Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

electric-benBy: Robert Bird, Dial Books for Young Readers (2012)

Summary: In beautiful illustrated pictures and text, the author summarizes Ben Franklin’s life. Small vignettes of interesting facts such as “long before the discovery of germs, Franklin concluded ‘some unknown quality in the Air may produce Colds, as in the influenza.” I was left amazed by Franklin’s life, his discoveries and achievements.

Uses: Biography units, Founding Fathers and the American Revolution

Awards: Sibert honor, Horn Book Best Nonfiction, Kirkus Best Book

Borrowed from the Knoxville Public Library


The Angry Moon

24890by: William Sleator/pictures by Blair Lent (1970)

Summary: Lapiowinsa insults the moon one night and it takes her for a prisoner. Her friend Lupan climbs up using arrows he shot into a near star and rescues her from the angry moon.

Uses: Myth and legends unit

Awards: 1971 Caldecott Honor book

Borrowed this book from the Knoxville Library

Book! Book! Book!

droppedImageBy Deborah Bruss, Arthur A. Levine Books (2001)

Summary: The animals are so bored now that the kids have gone back to school They go to the library because they see smiling faces there! The cow tries, but the librarian only understands “moo!” and the horse tries, but the librarian only hears “neigh!” The chicken is the only one that successfully says “book! book! book!” and the animals happily leave with their reading material.

Uses: A wonderful read aloud/introduction to the library

Awards: International Reading Association recommended.

Borrowed from the Knoxville Public Library



Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

life-in-the-oceanNivola, Claire A. Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle. New York: Frances Foster , Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012.

Summary: Sylvia Earle lost her heart to the ocean at a young age when her family moved to Florida. As an adult she becomes an accomplished diver and oceanographer. This book has beautiful illustrations and tells of Sylvia’s life and accomplishments without becoming dry.

Uses: Biographies of famous people, recommend to kids who love the ocean

Borrowed from the Knoxville Public Library


Leaf Man

leaf-man-1f5ylexEhlert, Lois. Leaf Man. Orlando, Fla: Harcourt, 2005.

Summary: Fall has come, the wind is blowing, and Leaf Man is on the move. Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or is he heading west, above the orchards, prairie meadows, and  cows? As the book says, “A Leaf Man’s got to go where the wind blows.” Beautiful collages with pictures of real leaves!

Uses: Collage in art using real leaves in fall.

Awards: ALA notable children’s book for young readers

Borrowed from the Knoxville Library


A Good Day

a_good_dayHenkes, Kevin. A Good Day. New York: Greenwillow, 2007.

Summary:  It started out as a bad day for little yellow bird (lost her favorite tail feather), little white dog (his leash is tangled up), little orange fox (lost his Mama Fox), and little brown squirrel (dropped his nut). Will their days turn around? Great lesson and beautifully vivid illustrations by the Caldecott winning illustrator of Kittens First Full Moon. 

Uses: Perspective/attitude changes and how they can make a big difference.

AwardsNew York Times Bestseller, ALA Notable Children’s Book, Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended Title, Booklist Editors’ Choice, Horn Book Fanfare, Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book, School Library Journal Best Book, Book Sense Spring Children’s Pick, Parents’ Choice Gold Award
Borrowed this book from the Knoxville Public Library.


51oOqrDO3uL._SY300_Barnett, Mac, and Kevin Cornell. Mustache! New York: Disney/Hyperion, 2011.

Summary: King Duncan is handsome, but he is a terrible king. His kingdom is in ruins, and when his subjects ask for help, he only builds more tributes to his handsome face. So they start putting mustaches on all his faces!

Uses:  A great character study about vanity.

Awards: Junior Library Guild Choice

Borrowed this book from the Knoxville Public Library