Advisory Lists · Non-Fiction

Martin Luther King Jr. Biographies for children

Hello Everyone!

Here is a list of M.L.K biographies that I found in my children’s room biography section. Happy Reading!!!



An introduction  to the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Age Range: 5 – 8 years

An eleven chapter biography on Martin Luther King Jr. with 80 black and white cartoon illustrations that are ideal for older students  with a book report assignment.

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

A simple biography on Martin Luther King Jr. geared towards early readers with a glossary of important terms in the back of the text.

Age Range: 6 – 9 years

A Look on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream to end inequality in America. A timeline of important dates are included in the back matter.

Age Range: 5 – 8 years

Key moments in the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King Jr’s role in it.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

A look on Civil Rights leader  Martin Luther King Jr.  and how he fought injustice through peaceful means.

Age Range: 5 – 8 years

A read-aloud biography on Martin Luther King Jr. that shows  him as a civil rights leader.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

An in-depth look in to the man who was Martin Luther King Jr. and the people and events that shaped him.

Age Range: 11 – 15 years

A glance into the boyhood of Martin Luther king Jr.  in Atlanta Georgia and the successes in the fight against segregation.

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

The story of Martin Luther King Jr. and the March on Washington that made history.

Age Range: 5 – 8 years

Advisory Lists · Picture Books

Winter Reads—Picture Books


Happy Winter everyone!

Here is a list of picture books that are set in the winter. Enjoy.


A young set out to find a new pet when her cat goes missing in the winter.

A squirrel  waiting  for winter gets bored and adventure follows.

After a blizzard a boy braves harsh conditions to bring supplies to his neighbor.

Two friends work hard to achieve their Olympian goals.

Classic song with a twist.

Woodland animals get ready for winter as the snow comes.

One winter morning a boy builds a snowman and it magically comes to life.

A young Yak experiences snow for the first time and notices how the other animals prepare for winter.

Kiko goes through the woods to bring a pie for her grandmother and encounters creatures having a tea party.

Two birds explore a winter landscape and notices the uniqueness in nature.

Advisory Lists · Picture Books

Stranger Danger Story Time

I recently  conducted  a Stranger Danger Story Time for Preschoolers.  Below are the books and songs that I choose.



Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Three owl siblings wake up  to find that their  owl mother is gone.

  • Stranger Danger Tip:   It is important to have a buddy system. The siblings realized that they were alone and they stayed together. It is important  for children to stay with their parent,guardian or caregiver. Always make sure that the individual taking care of you is near you and visible. Strangers come when you are alone. Staying with a buddy keeps you safe.


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The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza

A meal loving wolf plan’s his next meal by fatten up his prey.

  • Stranger Danger Tip:  Strangers are not safe. If they offer you treats like the wolf in the story do not accept them. Strangers have a reason for doing nice things and that is to get you to come with them. Never accept things from strangers.



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The Three Little Pigs by Emily Bolam

The three little pigs set out to build their homes  and the big bad wolf comes along.

  • Stranger Danger Tip: Do not let strangers into your home. When you see a stranger run away and find help. The three little pigs did not let the wolf in their homes and when they were in danger they ran away and got help from each other.




Ten Little Strangers 

Ten Little Strangers  ( similar to the Ten Little Apples counting song)

1 little, 2 little, 3 little strangers

4 little, 5 little, 6 little strangers

7 little, 8 little, 9 little strangers

10 little strangers

NO! ( every shouts No!)

No go backwards

10 little, 9 little, 8 little strangers

7 little, 6 little, 5 little strangers

4 little, 3 little, 2 little strangers

1 little stranger



If You See A Stranger ( Just like If You Are Happy And You Know It)

If you see  a stranger run away

If you see a stranger run away

If you see a stranger,  if you see a stranger,

if you see a stranger runaway.


If you see a stranger yell for help

If you see a stranger  yell for help

If you see a stranger, if see a stranger yell for help

You can incorporate other tips such as say NO! etc.


Hope these books and songs are helpful. Happy Reading!!!


Advisory Lists · Non-Fiction


Here are some non-fiction titles about summer. Please check out these titles and others at your local library. Happy Summer Reading!!!

Children are introduced to different facts about summer.

Children are taken on a tour of  summer and are shown the different activities that one can see and do during the summer.

Children get answers about various things about summer.

Children are given answers on what makes the season of summer.

Children are given explanation about sunburns and skin conditions.

A demonstration on different paper crafts and other crafts that one can make for the summer.

Advisory Lists · fiction

Where Will You Go This Summer?

Summer is a time  of  seeing new places, new people and finding out new things about oneself. Here are some more middle grade summer tales.  Please check out these titles and others at your local library. Happy Summer Reading!!!


Lies told during a game of truth-or-dare brings trouble to a girl when she returns home at  the  end of summer.

A drama filled summer that does not go according to plan. A sequel to My life in pink & green.

Two girls become friends through  their love of dogs, but the prejudices surrounding them threatens their friendship.

A young boy inherits an apartment that is like a video game and must solve puzzles to get the treasure at the end.

Old enemies must put their differences and work together to publish a newspaper.

Set in the 1930’s a young girl has to spend the summer with her eccentric grandmother, but learns to understand and admire her grandmother.

A young girl visits her grandmother in the south and realizes that she is the only relative that has inherited the family magical legacy.

An emotional summer in which two siblings have to deal with the possibility of moving and a  visit from their country singer mother.

The saga of the Fitzgerald-Trouts continued  with this installment having them saved their island from their father Johnny trout.



Advisory Lists · fiction

Where Will You Go This Summer?

Summer is a time to travel. Many take trains, buses, boats and airplanes to get to their destinations.  One simple mood of transport is through books. Jump in to these middle grade  summer reads and let them take you where they will. Happy Summer Reading!!!




A boy sent to music camp encounters a bully.

A young girl finds out her mother has cancer and discovers many lessons in the journey to helping her.

A widowed father and his four daughters has an adventured filled summer.

A girl from the Bronx has an island  adventure filled with mystery.

A twelve-year-old girl spends her summer in New Mexico and learns new things about herself.

A girl at summer camp invents a prankster sibling to gain popularity and her neglected best-friend reveals the truth.

A summer with grandmother turns out to be a lot more exciting than one expects.

A young  girl deals with  grief while spending her summer at a Shakespearean theater festival.


Advisory Lists · Picture Books

Picture Books-Summer

Summer is here!!!

Check out these titles at your local library.


Gretchen Over The Beach by A.W. Alley

Splash, Anna Hibicus! by Atinuke & Lauren Tobia

Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee

Duck & Goose Go To The Beach by Tad Hills

Water In The Park: A Book About Water &The Times of The Day by Stephanie Graegen

Out of The Blue by Alison Jay

Mouse First Summer by Lauren Thompson

Carl’s Summer by  Alexandra Day




Advisory Lists · Home


Summer is the time of freedom and discovery. Some go to other countries to find themselves and others discover secrets right in their backyard. Here are some middle grade fiction coming of age stories. Happy Summer Reading!!


Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington

Dreamer Wisher Liar by Charise Mericle Harper

The Swift Boys & Me by Kody Keplinger

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island by Dana Alison Levy


Please check out these titles at your local library.

Advisory Lists · Non-Fiction


I found this wonderful non-fiction text on birds and thought I would share a list of non-fiction titles on birds that I enjoyed and think you will too. Happy Reading!!!


Birds Make Nests by Michael Garland

A look on how different nests are made by different birds.

About Birds: A guide for Children by Cathry Sill and Illustrated by John Sill

An introduction to birds from  flight to nests. Detailed resources on the birds mentioned in the back.

Thunder Birds by Jim Arnosky

A look on different birds of prey with  life size illustrations.

Mama Built A Little Nest by Jennifer Ward

A poetic look on different ways bird nests are constructed.

Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre

The habits of the Turkey Vulture.

Owls by Gail Gibbons

Information on everything you need to know about owls.


Please check out these titles at your local library.

Advisory Lists · Poetry

New Children’s Titles



Thunder Underground by Jane Yolen

A collection of poems the looks into the underground and digs deeper.

Feel The Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing  by Marilyn Singer

Poems that introduces the reader to different dances that exist in different cultures around the world.


Fairy-Tale/Folk Tale/Fable 



Beauty and the Beast retold by Cynthia Rylant

A tale as old as time retold with an interesting ending.

The Crane Girl  adapted  by Curtis Manley

A young boy saves a crane and his life is never the same.

Three Billy Goats Gruff  by Jerry Pinkney

A new look on an old fable.

Please let me know your thoughts below. Happy reading!