July 2014



Other read-alouds
for Preschoolers

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CAMP REX
written/illus. by Molly Idle, (Viking Books), 40p, Ages 3-5

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SOCKS
written/illus. by Tania Sohn, (Kane Miller), 36p, Ages 3-6

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DIG!
written by Andrea Zimmerman/David Clemesha, illus. by Marc Rosenthal (Houghton Mifflin), 30p, Ages 3-5





Other Read & Read-Alouds
for Ages 4-8

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HOORAY FOR HAT!
written/illus by Brian Won, (Houghton Mifflin), 40p, Ages 3-7

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WEASELS
written written/illus. by Elys Dolan, (Noisy Crow), 32p, Ages 4-8

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FROODLE
written/illus. by Antoionette Portis, (Roaring Book Press), 32p, Ages 4-8

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PIGSTICKS AND HAROLD AND THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY
written/illus. by Alex Milway, (Candlewick Press), 84p, Ages 5-9





Other Reads
for Ages 8-12

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LITTLE GREEN MEN AT THE MERCURY INN
written by Greg Leitich Smith, illus. by Andrew Arnold, (Roaring Book Press), 224p, Ages 9-12

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LIFE OF ZARF: The Trouble with Weasels
written Rob Harrell, (Dial Books), 288p, Ages 9-12

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ABBY CARNELIA'S ONE & ONLY MAGICAL POWER
written by David Pogue, (Square Fish), 288p, Ages 8-12

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THE ACTUAL & TRUTHFUL ADVENTURES OF BECKY THATCHER
written by Jessica Lawson, (Simon & Schuster), 224p, Ages 9-12






THESE WONDERFUL BOOKS

Books are fabulous creatures. They have a mind of their own. At least the best ones do. They introduce us to people and places we would not ordinarily experience.

Whether young or older, children need to listen to age appropriate stories read by adults. This shared experience is enjoyable, uplifting, magical, and fun for all involved.

We promise humor, curiosity, imagination, adventure, action, mystery, friendship, bravery, and so much more from the stories that we recommend.

These are the stories that touch the heart, color the imagination, and delight the mind. So pull up a chair, we will see you there!



For more information on great children's literature for reading to children and by children, visit us at:

www.tchliteracy.com

Bringing you
books that:


Touch the Heart,
Color the Imagination, and
Delight the Mind


Welcome to The Storytellers, a monthly newsletter of outstanding children's literature to read and read aloud from preschoolers to middle graders.

Literacy begins at home by reading to children, and is developed over the years when good literature is available at home and at school for children to listen to and read. We hope that you enjoy our selections.

For more information on reading to children, great books to read and read aloud, and a summer reading program, log on to our web site at www.tchliteracy.com.


Preschool
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THE LITTLE DUMP TRUCK
written by Margery Cuyler, illus. by Bob Kolar, (Henry Holt, $7.99, ISBN 978-0-8050-9990-4), 26p, Ages 3-5

With driver Hard Hat Pete at the wheel, The Little Dump Truck explains his duties throughout the day. "I'm a little dump truck / hauling stones and rocks, / bumping, bouncing, thumping, / crossing city blocks." He cheerfully dumps a load of rocks at a construction site, watches forklifts and workers while waiting to haul the next load of debris to the landfill, rides down a highway to the next site, and stops for gas. Little truck lovers will enjoy the expressive faces and personalities of the various vehicles, especially The Little Dump Truck's wide-eyes and smiling face.

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THE POUT-POUT FISH GOES TO SCHOOL
written by Deborah Diesen, illus. by Dan Hanna, (Farrar Straus Giroux, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-374-36095-5), 32p, Ages 3-5

"A long time ago. / When Mr. Fish was very small, / He headed off to school / For the first time of all. / With a smooch from his parents, / And excited for his day, / Mr. Fish rushed in … / Then he lost his way!" Apprehensive about his first day at school, Mr. Fish loses his way in the hallways, tries several classrooms, but becomes discouraged when he is unable to write, draw, or figure math like the other students. Upon leaving he encounters a teacher, who escorts him to the class for "Brand-New Fish," where his doubts dissolve and his troubles disappear. Full of colorful details, kids will love the corridor posters (Michelanjellyo, Leonardo Da Pinchy) and the cartoonish appendages used for writing by the various sea creatures.

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THE LITTLE BEAR BOOK
written/illus. by Anthony Browne, (Candlewick Press, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7636-7007-8), 24p, Ages 3-6

Carrying a magic pencil, a small white bear takes a walk in the forest, meets a grouchy gorilla and proceeds to draw him a white teddy bear to cuddle. Encountering a crocodile, Bear draws a white trumpet, which keeps him quiet. A crabby lion appreciates a white crown. Finally, Bear comes upon a grumpy blue elephant, sketches a small mouse, and immobilizes the frightened elephant. Having known what each animal needed, the Bear draws a bear- shaped opening on a wall and leaves, politely saying, "Bye-bye, everyone." Originally published in 1988, little ones will enjoy this pleasurable story of helping others.

 
Ages 4-8
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THREE BEARS IN A BOAT
written/illus. by David Soman, (Dial Books for Young Readers, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-8037-3993-2), 40p, Ages 4-7

After breaking their mother's blue seashell trying to reach a honey pot, three bear siblings, Dash, Theo, and Charlie, set sail on their sturdy boat, the "Ursula K," to find a replacement, hoping that Mama will not notice the switch. A salty old seaman advises them to "Just look in the right place," but searching strange islands, dark caves, encountering gigantic whales, and treacherous storms, they find nothing. Only when they stop quarreling and sail for home do they find a blue seashell on their own beach. Apologizing to Mama, they offer her the replacement. "And Mama Bear, being a mother, looked at each one of her three little bears, hugged them all very, very tight, kissed the tops of their furry heads, and forgave them. Then she brought them inside for a warm supper. But they didn't get any dessert." Filled with marvelous illustrations, exciting adventure, interesting characters, and a message of taking responsibility, this little treasure is a great addition to any child's home library.

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E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm (with a Little Help from a Hen)
written by Judy Sierra, illus. by Mathew Myers (Candlewick Press, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-7636-6043-7), 32p, Ages 4-7

Suburban homeowner, Old MacDonald tires of mowing the lawn and invests in grass-eating animals. "The goat just nibbled at the edges. / Then she ate MacDonald's hedges! / Soon the plot began to thicken: / Old MacDonald got a chicken." A smart Little Red Hen arrives with an agricultural diploma, a "Resume of Horticultural Fowlishness," and architectural plans for transforming the backyard into an organic farm. Layers of cardboard, paper, and mud are applied, which lead to protests from the neighbors about the smell. When manure for a worm farm and garbage are added, the protests escalate. Neighbors hold a protest rally with signs ("A LAWN IN EVERY YARD," "CHANGE IS BAD," "WATER LAWNS NOT DIRT!") Seeds are planted, vegetables grow, and eggs are collected, as well as honey from beehives. Soon Old MacDonald has a proper organic farm, and everyone reaps a harvest of good food. E-I-E-I-O! ("Enjoy It! Everything Is Organic!)" Underneath the humor, kids are shown the possibilities of organic suburban farming.

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THE GEESE MARCH IN STEP
written/illus. by Jean-Fran├žois Dumont, (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, $16.00,
ISBN 978-0-8028-5443-8), 33p, Ages 4-7

No matter how hard little Zita tries to keep in step with the other geese marching to the pond, she adds an extra step and is dismissed from the group by leader, Igor. Dejected, she walks around the farmyard shuffling along to her own beat, and eventually the other animals follow her infectious "Splash sniff splash" rhythm, adding their own noises. "From the gobbling turkey to the bleating sheep, from the whinnying horse to the croaking frog, all of the animals were joined in a wild rhythm that swept along everything in its path." Now Zita is the new leader of the animals walking to the pond, except for Igor. Children who march to a different drummer will love this one.

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DUCK TO THE RESCUE
written/illus. by John Himmelman, (Henry Holt and Company, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-8050-9485-5), 32p, Ages 4-8

Continuing in the series of humorous rescue stories on the Greenstalk farm, Ernie the duck, well-meaning but clumsy, tries to solve various problems, but nothing goes right. Crashing Farmer Greenstalk's truck full of pumpkins ("I guess we can turn them into pumpkin pies."), stranded on top of the barn rafters while rescuing a calf, tied up by the chicks that he is babysitting, and failing as a substitute cornfield scarecrow, poor Duck causes chaos in the barnyard. It takes a clever lamb and two cupcakes to save Duck from a week of disaster. Kids will love and laugh at Ernie's heart of gold, acts of kindness, and misplaced intentions.


Ages 8-12
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THE CHICKEN SQUAD: The First Misadventure
written by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Kevin Cornell, (Antheneum Books for Young Readers, $12.99,
ISBN 978-1-4424-9676-7), 112p, Ages 7-10

Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie, The Chicken Squad, spend their days solving mysteries and fighting crime. They take on a new case, when a frightened squirrel, Tail, barges into the chicken coop claiming something big, scary, enormous, frightening, huge, and terrifying is in the yard. Thinking that a UFO may have landed, the chicks use grass clippings as a camouflage and pelt a new barbecue grill. Retired search-and-rescue dog, J. J. Tully, races in to save the day. This great chapter book for young readers will tickle their funny bones with laugh-out-loud silliness.

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THE SPY CATCHERS OF MAPLE HILL
written by Megan Frazer Blakemore, (Bloomsbury, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-61963-348-3), 320p, Ages 8-12

During the Cold War McCarthy/Communism era in the 1950s, fifth grader Hazel Kaplansky lives with her parents, who manage a cemetery in Vermont. Smart, vocal, enthusiastic, and a born detective, Hazel joins with a new boy in school, equally smart with his own deductive skills, to locate a reported Russian spy in town. The sleuths gather evidence on a newly hired gravedigger, but as they collect clues, Hazel's well-intentioned desire to catch a spy outweighs the facts. Issues of gossip and rumors surrounding an era of fear and suspicion make this story of an independent, inquisitive, but imperfect heroine a good choice for discussion on subjects of truth and trust.

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BRINGING DOWN THE MOUSE
written by Ben Mezrich, (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-4424-9626-2), 336p, Ages 9-12

Exceptionally good it math equations, sixth-grader Charlie Lewis hangs out with kids known as the Geek Squad, earning the nickname of Numbers. Charlie is rescued from a school bully by a seventh grader, who invites him to join a secret gang, the Carnival Killers. This group of middle school kids is lead by a college student, who needs his math abilities to defeat the rigged carnival midway games, win lifetime tickets for the group to Incredo Land in Florida, and $50,000 for a teacher's aid program. When Charlie realizes the ultimate scheme behind the leader's effort to scam the carnival scammers, he decides to change the outcome. Excitement, adventure, and risk-taking will keep readers guessing the conclusion.

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JUNGLE OF BONES
written by Ben Mikaelsen, (Scholastic, Inc, $16.99,
ISBN 978-0-545-44287-9)224p, Ages 10-13

Sullen, rebellious, and angry over his father's death as a war correspondent in Dafur, seventh-grader Dylan Barstow crosses the line with his mom, when he steals a junkyard car and "cuts donuts" in a farmer's field. His ex-marine uncle steps in to teach Dylan respect and discipline by taking him to Papua New Guinea for the summer in search of the World War II B-17 bomber wreckage of the Second Ace that his grandfather flew and escaped as the only survivor. There, they join other members of the team and journey through humid, steamy, and dangerous jungles filled with malaria, headhunters, crocodiles, snakes, and leeches. When Dylan intentionally leaves the group, loses his way, encounters a poisonous snake, suffers malaria, and incurs gangrene, he regrets throwing the malaria pills away, realizes the importance of listening to adult advice, and experiences a huge attitude adjustment. How Dylan discovers the wreckage, survives, confronts his past, and finally understands the value of freedom will connect with kids who enjoy fast-paced adventure and survival stories.

Over the years, we have researched thousands of children's books, and can recommend some of the best in outstanding children's literature for parents to read aloud and children to read. Our recommendations must meet certain criteria: fun, creative and imaginative stories, delightful illustrations, and excellent for age appropriate listening and reading. We hope that you enjoyed our recommendations. If you desire further information some of the best in children's literature, please visit our website, www.tchliteracy.com.

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