Barnes & Noble, I thought it only right that I link to them. I've also included some blurbs about the books from their pages.
Let me share with you a couple of brand new books that are out. The first one is by Patricia Polacco. That should be enough to sell you on the book right there! There isn't a book of hers that I don't just love, this one included. Her newest book is The Art of Miss Chew. It's publication date is April 12, 2012, just a little over three months new!
After spending the summer with her artist grandmother, Trisha knows she wants to be an artist, too. She's thrilled when her sketches get her into Miss Chew's special art class at the high school. A substitute teacher tells her she's wasting time on art when she should be studying - but fortunately, this is one battle that Miss Chew and Trisha are up for!
What the blurb doesn't tell you is that Miss Chew realizes Trisha has a reading problem and takes her to a reading specialist. They find that Trisha just sees words differently and one of the modifications they make is to allow her more time on tests. You also see what extraordinary talent she has as an artist. What a great book to read to your friends to show that reading "problems" can be helped and that we all have different talents. I won't even go into the subplot of her teacher's father. Yes, even picture books can have a secondary story!
The other new book I found was Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills.
While The Art of Miss Chew is fantastic for your older friends, this one is really perfect for beginning writers. It is a sequel to the book How Rocket Learned to Read.
In How Rocket Learned to Read, a little yellow bird captures Rocket"s interest in reading by reading him a book about a dog looking for a bone. However, she leaves him hanging and Rocket must come back to hear what happens next. Finally, Rocket joins the little yellow bird's school where he learns to read. Here is one of the pages from the book. If you click on it, it will pop up larger.
This book couldn't get any newer! It was just published on July 24, 2012. I went to my local library to borrow it (sorry Barnes & Noble!) and it wasn't even done being processed for the shelves yet. However, if you teach beginning writers, I think this is a must buy.
While at B&N, I took a picture of one display in particular as a few books caught my eye. I circled them for you. Three of the four are classics (in my mind, anyway!) that I use in my classroom every year.
The three books I use are:
1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett I use this book for teaching word choice and descriptive language. I got the idea from WritingFix.com. That link will take you to a full lesson plan using Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs as your mentor text. If you don't know WritingFix.com, be prepared to spend a ton of time going through their site. It is a goldmine for lessons using picture books that incorporate the six traits.
2. Click! Clack! Moo! Cows That Type! by Doreen Cronin I use this in my persuasive writing unit. I came across this book while snooping around WritingFix.com a while back. THIS LINK will take you to a great lesson on using persuasive techniques.
3. The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry I also use this book in my persuasive unit. In addition to being a great example of the persuasive techniques pathos, logos, and ethos, it is well written and has amazing illustrations. I mentioned this book once before in this post I did about schema.
The fourth book is Rat and Roach, Friends to the End, This is another new book, just published on July 5, 2012. I didn't get a chance to read it and know nothing of it other than what the Barnes & Noble page for it says. I bring it to your attention because of the conversation I heard two moms having while I was looking at the books. One mom picked it up and read it silently, laughing the entire time. She took it over to her friend, telling her she had to read it. The other mom read it and also laughed out loud. I thought it must be a pretty good book. The second mom then said, "This is too good to be wasted on a kid! It's so funny! They should put it in the adult area." Wasted on a kid?!!! Hmmm, I wonder how she thinks adult readers begin? I guess I should just be happy she was in a book store buying books for her kid!
Anyway, those are some of my picture book finds. I have many more I will share in another post to follow. Not tomorrow! But, soon! By the way, if you are familiar with any of the new books I shared, please feel free to share how you use them in the comments. More ideas for all!