Read Your World

Americans by Douglas Wood

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Back of Book:
What makes Americans great?

Americans are different from one another in many ways. And despite these differences, Americans share certain ways of doing and being that hold us all together. From the Fourth of July to the Bill of Rights, Douglas Wood and Elizabeth Sayles share the story of what it is to be American.
My Review:
When I walked by this book at the bookstore and saw the cover, I knew that I wanted to read this book. The text in this book is nothing short of poetic. Each page teaches readers about something that Americans do. They love, create, dream, fight, choose and more. I absolutely love each description of what the American people do. The text tells readers about the historic events that have made America strong, diverse, and different from other places in the world. It talks about the Bill of Rights, The 4th of July, National Parks and more. The illustrations are beautiful and detailed. I love the diversity and history outlined in each picture. This book should be a part of every classroom library.

40 Pages

Ages 5 and up

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math

Arithmechicks Add Up: A Math Story By Ann Marie Stephens

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  Back of Book:
As the Arithmechicks slide down the slide, swing on the swings, and play hide-and-seek, they don’t realize that a lonely mouse is copying them, longing to join in. However, when their basketball becomes stuck, the chicks discover that a two-inch-tall new friend is exactly what they need. In this heartwarming story, there are many ways to add up ten cheerful chicks–but a new friend is what makes them cheer.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Boyds Mills Press in exchange for an honest review.
I am always searching for picture books that I can incorporate into my math lessons. Arithmechicks is such a terrific story to teach students about addition and grouping. I can see using this book in a variety of whole group lessons.  I also love that this story has a second lesson in it about friendship and allowing everyone to join in the game. Ann Marie is an elementary teacher and it shows in her creation of this book. She created a story that will meet math standards and teach children social and emotional skills in the same lesson. The illustrations by Jia Liu are bright and full of color. Readers will fall in love with this story and want to hear it over and over again.
32 Pages
Ages 5 an up

Growth Mindset, School

I Will Be Fierce By Bea Birdsong

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Back of Book:
It’s a brand new day, and a young girl decides to take on the world like a brave explorer heading off on an epic fairytale quest. From home to school and back again, our hero conquers the Mountain of Knowledge (the library), forges new bridges (friendships), and leads the victorious charge home on her steed (the school bus).
My Review:
I Will Be Fierce is a wonderful story by debut author Bea Birdsong. It follows a young girl as she journeys through the first day of school. The first person narration allows readers to connect with the young girl’s strength and kindness. I love all the ways that I can use this story for social and emotional learning. It touches on confidence, kindness, social pressure and staying true to oneself. The illustrations by Nadhi Chanani are beautiful and bring the girl into full focus. This book is a great addition to the first week of school.
32 Pages
Ages 5 and up

Bugs and Insects, Music

Señorita Mariposa By Ben Gundersheimer

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Senorita Mariposa

Back of Book:

Rhyming text and lively illustrations showcase the epic trip taken by the monarch butterflies. At the end of each summer, these international travelers leave Canada to fly south to Mexico for the winter–and now readers can come along for the ride! Over mountains capped with snow, to the deserts down below. Children will be delighted to share in the fascinating journey of the monarchs and be introduced to the people and places they pass before they finally arrive in the forests that their ancestors called home.

My Review:

I received a copy of this book from Nancy Paulsen Books in exchange for an honest review.

I have always loved watching Monarch Butterflies as they migrate through my town. I was so pleased to see such a beautiful story written about their journey.  Mr. G did an excellent job rhyming both the English and the Spanish translations of this book. The story is well told and easy for readers to follow along with. The illustrations by Marcos Almada Rivera are nothing short of stunning.  I instantly fell in love with Senorita Mariposa and her journey. The back of the book has more information on Monarch butterflies that includes how we can help protect them.  A must-have for any bilingual preschool and elementary classroom.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

National Womens Month

Like a Girl by Lori Degman

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Back of Book:
This empowering book is a celebration of 24 inspiring women who made their mark on history by fighting against segregation, overcoming challenges to become champions helping the sick and poor, creating stories that move people and more. Their remarkable achievements are examples of the ways to make a difference.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Sterling Children’s Books in exchange for an honest review.
I am a fan of anything Lori writes and this book is no exception. Lori beautifully captures the strength and determination of 24 very different and unique women. I love that the text is filled with action statements that call on young women to be brave and courageous. Lori used a wide variety of women from Harriet Tubman to R.J Palacio. Each woman that is showcased achieved something that was thought to be impossible. The illustrations by Mara Penny are nothing short of breathtaking! From the book paper to the additional reading and everything in-between. The detail on each page is amazing. The back of the book has mini-biographies on each woman as well as additional reading. This is the kind of story that allows girls to realize that they can be anything they want. A must-have for classroom libraries.
Ages 5 and up

National Womens Month, Read Your World

A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice By Nadia Hohn

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Back of Book: Jamaican poet and entertainer Louise Bennett Coverley, better known as “Miss Lou,” played an instrumental role in popularizing Jamaican patois internationally. Through her art, Miss Lou helped pave the way for other poets and singers, like Bob Marley, to use patois in their work.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picturebook from Owl Kids Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
This bright and engaging picture book follows the early life of poet Louise Bennett Converley and her joy of writing. Louise was filled with words that bubbled up from inside. The problem was that not everyone agreed with her words. It took courage and determination for her to pursue what she loved. pieces of Louise’s poetry is sprinkled throughout the text. It gives readers a great introduction into the words that Miss Lou loved so much. The illustrations by Eugenie Fernandes are filled with color and life. Thre is a note from the author in the back of the book that shares more about life and writing. The back of the book also has a glossary and references.
This is a beautiful nonfiction picture book that is a perfect addition to any poetry unit, or Nations Women’s Month unit.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Christmas

Spoinkers Christmas Books

I received copies of both these books from author Cherl Seward in exchange for an honest review
It is never to early to start reading Christmas books. I work with Preschool-aged children over the summer and they enjoyed celebrating Christmas in July with these stories.  They quickly fell in love with the adorable and lovable Spoinkers. In the first story Spoinkers Christmas Wish, they loved the idea of a piglet learning to fly with the reindeer. In Spoinkers Christmas Morning, there favorite part of the story was that he loved eating sprinkles on everything. The illustrations are soft and warm. They bring an almost magical quality to the story.  A beautiful set of stories for the Christmas season.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages
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cars, Trains

Trucker and Train By Hannah Stark

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Back of Book:
Trucker, the big rig, loves to rule the road with his size, strength, and mighty horn. The other vehicles swerve and shake as Trucker blasts past, expecting them to follow along in awe. Then Trucker meets the louder, stronger, and kinder Train. He sees how the other vehicles gleam and swoon when Train is around. And he wonders, Why don’t they ever gleam at me Trucker just wants Train to go away . . . until a broken railroad crossing signal changes everything. Can Trucker use his size and strength for the good of his fellow vehicles before it’s too late?
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from author Hannah Holt in exchange for an honest review.
Every year I have several students who are mildly obsessed with big trucks and or trains. They are going to be thrilled with this story. The story follows Trucker who is the leader of the road. He believes that he is the best until Train comes along. Trucker begins to feel inadequate until he realizes that he may be needed after all. I love the message that everyone brings something important to the table. This allows readers to recognize how important they are. The word choice and examples of onomatopoeia allow the text to be brought to life. I also loved the use of numbers within the pages. The illustrations by Bob Kolar are friendly and colorful! They bring the story to life. This is a perfect book to share at home or in the classroom.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Summer

The Night Is Yours by Abdul-Razak Zachariah

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Back of Book:
This lyrical text, narrated to a young girl named Amani by her father, follows her as she plays an evening game of hide-and-seek with friends at her apartment complex. The moon’s glow helps Amani find the last hidden child and seems almost like a partner to her in her game, as well as a spotlight pointing out her beauty and strength.
My Review:
It took me a long time to get a copy of this book from my library. It was well worth the wait. This story is a beautiful loving ode to the simple joy of child’s play. The story follows Amani as she plays and explores on a warm summer evening. The text is written in poetic expression that dives deep into teaching children to love who they are. The illustrations by Keturah A. Bobo are rich in color and expression. This book is a simple story that captures the essence of community and friendship.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Animals

Migration: Incredible Animal Journeys by Mike Unwin

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Back of Book:
Animals of all shapes and sizes make epic journeys across our planet, through harsh weather, avoiding hungry predators, in their efforts to survive. Travel around the globe with some of the world’s most incredible animals and discover their unique migration stories.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Bloomsbury Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
I have been amazed by the stunning nonfiction books that have come from Bloombury Press this year. This book is an in-depth look at a wide variety of animals and the migration process that is different for each one. The text is written in an easy to understand format, but still full of facts and information. The illustrations are done in a two-page spread and filled with stunning detail. The book has a table of contents that makes it easy to locate a specific animal. This book is a must-have for all science and animal units.
Ages 6 and up
48 Pages

Summer

Can I Keep It? By Lisa Jobe

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Back of Book:
One summer day, a boy ventures into his backyard on a mission to find the perfect pet. When he asks to keep the animals that happened to “follow” him home, his mom points out that birds belong in the sky and frogs belong in the pond. He starts to wonder: is there an animal that belongs right there with him? In a heartwarming conclusion, he discovers the perfect pet has been around him all along.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Page Street Kids Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
This is such a sweet gem of a story. It follows a young boy whose only wish is to find the perfect animal as a pet. He encounters several animals including a squirrel, a frog, and a bird. Each time his mom tells him that the animal needs to stay in nature where it belongs. Finally, in the end,
the boy finds the perfect pet for him. The illustrations are bright and colorful. They draw a reader into the story. The story is written with repetitive lines making it a perfect story for preschoolers. My Pre-K class loved hearing this story as asked me to read it again. A great and fun read-aloud from a debut author. I look forward to reading more stories by Lisa Jobe
Ages 4 and up
32 Pages