This weekly post comes from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers. It's a great source to find new books to use with your students.
Last Week's Adventures
With all that is happening in the world around us, we need to spend time talking about kindness and empathy with our students. Books you may use are listed HERE.
I reviewed the book The Girl Who Drank the Moon.
I'm reading the nonfiction picture book biographies you are reading!
This is My Dollhouse by Giselle Potter
I used to love getting cardboard boxes and turning them into something. Having the power of your imagination to make it become anything you want. Especially in an age where you can buy things ready to go. This book brings kids back to the power of imagination and how creativity can take you to new places.
I got this book at the library but will have to check it out at a bookstore - behind the book jacket are tips on how to make a dollhouse!
Superhero Instruction Manual by Kristy Dempsey
Loved how it incorporated kindness as being a super power. Cute story, bold illustrations. Kids will enjoy!
The NOT So Quiet Library by Zachariah Ohora
Don't you love books about libraries and books? I can see this book featured in lots of upcoming story times!
Ohora has some funny lines and illustrations in this one!
The Airport Book by Lisa Brown
This really is a brilliant picture book. First, there is the story line that tells you about a trip to the airport and all the things you do, see and experience. There is the main text, but then there is conversation bubbles that add more to the storyline. Perfect to show readers how to read the main text first, but then go back to the story bubbles.
Then there is the storyline of Monkey, the little girl's stuffed animal. We see his tail sticking out in the suitcase and follow along on his journey. It ends up being a second storyline to follow in the book.
Then there are all the people we meet in the illustrations. They find their way into most illustrations and we try to figure out what their stories are. The diversity in the illustrations is fantastic.
I need to go back and read the story again, I'm sure I'll find more to love!
Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson
Great lines to lift in this book about being brave and having courage.
A must-have picture book if you teach civil rights.
The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder
As the book went on, I felt myself falling farther and farther into this new Cinderella retelling. By the middle of the book it had gripped me and I raced through it! Full review coming next week.
It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
Recently there has been a lot of talk about books being windows and doors and mirrors. This book is a perfect example of that. It's going to be a mirror book for many students. They will recognize themselves in Cindy - moving to American without English, leaning English at school and being the constant translator for your parents, having to defend customs, traditions and other things to friends. It's going to be a window for other readers, including me, to really understand what it's like for our ELL students.
But the best part of this book is how many times you are going to laugh out loud! Dumas has a way of making the mundane hilarious, while poking fun at the truth. Great middle grade read!
Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson
I've heard wonderful things about this book!
Looking forward to seeing your lists!