Archive for January, 2011

Black History Month

Resources for teaching Black History Month are available  in the CRC and online. offers a wonderful selection of ideas, images, and videos.  Black history resources available here include many books, videos and kits.  Check them out!

Animal Crackers Fly the Coop

O’Malley, Kevin. Animal Crackers Fly the Coop. Walker & Company. 2010. ISBN: 978-0-8027-9837-4 Animal Crackers Fly the Coop is perfect for joke-lovers. Packed full with wise-cracks and play-on-words, we follow four wannabe-comedian animals looking to make it big when things go bad on the farm. The illustrations are good, although the highlight is the thought […]

Shrek! (The Book, NOT the Movie)

Steig, William. Shrek! Farrar Straus Giroux. ISBN: 978-0-374-36879-1. Most of us are, by now, familiar with the movie Shrek and its multiple sequels. Many may not be aware that the popular animated movies came from a book of the same name by William Steig. There are, as in any book-to-film translation, some similarities and some […]

The Daily Comet: Boy Saves Earth from Giant Octopus! By Frank Asch & Devin Asch

Asch, Frank. The Daily Comet: Boy Saves Earth from Giant Octopus! Kids Can Press. ISBN: 978-1-55453-281-0. Hayward’s dad works for The Daily Comet, a newspaper that only seems to publish ridiculous, positively-untrue stories about monsters and historical figures. Hayward knows that the stories cannot be true, which is why he believes the odd encounters his […]


I am freezing! I am freezing! I am absolutely cold, I am shivering and shaking like a pudding in a mold. there are glaciers in my stomach, there is sleet inside my bones, I am colder than the contents of a million ice-cream cones. Prelutsky, Jack.  (1984). It’s Snowing! It’s Snowing! New York:  Greenwillow Books. […]

Spring Semester Is Here

  With the days alarmingly short and the holiday fun over, there is one thing still worth celebrating:  spring semester has begun.  What’s so great about spring semster? It’s got the word spring in it!  But until we can really celebrate spring, stop up at the CRC for ideas for teaching weather and change of […]

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