangerous mood.

    Katherine and Florian Ferrier incorporate advanced vocabulary such as barometer, catastrophe, and intolerable, to reach a wide variety of readers. The theme of safety is reflected in the environment as the seasons change and we see characters venture through dangerous terrain in search of Mr. Ferrell, Sean. Illustrated by Charles Santoso. Koala follows him everywhere. Adam thinks Koala is terrible and he tries repeatedly to get rid of him.

    No matter what Adam does, he cannot seem to make his Koala go away. Finally, one night when he is scared, Adam realizes that he loves Koala and feels safe when he is with him. This book is perfect for young children who have a favorite stuffed animal.

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    The expressive characters add humor to the book and the illustrations reiterate the feelings Adam has towards Koala. MSH, AB. Folca, Brian. Five trucks. This is book for Preschool and early Elementary students. It helps students count and read little segments at a time. It also shows students what it takes to make a plane fly. This would be a good story for students who are interested in trucks and are just starting to read. The pictures also do a wonderful job of crafting the story, allowing a struggling reader to infer the plot through the illustrations.

    Forman, Sam A.. Twenty-one heroes. Forman pays attention to historical accuracy by following the lives Katharine, a strong-willed young woman who is outspoken for the Patriot cause; and Ezra, a Harvard student and Minuteman battling British soldiers on the frontline. Forman introduces historical figures in a realistic light and shows them in credible contexts of the Revolutionary War era.

    However, with attention to historical accuracy, there are scenes in which characters discuss inappropriate behavior or attitudes towards others of different races. Twenty-One Heroes takes an in-depth look into pre-revolution America through societal conflict, inner struggles, and romance which will engulf high school readers in the founding of our nation. Freedman, Russell. Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain. As a port off the coast of California, Angel Island stood as the gateway to freedom for numerous Asian immigrants in the beginning of the 20th century.

    This story takes readers back in time to examine the lives of immigrants who passed through Angel Island and describe their harsh voyages across the Pacific Ocean. Fry, Sonali. Where are you Blue? Illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown. Where are you Blue is a board concept book with vibrant, colorful illustrations. Blue Dot is five minutes late for dinner with his Dot friends. The Dots create a rhyming sequence of where he could be and why Blue Dot would be late for dinner. The rhyming rhythm contributes to language development among readers and also helps hold their attention.

    The different colorful Dot characters are designed to help young readers, ages one to four, to learn about different colors. Gaiman, Neil. The sleeper and the spindle. Illustrated by Chris Riddell.