Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Global Books for the First Grade

Mirror & Window Books
Figueredo, D.H. 1999. When this World Was New. Illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez. New York: Lee & Low Books.
Forman, Ruth. 2007. Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon. Illustrated by Cbabi Bayoc. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.
Hole, Stitan. 2008. Garmann's Summer. Illustrated by Don Bartlett. NY:  Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.
hooks, bell. 2004. Skin Again. Illustrated by Chris Raschka. New York: Hyperion Books for Children.
Katz, Karen. 1999. The Color of Us. New York: Henry Holt.
Lamperti, Noelle. 1999. Brown Like Me. Illustrated by author and the children of the Learning School. Norwich, VT: New Victoria Publishers.
Mora, Pat, 2010. Abuelos. Illustrated by Amelia Lau Caring Tornoto: Groundwood Books.
Prats, Joan de Déu. 2005. Sebastian’s Roller Skates. Illustrated by Francesc Rovira. La Jolla, CA: Kane/Miller.
Shin, Sun Yung. 2004. Cooper’s Lesson. Illustrated by Kim Cogan. San Francisco: Children’s Book Press. 
Text Sets
1. Wants, Wishes, and Needs
Boelts, Maribeth. 2009. Those Shoes. Illustrate by Noah Z. Jones. Cambridge. MA: Candlewick.
Bridges, Shirin Yim. 2002. Ruby's Wish. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.
Johnson, Angela. 1995. The Leaving Morning. Illustrated by David Soman. Orlando, FL: Harcourt.
Lipp, Frederick. 2001. The Caged Birds of Phnom Penh. Illustrated by Ronald Himler. NY: Holiday House.
Perez, Amada Irma. 2008. My Very Own Room/Mi propio cuartito. Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.
Ringgold, Faith. 1996. Tar Beach. NY: Dragonfly Books.
Thong, Roseanne. 2008.Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the World. Illustrated by Elisa Kleven. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.
Williams. Vera B. 1984. A Chair for My Mother. NY: Greenwillow.

2. Flying
Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the AtlanticBorden, Louise & Mary Kay Kroeger, 2004. Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman. Illustrated by Teresa Flavin. NY: Perfection Learning.
Breen, Steve. 2008. Violet the Pilot. NY: Dial.
Burleigh, Robert. 2011. Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic. Illustrated by Wendell Minor. NY: Simon & Schuster.
Crews, Donald. 1989. Flying. NY: Greenwillow.
Duble, Kathleen Benner. 2003. Pilot Mom. Illustrated by Alan Marks. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
Johnson, Angela. 2007. Wind Flyers. Illustrated by Loren Long. New York: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.
Lindbergh, R. 1998. Nobody Owns the Sky: The Story of "Brave Bessie" Coleman. Illustrated by Pamela Paparone. Cambridge MA: Candlewick.
Sibert, Diana. 1995. Plane Song. NY: HarperTrophy.
Tanaka, Shelley. 2008. Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator. Illustrated by David Craig. NY: Abrams.
Tarpley, Natasha. 2003. Joe-Joe’s First Flight. Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. New York: Knopf.
Yolen, Jane. 2003. My Brother's Flying Machine: Wilbur, Orville, and Me.  Illustrated by Jim Burke. NY: Little, Brown.

3. Weather
Cassino, Mark. 2009. The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.
Hesse, Karen. 1999. Come On, Rain! Illustrated by Jon Muth. NY: Scholastic.
Kajikawa, Kimiko. 2009. Tsunami! Illustrated by Ed Young. NY: Philomel.
Krishnaswami, Uma. 2003. Monsoon. Illustrated by Jamel Akib. NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Lee, Milly. 2006. Earthquake. Illustrated by Yangsook Choi. NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Lehman, Barbara. 2007. Rainstorm. San Diego, CA: Houghton.
Ray, Mary Lyn. 2001. Mud. illustrated by Lauren Stringer. NY: Sandpiper.
Wallner, Alexandra. 2006. Sergio and the Hurricane. NY: Henry Holt.
Watson, Reness, 2010. A Place Where Hurricanes Happen. Illustrated by Shadra Strickland. NY: Random House. (Hurricane Katrina)
Wiesner, David. 1992. Hurricane. NY: Clarion.

4. Local Matters & Global Concerns
Brown, Monica. 2010. Side by Side/Lado a lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez/La historia de Dolores Huerta y Cesar Chavez. Illustrated by Joe Cepeda.NY: HarperCollins/ Rayo.
DiSalvo-Ryan, DyAnne. 2000. Grandpa’s Corner Store. New York: Harper Collins.
Heide, Florence Parry and Judith Heide Gilliland. 1990. The Day of Ahmed’s Secret. Illustrated by Ted Lewin. NY: Scholastic.
Johnson, Angela. 2007. Lily Brown’s Paintings. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis. NY: Orchard Books.
Menchu, Rigoberta. 2006. The Honey Jar. Illustrated by Domi. Contributed by Dante Liano. Toronto: Groundwood Books.
Mortenson, Greg. 2009. Listen to the Wind. Illustrated by Susan Roth. NY: Dial.
Napoli, Donna Jo. 2010. Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. NY: Simon & Schuster.
Velasquez, Eric. 2001. Grandma’s Records. NY: Walker.
Winter, Jeannette. 2008. Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa. NY: Harcourt.\

When The Visual Image Matters...
Alarcón, Francisco X. 2005. Laughing Tomatoes: And Other Spring Poems/Jitomates Risuenos: Y Otros Poemas de Primavera. Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez. San Francisco: Children's Book Press.
Browne, Anthony. 2003. The Shape Game. NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Galindo, Mary Sue. 2000. Icy Watermelon/Sandía fría. Illustrated by Pauline Rodriguez Howard. Houston, TX: Arte Público Press.
Garland, Michael. 1995. Dinner at Magritte’s. New York: Dutton Juvenile.
Gillard, Denise. 2010. Music from the Sky. Illustrated by Stephen Taylor. Toronto: Groundwood Books.
Myers, Walter Dean. 2001. Blues of Flats Brown. Illustrated by Nina Laden. NY: Holiday House.
Niemann, Christopher. 2010. Subway. NY: Greenwillow.

Books That Make Me Want To Ask Questions
Brenner, Barbara. 1996. Thinking About Ants. Illustrated by Carol Schwartz. NY: Mondo Press.
Bunting, Eve. 1990. How Many Days To America? A Thanksgiving Story. Illustrated by Beth Park. New York: Clarion.
Forest, Heather. 2006. Wonder Tales from Around the World. Little Rock, AK: August House.
Lyons, George Ella. 1996. Who Came Down that Road? Illustrated by Peter Catalanotto. New York: Orchard Books.
Schuch, Steve. 2002. A Symphony of Whales. Illustrated by Peter Sylvada. Orlando, FL: Voyager Books.
Vaccaro, Laura Seeger. 2010. What If? New York: Roaring Brook Press,
Van Camp, Richard. 2003. What’s the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses? Illustrated by George Littlechild. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.
Wiesner, David. 2010. Art & Max. NY: Clarion.

Drawing Inferences
Carling, Amelia Lau. 1998. Mama and Papa Have a Store. New York: Dial.
Elya, Susan Middleton. 2006. Home at Last. Illustrated by Felipe Davalos. NY: Lee & Low Books.
Gerstein, Mordicai. 2002. What Charlie Heard. New York: Farrar, Straus Giroux.
Sis, Peter. 2006. Play, Mozart, Play! New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Wong, Janet, S. 2000. Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams. Illustrated by Julie Paschkis. New York: Margaret E. McElkderry Books.
Robles, Anthony D. 2003. Lakas and the Manilatown Fish/Si Lakas at ang Isdang Manilatown. Illustrated by Carl Angel. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.

Determining Importance
Bash, Barbara. 1990. Urban Roosts: Where Birds Nest in the City. San Francisco, CA: Sierra Club Books.
Davies, Nicola. 2001. One Tiny Turtle. Illustrated by Jane Chapman. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick.
Miller, Debbie S. 2003. Arctic Lights, Arctic Nights. Illustrated by Jon Van Zyle. NY: Walker Books.
Micucci, Charles. 1997. The Life and Times of the Honeybee. NY: Houghton Mifflin.
Pfeffer, Wendy. 1997. A Log’s Life. Illustrated by Robin Brickman. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Sayre, Alice Pulley. 2005. Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust. Illustrated by Ann Jonas. NY: Greenwillow.
Waboose, Jan Bordeau. 2000. Sky Sisters. Illustrated by Brian Deines. Niagara Falls, NY: Kids Can.

Buy Night Moonjellies. A world where ordinary magical meet. at AtomicMall.comBernier-Frand Carmer T. 2009. Diego: Bigger than Life. Illustrated by David Diaz. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish.
Igus, Toyomi. 2001. Two Mrs. Gibsons. Illustrated by Daryl Wells. San Francisco, CA: Children's Book Press.
Shasha, Mark. 1992. Night of the Moonjellies. Cynthiana, KY: Purple House Press.
Wiesner, David. 2001. The Three Pigs. New York: Clarion.
Winter, Jonah. 2010. Here Comes the Garbage Barge. Illustrated by Red nose Studio. NY: Schwartz & Wade.
Woodson, Jacqueline. 2001. The Other Side. Illustrated by E.B.Lewis. NY: Putnam.


  1. Mary Ann,
    Thanks for this post. I see lots of my favorites on this lists....and lots of new picture books to add to my library bookbag. I'm always working to make our classroom library more diverse. It gets a bit easier every year.

    Cathy (justwonderinY)

  2. Yes, there has never been a better time to build dvers classroom libraries. @LeeandLow @cbookpress
    @GroundwoodBooks @TundraBooks are some of my favorite publishers.