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Virginia Title I Bypass
Comprehension Strategies Booklist

 

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The Virginia Title I Bypass Comprehension Strategies Booklist is arranged alphabetically by subject matter.  (Books may appear under more than one subject heading.)

America: History, Culture, States, Regions (including historical fiction)

Animals (Real Animals, not anthropomorphic characters) 

Arts and Creativity (e.g. Crafts, Performing and Visual Arts)

Biographies

Careers

Character and Values (e.g. Honesty, Manners, Patriotism, Tolerance)

Early Learning (e.g. Colors, Opposites, Shapes, Following Directions)

Folk and Fairy Tales (includes modern books written in the style of fairy tales)

Foreign Language and ESL (including bilingual books)

General Fiction

Health and Safety (e.g. Disease, Disabilities, First Aid, Fitness)

Hobbies, Recreation, Sports, Athletes, Games

Holiday and Seasonal

Language Arts ( e.g. Writing, Spelling, Research Skills, Journalism, Vocabulary)

Life Experiences and Relationships (e.g. Common Childhood Experiences, Siblings, School, Fears, Conflict Resolution)

Math

Poetry and Plays

Popular Culture (e.g. Circus, Fashion, Television, Humor)

Science (e.g., Life Sciences, Space, Biology, Earth Sciences)

            Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology (e.g. Monsters, Supernatural)

Social Studies (e.g. Geography, Current Events, Government)

Technology and Inventions (e.g. Transportation, Energy, Computers, Building)

World: History, Culture, Countries, Regions (including historical fiction)

Following each title is one or more Comprehension Strategies for which the book has been recommended.

  • Monitor Comprehension,
  • Activate and Connect,
  • Ask Questions,
  • Infer and Visualize,
  • Determine Importance, or
  • Summarize and Synthesize

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Click on any book title for additional information about the book such as description, suggested age range, photo of the book cover or who recommended it.

America: History, Culture, States, Regions
Click on the book title for more info Rating Difficulty
14 Cows for America [DETERMINE IMPORTANCE]
by Gonzalez, Thomas and Deedy, Carmen Agra
Average
Freedom Summer [ASK QUESTIONS]
by Wiles, Deborah. Illustrated by LaGarrigue, Jerome
Easy Reading
Henry and the Kite Dragon [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Hall, Bruce Edward. Illustrated by Low, William
Challenging
Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea [DETERMINE IMPORTANCE]
by Mortenson, Greg. Illustrated by Roth, Susan L.
Average
Mount Rushmore [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Schaefer,Lola
Easy Reading
Nettie's Trip South [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Turner, Ann Warner. Illustrated by Himler, Ronald
Challenging
Purple Death: The Mysterious Flu of 1918 [ASK QUESTIONS]
by Getz, David. Illustrated by McCarty, Peter
Challenging
Summer of Fire: Yellowstone 1988 [ASK QUESTIONS]
by Lauber, Patricia
Challenging
The American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 [MONITORING COMPREHENSION]
by Murphy, Jim
Challenging
The Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America's Lost Grasslands [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Collard, Sneed B.
Challenging
Togo [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Blake, Robert
Average
Whaling Season: A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale Scientist [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Lourie, Peter
Challenging
Written in Bones: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Walker, Sally M.
Challenging
Years of Dust: The Story of the Dust Bowl [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]
by Marrin, Albert
Challenging
 
Animals
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Bug Scientists [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Jackson, Donna M.
Challenging
Butterflies and Moths [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Bishop, Nic
Average
Chameleon, Chameleon [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]
by Cowley, Joy. Photos by Bishop, Nic
Easy Reading
Do All Spiders Spin Webs? Questions and Answers about Spiders [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Berger, Melvin and Gilda
Average
ER Vets [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]
by Jackson, Donna M.
Average
Frogs [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Bishop, Nic
Challenging
Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist's Microscope [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Kramer, Stephen. Photos by Kunkel, Dennis
Challenging
Knut: How One Little Polar Bear Captivated the World [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Hatkoff, Juliana, Isabella, and Greg; Uhlich, Gerald R.
Challenging
Never Smile at a Monkey: And 17 Other Important Things to Remember [ASK QUESTIONS]
by Jenkins, Steve
Average
Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Hatkoff, Isabella and Craig; Kahumba, Paula. Photos by Greste, Peter
Challenging
Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Kerby, Mary
Easy Reading
Red-Eyed Tree Frog [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]
by Cowley, Joy. Photos by Bishop, Nic
Easy Reading
Secrets of Sound: Studying the Calls and Songs of Whales, Elephants, and Birds [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Sayre, April Pulley
Challenging
Snake Scientist [SUMMARIZE AND SYNTHESIZE]
by Montgomery, Sy. Photos by Bishop, Nic
Challenging
Spiders [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Simon, Deymour
Average
Spiders [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Bishop, Nic
Average
Spiders! [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Iorio, Nichole (Time for Kids Series)
Average
Spiders: Biggest! Littlest! [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Markle, Sandra. Photos by Pollard, Simon
Challenging
Togo [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Blake, Robert
Average
Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Larson, Kirby and Nethery, Mary. Issustrated by Cassels, Jean
Average
Whaling Season: A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale Scientist [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Lourie, Peter
Challenging
Wildlife Detectives: How Forensic Scientists Fight Crimes Against Nature [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Jackson, Donna M. Photo by Shattil, Wendy and Rozinsksi, Bob
Challenging
Woods Scientist [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Swineburne, Stephen R. Photos by Morse, Susan C.
Challenging
 
Arts, Crafts and Creativity
Click on the book title for more info Rating Difficulty
Ish [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Reynolds, Peter H.
Average
Not a Box [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Portis, Antionette
Easy Reading
The Dot [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Reynolds, Peter H.
Average
 
Biographies and Autobiographies
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Knucklehead [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Scieszka, Jon
Challenging
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai [ASK QUESTIONS]
by Nivola, Claire A.
Average
Sigmund Freud [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Krull, Kathleen
Challenging
Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]
by McClafferty, Carla
Challenging
Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa [ASK QUESTIONS]
by Winter, Jeanette
Average
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Krull, Kathleen. Illustrated by Diaz, David
Challenging
 
Careers
Click on the book title for more info Rating Difficulty
Bug Scientists [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Jackson, Donna M.
Challenging
ER Vets [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]
by Jackson, Donna M.
Average
Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist's Microscope [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Kramer, Stephen. Photos by Kunkel, Dennis
Challenging
Snake Scientist [SUMMARIZE AND SYNTHESIZE]
by Montgomery, Sy. Photos by Bishop, Nic
Challenging
The Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America's Lost Grasslands [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Collard, Sneed B.
Challenging
Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Movement [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Burus, Loree Griffin
Challenging
Whaling Season: A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale Scientist [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Lourie, Peter
Challenging
Wildlife Detectives: How Forensic Scientists Fight Crimes Against Nature [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Jackson, Donna M. Photo by Shattil, Wendy and Rozinsksi, Bob
Challenging
Woods Scientist [SUMMARIZE AND SYNTHESIZE]
by Swineburne, Stephen R. Photos by Morse, Susan C.
Challenging
 
Character and Values
Click on the book title for more info Rating Difficulty
Cats of Krasinski Square [DETERMINE IMPORTANCE]
by Hesse, Karen. Illustrated by Watson, Wendy
Challenging
Chrysanthemum [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]
by Henkes, Kevin. Illustrated by Henkes, Kevin
Challenging
Doctor De Soto [MONITOR COMPREHENSION, ASK QUESTIONS, INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Steig, William
Challenging
Freedom Summer [ASK QUESTIONS]
by Wiles, Deborah. Illustrated by LaGarrigue, Jerome
Easy Reading
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Willems, Mo
Easy Reading
Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Bunting, Eve
Average
The Amazing Bone [MONITOR COMPREHENSION, INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Steig, William. Illustrated by Steig, William
Challenging
The Monster Who Ate My Peas [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Schnitzlein, Danny. Illustrated by Faulkner, Matt
Average
Tsunami: Helping Each Other [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Morris, Ann and Larson, Heidi
Average
Ugly Fish [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by LaReau, Karen
Easy Reading
 
Early Learning
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Alphabet Adventure [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Wood, Audrey. Illustrated by Wood, Bruce
Easy Reading
And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street [ACTIVATE & CONNECT, INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Seuss, Dr.
Easy Reading
Duck! Rabbit [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Rosenthal, Amy Krouse and Lichtenheld, Tom
Easy Reading
Llama Llama Mad at Mama [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Dewdney, Anna . Illustrated by Dewdney, Anna
Easy Reading
Llama Llama Red Pajama [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Dewdney, Anna. Illustrated by Dewdney, Anna
Easy Reading
Should I Share My Ice Cream? [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Willems, Mo. Illustrated by Willems, Mo
Easy Reading
 
Folk and Fairy Tales
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An Undone Fairy Tale [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Lender, Iam, Illustrated by Martin, Whitney
Average
Epossumondas [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Salley, Coleen. Illustrated by Stevens, Janet
Average
Epossumondas Plays Possum [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Salley, Coleen. Illustrated by Stevens, Janet
Average
Epossumondas Saves the Day [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Salley, Coleen. Illustrated by Stevens, Janet
Average
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Deedy, Carmen Agra. Illustrated by Austin, Michael
Average
The Grasshopper's Song: An Aesop's Fable Revisited [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Giovanni, Nikki. Illustrated by Raschka, Chris
Average
The Lion and the Mouse [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Pinkney, Jerry
Easy Reading
The Magic Fish [ACTIVATE & CONNECT, ASK QUESTIONS]
by Littledale, Freya. Illustrated by Pels, Winslow Pinney
Average
Why Epossumondas Has No Hair on His Tail [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Salley, Coleen. Illustrated by Stevens, Janet
Average
 
Foreign Language and ESL
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Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Deedy, Carmen Agra. Illustrated by Austin, Michael
Average
 
General Fiction
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Chester [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Watt, Melanie
Easy Reading
Chicken Feathers [ASK QUESTIONS]
by Cowley, Joy
Challenging
Dovey Coe [ASK QUESTIONS]
by Dowell, Frances O'Roark
Challenging
Ducky [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Bunting, Eve
Average
He Came with the Couch [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Slonim, David
Easy Reading
I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Sherry, Kevin
Easy Reading
Invention of Hugo Cabret [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Selznick, Brian
Challenging
Meerkat Mail [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Gravett, Emily
Easy Reading
Not a Box [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Portis, Antionette
Easy Reading
Pigs Make Me Sneeze! [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Willems, Mo
Easy Reading
T4 [ASK QUESTIONS]
by LeZotte, Ann Clare
Challenging
Waiting for Normal [DETERMINE IMPORTANCE]
by O'Connor, Leslie
Challenging
 
Health and Safety
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Dr. Jenner and the Speckled Monster: The Search for the Smallpox Vaccine [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]
by Marrin, Albert
Challenging
Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]
by Fleischman, John
Challenging
Purple Death: The Mysterious Flu of 1918 [ASK QUESTIONS]
by Getz, David. Illustrated by McCarty, Peter
Challenging
The American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]
by Murphy, Jim
Challenging
 
Hobbies, Sports, Games, Recreation
Click on the book title for more info Rating Difficulty
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Krull, Kathleen. Illustrated by Diaz, David
Average
 
Life Experiences, Relationships
Click on the book title for more info Rating Difficulty
And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street [ACTIVATE & CONNECT, INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Seuss, Dr.
Easy Reading
Chrysanthemum [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]
by Henkes, Kevin. Illustrated by Henkes, Kevin
Challenging
Doctor De Soto [MONITOR COMPREHENSION, ASK QUESTIONS, INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Steig, William
Challenging
Duck! Rabbit! [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. Illustrated by Lichtenfield, Tom
Easy Reading
Llama Llama Red Pajama [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Dewdney, Anna. Illustrated by Dewdney, Anna
Easy Reading
Should I Share My Ice Cream? [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Willems, Mo. Illustrated by Willems, Mo
Easy Reading
The Amazing Bone [MONITOR COMPREHENSION, INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Steig, William. Illustrated by Steig, William
Challenging
The Monster Who Ate My Peas [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Schnitzlein, Danny. Illustrated by Faulkner, Matt
Average
Tractor Man is Here [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Grey, Mini
Easy Reading
Ugly Fish [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by LaReau, Karen
Easy Reading
 
Plants
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A Seed is Sleepy [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Aston, Dianna Hutts. Illustrated by Long, Sylvia
Challenging
Cranberries [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]
by Jaspersohn, William
Challenging
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai [ASK QUESTIONS]
by Nivola, Claire A
Average
Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa [ASK QUESTIONS]
by Winter, Jeanette
Easy Reading
 
Popular Culture and Humor
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Should I Share My Ice Cream? [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Willems, Mo. Illustrated by Willems, Mo
Easy Reading
 
Science: Life, Earth, Space
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A Seed is Sleepy [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Aston, Dianna Hutts. Illustrated by Long, Sylvia
Average
After the Spill: The Exxon Valdez Disaster Then and Now [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]
by Markle, Sandra
Challenging
Diving to a Deep-Sea Volcano [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Mallory, Kenneth
Challenging
Frozen Man [ASK QUESTIONS]
by Getz, David. Illustrated by McCarty, Peter
Challenging
Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist's Microscope [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Kramer, Stephen. Photos by Kunkel, Dennis
Challenging
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]
by Floca, Brian
Challenging
Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]
by Fleischman, John
Challenging
Snake Scientist [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Montgomery, Sy. Photos by Bishop, Nic
Challenging
Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]
by McClafferty, Carla
Challenging
Summer of Fire: Yellowstone 1988 [ASK QUESTIONS]
by Lauber, Patricia
Challenging
The Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America's Lost Grasslands [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Collard, Sneed B.
Challenging
The Truth about Poop [DETERMINE IMPORTANCE]
by Goodman, Susan. Illlustrated by Smith, Elwood H.
Challenging
Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Movement [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Burus, Loree Griffin
Challenging
Tsunami: Helping Each Other [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Morris, Ann and Larson, Heidi
Average
Whaling Season: A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale Scientist [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Lourie, Peter
Challenging
Woods Scientist [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Swineburne, Stephen R. Photos by Morse, Susan C.
Challenging
 
Social Studies
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Mount Rushmore [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]
by Schaefer,Lola
Easy Reading
 
Technology and Inventions
Click on the book title for more info Rating Difficulty
Trains [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]
by Curlee, Lynn
Average
 
World: History, Cultures, Countries, Regions
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14 Cows for America [DETERMINE IMPORTANCE]
by Gonzalez, Thomas and Deedy, Carmen Agra
Average
Bodies from the Ash: Life and Death in Ancient Pompeii [DETERMINE IMPORTANCE]
by Deem, James M.
Challenging
Bodies from the Bog [DETERMINE IMPORTANCE]
by Deem, James M.
Challenging
Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past [DETERMINE IMPORTANCE]
by Deem, James M.
Challenging
Buried in Ice: The Mystery Of A Lost Arctic Expedition [DETERMINE IMPORTANCE]
by Beatty, Owen and Geiger, John
Challenging
Cats of Krasinski Square [DETERMINE IMPORTANCE]
by Hesse, Karen. Illustrated by Watson, Wendy
Average
Ducky [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Bunting, Eve
Average
Frozen Man [ASK QUESTIONS]
by Getz, David. Illustrated by McCarty, Peter
Challenging
Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea [DETERMINE IMPORTANCE]
by Mortenson, Greg. Illustrated by Roth, Susan L.
Average
Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]
by Hatkoff, Isabella and Craig; Kahumba, Paula. Photos by Greste, Peter
Challenging
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai [ASK QUESTIONS]
by Nivola, Claire A.
Average
T4 [ASK QUESTIONS]
by LeZotte, Ann Clare
Challenging
Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust [INFER & VISUALIZE]
by Bunting, Eve
Average
Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa [ASK QUESTIONS]
by Winter, Jeanette
Easy Reading
 



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