About Booking Across the USA
Today I'm participating in Booking Across the USA! This year, we're highlighting authors and illustrators from all 50 states. The other participants this year are edSnapshots, Incredibly Confident Kids, Child Led Life, Crayonbox Learning, Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, The Educators' Spin On It, The Art Curator for Kids, My Little Me, Kathys Cluttered Mind, True Aim, The Jenny Evolution, Primary Inspired, KC Edventures, Chicken Babies, Mosswood Connections, Country Fun Childcare, Picture Books & Piourettes, Mama Smiles, Buggy and Buddy, Wise Owl Factory, Bambini Travel, Inspiration Laboratories , Kids Yoga Stories, Elementary Matters, Just Another Mom, Teaching With Grace, All Done Monkey, Something 2 Offer, ALLterNATIVE Learning, Cutting Tiny Bites, JDaniel4's Mom, Living Montessori Now, Pragmatic Mom, Kid World Citizen, Teach Beside Me, Kitchen Floor Crafts, Mama Miss, A Book Long Enough, and Brain Power Boy.
I have claimed the state of Hawaii so that I can spotlight one of my favorite chapter book authors, Graham Salisbury.
About Graham Salisbury
Though Graham Salisbury was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, members of his family have lived in Hawaii dating back to the 1800s. Graham spent his own childhood in Kailua, Oahu, and he attended Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Kamuela. He now lives in Oregon, but has said that being away from Hawaii "makes it all the more enticing" and that the state is "rich and exotic and full of stuff to write about." His love for Hawaii is evident in all of his books, but perhaps most of all in his chapter book series about Calvin Coconut.
About Calvin Coconut
Calvin is a mischievous fourth grader who lives with his single mother, younger sister, and his mother's live-in teenage helper, Stella. His father is a famous singer named Little Johnny Coconut whom Calvin rarely gets to see, but he has a good relationship with his mother's boyfriend, Ledward. In the nine books of the series, Calvin gets into a fair amount of trouble as he investigates why his dog smells, tries to figure out how to negotiate with bullies like Frankie Diamond, works on respecting and getting along with girls, and even has the chance to be in a movie and save a friend's life. Calvin is himself an irresistible character, but his books are made that much more appealing by the descriptions of Hawaii's beaches and the way Salisbury incorporates pidgin English and Hawaiian phrases into each story.
List of Calvin Coconut Books
There are nine books in the Calvin Coconut series (links are to my reviews):
About Hawaiian Lingo Bingo
This fun game is designed to teach elementary readers the meanings of some of Calvin's Hawaiian words and phrases, including 'ukus (lice), obake (ghost), and hamajang (all mixed up.) There are five bingo cards with words filled in, and one blank card which can be customized to include any vocabulary you want to focus on with your kids. Also provided is the call sheet, which gives the English definition for each word, and a set of markers shaped like leis.
- Distribute a Bingo card to each child.
- Cut apart the call sheet and toss the words into a basket face down.
- Choose a word from the basket and call it out.
- Have the children mark it on their cards using the lei markers.
- The first child to reach three words in a row, either across, down, or diagonally, wins.
Variation #2: Make the game more challenging by having the children fill the whole card to win.
Each of the printables required to play this game is available for download from the following links:
- Information about Graham Salisbury used in this post came from the following sources:
- Interview with Children's and YA Author Graham Salisbury from cynthialeitichsmith.com
- Graham Salisbury's Printable Author Bio from Random House Children's Books
- Clip art images used in the printables came from Clker.com and ClipartPanda.com: