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Multimedia Bibliography – Titanic


I compiled this bibliographic resource for use by educators, particularly middle grade teachers and school librarians, who wish to present students with an instructional unit on the historical aspects of the Titanic sinking of 1912. The materials selected for this bibliography are suitable for middle grade students (grades 3-6). However, certain materials listed are also acceptable for students as young as the second grade, including the picture books Polar the Titanic Bear and Titanicat. I opted to include these picture books to accommodate younger readers or readers with low reading comprehension skills.

In compiling these resources, I visited several branches of the Austin Public Library to peruse their collections of juvenile materials relating to the Titanic. I also consulted the School Library Journal, which offers reviews of several seminal children’s works about the Titanic sinking. Ultimately, I selected five books which provide insight into varying aspects of the Titanic’s history. A school librarian could use these five books to create a Titanic display for students at a variety of reading levels who are interested in learning more about the Titanic, whetherfor a report, for pleasure, or for both.

Furthermore, I also utilized the internet to locate websites and videos which usefully underpin the books I selected. The “ALSC’s Great Websites for Kids” list provided me with one particularly useful website on the Titanic called “Titanic Destination…Cyberspace.” I also discovered that reputable websites like the History Channel website and the Discovery Channel website have digital content suitable for middle grade students and younger. Having personally visited several Titanic exhibits, I was also aware of several great community resources available for students in the state of Texas. I also chose to include potential field trips, realia, and games in this bibliography because of the value of immersive, experiential learning.


Brewster, Hugh. Illustrated by Ken Marschall. Inside the Titanic (A Giant Cutaway Book). Little, Brown & Company, 1997.

Illustrated by one of the foremost Titanic authorities, this book realistically depicts the experiences of two children who sailed aboard the Titanic in 1912. Impressively sized and richly illustrated, this book will immerse even very young readers in the Titanic’s fateful maiden voyage. The “cutaway” nature of the book’s illustrations allows readers to “explore” the Titanic in a literal way. Readers can view the interior of each deck in vivid detail, from the first-class cabins to the steerage compartments. When presenting a unit on the Titanic, this resource will attract reluctant readers who are turned off by text-heavy books.

Crisp, Marty. Titanticat. Illustrated by Robert Papp. Sleeping Bear Press, 2011.

Jim Mulholland is a cabin boy aboard the Titanic. As the ship prepares for its maiden voyage, Jim is tasked with taking care of the ship’s cat, whom he dubs 401. What follows is a fictionalized version of true events, providing a lighthearted perspective on a usually somber subject. Young readers will delight in this beautifully-illustrated picture book and the whimsical, slightly mysterious story it tells. Rendered in oil on canvas, the cover of this book will add visual appeal to any displays created about the Titanic.

Kentley, Eric. Illustrated by Steven Noon. Story of the Titanic. DK, 2012.

This beautifully-illustrated book tells the story of the Titanic from start to finish. Beginning with the construction of the Titanic in Belfast and concluding with the inevitable legal inquiry which followed her sinking, no detail is spared in describing this important historical event. In addition to key facts, Noon’s artwork includes highly-detailed illustrations, cutaway views, archival and photos. As an oversized book, Story of the Titanic provides more visual detail than the average Titanic book aimed at children, making it an essential addition to any library or classroom collection. Read more…

Elementary Visual Arts Curriculum Text Set

Prepared by Melissa Mote for Dr. Barbara Immroth’s INF 382E

Statement of Purpose

 The purpose of this collection is to provide resources for elementary educators, art teachers or otherwise, who want to include visual art in the curriculum. An arts-rich curriculum supports creativity in learning and shapes interdisciplinary thinkers. The Texas Fine Art TEKS for Elementary School learners (available at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter117/ch117a.html) include four strands: perception, creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation. The following resources take many formats, but all support these four strands by providing ideas for educators and resources for art appreciation, offering children insight into the minds and lives of great artists, and encouraging creative play. Some of the resources listed below are intended for use by educators before entering the classroom, while others are suitable for using directly with an elementary audience.


Heine, Florian. 13 Art Inventions Children Should Know. Munich: Prestel, 2011.

“From the use of perspective to the invention of the paint tube, 13 examples of some of the most important breakthroughs in artistic technology offers kids an exciting new perspective on the world of art. This new volume in the highly successful “13” series uses colorful reproductions, glossaries, and a timeline to explore milestones in the history of art. Kids will learn about important innovations in art while they discover answers to questions such as: Why was oil painting invented? What were the subjects of the first photographs? How do you depict the world on a flat canvas? Filled with accessible, fascinating facts as well as creative suggestions for independent art projects, this unique introduction to art history shows young readers how art is made as well as how to enjoy it.”

Description from Amazon, available at http://www.amazon.com/Art-Inventions-Children-Should-Know/dp/379137060X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354055137&sr=8-1&keywords=13+art+inventions+children+should+know

TEKS: Perception, Historical and Cultural Heritage, Creative Expression

Intended Audience: children

Kneightley, Moy. Investigating Art: A Practical Guide for Young People. London: Elek, 1976.

Kneightley lays the foundation for this all-inclusive volume by teaching children to “think visually” by identifying the elements of line, color, pattern, texture, and shape that define artistic expression. The book offers children an extremely thorough knowledge base, encouraging them to become both critical visual thinkers and artists themselves. Each artistic principle is supported by an art project, each of which can be executed by children without much adult intervention and makes use of common household and classroom items.  A range of disciplines including drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture are addressed.

TEKS: Perception, Critical Evaluation, Creative Expression

Intended Audience: children and educators (for project ideas)

Kohl, MaryAnn F. Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters. Bellingham, WA: Bright Ring, 1997.

“Featuring more than 150 activities, this guide teaches the styles, works, and techniques of the great masters—Van Gogh, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and more.”

Description from Amazon, available at http://www.amazon.com/Discovering-Great-Artists-Hands–Children/dp/0935607099/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354055274&sr=1-1&keywords=discovering+great+artists

TEKS: Cultural and Historical Heritage, Creative Expression

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Multimedia Bibliography – Dolphins

By Harry Ostlund

The purpose of this multimedia bibliography is to provide fourth through sixth grade students with an opportunity to explore the undersea world of dolphins through the use of books, eBooks, digital resources, the internet and community resources such as libraries, aquariums, and educational institutions. When I was growing up I was extremely lucky to live within walking distance of the Brooklyn Aquarium. On the weekends I attended programs such as Breakfast with the Dolphins, where we literally had breakfast with the dolphins, though we had to clean their fish first. These interactive and innovate programs provided us with enrichment experiences and firsthand knowledge of the behind the scene operations that we could never have obtained in any other setting. The aquarium, library and the public schools were committed to working together to provide city youngsters with authentic interdisciplinary learning experiences. Educational programs offered by these three educational institutions such as the yearlong Marine Teen Program provided middle school students with access to the unlimited resources. Middle school students who were selected to participate in these programs interviewed the staff of the aquarium and experienced the behind the scenes procedures, routines and protocols. They participated in ongoing research and worked alongside marine biologists and veterinarians. Working alongside the IT department they contributed their input by assisting with the designing an educational computer game. These authentic experiences inspired many of the students to pursue careers in the sciences. Students who participated in the Marine Teen Program had the opportunity to process, analyze, synthesize and learn about dolphins and marine life in a unique environment. The students gained a sensible understanding of the dolphins and of marine life that they could not have obtained in another setting. Though the local library provides many multimedia resources that could initiate a desire to learn more about dolphins and marine life this unique experience was enhanced by our visits to the aquarium. By reading and researching various publications, watching podcasts, videos, and live feeds, and engaging in authentic hands- on lessons the students were actively engaged in learning about dolphins and other subject matter. The materials presented in this multimedia bibliography will assist students become active learners by analyzing, questioning and narrating their individual learning experiences. Until they can visit the aquarium the internet provides students with opportunities to observe dolphin interactions through love webcams, and through online courses.


Carney, Elizabeth. (2012). National Geographic Kids Everything Dolphins, Dolphin Facts,Photos, and Fun that Will Make You Flip. National Geographic Children’s Books.

Dolphins are as bright and as curious as humans. Perhaps that is why we are fascinated by them. Inside this informative chapter book youngsters discover how dolphins live in family groups called pods, give birth to live babies, tail first and breathe air. The amazing photographs and bold text teach young children how dolphins are not fish but are mammals, how they were meant to live on land but were forced into the sea. This educational book is packed with scientific facts and photographs that will captivate your child. A must have for all beginning marine biologists.

George, Twig. C. (1998). A Dolphin Named Bob. HarperCollins.

After a storm a bottlenose dolphin washed up on the beach. Rescued by Mrs. Lee and taken to the Baltimore Aquarium the aquarium staff saved her and named her Aster. She thrived at the aquarium for several years and then at age eleven she gave birth to a dolphin calf named Bob. Born with an unusual comet shaped birth mark on his drooping dorsal fin, Bob was weak and tiny compared to other calves. The aquariums staff did not expect him to survive. But Bob surprised them, just like his mother Aster did when she first arrived. Bob gets well and soon he was performing tricks alongside his mother. Bob becomes the star of the aquarium. This amazing true story with its happy ending will delight youngsters and encourage them to never give up.

Grover, Wayne. (1990). Dolphin Adventure A True Story, HarperCollins.

Based on a true event, a professional deep sea diver Wayne Grover recalls how a pod of dolphins, two adults and a baby swim around him until he notices the baby of the pod was bleeding and had a fishing hook embedded in its back and fishing line wrapped around its tail. Mr. Grover describes a remarkable and poignant tale with the untamed dolphin family. Using his diving knife Grover carefully performs underwater surgery. He cut away the line and removed the hook but the baby dolphin’s bleeding attracted two hungry sharks. The large male dolphin attacked the sharks saving the baby dolphin and Mr. Grover. Two weeks later Grover is out on his boat and recognized the scar on the tail of the young dolphin swimming by in a pod of dolphins. The story ends happily for the baby dolphin and teaches readers about the dangers hooks and lines can bring to dolphins.

Orr, Katherine. (1993). Story of a Dolphin. Carolrhoda Books.

Based on a true event that occurred near the Caribbean island of Providenciales, a young girl recalls how a bottlenose dolphin and her father became friendly. Everyday her father would take a group of tourists out to sea on his boat to dive in the ocean. One day a stray dolphin appeared and swam around them. Over the next several months the dolphin and the girl’s father begin to swim together. Then one day their playfulness almost turned into a tragedy. This true story teaches us dolphins are unpredictable and aggressive with each other and with humans, so we need to be careful when we enter the water with a dolphin. Illustrated with full-color, full-spread paintings of island vegetation and ocean life in the blues, greens, and pinks that are present on the Caribbean islands.

Schaefer, Patricia. P. (2012). Dolphins from A to Z . Shaefer.

A superbly photographed book simultaneously teaches young children their ABC’s and presents them with scientific facts about bottlenose dolphins. The dolphins are alone, in pods, under the water, and as close to the shore as they could possible come. Photographed playfully swimming, catching fish and leaping from the water these amazing sea creatures present young children with powerful inspirational images that are unforgettable. Every child will want to reach out and touch the pages of this truly impressive book.

Wlodarski, Loran. (2007). If a Dolphin Were a Fish . Sylvan Dell Publishing.

Delfina is a young bottlenose dolphin who imagines she becomes her underwater sea friends. She imagines what it would be like to be a manatee, a fish, an octopus, a turtle, and even a bird. Young readers will learn that fish have gills and breathe underwater and bottlenose dolphins have a blowhole and must swim to the surface for air. As children turn the pages and encounter a new sea creature they learn a new scientific fact. The imaginative story is filled with soft colored pencil illustrations that complement the text of this educational underwater adventure. Read more…

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