BCS 10th Graders and BNS Kindergartners: Bringing Books Alive!

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Karmela’s 10th Grade Crew worked with the BNS/BCS Library on a great project that culminated in them writing book reviews for the library blog and reading aloud to Kori’s kindergartners. Their experience began in the library, where they learned about the stages of child development and what makes a book appropriate for the five year old reader. Next, they read a number of books, using a set of criteria based on the concept of “kindness,” that helped them decide what books were best for their kindergarten audience. After reading their chosen books with Kori’s class, they submitted their reviews to the library for publication.

imgres-1The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat is an amazing book to read to kindergartners because it shows different ways the main character is friendly as he tries to make friends with a real kid. The book has great pictures that capture the character of Beekle, which will grab kids’ attention and connect to their imaginations. In the story, Beekle notices how every imaginary character has a kid. He travels the world, looking for adventure, and eventually finds his own kid to share adventures with. Through Beekle, kids will know more about being friendly when they see another child alone and in need of a friend, both imaginary and real. Cindy Xique

imgres-2Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman is a wonderful book for children that teaches them kindness in a fun way! The book provides loveable characters that help each other and are kind to each other. A five year old will understand the idea of helping others by reading this book. It even shows what not to do in a simple and understanding way. The book builds up the kindness in the story, so that the readers will copy the kind actions. –Diana Saavedra

Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman is a great book to read to kindergartners because it teaches them that it is best to help each other even if you are different. Another good thing about the book is that the pictures are big, colorful, and funny and will make the students laugh. It shows the robot trying to put oil in the boy because he thinks that will help the boy wake up! Studies show that having big colorful books and having funny pictures will have kindergartners wanting more and have them more interested in the story. –Alex Ariza

imgres-3Little Cub by Olivier Dunrea is a good book to read to kindergartners because it helps children realize that sometimes it is okay to go out of your way to help others get over their fears. Additionally, it also shows them that you don’t have to feel embarrassed to express your feelings to others. The book also has a lot of pictures, so if they don’t really understand what they are reading, they can look at the pictures and try to match the words up. I think it would give them a little buzz on what the words are. –Shaquia Jones

imgres-5Maple by Lori Nichols is a excellent book for kindergartners because it will help them learn about kindness. Here is an example from the text: “Then one day, Maple noticed her tree was bare. Maple was worried her tree might get cold. Maple took off her jacket and gave it to the tree to stay warm.” This section of the book shows that giving something to a person or thing is being kind because you’re looking out for that person or thing. The children can now understand what kindness really means and how it is used. –Nyla Tyndall

imgres-4My Teacher is a Monster by Peter Brown  is not only funny, it allows kids to learn that sometimes there is a need for discipline. In the story, the teacher, Ms. Kirby, appears as a monster to Robert because he doesn’t like the way she disciplines the class. Toward the end of the book, Ms. Kirby appears as a regular looking teacher because Robert learned that what Ms. Kirby did or said to him was for him to become not only a better student but a better person as well. Some of the core values this book touches upon include being open-minded and kind. I highly suggest that you pick up this humorous, colorful book. Ayana Barnette

My Teacher Is a Monster by Peter Brown is a very appealing to a child’s eye. It consists of comedy, creativity, and enlightenment. Throughout the book I felt engaged. A young boy named Bobby has the worst teacher, in his opinion. She is loud, and she yells a lot. She is a monster! Luckily for Bobby, he can go to his favorite spot in the park on weekends to play. Until one day, he finds his teacher there! Over the course of one day, Bobby learns that monsters are not always what they seem. Each page is filled with shocking details that will have kids reading the story again and again. Peter Brown takes on a universal theme, and adds his own comedic style to create a book on being kind. In conclusion, I highly suggest that you purchase a copy of this humorous and colorful book.  –Najah Khalil

imgres-8Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli is a good book to read to kindergartners because it teaches them about kindness. Sam risks losing his title as the #1 racer to save the lives of baby chicks. This book will also help to strengthen kindergartners’ reading skills because it teaches the them many different words to add to their vocabulary. –Melissa Melendez

imgres-7Sparky by Jenny Offill and Chris Appelhans is a good book to read to kindergartners because it shows them how the main character never gives up on trying to prove that her pet is great. One of the pictures shows the girl trying to train her pet sloth, Sparky, to do tricks. It is not a great success. Sparky only sits there trying to sleep. The book has easy words to understand, and the pictures look like they are painted out, which should be very attractive to kindergartners. This book will teach them to never give up even if it might not work out the way they want it to. –Mohamed Abdullah

imgres-6Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle, is a great story for kids because it demonstrates kindness, as well as open-mindedness. For example, when people in the book don’t know each other but start talking and making conversation, it shows how not to be afraid to make friends. It also shows that sharing ideas is important. Rhyming and pattern recognition are also kid-friendly features. –Aaron Davila

Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle is a great book about kindness for small children. There is a lot of rhyming and the setting is NYC, which students can connect to. The book has a sense of collaboration and kindness.The colorful illustrations combine real life and illustration. In the book, everyone is just enjoying their day until it starts raining and everyone rushes to seek shelter. People run into the train station for asylum from the rain, and while waiting for the rain to stop, they develop friendships. This sets the mood of going from happiness, to sadness, and back again. –Andrea Diaz

A Page Turners Review of “The Girl Who Could Fly” by Victoria Lakeman

imgres-1By Sophia

The Girl Who Could Fly is about a girl named Piper who lives in a small town with her mom and dad. But she is no ordinary girl, in her sleep she starts to float! Her parents take her to a doctor, but the doctor doesn’t believe her, and says nothing is wrong. After that her mom isolates Piper. She can’t play with the neighborhood kids or go to parties. She is home schooled. But one day her mom lets her go to a picnic if she promises that she won’t fly. She makes some friends, but they wonder why they never see her. At the end of the picnic, all the kids play a big game of baseball. Piper is chosen last. She never catches the ball, and she gets made fun of. She gets angry. To catch the ball, she flies, thinking they would think it cool. Everyone freaks out and runs! The next thing you know she is in the newspaper, and now the world knows. A day later a strange beautiful lady comes and asks Piper to come to a special school with kids that have powers like her. She excitedly goes with the lady. But when she gets to the school strange things happen. Will Piper save the school that seems nice but is really a prison? Can she do it alone? ….

The Girl Who Could Fly is a great and exciting book. It is full of detail and description. It is written very well. It is interesting from the start and full of suspense. It shows the great value of friendship and trust, making it more of a heartwarming book. The book has different genres: mystery and suspense, and other aspects to it. My only issue with this book is that sometimes you know something that the character doesn’t yet. For example, you already know who is evil when the character is still getting to it. But that is not an issue for everyone. In all, it is a great book, and I loved it.

Story Told Through Poetry: A Page Turners Review of “Owl Moon” by by Jane Yolen and John Schoenherr (Illustrator)

imgresBy Sophia

Owl Moon is a picture book about a boy and his dad who go owling. Owling is calling out for owls and hoping that they return the call. It is told by the boy in a very descriptive way. The boy has wanted to go owling all his life and he knows what to do from his older brothers. He explains all of his senses and emotions as he goes into the woods. The boy and his father call out, “Whoooo, whoooo,” and they get answered under the Owl Moon.

Owl Moon is a story told though poetry. This descriptive book makes you feel like you are there. You see and feel what the character does.Not only is the writing fantastic, but the illustrations are great. They tell the story in a different way, explain, and give a feel to this poetry-based book.

I loved Owl Moon; it inspires young readers and writers. I would highly recommend it, not to mention the 1988 Caldecott medal it won!

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