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Magic Gourd

Untamed Companion Booktalks

To get you start­ed on the Book­storm™ Books …
  The Chim­panzees I Love: Sav­ing Their World and Ours Jane Goodall
Scholas­tic Press, 2001  Uses sto­ries of indi­vid­ual chim­panzees to share infor­ma­tion about chim­panzee behav­ior and their envi­ron­ment as well as the author’s own biography Heav­i­ly illus­trat­ed with engag­ing photos Wealth of infor­ma­tion pre­sent­ed in nar­ra­tive, side­bar com­men­tary, pic­ture cap­tions, quo­ta­tions, and back matter
  The Ele­phant Scientist Caitlin O’Connell and Don­na M.
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Chasing Freedom Companion Booktalks

To get you start­ed on the Book­storm™ Books …
  Alec’s Primer Mil­dred Pitts Wal­ter
illus­trat­ed by Lar­ry John­son
Ver­mont Folk­life Cen­ter, 2005 Based on the true sto­ry of Alec Turn­er (1845−1923), who learned to read as a boy with the help of his own­er’s daughter Sup­ple­ment the sto­ry with sto­ries and songs from tape-record­ed inter­views with Daisy Turn­er, Alec’s daughter A Carter G.
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Fabulous Fashions cover

Catch You Later, Traitor Companion Booktalks

To get you start­ed on the Book­storm™ Books … 
  Amer­i­ca in the 1950s Edmund Lin­dop with Sarah Decapua
21st Cen­tu­ry Books, 2010 Top­ic-cen­tered chap­ters, e.g.: the tran­si­tion from WWII, the Kore­an War, the 50’s econ­o­my and soci­ety, the Red Scare Pho­to-illus­trat­ed Report mate­r­i­al galore, includ­ing sub­stan­tial back matter
  Bat 6 Vir­ginia Euw­er Wolff
Scholas­tic, 1998 In rur­al Ore­gon not long after WWII, the annu­al soft­ball game between 6th grade girls from two towns is a caul­dron of secrets, sim­mer­ing racism, class divide, hope and friendship.
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The Shadow Hero Companion Booktalks

A 12-pack to get you start­ed on the Book­storm™ Books … 5‑Minute Mar­vel Sto­ries, by Dis­ney Book Group, Mar­vel Press, 2012. Ages 3 and up. Per­fect read-aloud length for younger fans Nice intro­duc­tion for new­com­ers to Spi­der­man, Iron­man, the Hulk, the Avengers, the X‑Men, Cap­tain America Oth­er than a few swing­ing fists, lit­tle violence Boys of Steel: the Cre­ators of Super­man, by Marc Tyler Noble­man, illus­trat­ed by Ross Mac­don­ald, Alfred A.… more
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How the Dinosaur Got to the Musuem

Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled Companion Booktalks

To get you start­ed on the Book­storm™ books … Age of Rep­tiles and Age of Rep­tiles: the Hunt, Richard Del­ga­do, Dark Horse Books, 2011. Ages 12 and up. Word­less sto­ry­telling through beau­ti­ful (some­times gory) art What hap­pens when you steal the T‑rex eggs? What hap­pens when an Allosaurus takes revenge on the Cer­atosaurs that killed his mother? The author-artist has worked on movies such as Men in Black, The Incred­i­bles, WALL‑E Cap­tain Rap­tor series, writ­ten by Kevin O’Mal­ley, illus­trat­ed by Patrick O’Brien, Walk­er Books, 2005.… more
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Lowriders in Space Companion Booktalks

  To get you start­ed on the Book­storm™ books … 13 Plan­ets: The Lat­est View of the Solar Sys­tem, by David A. Aguilar. Nation­al Geo­graph­ic Children’s Books, 2011.  Grades 2 – 6 Report mate­r­i­al galore, beau­ti­ful­ly organized Illus­trat­ed with a com­bi­na­tion of pho­tographs and dig­i­tal art Includes sev­er­al hands-on activities Car Sci­ence: an Under-the-Hood, Behind-the-Dash Look at How Cars Work, by Richard Ham­mond, DK Books, 2008.… more
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Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual

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 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 Birds by Karen Stray Nolt­ing, Jonathan Latimer, and Roger Tory Peter­son.… more
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Actual Size

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up! Companion Booktalks

Let these help you get start­ed on the Book­storm™ books: Actu­al Size, writ­ten and illus­trat­ed by Steve Jenkins Ani­mal parts or whole ani­mals shown in actu­al size (a squid’s eye!) Try to guess the ani­mal by look­ing at just one part Ide­al for com­par­ing and contrasting
Bill Pick­et: Rodeo-Ridin’ Cow­boy,
 writ­ten by Andrea Pinkney, illus­trat­ed by Bri­an Pinkney True sto­ry of an African-Amer­i­can rodeo star You won’t believe his trick for qui­et­ing bulls and calves Biog­ra­phy of a true-life action superhero
Black Cow­boy, Wild Hors­es,
 writ­ten by Julius Lester, illus­trat­ed by Jer­ry Pinkney True sto­ry about one of the many African-Amer­i­can cowboys Find all the cam­ou­flaged critters!… more
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