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channingfortney

channingfortney

Joined August 2022

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This is a classic Dr. Seuss book. It highlights all the places you will go and things you may experiences through out your life. It is full of rhymes and the illustrations are engaging for students. It teaches a great lesson. It is something I will definitely have in my classroom.

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Mother Bruce | Ryan T. Higgins
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This is a very cute story about a bear that likes to eat eggs. However, one day he has an egg that hatches into a baby goose. He doesn‘t know what to do with it as it becomes attached to him and thinks it‘s his mother. He tries to do everything he can to get rid of him, but has no luck. This is a very cute read and will definitely be something I use in the classroom.

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Duck for President | Doreen Cronin
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This book is a part of the Farmer Brown/Duck series. In this one duck lives on the farm with Farmer Brown and is getting tired of the way the place is being ran. He decides that he is going to change the place around. This then leads him to running for president of the country. This is a fun read aloud for kids!

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Hair Love | Matthew Cherry
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This book is about a young girl who learns to love her natural hair. This book teaches individuals to love the hair that they are given no matter what it looks like. Just like they should love the skin they are in. It sends a great message and is a great read!

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The Lightning Thief | 80% DISCOUNT
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This has always been one of my favorite series. I highly recommend it! This series follows the journey of a half-blood Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, on his many quests he is sent on to help save the real world from the gods taking it over. There are many mythological creatures, Greek gods and goddesses, and true mythological things that appear within this series. It is action packed and would be a great read aloud for older elementary kids.

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Magic Tree House #1-4 | Mary Pope Osborne
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This series has always been a hit within the elementary school classroom. The series is about a brother and sister, Jack and Annie, who discover a tree house in the woods filled with books about all different types of things around the globe. The soon discover that when they open and read small passages to these books, the tree house sends them to that location where they then have to solve the mystery before the return home for dinner.

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Jumanji | Chris Van Allsburg
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This book, that is also a great movie, is about a group of friends who decide to play what they think is just an ordinary board game. However, they soon find out that the board game is far from ordinary as every move they make, something interesting, exciting and dangerous happens. They must reach the end of the game for everything to stop and return to their normal lives. This is a great read and watch. It is very fun and entertaining for kids!

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Thank You, Mr. Falker | Patricia Polacco
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This is a true story about a young girl that struggled with reading. She went through the grades and over the years and just didn't fit in with the students because they were all at different levels than her. Many of her teachers didn't believe in her either, until she met Mr. Falker who helped her learn to read and changed her life. The story is about the author, Patricia Polacco. It is a great read and I highly would suggest reading this.

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This children's book won the Caldecott Medal. This story has many renditions where it is told slightly different or has slightly different characters. This one is about the wolf and the three pigs. The three pigs all build houses that they think will with stand anything. The wolf comes along seeking sugar, however, he really wants the pigs for dinner. This is a classic story that is entertaining and fun for kids to listen to. I highly suggest.

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Henrys Freedom Box | Ellen & Kadir Nelson Levine
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This is a children's book about a young boy who is enslaved how is fight to escape and become free. It also is a story about the underground railroad. Henry fights for his freedom for a very long time, but is never able to get it. Until, one day he decides he is going to mail himself to freedom. The story follows Henry on his hard journey to freedom all while hiding in a small wooden box with little to no airways. This is a very moving book.

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Where the Wild Things Are | Maurice Sendak
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This is a story about a young boy named Max. Max is very imaginative and imagines this new world in the jungle with all of these crazy creatures that he creates called the Wild Things. He uses his imagination to take him to this new place where he can learn and have fun and get away from real life for a bit. This is a classic story that is always a hit in the classroom. I would say it is a must read.

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The Couch Potato | Jory John
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This book is about a boy that loved to stay inside and do nothing but play video games. He never wanted to go outside or do anything else besides play his games. However, one day he is unable to play his video games because he loses power. He is forced to find something else to occupy him. He ends up going outside and realizing how much fun it is to do things other than playing video games all day.

channingfortney I think this is a great book to read to young children as well as middle childhood children. I feel as though many kids are computer and iPad kids these days and have never experienced the fun that is had when playing outside and being imaginative. 2mo
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Chrysanthemum | Kevin Henkes
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ALA Award Winner. This book is about a young mouse who's name is Chrysanthemum. She loves her name at first, until she goes to school. The kids in her class tease her every day and make her feel horrible for being named after a flower. She wishes she could change her name so much to something “normal“. One day she meets the new music teacher, who is also named after a flower. The children are stunned by this and they all learn to love her name.

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A Bad Case of Stripes | David Shannon
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This is about a young girl who is very ill. The type of illness she has is very odd, because it continues to change her skin into different colors and patterns. She is very upset about this change that is happening to her. She doesn't want to be seen anywhere. However, she learns to love the skin that she is in eventually. This is a story that teaches confidence and self-worth. It is a great read and has a great lesson.

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The Giving Tree | Shel Silverstein
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ALA Notable Book Award. This story is about a young boy who goes to a tree every day and eats apples off of it, climbs all around it, and uses it as a slide. However, as he gets older he began to want more out of the tree that it could no longer provide because it gave so much. This is a story that teaches a lesson on greed and overuse. It teaches you to appreciate what you are given and what there is to offer. Great read.

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Julian Is a Mermaid | Jessica Love
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Stonewall Book Award winner. This picture book is about a boy who dreams about becoming a mermaid. However, he‘s embarrassed about this dream. One day he tried to fashion a mermaid costume out of materials around his house so he could compete in a contest for best mermaid. His grandma seemed upset, however towards the end ended up contributing to his costume and dream. He went on to compete in the mermaid contest.

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The Thing About Luck | Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo
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Asian/Pacific American Award. The is a story about a Japanese-American girl who is working in Texas to provide for her family. She comes across many obstacles along the way that change her outlook on some things. The story follows her as she grows, matures, and learns as a person who is providing for her and her family.

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Soul Food Sunday | Winsome Bingham
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This book won the Golden Kite Award. This book is about a grandmother who teachers her grandson how to cook. She teaches him everything from the traditions they have to how to start from scratch when making everything. He presents the meal on Sunday which is when they have family dinner and adds a bit of his own touch. This is a great book about the value and importance of family and traditions.

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The Sea in Winter | Christine Day
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This won the American Indian Youth Literature Award. This is a book about a young ballet dancer who tore her ACL and wasn‘t able to dance anymore. Because of the injury, she lost two of her closest friends. Her family decides to take a hiking trip during the winter where she learns more about where she came from. She becomes more in tune with her emotions and faces things she has been avoiding. She also reconnects with family.

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Jessica | Bryce Courtenay
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This book won the Schneider Family Book Award. This book is about a girl named Jessica who is a tomboy and raised by her father. She works along side her father doing manual labor. The boys she works with tease her. One day the boys attacked her and her father tried to defend her, but was kicked in the head by a horse and died. Then, Jessica and one of the boys fall close to each. She then helps the boy help one of their friends risking her safety

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This book won the Kate Greenaway Award. This is about Alice who follows a rabbit into the woods. The rabbit goes down into a hole and Alice follows. She soon finds out that she is in a complete different universe than what she is use to. She then has many experiences and meets many new things and creature along the way.

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This is a Whippoorwill Award winner. This is a book about a girl named Hazel who has never been able to leave her house because of some type of lag in dimensions. Then, one day on her 16th birthday the dimensions send copies of herself to her. These clones are tasked with saving the world from a particular threat that has yet to be solved or stopped.

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This is a Phoenix Award winner. This book follows the story of two different people. One girl Nya and a boy Salva. It follows their families story during war of their villages and the many miles they had to walk to survive on their land. The story follows them for a long time about how each of them survived until they finally cross paths and meet one another.

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Dash | Kirby Larson
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This book won the Scott O‘Dell award. This is about a Japanese-American girl whose family was sent to a camp to live during Pear Harbor. She was taken away from all of her friends and everything that she knew. Including her dog, Dash. A friend from home kept in touch with her and updated her on how Dash was. This gave her hope that they would eventually return to normal life. Dash was her hope.

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The Dreamer | Pam Munoz Ryan
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This is a story about a boy named Neftali who had a dream of becoming something that his father didn‘t want him to be. His father was very hard on him as well as his siblings and forced them to do something in business or law. He wanted them to indulge in their studies. However, Neftali had bigger plans of becoming a writer. He indeed did just that and went on to eventually win a Nobel Peace Prize. This is a Pura Belpre Award winner.

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This is a Newbery award winner. This book is about a little girl named Lily. Her family and her have to move in with her grandma because she is sick, so her family is taking care of her. She realizes that there is a magical tiger that came from one of the books and claims her grandma stole something from them. The tiger offers the grandmothers health back, but he is not who he seems. Lily must find a way to stand up to him.

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This book is about all of the celebrations that happen during the winter time. It begins in the early years of Mesopotamia and follows all the way through. It talks about how winter was portrayed as dark and scary and the sun was wanted back. So in different countries they all celebrated different things to try and bring back the sun. This is a great book that includes all of the cultures and helps students learn about the unique celebrations.

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Henry's Freedom Box | Ellen Levine
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This is a story about a young boy who is enslaved and is fighting for his freedom. He decided the only way that he could get his freedom is if he mailed himself to America. Despite a very rough journey, he made it and was even able to celebrate his birthday. This book won the Caldecott Award. I highly recommend.

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This is an informational book all about fry bread. It describes what exactly it is, and then goes through all of the senses and what is fitting with fry bread. It is a Native American family story. I wouldn‘t recommend this book just because I don‘t necessarily see a use for it in the classroom. It won the Robert F. Sibert Informational Award

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This book is about a young girl who has always been fascinated about sharks. She made it her mission to learn everything she could about sharks and took all the classes she could. Her job became working with sharks and she made it her mission to tell inform the world about how sharks aren‘t mean and they shouldn‘t be hunted by humans. This would be a great read for kids ages K-5

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When Jessie Came Across the Sea | Amy Hest, P. J. Lynch
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This book is about a young girl named Jessie who is only 13. Her grandma taught her to sew and she set off for America for a better life. She met her cousin where she made wedding dresses for women. She eventually met a man who also could sew. She ended up saving enough money for her grandmother to come to America to see them get married. Her grandmother gave her her wedding ring.

channingfortney This book won the Kate Greenaway Award as well as many others 3mo
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This book is about a boy and a cat that have a conversation with each other. The boy is asking the cat so many things about what it‘s actually like to be a cat. The cat replies with all the amazing things that it does during its life and day teaching the boy all about it. This is a great book that has lots of rhyming in it. It would definitely be a great book to have in the classroom that is an example of poetry!

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This book is about a girl from Afghanistan. It at first portrays life for women in the country and how they are really just seen as house wife‘s. One day soldiers came to her house and took her parents away. Her grandma then worked to get her into a secret school. By the end of the book she had learned to read and write and do math. She had an education. Great read!

channingfortney Jane Addams Children‘s Book Award 4mo
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This book is about a giant peach that goes on a wild journey after falling off of his tree branch. The branch he was in became too heavy with all of the things and bugs (characters) he was having interactions with. He seems to have to pent up anger towards some of them because they may be the reason that he fell. He also almost gets eaten by a shark. This is a great entertaining story to read to kids about his journey!

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On Market Street | Arnold Lobel
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This book won the National Book Award. It is about a stroll down market street talking about everything that was bought. It works it‘s way through the ABC‘s naming off something that was bought for each letter. It is a super cute book to help children with their alphabet and also some rhyming.

channingfortney National Book Award winner 4mo
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First Test | Tamora Pierce
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This book is about a young woman who is trying to become a knight. Knights are only men though and she would be the only girl to become a knight. The head of the knights is very against her choice of this but has to train her anyways. He is not good to her through this training. Along her journey of training she makes a lot of friends that help her through it. Great book!!

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This book went through all of the crayons and they each explained how they were tired of just being used to draw the same thing and then never to be used again. They wrote notes to the owner of the crayons and eventually at the end of the book he realized he should use them for all sorts of things not just their specific color! This book won the E.B. White Read Aloud award

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Millions of Cats | Wanda Gag
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This book is about a man and a woman who live on a farm. The woman wants a cat so the man sets out to find her one. He couldn‘t resist and takes all the cats, but the woman says they can‘t keep them all so let the cats choose. The cats fight over which one looks the best, and they end up eating each other. The last cat left was the one who kept to himself and didn‘t say anything. This is a good book to teach about staying humble!

channingfortney This book won the Newbery Medal 4mo
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This book is about how sadness enters your life and sometimes hangs around. It talks about how sometimes you can try to hide it but it always finds its way back. It then gives suggestions about how to embrace the feeling of sadness. For example, by going for a walk, letting the sadness out, or even sleeping. I love the message this books portrays and would absolutely use this in the classroom.

channingfortney Winner of V/A award and many many more 5mo
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This children‘s book is about the life MLK Jr. lived and his beliefs on segregation and equal rights and how he fought for what he believed was right even though it went against everyone else. This is a very good book to have in the classroom, as it would be very educational for students.

channingfortney Caldecott and Coretta Scott King award winner 5mo
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