Thursday, April 3, 2014

April Read On Wisconsin Titles

Combination of showers and flowers for April...
Thanks to the CCBC's Emily Townsend for this month's Read On Wisconsin titles! There are lots of ways to highlight these books--consider a display as an easy starting point!

April seems to be a busy month for themes. It's National Poetry month. And, I certainly can't resist exploring all the Spring time themes in story hour in April. I just learned that April is Mathematics Awareness Month, National Autism Awareness Month, and School Library Month as well. Amazingly, I think we have you covered for themes with our titles this month -- except, sadly, mathematics. Check out our monthly titles and resources below.

For projects, resources and activities throughout the month follow us on Twitter and Pinterest. As always, discussion questions for the books are available on our website and resources for the titles and authors can be found at as well as on Read On Wisconsin's Pinterest and Twitter. Finally, check out Whitehorse Middle School’s trailer for Outcasts United.

April titles for Read On Wisconsin:

Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Who Likes Rain? By Wong Herbert Yee. Henry Holt, 2007
underGROUND by Denise Fleming. Beach Lane Books / Simon & Schuster, 2012
“Rain” by Spike Milligan, pp. 72-3
“April Rain Song” by Langston Hughes, pp. 74-75
“Mud” by Flanders and Swann, pp. 76-77
From from Here's a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press 2007.

Primary (Grades K-2)
                Step Gently Out by Helen Frost. Photographs by Rick Lieder. Candlewick Press, 2012
Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems / jitomates risueños y otros poemas de primvera by Francisco X. Alarcon. Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez. Children’s Book Press, 1997

Intermediate (Grades 3-5)
The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems by George Heard. Illustrated by Antoine Guilloppé. Roaring Brook Press, 2012
Middle School
Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town by Warren St. John. Delacorte Press, 2012
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery. Houghton Mifflin, 2012

High School
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman. Candlewick Press, 2012
My Book of Life by Angel, by Martine Leavitt. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012
Thanks to everyone who completed our survey! The responses are helping us shape Read On Wisconsin for the future. We're working on some ways to include kids more directly in Read On Wisconsin. Along with the student-made book trailers on our website, we will be piloting a blog with student reviews of Read On Wisconsin reviews and projects. If you are looking for a project for a book club or your class or kids, contact us about workingwith us to test this aspect of the blog. We are still committed to Twitter chats and/or Skype interviews with authors and illustrators. Please contact me if there isa Read On Wisconsin author with whom you think your library kids or your student would like to chat.

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