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The Art of Miss Chew.  Patricia Polacco.  G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2012.
This is another Polacco autobiographical story about two teachers who understood her learning disabilities and her artistic talent.  They helped her use knowledge of one to overcome the other.  Well told, touching and inspiring.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 3-5th grade



Cheesie Mack is Not a Genius or Anything.  Steve Cotler.  Yearling, 2012.
Ronald (Cheesie) Mack shares his memories and thoughts surrounding 5th grade graduation.  It begins at the end with Chapter 0: The Story is Over!
Full of kid-pleasing wit and humor.
Read-aloud 4th-6th grade


Chloe and the Lion.  Mac Barnett.  Hyperion, 2012.
This story is so entertaining that kids may not realize that they are learning how authors and illustrators must collaborate and compromise to create a successful picture book.  Clever!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-4th grade



The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.  William Joyce.  Atheneum, 2012.
The movie and apps usually follow the publishing of a book, but in this case it is just the opposite.  Joyce won an academy award in 2011 for animated short film.  Now we have the book.  After a tornado transports book lover and writer Morris to a dreary, far-off land, he finds an abandoned library.  The books care for and protect him as he ages and finds the ability to write again.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-4th grade

The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook.  Joanne Rocklin.   Amulet, 2012.
Oona and her brother are adjusting to life without their father.  When Zook, their cat, becomes sick they plan to break him out of the vet’s office because they are convinced the vet is Zook’s previous owner, who abused the him.  Oona is a great storyteller who makes up stories about the cat’s first 5 lives which for her brother.  These stories reveal much about their family’s life.  Heartwarming, well-developed characters readers will care about.
Read-aloud 3rd-6th grade


Jack and the Baked Beanstalk.  Colin Simpson.  Templar Books, 2012.
The setting is a big city in the 1930’s.  With the construction of a new overpass, Jack and his mother’s food truck cafe fail.  Jack spends the last of their money on a can of magic baked beans and comes upon a lonely giant who loves to count his money and cook.  A clever, very well illustrated and satisfying version.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-4th grade


Little Dog Lost.  Marion Dane Bauer.  Atheneum, 2012.
A tale of love, longing and loss told in free verse with a very happy ending.  A stray dog in a small town remembers and longs for her boy.   A boy in that same town longs for a dog, but his mother, who is also the mayor, won’t allow it.  A reclusive caretaker of a mansion in the town longs for companionship.  A lightning storm brings the town together and in the end, everyone gets what they need.
Read-aloud 3rd-5th grade

Little Treasures : Endearments from Around the World.  Jacqueline K. Ogburn.  Houghton Mifflin, 2011.
This collection of endearments from 14 countries and six continents is a great multicultural look at the universality of the language of sweet nicknames.  Each endearment shows the English translation, native language and pronunciation.
Illustrated by 2012 Caldecott winner, Chris Raschka.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade


Moon Over High Street.  Natalie Babbitt.  Scholastic, 2012.
Joe’s parents died when he was a baby.  He is lovingly raised by his grandmother and has a total fascination with the moon.  A wealthy business owner meets Joe and becomes obsessed with the idea of adopting him and teaching him to run the business.
Joe has to decide whether to choose this life of privilege or stay with family who loves him, but has limited resources.  A quiet, but thoughtful story.
Read-aloud 3rd-5th grade

Spot the Plot : A Riddle Book of Book Riddles.  J. Patrick Lewis.  Chronocle Books, 2009.
A girl, a boy and a dog follow the clues through 13 riddle poems about some of our most beloved stories, such as Goodnight Moon, Madeline, Charlotte’s Web, Cinderella, The Polar Express.  Can you name that book?  A fun, interactive read-aloud.
Read-aloud K-4th grade


Tyler Makes Pancakes!  Tyler Florence (celebrity chef).  Harper, 2012.
Tyler gets up early and wants to make pancakes for his family.  He goes to the store for ingredients, where Mr. Jones explains where all the ingredients come from.  Just the right amount of story and information and a great recipe at the end.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-3rd grade
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