Sharks

A-Z of Sharks – The Alphabet of the Shark World By Paula Hammond

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Back of Book:

If you know your ABCs why not try the sharks alphabet? A is for Angel Shark, B is for Bull Shark, C is for…? Full of fun facts and illustrations A-Z of Sharks presents 26 weird and wonderful creatures from the deep.
My Review:
Shark week is July 22nd- July 29th. I am very excited to share this amazing nonfiction picture book with my summer class next week. It is a detailed look at 26 sharks. Each shark begins with a different letter of the alphabet. I love that each page has a fact that is unique to that shark. The illustrations are detailed and beautiful. This is a must read for all shark enthusiasts.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Sharks

If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams

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Back of Book:

A healthy ocean is home to many different kinds of animals. They can be
big, like a whale,
tiny, like a shrimp,
and even scary, like a shark.
Even though sharks can be scary, we need them to keep the oceans healthy. Unfortunately, due to overfishing, many shark species are in danger of extinction, and that can cause big problems in the oceans and even on land.
What would happen if this continued and sharks disappeared completely?
My Review:
Shark Week is officially July 22nd to July 29th. It is a week dedicated to teaching people about these amazing beasts in the oceans. “If Sharks Disappeared” is a fun and in -depth look at how sharks keep our oceans balanced. The book also shares how vulnerable sharks are to extinction and how if they disappeared the population of other animals would be thrown off balance. I love that the back of the book has a glossary, as well as an authors about how some of the amazing places that sharks reside. The illustrations are fun and follow a young girl as she learns about the amazing creatures that are sharks. This is a great nonfiction addition to any shark unit.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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4th of July, Summer

Pie Is for Sharing

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Back of Book:
A picnic, a beach, a pie cut into pieces and shared with good friends.
Pie is for sharing.
It starts off round, and you can slice it into as many pieces as you want. What else can be shared? A ball, of course. A tree? What about time?
Through the course of one memorable Fourth of July picnic, Stephanie Ledyard and Jason Chin take young readers through the ups and downs of sharing in this lovely picture book.
My Review:
“Pie is for Sharing” is a beautiful blend of the some of the wonderful and fun aspects of summertime. The concept for this book is brilliant and very American. The text is written in lyrical and simple sentences that flows in a calming and engaging way. The illustrations are breathtaking and show detailed scenes that match the story. This story is a true treat for the summer time.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Skills Children Learn

Quiet Please, Owen McPhee! by Trudy Ludwig

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Back of Book:
Owen McPhee doesn’t just like to talk, he LOVES to talk. He spends every waking minute chattering away at his teachers, his classmates, his parents, his dog, and even himself. But all that talking can get in the way of listening. And when Owen wakes up with a bad case of laryngitis, it gives him a much-needed opportunity to hear what others have to say.
My Review:
I was sent this book from author Trudy Ludwig in exchange for an honest review. Every teacher and librarian can read this book with a smile and think of “that kid” who never stops talking. When Owen loses his voice, he realizes how much he can learn from others if he takes a minute to stop and listen. I love that the book has thought bubbles to show readers what Owen and the other characters are saying. I also love that Trudy centered the class assignment on a STEM project. This aspect of the story becomes very relatable to readers. to be very The illustrations are soft, and fun. I am going to use this book during the first of school for character building. It is an excellent tool to use to enforce the importance of listening to the teacher, as well as one another. I highly recommend this book.
Ages 5 and up

40 Pages

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Family

When the Cousins Came By Katie Yamasaki

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Back of Book: Lila is excited for her cousins Takeo and Rosie to visit. They’re going to ride bikes, paint, and camp together! But when the cousins arrive, everything’s wrong: Rosie and Takeo are better painters than Lila, have skateboards instead of bikes, and don’t want to camp outside. Lila is terribly disappointed until the cousins make her a surprise: a big banner for their “best cousin” Lila! This sensitive story about insecurity, hosting, and friendship reminds children that negative thoughts and anxiety over exclusion don’t always translate to reality.
My Review:
I was sent a copy of this story from the author Katie Yamasaki in exchange for an honest review. I have several cousins that are still apart of my life. This book brought back many memories of having fun with my cousins. While today’s kid lit has many stories about family, there are not many stories that center around cousins. I was thrilled to see this book about such an important family bond. Katie did a wonderful job of weaving together a story with a beautiful message about love and family. I love that the story shows readers that it is okay to have different likes and interests than their family members. The end of the is sweet and enduring. The illustrations are sweet and full of color. I highly recommend this story.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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math

Perfect Square by Michael Hall

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Back of Book:
A perfect square is transformed in this adventure story that will transport you far beyond the four equal sides of this square book.
My Review:
The first time I heard about this book I was at a writer’s workshop. I knew that I needed this book in my classroom. Perfect square is an excellent book to use for any STEM or math unit. The book begins with a perfect square with four matching corners and four equal sides. Then the square was cut into pieces and changed into something different. As the story continues, the square is turned to many different images, one for every day of the week. Each image is unique and shows readers all the different things that a simple square can be turned into. The illustrations have bright colors that draw readers attention to the different ways the square is broken up. I am so glad that this book was a part of the Scholastic lineup this year. The ways that a teacher can use this book are endless. It can be used for lessons on geometry, music, art, writing, perspective, figurative language and many more. Michael Hall created a book that allows readers to open their minds to many possibilities!
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Food, Friendship

Rubio and Julienne: A Sweet and Cheesy Tale by Dan Paley

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Back of Book:
Rubio Fromage sat in his father’s cheese shop and longed to taste the beautiful fruits in the window of the fruit shop across the street. Julienne Chéri sat in her mother’s fruit shop and longed to taste the delectable wheels and savory wedges in the window of the cheese shop across the street. But Rubio’s father hated fruit and Julienne’s mother hated cheese, and the children were forbidden to speak to each other. But one day while making deliveries, they collided on a street corner. Rubio’s cheeses and Julienne’s fruits flew skyward and fell on their heads, creating spontaneous juicy pairings that they couldn’t help but taste. The forbidden combinations were out of this world. Nothing could ever be the same.
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from the author Dan Paley in exchange for an honest review.
I am simply in love with this adorable spin on the Romeo and Juliet story with a wonderful food twist. The story follows Rubio a cheese makers son and Julienne a fruit sellers daughter. Their parents are at war with one another still, the two children become friends and find that cheese and fruit taste better together. I love the message of the story that trying new food can be a delicious and exciting experience. The back of the story has a list of fruit and cheese combinations for readers to try out. The illustrations in this story are simply charming! Filled with beautiful and vibrant colors that will engage readers to keep turning the page. Lauren Gallegos is truly talented. I am looking forward to sharing with story with my classroom. The book also is a perfect into to a writing prompt about different food combinations. I highly recommend this story!
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Biography, History, Uncategorized

Amelia And Eleanor Go For A Ride Pam Munoz Ryan

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Back of Book:
On a brisk and cloudless evening in April 1933, Amelia and Eleanor did the unprecedented: They stole away from a White House dinner, commandeered an Eastern Air Transport jet, and took off on a glorious adventure–while still dressed in their glamorous evening gowns!

This picture book tour de force celebrates the pioneering spirit of two friends whose passion for life gave them the courage to defy convention in the name of fulfillment, conviction, and fun. Soaring text, inspired by the known facts of this event, and breathtaking drawings ask readers to dream dreams as big as Amelia and Eleanor’
My Review:
Both Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt were strong independent women who leaders of the Great Depression era. I was excited to find a story about their friendship and adventures together. Pam Munoz Ryan is a talented author. Her ability to weave a story about a time in history is incredible. The back of the book has a fantastic author note as well as a recipe of Elanor Roosevelts favorite dessert. The illustrations are done in black and white by Brian Selznick. They are soft and show the beauty of the night flight that the two women took together. The very last page of the book has a photograph of the two women together. This is a perfect nonfiction book to add to any Great Depression or Aviation history unit. It is also a perfect story to share during National Women’s Month in March.
Ages 6 and up
40 Pages

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4th of July

Hoorade Day! by Nancy Raines Day

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Back of Book:
It is the Fourth of July, and a young girl and her parents are off to see the town’s big parade–Hoorade Day! Boosted up on daddy s shoulders, the girl excitedly waves to her family members in the parade and joyfully describes each section. From the bleats and bangs of the marching band to the graceful twirls of the ribbon dancers, the little girl spots it all.
My Review:
This picture book is a perfect read aloud for the 4th of July. It follows a young girl and her family as they enjoy a lively community parade. Readers see the parade through the eyes of the child. Each page is filled with fun and exciting new images. The rhyming text is simple, and fun. My favorite part of this book are the beautiful illustrations. I love that they show a diverse neighborhood all coming together to celebrate America.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Books and Library, Summer

Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander

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Back of Book:
Surf’s up! Not yet, Dude! Books are boring! Not this one! Bro and Dude have very different ideas about how to spend the day at the beach. But as Bro continues to gasp and cheer as he reads his book (Moby Dick), Dude can’t help but get curious. Before you can shout ‘Surf’s up!’ both frogs are sharing the same adventure, that is, until they get to the beach.
My Review:
This story takes the idea that books are boring and turns it upside down. The story follows two friends Bro, and Dude as they prepare to enjoy some time at the beach. The only problem is that Bro ants to finish his book. Dude thinks that books are boring but by the end of the story he changes his mind. The text is simple to read which makes it perfect for beginning readers. I love the message it sends to readers about the importance of reading over the summer. The illustrations are fun and the frog characters are truly enduring. This is a must-read addition to any summer reading list!
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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