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miles.bryant

miles.bryant

Joined August 2023

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Wonderfall | Michael Hall

“Wistfall

Good-bye,
geese.

I'm sad
to see
you go.“

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Wonderfall | Michael Hall

This book would be great to use in the fall season. During free time this book could be accompanied with allowing students to try different apples that are big in the fall and reading this book and even allowing students to add stuff about each poem, or what they find beatifall about each focus of the book.

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Wonderfall | Michael Hall
Mehso-so

This book focuses on the use of fall colors and plays on words that end in 'ful' and replacing them with fall. There are small 10-15 word poems on each page that would not be as impactful without the drawings around them. There is a slight use of perspective, but the most impactful design choice would have to be using fall themed colors to portray each play on word in connection with fall.

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Millions of Cats | Wanda Gag

“Millions and billions and trillions of cats- and not one was as pretty as this one.“

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Millions of Cats | Wanda Gag

I can not think of many specific educational reasons to use this book, but I believe it would be a really fun book to read to students during free time throughout the day. A read aloud could work on fluency, prosody, and other aspects of reading.

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Millions of Cats | Wanda Gag
Mehso-so

This book utilizes the texture of the art, the perspective of each drawing, and value, separating between white and black. For a story about not being able to pick between one cat and eventually choosing to bring home all of them, the art makes the story much more enjoyable. The texture of the water shows it was an obstacle, but the cats all help to get rid of it. The perspective shows the reader truly how many cats there are as well.

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Milo Imagines the World | Matt de la Pea

“Imagines the clink, clink, clink of the guards slowly lowering the drawbridge.“

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Milo Imagines the World | Matt de la Pea

This book could be used really well in a kindergarten- 3rd grade classroom. I was thinking of a read aloud and then a follow up activity where students can draw real life events and then add their own twist, which would support creativity among students.

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Milo Imagines the World | Matt de la Pea
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This book is very interesting in the manner that the Illustrator draws the story of Milo imagining the world, while we also get to see the world that Milo imagines in his drawings. The illustrator provides more realistic events happening around Milo, and we get to see Milo add his own pizazz through his drawings. The difference between the illustrators drawing and Milo's helps show students an example of creativity in a picture book and is cool.

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The Invisible Boy | Trudy Ludwig

“'By the way that's a really cool drawing,' he adds before taking off.“

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The Invisible Boy | Trudy Ludwig

This book could be used in a classroom very easily. The story follows the story of a student who does not feel seen. This could be used in a lesson that focuses on how all students are their own people with their own interests and that we should all be included even if we don't all have the same interests. There's also a bit about culture, where we see Brian be accepting of Justin's bulgogi and that can teach about other cultures.

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The Invisible Boy | Trudy Ludwig
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The illustrator makes use of black and white extremely well in this story. The main character, Brian, feels invisible and the illustrator uses value to show the difference that Brian feels while in the classroom. The illustrator continues to use value as a new student is brought in that starts to help Brain feel more seen. Justin includes him on group projects and during lunch and we see the use color to show Brian beginning to feel seen.

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The Dead Bird | Margaret Wise Brown

“Then they cried because their singing was so beautiful and the ferns smelled so sweetly and the bird was dead.“

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The Dead Bird | Margaret Wise Brown

When introducing the life cycle to young children, I believe this would be a very fitting book. It shows the death of an animal in a lighthearted way and touches some social emotional learning qualities from how the children go about after the death of the bird. It would be good for grades kindergarten to 4th grade.

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The Dead Bird | Margaret Wise Brown
Mehso-so

The illustrator uses color to create a very fun cartoony world to explain the story of the dead bird. The cartoony/sketchy artistry allows the author to tell a lighthearted and happy story about how a group of children react when finding a dead bird. The colors carry the reader throughout the reading experience. It is very child-like sketches, but fits extremely well.

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Tiny, Perfect Things | M. H. Clark

“See all the crows up in this tree? I
watch them and they watch me.“

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Tiny, Perfect Things | M. H. Clark

I think this book would be well utilized in the classroom by focusing on the community and environment the students live in. A worksheet or even a blank piece of paper could be used to allow students to write about the tiny, perfect things around them or draw them as well. This could help build a sense of community in the classroom and allow students to pinpoint positive things in their surroundings.

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Tiny, Perfect Things | M. H. Clark
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This book uses perspective quite well to tell the story of a young child and what seems to be her grandparent. The artist shows things from the perspective of all the “tiny, perfect things“ they see on their walk. With the birds in the trees we get to see the main characters from the view of the tree. Or as the leaves fall we get to see them falling in front of the child and grandparent. This book also uses color to highlight nature very well.

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The Typewriter | Bill Thomson

There is no text in this book, but I think my favorite page would be near the end as one of the children writes “the end“ and it resets the book for more children to find the typewriter and experience it all over again.

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The Typewriter | Bill Thomson

This book has the reader follow along the story using the pictures. The pictures are easy to follow along with. This story can boost creativity and could be used in a weekly theme with other books that include only pictures. I think it would be a fun activity to have students draw their own story of what they would do if they got the typewriter.

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The Typewriter | Bill Thomson
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Review: This book uses different perspectives to show the children typing and the results of what they typed. The artist also uses windows within the pages to show multiple events occurring in order. The setting of the book also changes place as the children discover how the typewriter can do magical things. The colors are vibrant and welcoming as well.

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Where's Walrus? | Stephen Savage

There is no text in this book, but he page where Walrus gets all 10s at the diving competition is my favorite page. The animal catcher is stunned, and this turns into a skill that Walrus gets to do back at the zoo.

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Where's Walrus? | Stephen Savage

This book could be used in a kindergarten to 4th grade classroom. It would involve students deciphering what is happening by observing the art and drawing conclusions. It also has a good story about finding talents.

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Where's Walrus? | Stephen Savage
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This book uses very vivid colors to tell the story of Walrus. There is the use of lines to show where walrus is hiding or during his jump into the water. There is no words in the book, so the artist relies on the imagery to tell the story. There is both 3-d visuals and 2-d visuals that provide depth as the animal catcher tries to get walrus. I very much enjoyed the ending as the artist used dots and lines to illustrate the walruses perfect jump.

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Windows | Julia Denos
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This book has an extraordinary use of color. The artist uses a sense of value to highlight windows during the evening. We get to see a community all doing different things as the day turns to night. It shows different ways of life, and in the end that you always have home to return back to.
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This book would be great for k-3rd. It uses value and color well, and students can make inferences.
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“fill them up with stories.“

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I Want My Hat Back | Jon Klassen
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The art in this book was used extremely well to portray how the “bear“ is feeling throughout the book; the colors behind the bear, the eyes with emotion, and even the placement of the text to portray how the bear feels throughout the book.
Blurb:
This book would be great in a prek-3rd grade classroom. It has a good amount of stress and the photos correlate so well with the text
Quote:
“Don't ask me anymore questions.“

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Flotsam | David Wiesner
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Caldecott Medal 2007
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This book has amazing visuals. The story is told in a manner with no text, but done so so well. The use of color in the photos is great and there is a mystical sense to it as well. I'd highly suggest having this in your classroom.
Blurb:
This book would be great in 1st-6th. It is similar to a graphic novel in a sense. It is great for imagination and story telling without words.
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The photo of all the kids+camera.

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The Biggest Bear | Lynd Ward
Mehso-so

Caldecott Medal 1953
Review:
This book has black and white illustrations that follow along the text very well. If the text says something, the illustrations often say more. It has a good flow that is happy, with ups and downs, and a happy ending.
Blurb:
This book would need a bit more time to be read, but I think it would be great for k-3rd.
Quote:
“'And I'll always bring him maple syrup' Said Johnny.“

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Caldecott Medal 2003
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The illustrations in this book are phenomenal. The theme is to be weary of someone promising too much or trying too hard. The story is somewhat grim, but very entertaining as it follows the art with some artwork being separate from the text (ghosts).
Blurb:
THis would be great for 2nd-6th. It has a good lesson/theme and appreciative artwork.
Quote:
“To idle, silly, flattering words I pray you ne'er give heed;“

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First the Egg | Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Mehso-so

Caldecott Medal 2008
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This picture book is very simple, but the awe comes from the pages and illustration. The illustrations are great, but as you turn the pages, each page uses the last to create something new. It is something I havent' seen a lot and reminds me of the hungry catepillar.
Blurb:
This book would be good for students in prek-1st grade. It's not difficult but good for beginner readers.
Quote:
“First the word, then the story.“

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Caldecott Honor 1990
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This book has great illustrations and a lot of text. The story helps explain the story of Hannakuh while being entertaining with decepting goblins that are stopping hannakuh in a small town. With the illustrations and sly text I think its a great read.
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This would be good for 3-6. It explains Hannakuh and would be a good book to read during holidays.
Quote:
“Your greed is the only spell holding you prisoner.“

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Caldecott Medal 2017
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This story has incredible artwork. It follows the story of a young child wanting to create art throughout hardships, and has a focus on art not always having to be tidy or just like everyone elses.
Blurb:
This would be a great book for 2-6. It tells the story of Basquiat
Quote:
“His drawings are not neat or clean, nor does he color inside the lines. They are sloppy, ugly, and sometimes weird, but still B E A T I FU L.“

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Waiting | Kevin Henkes
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Caldecott Medal
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This book has a simple story following 5 animals/toys waiting. Each one has their favorite thing to wait for and some just are happy with their friends. The illustrations are cute and follow along well.
Blurb:
This book would be good for a k-2 classroom. Students can infer what they think about different parts and is good for conversing after,
Quote:
“The rabbit was happy just looking out the window.“

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This is Not My Hat | Jon Klassen
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Caldecott Medal
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The illustrations in this book are my favorite part of the book. we see a little fish traveling after possible stealing a hat. The ending is unexpected, but funny. The illustrations also follow along well and add to the text.
Blurb:
This book would be good in a prek to 3rd grade class room. It is funny with good art.
Quote:
“I know it's wrong to steal a hat. I know it does not belong to me. but I am going to keep it.“

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Caldecott Honors
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This is a very visually enertaining book with great illustrations of a pigeon trying their best to drive a bus. The story is easy to follow along and the illustrations connect well. The text and font also changes to follow the story and makes it an enjoyable to read book
Blurb:
This book would be great for students of a younger age (pre-k to 2nd). They can follow along with the photos easily.

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“PIGEON AT THE WHEEL!“

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Trombone Shorty | Troy Andrews

Caldecott Honor Book
Review:
This book has a focus on New Orleans culture, specifically within music. It highlights different ways of life, including cuisine, music, and festivals. It has great illustrations and text that follows along each, helping tie the story of trombone shorty together.
Blurb:
This could be used to teach students about music, different cultures, and just flows well.
Quote:
“Where Y'at? Where Y'at? the musicians would call“