Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Friendships

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by Catherine Thimmesh

Books about remarkable animal friendships
Koko’s Kitten by Francine Patterson
Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a remarkable friendship by Isabella Hatkoff
Tarra & Bella: the elephant and dog who became best friends by Carol Buckley

Animal Odd Couples – Kate and Pip
A deer and a great dane

Unlikely Animal Friends – National Geographic

Catherine Thimmesh – Friends
Video with photos, poems from the book

10 Unbelievable Animal Friendships
Macaque and pigeon picture and description

Harnas African Wildlife Rescue – Home
Home to Brad (lion) and Wilber (pig)

Meet the odd couples – PBS NATURE

Your morning adorable: Giraffe and ostrich are best friends


Parrots Over Puerto Rico

by Susan L. Roth, Cindy Trumbore, Susan L. Roth (Illustrator)

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Sibert Award 2014

Parrots Over Puerto Rico Trailer

Parrots Over Puerto Rico

Parrots Over Puerto Rico – Lee & Low

Classroom Bookshelf: Parrots over Puerto Rico

Susan L. Roth – Parrots Over Puerto Rico

Cindy Kane – Parrots Over Puerto Rico

Blizzard – The Storm that Changed America

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By Jim Murphy

Frost Flashback: The Blizzard of 1888

Blizzard| Book-A-Day Almanac
Review and additional information by Anita Silvey

Blizzard! Lesson Plan|

Giant Squid

This month we are learning about different children’s book awards.  This  past week we talked about the Sibert Award for Nonfiction Books.  We read one of the winners of this year’s Sibert Honor Award –  Giant Squid by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann.


Additional Activities

Featured Books/Bookmark – Sibert Award

Word Search – Ocean Animals (Habitat Series)

Coloring Page – Giant Squid

Video – Giant Squid

Rain by Manya Stoic

This past week we read Rain by Manya Stojic.  The story is about the animals predicting the rain using their five senses.  The story is repetitive and cumulative so I encouraged the students to help me with the senses as I pointed to my nose, eyes, ears, hands and mouth. After the story we talked about how the rain falling is part of the water cycle.  We also talked about the setting of the books which is the African Savanna habitat.  Both water cycle and habitats are subjects which the students are studying in their classroom.  I showed them the Magic School Bus (series) book about the water cycle and we talked about how the series was nonfiction  and each book was about a different subject (which is how nonfiction books are arranged) and therefore not together in the library.


Additional Activities

Printable – Water Cycle (TpT)

Video – Water Cycle (BrainpopJr) 

Game – Build an online habitat

Featured Books – Five Senses, Magic School Bus (series) , Rain

The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot

This  week we continued with our cat theme, both reading books about cats as well as learning how to fill out a CAT slip (Call # ,  Author and Title of books ).    We read The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot. We talked about setting again this week.   We talking about how the Setting is not only the place but also the time period that a book takes place.  This week’s book was set in England a long time ago.  We could tell that the story took place in the past by the old car that was in the picture at the start of the story.


James Herriot was both an author and a Veterinarian.  We talked about what a veterinarian does and that he visited people and their animals at their farm or home.  This book is a true story, which like an information book, is a type of Nonfiction.   After reading the story, students looked for nonfiction books by their call #  and filled out the author and title of one book with that number.  We talked about books with the same number being about the same subject, such as 636.8 is the number for all books about cats..

Additional Activities 

Coloring Pages – What do Veterinarians do?

Featured Books – Books by James Herriot

Video – Author Profile: James Herriot

Nonfiction – Cats

This week we read a book about Birman cats from the series of books Cool Cats  .    


 Our library skill was to search the catalog and find the number of books/titles we have in our library about Cats (Subject).  

Additional Activities

Website –  Cats for Kids 

Featured Books – Cats 

 Printable/Coloring Page – Burmese Cat (Enchanted Learning)


Selecting Books – Nonfiction Awards

This week we are talking about the Sibert  Informational  Award .  We talked about what nonfiction meant (contain facts and information, true stories) and where they are located in our library.  Just like the fiction books, nonfiction or informational books also are given awards.  The award we talked about was the Sibert Award.   I read   What to do about Alice? , an award winning biography about Teddy Roosevelt’s daughter  Alice.  I put other Sibert Award books out on display.  In our library, the Sibert Award books have yellow spine labels which make them easier to find on the shelf.

Additional Resources:   Sibert Award, President’s Children

Order in the Library – Numbers

This week we read Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives by Lola Schaefer and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal, a nonfiction book.  We talked about Nonfiction and how they are arranged by numbers using the Dewey Decimal system in the library.

Extension Activities

Print and complete the In one lifetime printable

Play Order in the Library . (Shelving – Dewey Decimal)

Additional Resources

Five Points Library Resources

Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer

We reviewed the definition of fiction and nonfiction, then guessed “What type of book is this?” by its cover.  The books that I used were Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, Earthworms by Claire Llewellyn, An Earthworm’s Life by John Himmelman, Flower Hunter: William Bartram by Deborah Ray and Winner Finn, Worm Farmer by Carol Brendler. The students learned that fiction covers show animals doing things that real animals can not do and that nonfiction covers include photos or illustrations. They learned that one type of nonfiction book is biography. They learned that sometimes it is difficult to judge a book by its cover and that sometimes you have to open it and read it in order to decide.   I then read Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer by Carol Brendler, Pictures by Ard Hoyt .



Adventures of Herman the Worm

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