This section includes descriptions and links to recommended picture books that make excellent feature books in different themes or are special favorites that can extend and enrich the study of a particular subject.
Featured Book Activity
Queen of the Track
written by Heather Lang, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
A versatile discussion and activity guide (pdf, 14.5MB) for working with the book Queen of the Track has been developed by author Heather Lang with Kate Narita, teacher at Ashland Middle School in Ashland, MA. Questions and activities are suggested for different grade levels and reader maturity as well as different purposes and curricular focus.
Make a connection
written by Pat Brisson, illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Yan Nascimbana
The Eye of the Beholder
Mr. Crockett moved into the rundown old brownstone and planted a scraggly little pine tree in front of it; the neighbors grumbled and didn't understand. With loving care and the passage of time the tree grew lush and strong and attracted birds with their lovely songs. The Beautiful Christmas Tree became the symbol of what Christmas was meant to be. Wanda saw beauty in the bare thorn bush and worked to bring about the rose garden of her vision. With the help of a caring community an empty lot became that garden for Wanda's Roses.