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Teacher-Selected Books for This Month's Reading Clubs



Last updated Thursday, July 24, 2014

August: "Arts and Entertainment"

Click on each book title for synopsis, discussion topics, and activity ideas.
Please note: We will provide you with hardcover copies of these titles to read to the children.
After the reading clubs, these books will be donated immediately to each school's library.

Kindergarten
Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert
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Summary:  This educational and enjoyable book helps children understand how to plant bulbs, seeds, and seedlings, and nurture their growth. Lois Ehlert's bold ...   (read more)
1st Grade
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature, by Joyce Sidman
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Summary:  What makes the tiny snail shell so beautiful? Why does that shape occur in nature over and over again—in rushing rivers, in a flower bud, even inside ...   (read more)
2nd Grade
The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon, by Jacqueline Davies
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Summary:  John James Audubon was a boy who loved the out-of-doors more than the in. He was a boy who believed in studying birds in nature, not just from books. ...   (read more)
3rd Grade
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, by Jen Bryant
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Summary:  As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw: He loved the feel of the charcoal as it slid across the floor. He loved looking at ...   (read more)
4th Grade
Seen Art?, by Jon Scieszka
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Summary:  It all started when I told my friend Art I would meet him on the corner of Fifth and Fifty-Third. I didn't see him. So I asked a lady walking up the ...   (read more)
5th Grade
Under the Egg, by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
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Summary:  When Theodora Tenpenny spills a bottle of rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather’s painting, she discovers what seems to be an old Renaissance ...   (read more)