Boysenberry Books

The Year of Billy Miller

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

The Year of Billy Miller, A 2014 Newbery Honor Book, is a fun book about a boy overcoming the frustrations of 4th grade. He is daily taunted by a girl in his class, but with the help of his clever teacher, who is a master at classroom management, Billy learns to thrive in his classroom.The Year of Billie Miller -A 2014 Newbery Honor Book

I am Walt Disney by Grace Norwich

I am Walt Disney by Grace Norwich

I am Walt Disney shadows Mr. Disney’s life as a child all the way through his successful career in animation and film making. He is a man that satisfied his curiosities through much studying and experimenting. Walt Disney was a persistent man who followed his dreams to completion. Attached is a paper explaining more about him.Assignment – Nancy Cole – I Am Walt Disney

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Flat Stanley is a creative story of a boy who suddenly is flattened when a book shelf falls on him.  In the book, Stanley showcases all of the advantages of being flat. He can tour the world in an envelope via the pen pal system. This book has been a classic for many years. I remember my sons both studying the United States Postal System while reading Flat Stanley and learning to write a letter that would be mailed in the USPS.

Assignment #4 – Read Flat Stanley- list background info for child to comp.

One by Kathryn Otoshi

Genre: Informational/Fiction    Reading Level: all

One is a much deeper book than it appears to be. It addresses bullying at multiple levels in a profound and simplistic approach.

This is an approachable resource that is needed in a student’s life when avoiding, overcoming, or relearning how to say “no” to bulldozer people.

Ephesians 4:32

“And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”

If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! by Elise Parsley

Genre: Fiction     Reading Level: P-3rd

If you want a great laugh, read this book! It is the kind of book that will cheer your students and have them laughing.

If for no other reason than a good laugh, read this book.

Proverbs 17:12

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. “

I Get So Hungry by Bebe Moore Campbell

Genre: Realistic Fiction         Grade Level – 3

Nikki is teased by her classmates because of her size. Her teacher, who is also over-weight, invites her to walk around the school with her in the mornings. The two begin a healthy journey together.

I Get So Hungry is a great way to bring up the topic of healthy eating to young students.

I Corinthians 6:19

“Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own…”



The Bat Boy & His Violin by Gavin Curtis

Genre: Historical Fiction        Reading level 3-5

Reginald’s father plays baseball for the Duke’s  in the Negro National League. The league has been losing players to the national leagues. Father is worried that the Negro National League will slowly die out. Reginald loves playing his violin and has a recital coming up. Father asks Reginald to be the bat boy for the Duke’s. Reginald fears he will not be able to play his violin if he is a bat boy. However, father devises a plan where he can do both.

During February’s Black History Month, The Bat Boy & His Violin would give a perspective of the trials ball players encountered told from a boy’s perspective. In addition, this book would be a great segue into point of view. Finally, honor is exemplified by Reginald as he honors his father by being the bat boy for the Duke’s. In like manner, his father honored him by making the compromise to allow Reginald to be the bat boy and play the violin between innings.

Ephesians 6:2       “Honor your father and mother”

Three Names by Patricia MacLachlan

Genre: Fiction                   Reading Level   3-5

Three Names is a lovely story of Grandfather’s childhood with a dog named, Three Names.

Three Names would be a fun book to read when studying the Pioneer Days of America. It describes the clothes worn, the wagons, the one-room schoolhouse and the countryside. Grandpa’s dog follows throughout the story giving the reader a warm feeling.

It is good to remember the blessings God provided and the people He used to bless you throughout your days.

Psalm 143:5

“I remember the days gone by; I think about all that you have done, I bring to mind all your deeds.”

A Kiss Goodbye by Audrey Penn

A Kiss Goodbye is a delightful story told first-person raccoon. It becomes necessary for the raccoon family to move because loggers are coming to harvest the trees in their forest. Chester doesn’t understand why he has to leave his home.

The children learn that moving is sad, but it presents great opportunities to meet new friends.

Hebrews 13:14

“For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.”

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