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Catherine, Called Birdy Companion Booktalks

A baker’s dozen to get you started on the April Bookstorm™  books …

Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction ManualAviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual, Kate Samworth. Clarion Books, 2014

  • Winner of the 2014 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature
  • Fantastic illustrations of fantastical creatures
  • Build your own birds!


Backyard BirdsBackyard Birds by Karen Stray Nolting, Jonathan Latimer, and Roger Tory Peterson. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999

  • Color photographs and drawings
  • Easy guides on how-to-identify common birds
  • Great supplementary material for reports 


Blood Red HorseBlood Red Horse by K.M. Grant. Walker, 2006 (Book 1 of a trilogy)

  • 13 year old rides a beloved horse into battle during the crusades
  • Narrative follows both Christian and Muslim characters
  • What does it take to become a knight? 


CastleCastle, written and illustrated by David Macaulay. Candlewick Press, 2005 edition

  • Caldecott Honor book
  • Step-by-step construction of fictional 13th Century castle
  • Easy Reader version available 

Castle DiaryCastle Diary: the Journal of Tobias Burgess by Richard Platt, illustrated by Chris Ridell. Candlewick Press, 2003

  • Daily life in a castle from an 11-year-old servant’s point of view
  • Jousting, sword fighting, archery, horse-back riding
  • What was it like to live in a castle? 

FleasCreepy Creatures: Fleas by Valerie Bodden. Creative Paperbacks, 2014

  • Under-the-microscope photographs with amazing details
  • Great back matter for report writing
  • One in a set of Creepy Creatures books 

Crispin: The Cross of LeadCrispin: Cross of Lead by Avi. Penguin, 2002

  • Newbery winner
  • Page-turning action
  • Falsely-accused boy goes on the run in 14th century England


Doodle StitchingDoodle Stitching: Fresh and Fun Embroidery for Beginners by Aimee Ray. Sterling Publishing, 2007

  • Easy-to-follow patterns for a variety of projects (book covers!)
  • “Doodles” appealing to boys and girls
  • Many designs that even beginners could finish in a short block of time 

Good masters, Sweet LadiesGood Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Robert Byrd. Candlewick Press, 2011

  • Linked stories told through monologues, perfect for readers theater or solo reading
  • Newbery winner
  • Village map and other illustrations by Robert Byrd and Laura Amy Schlitz’s author notes provide a wealth of detail to support the stories

Oxford Dictionary of SaintsOxford Dictionary of Saints by David Farmer. Oxford University Press, 5th edition, 2011

  • Easy-reading biographies of 1300 saints, with emphasis on most familiar and English saints
  • Gives folklore associated with saints as well as history
  • Just-the-facts approach—doesn’t judge or proselytize


A Proud Taste for Scarlet and MiniverProud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver, by E.L. Konigsburg. 2001 reprint

  • Historical fiction from two-time Newbery-winning author
  • Meet one of the most powerful women in history: Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • Fast-moving, dialogue-rich narrative


SaladinSaladin: Noble Prince of Islam by Diane Stanley. HarperCollins, 2002

  • Biography of an Islamic hero and ruler during the Crusades
  • Beautiful illustrations evoke medieval Islamic art
  • Great back matter for report writing 


Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13-3/4Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13-3/4 by Sue Townsend. HarperTeen, 2003

  • First crush, acne, a royal wedding, being broke—through the eyes of British teen
  • First in a series of humorous diaries
  • 1980s Britain—details of setting might be unfamiliar to today’s readers but emotions won’t be 


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