Friday, January 30, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Creating Anchor Comprehension Charts in Grade 2

In Teaching With Intention, Debbie Miller writes: 

“In our anchor classroom, evidence of student thinking was everywhere; anchor charts, student responses, and quotes adorned the walls and boards making thinking public and permanent. The questions, quotes, ideas, and big understandings displayed throughout the room reflected the real voices of real kids" (p. 61).

Anchor charts help to make our thinking visible. They are charts that are made with children and then displayed in the classroom so that they can be referred to by the teacher and the children when needed. In this post I outline three types of anchor charts that can be created with children to guide comprehension. Creating anchor comprehension charts with children helps them to understand complicated texts, compare texts, and be able to reference the learning these processes created when encountering new texts. 

1. Inquiry Charts

Inquiry charts, developed by James V. Hoffman, offer learners a method to deepen their understanding of text (print and multimedia) through comparative questioning and summarizing.  Below is a copy of a chart that could be used to study different versions of Jack and the Beanstalk. 

Notice that the I-Chart is organized by questions, including new questions that arise during the study. 

Example of Inquiry Chart for Jack in the Beanstalk Stories

How to use an inquiry chart

  1. I like to create I-Charts with the whole class in grade 2. We cover a wall in the classroom with several sheets of large paper and after negotiating the questions we will study, the chart might look like the example above.  
  2. I engage students in forming questions about the topic, but I do have several questions already pre-planned. Because second graders have been learning how to retell stories by including character motivation, the influence of setting on plot, how earlier events influence later outcomes, and genre-specific elements--our questions tend to reflect this knowledge.
  3. We begin by recording what we already know about each question (when possible).
  4. After the first read aloud, children work in small groups to a write a response to one of the questions.  I work with each group to revise (if needed) and to edit (almost always needed) the response. I then type and print the children's responses and post each on the I-chart. 
  5. We usually then create some charts based on the text we have just read such as the characterization charts I write about at the end of this post. Prior to making these charts, we reread the text listening for what we are charting.
  6. We reread the I-chart before I read the next text aloud. We continue the process of recording responses to the questions for each text, revising and editing, and then posting our responses.
  7. We summarize our understandings. 

2. Comparative Charts

Illustrations: In addition to an Inquiry Chart, we can use a comparison anchor chart to guide children in their study of illustrations.  Again, using the Jack in the Beanstalk texts, we can pose a set of questions that guide children to name the similarities and differences with regard to illustrations used in each of the texts and explore how these illustrations help readers to comprehend.
Comparison Chart for Studying Illustrations

3. Characterization Anchor Charts

In addition to studying several Jack in the Beanstalk stories, students can use T-charts to study characterization that happens within a story.  Unlike the I-Chart and the Comparative Illustration chart which are whole group endeavors, I like to have students work with partners to complete these charts by rereading the texts. I do this after I have modeled this with a read aloud and then had students use the characterization charts during guided reading.  This practice helps them to work with a partner on these tasks and apply it to independent work.

Below are two charts that focus on what actions Jack takes and what we might infer and what Kate thinks and says and what we might infer.

Characterization Chart for Jack focusing on His Actions
Characterization Chart for Kate focusing on Her Thoughts and Speech

Creating anchor charts is an important aspect of literacy learning as the charts help to make thinking visible. 

Bibliography of Jack and the Beanstalk Stories

  1. Bell, Anthea. (2000). Jack and the Beanstalk. Illustrated by Aljoscha Blau. New York: NorthSouth. (Older children)
  2. Galdone, Paul. (2013). Jack and the BeanstalkBoston, MA: HMH Books for Young Readers.
  3. Hébert-Collins, Sheila. (2001). Jacques Et La Canne à Sucre: A Cajun Jack and the Beanstalk. Illustrated by Alison Lyne. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing.
  4. Joyce, William. (2014). A Bean, a Stalk, and a Boy Named Jack. Illustrated by Kenny Callicutt. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
  5. Kellogg, Steven. (1997). Jack and the BeanstalkNew York: HarperCollins.
  6. Ketteman, Helen. (2012). Waynetta and the Cornstalk: A Texas Fairy TaleIllustrated by Diane Greenseid. Park Ridge, IL: Albert Whitman & Company. 
  7. Nesbit, E. (2006). Jack and the Beanstalk. Illustrated by Matt Tavares. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  8. Osborne, Mary Pope. (2005). Kate and the BeanstalkIllustrated by Giselle Potter. New York: Aladdin.
  9. Stimson, Colin. (2012). Jack and the Baked Beanstalk. Somerville, MA: Templar Publishing. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

100+ Versions of Traditional Tales for Children

from The Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty & the Beast Tale. Illustrated by Kam Mak. 
Beauty & the Beast

  1. Brett, Jan. (2011).  Beauty and the Beast. New York: Putnam Juvenile. 
  2. Yep, Laurence. (1999). The Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty & the Beast TaleIllustrated by Kam Mak.  New York: HarperCollins.

The Fisherman and His Wife

  1. Isadora, Rachel. (2008). The Fisherman and His Wife. New York: Putnam Juvenile.
  2. Littledale, Freya. (1992). The Magic Fish. Illustrated by Winslow Pinney Pels. New York: Scholastic. 
  3. Stewart, Whitney. (2014). A Catfish Tale: A Bayou Story of the Fisherman and His Wife. Illustrated by Gerald Guerlais. Park Ridge, IL: Albert Whitman & Company. 
  4. Wells, Rosemary. (1998).  The Fisherman and His WifeIllustrated by Eleanor Hubbard. New York: Dial.

Gingerbread Boy

  1. Compestine, Ying Chang. (2001). The Runaway Rice CakeIllustrated by Tungwai Chau. New York: Simon & Schuster Books 
  2. Enderle, Dotti. (2010). The Library Gingerbread Man. Illustrated by Colleen M. Madden. Madison, WI: Upstart.
  3. Ernst, Lisa Campbell. (2006). The Gingerbread Girl. New York: Dutton Juvenile.
  4. Galdone, Paul. (2011). The Gingerbread Boy. Boston, MA: HMH Books for Young Readers.
  5. Squires, Janet. (2006). The Gingerbread Cowboy. Illustrated by Holly Berry. New York: HarperCollins.

from Goldilocks and the Three Bears: A Tale Moderne
Goldilocks & The Three Bears

  1. Elya, Susan Middleton. (2010). Rubia and the Three Osos. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. New York: Disney-Hyperion. 
  2. Ernst, Lisa Campbell. (2003). Goldilocks Returns. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  3. Galdone, Paul. (2011). The Three Bears. Boston, MA: HMH Books for Young Readers.
  4. Guarnaccia, Steven. (2010). Goldilocks and the Three Bears: A Tale Moderne. New York: Abrams.
  5. Hopkins, Jackie Mims. (2007). Goldie Socks and the Three Librarians. Illustrated by John Manders. Madison, WI: Upstart.
  6. Marshall, James. (1998). Goldilocks and the Three BearsNew York: Puffin.
  7. Muller, Gerda. (2011). Goldilocks an the Three Bears. Edinburgh, UK: Floris Books. 
  8. Spirin, Gennady. (2009). Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish.
  9. Stanley, Diane. (2003). Goldie and the Three Bears. New York: Clarion.
  10. Tolhurst, Marilyn. (1994). Somebody And The Three Blairs. Illustrated by Simone Abel. New York: Orchard.
  11. Willems, Mo. (2012). Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems. New York: Balzar + Bray.

From Hansel and Gretel. Illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti.
Hansel & Gretel

  1. Gaiman, Neil. (2014). Hansel and Gretel. Illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti. Somerville, MA: TOON Graphics.
  2. Grimm, Jacob & Wilhelm. (2008). Hansel and Gretel: A Grimm's Fairy Tale. Illustrated by Anastasiya Archipova. Edinburgh, UK: Floris Books. 
  3. Hébert-Collins, Sheila. (2001).  Petite Pousette et Petite Poulette: A Cajun Hansel & Gretel. Illustrated by Patrick Soper.  Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing.
  4. Isadora, Rachel. (2009). Hansel and Gretel.  New York: Putnam Juvenile.
  5. Lesser, Rika. (1996). Hansel & Gretel. Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. New York: Puffin.
  6. Moses, Will. (2006). Hansel & Gretel. New York: Philomel. 

from Chicken Little, Illustrated by Ed Emberley
Henny Penny/Chicken Little

  1. Emberley, Rebecca. (2009). Chicken LittleIllustrated by Ed Emberley. New York: Roaring Brook Press.
  2. French, Vivian.(2006). Henny PennyIllustrated by Sophie Windham. New York: Bloomsbury. 
  3. Galdone, Paul. (2013). Henny Penny. Boston, MA: HMH Books for Young Readers.
  4. Hopkins, Jackie Mims. (2013). Prairie Chicken Little Illustrated by Henry Cole. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree Publishers. 
  5. Kellogg, Steven. (1987). Chicken LittleNew York: HarperCollins.
  6. Palatini, Margie. (2005). Earthquack! Illustrated by Barry Moser. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 

From Jack and The Beanstalk, illustrated by Aljoscha Blau
Jack and the Beanstalk

  1. Bell, Anthea. (2000). Jack and the Beanstalk. Illustrated by Aljoscha Blau. New York: NorthSouth. (Older children)
  2. Galdone, Paul. (2013). Jack and the BeanstalkBoston, MA: HMH Books for Young Readers.
  3. Hébert-Collins, Sheila. (2001). Jacques Et La Canne à Sucre: A Cajun Jack and the Beanstalk. Illustrated by Alison Lyne. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing.
  4. Kellogg, Steven. (1997). Jack and the BeanstalkNew York: HarperCollins.
  5. Ketteman, Helen. (2012). Waynetta and the Cornstalk: A Texas Fairy TaleIllustrated by Diane Greenseid. Park Ridge, IL: Albert Whitman & Company. 
  6. Nesbit, E. (2006). Jack and the Beanstalk. Illustrated by Matt Tavares. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  7. Osborne, Mary Pope. (2005). Kate and the BeanstalkIllustrated by Giselle Potter. New York: Aladdin.
  8. Stimson, Colin. (2012). Jack and the Baked Beanstalk. Somerville, MA: Templar Publishing. 

The Little Red Hen

  1. Barton, Byron. (1993). The Little Red HenNew York: HarperCollins.
  2. Emberley, Rebecca. (2010). The Red Hen. Illustrated by Ed Emberley. New York: Roaring Brook Press.
  3. Galdone, Paul. (2011). The Little Red HenBoston, MA: HMH Books for Young Readers.
  4. McQueen, Lucinda. (1985). The Little Red Hen. New York: Scholastic.
  5. Paul, Ann Whitford. (2005). Manana IguanaIllustrated by Ethan Long. New York: Holiday House. 
  6. Pinkney, Jerry. (2006). The Little Red Hen. New York: Dial.
  7. Sturges, Philomen. (2002). The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza). Illustrated by Amy Walrod. New York: Puffin.

Little Red Riding Hood

  1. Artel, Mike. (2003). Petite Rouge. Illustrated by Jim Harris. New York: Puffin.
  2. Daly, Niki. (2007). Pretty Salma: A Little Red Riding Hood Story from Africa. New York: Clarion Books.
  3. Elya, Susan Middleton. (2014). Little Roja Riding HoodIllustrated by Susan Guevara. New York: Putnam Juvenile. 
  4. Ernst, Lisa Campbell. (1998). Little Red Riding Hood - A Newfangled Prairie TaleNew York: Aladdin. 
  5. Hyman, Trina Schart. (1987). Little Red Riding Hood. New York: Holiday House.
  6. Marshall, James. (1993).  Red Riding HoodNew York: Puffin.
  7. Pinkney, Jerry. (2007). Little Red Riding Hood. New York: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
  8. Polette, Keith. (2010). Isabel and the Hungry Coyote. Illustrated by Esther Szegedy. Mc Henry IL: Raven Tree Press. 
  9. Salehi, Asma. (2010). Buzaak Chinie: The Porcelain Goat. San Francisco, CA: Long River Press.  (Note: Afghan folk tale that has elements of Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs).
  10. Sweet, Melissa. (2005). Carmine: A Little More Red.  New York: Houghton Mifflin.
  11. Young, Ed. (1996). Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China. New York: Puffin.

The Princess and the Pea

  1. Anderson, Hans Christian. (2012). The Princess and the Pea. Illustrated by Maja Dusikova. Edinburgh, UK: Floris Books. 
  2. Grey, Mini. (2011). The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-be.  New York: Dragonfly Books.
  3. Isadora, Rachel. (2009). The Princess and the PeaNew York: Putnam Juvenile.
  4. Johnston, Tony. (1996). The Cowboy and the Black-Eye Pea. Illustrated by Warren Ludwig. New York: Puffin.

Puss in Boots

  1. Huling, Jan. (2002). Puss in Cowboy Boots. Illustrated by Phil Huling. New York: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 
  2. Imai, Ayano. (2014). Puss & Boots. Bargteheide, Germany: minieditions.
  3. Perrault, Charles. (2011). Puss in BootsIllustrated by Fred Marcellino. New York: Square Fish. 
  4. Pinkney, Jerry. (2012). Puss in Boots. New York: Dial.

from Sugar Cane: A Caribbean Rapunzel. Illustrated by Raúl Colón. 

  1. Isadora, Rachel. (2008). Rapunzel. New York: Putnam Juvenile.
  2. Storace, Patricia. (2007). Sugar Cane: A Caribbean Rapunzel. Illustrated by Raúl Colón. New York : Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books. 
  3. Wlcox, Leah. (2005).  Falling for RapunzelNew York: Puffin.
  4. Zelinsky, Paul O. (2002). RapunzelNew York: Puffin.

from  The Girl Who Spun Gold. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
  1. Calvert, Pam. (2006). Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin. Illustrated by Wayne Geehan. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
  2. Galdone, Paul. (2013). Rumpelstiltskin. Boston, MA: HMH Books for Young Readers.
  3. Hamilton, Virginia. (2000). The Girl Who Spun Gold. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. New York: Blue Sky Press. 
  4. Moser, Barry. (1994). Tucker Pfeffercorn: An Old Story Retold. New York: Little Brown & Company.
  5. Stanley, Diane. (2002). Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter. New York: HarperCollins. 
  6. Stewig, John Warren. (2004). Whuppity Stoorie. Illustrated by Preston McDaniels. New York: Holiday House. 
  7. Zelinsky, Paul O. (1996). RumpelstiltskinNew York: Puffin.

Stone Soup

  1. Brown, Marcia.(1997). Stone Soup. New York: Aladdin.
  2. Compestine, Ying Chang. (2007).  The Real Story of Stone Soup. Illustrated by Stephanie Jorisch. New York: Dutton.
  3. Davis, Aubrey. (1996). Bone Button Borscht. Illustrated by Dušan Petričić. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press. 
  4. Forest, Heather. (2005). Stone Soup. Illustrated by Susan Gaber. Atlanta, GA: August House.
  5. Hogrogian, Nonny. (1974). One Fine Day. New York: Aladdin.
  6. Kimmel, Eric A. (2011). Cactus Soup.  Illustrated by Phil Huling. Two Lions. 
  7. Maddern, Eric. (2009). Nail Soup. Illustrated by Paul Hess. London, UK: Frances Lincoln Children's Book.
  8. Muth, Jon J. (2003). Stone Soup. New York: Scholastic.

from  The Three Silly Billies. Illustrated by Barry Moser.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff

  1. Carpenter, Steve. (1998). The Three Billy Goats Gruff. New York: HarperCollins.
  2. Galdone, Paul. (2011). The Three Billy Goats GruffBoston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
  3. Hopkins, Jackie Mims. (2011). The Three Armadillies TuffIllustrated by S.G. Brooks. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree Publishers.
  4. Kimmel, Eric A. (2012). The Three Cabritos.  Illustrated by Stephen Gilpin. Two Lions. 
  5. Palatini, Margie. (2005). The Three Silly Billies. Illustrated by Barry Moser. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 

from Big & Bad by Etienne Delessert
The Three Little Pigs

  1. Alley, Zoë B. (2008). There's a Wolf at the Door. Illustrated by R W. Alley. New York: Roaring Brook Press. 
  2. Delessert, Etienne. (2008). Big and Bad. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
  3. Galdone, Paul. (2011). The Three Little Pigs. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
  4. Grace, Will. (2007). The Three Little Fish And The Big Bad Shark. Illustrated by Julia Gorton. New York: Scholastic.
  5. Guarnaccia, Steven. (2010). The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural TaleRetold and Illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers.
  6. Kasza, Keiko. (2003). My Lucky Day. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons.
  7. Marshall, James. (2000). The Three Little PigsNew York: Grosset & Dunlap.
  8. Moser, Barry. (2001). The Three Little Pigs. Boston, MA: Little, Brown.
  9. Scieszka, Jon. (1989).  The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. Illustrated by Lane Smith. New York: Scholastic.
  10. Trivizas, Eugene. (1993). The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. New York: Scholastic.
  11. Wiesner, David. (2001). The Three Pigs. New York: Clarion.

Who are you callin' 'ugly'?
from Jerry Pinkney's The Ugly Duckling
The Ugly Duckling

  1. Andersen, Hans Christian. (2008).  The Ugly Duckling Illustrated by Bernadette Watts. New York: North-South Books. 
  2. Bas, Mercè Escardó i. (2004). The Ugly Duckling/El Patito Feo. Illustrated by Francesc Capdevila (Max).  San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books. 
  3. Cauley, Lorinda Bryan. (1979). The Ugly Duckling. Boston, MA: HMH Books for Young Readers. 
  4. Mayer, Marianna. (1987).  The Ugly DucklingIllustrated by Thomas Locker. New York: Simon & Schuster. 
  5. Pinkney, Jerry. (1999). The Ugly DucklingNew York: Morrow Junior Books.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

65 Weather Disaster Books: K-9

Informational (Including narrative accounts)

  1. Berger, Melvin. (2000). Scholastic Question & Answer: Do Tornadoes Really Twist? New York: Scholastic.
  2. Branley, Franklyn M. (2008). Volcanoes (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2). Illustrated by Megan Lloyd. New York: HarperCollins.
  3. Branley, Franklyn M. (2005). Earthquakes. Illustrated by Megan Lloyd. New York: HarperCollins.
  4. Carson, Mary Kay. (2010). Inside Tornadoes. New York: Sterling.
  5. Carson, Mary Kay. (2010). Inside Hurricanes. New York: Sterling.
  6. Demarest, Chris L. (2006). Hurricane Hunters!: Riders on the Storm. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books.
  7. Fradin, Judy & Denis Fradin. (2011). Tornado!: The Story Behind These Twisting, Turning, Spinning, and Spiraling Storms. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Kids. 
  8. Fradin, Judy & Denis Fradin. (2010). Volcano!: The Icelandic Eruption of 2010 and Other Hot, Smoky, Fierce, and Fiery Mountains. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Kids. 
  9. Gibbons, Gail. (2010). Hurricanes! New York: Holiday House.
  10. Gibbons, Gail. (2010). Tornadoes! New York: Holiday House.
  11. Grace, Catherine O'Neill. (2004). Forces of Nature: The Awesome Power of Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Tornadoes. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Kids. 
  12. Gregory, Josh. (2013). The Superstorm: Hurricane Sandy. New York: Scholastic.
  13. Hopping, Lorraine Jean. (1998). Wild Weather: Blizzards! New York: Scholastic.
  14. Hopping, Lorraine Jean. (1995).  Hurricanes! New York: Scholastic.
  15. Kops, Deborah. (2015). The Great Molasses Flood: Boston, 1919. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
  16. Kostigen, Thomas M. (2014). Extreme Weather: Surviving Tornadoes, Sandstorms, Hailstorms, Blizzards, Hurricanes, and More! Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Kids. 
  17. Lauber, Patricia.  (1993). Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens. New York: Simon & Schuster Books. 
  18. Lauber, Patricia. (1996). Flood: Wrestling with the Mississippi. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.
  19. Murphy, Jim. (2006). Blizzard!: The Storm That Changed America. New York: Scholastic.
  20. O'Meara, Donna. (2007). Into theVolcano: A Volcano Researcher at Work. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press.
  21. Prager, Ellen J. (2007). Jump Into Science: Earthquakes.  Illustrated by Susan Grenstein. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.
  22. Prager, Ellen J. (2007). Jump into Science: Volcano. Illustrated by Nancy Woodman. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.
  23. Richards, Marlee. (2014). The Johnstown Flood: Core Events of Deadly Disaster (What Went Wrong?). North Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.
  24. Rusch, Elizabeth. (2013). Eruption!: Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives (Scientists in the Field Series).  Illustrated by Tom Uhlman. Boston, MA: HMH Books for Young Readers.
  25. Simon, Seymour. (2007). Hurricanes. New York: HarperCollins. 
  26. Simon, Seymour. (2006). Earthquakes. New York: HarperCollins.  
  27. Simon, Seymour. (2006). Volcanoes. New York: HarperCollins. 
  28. Simon, Seymour. (2001). Tornadoes. New York: HarperCollins. 
  29. Stewart, Melissa. (2011). Inside Earthquakes. New York: Sterling.
  30. Thomas, Rick. (2005). Whiteout! A Book about Blizzards. Illustrated by Denise Shea. North Mankato, MN: Picture Window Books.
  31. Watts, Claire. (2012). DK Eyewitness Books: Natural Disasters. New York: DK Books.


  1. Hausman, Gerald. (2013). The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood: A Creek Indian Story. Illustrated by Ramon Shiloh. Bloomington, IN: Wisdom Tales.

Novels (Grades 4 - 8)

  1. Duey, Kathleen & Karen A. Bale. (2015, Reissue). Survivors: Flood Mississippi, 1927. New York: Aladdin.
  2. Kehert, Peg. (2004). Escaping the Giant Wave. New York: Aladdin.
  3. Kehert, Peg. (1998). Earthquake Terror.  New York: Puffin. 
  4. Kehert, Peg. (1998). The Volcano Disaster. New York: Aladdin.
  5. MacLachlan, Patricia. (2014). Fly Away. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books.
  6. Paley, Jane. (2011). Hooper Finds a Family: A Hurricane Katrina Dog's Survival Tale. New York: HarperCollins.
  7. Philbrick, Rodman. (2014). Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina. New York: The Blue Sky Press.
  8. Ruckman, Ivy. (2003). Night of the Twisters. New York: HarperCollins.
  9. Smith, Roland. (2012). Storm Runners. New York: Scholastic.
  10. Smith, Tamara Ellis. (2015). Another Kind of Hurricane. New York: Schwartz & Wade.
  11. Trueman, Terry. (2008). Hurricane: A Novel New York: HarperCollins.

from River Friendly, River Wild
from River Friendly, River Wild

Novel-In-Verse  and Poetry (Grade 7+)

  1. Engle, Margarita. (2011). Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck. New York: Henry Holt.
  2. Kooser, Ted. (2006). The Blizzard Voices. Lincoln, NE: Bison Books/University of Nebraska.
  3. Kurtz, Jane. (2006). River Friendly, River Wild. Illustrated by Neil Brennan. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  4. Rose, Caroline Starr. (2014). May B. New York: Yearling.
  5. Williams, Julie. (2004). Escaping Tornado Season: A Story in Poems. New York: HarperTeen.

from Hurricanes by David Wiesner
Picture Books

  1. Coleman, Janet Wyman. (2013). Eight Dolphins of Katrina: A True Tale of Survival. Illustrated by Yan Nascimbene. Boston, MA: HMH Books for Young Readers. 
  2. Danticat, Edwidge. (2010). Eight Day: A Story in Haiti. Illustrated by Alix Delinois. New York: Orchard Books.
  3. Kajikawa, Kimiko. (2009). Tsunami! Illustrated by Ed Young. New York: Philomel.
  4. Kroll, Virginia. (2012). Selvakumar Knew Better. Illustrated by Xiaojun Li. Shen Books.
  5. Larson, Kirby and Mary Nethery. (2008). Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival. Illustrated by Jean Cassels. New York: Walker & Co.
  6. Lee, Milly. (2006). Earthquake. Illustrated by Yangsook Choi. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
  7. Lewis, Suzanne.  (2015). A Penguin Named Patience: A Hurricane Katrina Rescue Story. Illustrated by Lisa Anchin. Ann Arbor, MI: Sleeping Bear Press.
  8. Miller, William. (1997). A House by the River. Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. New York: Lee & Low Books. 
  9. Oatman-High, Linda. (2004). City of Snow: The Great Blizzard of 1888. Illustrated by Laura Francesca Filippucci. New York: Walker Childrens.
  10. Peters, Lisa Westberg. (2010). Volcano Wakes Up. Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. New York: Henry Holt.
  11. Rocco, John. (2014). Blizzard. New York: Disney-Hyperion.
  12. Rose, Caroline. (2015). Over in the Wetlands: A Hurricane-on-the-Bayou Story. Illustrated by Rob Dunlavey. New York: Schwartz & Wade.
  13. Sutton, Sally. (2013). Farmer John's Tractor. Illustrated by Robyn Belton. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  14. Watson, Renee. (2014). A Place Where Hurricanes Happen. Illustrated by Shadra Strickland. New York: Dragonfly Books.
  15. Wiesner, David. (2008). Hurricane. New York: Clarion.
  16. Wright, Betty Ren. (2005). The Blizzard. Illustrated by Ronald Himler. New York: Holiday House.

  1. Villa, Alvaro F. (2013). Flood. North Mankato, MN: Capstone Young Readers.