The eleventh Iowa Children's Choice Award nominee that I chose to read was Pie by Sarah Weeks. In this story young Alice loves to spend time with her Aunt Polly at her pie shop. When Aunt Polly passes away Alice's world is turned upside down. To make matters even worse Aunt Polly left her famous pie crust recipe to her cat, Lardo! Or did she?
This book could help students work on sequencing events, using prior knowledge, cause and effect, setting, character, and theme. The author also includes some readers theaters on her website this could be used to work on many different fluency strategies including reading like the author would to convey meaning. If you are interested in doing an author study or you have a student who is, Sarah Weeks has provided some wonderful suggests on how to begin on her website. Click on the gold circular emblem that says "Are You Doing an Author Study?" to get started!