Category Archives: Ballenger Teachers Center (BTC)

AzkaBanned Books – Banned Books and Intellectual Freedom

Our Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon exhibit happily coincides with Banned Books Week, September 24-30. So what do Harry Potter and Banned Books have in common? Harry Potter has faced many challenges in school and public libraries over the past twenty years. Fortunately, in more recent years, critics have left Harry Potter alone, but other books have taken its place on the top ten challenged books of the year. Books receive challenges for a variety of reasons, the most common being religion, sex, language, or even just encouraging young readers to disrespect their elders.

Come to the Marvin Foyer to look at a variety of children’s titles that have been challenged over the years. Exercise your first amendment rights and check out a banned book.

  • Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn,
  • Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
  • 813 T911h
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  • Al Capone Does My Shirts
  • Choldenko, Gennifer, 1957-
  • 813 C453al
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  • Among the Hidden
  • Haddix, Margaret Peterson,
  • 813 H117aml
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  • And Tango Makes Three
  • Richardson, Justin, 1963-
  • 800 R394tan
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  • Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
  • Blume, Judy.
  • 813 B6255a
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  • Attack Of the Mutant Underwear
  • Birdseye, Tom.
  • 813 B532at
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  • Boy Who Lost His Face
  • Sachar, Louis, 1954-
  • 813 Sa14boy
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  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Paterson, Katherine.
  • 813 P273bri
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  • Call It Courage
  • Sperry, Armstrong, 1897-1976,
  • 813 Sp3c
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  • Censorship in Schools
  • Sherrow, Victoria.
  • 025.213 Sh57ce
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  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Dahl, Roald.
  • 823 D1375c
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  • Crow Boy
  • Yashima, Tarō, 1908-1994.
  • 823.9 Y264cro
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  • Daddy’s Roommate
  • Willhoite, Michael, 1946-
  • 800 W669d 2000
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  • Drowning Of Stephan Jones
  • Greene, Bette, 1934-
  • 813 G832dro
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  • Eleanor & Park: [a Novel]
  • Rowell, Rainbow.
  • 813 R795el 2013
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  • Fat Kid Rules the World
  • Going, K. L. (Kelly L.)
  • 813 G561fat
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  • Girls and Sex
  • Pomeroy, Wardell Baxter.
  • 613.9 P7716g
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  • Halloween a B C
  • Merriam, Eve, 1916-1992.
  • 811 M551ha
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  • Heather Has Two Mommies
  • Newman, Lesléa.
  • 800 N465hea
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  • It’s Perfectly Normal: A Book About Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health
  • Harris, Robie H.
  • 613.9 H243i
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  • Mommy Laid an Egg!: Or Where Do Babies Come From?
  • Cole, Babette.
  • 649 C674m
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  • My Brother Sam Is Dead
  • Collier, James Lincoln, 1928-
  • 813 C69m
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  • My Darling, My Hamburger: A Novel
  • Zindel, Paul.
  • 813 Z66m
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  • Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep
  • Prelutsky, Jack.
  • 811 P915ni
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  • Places I Never Meant to Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers
  • 813 B6255pl
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  • Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Taylor, Mildred D.,
  • 813 T2162r 2001
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  • Story Of Little Black Sambo
  • Bannerman, Helen, 1862-1946.
  • 813 B22slbs
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  • Strega Nona: An Old Tale
  • DePaola, Tomie, 1934-
  • 800 D44s
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  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
  • Steig, William, 1907-2003.
  • 800 St33syl
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  • Teaching Banned Books: 12 Guides for Young Readers
  • Scales, Pat.
  • Z1019 .S33 2001
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  • Then Again, Maybe I Won’t: A Novel
  • Blume, Judy.
  • 813 B6255th
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  • There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom
  • Sachar, Louis, 1954-
  • 813 Sa14the
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  • Vegan Virgin Valentine
  • Mackler, Carolyn.
  • 813 M218veg
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  • What My Mother Doesn’t Know
  • Sones, Sonya.
  • 813 So57wha
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  • What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: The New Growing-up Guide for Parents and Sons
  • Madaras, Lynda.
  • 613.953 M261wha
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  • What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-up Guide for Parents and Daughters
  • Madaras, Lynda.
  • 613.955 M261wha
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  • Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems & Drawings Of Shel Silverstein.
  • Silverstein, Shel,
  • 811.54 Si394w 2004
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  • Where the Wild Things Are.
  • Sendak, Maurice.
  • 800 Se55w
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  • You Know You Love Me: A Gossip Girl Novel
  • Von Ziegesar, Cecily.
  • 813 V897yo
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I finished the Harry Potter Series. Now what?

You may or may not have shed a tear after finishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As for me, I was ugly crying. Inevitably, any Potterhead worth their salt finds themselves wondering, “What now? I have read all the books six times. I have watched all the movies at least that many times. I couldn’t afford to go see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London. What’s a Potterhead to do?”

As someone who has searched high and low for a Harry Potter read-alike, I can say with reasonable confidence that there is nothing truly like it. However, you might want to try some of the titles below. You might just find a new favorite in their midst. You can find them on display in the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library.

  • Alchemyst: The Secrets Of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
  • Scott, Michael, 1959-
  • 813 Sco85a
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  • Amulet Of Samarkand
  • Stroud, Jonathan.
  • 823.911 St89amu
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  • Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel
  • Colfer, Eoin.
  • 741.5 Ar759
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  • Beyond the Deepwoods
  • Stewart, Paul, 1955-
  • 813 St49bey
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  • Brisingr, Or, the Seven Promises Of Eragon Shadeslayer and Saphira Bjartskular
  • Paolini, Christopher,
  • 813 P196br
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  • Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy
  • Nimmo, Jenny.
  • 823 N617cha
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  • Curious World Of Calpurnia Tate
  • Kelly, Jacqueline,
  • 813.54 K297cu
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  • Dealing with Dragons
  • Wrede, Patricia C., 1953-
  • 813 W925dea
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  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
  • Grabenstein, Chris.
  • 813 G7505es
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  • Evolution Of Calpurnia Tate
  • Kelly, Jacqueline.
  • 813.54 K297ev
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  • Extraordinary Education Of Nicholas Benedict
  • Stewart, Trenton Lee,
  • 813.6 St499ex
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  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Scamander, Newt.
  • 823 R797fan
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  • Golden Compass
  • Pullman, Philip, 1946-
  • 823 P967g 1995
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  • Golden Compass
  • Pullman, Philip, 1946-
  • 823 P967g 1995
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  • Gregor the Overlander
  • Collins, Suzanne.
  • 813 C696gre
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  • Heroes Of the Valley
  • Stroud, Jonathan.
  • 823.911 St89he
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  • Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again,
  • Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973,
  • 823 T57h 1951
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  • Invention Of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures
  • Selznick, Brian,
  • 813 Se495in
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  • Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel
  • Venditti, Robert,
  • 741.5973 R479Lig
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  • Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963.
  • 823 L585Li 2005
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  • Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Stewart, Trenton Lee.
  • 813.6 St499m
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  • Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
  • Stewart, Trenton Lee.
  • 813.6 St499mp
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  • Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma
  • Stewart, Trenton Lee.
  • 813.6 St499mpr
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  • Peter and the Starcatchers
  • Barry, Dave.
  • 813 B2795pst
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  • Peter and the Secret Of Rundoon
  • Barry, Dave.
  • 813 B2795pse
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  • Ptolemy’s Gate
  • Stroud, Jonathan.
  • 823.911 St89pto
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  • Quidditch Through the Ages
  • Whisp, Kennilworthy.
  • 823 R797qui
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  • Ruins Of Gorlan
  • Flanagan, John (John Anthony),
  • 823 F614ru
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  • Screaming Staircase
  • Stroud, Jonathan.
  • 823.911 St89sc
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  • Sorcerer’s Companion: A Guide to the Magical World Of Harry Potter
  • Kronzek, Allan Zola.
  • 823.914 K926so
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  • Tales Of Beedle the Bard
  • Rowling, J. K.
  • 823 R797ta
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  • Tales Of Beedle the Bard
  • Rowling, J. K.
  • 823 R797ta
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  • Tuesdays at the Castle
  • George, Jessica Day, 1976-
  • 813 G2935tu
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  • Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel
  • Larson, Hope,
  • 741.5973 L3295wr
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BTC Display Highlights: We Need Diverse Books

This display is inspired by the We Need Diverse Books™ movement.

We Need Diverse Books™ is a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.”

Now more than ever, children need to be engaged in thoughtful discourse about differences and similarities they have with the people around them. Picture books and other literature are often a perfect springboard for such discourse. I hope you’ll come check out the selection of titles I have pulled for you, and find additional new titles on your own!

If you are interested in finding book titles for PK-12 students highlight diverse families, check out this wonderful database created by the University of Central Florida called DIverse Families: http://stars.library.ucf.edu/diversefamilies

  • Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak out
  • Kuklin, Susan,
  • 306.76 K958be
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  • Circle Of Thanks
  • Bruchac, Joseph, 1942-
  • 811.54 B83cir
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  • Civil Rights Movement in America: 1954-1968
  • Landau, Elaine.
  • 323.0973 L23ci
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  • Coming to America: The Story Of Immigration
  • Maestro, Betsy,
  • 304.8 M2687co
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  • Enrique’s Journey: The True Story Of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother
  • Nazario, Sonia.
  • 973 N236en
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  • Families: A Celebration Of Diversity, Commitment, and Love
  • Jenness, Aylette.
  • 306.85 J435fam
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  • Families, Families, Families!
  • Lang, Suzanne.
  • 800 L256fa
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  • First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial
  • Goodman, Susan E., 1952-
  • 344.744 R5441go
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  • Gay America: Struggle for Equality
  • Alsenas, Linas.
  • 306.76 AL783ga
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  • Great Big Book Of Families
  • Hoffman, Mary, 1945-
  • 306.85 H6755gr
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  • Heart and Soul: The Story Of America and African Americans
  • Nelson, Kadir.
  • King 2012a
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  • Hope and Tears: Ellis Island Voices
  • Swain, Gwenyth, 1961-
  • 304.8 Sw14ho
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  • I Have the Right to Be a Child
  • Serres, Alain, 1956-
  • 323.3 Se687i
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  • I Like Being American: Treasured Traditions, Symbols, and Stories
  • 973 I1
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  • I, Too, Am America
  • Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967.
  • 811.52 H874i
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  • Koreans in America
  • Patterson, Wayne, 1946-
  • 973 P277k
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  • Meet Christopher: An Osage Indian Boy from Oklahoma
  • Simermeyer, Genevieve.
  • 978.004 Si452m
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  • Milk and Honey: A Year Of Jewish Holidays
  • Yolen, Jane.
  • 296.4 Y78mi
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  • Muslim Next Door: The Qurʼan, the Media, and That Veil Thing
  • Ali-Karamali, Sumbul, 1964-
  • 297 AL415m
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  • My Grandfather’s Coat
  • Aylesworth, Jim,
  • 800 Ay44my
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  • My Name Is Sangoel
  • Williams, Karen Lynn.
  • 800 W6737my
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  • New York Public Library Amazing Hispanic American History: A Book Of Answers for Kids
  • Ochoa, George.
  • 973 Oc3ne
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  • Odetta, the Queen Of Folk
  • Alcorn, Stephen.
  • 782.42 Od28a
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  • One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads
  • Valentine, Johnny.
  • 800 V234one
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  • Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation
  • 811.608 P71
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  • Preaching to the Chickens: The Story Of Young John Lewis
  • Asim, Jabari, 1962-
  • 323.092 L5873as
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  • Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community
  • Stevenson, Robin, 1968-
  • 306.76 St487pr
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  • Salaam: A Muslim American Boy’s Story
  • Brown, Tricia.
  • 297.083 B815sa
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  • Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power Of a Protest Song
  • Golio, Gary,
  • 782.42165 H717go
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  • Tell All the Children Our Story: Memories and Mementos Of Being Young and Black in America
  • Bolden, Tonya.
  • 973.0496 B637t
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  • We Are Americans: Voices Of the Immigrant Experience
  • Hoobler, Dorothy.
  • 304.8 H76we
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  • Youngest Marcher: The Story Of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist
  • Levinson, Cynthia,
  • 323.092 H3842Le
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Back to School at the BTC

Ready or not . . . school is back in session! If you’re looking for back-to-school books, check out our new display area located on top of the short shelving units in the BTC. I have pulled great read alouds, graphic novels, chapter books, and non-fiction titles for your reading pleasure. Find a select list of titles below. Coming soon . . . a new Common Core Spotlight display.

  • Berenstain Bears and the Excuse Note
  • Berenstain, Stan, 1923-2005.
  • 800 B451exc
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  • Big New School
  • Hastings, Evelyn Belmont,
  • 800 H279b
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  • Chubs: Another Day at School
  • Lane, Melaina.
  • 800 L242ch
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  • Crayon Box That Talked
  • DeRolf, Shane.
  • 800 D4473cr 1997
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  • Dog Came to School.
  • Lenski, Lois, 1893-1974.
  • 800 L548d 1955
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  • Elizabeti’s School
  • Bodeen, S. A. (Stephanie A.), 1965-
  • 800 St98eli
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  • Froggy Goes to School
  • London, Jonathan, 1947-
  • 800 L846fgs
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  • Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown
  • Danziger, Paula, 1944-2004.
  • 800 D2382ge
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  • Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown
  • Danziger, Paula, 1944-2004.
  • 800 D2382ge
  • summary | details
  • I Want to Be a Teacher.
  • Greene, Carla, 1916-1991.
  • 800 G83it
  • summary | details
  • Last to Finish: A Story About the Smartest Boy in Math Class
  • Esham, Barbara.
  • 800 Es33La
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  • Let’s Find out About Fall,
  • Shapp, Martha.
  • 800 Sh23Lf
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  • Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
  • Henkes, Kevin,
  • 800 H3885Li
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  • Little Cliff’s First Day Of School
  • Taulbert, Clifton L.
  • 800 T191Lit
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  • Little Hippo Starts School
  • Macdonald, Maryann.
  • 800 M14572L
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  • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
  • Slate, Joseph.
  • 800 SL14mbg
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  • Miss Malarkey Doesn’t Live in Room 10
  • Finchler, Judy.
  • 800 F4918md
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  • Oh, How I Wished I Could Read!
  • Gile, John.
  • 800 G39oh
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  • Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School
  • Dean, Kim, 1969-
  • 800 D3452ptc
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  • Seven Froggies Went to School
  • Duke, Kate.
  • 800 D8854se
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  • Splat and the Cool School Trip
  • Scotton, Rob,
  • 800 Sco79spc
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  • Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys
  • Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald.
  • 800 H832vir
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  • Yoko Writes Her Name
  • Wells, Rosemary.
  • 800 W462yowr
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Under the deep blue (BT)sea

A few selections from Ballenger Teachers Center about the sea and its creatures

picture of table with books Picture of MKM with puppet in BTC

Today BTC will have a visit from Stepping Stones to explore the ocean and its amazing creatures. Here are just a few of the books these kids will dive into.

 

  • Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom Of the Sea
  • Jenkins, Steve, 1952-
  • 591.779 J418do
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  • Great White Shark Scientist
  • Montgomery, Sy,
  • 578.77 Sk53mo
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  • Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebirds: The Story Of a Food Web
  • Crenson, Victoria.
  • 577.16 K585hor
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  • Island: A Story Of the Galápagos
  • Chin, Jason, 1978-
  • 508.866 C4411is
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  • Jellies: The Life Of Jellyfish
  • George, Twig C.
  • 593.5 G213je
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  • Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures
  • Johnson, Rebecca L.,
  • 591.77 J6365jo
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  • Octopus Scientists: Exploring the Mind Of a Mollusk
  • Montgomery, Sy,
  • 594.56 M7674oc
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  • Star Of the Sea: A Day in the Life Of a Starfish
  • Halfmann, Janet.
  • 593.9 H138st
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  • Tsunami: Helping Each Other
  • Morris, Ann, 1930-
  • 959.304 M831tsu
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Summer books in the BTC

Hot reading fun in the summertime…

A special summer collection of titles are featured in the Ballenger Teachers center ranging from “bees, snails, & peacock tails,” “Cool Jobs for Yard-working Kids,” “Sleeping in a Sack: Camping activities for kids,” and “Kids Gone Fishin,'” to “Blueberry Summer,” “How I Survived My Summer vacation,” and “Heat Wave.” We’ve got lots of fun books for your summer reading. Leveled Readers titles are included, too!

These books are on display in area #10 to the right of the BTC desk.

 

  • Bees, Snails, & Peacock Tails: Patterns & Shapes– Naturally
  • Franco, Betsy.
  • 811.54 F848be
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  • Blueberry Summer.
  • Ogilvie, Elisabeth, 1917-2006.
  • 813 Og4b
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  • Carl’s Summer Vacation
  • Day, Alexandra.
  • 800 D33cs
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  • Couple Of Boys Have the Best Week Ever
  • Frazee, Marla.
  • 800 F869co
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  • Firefly July: A Year Of Very Short Poems
  • 811.008 F5146
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  • Go Outside!: Over 130 Activities for Outdoor Adventures
  • Blakey, Nancy.
  • GV191.63 .B59 2002
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  • How T́́ía Lola Saved the Summer
  • Alvarez, Julia.
  • 813 AL86hts
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  • Lemonade Sun: And Other Summer Poems
  • Dotlich, Rebecca Kai.
  • 811.54 D742lem
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  • Minn and Jake’s Almost Terrible Summer
  • Wong, Janet S.
  • 813 W486mi
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  • One Crazy Summer
  • Williams-Garcia, Rita.
  • King 2011a
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  • Secrets Of the Garden: Food Chains and the Food Web in Our Backyard
  • Zoehfeld, Kathleen Weidner.
  • 800 Z72se
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  • Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play
  • Singer, Marilyn.
  • 811.54 Si643st
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  • Summer Is Fun.
  • Davis, Lavinia R. (Lavinia Riker), 1909-1961.
  • 800 D294sf
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  • Summer Of the Gypsy Moths
  • Pennypacker, Sara, 1951-
  • 813 P385su
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Stories about bullies and bullying in the Ballenger Teachers Center

Bullying is a difficult reality in many children’s lives. There is a long tradition of children’s literature that takes on this tough topic and helps children understand situations in which they are bullied, or they have bullied others. Here are some books from the juvenile collection in the Ballenger Teachers Center that address this problem.

 

  • Bootsie Barker Bites
  • Bottner, Barbara.
  • 800 B659boo
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  • Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories
  • 302.3 D3471
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  • It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living
  • 306.76 It11
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  • Marlene, Marlene, Queen Of Mean
  • Lynch, Jane, 1960-
  • 800 L9914ma
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  • Secret Identity
  • Van Draanen, Wendelin.
  • 813 V287sec
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A Culture of Kindness

It seems lately that there are lots of people around who don’t treat each other very well. These books for children and young adults, “promote tolerance… and support the transformative power of kindness.” Selected by Professor and Reference Librarian Ann Brownson from an article by Amina Chaudhri in the September, 2014 issue of Booklist. All of these books are available in Booth Library’s Ballenger Teacher’s Center. Chaudhri’s article provides a synopsis and suggests classroom activities aligned with common core.

Chaudhri, A. (2014). A Culture of Kindness. Booklist, 111(1S), 34-38.

  • Counting by 7s
  • Sloan, Holly Goldberg, 1958-
  • 813 SL523co
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  • Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
  • DiCamillo, Kate,
  • 813 D547fl
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  • Sick Day for Amos Mcgee
  • Stead, Philip Christian.
  • 800 St311si
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