March 2014


In This Issue

Preschool
Theme: Imagination

4-8 Years
Theme: Imagination

8-12 Years
Theme: Imagination





Classic Stories
for Preschoolers

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JAMBERRY
written written/illus. by Bruce Degen, (HarperCollins, 1995), 32p, Ages 3+

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ONE FISH TWO FISH RED FISH BLUE FISH
written/illus. by Dr. Seuss, , (Random House, 1960), 63p, Ages 3-7

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A BOY, A DOG, AND A FROG
written/illus. by Mercer Mayer, (Dial Books, 1967), 32p, Ages 2-6





Classic Stories
for Ages 4-8

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THE BIG BOOK OF LITTLE: A Classic Illustrated Edition
compiled by Cooper Edens (Chronicle Books, 2006), 124p, Ages 5+

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THE CABOOSE WHO GOT LOOSE
written/illus. by Bill Peet, (Houghton Mifflin, 1971), 48p, Ages 5-8

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THE IRON GIANT
written by Ted Hughes, illus. by Andrew Davidson, (Knopf Books, 1968), 112p, Ages 6-9

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CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS
written by Judi Barrett, illus. by Ron Barrett, (Antheneum Books, 1978), 28p, Ages 4-9

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THE DAY JIMMY'S BOA ATE THE WASH
written/illus. by Trinka Hakes Noble, (Dial Books, 1980), 30p, Ages 4-7





Classic Stories
for Ages 8-12

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MY FATHER'S DRAGON
written by Ruth Stiles Gannett, illus. by Ruth Chrisman Gannett, (Random House, 1948), 68p, Ages 7+

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HALF MAGIC
written by Edward Eager, illus. by N. M. Bodecker, (Harcourt Brace, 1954), 192p, 8+

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MARY POPPINS
written by P. L. Travers, illus. by Mary Shepard, (Houghton Mifflin, 1934), 224p, Ages 8+

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THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD
written by Lynne Reid Banks, illus. by Brock Cole, (Doubleday Books, 1985), 192p, Ages 8-12

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THE TWENTY-ONE BALLOONS
written by William Pène du Bois, (Viking Books, 1947), 180p, Ages 9-12

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THE RAILWAY CHILDREN
written by William Pène du Bois, (Viking Books, 1947), 180p, Ages 9-12





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Welcome to The Storytellers, a monthly newsletter of outstanding children's literature to read and read aloud from preschooler age children to students in middle grades.

The best children's books are filled with imagination and fun. These are the stories that take children into a world of delight and adventure and represent storytelling at its best. Read as many of these delightful stories as possible to your children, because imagination and fun are essential to life.

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Preschool: Imagination
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AND THE CARS GO …
written/illus by William Bee, (Candlewick Press, $15.99,
ISBN 978-0-7636-6580-7), 32p, Ages 2-5

Clever and colorful vehicles, road signs, comments, and sounds depict a huge traffic jam. A station wagon (brrrmm, brrrmm) on its way to the beach, a Rolls-Royce (whisper, whisper), a school bus ("We're late! We're late! It's great! It's great!"), an overheated race car (pop, bang, hisssss), an ice cream truck ("Mamma mia! My ice cream is melting!"), a beach buggy (bumble, bumble, bumble), and a street sweeper (whoosh, whoosh, whoosh) all wait behind farmer's sheep in the road. When the sheep are herded away and rewarded with ice cream cones, the travelers happily proceed to their destinations. Overflowing with detail, the illustrations also contain fifteen hidden snails through the pages for kids to find.

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EXTRAORDINARY JANE
written/illus. by Hannah E. Harrison, (Dial Books for Young Readers, $16.99, ISBN 9778-0-8037-3914-7), 32p, Ages 3-5

Shaggy, sweet, and small, Jane belongs to a family of fearless acrobats, but she lacks the grace, acrobatic ability, strength, and daring of her theatrical family. "But heights made her dizzy … her jokes were a flop … her music lacked musicality … her paintings, pizzazz." Although lacking in circus skills, she is an adorable, lovable, faithful, helpful, and all around extraordinary dog. In a world of extravagance and glitter, sometimes the quiet, unassuming, underdogs shine brighter.

Other Recommendations:

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DIG!
written by Andrea Zimmerman/ David Clemesha, illus. by Marc Rosenthal, (Houghton Mifflin, $7.99, ISBN
978-0-544-17388-0), 30p, Ages 3-5

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OLIVER'S TREE
written/illus. by Kit Chase, (G. P. Putnam's Sons, $16.99, ISBN
978-0-399-25700-1), 32p, Ages 3-5

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BABY PENGUINS LOVE THEIR MAMA
written/illus. by Melissa Guion, (Philomel Books, $16.99, ISBN
978-0-399-16365-4), 32p, Ages 3-5

 
Ages 4-8: Imagination
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MOUSETRONAUT GOES TO MARS
written by Mark Kelly, illus. by C. F. Payne, (Simon & Schuster, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-4424-8426-9), 40p, Ages 4-8

Unknown to the astronauts, Meteor, from Mousetronaut, is busy preparing for NASA's first mission to Mars. "But when the names of the crew were called out, Meteor's name wasn't one of them." Determined to join the astronauts, Meteor stows away on the Galaxy Rocket, scavenging crumbs when the crew sleeps. After six months, the Galaxy reaches Mars, but transport problems prohibit them from reaching the surface. Meteor volunteers to descend in the landing craft to collect rock samples and plant a tiny flag. Upon returning to Earth, Meteor is welcomed home as a hero along with the other astronauts. In a four-page afterword, Mark Kelly explains the history of Mars missions, describes the geography of the red planet, and discusses future manned missions.

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ON KIKI'S REEF
written by Carol L. Malnor, Illus. by Trina L. Hunner, (Dawn Publications, $16.95 HC, ISBN 978-1-58469-476-2, $8.95 PB, ISBN 978-1-58469-477-9), 32p, Ages 4-8

This beautiful and informative underwater story follows the life of a green sea turtle, from birth to maturity. "A baby green sea turtle pops her head out of the sand. It's Kiki! She just hatched from her egg buried deep below." Along with her brothers and sisters, Kiki scrambles toward the water while avoiding predators on the beach. Once in the ocean, she searches for food and shelter, learns to distinguish between friends and enemies, and swims to a coral reef where she will live. Several years pass and Kiki returns to her beach of birth to lay her own eggs. There, another generation of sea turtles will repeat their cycle of life. Endpapers contain additional information on various sea inhabitants, teaching suggestions, and additional sources. A world map indicates the location of coral reefs.

Other Recommendations:

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MICE MISCHIEF: Math Facts in Action
written by Caroline Stills, illus. by Judith Rossell, (Holiday House,
$16.95, ISBN
978-0-8234-2947-9), 24p, Ages 4-7

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THE MINIATURE WORLD OF MARVIN AND JAMES
written by Elise Broach, illus by Kelly Martin, (Henry Holt & Co.,
$15.99, ISBN
978-0-805-09190-8), 112p, Ages 6-9

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MRS. NOODLEKRUGEL AND THE FOUR BLIND MICE
written by Daniel Pinkwater, illus. by Adam Stower, (Candlewick Press, $14.99, ISBN
978-0-7636-5054-4), 96p, Ages 5-9

Ages 8-12: Imagination
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THE LOST KINGDOM
written by Matthew J. Kirby, (Scholastic Press, $17.99,
ISBN 978-0-545-27426-5), 352p, Ages 8-12

During the 1750's on the eve of the French and Indian War, at the encouragement of Benjamin Franklin, a young English boy and his botanist father join a westward expedition in a flying airship. Their mission is to locate the mythical Welsh Kingdom of Madoc and enlist their help in fighting the French. In this coming-of-age adventure, Billy faces hazards, strife, and bitterness, but discovers bravery and forgiveness on his way to becoming a man and fighting for a new united America. Combining American mythology, historical characters, a secret society, cultural discord, and family conflict with fantastic machinery, dangerous animals, and immortality make this a fine, old-fashioned adventure for kids to immerse themselves in.

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MISTER MAX: The Book of Lost Things
written by Cynthia Voigt, illus. by Iacopo Bruno, (Random House, $16.00, ISBN 978-0-307-97681-9), 384p, Ages 8-12

Twelve-year-old Maximilian Starling finds himself abandoned by his theatrical parents when they sail to India and accidentally (?) leave him behind at the dock. Perplexed and hurt, Max is determined to solve their disappearance and live independently of his grandmother. Realizing a need for employment, Max stumbles into detective work and becomes a finder of lost things. Wearing costumes for each job, he discovers an aptitude for finding runaway children, lost dogs, valuable antiques, and reuniting lost lovers. Using common sense, ingenuity, and limited acting abilities, Max evolves into more than a detective. He becomes a "solutioneer," because solutions are needed after retrieving that which is lost. By the conclusion, Max is still unable to solve his parent's disappearance, but the stage is set for a new mystery, continued in the next installment of a planned trilogy. A clever plot, an engaging hero, and colorful characters make this a great read and read aloud.

Other Recommendations:

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BY THE GRACE OF TODD
written by Louise Galveston, (Razorbill, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-595-14677-95169-9), 256p, Ages 8-12

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IMMORTAL MAX
written by Lutricia Clifton, (Holiday House,
$16.95, ISBN
9778-0-8234-3041-3), 176p, Ages 8-12

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG AND THE RACE AGAINST TIME
written by Frank Cattrell Boyce, illus. by Joe Berger, (Candlewick Press, $15.99, ISBN
978-0-7636-5982-0), 224p, Ages 9-12

What is life without imagination? For children it is critical for their growth, education, and success in life in any field. It begins in childhood, should be nurtured throughout life, and passed on to the next generation through fascinating, thought-provoking, and adventurous stories. We hope you read aloud our recommendations to your children often and they will develop a love of imagination that can only be found in books.

Over the years, we have researched thousands of children's books, and can recommend some of the best in outstanding children's literature for parents to read aloud and children to read. Our recommendations must meet certain criteria: fun, creative and imaginative stories, delightful illustrations, and excellent for age appropriate listening and reading. We hope that you enjoyed our recommendations. If you desire further information some of the best in children's literature, please visit our website, www.tchliteracy.com.

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