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What are some of your favorites as far as voice goes?  And why? :reading2
#1 - April 11, 2013, 05:50 AM
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Skippy Jon Jones



Betty Bunny Books

#2 - April 11, 2013, 05:55 AM
What's for pudding, Mimmy?

Illustration website:

I liked the Dear Mrs. LaRue books about the dog who got put into obedience school.
Enjoyed how the dog got along with his master.
#3 - April 11, 2013, 09:18 PM

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Thank you, Abracabarbara & onestepp. I will order them at my library.
#4 - April 12, 2013, 04:25 AM

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Here's a list of PB we use at our school for voice- hope you get some good ideas!

Dandelions by Eve Bunting
The Wednesdsay Surprise by Eve Bunting
The Frog Principal by Stephanie Calmenson
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day
by Jamie Curtis
Loop the Loop by Barbara Dugan   OUT OF PRINT
I am the Dog / I am the Cat by Donald Hall
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Julius, The Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes
Lily's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
I Wish I Were a Butterfly by James Howe
Amber on the Mountain by Tony Johnston
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
Edward and the Pirates by David McPhail
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
Dogzilla by Dav Pilkey
The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater (see Laurie)
Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair by Patricia Polacco
Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
Tar Beach by Faith Ringold
When I Was Young and in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant
The Frog Prince, Continued by Jon Scieszka
Math Curse by Jon Scieszka
Squids Will Be Squids by Jon Scieszka
The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales
by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
David Goes to School by David Shannon
No David by David Shannon
Alice the Fairy by David Shannon
Amos and Boris by William Steig
Brave Irene by William Steig
Caleb and Kate by William Steig
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas
Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
The Wall by Eve Bunting
When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest
Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles
Encounter by Jane Yolen
Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen
The Twits by Roald Dahl
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margary Williams
Encounter by Jane Yolen
Sadako by Eleanor Coerr
The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai-Ling Louie
The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin and David Shannon
Cendrillon, A Caribbean Cinderella by Robert D. San Souci
Teammates by Peter Golenbock
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
Puppies, Dogs, and Blue Northers: Reflections on Being Raised by a Pack of Sled Dogs by Gary Paulsen

#5 - April 12, 2013, 05:44 AM
titles in these series:
Fairies, Get Outside, 21st Century Disasters, 
Fairy Tale Science (Focus Readers)
Makerspace Cardboard Challenge  (ABDO)

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Recently I'm diggin', Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin. Why? Because he's just so groovy!
#6 - April 12, 2013, 12:55 PM

What a great list already!

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long is another of my favorites.
#7 - April 12, 2013, 01:18 PM

Two of my all-time favorites:

The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide
Spinky Sulks by William Steig
#8 - April 12, 2013, 03:58 PM
INCOGNOLIO (Janx Press, 2017)
CRASHING EDEN  (Solstice, 2012)
OTTO GROWS DOWN (Sterling, 2009)

Each Kindness, for a lyrical narrator's voice that gently brings the reader along;

This is Not My Hat, for a cheeky, wonderfully unapologetic, and woefully unaware,  first person voice;

Extra Yarn, third-person kind of fairy tale voice that somehow manages to be close to the MC...close enough to capture her nonchalance.

These are all new, from the 2013 ALA awards but, as evidenced above, there are tons and tons out there...and I would say that the voice of a PB is captured also through the illustrations, sometimes they speak even louder than the text, so that's the 'voice' we pick up.

#9 - April 12, 2013, 07:11 PM

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Glad I checked back. Wow. Now I have a lot to study. Thank you everyone. I like being overloaded with books.  :grouphug2:
#10 - April 16, 2013, 05:11 PM

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Sue, that's a pretty great list! I second Amber on the Mountain by Tony Johnston,  The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, and When I Was Young and in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant.  And I love Patricia Polacco's books. Those are some favorites with great voice. Thanks for sharing.
#11 - April 16, 2013, 05:32 PM
Carol Gordon Ekster
Hip Hopping Books, 2015
Before I Sleep, January 1 2015
Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room, 2011
Where Am I Sleeping Tonight? 2008


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