By Kazuno Kohara
Lexile level 290
Kazuno Kohara’s breathtaking art in Ghosts in the House! is a Halloween treat for primary classrooms and their upper elementary book buddies. Grab the orange and black construction paper, white tissue paper, scissors, Sharpies and glue sticks and watch as your classroom transforms into a contrasting orange and black world with a touch of white whimsy. Enjoy!
By Lisa Graff
Lexile Level 720
Readers will relate to Francine and Kansas, two fourth grade students, who both find themselves deep into dares they don’t want to do but “have” to complete unless they want to lose the contest, and more importantly, the respect of their peers and their own self-respect. At least that’s what the characters think in the beginning of the book. But Graff masterfully takes readers on a Rube Goldberg ride that shows that self-respect has nothing to do what others think about you but rather centers around working toward goals, helping others, and taking time for good old-fashioned fun!
By Spencer Quinn
Lexile Level 580
Since Arf is told from the point of view of a dog, Bowser, the author, is able to take readers on a thrilling, suspenseful journey. Bowser’s sense of humor and the fact that kids feel safe when they have a trustworthy canine at their side, allows them to keep turning the pages even though they know the main character, Birdie, is in grave danger. If you’re looking for a great way to introduce kids to suspense novels, buy Arf with the first book in the series, Woof, settle down with your dog at your side(be it alive, stuffed or imaginary), and start reading!
Quick! Before apple season ends, add Christie Matheson’s Tap the Magic Tree to your classroom library. This is a great book for English Language Learners or students who see speech pathologists to read aloud to their kindergarten book buddies not only because the text is sparse and simple, but because it’s fun! And the best part is, just like the book states, the magic “begins again” in the spring. So when the winter doldrums set in and you need a burst of color, set this book on the shelves again and brighten everyone’s day.
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