Books of Common Thread Project
By Teri Barton

Transportation

Sub-Category 1:    Bus

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bus
School Bus
Donald Crews
K-3rd
Harper Trophy; Reissue edition:  August 26, 1993
This Bright Yellow School Bus goes on its everyday routine.  The readers can fill in blanks to create a story of their own.
I'd use this book to spawn creativity and explain schedules to children.
Here Comes A Bus
Here Comes A Bus
Harriet Ziefert/ Richard Brown
PreK-2nd
Putnam Juvenile; Board edition:  July 22, 2002
A guessing book on Buses.  Not only a school bus exists but travel buses and this bus is on it's way to the zoo.
With is book the children could take turns guessing what bus is coming next.
bird busdriver
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Mo Willems
PreK=2nd
Hyperion Press:  April 1, 2003
A lesson learning book about why a pigeon (child) should not be allowed to drive a bus.  The pigeon displays aggravation when not getting his way.  Just a fun book.
This book would help children see themselves getting into trouble and relate with the behavior.  An enjoyable read for introducing buses.
Wheels on the Bus (Raffi Songs to Read)
Wheels on the Bus
Raffi, Sylvie Wickstrom
PreK-2nd
Crown Books for Young Readers; Board edition:  January 20, 1998
The bus takes its route and picks up passengers.  Interacting flip pages allows for learning and fun. 
I'd bring singing about buses into this lesson with this book.
Junie B. Jones and the  Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones 1, paper)
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus
Barbara Park/ Denise Brunkus
K-4th
Random House Books for Young Readers:  July 28, 1992
The main character encounters a new realm of events on her first day of kindergarten, and wants more than ever to not ride the bus.
I'd read aloud this entertaining chapter book because it lets children know how silly some of their fears are of buses and first days. 
The Wheels on the Bus The Wheels on the Bus
Paul O. Zelinsky
PreK-4th
New York:  Dutton's Children's Books, c1990
The bus is interactive with all of its pages and is a run off of the classic song.
Children could touch and feel the books movement. 

 

Sub-Category 2:    Airplanes

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Where is Coco Going?
Where is Coco Going?
Sloane Tanen/ Stefan Hagen
All Grades
Bloomsbury, New York and London: c2004
When Coco sets out on this journey, she takes many types of transportation but finally an airplane takes her to her destination. 
The children could pick up on travel and how a plane is fun and could take them to their grandparents house.
Airport
The Airport
 Stuart A. Kallen  K-3rd

Checkerboard Books:  March 1997

The scenes occurring in an airport and what kind of organization is going on in the everyday workings.
I like this kind of detail because it informs children of the inter makes of an airport.
We're Going on an Airplane: Steve Augarde's Interactive Pop-Up Book
We're Going on an Airplane:  Steve Augarde's Interactive Pop-Up Book
Steve Augarde
PreK-2nd
Handprint Books; Lift flap edition:  June 1, 2003
This book involves the children in learning parts of the airplane. 
This book might be good for an individual lesson if there was a fear of how an airplane works.  Flights don't have to be scary. 
Richard Scarry's A Day at the Airport (Pictureback(R))
Richard Scarry's A Day at the Airport
Richard Scarry
K-4th
Random House Books for Young Readers:  April 24, 2001
The Richard Scarry bunch takes a field trip to an airport and explain all the great sites they see. 
I'd tell the students about the set-up and design of an airport with this book. 
All Aboard Airplanes (All Aboard Books)
All Aboard Airplanes
Frank Evans/ George Guzzi
K-4th
Grosset & Dunlap:  May 4, 1994
Having dreams of flying, well this book takes the students aboard.
This book helps me teach flying and about airplanes.
How Do Airplanes Fly?: A Book About Airplanes (Discovery Readers) How Do Airplanes Fly?  A Book About Airplanes
Mevin Berger, Gilda Berger/ Paul Babb
K-4th
Ideals Publications:  December 1, 2001
A history of flight and suited for a young audience  Not too much detail. It  talks about questions children might have. 
This book might be brought up for a lesson on a simple explanation on why airplanes fly.

 

Sub-Category 3:    Trains

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Dino Train
Dinosaur Train
John Steven Gurney
K-4th
Harper Collins:  September 1, 2002
This picture books opens the mind into an exciting train ride.  The little boy interacts with all sorts of dinosaurs.
I'd use this to inspire children to be excited about reading.
William and the Night Train
William and the Night Train
Mij Kelly/ Alison Jay
K-4th
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR):  March 21, 2001
William the little boy doesn't want to sleep but this train ride lulls him off.  The adventure is smooth and full of energy at the same time.
A good nap time story.  Otherwise it explains train rides and who travel goes by quicker when sleeping.
I Love Trains!
I Love Trains!
Philemon Sturges/ Shari Halpem
PreK-2nd
Harper Collins; 1st edition:  May 1, 2001
This story makes trains out to be the best.  The train extends throughout the whole book and uses rhyming text.
It teaches a love for trains and a grasp on short words.  Also what rides on a train. 
Chugga Chugga Choo Choo
Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo
Kevin Lewis/ Daniel Kirk
PreK-2nd
Hyperion; 1st edition: May 20, 1999
Another rhyming picture book helps teach kids to love trains.  What and how a train works.
In the classroom this book helps create organization and working together.
Frieght Train Freight Train Board Book
Donald Crews
K-4th
Greenwillow; Board edition: September 20, 1996
A book on trains that is labeled to inform children of colors and location.   Also a sense of speed and the train goes through the book, it constantly speeds up. 
This helps teach colors and direction.  Reinforcing basic skills.
Inside Train Inside Freight Train
Donald Crews
K-3rd
HarperFestival;  Board edition: January 31, 2001
An interactive childrens' book that allows them to open up the freight carts and see what is inside.
I like this one because of the flipping pages.  The children like to be involved in stories and guess what is behind the doors. 

 
 

Sub-Category 4:    Cars and Trucks

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Zoom, Zoom, Zoom (Glow-In-The-Dark Tattoos)
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
Richard Courtney
K-4th
Grosset & Dunlap:  April 23, 2001
A story about a little boy picking his favorite car but it is too hard.  The story has lots of names of cars and pictures.
This story is easy to relate to for the children and understand the types and how they have different names.
Trucks
Trucks Giants of the Highway
Ken Robbins
K-4th
Atheneum:  September 1, 1999
Truckers on the road traveling across the country.  It informs about the parts of the 18-wheelers.
A good lesson on truck drivers and maybe what makes up the pieces.  Am I going to have any future truck drivers?
Seymour Simon's Book of Trucks
Seymour Simon's Book of Trucks
Seymore Simon
K-4th
Harper Collins; 1st edition: February 29, 2000
Real Photos display true images of the trucks. Each photo has good comparisons to something the children can relate to.  Like the weight being equal to a dinosaur.
This book helps explain concepts of size and how dangerous a big truck can be.
Trucks Trucks Trucks
Trucks Trucks Trucks
Peter Sis
PreK-2nd
Greenwillow; 1st edition:  April 30, 1999
A simple description book for younger children.  It explains how trucks operates.  Also it is about a little boy doing what most little children have to do and that is clean their room.
This engaging picture book can assist me in teaching the importance of cleaning, imagination and how trucks work.
Delivery
Delivery
Anastasia Suen/ Wade Zahares
K-4th
Puffin; reprint edition:  November 12, 2001
This book goes into work vehicles and how goods are transported along them.  The easily written text reaches children and doesn't overwhelm them.
It goes along with importance of the consumer products getting distributed, like do you  know how we get our foreign goods, Children?
Sleepy Cadillac : A Bedtime Drive Sleep Cadillac: A Bedtime Drive
Thacher Hurd
5th-8th
Harper Collins:  May 10, 2005
An inspiring book for children to dream and how anything is possible while they dream.  The story address the children directly.
This book could pull questions out like:  Can cars fly and what did the little child dream? 
Cars and Trucks and Things That Go (Giant Little Golden Book) Cars and Trucks and Things That Go
Richard Scarry
K-4th
Golden Books; 1st Book Club edition:  June 1, 1998
This book addresses not only cars and trucks but a concept of a road trip and how busy the streets can be.
This introduces a variety possible encounters on a road trip.  It helps produce good questions and work on the children's listening skills.
Bunnies on the Go : Getting from Place to Place Bunnies on the Go: Getting from Place to Place
Rick Walton/ Paige Miglio
PreK-2nd
Harper Collins:  February 1, 2003
Another road trip but with a bunny family that takes many different types of transportation.  The story has blanks for the children to make predictions about what kind of vehicle is next.
I like stories that leave blanks for the children to make predictions.  It helps me create critical thinkers.
Cool Cars (Seemore Readers) Cool Cars
Seymour Simon
1st-4th
Seastar Books:  January 1, 2004
This is a brief history of cars.  The real photos give the students a chance to see the real thing.
This would help demonstrate time and how long ago the first automobiles were invented.

 
 

Sub-Category 5:    Motorcycles

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Lucky Chuck
Lucky Chuck
Beverly Cleary/ J. Winslow Higginbottom
PreK-3rd
Harper Collins; Reissue edition:  March 28, 1984
Chuck doesn't follow the safety rules and runs into trouble with an officer, who sets him strait.
A big issue of safety is addressed in this book and I find it to come in handy for explaining it to children through an exciting story.
Motorcycles (Pull Ahead Books)
Motorcycles
Lee Sullivan Hill
K-4th
Lerner Publications:  February 1, 2004
It gives a detailed description of motorcycles and real photos.  Tells about the functions of how they work. 
Good detail  book for children who like to see how things run and allows for learning experience.
The Little Motorcycle
The Little Motorcycle
Edward C. Link/ Jim Serfass
K-4th
Trafford Publishing:  November 1, 2003
The cute characters display a real experience of road racing for children to relate to. 
This story justs brings a topic about something children like to their level.  I find character stories to be easily remembered.
Big Wheelie Books: Motorcycle
Big Wheelie Books: Motorcycle
DK Publishing
PreK-3rd
DK Children; Board edition:  September 15, 1999
The good photographs display real detail and allow children to touch and feel the parts of a motorcycle.
I find these kinds of books to come in handy for a hands on learner because to the shape and feel.
Mega Book of Motorcycles (Mega Books Series)
Mega Book of Motorcycles
Lynne Gibbs
4th-8th
Chrysalis Books:  September 1, 2003
Lots of detailed facts and history over any motorcycle type.  The fun facts and internet links set this book apart.
Any story that incorporates technology is awesome.  Also, it has really neat pictures for the children to investigate.
mouse motorcycle The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Bevery Cleary/ Paul O. Zelinsky
K-4th
New York: W. Morrow, c1982
The story is an adventure of the mouse and how he goes to school and is like a real student.
I like Beverly Cleary.  Her stories introduce good morals in exciting ways. Like how the mouse is a peacemaker.











































Books of Common Thread Project
By Teri Barton


Community

Sub-Category 1:    Strangers
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not everyone is nice
Not Everyone is Nice
Frederick Alimonti, Ann Tedesco/Erik Deprince, Jessica Volinski
K-4th
New Horizon Press: October 1, 2003
The characters encounter situations with strangers and the cautious route is informed.
In this story I could explain methods for children to take when coming in contact with strangers.
stranger safety
Stranger Safety
Pati Myers Gross
PreK-4th
Roo Publications: June 1, 1996
The characters are kangaroos and they are described by their names.  The define a stranger and tell/show how strangers come in all shapes, colors, and sizes.
A good read-a-loud story because the characters make it interesting.  Could also go into info about author because she once was an officer.
who is a stranger
Who Is a Stranger and What Should I Do?
Linda Walvoord Girard
K-4th
Albert Whitman & Company; Reprint edition: April 1, 1993
This goes into detail about how to deal with strangers in different places like cars, telephones, and public places.
The topics covered are safety and strangers, the pictures give a nice picture of what to do.
learn about strangers
The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers
Stan Berenstain
K-5th
Random House Books for Young Readers; Bk&Cassatt edition: October 12, 1986
The Papa Bear explains the matter of strangers to the little bears.  And the Mama Bear like usual helps make it more realistic.
A good awareness book for children, not only on stranger safety but the privacy of their bodys.  These lovable bears ease into difficult subjects.
never talk to strangers
Never Talk To Strangers
Irma Joyce/S.D. Schindler
PreK-3rd
Golden Books: February 15, 2000
This story presents a rule:  Never talk to strangers.  The camel with its bony knees is comical.
This story puts a laugh on learning how to deal with strangers and I think children would stay interested.
 

Sub-Category 2:    Police

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police and community
Police-Community Relations and the Administration of Justice
Ronald D. Hunter, Thomas Barker, Pamela D, Mayhall
All Grades
Prentice Hall; 6 edition:
February 13, 2003
This book covers many topics such as public relations and community control. It gives large credit to the community lending a helping hand.
This is a book to use as an example of how the police function along with a community.  Pick a chapter that goes along with a lesson or issue.
keeping you safe
Keeping You Safe: A Book About Police Officers
Ann Owen/Eric Thomas
PreK-3rd

Picture Window Books:
September 1, 2003

The characters define and explain what a police officer does to keep the community safe.
This simple informative book of police officers tells children what they do and I think it has cute illustrations with its explanations.
hall monitor
Hall Monitor
Annie Auerbach/Mark O'Hare
K-5th
Simon Spotlight: November 1, 2000
SpongeBob SquarePants reports for duty as the hall monitor way beyond the school grounds and teaches his neighbors about safety.
This exciting tale teaches the children about different types of police officers.  Like a hall monitor and how they have the best interest at heart.
Police officers in neighborhood
Police Officers  (In My Neighborhood)
Paulette Bourgeois/Kim Lafave K-4th
Kids Can Press: March 1, 2000
It covers community workers as well as police officers and their duties. A fictional story begins the book catching the children's interest.
Not only am I getting the police in the community but also other workers with this story. It could be used multiple times.
Police on Patrol
Police on Patrol
Annie Auerbach/Jesus Redondo, Ivan & Moxo
PreK-2nd
Little Simon; 1st edition: July 1, 2003
An interactive squad car chase.  The story lets the children be a hero of the city.
An easy read to explain what all is in a police officers day.

 

Sub-Category 3:    Hospital

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When molly was in the hospital
When Molly Was in the Hospital: A Book for Brothers and Sisters of Hospitalized Children
Debbie Duncan/Nina Ollikainen
K-4th
Rayve Productions Inc: December 1, 1994
The sister goes through the process of having her younger sister be in the hospital.  The sister blames herself and also helps in the recover stage.
This story helps children in the same situation feel better about themselves and realize how to handle it.
Going to the hospital
Going to the hospital
Anne Civardi, Michelle Bates/Stephen Cartwright
PreK-2nd
Educational Development Corporation; Rev edition: June 1, 2000
A first experince of going to the hospital is made easier after having it explained the little boy realizes.
Another good series of stories to introduce getting sick and dealing with going to the hospital.
Franklin Goes
Franklin Goes To The Hospital
Paulette Bourgeois/Brenda Clark
K-4th
Scholastic Paperbacks: March 1, 2000
Through all the bumps and bruises Franklin got he was always a brave turtle.
This story approaches children from an every day visit to the doctor.  All the colds and tummy aches.
Curious George
Curious George Goes to the Hospital
H.A. and Margret Rey
K-4th
Houghton Mifflin: March 15, 1966
This curious monkey investigates the hospital and shows the children and inside look.
The children all like curious George because he is always up to mischief. They would definitely listen to the information.
kate goes
Katie Goes to the Hospital
Barbara Taylor Cork
K-4th
Peter Bedrick; 1 edition: May 23, 2002
The little girl experiences a case of anxiety about and ear operation but her parents, teachers, and friends reassure that it is fine.
This story will help explain hospitals and make them aware of situations.
keeping healthy
Keeping You Healthy: A Book About Doctors
Ann Owen/Eric Thomas
PreK-3rd
Picture Window Books: September 1, 2003
This informative book about doctors allows children to not fear the medical place.
I could read this story with a student having anxiety about keeping themselves healthy.

 

Sub-Category 4:    School

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going
Going to School
Anne Civardi/Stephen Cartwright
PreK-4th
Usborne Books; Rev&Updtd edition: January 1, 2005
First school experiences are tough and scarry, the children find an understanding and overcome fear.
This story could cover what to expect with going to school.
will
Will I Have a Friend?
Miriam Cohen/Lillian Hoban
PreK-2nd
Aladdin; Reprint edition: August 31, 1989
What child doesn't ask this question, the little boy consults his father and doesn't see the answer until nap time when he finds a kid with the same question.
This is a good first day of school book to read in order to assure the students about making friends.
my teacher
My Teacher's My Friend
P.K. Hallinan
1st-5th
Ideals Publications: September 1, 2001
 The child explains how his teacher is more than just a teacher, she is his friend.
 Students must understand a teacher is there to teach but also to listen and be a friend.
bindergarten
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
Joseph Slate/Ashley Wolff
K-5th
Puffin; Reprint edition: July 9, 2001
Students find great comfort in Miss Bindergarten's classroom.  It explodes with excitement and learning.
This book helps prepare for the first day of school but also with the alphabet.  Her 26 students represent letters in the alphabet.
amanda's pig
Amanda Pig, School Girl
Jean Van Leeuwen/Ann Schweninger
K-4th
Puffin Books: July 1999
 Amanda Pig expresses her excitement about starting school.  She tells everyone "School is fun!"  This pig enjoys learning.
This story tells students to be excited about school and not fear it.
amber brown
Amber Brown Goes Fourth
Paula Danziger/Tony Ross
4th-7th
Scholastic Paperbacks; Reissue edition: October 1, 1996
Amber Brown faces the challenges of going back to school with divorced parents and her best friend moving.  Will she recover?
This story opens the doors to many children's hearts because so many of todays children face divorce and moving way to often.


Sub-Category 5:    Church

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peek
A Peek into My Church
Wendy Goody, Veronica Kelly/Ginny Pruitt
K-4th
Whippersnapper: March 1, 1999
These engaging illustrations explain the catholic religion so children will understand.
A peek into this religion will show children a broader perpective.
acts
Little Acts of Grace
Rosemarie Gortler, Donna Piscitelli/Mimi Sternhagen
K-4th
Our Sunday Visitor: March 1, 2002
The book ask the question about how "you" love.  Showing little acts of grace are demonstrated by actions of the little children learning.
I like this story because it focuses more on how important love is and that there are differences in showing it.
enid
Enid and the Church Fire
Cynthia G. Williams/Betty Harper
PreK-3rd
Broadman & Holman Publishers: September 1, 1999
Enid tries to understand and figue out what really happened.  The story tells about what might be or might not be an accident
This religious story confronts a bit of racism.  How a church should be a place of free worship and choices.
cabin
The Log Cabin Church
Ellen Howard/Ronald Himler
K-4th
Holiday House: September 1, 2002
These full page illustrations give great detail in to the Michigan homesteads and how a church is a great symbol of fellowship and family.
I could use this story to inform about the settings of church and also use it in a history lesson about the older days.
kiss
The Princess and the Kiss: A Story of God's Gift of Purity
Jennie Bishop
1st-5th
Warner Press: July 1, 2000
The princess was born into the world loved by all and her parents were proud of the gift given as a child and when she was old enough to understand, they bestowed upon her the gift of purity. This story explains how everyone is born free of sin into the world. A story to tell about good and bad and how every students gets a gift and choice.
grandpa
Grandpa Blows His Penny Whistle Until the Angels Sing
Susan L. Roth
PreK-4th
Barefoot Books: February 1, 2001
A defiant boy tries explaining his reasons for not wanting to go to church and the grandpa opens his eyes to songs of angels. Many children don't want and/or understand going to church, so this story explains what can come out of sitting through that hour.
does god
Does God Have A Big Toe? Stories about Stories in the Bible
Marc Gellman/Oscar De Mejo
3rd-5th
Harper Trophy; Reprint edition: October 30, 1993
An easy understand book about stories from the Old Testament.  The collections are humorous and educate children about how life all started.
I like to teach a variety of methods for how it all began and this book does it in a way to not offend many.