Harvest Time

Hey, Hey, Hay! by Christy Mihaly

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Back of Book:
A girl tells the tale of making hay as Mom uses a mower for mowing grass, then a tedder for aerating the grass, and eventually a baler. Told in rhyme and illustrated with fabulous art by JOE CEPEDA, each part of the process is a celebration of summer, farming, and the mother-daughter relationship.
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from author Christy Mihaly in exchange for an honest review. I love the uniqueness of this story. I live in California so most of my students have never seen a harvest take place. Reading this story gives them a glimpse into the world of harvest time. I love that the perspective is written from the daughter watching her mother work. The rhyming text is fun, and keeps readers engaged. The illustrations are beautifully drawn, and clearly show readers the harvest and haying process. The back of the book has the definitions that go along with haymaking. It also has a recipe to make your own Switchel drink. This is a fantastic story to share with readers about the haying process.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Kindergarten stories

Planet Kindergarten By Sue Ganz-Schmitt

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Back of Book:
This clever picture book will prepare young explorers to boldly go where they have never gone before: Planet Kindergarten. Hilarious and confidence-boosting, this exciting story will have new kindergarteners ready for liftoff!
My Review:
Planet Kindergarten is an out of this world look at one boys first day in Kindergarten. The story is written in a space themed setting and follows all the aliens as they adapt to the changes of school. This book is a fun twist on what the first day of Kindergarten looks like. The illustrations are bright and filled with space related items. Teachers and students will love following the boy as he successfully navigates through his mission.
Ages 5 and up
32 pages

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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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Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story By Lindsey McDivitt

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Back of Book:
The art and writing of Gwen Frostic are well known in her home state of Michigan and around the world, but this picture book biography tells the story behind Gwen’s famous work. After a debilitating illness as a child, Gwen sought solace in art and nature. She learned to be persistent and independent–never taking no for an answer or letting her disabilities define her. After creating artwork for famous Detroiters and for display at the World’s Fair and helping to build WWII bombers, Gwen moved her printmaking business to northern Michigan. She dedicated her work and her life to reminding people of the wonder and beauty in nature.
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from author Lindsey McDivitt in exchange for an honest review.
Natures Friend is a powerful picture book about the amazing, and creative Gwen Frostic. This nonfiction biography shows readers the tenacity and strength that Gwen had throughout her life. Even though Gwen faced many obstacles, she never stopped striving to be better. I loved that she worked with the military to create bombers. Gwen also had a passion for nature. I love that Lindsey weaved original quotes from Gwen into the story. Eileen Ryan Ewen is a talented artist and her illustrations are detailed and stunning. The back of the book has more information about Gwen Frostic, as well how to sketch and paint with nature. I truly enjoyed reading this story. I highly recommend it for all school classrooms and libraries. A perfect addition to any unit for National Women’s Month.
Ages 6 and up
32 Pages

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School

Pirates Go to School By Corinne Demas

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Back of Book:
Pirates and their parrots go to school, and it’s time to hang up their swords and have fun. They learn reading and math, and they bring pirate treasure for show-and-tell. For pirates, going to school is as much fun as a game of “walk the plank”!
My Review:
I have learned that any story involving pirates is an instant hit with my students. This book is no exception. It follows a group of pirates as they enjoy a day at school. The pirates enjoy all the fun aspects of school like snack time, show and tell, recess, and story time. The rhyming text is fun, and will make students laugh out loud! The illustrations are filled with detail and show readers a fun look of having pirates at school. This is a great back to school book for K-2nd grade.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Read Your World

The Dress and the Girl By Camille Andros

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Back of Book:
A little girl and her favorite dress dream of an extraordinary life. They enjoy simple pleasures together on a beautiful Greek island. They watch the sunset, do chores, and pick wildflowers on the way home. One day, the dress and the girl must leave the island and immigrate to the United States. Upon arrival, the girl is separated from the trunk carrying her favorite dress, and she fears her dress is lost forever. Many years later, the girl—now all grown up—spots the dress in a thrift store window. As the two are finally reunited, the memories of their times together come flooding back. While the girl can no longer wear the dress, it’s now perfect for her own daughter—and the new journey of a girl and her dress begins.
My Review:
I was sent a copy of this book by Camille Andros in exchange for an honest review.
I love the concept of this simple, yet powerful story about a young girl’s immigration journey. The story follows the girl as she enjoys life on her island, until one day when she has to leave for America. The message of this story is poetic. Its shows how the simple love of a dress can turn into something extraordinary. Readers will be able to relate to the girl as her life changes forever. The ending is serendipitous and allows readers to believe in new beginnings. The illustrations are soft and show readers a sampler time where life was not so hectic. This is a perfect example of how tender, and empowering diverse children’s literature can be written.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Science

If You Were the Moon by Laura Purdie Salas

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Back of Book:
What would you do if you were the moon? Do you think you would rest quietly in the night sky? Oh, no. The moon does so much more than you might imagine! It spins like a twilight ballerina, plays tug-of-war with the ocean, and lights a pathway for baby sea turtles. Discover the many other roles the moon plays in this whimsical and lyrical picture book.
My Review
I love incorporating picture books into my science units. They are a perfect way to introduce a unit before you begin. “If you Were the Moon” is a lyrical story about what the moon is doing all day and night. The book also has a scientific fact about the moon on each page. The lyrical text in the story is enchanting. It tells readers about all the phases of the moon as well as the role that the moon plays on earth. The illustrations are in a word breathtaking! I loved that they show the moon with several people groups around the world. The back of the book has a glossary which makes it a perfect story for a book report. This is a story that should be apart of every class, and school library.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Kindergarten stories, School

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Back of Book:
Celebrate all the familiar milestones and moments shared by every kid entering kindergarten in this charming second-person narrative. Whether it’s early-morning jitters or becoming familiar with new classroom routines, this sweet and bouncy story will have expectant kindergarteners saying, “Kindergarten is cool!”
My Review:
I love teaching Kindergarten. There is something magical about being a part of a students beginning in school. This is an adorable look at all the milestones that Kindergartners reach throughout the year. The book shows examples of children counting, singing, playing during recess time, and eating lunch. The text is written in a rhyming pattern which makes it an engaging read aloud. The illustrations are bright and colorful. My students loved all the details in each picture. This is among my favorite books to read in Kindergarten.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Kindergarten stories, School

Countdown to Kindergarten By Alison McGhee

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Back of Book:
It’s just ten days before kindergarten, and this little girl has heard all there is to know–from a first grader–about what it’s going to be like. You can’t bring your cat, you can’t bring a stuffed animal, and the number one rule? You can’t ask anyone for help. Ever. So what do you do when your shoes come untied, if you’re the only one in the class who doesn’t know how to tie them up again?
My Review:
This is a fun read aloud that is perfect for the first week of Kindergarten. It follows a little girl who is scared to go to cool because she cannot tie her shoes. Every day she tries to hide her shoes so she won’t have to attend Kindergarten. As the story continues her plans become more and more elaborate. She takes her shoes in the tub, and even tries to feed them to the cat. In the end, the little girl realizes that Kindergarten is all about growing and learning. This is a great story to read about one of the ways that children will grow and mature in their Kindergarten year.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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School

Curious George’s First Day of Schoolby H. A. Rey

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Back of Book:
It’s the first day of school, and Curious George has been invited to Mr. Apple’s class to be a special helper! George is just the right monkey for the job—until he starts to wreak his usual havoc, that is.
My Review:
My students love all things Curious George and this book is no exception. The book follows George as he visits school for the first time. George gets curious while painting and wants to see if mixing the paint colors will give him more colors. Instead, all George ends up with is a mess. I love that all the children come together to help George clean up the paint. The illustrations are classic, and will make older readers reminisce about their favorite Curious George story. A great read aloud for back to school.
Ages 4 and up
24 Pages

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