The Dumpster Diver

Dumpster Diver

Title: The Dumpster Diver

Author: Janet Wong

Illustrator: David Roberts

Summary:

Steve is an electrician who dives for buried treasure in the alley behind his building. Steve, along with three other kids from the apartment building, form the diving team. They help Steve find treasures and turn an old blender into a lamp and an old lamp into a table. One day, Steve gets hurt diving for treasure, and the rest of the team go door to door collecting other’s useful junk. Instead of diving through trash, they build a wheelchair for Steve!

Curriculum Connections:

Engineering

Creativity

Recycling

Extra Yarn

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Title: Extra Yarn

Author: Mac Barnett

Illustrator: Jon Klassen

Summary:

Annabelle lives in a cold, little town where everything is either the white of snow or the black of chimney soot. She finds a box filled with yarn of every color. She knits a sweater for herself and for her dog. Soon she knits a sweater for everyone in her class and in her town. She knits sweaters for animals and houses and still she has extra yarn. One day, an archduke arrived in town and demanded to buy the yarn that never ran out. She refused to sell it, but later that night he robbed the yarn from her home. He went home, opened the box of yarn, and found it empty. He angrily threw it out the window into the ocean, where it traveled back to the little town and found its way back to Annabelle, full of colorful extra yarn.

Curriculum Connections:

Creativity

Metaphorical illustrations

Community

Literary refrains

Measuring Penny

Measuring Penny

Title: Measuring Penny

Author: Loreen Leedy

Summary:

Lisa’s homework assignment is to measure something. It can be anything, so Lisa decides to measure her dog, Penny! Lisa and Penny go to the dog park, where they can measure Penny and compare the measurements to the other dogs. Penny’s nose is 1 inch long and a Shetland Sheepdog’s nose is 4 inches. Penny’s tail is 1 dog biscuit long and a Greyhound’s tail is 10 dog biscuits long! After they finish at the park, Lisa and her dad make dog biscuits, being careful to measure out every ingredient. In the end, she measures the value of having Penny at 1 million dollars!

Curriculum Connections:

Measurement

Units of measure

Comparisons

Nonstandard measurement tools

Wolf in the Snow

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Title: Wolf in the Snow

Author: Matthew Cordell

Summary: A girl leaves school only to be caught in a snowstorm on her walk home. A wolf pup is lost in the same storm. They find each other in the storm, but how will they make it home? Wolf in the Snow is the winner of the 2018 Caldecott Medal. This wordless picture book tells a story through rich and detailed illustrations.

Curriculum Connections:

Storytelling

Cause and Effect

Animal Families

Predicting Outcomes

Compassion

 

 

Lemonade

Lemonade

Title: Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word

Author: Bob Raczka

Illustrator: Nancy Doniger

Summary: Lemonade is a collection of twenty-two poems created from twenty-two words. The poems are formed by using only the letters from a single word. It turns word puzzles into poetry that are thoughtful, funny, and clever.

constellation
a
silent
lion
tells
an
ancient
tale

Curriculum Connections:

Poetry

Vocabulary

Writing

What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?

What do you do with a tail like this

Title: What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?

Authors: Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Summary:

Moles use their noses to find their way underground. Jackrabbits use their ears to keep cool. Mountain goats use their feet to jump from ledge to ledge. Monkeys use their tails to hang from trees. Explore how different animals use their noses, ears, tails, eyes, mouths, and feet in different ways. See if you can guess which animal the part belongs to and how that animal uses it before turning the page!

Curriculum Connections:

Animals

Animal Behaviors

Animal Habitats

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science

Ada Lovelace

Title: Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer

Author: Diane Stanley

Illustrator: Jessie Hartland

Summary:

Ada Byron, daughter of poet Lord Byron, dreamed of being able to fly. She studied the anatomy of birds and designed wings. However, her imagination worried her mother who was concerned she would become too much like her father. Her mother decided to give her a world-class scientific education, but her imagination was not harmed in the least. Ava later met Charles Babbage who was working on a calculating machine and wanted Ava to work with him. Before Ava could start a profession, she was married to William, Earl of Lovelace, and she became Ava Lovelace. Years later, Ava and Babbage began working on the Analytical Machine, the first all-purpose digital computer. Ava needed to explain to people how the machine would be able to read the symbols and rules the user wanted it to. Ava’s demonstration on how to code the numbers became the first computer program ever published.

Curriculum Connections:

Engineering

Coding

Computer programming

History

Biography

Betty’s Burgled Bakery

Bettys Burgled Bakery

Title: Betty’s Burgled Bakery

Author: Travis Nichols

Summary:

Betty’s bakery has been burgled and the Gumshoe Zoo is on the case. The counters and cupboards were completely cleared of carrot cake, cornbread, and crackers. Will they find the fully fed, fiendish foe? Join the Gumshoe Zoo on this alliteration adventure.

Curriculum Connections:

Alliteration

Language

Vocabulary

Malala’s Magic Pencil

Malala's Magic Pencil

Title: Malala’s Magic Pencil

Author: Malala Yousafzai

Illustrator: Kerascoët

Summary:

Growing up in Pakistan, Malala used to watch a show about a boy and a magic pencil. Whatever he needed at the moment, he could draw with his pencil and it would magically appear. Malala began to wish for her own magic pencil, she could draw extra time to sleep in the morning, dresses for her mom, a soccer ball to play with. One day, when Malala was throwing out trash at the dump near her house, she noticed a girl and two boys sorting through the trash piles at the dump. Her father told her that not all girls get to go to school and some boys have to work to support their families. Malala began to imagine using the magic pencil to draw a better world with no war or poverty or hunger. Instead of continuing to wish for a magic pencil, Malala focused on working hard in school. However, powerful and dangerous men soon declared that girls weren’t allowed to go to school anymore. She started to write about how she felt scared to walk to school and how her friends moved away because they felt threatened. People started to listen and Malala was able to share her story with an international newspaper. Malala’s voice has continued to grow louder and every day she fights to make the world a more peaceful place.

Curriculum Connections:

Courage

World events

Biography

Perseverance

Blackout

Blackout

Title: Blackout

Author: John Rocco

Summary:

Everyone is always busy. But what happens when the lights go out? In a city wide blackout, communities and families gather together. There is a block party in the sky and in the street. There is free ice cream, shadow puppets, and grilled food. When the lights come back on and everything returns to normal, one child doesn’t necessarily like normal and flips the lights back off. The family chooses to ignore their distractions and gather around the table to play a game by candlelight.

Curriculum Connections:

Family

Cause and effect

Storytelling