Tuesday, February 7, 2017

What on Earth? Around the World in 1075 Pages

Lafayette Readers are page-turning world travellers this winter, exploring globe-trotting nonfiction titles from the wildly popular Who Was?/What Was? series.

Reading Road Trip Bulletin Board.

Where Is the Great Wall? by Patricia Demuth (931 DEM). More than two thousand years ago, the First Emperor of China came up with an interesting solution to keep out enemy invaders: build a great wall along its border. The story of this colossal construction project reveals the story of China-- its dynasties, its culture, and its present-day status as a Communist power.

Where Is the Parthenon? by Roberta Edwards (726 EDW). The Parthenon was completed in 438 BC to honor the Greek goddess Athena. Through the centuries, it served as a church, a mosque, and a munitions storehouse. In time, war and the elements destroyed much of the temple's sculpture and architecture, and the site fell into ruin. Today, visitors continue to flock to this landmark symbol of history, democracy, and ancient civilization.

The Parthenon Project by Despina V.

The Parthenon, from Alex C. and Family.

Where Is the Parthenon? Video Project by Matthew and Kaitlyn.

Detail and Columns on the Parthenon, from Alex C. and Family.
Where Is the Amazon? by Sarah Fabiny and Daniel Colon (981 FAB). Humans have inhabited the banks of the Amazon River since 13,000 BC, sharing one of our planet's largest and most complex geographic wonders with an estimated 390 billion trees, millions of insect varieties, and hundreds of species of plants and animals that can cure disease-- or kill with a single touch. 

Where Are the Great Pyramids? by Dorothy Hoobler (932 HOO). The Great Pyramids were commissioned by powerful pharaohs and constructed thousands of years ago; yet even today, no one knows exactly how ancient Egyptians accomplished the feat! Exploration of the pyramids at Giza offer insight into a long-ago culture of the afterlife and the process of mummy-making-- mysteries that have fascinated readers for centuries.

Where Is Mt. Rushmore? by True Kelley (978.3 KEL). World-famous sculptor Gutzon Borglum had a magnificent, wacky dream: to carve sixty-foot-high likenesses of four presidents on a granite cliff in South Dakota's Black Hills. As blasting and carving continued during the Great Depression, the sculptor faced challenges at every turn. Today, Mount Rushmore attracts millions of visitors annually, continuing to spark interest and controversy.

Where is Mt. Rushmore? Video Project featuring 
Oliver, Jay, Patrick, Chris, and Jack.

Where Is Stonehenge? by True Kelley (936.2 KEL). What is the meaning of the strange circles of stones jutting from the Salisbury Plain in Southern England? Was Stonehenge a religious site honoring ancient dead? A sacred place of healing? An astrological calendar on the landscape? This book explores many past and present theories of Stonehenge's purpose, as well as the long-ago people who built this amazing monument.

Where Is Alcatraz? by Nico Medina (365.97 MED). Alcatraz Island has fascinating history to share: home to evil spirits in Native American lore, strategic discovery for Spanish explorers, and looming fort in nineteenth-century America. In the mid-twentieth century, Alcatraz was the site of a federal prison, housing notorious criminals like Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly, and the scene of countless daring escape attempts.

Where Is the Great Barrier Reef? by Nico Medina (551.42 MED). Located off the coast of Australia and stretching for more than 1400 miles, the Great Barrier Reef is our planet's largest coral reef system. Designated a World Heritage Site, the reef functions as home and habitat to a wide variety of underwater life. The system is struggling with the effects of climate change but remains one of Earth's most spectacular natural wonders.

The Great Barrier Reef  Diorama by Ishir R.

Where Is Mt. Everest? by Nico Medina (954.96 MED). Located in the Himalayan Range deep in the heart of Asia, Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain, topping out at 29,029 feet. This narrative explores the mountain's geologic beginnings, first human settlers, historic expeditions, thrilling climbs, and the modern commercialization of mountaineering on the Roof of the World.

Where Is Mount Everest? Book Buzz by Scarlett and Katherine.

Where Is the Grand Canyon? by Jim O’Connor (979.1 OCO). Welcome to the Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona: a land of strikingly colored rock layers and spectacularly carved formations... visual beauty and geologic history that have made it one of America's most beloved national parks and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This book discusses formation of the canyon, early settlement by native people, end-to-end exploration in the nineteenth century, wildlife in the canyon, and its current role as a destination for five million visitors a year.

Where Is the Grand Canyon? Video Project by Eva, Annie, and Maddie.

Where Is the Brooklyn Bridge? by Megan Stine (624.5 STI). Despite an innovative design plan from a father-son engineering team, building the Brooklyn Bridge was no simple feat. Construction took fourteen years, a grueling and hazardous process for laborers. Completed in 1883, the bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time, spanning the East River and connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. It remains an admired and beloved landmark today.

Where in the world will reading take us next? 
Keep turning the pages to find out!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Reading Road Trip 2016-2017 Themes and Destinations


Where Is the Great Wall?  by Patricia Demuth
Where Is the Parthenon?  by Roberta Edwards
Where Is the Amazon?  by Sarah Fabiny and Daniel Colon
Where Are the Great Pyramids?  by Dorothy Hoobler
Where Is Mt. Rushmore? by True Kelley
Where Is Stonehenge?  by True Kelley
Where Is Alcatraz? by Nico Medina
Where Is the Great Barrier Reef?  by Nico Medina
Where Is Mount Everest?   by Nico Medina
Where Is the Grand Canyon?  by Jim O’Connor
Where Is the Brooklyn Bridge? by Megan Stine


Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder?  by Patricia Demuth
Companion Read: Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Who Was Dr. Seuss?  by Janet B. Pascal
Companion Read: The Sneetches  and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Who Is J.K. Rowling?  by Pam Pollack
Companion Read: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Who Was Roald Dahl?  by True Kelley
Companion Read: The BFG by Roald Dahl
Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories about Growing Up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka
Companion Read: The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy  by Jon Scieszka


Windcatcher by Avi
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Berton
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library  by Chris Grabenstein
Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
Treasure Hunters series by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein:
            Treasure Hunters
            Danger Down the Nile
            Secret of the Forbidden City
            Peril at the Top of the World
Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton


The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Who Is Jane Goodall?  by Roberta Edwards
Who Was Rachel Carson?  by Sarah Fabiny
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
A Dog’s Life: The Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin
Who Was Jacques Cousteau?  by Nico Medina
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Pax by Sara Pennypacker


Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
Dorko the Magnificent by Andrea Beaty
The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car by Ian Fleming
11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick
Who Was Harry Houdini?  by Tui Sutherland


A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret
Dive, Everest, Island, and Titanic series  by Gordon Korman
Hatchet and the Brian Books by Gary Paulsen
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
I Survived… series by Lauren Tarshis


Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

We're Taking an American History Road Trip!

We're on the homestretch of our 2015-2016 school-year journey! Reading Road Trippers have been traveling the timeline of United States History, exploring events that shaped our nation’s story, and checking out books from a wildly popular series....

Making History, Taking Flight:
Who Were the Wright Brothers? by James Buckley, Jr.


1903: The Wright Brothers Take Flight.
Gateway for Immigrants: 
What Was Ellis Island? by Patricia Demuth

What Was Ellis Island? Poster Project by Molly E. and Khushi P.
1900: Immigrants at Ellis Island.
What Was Ellis Island? Project by Sarah F.
Attack on Hawaii: 
What Was Pearl Harbor? by Patricia Demuth

1941: Damaged U.S. Naval Ships at Pearl Harbor.
Harvest Celebration in New England:  
What Was the First Thanksgiving? by Joan Holub


1621: The First Thanksgiving.
Discovery in California: 
What Was the Gold Rush? by Joan Holub


1852: Miners Hoping to Strike It Rich.
Protest in Colonial Massachusetts: 
What Was the Boston Tea Party? by Kathleen Krull


1773: The Boston Tea Party.
Political Rally for Human Rights: 
What Was the March on Washington? by Kathleen Krull

1963: Coming Together in Our Nation's Capital.
Secret Route to Freedom: 
What Was the Underground Railroad? by Yona Zeldis McDonough


19th Century: The Underground Railroad.
Turning Point in the Civil War: 
What Was the Battle of Gettysburg? by Jim O’Connor

I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg by Lauren Tarshis.

1863: The Battle of Gettysburg.
Disaster in Lakehurst, New Jersey: 
What Was the Hindenburg? by Janet Pascal


1937: The Hindenburg Disaster.
Important Battle in Texas: 
What Was the Alamo? by Pam Pollack

1836: The Battle of the Alamo.

Remember the Alamo, Reading Road Trippers...
and Remember to Read about American History!