New and Upcoming Books

by Mrs. Baby Alfonso, EED  Librarian

Grade School

Bullysaurus Rex
Robert Magnuson (Author and Illustrator)

Don’t be a bully, or you’ll be sorry!

What do you do when there’s a big bully in your neighborhood?

Rex is the biggest dino on the block—and he makes sure everyone knows it! He gets a kick out of scaring others, and no one can stand up to him. But what will happen when the other dinosaurs decide they’ve had enough? Watch the underdogs teach Bullysaurus Rex a lesson he’ll never forget!
Ideal for reading together with your child, this story is packed with read-aloud lines, catchy artwork, and an unforgettable lesson on how to treat others.


High School

House Rules

by Jodi Picoult

Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger’s syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject–in his case, forensic analysis. He’s always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do…and he’s usually right. But then his town is rocked by a terrible murder and, for a change, the police come to Jacob with questions. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger’s–not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, flat affect–can look a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel. Suddenly, Jacob and his family, who only want to fit in, feel the spotlight shining directly on them. For his mother, Emma, it’s a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it’s another indication of why nothing is normal because of Jacob. And over this small family the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?

Emotionally powerful from beginning to end, House Rules looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way–and fails those who don’t.


Professional Books

How to Assess Higher-Order Thinking Skills in Your Classroom


Don’t settle for assessing recall and comprehension only when you can use this guide to create assessments for higher-order thinking skills. Assessment expert Susan M. Brookhart brings you up to speed on how to develop and use test questions and other assessments that reveal how well your students can analyze, reason, solve problems, and think creatively. Her practical framework takes you through the steps of;

  • Identifying clearly the type of thinking that you want to assess.
  • Designing a task or test item that requires students to demonstrate the type of thinking you’re looking for.
  • Determining how to interpret, evaluate, or score the results.
  • Providing the right kind of materials to help students demonstrate their thinking.

Discover how to make an assessment blueprint for any grade or subject that includes multiple-choice and constructed-response (essay) items plus performance assessment tasks. Whether you want to create formative or summative assessments, this book has what you need to create well-designed assessments that can bring thinking out of your students’ heads and make it visible in their words and actions.


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