Category Archives: Discovery

Lexie the Word Wrangler

Lexie the Word Wrangler”

Lexie wrangles words instead of cattle. She raises baby letters until they grow into words, lassos words together, herds words into sentences and hitches sentences together to tell a story.

When a rustler turns up, adding letters to words and making other words disappear, ruckus upsets life on the ranch.

The desert turns into a giant dessert.

A rainbow becomes a bow in the sky. Will Lexie capture the rustler?

This book promotes originality, humor, and clever.

TITLE: Lexie the Word Wrangler

AUTHOR: Rebecca Van Slyke

ILLUSTRATOR: Jessie Hartland

PUBLISHER: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, humor, clever

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) You can be a word wrangler, too!

* Rearrange each of these words to form new words. GRATE, SCOPE, APES, ART, ATOM

* Write a list of compound words. Break the words into two words. Write each word on a slip a paper and fold. Put each word into a bag. Select two slips of paper from the bag. Form a new compound word.

* Drop letters from words to form new words.

2) Write a list of 50 words on slips of paper. Fold and put into a bag. Pick 15 words from the bag. Create a short story, using these words. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Rebecca Van Slyke, visit:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/188927/rebecca-van-slyke

http://rebeccavanslyke.com/about-me/

To learn more about illustrator Jessie Hartland, visit:

http://jessiehartland.com

7 Ate 9

7 Ate 9: The Untold Story”

Word on the street is that 7 ate 9 and 7 is after 6. Scared 6 hires a private investigator, Private I, to find missing 7.

Private I searches for 8, who knows zilch.

Next he heads to Café Uno and orders a slice pi. He still needs more data and finds 11, who tells him 7 went on vacation. Things don’t add up.

(endpaper)

Read the rest of the story for the clever, surprise ending.

This book promotes creativity, originality and discovery.

TITLE: 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story

AUTHOR: Tara Lazar

ILLUSTRATOR: Ross McDonald

PUBLISHER: Disney, Hyperion, 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, originality, discovery

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Using your favorite number and personification create a number character. Personification is giving human qualities or traits to something non-human. Sketch out your character. Then “dress” your character with color and textures.

2) Write your own fun mystery using these organizers from ReadWriteThink (http://www.readwritethink.org)

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson865/organizer.pdf

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson865/guide.pdf

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Tara Lazar, visit:

https://taralazar.com/about/

To learn more about illustrator Ross McDonald, visit:

https://www.ross-macdonald.com/childrens-books/

everywhere, wonder

“everywhere, wonder

“I have a story to share. It is a gift from me to you.” everywhere, wonder written and illustrated by husband and wife team, Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr share how places visited and things observed become a part of the story that makes up you. Readers travel to the moon, the pyramids, the canyon, a Zen garden and up North.

What do you wonder? What do you notice?

The places and things you see become a part of your story.

Look around you. There are wonders to be found. How are these a part of your story?

This book promotes discovery, imagination, wonder, inspire, and diversity.

TITLE: everywhere, wonder

AUTHOR: Matthew Swanson

ILLUSTRATOR: Robbi Behr

PUBLISHER: Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, 2017

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: discovery, imagination, wonder, inspire, diversity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) At this very moment, look around you. What do you observe? Use your senses. How can you use what you observed to make it part of the story about you? Share your story.

2) Use your imagination. As you are walking along, you find something truly unique. Describe it. What does it do? What will you do with it?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about this Matthew/author/husband and Robbi/illustrator/wife team, visit: http://robbiandmatthew.com

Sidewalk Circus

Sidewalk Circus”

Sidewalk Circus, a wordless book, brings the Garibaldi Circus to town in an unusual way. No one notices these shadowy circus performers at a crowded bus stop except for a pair of children. Tight ropewalking construction workers. A juggling pancake flipping cook. The Flying Trapeze Brothers window washers.

This book promotes imagination, discovery, and flexible thinking.

TITLE: Sidewalk Circus

AUTHOR: Paul Fleischman

ILLUSTRATOR: Kevin Hawkes

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2004

AGE GROUP: 4-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery, flexible thinking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a list of forest animals. How can each animal’s shadow be a circus performer? For example, a duck flying up from the pond is the cannonball act.

2) How might you plan birthday party games as circus acts? Which circus act is your favorite?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Paul Fleischman, visit: http://www.paulfleischman.net/index.htm

To learn more about illustrator Kevin Hawkes, visit:

http://www.kevinhawkes.com/home.htm

book

book”

In book, readers discover why books are anything but ordinary.

Look closer, closer, CLOSER.

Readers will lose themselves within the worlds of the whimsical illustrations and warm storytelling. Come read and see for yourself. What worlds will your imagination take you to?

This book promotes imagination and discovery.

TITLE: book

AUTHOR: David Miles

ILLUSTRATOR: Natalie Hoopes

PUBLISHER: Familius LLC, 2015

AGE GROUP: 5-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Build a fort or a chair from piles of books.

2) Create a make-believe world that you would like to visit.

3) Visit your local library.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author David Miles, visit:

https://www.booktopia.com.au/book-david-miles/prod9781939629654.html

To learn more about illustrator Natalie Hoopes, visit:

http://www.nataliehoopes.com

Where’s the Baboon? A 2-in-1 Book Game

Where’s the Baboon? A 2-in-1 Book Game”

If you love word games and riddles, you’ll love Michael Escoffier’s and Kris Di Giacomo’s Where’s the Baboon?

“Who made this painting?”

“Who is having a birthday?”

Illustrations provide context clues and the colored letters help to answer the questions.

This book promotes imagination and discovery.

TITLE: Where’s the Baboon? A 2-in-1 Book Game

AUTHOR: Michael Escoffier

ILLUSTRATOR: Kris Di Giacomo

PUBLISHER: Enchanted Lion Books, 2015

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Create your own hidden word game and play with a friend.

2) Take one of the words from the story and invent a new animal based on the remaining letters. For example: if the word is headmaster, the hidden animal word is hamster, the remaining letters are e, d, a. Use these three letters to invent a new animal. Pick three traits from your favorite animal to help create your new animal.

 EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Michael Escoffier, visit:

http://www.smartbooksforsmartkids.com/tag/michael-escoffier/

To learn more about illustrator Kris Di Giacomo, visit:

http://krisdigiacomo.com

Mix It Up!

Mix It Up!”

Mix It Up! is interactive storytelling at its best. Shake the book! Tilt the book!

What happens to the colors of paint?

Tap the paint! Smear the paint! What happens?

Make colors lighter, add white. Make colors darker, add black. Hervé Tullet encourages readers to explore, take risks and express their creativity.

This book promotes creativity, imagination, and discovery.

TITLE: Mix It Up!

AUTHOR: Hervé Tullet

ILLUSTRATOR: Hervé Tullet

PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books, 2014, 1st published in U.S.A.

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination, discovery

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Take one paint color and mix with another color. Take two paint colors and mix with another color. Take three paint colors and mix with another color. Then fingerpaint with the colors you’ve made.

2) Use unusual materials to make paint such as jello, food coloring, etc.

3) Add sprinkles of salt to paint. Paint with it. What happens to the salted paint when it dries?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Hervé Tullet, visit:

http://www.herve-tullet.com/en/boite-20/Biography.html

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-authors/article/68593-author-illustrator-herv-tullet-moves-to-the-u-s.html

ACTUAL SIZE

Actual Size”

Actual Size written and illustrated by Steven Jenkins brings readers face to face with the actual size of an animal’s physical trait. Some featured animals and their traits in this book are a bear’s head, a dwarf goby fish, an anteater’s tongue, and a crocodile’s snout.

Readers can visually compare themselves to the animal by placing their hand against the page to compare and contrast similarities and differences.

Each page informs about the animal’s length, height and/or weight. Back matter includes facts about each animal.

This book promotes creative non-fiction, imagination, and discovery.

TITLE: Actual Size

AUTHOR: Steve Jenkins

ILLUSTRATOR: Steve Jenkins

PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004

AGE GROUP: 4-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative nonfiction, imagination, discovery

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick an animal and one of its body parts that you can compare and contrast. Draw that part to its actual size. This activity could also be made into a classroom book.

2) How could you creatively present information about your favorite animal? With a group of friends pick different animals to research. Then write a play or song using the facts you learned. Present your play.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Steve Jenkins, visit:

http://www.stevejenkinsbooks.com

What’s That Noise? (This Book Is Calling You…)

What’s That Noise? (This Book Is Calling You…)

An interactive sensory book, What’s That Noise?, has readers use their fingers to go on an adventure.

Fingers make sounds as they follow the trail of dashed lines and dots to catch the noise that is calling out.

Watch out for what’s hiding at the end of this book!

This book promotes creativity and originality.

TITLE: What’s That Noise?”

AUTHOR: Isabel Minhós Martins

ILLUSTRATOR: Madalena Matoso

PUBLISHER: Tate Publishing, 2016

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Go on a sound walk with someone. During your walk, listen for all the noises you hear. Both you and your friend each make a list of the sounds. Did you both hear the same sounds? The next day go on the same walk and see if you hear the same sounds or new ones.

2) Think up an invention that someone can use while going on a trip. What is the purpose of your invention? What type(s) of sound would your invention make? Name your invention.

3) Pretend you are traveling to another country or a different city or a different part of town than the one you live in. What types of noises might you hear?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Isabel Minhós Martins, visit:

http://www.finefinebooks.com/2012/05/planeta-tangerina-interview-with-isabel.html

To learn more about illustrator, visit:

https://fishinkblog.com/2011/03/09/madalena-matoso-childrens-illustrator-from-portugal/

The Catawampus Cat

The Catawampus Cat

The new cat enters the town walking askew.

The grocer and his wife try to straighten out the cat but to no avail. They wonder what is wrong with the cat. “Maybe he’s noticing something.” So they tilt their heads and discover something.

As the tilted cat strolls through town, people discover they can see better from different angles. Soon the entire town has gone askew. Then the cat stretches and straightens himself out, once again catawampus.

This book promotes originality, perspective, and being unique.

TITLE: The Catawampus Cat

AUTHOR: Jason Carter Eaton

ILLUSTRATOR: Gus Gordon

PUBLISHER: Crown Books for Young Readers, 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-9

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, perspective, unique

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Brainstorm ways to see the world around you differently by asking how else might I see things around me.

Here are a few thoughts to get you started:

ride a Tilt-a-Whirl

spin on a Sit-and-Spin slow and fast

use a protractor to create an image from multiple angles

hang upside down from the monkey bars at the playground

2) Grab a dictionary and find unusual words. Make a list of these uncommon words with their definitions. Choose one of the words to create a character and/or story.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Jason Carter Eaton, visit:

http://www.candlewick.com/book_files/0763663077.ban.1.pdf

To learn more about illustrator Gus Gordon, visit:

http://www.gusgordon.com