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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Dog stories, Read Your World

Operation Rescue Dog By Maria Gianferrari

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Back of Book:
This sweet story about a girl named Alma and a stray dog named Lulu shows how a girl and a dog can rescue each other. Lulu sleeps under the moon, drinking from mud puddles and is covered in ticks until she is rescued. She waits for the Operation Rescue Dog truck, scared and uncertain. Alma misses her Mami, who is far away in Iraq. Alma wears Mami’s scarf around her like a hug. She wonders: Can a dog feel like a hug?

My Review:
I received a copy of this book from author Maria Gianferrari in exchange for an honest review.
Operation Rescue Dog is a touching tale about a young girl and her search for something special in her new home. Alma misses her Mami and her home in Iraq. She hopes that having a dog can make her feel like she is home. Lulu is a dog who is scared and alone. She hopes that finding a home will help her find a friend. I love this touching story that shares two perspectives throughout the story. Readers will love watching as Alma and Lulu find their way to one another. The text is lyrical and filled with figurative language. The illustrations are beautiful and show readers the story from both Alma and Lulu views. I can see Maria’s passion for rescue dogs and the people who choose to love them. She wrote an author note and shares how people can rescue dogs and give them a forever home. I am looking forward to sharing this story with my class this year.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Read Your World

If You’re Going to a Marchby Martha Freeman

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If You’re Going to A march.
As more and more children attend the growing number of marches across the country, this cheerful guide serves as a great reference tool and conversation starter for youthful participants. Inspired by author Martha Freeman’s own experiences, this picture book addresses many of the questions kids might have: What should I wear? How will I get there? Where will I be able to go to the bathroom? Is it okay to dance? (Yes, it is!). All the while the text stays focused on the fact that the right to assemble is a Constitutional part of our life as Americans.

My Review:
I was excited when I won this book in a giveaway from Here We Read I was very intrigued by how the author was going to write this story. Over the years Marches of all kinds have become more of a family affair. Because of this children have questions as to what a march is. I found this to be an informational story as to what can be expected at a march. The story follows several children of all ethnicities as they explain to readers what can happen during a march. I like that this story shares aspects of a march in a way that children can understand. The illustrations are detailed and fun. I love that any child reading this story can see themselves in this book. There is a short afterword in the back of the book that discusses more information about protests in America. A great resource to share with families.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Christmas

I Got the Christmas Spirit By Connie Schofield-Morrison

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Back of Book:
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and a mother and daughter are enjoying the sights and sounds of the holiday season. The little girl hears sleigh bells ringing and carolers singing. She smells chestnuts roasting–CRUNCH! CRUNCH! CRUNCH!–and sees the flashing lights of the department store windows–BLING! BLING! BLING! She spreads the spirit of giving wherever she goes. And when she reaches Santa, she tells him her Christmas wish–for peace and love everywhere, all the days of the year.
My Review:
I received a copy a copy of this story from author Connie Schofield-Morrison in exchange for an honest review. I love that this picture book brings out the beauty of the Holiday season to life. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that is written in a first-person narrative. The young girl shares her love of holidays with the readers. Each page has a different description of the sights and sounds of the holidays. I also love the joy that the girl spreads to everyone around her. The illustrations in this book are nothing short of gorgeous! Each detail jumps off the page and draws you in. I cannot wait to share this with my class during Christmas.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Grizzly Boy by Barbara Davis-Pyles

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Back of Book:
One day Theo wakes up and decides he’s a grizzly bear. He leaps out of bed, practices his growl . . . and his roar. . . and scratches his bottom on the bedpost. “Oh my! That’s very convincing,” his mother responds.

When Theo finds a bowl of lettuce and berries for breakfast instead of his favorite Frosted Monster Bites cereal, he is still determined to have a day that’s wild and free, but he finds it’s more difficult than he expected, especially when you have a clever mother and still have to go to school where there are rules and more rules!

After a challenging day as a grizzly boy at school, Theo learns you can follow the rules and still enjoy being wild and free!
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from author Barbara Davis Pyles in exchange for an honest review. This is a lovely story that is written in the same style of “Where the Wild Things Are”. Theo represents every child who has ever felt like going against social norms. It can be tough for children to always follow rules, especially at school. This book shows those children that they are not alone in feeling overwhelmed. I love the compromise between Theo and his mother. The illustrations are fun and bring the Grizzly side of Theo to life. A great book to add to any social and emotional unit.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Christmas

Cookiesaurus Christmas By Amy Fellner Dominy

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Back of Book:
Cookiesaurus Rex may not be your usual holiday treat, but he has plenty of Christmas spirit. He would like nothing more than to make it onto Santa’s cookie plate. After all, the Big Guy should have only the best cookie to take back to the North Pole. But Mr. Spatula chooses Star, then Bell, and finally Gingerbread Boy. . . . WAIT ONE STINKIN,’ STOMPIN’ MINUTE! Looks like Cookiesaurus Rex is going to have to take matters into his own tiny arms. Will his Christmas dreams come true, or will his holiday dreams be crumbled?
My Review:
I was sent a copy of this book from author Amy Fellner Dominy in exchange for an honest review. My students absolutely loved the first Cookiesaurus Rex story. They begged me to read it over and over again. When I saw that Amy had created a Christmas version, I knew I wanted to add it to my Christmas list. I am happy to say that this is a perfect sequel to the Cookiesaurus Rex book. In this story Cookiesaurus wants to be picked as a cookie that goes on Santa’s plate. What follows is fun dialogue between Cookiesaurus and the cookie maker. Readers will laugh out loud with all the fun and creative antics. The illustrations are filmier and fun. I can’t wait to share it my class.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Princess stories

The Absolutely, Positively No Princesses Book by Ian Lendler

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Back of Book:
Some kids like frills and sparkles and bows and lots of pink. And some don’t. The girl who started “The Absolutely, Positively No Princess Book” is sure that she wants a story full of nature and adventure. But when a princess barges into the pages with her own opinions about what makes for a good story, the two learn that they each have something to offer. Together they make the best story of all.
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from author Ian Lender in exchange for an honest review. I was just like the princess in this story. I loved frills and sparkles and pink. My best friend growing up was exactly like the little girl! This story made me laugh out because it reminded me of spending time with my best friend. I love that the message of the story is about compromise and sharing ideas. Together the girl and the princess create a concept that balances both their interests. The illustrations are drawn in a almost comic book style and use word bubbles to show when the characters are speaking. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to sharing it in my classroom.
Ages 5 and up
36 Pages

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Read Your World, School

All Are Welcome By Alexandra Penfold

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Back of Book:
Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yarmulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other’s traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year. All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, they are welcome in their school.
My Review:
This is a remarkable and beautifully executed picture book about the importance of diversity and inclusion in classrooms. The story follows several children as they enjoy all aspects of class together. This story shows readers that all students coming to school with different cultures, traditions, and experiences. The illustrations are simply memorizing! Each page of the book ends with the sentence you are welcome here. I also love that the dust jacket turns into a beautiful poster that can be hung on the wall. A great addition to any diversity unit.
Ages 5 and up
44 Pages

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Christmas

Dino-Christmas (Dino-Holidays) By Lisa Wheeler

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Back of Book: Have yourself a merry Dino-Christmas! Dinos big and small deck the halls and enjoy snowball fights, hot cocoa, a parade, and more. Share in the dinosaurs’ delight as they eagerly await the arrival of everyone’s favorite . . . Santa Claws!
My Review:
I was so excited to read this story on Net Gallery. Thank you Lisa for making sure that I received a copy. I was so excited to see that Lisa Wheeler was creating a Christmas version of her much loved Dino series. Since I live in Southern California, my students do not get to see or participate in a lot snow related activity. I loved that this book shows the dinosaurs ice skating, sledding, and having snow ball fights. I love the sense of community and excitement that the dinosaurs have around Christmas. The rhyming verse keep readers enjoying every fun aspect of the book. The illustrations are the filmier and fun images that we know and love. Each picture has fun details and makes for a fantastic read aloud. A great addition to any Christmas list.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Weather

First Snow by Nancy Viau

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Back of Book:
Snowflakes falling! What a treat! Friends gather outside to celebrate the first snowfall of the season with snowball fights, sledding, building igloos, drinking hot chocolate, and making the most of a windy, wintry day. With rhyming text and cheerful illustrations, this is a charming celebration of the winter season.
My Review:
I was sent a copy of this book from author Nancy Viau in exchange for an honest review.
Summer is almost over and with it comes the promise of snow. Although I live in Southern California I am in love with snow. This adorable picture book shows the joy and excitement of the first snowfall of the winter season. The text is simple and perfect to share with the littlest learners. The text also rhymes which is perfect way to show children how language works. The story follows several children as they enjoy the aspects of playing in the snow. They build snow men, go sledding, and have snowball fights. The illustrations are simply adorable! The colors are bright and show a diverse group of children playing together. I am so excited to share this story with my students this year.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Biography, Black History Month

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 By Alice Faye Duncan

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Back of Book:
In February 1968, two African American sanitation workers were killed by unsafe equipment in Memphis, Tennessee. Outraged at the city’s refusal to recognize a labor union that would fight for higher pay and safer working conditions, sanitation workers went on strike. The strike lasted two months, during which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was called to help with the protests. While his presence was greatly inspiring to the community, this unfortunately would be his last stand for justice. He was assassinated in his Memphis hotel the day after delivering his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” sermon in Mason Temple Church.
My Review:
I revived a copy of this book from author Alice Faye Duncan in exchange for an honest review.
Run don’t walk to your nearest bookstore today and grab this amazing, haunting story about the Sanitation Shrike of 1968. Alice Faye Duncan took a historical event and brought it to life! The story follows a young girl as she watches her daddy stand up for what he believes in. The story is inspired by and teacher and her memories of participating in the strike when she was a child. The text is written using poetry. Each page holds a title with a verse. The illustrations are unique and rich in texture and color. The back of the book has a fantastic timeline as well as a list of museums that readers can visit. This is a perfect book to add to any Martin Luther King Jr. or history unit. It is a book that King himself would be happy to read.
Ages 9 and up
40 Pages

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