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Picture Book: Carrot Soup by John Segal (Margaret K. McElderry Books 2006)
This is a perfect story for K-2 students to practice their predicting skills. The words are sparse, but careful observers will realize that the illustrations tell the rest of the story. Students will be shouting at Rabbit by the end to help him find his missing carrots.
Novel: Bat 6 by Viginia Euwer Wolff (Scholastic 1998)
A beautiful work of historical fiction for your introspective fifth graders. This book tells the story of two girls’ softball teams who face off in the “Bat 6” competition in the spring of 1949. The book’s strength is that although it brings to light the consequences of Japanese internment during WWII, it is also a story of friendship and learning to get along. The softball backdrop will help draw in your more reluctant readers (“I don’t want to read about the past!”) and the technique of revealing the story through multiple points of view will keep them hooked. A stellar work of historical fiction.
     

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