Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds, Ill. by Floyd Cooper

Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds, Ill. by Floyd Cooper

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Publishing: Philomel, New York, 2010.

Description: The story of Rosa Parks, told from a child’s point of view. The narrative is very relatable and understandable for children. Illustrations are very realistic.

Programming: ┬áThis is a story about one person standing up and changing things. Even though he wasn’t involved, the little boy knows that Mrs. Parks has caused something to change, and things will never be the same. This is a good story about how one person doing the right thing can lead to many people doing the right thing. This obviously connects to the study of the Civil Rights movement and Rosa Parks herself. Students might be interested in learning more about her life and others like her.

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown

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Awards: Caldecott Honor Book

Publishing: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 2012

Description: This book tells the story of Jasper Rabbit, who begins to see the carrots he routinely takes from Crackenhopper Field following him home, stalking him in every part of his life. Readers are unsure if the carrots are, in fact, sinister, or if Jasper’s guilt is simply manifesting itself in illusions. The style of the illustrations is cartoon meets Alfred Hitchcock film, with black and white drawings punched up with pops of orange. Illustrations are bordered in thick black, and shadows create an eerie effect.

Programming: I think this would be a great Halloween book because of the scare-factor in the story. It is the perfect mixture of scary and silly. It might also be a good story about guilt and how it can make you feel bad. While I would appreciate the irony of using this story at Easter, it probably would not be the best choice.