Children’s Books Wishlist

I have always loved books. As a child, my mother and father constantly took my siblings and me to the library. I remember renting out so many books, which my parents read to me until I was old enough to read by myself. Many of the books that I read as a child are still very near and dear to my heart; therefore, many of the books that are listed on this wish list are books that I grew up reading. I continue to read books and come across wonderful titles that inspire me and I would like to include those books to this list as well.

For this wish list, I have tried to divide the books by the author. I have tried to include books from a range of subjects as well as a range of grade levels so that I can accommodate for all types of learners and interests. Please note that the interest levels and Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) levels for these books were found using the Book Wizard feature on the Scholastic website.

I mention that a lot of the books in this list have movie versions. I understand that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to show the movie versions of every single book; however, if a teacher were to come up with specific area of instruction; for example, reading all of the Roald Dahl books or Dr. Seuss books, then the students could maybe watch some of the movies for these books. The animated versions of Dr. Seuss books are typically short and those can probably be used more in the classroom.

I would like to note that I noticed that there are few informational/non-fiction books in my list. This is because there are so many of these types of books out there and I am unsure which ones would be best suited for my classroom. I enjoy the animal books written by Jane Goodall but I wanted to make sure that the books that I included in my wishlist were good book. I will have informational books available in my classroom, especially animal books because I know children, especially boys, really enjoy these books but I am not sure who are the best informational book authors.

I cannot wait to fill up my library with these treasures so that I may one day inspire students to read.

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                   1) Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes 

This was one of my favorite books as a child. I really enjoyed reading it and I think it would work well in a classroom due to the many lessons that it teaches about acceptance. The interest level for this book is kindergarten and the Development Reading Assessment level is at a 20.

2) Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

This was another one of my favorite books as a child. I think it would work well in a classroom due to the many lessons that it teaches about good behavior. The interest level for this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level for this book varies from 20-24.

3) Owen by Kevin Henkes

This was another book that I loved as a child. I believe this book would be a good read aloud book to teach children about growing up and outgrowing certain objects. The interest level for this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level for this book varies from 16-18.

4) Sheila Rae, the Brave by Kevin Henkes

     I really enjoyed this book as a child. I think children will love reading about all of the brave things that Sheila Rae does. This can also be used to teach students how to be humble. The teacher and students can have a discussion about what actions are appropriate and when they are appropriate. For example, misbehaving is not appropriate but responding to a difficult question even when a student is unsure is brave. The interest level for this book is pre-k and the Developmental Reading Assessment level for this book is 24.

5) Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

This book can be used as a companion book with Sheila Rae, the Brave to discuss what things students should and should not be worried about. This could be used for students who are worried or nervous during the first few days of the school year. The interest level for this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 14.

6) Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus, Illustrated by Jose Aruego

            I enjoyed this book as a child. I think this would be a great book for the beginning of the year. This is also a great tool for showing children who would be considered “late bloomers” that they are valued in the classroom even if they are “late bloomers.” The Developmental Reading Assessment level for this book is 16.

7) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

            I read this book for one of my courses in the Residency program. I enjoyed this book; however, if I were to use it in the classroom, I would only use it as a read aloud. There are a few words in the book that students may get confused about, especially the word “queer.” By reading this book as a read aloud, the teacher can substitute this word for its intended meaning that children will recognize, which would be “weird” or “strange.” Students can listen to the book and watch the movie and write a paper comparing and contrasting the two versions. There are many other types of lesson plans that coincide with this book, some of which can be found here: http://thewizardofoz.info/ozteach.html  The interest level for this book is 6th grade and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is a 44.

8) Holes by Louis Sachar

            I really enjoyed reading this book. Some of the topics of this book would be a bit difficult for younger students to understand, for example, Stanley Yelnats being arrested and going to the camp instead of jail. This could work as a read aloud book for younger students but it would probably be better for the recommended grade level. The interest level of this book is 5th grade and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is a 50.

9) The BFG by Roald Dahl, Illustrated by Quentin Blake

            I really like this book as well as other Roald Dahl book. This can be used to teach students about other cultures and how different traditions and foods can seem strange to us when they are not really strange to anyone else. For example, there is a bad tasting vegetable known as a snozzcumber and a drink called frobscottle in the book. The strange new words would be interesting to students. Also, the students could learn about geography when Sophie and the BFG travel throughout the world to talk to the Queen of England, the King of Sweden and the Sultan of Baghdad with the goal of trying to form a plan to capture the other giants so they will not eat anymore people. The interest level for this book is 4th grade and the Developmental Reading Assessment Level is a 50.

10) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Illustrated by Quentin Blake

            This is a classic tale that will delight children with the crazy antics of Willy Wonka. Students can watch the two movies and read the book and then discuss and write about the similarities and differences between these various form of the story. Children can also read the sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. The interest level for this book is 4th grade and the Developmental Reading Assessment Level is a 40.

11) The Twits by Roald Dahl, Illustrated by Quentin Blake

            This is another classic children’s book that students typically enjoy due to the crazy antics of the two main characters, Mr. and Mrs. Twit. These characters are disgusting and they perform a variety of pranks on each other. This would be a great book for a read aloud because children love to react to the stories told in the book such as Mr. Twit eating chucks of food from his head and Mrs. Twit dropping her glass eye into her husband’s beer mug. The interest level for this book is 3rd grade but the Developmental Reading Assessment level is a 40.

12) James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, Illustrated by Quentin Blake 

            This is another classic by Roald Dahl that has been made into a movie. Children will enjoy the bug characters; however, James’s aunts may be a bit frightening. The movie may be too scary for some children, depending upon their age level so parents should be notified if the class will watch this movie. The interest level for this book is 3rd grade and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 40.

13) The Witches by Roald Dahl, Illustrated by Quentin Blake

            This is yet another classic by Roald Dahl that I enjoyed reading as a child. Students will enjoy the transformation of the witches in the book. The witches always have to wear gloves because they have long, ugly fingers and fingernails; they have to wear shoes because they do not have toes; they have to wear wigs because they have no hair, etc. Children will enjoy this transformation in the book; however, the transformation in the movie may scare children, especially the transformation of the Grand High Witch. The interest level for this book is 3rd grade and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 40.

14) The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

            This was one of my favorite books as a child. Dr. Seuss is a classic children’s book author and his book are a lot of fun to read. They contain various rhymes and a good rhythm that children will enjoy. This book has a variety of companion movies; however, I personally do not like the live action version of this story. The live action version drifts far away from the book. The interest level of this book is kindergarten grade level and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 16.

15) Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

            This is yet another classic by Dr. Seuss. This book can be used to teach children about being respectful to one another and respecting the differences between ourselves and others. For example, green eggs and ham are unusual food items but sometimes the food that we eat is strange to others. The interest level for this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 16.

16) Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss

            This is another classic book by Dr. Seuss. This book can be used to teach children to listen closely and to respect others, even if they are different. I really enjoyed the mhortovie version of this book and I think that students would enjoy watching it as well. The interest level for this book is pre-k but the Developmental Reading Assessment level for this book is a 38.

17) The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss

            This is another classic book that teaches many great lessons. One of the best lessons to teach using this book is related to diversity. Teachers can use this as a leeway into a discussion that everyone is valued and should be treated the same, even if they look different. The interest level for this book is kindergarten. I am unsure of the Developmental Reading level of this book.

18) Frindle by Andrew Clements, Illustrated by Brian Selznick

            This is a great book to use to teach students about the power of words. Teachers can also use this book as a leeway into a lesson about how to use a dictionary. I really enjoyed this book as a child and I think my future students will enjoy it as well. The interest level for this book is 4th grade and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is a 40.

19) The Landry News by Andrew Clements, Illustrated by Brian Selznick

            This is another book that teaches children the power of words. This book can inspire children to be interested in the news; they may even want to start their own paper. This is an interesting story because it contains a mini-story inside of it about a child dealing with divorce and the main character’s parents are divorced. The main character, Cara, publishes the story on divorce, called “Lost and Found,” in her paper and there is a public outrage against the teacher, Mr. Larson, for allowing this newspaper to be published. This could spark an interesting discussion in the classroom about what we can and cannot say, which could tie into history with the First Amendment to the Constitution, although a discussion like this would be reserved for higher grade levels, if it is done at all. The interest level for this book is 3rd grade and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is a 40.

20) The School Story by Andrew Clements, Illustrated by Brian Selznick

            This is the story of a girl who tries to get her novel published with the help of her mother but she does not want her mother to find out that she wrote it so the main character, Natalie, and her friend Zoey try to get Natalie’s mother to edit the book without realizing that Natalie is the author. This book can lead a discussion about pseudonyms because Natalie uses the pseudonym Cassandra Day. This can also be used as a lesson to teach students to be proud of their works and to work hard because hard work and perseverance will lead to success. The interest level of this book is 3rd grade and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is a 40.

21) Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, Illustrated by Garth Williams

            This is another classic tale that also has movie versions. This story may be a bit scary for children because the first chapter mentions death—Fern’s father wants to kill a baby piglet because he is a runt but Fern wants to save him. Death is also mentioned in the end of the book when Charlotte dies; however, her children live on. This is a good story of companionship. It would work well as a read aloud. The interest level is 3rd grade but the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 40.

22) Loser by Jerry Spinelli 

            Jerry Spinelli is a great author. This book is about a young boy who is different and not accepted. He is called a “loser” by his classmates but in the end, his classmates eventually accept him for who he is. This book is interesting because it is entirely written in the present tense. There are a variety of life lessons that stem from this book. This book would be good to use in the upper grades, most likely fifth grade. The interest level for this book is 4th grade and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is a 50.

23) The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka, Illustrated by Lane Smith

        This is another one my favorite books from my childhood. This book has a strange set up and the words are placed in a random fashion on the page. I think that children will really enjoy this strange fairy tales. The interest level for this book is about kindergarten but the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 38.

24) The True Story of the Three Little Pigs! by Jon Scieszka, Illustrated by Lane Smith

            Many children are familiar with the classic tale of the three little pigs; however, this story puts a new spin on the classic tale by telling the story from the Wolf’s point of view. This would be a great story to use to teach point of view and children will enjoy the comedy of this book. The interest level for this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 40.

25) Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel, Illustrated by Blair Lent

            This is a very comedic tale that children will enjoy due to the repetition and long names such as Tikki Tikki Tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo! This can be used for a read aloud and the predictability of the book will allow children to participate in the reading by calling out the next lines of the book. The interest level for this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is from a 28 to a 30.

26) Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard, Illustrated by James Marshall

            This was another one of my favorite books when I was a child. This would be a great book to read before a teacher knows that he or she will be out. I think students will really enjoy the book and it can be used to help tame a rowdy class. There are also many sequels to this book so a teacher can read the first book and have the sequels ready for students to read independently. The interest level for this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment is a 20.

27) The Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler; Illustrated by Jared Lee

            This is another book that I loved as a child. A teacher can read this to his or her students along with Miss Nelson is Missing. There are about twenty books in the Black Lagoon series so a teacher can introduce the series to students and allow them to explore the rest on their own. The interest level of this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is a 24.

28) Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

            This book is very funny but it also contains a good life lesson. I think children will enjoy the magic of the book. There are also other Strega Nona books that children may enjoy such as Strega Non’as Magic Lessons and Merry Christmas, Strega Nona. This book also celebrates Italian culture, which would be a very good diversity lesson. A teacher could use this book and others to introduce the customs of various cultures around the world. The interest level for this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 24.

29) Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business by Esphry Slobodkina

            This is a clever tale that children will enjoy. The children can mimic the actions of the main character as the monkeys; for example, they can point when he does and they can shake their fists, which would be a fun lesson for children. This can be used for a math lesson. Children can try to count the hats and the monkeys and classify the hats by colors/patterns. The interest level for this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 16 to 18.

30) No, David! by David Shannon

            The David books by David Shannon are classic and children will love this book because of the outrageously bad behavior that David does. Emergent readers will love these books because they are easy to read and they are very predictable. The interest level is pre-k and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 12.

31) David Goes to School by David Shannon

            This is a cute book that teachers can use as a read aloud when they find that their class is being disruptive. Students will, again, love the crazy antics of David. They will also like the redemption of the character in the end when the teacher rewards him with a gold star for his good behavior. The interest level of this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment is 10.

32) A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon

            This is a great book to teach students about being themselves and doing what they want to do. This would be a great book for a read aloud. The interest level is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 38.

33) Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

            Although this is a fictional picture book, it has to do with the lifecycle of animals, specifically bats, which many students may find interesting. This could be good to introduce a student to fiction is he or she simply reads nonfiction/informational books. The interest level for this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment is 30.

34) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault; Illustrated by Lois Eblert

            This is an alphabet book and children really enjoy this book due to the rhymes. This is a classic book that I really enjoyed as a child. The interest level of this book is kindergarten.

35) If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff; Illustrated by Felicia Bond

            This is an adorable book that children will enjoy due to the predictability of the set up (if you give a mouse a cookie, then he’ll ask for a glass of milk, etc. This is a classic book and there are a variety of other books under the same topic. The interest level is pre-k and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 18.

36) If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff; Illustrated by Felicia Bond

           This is my favorite If You Give A… book. I think that the pig is adorable and I love everything that she does. There are little easter eggs in the book as well. For example, the pig puts on a dress and if you look closely, she steals the dress from a doll. The interest level is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 12.

37) Song of the Water Boatman by Joyce Sidman; Illustrated by Beckie Prange

            This is a great book. There are a variety of poems about the creatures that live in a pond as well as information about these creatures. There are also fun games in the book as well. I really enjoyed reading this book and I think children will as well. The interest level is 3rd grade and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 40.

38) Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

            The Frog and Toad books are great. I loved these books as a child. The contrasting personalities of the main characters are hilarious. I think students will really enjoy these books. The interest level of this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 18.

39) Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein

            I really enjoyed Shel Silverstein’s poems. Many children stray away from poetry but the fun topics and rhymes of the poems keep children interested. I think that Silversetin’s poetry books would be good to get children inspired by poetry. The interest level of the book is 3rd grade.

40) A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

            This is another classic poetry book by Shel Silverstein. Silverstein’s drawings are strange and interesting and children love them. The interest level for this book is 3rd grade and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 40.

41) Falling Up by Shel Silverstein

            This is yet another poetry book by Shel Silverstein. I honestly really enjoyed all of these books when I was a child, and I think my future students will as well. Poetry books are also good for practicing fluency. The interest level for this book is 3rd grade and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 38.

42) The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

            This is a classic book about friendship. Students really enjoy this book. I used this book for a mini read aloud and after I read the book, at least three students wanted to read it. The interest level for this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 16.

43) The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

            This is a great classic picture book. Students always enjoy this book. There is also a companion book called My Own Very Hungry Caterpillar Coloring Book. The interest level for this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 16.

44) Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin; Illustrated by Eric Carle

            This is a classic emergent picture book that children will enjoy. The repetition and predictability of the book is great for emergent readers to learn how to read. The grade level for this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment is a 3 to a 4.

45) The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

            This is a cute book. The ladybug challenges bigger and bigger animals, which is interesting for students and can lead to a lesson/discussion about size and various types of animals. There is also a good lesson to be learned from this book. The interest level for thins book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 16 to 18.

46) The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

            Although this is a story is fictional, there are many realistic elements of the story that can be used to teach students about the lifecycle of a plant beginning as a seed as well as the seasons. I really enjoyed this book as a child. The interest level is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 20.

47) The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

            This is a very simple book that children will enjoy especially because of the raised edges in the book for the spider and the web that the spider makes. The interest level for the book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 16.

48) Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle

            This is a really interesting story about making pancakes. The main characters need to get the ingredients from various places: flour from the mill, and egg from the hen, milk from the spotted cow, etc. I really enjoyed this book as a child. The interest level for this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 28.

49) Walter the Baker by Eric Carle

            This is book reminds me of the Pancake, Pancake! book. This is an interesting story about the “invention” of the pretzel. This is a cute story and it can lead to a discussion about inventions and possibly a writing assignment about what would be a good invention or creating their own invention. The interest level for this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 28.

50) Madeline by Ludwig Bemelman

            This was one of my favorite books as a child. I also really enjoyed the TV show based on this book series. This is a great way to introduce French culture to the classroom. There are other versions of this book such as films for television as well as a live action feature film. Students will enjoy the character of Madeline and her silly actions. There are also a few sequels to this book. The interest level for this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 18.

51) First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg; Illustrated by Judy Love

            This is an adorable book that would work well as a read aloud for the first day of school to alleviate the nervousness that students feel on the first day of school by showing that even the teacher gets nervous about the first day of school. The interest level for this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 18.

52) Pendragon: The Merchant of Death by D. J. MacHale

            I really love the Pendragon series and I think students will as well. Bobby Pendragon is an interesting character and the writing of this book is phenomenal. I love the journal formatting and the changing points of view in this book. There are a total of ten books in the series and I enjoyed all of them. Although I am unsure of the Developmental Reading Assessment level for this book; I believe that older elementary school students will enjoy this book.

53) A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman by David A. Adler; Illustrated by Samuel Byrd

            I really enjoyed this book because it tells the story of Harriet Tubman while including some background knowledge about the time period. There is; however, a bit of a disturbing part of the book because Harriet Tubman tells a man that if he will not continue on the Underground Railroad, she will kill him, which may be a bit disturbing for children to read. The interest level for this book is pre-k and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 20 to 24.

54) Who Is Barack Obama? by Roberta Edwards, Illustrated by Nancy Harrison and John O’Brien

            This is a good book for elementary school students to learn about the President of the United States of America. This is also good because Obama’s story is inspiring, especially because he is the first Africa-American President of the United States of America. This would be a good book to introduce a lesson on the government of the United States of America.

One good feature of some of the Who Was/Is…? is that some of the books are available in Spanish, which would be good for Spanish English Language Learners.

55) Who Was Jackie Robinson? by Gail Herman, Illustrated by Nancy Harrison and John O’Brien

            This is another great book to help students learn about people who pushed boundaries and succeeded. This is a great book to get students inspired to read another type of book (biography). Students who like sports may enjoy this book.

56) Who Is J.K. Rowling? by Pamela Pollack and Meg Belviso; Illustrated by Stephen Marchesi and Nancy Harrison

            Many students know J. K. Rowling because of her famous book series and this book can be used to inspire students to learn more about the author herself and read another type of book.

57) Who Is Jane Goodall? by Roberta Edwards; Illustrated by John  O’Brien

Jane Goodall is an inspiring woman and I think it is good to have a biography of her in the classroom to inspire young women. Jane Goodall also wrote some interesting informational books about animals, which would be a good additional to a classroom. The interest level for this book is 4th grade.

58) Who Was Rosa Parks? by Yona Zeldis McDonough; Illustrated by Nancy Harrison and Stephen Marchesi

Rosa Parks was another inspiring woman that children should be able to learn about. This book could work well for introducing the history behind Rosa Parks’s actions. The interest level of this book is 3rd grade.

59) Who Was Helen Keller? by Gare Thompson; Illustrated by Nancy Harrison

            Helen Keller was yet another inspiring woman that has a very interesting story. I was very interested in Helen Keller’s story was I was a child. There are also movies that tell Helen Keller’s story. The interest level of this book is 3rd grade and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 40.

60) Animal Family Series: Elephant Family by Jane Goodall

            I think this would be a great informational book to have in a classroom because it is written Jane Goodall, who, according to the box, is “one of the world’s most acclaimed naturalists.” Jane Goodall has done a lot of great work and this book could be paired with a read aloud on the biography of Jane Goodall (listed above). Jane Goodall also has other books that are part of the Animal Series that I would love to have in my classroom such as the Chimpanzee Family, Lion Family, Zebra Family, Giraffe Family, Baboon Family, Hyena Family, and Wildebeest Family. These books would work well in a lesson on animals. If possible, the students could take a field trip to a zoo; in my area there is Lowry Park Zoo and BuschGardens. If that is not possible, perhaps I could go by myself and take videos or pictures of the animals and use those for science lessons.

61) How to Hide a Meadow Frog and Other Amphibians by Ruth Heller

            I like this book because it would work well with younger readers due to the small amount of words and the predictability of the book. I think children will enjoy the colorful pictures of the book. This book can be tied into a science lesson about camouflage. Students can also discuss other animals besides frogs that use camouflage such as chameleons, stick insect, etc.

62) Pigs in the Panty: Fun with Math and Cooking by Amy Axelrod and Sharon McGinely-Nally

            I think students will enjoy this book. Students may enjoy reading the recipe in the book and possibly trying out the recipe on their own. There is also a chart of “measurement facts” which contains conversions. For example, “a punch = the small amount you can punch with your fingers.” There is a chart of vocabulary, which is titled “some words cooks use.” There is also a small chart of “metric facts.” There are also other Fun with the Pigs and Math books such as Pigs Will be Pigs: Fun with Math and Money, Pigs on a Blanket: Fun with Math and Time, Pigs Go to the Market: Fun with Math and Shopping, and Pigs on the Ball: Fun with Math and Sports. These books would work well for students who enjoy reading but may struggle with math. Recipe books could work well with students who are trying to learn fractions because of the measurements. For example, seeing various cup measurements such as “one cup,” “one half cup,” “one third cup,” etc. may help foster understanding. The interest level for this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level ranges from 18 to 20.

63) The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson; Illustrated by E.B. Lewis

            This book inadvertently tells the story of the separation of race. In this story, a young girl named Clover wonders about the fence that separates the two sides of town. Clover’s mother warns her not to go near the fence but Clover is curious. She sees a young girl sitting on the fence and one day she decides to talk to the girl and they become friends. I really enjoyed the theme of the story and the idea that no matter what differences we have, we can always be friends. I also think students will enjoy the lifelike paintings of the book that were done in water color. The interest level is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment is 28.

64) Lil Brown’s Paintings by Angela Johnson; Illustrated by E. B. Lewis

            This is another book that is illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Many times the illustrator of a book is ignored in favor of the author. A teacher could use this book along with The Other Side and a few other books illustrated by E. B. Lewis to teach a lesson about illustrations and their importance. A lesson plan idea could be that the teacher provides the students with a story without words and then the story with words to show students the importance of illustrations. The students could then write their own stories and create matching illustrations and then share these books with the rest of the class. The interest level for this book is pre-k.

65) Rainbow Joe and Me by Maria Diaz Storm 

            This book is about a girl who is a young artist and she makes a connection with her blind neighbor and they discuss colors because even though Rainbow Joe is blind, he says that he can still imagine colors. Rainbow Joe also says that he can make the colors sing and he does so using his saxophone. I think this is a great diversity book and it would also work well to introduce students to the concept of being blind. This book also has a lot of great colorful pictures that would work well for a lesson on colors. The interest level for this book is kindergarten and the Developmental Reading Assessment level is 28.

66) Yoko by Rosemary Wells

            I really enjoy the moral of this story. In this story, a young girl named Yoko brings in her lunch to school, which consists of sushi. The other students; however, are disgusted by her lunch. Yoko’s teacher tries to help Yoko feel better. The teacher decides the class will have an International Food Day at school. The students all bring in various types of food but the other students stray away from Yoko’s sushi. One person, Timothy, decides to try the food and Timothy and Yoko become friends and share each other’s foods. I think that the lesson of acceptance is a great lesson to teach students. A good book to accompany this one is Chrysanthemum, which also tells the story of acceptance (as mentioned above).

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