Unusual Books Reach & Teach

A Listmania! list by Arcturus70 "Arcturus70" (In the Orion Spur of the Milky Way Galaxy)
The list author says: "This is a list of books that have broad appeal. Though they are designed for children, the books contain important messages / lessons for tween, teens, and adults. Many of them offer some of the finest book art! "How The Stars Fell into the Sky" is a perfect example of this amazing imagery. These enriching books are appropriate for reading lists, reading circles, summer school, after-school programs / activities, family time, naptime stories, bedtime stories, rainy days, beginning readers and writers, even homeschool literary efforts. Educationally, they can enhance teachers' lessons plans and study units--on many levels. They are brilliant examples of storytelling, design, and communicating--worthy of critical analysis and discussion beyond entertainment. Speech instructors, performance trainers, and acting coaches might find some of the books useful in teaching voice control, emoting, rhythm, timing, delivery, narration, etc. [These are marked in comments with a * ] College Professors who are training elementary educators may find this diverse resource list useful in offering examples of multiculturalism.

Star-gazers and astronomy fans (and their children!) should enjoy some of the selections included here--such as "Dot to Dot Sky: Stories in the Stars." And books like "The Earth Under Sky Bear's Feet" are simply beautiful--in word and illustration."
The Drum: A Folktale from India (Story Cove)
1.  The Drum: A Folktale from India (Story Cove) by Rob Cleveland
The list author says:
  "Heart-warming story!"
$4.46   Used & New from: $0.52
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Sun Bread
2.  Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven
The list author says:
  "* I love this story! Make your own sunshine! Includes a recipe!"
$6.29   Used & New from: $0.01
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

THE LION AND THE LITTLE RED BIRD (PAPERBACK) 1996 PUFFIN (Picture Puffins)
3.  THE LION AND THE LITTLE RED BIRD (PAPERBACK) 1996 PUFFIN (Picture Puffins) by Elisa Kleven
The list author says:
  "* Simply Excellent!"
$6.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

The Master Swordsman & the Magic Doorway: Two Legends from Ancient China
4.  The Master Swordsman & the Magic Doorway: Two Legends from Ancient China by Alice Provensen
The list author says:
  "* One of my favorites!"
Used & New from: $5.85
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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The Stonecutter: A Japanese Folk Tale (Picture Puffin Books)
5.  The Stonecutter: A Japanese Folk Tale (Picture Puffin Books) by Gerald McDermott
The list author says:
  "* A Great Story with a Great Lesson"
$5.71   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Zen Shorts (Caldecott Honor Book)
6.  Zen Shorts (Caldecott Honor Book) by Jon J. Muth
The list author says:
  "* Thought-provoking"
$11.38   Used & New from: $0.43
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Children's Treasury of Virtues
7.  The Children's Treasury of Virtues by William J. Bennett
The list author says:
  "* A great collection"
Used & New from: $17.96
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend (Sandpiper Houghton Mifflin Books)
8.  How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend (Sandpiper Houghton Mifflin Books) by Jerrie Oughton
The list author says:
  "* Amazing"
$6.29   Used & New from: $0.18
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk (Picture Puffins)
9.  Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk (Picture Puffins) by Gerald McDermott
The list author says:
  "* Funny"
$5.39   Used & New from: $0.01
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti
10.  Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermott
The list author says:
  "* Clever"
$6.67   Used & New from: $0.03
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

If You Lived With The Cherokees
11.  If You Lived With The Cherokees by Peter Roop
The list author says:
  "Cool!"
$5.71   Used & New from: $0.01
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

The Classic Treasury of Aesop's Fables
12.  The Classic Treasury of Aesop's Fables by Aesop
The list author says:
  "* Brilliant and thought-provoking"
$6.29   Used & New from: $5.30
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Little Bear, You're a Star!: A Greek Myth About the Constellations
13.  Little Bear, You're a Star!: A Greek Myth About the Constellations by Jean Marzollo
The list author says:
  "* Interactive and sweet"
Used & New from: $2.40
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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The Magic Nesting Doll
14.  The Magic Nesting Doll by Jacqueline K. Ogburn
The list author says:
  "* Wonderful"
$14.17   Used & New from: $3.22
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

The Owl Who Became the Moon: A Cherokee Story (Picture Puffins)
15.  The Owl Who Became the Moon: A Cherokee Story (Picture Puffins) by Jonathan London
The list author says:
  "* Imagination"
Used & New from: $3.63
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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A Dark, Dark Tale (Picture Puffins)
16.  A Dark, Dark Tale (Picture Puffins) by Ruth Brown
The list author says:
  "* Spooky fun"
$6.29   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

The Quilt
17.  The Quilt by Ann Jonas
The list author says:
  "* Imagination"
Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Micawber
18.  Micawber by John Lithgow
The list author says:
  "* Simply excellent"
$15.15   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book (Picture Puffin Books)
19.  Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book (Picture Puffin Books) by Muriel L. Feelings
The list author says:
  "* Fun with language"
$6.29   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Into This Night We Are Rising (Picture Puffins)
20.  Into This Night We Are Rising (Picture Puffins) by Jonathan London
The list author says:
  "* Imagination"
Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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The Eye of the Needle: Based on a Yupik Tale
21.  The Eye of the Needle: Based on a Yupik Tale by Teri Sloat
The list author says:
  "* Intriguing"
$9.54   Used & New from: $0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

The Diane Goode Book of American Folk Tales and Songs (Picture Puffins)
22.  The Diane Goode Book of American Folk Tales and Songs (Picture Puffins) by Diane Goode
The list author says:
  "* Interactive / song"
Used & New from: $1.67
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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If You Lived In The Days Of The Knights
23.  If You Lived In The Days Of The Knights by Ann McGovern
The list author says:
  "Interesting"
Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Medieval Life (DK Eyewitness Books)
24.  Medieval Life (DK Eyewitness Books) by Andrew Langley
The list author says:
  "Engaging"
Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Into the West: From Reconstruction to the Final Days of the American Frontier
25.  Into the West: From Reconstruction to the Final Days of the American Frontier by James M. McPherson
The list author says:
  "Engaging history"
Used & New from: $0.11
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Mythology The Gods, Heroes, and Monsters of Ancient Greece (Ologies)
26.  Mythology The Gods, Heroes, and Monsters of Ancient Greece (Ologies) by Dugald Steer
The list author says:
  "Wow!"
$16.91   Used & New from: $0.92
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Love Flute (Aladdin Picture Books)
27.  Love Flute (Aladdin Picture Books) by Paul Goble
The list author says:
  "Very touching tale of music and love; some great cultural notes as well."
$7.19   Used & New from: $2.94
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

The Earth under Sky Bear's Feet
28.  The Earth under Sky Bear's Feet by Joseph Bruchac
The list author says:
  "Fantastic! "The Scattered Stars" is my favorite poem from this book."
$6.29   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back
29.  Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back by Joseph Bruchac
The list author says:
  "Excellent!"
$7.19   Used & New from: $0.29
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Stories in the Stars (Dot to Dot in the Sky)
30.  Stories in the Stars (Dot to Dot in the Sky) by Joan Marie Galat
The list author says:
  "Introduce new star-gazers to the constellations and the mythology behind them. Excellent!"
$11.02   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

The Stars: A New Way to See Them
31.  The Stars: A New Way to See Them by H. A. Rey
The list author says:
  "A great star / constellation primer"
Used & New from: $0.01
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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Astronomy (DK Eyewitness Books)
32.  Astronomy (DK Eyewitness Books) by Kristen Lippincott
Used & New from: $2.09
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Smithsonian: Stargazer (DK Smithsonian Nature Activity Guides)
33.  Smithsonian: Stargazer (DK Smithsonian Nature Activity Guides) by Ben Morgan
The list author says:
  "Science!"
Used & New from: $0.01

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Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock
34.  Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock by Eric A. Kimmel
The list author says:
  "Fun!"
$13.32   Used & New from: $3.91
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

The Unicorn Alphabet (Picture Puffins)
35.  The Unicorn Alphabet (Picture Puffins) by Marianna Mayer
The list author says:
  "Brilliant"
Used & New from: $1.03
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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The Pot of Wisdom: Ananse stories
36.  The Pot of Wisdom: Ananse stories by Adwoa Badoe
The list author says:
  "A great collection!"
$10.68   Used & New from: $2.09
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Anansi and the Magic Stick
37.  Anansi and the Magic Stick by Eric A. Kimmel
The list author says:
  "* Lazy spider tries to find an easy way out of work!"
$7.19   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

When Clay Sings
38.  When Clay Sings by Byrd Baylor
$13.35   Used & New from: $0.01
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

The Star People: A Lakota Story
39.  The Star People: A Lakota Story by S. D. Nelson
$13.32   Used & New from: $6.85
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

AARON-AUTICS: Aaron The Helping Hand Airplane
40.  AARON-AUTICS: Aaron The Helping Hand Airplane by Sharon Shoaf
The list author says:
  "Awesome little book!"
$4.89
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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