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April - June, 1998

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"The Looneys Love Regional Literature Project" - regional literature: (1) is free of stereotyping, (2) focuses on individuals, showing them involved in universal conflicts or learning universal truths, (3) deals with the land as it connects with humans, and (4) sensitizes our awareness of place.

[ December, 1997 - January, 1998 | February - March, 1998 | April - June, 1998 ]

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School week: April 6 - 10, 1998 in North Carolina (7LE)

Nancy Gordon, Fred Olds Media Center, Raleigh, NC

  • "Uncle Jed's Barbershop" by James Ransome (32 ps)
  • "Coming Home" by Gloria Jean Pinkney
  • "Back Home" by Gloria Jean Pinkney
  • "Moss Gown" by William Hooks (48 ps)
  • "Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt" by Deborah Hopkinson
  • "Calvin's Christmas Wish" by Calvin Miles and Dolores Johnson (1993) (32 ps)
  • Gail Haley picture books

School week: April 13 - April 17, 1998 in Virginia (9LA)

Jean Reid, Cora Kelly Magnet School, Alexandria, VA

  • "More Than Anything Else" by Marie Bradby (29 ps)
  • "The Legend of the White Doe" by William H. Hooks (1988)(44 ps)
  • Local authors: Peter Barnes - "Nat, Nat, the Nantucket Cat"
  • Local authors: Cheryl Shaw Barnes - "Cornelius Vandermouse, The Pride of Newport"
  • Local authors: Cheryl Shaw Barnes - "Woodrow, The White House Mouse"
  • "On An Island in the Bay" by Patricia Mills
  • "The Reverend Thomas's False Teeth" by Gayle Gillerlain (1995)(Chesapeake Bay)
  • Cannot locate in the Boston area: Barnes - "Alexander, The Old Town Mouse"

School week: April 20 - April 24, 1998 in West Virginia (8LE)

Stacy Richards' 1st graders, Walton Elementary School, Walton, WV

  • "Rocks in My Pockets" by Marc Harshman (1991)
  • "A Little Excitement" by Marc Harshman (1989)
  • "No Star Nights" by Anna Egan Smucker (1989)
  • "When I was Young in the Mountains" by Cynthia Rylant (1982)
  • "When the Relatives Came" by Cynthia Rylant
  • "But I'll Be Back Again" by Cynthia Rylant (1989)(54 ps)
  • "Once When I Was Scared" by Helena Clare Pittman (1988)(32 ps)
    • "John Henry" by Julius Lester
    • "John Henry" by Ezra Jack Keats (1965)
    • "John Henry and His Hammer" by Harold Felton (1950)
  • "Pioneer Children of Appalachia" by Joan Anderson (1986)(48 ps)

School week: April 27 - May 1, 1998 in Ohio (10LA)

Jill Grieser's Kindergarteners, Archbold Elementary School, Archbold, OH

  • Monday - "Barnyard Banter" by Denise Fleming (1994)(28 ps)
  • Tuesday - "In The Tall Tall Grass" by Denise Fleming (1991)
  • Wednesday - Local author: Denise Fleming - "In the Small Small Pond" (1993)(32 ps)
  • Thursday - "Where Once There Was a Wood" by Denise Fleming(1996)
  • Friday - "Count" by Denise Fleming (1992)
  • Treats for any day:
    • Ohio born: Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton - "Why Cowboys Sleep With Their Boots On" (1995)
    • "In Coal Country" by Judith Hendershot (1987)(40 ps)
    • "Bells of Christmas" by Virginia Hamilton (59 ps)
    • "Warm as Wool" by Scott R. Sanders (1992)(32 ps)

School week: May 4 - 8, 1998 in Pennsylvania (9LE)

Ruth Roberts, Kelly Elementary School, Lewisburg, PA

  • "Sea to Shining Sea" by Dennis Fradin (1994)
  • "Amish Home" by Raymond Bial (1993)(40 ps)
  • "The Folks in the Valley: A Pennsylvania Dutch ABC" by Jim Aylesworth (1992)(32 ps)
  • "Nicole Visits An Amish Farm" by Merle Good (1982)(47 ps)
  • "The Pennsylvania Dutch: Craftsmen and Farmers" by Eva Costabel (1986)(48 ps)
  • "Trouble at the Mines" by Doreen Rappaport (1987)
  • "Seventh and Walnut: Life in Colonial Philadelphia" by James Knight (1982)(32 ps)

May 11 - 15, 1998 - Louisiana in Louisiana (11LA)

Anne Guilbeaux, Librarian, Herod Elementary School, Abbeville, LA

  • "Gaston the Green Nosed Alligator" by James Rice
  • "Gaston Goes to Mardi Gras" by James Rice (40 ps)(1977)
  • "Clovis Crawfish and Bertile's Bon Voyage" by Mary Alice Fontenot (1991)
  • "Talking Eggs" by Robert San Souci (1989)(32 ps)
  • "Cajun Folktales" by J. J. Reneaux (1992)
  • "Petite Rouge : A Cajun Twist To An Old Tale" by Sheila Hebert Collins
  • Other titles to explore:
    • "Rum-A-Tum-Tum" by Angela Shelf Medearis (1997)
    • "Cajun Gingerbread Boy" by Berthe Amoss (1994)(19 ps)
    • "A Sweet Surprise" by Pamela Folse (1995)(31 ps)
    • "Feliciana Feydra LeRoux, a Cajun Tall Tale" by Tynia Thomassie (1995)
    • "Cajun Night Before Christmas" by Trosclair and Rice
    • "Mami and Jean Paul's Cajun Mardi Gras" by Elizabeth Moore
    • "Why Alligator Hates Dog" by J. J. Reneaux (1995)
    • "Satchmo's Blues" by Alan Schroeder (1996)(28 ps)

School week: May 18 - 22, 1998 in New York (10LE)

Ken Larkin's 1st graders, Fort Montgomery Elementary School, Highland Falls, NY

  • "Hudson River: And Adventure From the Mountains to the Sea" by Peter Lourie (description)
  • "Moon of the Owls" by Jean Craighead George (1993)(47 ps) [Catskills]
  • "One Day in the Woods" by Jean Craighead George (1988)(42 ps) (Teatown Woods - Hudson Highlands)
  • "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Robert San Souci (1986)(32 ps)
  • "North Country Night" by Daniel San Souci (1990)(32 ps)
  • "Hey, Al" by Arthur Yorinks (Manhattan)(1986)(32 ps)
  • "Tar Beach" by Faith Ringgold (1996)(32 ps)
  • "The Jazz Man" by Mary Hays (1967)(42 ps)(Harlem)

School week: May 25 - 29, 1998 in Connecticut (12LA)

Jennifer Cote's 3rd graders, West District School, Unionville, CT

  • "Ferryboat" by Betsy and Giulio Maestro (1986)(30 ps)
  • "Roseberry's Great Escape" by Kate Duke (1990)(24 ps)
  • "The Secret of Sachem's Tree" by F. N. Monjo (1972) (60 ps)
  • "Now One Foot, Now the Other" by Tomie DaPaola (1980)(32 ps)

School week: June 1 - 5, 1998 in Maine (11LE)

Chris Graves' 5th graders, Mt. Desert Elementary School, Northeast Harbor, ME

  • Local author: Barbara Cooney (lives in Damariscotta): "Island Boy" (1988)(36 ps)
  • Local author: Barbara Cooney - "Miss Rumphius" (1982)(32 ps)
  • Local author: Robert McCloskey (lives on Deer Isle):
    • Robert McCloskey - "Burt Dow, Deep Water Water Man" (1963)(61 ps)
    • Robert McCloskey - "Time of Wonder" (1957)(62 ps)
    • Robert McCloskey - "Blueberries for Sal" (1948)(54 ps)
    • Robert McCloskey - "A Morning in Maine" (1952)(64 ps)

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