ELA - Good beginnings/strong leads in juvenile literature
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The following picture books and novels are recommended as examples of good beginnings or books with 'hooks'. This list includes books ranging from Kindergarten to grade 12.
Gr.K-3: Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears Click, clack moo. Click, clack moo. Clickety, clack, moo.

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type: Doreen Cronin Picture Storybook Caldecott Honor Book

Gr.K-3: The Snort City Register/Gazette, September 30 : Local Dog Enters Obedience School: Citing a long list of behavioral problems, Snort City resident Gertrude R. LaRue yesterday enrolled her dog, Ike, in the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy.

LaRue: Letters from Obedience School (LaRue Books): Mark Teague…

Gr.K-3 : NEED OPENER

Night in the Country (Cynthia Rylant) great for mental imagery. I love this book but anything by Rylant is a "must-read"

Gr.K-2: We looked...We listened...We decided to take the shortcut home. We should have taken the road. But it was late, and it was getting dark, so we started down the track.

Gr.K-2: We looked...We listened...We decided to take the shortcut home. We should have taken the road. But it was late, and it was getting dark, so we started down the track.

Gr.6-10: <narrative verse with fantastic set up to convey action and intensity of the basketball game> Dribbling At the top of the key, I'm MOVING & GROOVING, POPping and ROCKING -- Why you BUMPING? Why you LOCKING? Man, take this THUMPING. Be careful though, 'cause now I'm CRUNKing CrissCROSSIN FLOSSING flipping and my dipping will leave you SLIPPING on the floor, while I SWOOP in to the finish with a fierce finger roll...

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. Coretta Scott King honor book for Winner of the Newbery Award for

Gr.7 and up: The screw through Cinder's ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle. Her knuckles ached from forcing the screwdriver into the joint as she struggled to loosen the screw one gritting twist after another. By the time it was extracted far enough for her to wrench free with her prosthetic steel hand, the hairline threads had been stripped clean. Tossing the screwdriver onto the table, Cinder gripped her heel and yanked the foot from its socket.

Cinderella is a cyborg mechanic living in New Beijing, who falls in love with Prince Kai, the heir to the throne of the Commonwealth. Talk about forbidden love — that foot is prosthetic, because the girl’s not quite human

Gr.4-8: I noticed several weird things about the surfboarding cat. Thing number one: He was a surfboarding cat. Thing number two: He was wearing a T-shirt. It said CATS RULE, DOGS DROOL. Thing number three: He was holding a closed umbrella, like he was worried about getting wet, Which, when you think about it, is kind of not the pint of surfing. Thing number four: No one else on the beach seemed to see him.

Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) presents a book trailer featuring the children's novel, "Crenshaw," by Katherine Applegate.

Gr.5-9: <Each chapter starts with the main character, Marjan, giving the reader 'Lessons for Life and Storytelling'.>

Gr.5-9: <Each chapter starts with the main character, Marjan, giving the reader 'Lessons for Life and Storytelling'.>

Gr.K-3: On Monday Sam and Dave dug a hole. "When should we stop digging?" asked Sam. "We are on a mission," said Dave. "We won't stop digging until we find something spectacular."

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole (Irma S and James H Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature (Awards)) by Mac Barnett

Gr.K-3: The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind or another his mother called him "WILD THING!" and Max said "I'LL EAT YOU UP!" so he was sent to bed without eating anything.

Although he passed away in a brand new children's book written by beloved author Maurice Sendak will hit bookshelves in

Gr.K-3: It was late one winter night, long past my bedtime, when Pa and I went owling. There was no wind. the trees stood still as giant statues.

Owl Moon (Book) : Yolen, Jane : On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.

Gr.3-6: Aunt Sally Arrives!  The week before Mr. and Mrs. Anderson were to leave Tenderly, Ohio, for the somewhat more bustling metropolis of Paris, their babysitter, who had just returned from far-off climes herself, came down with a mild case of bubonic plague and called tearfully to say she didn't want to spread the buboes around.

The Trolls (Book) : Horvath, Polly : Eccentric Aunt Sally comes from Canada to babysit the Anderson children while their parents are on a trip to Paris and every night the bedtime story adds another piece to a very suspect family history.

Gr.4-6: Kidnapping children is not a good idea. All the same, sometimes it has to be done. Aunt Etta and Aunt Coral and Aunt Myrtle were not natural kidnappers.

Gr.4-6: Kidnapping children is not a good idea. All the same, sometimes it has to be done. Aunt Etta and Aunt Coral and Aunt Myrtle were not natural kidnappers.

Gr.3-6: A private message from the private eye... I've always loved a good mystery. Like, how do they squeeze ketchup into those little plastic packets? And, why is cafeteria food so bad? And, who put the boom in the shaka-laka-boom-boom?

The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko, Private Eye by Bruce Hale

Gr.2-6: "Halt, vile knaves. Prepare to die." "Is he talking to us?" asked Fred. I looked around the small clearing. A dirt path went from one end to the other. Fred, Same and I stood at one end. A large guy on a black horse stood at the other. He was dressed from head to toe in black armor like you see in those books about knights and castles. "I don't see any other vile knaves around," I said.

Time Warp Trio series: Joe receives a magic book for his birthday present from his uncle. Joe, Fred, and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire-breathing dragons, and vile-smelling giants roamed the land.

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