By Rob Reid
What child would not love literary explorations of the pungent, creepy, and soiled? Throw in rats, witches, extraterrestrial beings, and lingerie, and it really is impossible to resist. but few tale instances are designed for simple institution young children, who're rationale on setting apart themselves from more youthful siblings. Why will not be there extra occasions for those youngsters? it isn't an absence of significant fabric insists librarian-humorist Reid, who builds upon his prior ALA bestseller. whatever humorous occurred on the Library (ALA variations, 2003) to provide 18 new wacky and offbeat courses, together with the profitable issues of the giggly and gross. every one plan opens with a thumbnail assessment, then attracts on strange mixtures of poetry, photograph books, bankruptcy e-book excerpts and brief tales. the combination varies via subject, yet the entire courses contact the troubles (interests and humor (Think: Captain Underpants), for this age staff. viewers involvement comprises wordplay, reader's theater, dramatics, writing, tune, activities, or crafts. Reid additionally illustrates the right way to tweak courses to entice more youthful (or older) audiences. Plans for enjoyable tale courses surround: Catching a few Zzzz's; A1 tales; massive and undesirable in 4 separate flavors; Cool institution, alien institution and do not wanna visit institution! Designed to encourage public kid's librarians, university media employees, school room academics, and an individual who desires to support literature come alive for children in grades K-4, Cool tale courses is a confirmed, adaptable source, and vital for libraries serving teenagers.
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Ask the kids to write their own color poems. This could be done individually or as a group. Introduce the poem “Why the Frog in Our Class Is Purple” from Kalli Dakos’s book Put Your Eyes up Here and Other School Poems (Simon and Schuster, 2003) as an example. The second writing exercise is based on Myra Cohen Livingston’s book I Am Writing a Poem About: A Game of Poetry (Margaret K. McElderry, 1997). Livingston assigns a series of words, and her students must fashion a poem around those words. To fit this theme, you might ask the kids to come up with a poem that contains the words Teacher, Principal, School, and Cool.
Illustrated by Thor Wickstrom. Dutton, 2003. Maybella Jean Wishywashy can’t make up her mind how to show her appreciation for her teacher, Mrs. Shepard. She tries a bit too hard, but in the end, she showers her teacher with plenty of appreciation. Polacco, Patricia. Mr. Lincoln’s Way. Philomel, 2001. His students think Mr. ” He sets out to help Mean Gene, the school bully. Pulver, Robin. Axle Annie. Illustrated by Tedd Arnold. Dial, 1999. Axle Annie is the coolest and most dedicated school bus driver.
Popper’s Penguins. Little, Brown, 1938. Fleming, Ian. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Random House, 1964. Giff, Patricia Reilly. Poopsie Pomerantz, Pick Up Your Feet. Delacorte, 1989. ———. Tootsie Tanner, Why Don’t You Talk? Delacorte, 1987. Gilson, Jamie. Double Dog Dare. Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1988. Howe, James. Dew Drop Dead. Atheneum, 1990. Lowry, Lois. Gooney Bird Greene. Houghton Mifflin, 2002. Mahy, Margaret. Tingleberries, Tuckertubs, and Telephones. Viking, 1996. Myers, Walter Dean. Me, Mop, and the Moondance Kid.
Cool Story Programs for the School-Age Crowd by Rob Reid