Nikki Meyer Linking Literature to Literacy Professor McKool 1) Pallotta, Jerry. (2003). Icky Numbers 1 2 3.

New York: Scholastic Inc. Icky Numbers 1 2 3 by Jerry Pallotta helps children understand numbers with the use of unique and interesting bugs. The book starts off with the number 0, and each new page brings a new number with the appropriate amount of icky bugs placed on top of the number. The book also teaches students how to count backwards from ten using the icky bugs, as well as teaching them how to skip count even and odd numbers. The books asks children to identify particular bugs based off a description of the bug, for instance, the book may ask the child to search for a bug wit four wings, or two antennae. Towards the end of the book, the author teaches the children about addition and subtraction using the icky bugs as a visual guide. The book also allows students to count up to ten, twenty, and count by tens to reach one hundred icky bugs. The book, Icky Numbers 1 2 3 is an amazing book to help students learn different numbers, skip count, add and subtract. With the use of an interesting visual aide, the icky bugs make learning math interesting and fun for students. Students of all ages can use this book because it ranges from easier material, such as counting from zero to ten, or it has more advanced material like adding, subtracting, skip counting and counting by tens to reach one hundred. The book encourages students to count along with the text and it also says the different colors of the numbers so students can understand the different colors. The book uses encouraging phrases to help motivate children to want to learn more, in addition, the children will learn new site words such as count, and the numbers one to ten because they are repeated on almost every page. 2) Macdonald, Alan. (2002). Scaredy Mouse. New York: Scholastic Inc. Scaredy Mouse by Alan Macdonald is an entertaining story about a tiny mouse named Squeak and his sister Nibbles. The story plays out with Squeak and Nibbles making their way to the kitchen to fetch some chocolate cake, but Squeak is constantly worried about getting lost and running into the big ginger cat that lives in the house. Nibbles ties string to Squeak so he can find his way home and throughout their journey, Squeak keeps seeing objects like pillows, a scarf, and a toy that resembles the cat causing him to panic and remain scared. The story ends with the two mice retrieving the chocolate cake and eventually running into the big ginger cat, but because of Squeak¶s tendency to run away, he accidentally ties the cat up in the string so it can¶t move. The book ends with Squeak transforming form a scared, timid and worrisome mouse to a brave, bold mouse that overcomes his fears. The book, Scaredy Mouse is a book that relates to children¶s emotions. Children will easily be enticed by the books worrisome main character Squeak and his fearless sister Nibbles and they work together to achieve a goal and overcome Squeak¶s fears. The book is very relatable and will help children realize that sometimes the things they are scared of really aren¶t so scary after all. In addition to the relatable text, the book repeats fun phrases such as, ³It¶s the cat, it¶s the cat! He cried, Squeak ran this way and

that, willy-nilly, round and back´ (Macdonald 6). This sentence is repeated several times throughout the text, which makes it fun for students to speak aloud and say the line with the reader. The students learn sight words such as cat, Squeak, Nibbles and mouse. This book also helps demonstrate the use of adjectives to describe different characters, like big, ginger cat, and small, scared mouse. This story is delightful to read and fun for all children. 3) Leuck, Laura. (1998). Teeny, Tiny Mouse A Book About Colors. New York: Scholastic Inc. Teeny, Tiny Mouse A Book About Colors by Laura Leuck is a story about a mouse and his mother going throughout their day as the mother asks her son to name some objects that are specific colors. For instance, the mother mouse asks her son to name things that are black, blue, red, yellow, green purple, and many more. Each page shows the progression of the mouse¶s day and demonstrates the different colored objects in the room. At the end of the story, the reader finds out that the house the mouse live in is a dollhouse in a little girls room that at the end of the story is seen sitting at her desk painting. This story helps children identify with different colors and understand the different types of colors and their relation to one another. The story grabs the readers attention with a fun rhyming text throughout the story which helps students hear and see what kinds of words rhyme and why they rhyme. The students will also learn sight words such as, teeny, tiny, house, and mouse since those words are repeated on every page. The book ends with a question, for instance, the book says, ³Do you know all the colors in your teeny, tiny house? (Leuck 27). When a story ends with a question, it helps children think about the question and their lives and how it relates to the story. This book ends on an interesting note, which would help teachers, build a lesson plan off of because it gives students something to think about and be excited about sharing their answers with their classmates. 4) Couzyn, Jeni. (1988). Bad Day. New York: Dutton Children¶s Books. Bad Day by Jeni Couzyn is a simple story about a young boy whose having a bad day. He wakes up upset and each page shows a different picture of something he hates, for instance, his mom, dad, food, baby brother, and older brother. Eventually his parents get fed up with his no good attitude and tell him to go away. The boy takes it literally so he goes upstairs, packs a suitcase, puts on his wings, and flies away in search of µaway¶. He flies to the ocean and to the city and eventually to a forest where he befriends a wise owl that helps the boy understand that µaway¶ isn¶t a place; it¶s a lonely feeling. The owl helps the boy realize that there are other feelings too, such as love, the owl asks the boy if he loves anyone. The boy decides to go home and eventually all the things he hated at the beginning of the story, he now loves. The story, Bad Day is a story dedicated to a younger audience because it¶s a simple read and demonstrates a lot of sight words such as mom, dad, brother, hate, and love. The story sends the message that we all have bad days, and that the things and people we may think we hate at the time are the people who we care and love for the

most. The story is relatable and easy to follow making it a simple, yet fun read. With the pictures to help convey the story¶s message and the use of simple text, children will enjoy this book multiple times over and eventually be so strong at reading it that they will want to read it to their parents or colleagues. 5) Wood, Douglas. (2002). What Teachers Can¶t Do. New York: Scholastic Inc. What Teachers Can¶t Do is a clever story about all thing things teacher¶s can¶t do like spell the word cat, add two plus two, be tardy, or cry when they skin their knee. Each page reveals a new thing a teacher can¶t do that normal people can. The story¶s cleverly written in a way that makes it seem like teachers are unable to do normal everyday tasks because they are teachers and teachers couldn¶t possibly play on the play ground or clean the blackboard by themselves. The story ends with the author making it apparent to the readers that the reason why teachers can¶t do all these things is because they are so busy teaching you. The story takes a different and interesting approach in order to grab the reader¶s attention because in students¶ eyes, teachers can do anything. The students learn sight words such as teacher, and can¶t and each sentence allows the children to reflect on what they can and can¶t do. The text gives the teacher a lot of places to stop and have the students reflect on the text and predict what will happen next while keeping them enticed in the story. What Teachers Can¶t Do is a witty, relatable story for children of all ages. 6) Dipucchio, Kelly. (2010). The Sandwich Swap. New York: Disney Book Group. The Sandwich Swap by Kelly Dipucchio follows two best friends, Salma and Lily. They did everything together, they jumped rope and drew together and even ate lunch together. The only problem was that Lily always ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich while Salma ate hummus on pita bread. The two friends thought each other¶s sandwich was gross and disgusting, and one day Lily confronts Salma about her disgusting sandwich in which case Salma got offended and retracted with an equally rude comment. The two became mad at each other and stopped being friends, news spread that the two had a feud over their sandwiches so students started taking sides. It was peanut butter against hummus pita and eventually the students started calling each other nasty names like dumb, stupid and weird. Eventually a food fight breaks out and Lily and Salma are sent to the principles office. Eventually they start talking again and even try a bite of each other¶s sandwiches and wind up liking them! The story ends with the two friends holding a peanut butter and jelly and hummus and pita sandwich picnic for the school. This book is very relatable for children because we all have best friends that we may not always agree with and sometimes fight with. The book teaches students about the consequences of name-calling and that we are all different and enjoy different kinds of food and activities and just because we enjoy different things, that doesn¶t mean we are weird, or stupid. This story has some more advanced words in the text, which gives the teacher a chance to stop and address the words to get students feed back on what they may mean. The book allows for students to read aloud since some of the words are bold and capitalized to emphasize a point, which makes it fun for the students to read a long and enjoy the book with their peers. Because of the plot of the story, a teacher could

create a lesson based off of the theme of the story and have the children draw a picture of their favorite food and write a sentence as to why they enjoy it so much. This exercise would allow children to bond over similar food choices and help them understand that we are all different and special in our own way. 7) Carle, Eric. (2006). The Very Busy Spider, A Lift-the-Flap Book. New York: Grosset and Dunlap. The story, The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle is a story about a tiny spider that got blown across a field and landed on a fence near a farm. The spider decides to start making a web when various farm animal such as a horse, pig, duck, cow and many more ask the spider to do certain activities with them. The spider never agrees to play with the farm animals because she is so busy spinning her beautiful web. Finally at the end of the story, night has fallen and an owl asks who build the web, the spider did not reply because this time she had fallen asleep from such a busy day. This story is targeted for a younger audience, but the lift-the-flap component makes it fun for the reader because under each flap, the reader sees the progression of the spider¶s web. The story also illustrates different types of farm animals and the noises they make, such as ³moo´, ³neigh´ and ³oink´. The teacher could stop on different pages and ask the students what kind of noises the specific animal makes, which helps them feel connected to the text they are reading. The phrase, ³The spider didn¶t answer. She was very busy spinning her web´ is repeated on every page, which helps the students learn those specific sight words and allows students the opportunity to see the convergence of two words like, did and not, and to see different endings on words like µing¶ on the end of spinning. 8) O¶Connor, Jane. (2010). Fancy Nancy and the Late, Late, Late Night. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. Nancy is a little girl who loves to visit her neighbor, Mrs. DeVine, who Nancy idolizes because Mrs. DeVine use to live in Hollywood. She¶s seen celebrities and has a scrapbook of pictures and autographs. Nancy get¶s enticed in the glamour of Mrs. DeVine¶s past and goes home, dresses up like a super start and acts like a celebrity. Nancy signs autographs for her fans and gets her picture taken by her friends. Eventually after a long day of being a super star, Nancy has to go to bed, she begs her parents to let her stay up so she can look at Mrs. DeVine¶s scrap book. Her parents refuse and tell her it¶s a school night and that she has to go to sleep. Nancy get¶s tucked in by her parents and after they leave the room, Nancy stays up late to look at the scrap book. The next day at school, Nancy is exhausted and can barely concentrate, after school she returns the crap book to her neighbor, who asks her to stay and watch a movie, but Nancy has to decline because she¶s so tired. Nancy winds up going to sleep earlier then her younger sister, but she doesn¶t mind because her father says that all little girls need their beauty rest. This book is a great read for children because the way it is written makes it seem like Nancy is talking to the readers. At different times throughout the story, Nancy says words like veranda, and fascinating and then she immediately explains what they mean,

as if she was talking one on one with her reader. For example, Nancy says, ³I am late for a glamorous Hollywood party, I tell my fans, Au revoir!´ µ(You say it like this: aw ruhVWA. That¶s French for µgood-bye¶)´ (O¶Connor 8). Students can learn new words and their meaning because Nancy explains the meaning of the fancy words to her readers. This story also sends a good message to children about staying up late. There are times when children way to stay up later and don¶t think they¶ll be tired the next day. This story makes it clear to children that there¶s a reason why they have to go to sleep at a certain time, because they all need their beauty rest in order to be energized for the next day. This story is very relatable, especially for girls since it allows children to explore their creativity and encourages play and imagination in their everyday lives. 9) Foxworthy, Jeff. (2009). Silly Street: Selected Poems. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. Silly Street is a collection of poems about the different people, stores and places you can visit on Silly Street. Each page has a different poem about a specific shop, person, or tree on Silly Street, for instance, the author discusses a pet shop called Pets-aPalooza, and a tree known as the Bubble Gum tree, and different people you can meet on Silly Street like the Pigeon Lady and Pogostick Pete. The story ends with a happy poem summarizing Silly Street and how children have a place to go when they want to have fun and be silly. This book is a fun read for children because it¶s a book of poems that encourages children to be silly and have fun. Children learn sight words, and words that rhyme through the poems comedic text. The book encourages children to use their imagination and learn more complex words like perpetual and yearn. The story allows for multiple outlets of learning, for instance, children could make a word wall of all the rhyming words in the story, or of all the words that end in µing¶ like spinning, thinking, and falling. Children could also be encouraged to make their own rendition of Silly Street by imagining a place they could go to be silly and in that town or on that street, children could create poems to describe their favorite shops, activities and people. 10) Chambers, Catherine. (2007). School Days Around the World. New York: DK Publishing. The book, School Days Around the World by Catherine Chambers is an insightful book into the lives of seven different children from seven different places all over the word. The seven children tell the readers about a normal school day in their country, while giving the reader a glimpse into the lives of other students from different places around the world. Children from the United States, Peru, Ghana, England, Japan, India, and Australia are observed and demonstrate the different ways of life each child experiences. This book is very educational for children, it gives children a chance to learn about children from other parts of the world and helps them make connections to similarities and differences the different cultures share. Children also get a chance to learn new language from the different countries; for instance, the reader can learn some Hindi words when they visit Rupa in India. Rupa shares her earth day project with the

reader and teaches them words in Hindi and what they mean in English. Also children learn different words such as a soroban, which is a Japanese word to describe a counting frame. The book also displays different games children can play and fun facts about the different countries. The back of the book has a glossary children can access incase they want to learn more about a specific country. The text has a more complex sentence structure but children learn new words and fun facts about different cultures and people from all around the world, which makes for an intriguing read.