Red Sings from the Treetops: A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman, Ill. by Pamela Zagarenski

Red Sings from the Treetops: A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman, Ill. by Pamela Zagarenski

red

Publishing: Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 2009.

Description: A series of poems about the colors in relation to each season. They flow so well that the book almost reads as a narrative. Sidman perfectly captures the essence and feeling of the seasons.

Programming: If I were teaching English as a second language (or had this book in Spanish), I might cut up colored slips of paper and have students hold up the correct color each time it is mentioned in the book. This would also work well with small children in their native language. Older students might write their own poems about their favorite season and the color they think best describes it.

Sleep Like A Tiger by Mary Logue, Ill. by Pamela Zagarenski

Sleep Like A Tiger by Mary Logue, Ill. by Pamela Zagarenski

SLEEP-LIKE-A-TIGER

Publishing: Houghton Mifflin, New York, 2012

Awards: 2013 Notable Children’s Book

Description: A little girl who does not want to go to sleep asks her parents if everything in the world sleeps. They mention several animals and the way they pass the night (or day, in the case of the bats). Soon, the little girl falls asleep, just like the animals mentioned. The illustrations are at once colorful and soothing, making this a great bedtime story.

Programming: This book would do well with discussions about sleep cycles and the rhythms and cycles of nature. Students might research and make lists of animals that sleep in the day versus the night, animals that hibernate, and/or animals that sleep in trees or underground.