Category Archives: Favorite Books

Favorite books suggested by Lewis staff members.

Staff Picks – Mr. Colvin Recommends: Charlotte’s Web

Throughout the year we will be highlighting favorite books selected by our staff members…
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Title: Charlotte’s Web

Author:E.B. White

Staff Member: Mr. Colvin

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“Before the movie, before the cartoon, was the book. The book and I are about the same age, having both arrived in the early 1950s. I was in fourth grade in Mrs. Stansell’s class in Gold Beach, Oregon and she read several novels during the year, but the one that hooked me was Charlotte’s Web. I have read it to every class I have ever taught since I started teaching. Plus I read it to my own two kids when they were around 9 or 10.

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Staff Picks: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Throughout the year we will be highlighting favorite books selected by our staff members…

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Title: Walk Two Moons

Author: Sharon Creech
Staff Member: Ms. Rotwein

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“When I was in 5th grade, “Walk Two Moons” had just been published and won a Newberry Medal. My teacher read it aloud to the class and I absolutely loved it. I loved that the protagonist was a strong young female who was trying to figure out what kind of person she wanted to be. I read the book aloud to my 4th grade class last year and it was a big hit. Many students became huge Sharon Creech fans and devoured her other novels. I like that reading the story aloud came full circle- from me as an intermediate student to me as an intermediate teacher. Just a forewarning to families of younger students- due to the content of this book, it is definitely for 4th graders and up.”

Ms. Rotwein

Staff Picks: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Throughout the year we will be highlighting favorite books selected by our staff members…

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Title: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Staff Member: Ms. Elissa

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“This was my first chapter book read aloud with my class this year and we LOVED it. It is truly a miraculous journey for a china rabbit – in both the physical and emotional sense. Edward becomes separated from his owner early on in the book, then meets with a wide variety of characters as he gets passed along over time. There are many moments of fear, loneliness, and intense sadness (the topic of death is broached) which are all perfectly balanced out by their counterparts of jubilation, love, and happiness. The story follows a predictable pattern of highs and lows for Edward, while still maintaining a sense of curiosity about the events to come. It was a beautiful book and I think students in 3-5 would love it as much as we did.”

Ms. Elissa

Tar Beach

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Tar Beach
By Faith Ringgold

“Ringgold recounts the dream adventure of eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who flies above her apartment-building rooftop, the ‘tar beach’ of the title, looking down on 1939 Harlem. Part autobiographical, part fictional, this allegorical tale sparkles with symbolic and historical references central to African-American culture. The spectacular artwork resonates with color and texture. Children will delight in the universal dream of mastering one’s world by flying over it. A practical and stunningly beautiful book.”–(starred) Horn Book.

Tar Beach is available at our Woodstock Branch of the Multnomah County Library and also in our own Lewis School Library.

Mr. Lauer

Harold and the Purple Crayon

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Harold and the Purple Crayon
by Crockett Johnson

Harold and the Purple Crayon is a classic children’s book written and illustrated by Crocket Johnson. The story involves a young man named Harold who he uses his purple crayon to draw himself into and out of adventures. It has been one of my favorite books since I was a child and I loved to share it with my students when I was teaching. You can find this book in our Lewis School Library and also at the Multnomah County Library on Woodstock. Learn more about this book on GoodReads.

Mr. Lauer