I am making progress with my goal of reading all the 2014-2015 Iowa Children's Choice award nominees. Eight down and nine to go!
The eighth book I read was The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng. Make sure you checkout the common core activities created by the author for this book. You can also check out the illustrator, Abigail Halpin's website. In this story Anna, an American Born Chinese girls struggles with fitting in, friendship, and her Chinese heritage.
This book would work well for teaching summarizing, check for understanding, and back up and reread. It would also lend itself well to teaching theme.
I could see this book sparking some interest in China and the Chinese culture. It might lead students to further research and learning about the Chinese culture.