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Hilary Dobyns

Annotated Bibliography
Childrens Literature
Dr. Burke
04/04/2015

Picture Books

Author: Maurice Sendak


Title: Where The Wild Things Are
Publisher and Year: Harper Collins 1963
Type of Book: Picture Book
Reading Level: Grade 4 or Grade 5
o This picture book is a wonderful story of a boy named max and
his adventure that he takes. Max gets in trouble and is sent to
bed without dinner. While he is in his room, Max uses his
imagination to take an adventure with the wild things. This
book has wonderful pictures that really do the story justice. It
was the winner of the Caldecott Award and is over fifty years old
but is still being published.

Author: Jon Klassen


Title: This Is Not My Hat
Publisher and Year: Candlewick Press 2012
Type of Book: Picture Book
Reading Level: Kindergarten through Fourth Grade
o This book is the story of a fish that goes through the ocean with
a hat. The hat just so happens to not belong to him. The story of
the fish with the hat has a lot of underlying humor and the
pictures really help bring this humor to the surface. It was the
winner of the Caldecott Award in 2013.

Author: Ludwig Bemelmans


Title: Madeline
Publisher and Year: London: Hippo 1989
Type of Book: Picture Book
Reading Level: Grade 2
o Madeline is a story of a little girl that lives in an orphanage with
twelve little girls. The girls go on outings and have many fun
filled adventures. Madeline is by far the most adventurous of all
the girls, but she is also the one that is always getting into
trouble. This book is full of laughs and wonderful pictures to
supplement this great story.

Author: David Shannon


Title: A Bad Case Of Stripes
Publisher and Year: Scholastic 2004
Type of Book: Picture Book
Reading Level: Grade 2

o A Bad Case Of Stripes is the story of a little girl named Camilla.


Camilla loves lima beans, but she doesnt eat them because she
wants to fit in with the other kids from school. This causes
Camilla to break out in a very bad case of stripes. By breaking
out in a bad case of stripes, Camilla learns that she doesnt have
to fit in, she can stand out and be her own person. This book is
such a wonderful book about being yourself and not caring what
others think of you.

Author: Jonathan London


Title: Froggy Goes To Bed
Publisher and Year: Puffin 2002
Type of Book: Picture Book
Reading Level: Grade 2
o This book is a funny and very cute story about a frog that does
everything he can to avoid going to bed. His mother is constantly
hollering his name. This book is fun to use in a classroom
because you can show a lot of expression when reading it.

Non Fiction Books

Author: Meghan McCarthy


Title: Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum
Publisher and Year: Simon and Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books 2010
Type of Book: Non Fiction
Reading Level: Grade 3
o This book talks about the invention of Double Bubble, bubble
gum. This book takes you through the process of making the
bubble gum to how it came about. There are plenty of
illustrations that are entertaining and engaging to students. This
book could be used for a fun science lesson that teaches the
scientific method through experimentation with bubble gum.

Author: Betsy Maestro, Loretta Krupinski


Title: Why Do Leaves Change Colors?
Publisher and Year: Harper Collins 1994
Type of Book: Non Fiction
Reading Level: Grade 3
o This book teaches children the process behind the leaves
changing colors in the fall. I thought this would be a wonderful
book to use, especially because we live in an area where we
always get to see the leaves change. This book could be used to
teach a science lesson on the process of leaves changing.

Author: Brian Floca


Title: Locomotive
Publisher and Year: Antheneum Books 2013
Type of Book: Non Fiction
Reading Level: Grade 4
o This book takes place during the summer of 1869 when trains
were becoming a popular way of travel and the railroads were
being built. This book is all about the trains and how the operate.
Brian Floca does a wonderful job of describing each aspect of the
train. He won the Caldecott Medal and Locomotive was on the
New York Times Bestseller List.

Author: Nikki Giovanni


Title: Rosa
Publisher and Year: Henry Holt and Co. 2005
Type of Book: Non Fiction
Reading Level: Grade 5
o This book tells the story of young Rosa Parks. The story tells of a
woman that did not want to give up her seat in the neutral
section of the bus for a white man. This story is empowering and
shows the true strength of an African American woman that we
are all familiar with. This book does a great job of telling this
story in a way that students can understand and maybe even
relate to.

Author: Steve Jenkins


Title: How to Clean a Hippopotamus: A look at unusual animal
partnerships
Publisher and Year: HMH Books for young readers 2010
Type of Book: Non Fiction
Reading Level: Couldnt find an exact reading level but looks to be
about grade 5.
o This book is about relationships between different types of
animals. The bonds that form between these animals are strong
and atypical. This book could be used for a science or language
arts lesson.

Poetry Books

Author: Shel Silverstein


Title: Where the Sidewalk Ends
Publisher and Year: Harper Collins 1974
Type of Book: Poetry
Reading Level: Grade 3
o This book is full of poems that bring imagination to mind. They
are outrageous and unrealistic but extremely engaging and fun
to read. As a teacher I would use these poems during morning
meeting or just to get our day started.

Author: Jack Prelutsky


Title: The New Kid on the Block
Publisher and Year: Greenwillow Books 1984
Type of Book: Poetry
Reading Level: Grade 3
o This book is full of poems that are hilarious and fun to read.
These poems could be used during transition time or during a
language arts lesson. These poems could be used to help
students with characterization because of the multiple characters
in the poems.

Author: Sid Farrar


Title: The Year Comes Round: Haiku Through the Seasons
Publisher and Year: Albert Whitman & Company 2012
Type of Book: Poetry
Reading Level: I could not find a grade level, but I would use this book
for kindergarten or first grade.
o This is a wonderful book to use when teaching seasons to
kindergarten or first grade. It uses haiku poems to describe
seasons. This book could also be used to introduce haiku poetry
because it does a great job just showing students the basics
behind reading and writing Haikus.

Author: Douglas Florian


Title: Poetrees
Publisher and Year: Beach Lane Books 2010
Type of Book: Poetry

Reading Level: I could not find a reading level for this book, but I would
use it for upper elementary school. Third through fifth grade.
o This book of poetry describes and teaches children about trees. It
goes over the many different types of trees. I could use this book
to teach science or language arts. But I would probably use it to
teach a science lesson on trees or plants.
Author: Nikki Grimes
Title: Shoe Magic
Publisher and Year: Scholastic 2000
Type of Book: Poetry
Reading Level: Grade 3
o This book is a fun book full of poetry about childrens dreams and
how they can be fulfilled. In the poems, the childrens dreams are
fulfilled and determined by the types of shoes they wear. I think
that this book could be beneficial when talking to students about
their dreams and what they want to be when they grow up.

Childrens Novels

Author: JK Rowling
Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone
Publisher and Year: Arthur A Levine Books 1998
Type of Book: Childrens Novel
Reading Level: Grade 5
o This novel is full of the adventures of a boy named Harry Potter.
Harry is an orphan that lives with his begrudging aunt and uncle.
Then Harry gets letters delivered by owls. These letters invite
Harry to Hogwarts School of wizardry. This is where Harry meets
Ron and Hermione and has all of his amazing adventures.

Author: Sharon M. Draper


Title: Out of my Mind
Publisher and Year: Antheneum Books for Young Readers 2010
Type of Book: Childrens Novel
Reading Level: Grade 4
o This novel is about a student with a disability that is in fifth or
sixth grade. She is a very smart girl, but no one knows because
she cant talk. She gets frustrated because she cant
communicate and be normal. This book is a good novel for
children to read because I think it opens their eyes to how
students with disabilities feel.

Author: Cynthia Lord


Title: Rules
Publisher and Year: Scholastic 2008
Type of Book: Childrens Novel
Reading Level: Grade 4
o This novel is about a girl named Catherine that has a brother
with Autism. Catherine thinks that her whole family revolves
around her brother and she feels that she does not get enough
attention. Catherine and her brother have a specific set of rules
that they established. Catherine developed these rules so she
isnt embarrassed by her brother. This book is a wonderful novel
that tells about brother and sister relationships, and how these
relationships can be affected by a child with special needs. It is a
wonderful story and is very eye opening for students.

Author: Kate DiCamillo


Title: Because of Winn Dixie
Publisher and Year: Candlewick Press 2000
Type of Book: Childrens Novel
Reading Level: Grade 4
o This novel is a wonderful story of a girl and her dog. Opal, the
little girl in the story, has to move to Florida. While in her new
town in Florida Opal finds a stray dog and he becomes her friend.
She also meets many characters throughout the novel that teach
her many lessons about life.

Author: Jeff Kinney


Title: The Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Publisher and Year: Amulet Books 2007
Type of Book: Childrens Novel
Reading Level: Grade 5
o This novel tells the story of a boy named Greg that begins middle
school. The story is narrated by Greg and goes through all of his
accounts of how terrible middle school is. He addresses the
hazards of growing up. This novel is hilarious and a book that
upper elementary students and middle school students will love.

Author: Robert Dahl


Title: Matilda
Publisher and Year: Penguin Young Readers Group 2007
Type of Book: Childrens Novel
Reading Level: Grade 5
o This novel tells the story of a mischievous little girl named
Matilda. Matilda is the queen of practical jokes. Matilda is
misunderstood, but she is determined to pull a practical joke on
her awful teacher Ms. Trunchbull. This book is funny and such a
great read.

Author: CS Lewis
Title: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
Publisher and Year: Harper Collins 1950
Type of Book: Childrens Novel
Reading Level: Grade 6
o This novel tells the story of four siblings that go through a
wardrobe and end up in this wonderful land called Narnia. Narnia
is a place of fairytale creatures and evil queens. This novel is a
great book for teaching students about characterization and plot.

Author: EB White
Title: Stuart Little
Publisher and Year: Harper Collins 1945
Type of Book: Childrens Novel
Reading Level: Grade 3
o Stuart Little tells the story of an extraordinary mouse that goes
on adventure after adventure. He goes down a river on a boat
and drives toy cars. This book is a fun novel and could be used
as a read aloud novel or something that you have your students
do independently.

Author: Beverly Cleary


Title: Ramona the Pest
Publisher and Year: Random House Childrens Books 1981
Type of Book: Childrens Novel

Reading Level: Grade 4


o This book tells the story of Ramona Quimby. Ramona is going to
Kindergarten, but miraculously is left out of all the games on the
playground. Ramona just doesnt understand why she is sitting
while the other kids play. This book is a great and funny story
that many children would definitely enjoy.

Author: EB White
Title: Charlottes Web
Publisher and Year: Turtle Back Books 2001
Type of Book: Childrens Novel
Reading Level: Grade 4
o This book tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a pig
and a spider. This friendship is one that is based on survival and
love. This book could be used to help students with plot and
theme. This is also a novel that could easily be read and
discussed as a class.