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Flotsam

By David Wiesner
Published by Clarion, 2011
This wordless picture book tells the tale of a young boy who goes to the beach with his family and collects treasures that he finds washed upon the shore. When an antique camera washes ashore, the boy develops the film inside, to find a treasury of self-portaits, each holding the portrait of the person before them. The boy continues the journey of the camera, takes his own photo, and throws the camera back to the whims of the sea.
This amazing book is great for middle and upper elementary students studying the ocean. Also a great wordless book for creating one’s own dialogue for the story.
Awards: Caldecott Medal
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Raising Sweetness

By Diane Stanley
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Published by Picture Puffin Books, 2002
Sweetness is an orphan, and along with the other orphans, decides that it is time to find a wife for the Sheriff. When a letter arrives, Sweetness think it may hold a solution, but none of the kids can read it! Will Sweetness be able to solve the mystery?
A great book for young kids about kids with no parents.
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Sector 7

By David Wiesner
This wordless picture book takes a young boy on a journey to Sector 7, where clouds are made. The clouds are bored with their current shapes, and enlists the boy in making some new ones.
A great book for students to create their own dialogue for the story. Young students can create the story verbally, while older students can write theirs.
Awards: Caldecott Honor Book
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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My Friend is Sad

By Mo Willems
Published by Disney/ Hyperion, 2007
Gerald the elephant is having a bad day. His friend Piggie wants to cheer him up, but doesn’t exactly know how. Unbeknownst to him, each thing he tries actually makes the problem worse. How can piggie cheer him up?
A great book for young kids. A great lesson on what friendship really means.
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Are You My Mother?

By P.D. Eastman
Published by Random House, 1960
A little newborn bird tirelessly looks for his mother until they are reunited at last.
A great book for young children. No curricular connection
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Lon Po Po

By Ed Young
Published by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 2000
When their mother goes off to make a visit, three girls are left home. Granny Wolf, disguised as the girls’ grandmother, attempts to trick them into letting them into their hiding place. With skill and guile, the girls manage to capture and kill the wolf.
This book for young children is a great comparison with Red Riding Hood, and offers its Chinese origin as well as another way to tell a classic tale. Older students could use Lon Po Po as a model for writing their own versions of a classic story.
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day

by Judith Viorst
Illustrated by Ray Cruz
When Alexander goes to sleep with gum in his mouth and wakes up with gum in his hair, he knows it’s going to be a bad day. As his day goes on, it seems like everything terrible happens to him, and he’s ready to take extreme measures– even go to Australia! He realizes, however, that bad days happen to everyone, and sometimes it happens to us.
Young kids will love the repetition and the terrible things that happen to Alexander, both sympathizing with him and also laughing at his plight.
ALA Notable Book
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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