Career Day, Earth Day

If I Were a Park Ranger By Catherine Stier

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Back of Book:
If you were a national park ranger, you’d spend every day in one of the most treasured places in America. You’d have an amazing job protecting animals, the environment, and our country’s natural and historical heritage, from the wilds of Denali to the Statue of Liberty!
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from author Catherine Stier in exchange for an honest review.
I was so excited to share this book with my class on Earth Day and during National Park Week. It is a terrific look at the many important aspects of a park rangers job. Each page is filled with fun descriptions of what park rangers that do every day. The text focuses on how they protect the animals, the environment, and the history of America. I loved the details that were on every page. I am lucky enough to live near a National Monument and felt like this book accurately describes the job that rangers do. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and show readers glimpses into the different parks across America. The back of the book has a note from the author that gives readers more information about science, art, and other aspects of the park. This is a perfect book to use as a read aloud or a book report. I also plan on adding it to my community helper reading list.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Career Day, cars

Sunny’s Tow Truck Saves the Day! By Anne Marie Pace

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When a family car gets a flat on the way to a picnic, help is needed and time is ticking! Cranes are lifting, and pavers are paving. Diggers are digging, and workers are waving. But where is Sunny and her trusty tow truck?

I received a copy of this picture book from author Anne Marie Pace in exchange for an honest review.
This is an engaging and fun book that teaches readers about the different vehicles and the types of workers that drive them. The story follows a family as they begin their journey to have a picnic. Suddenly they get a flat tire and must call Sunny’s Tow Truck. While they wait, the family encounters several types of vehicles such as police cars, fire engines, and diggers. In the end, Sunny saves the day. The illustrations are bright and showcase a diverse family enjoying learning about different vehicles and enjoying time together. I teach a unit on community helpers in my classroom and was so excited to add this to my list of read-aloud books to share with my students. It is an adorable story that all readers will enjoy!
Ages 5 and up
24 Pages

Career Day, Friendship

Dress Like a Girl by Patricia Toht

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Back of Book:
In these beautifully illustrated pages, a diverse cast of slumber party participants considers the most time-honored traditions for how to dress. If a lady should wear white in summertime, then how about donning a spacesuit? If team colors are apropos at sporting events, why not wear helmets and play ball?
Instilling the idea that the best way to dress like a girl is the way that makes you feel most like YOU!
My Review:
I was sent a copy of this book from author Patricia Toht in exchange for an honest review.
This is such a beautiful and relevant story for today’s generation of little girls. It encourages girls to be whoever they would like to be. I love that the beginning of the story mentions that the world will try to tell girls that there are rules that must be addressed as to what you should wear. From the beginning, this book shows readers that it is okay to be an individual in what they wear and what they want to do. The rhyming scheme is fun and keeps readers engaged. The illustrations showcase a diverse group of girls all learning and playing together. The colors are bright and show the girls in a variety of areas dressing up as doctors, adventures, scientists and more. This is a perfect book to read in classrooms or at home. It allows readers to see that girls can be strong and fierce in everything they do.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Career Day

Astronaut Annie by Suzanne Slade

Astronaut Annie

Back of Book:
Annie’s joyful exuberance and her family’s whole-hearted support leave no doubt that her dream is within her grasp. This delightful story―with backmatter about women astronauts―encourages young readers to pursue their dreams and reach for the stars.

Career Day is approaching, and Annie can’t wait to show her family what she’s planning to be when she grows up. But, she must keep it a secret until Friday! So curious family members each ask Annie for a clue. Convinced that she’ll be a news reporter like he once was, Grandpop gives her his old camera to use for her presentation. Grandma is sure Annie wants to be a champion baker like her, so she offers a mixing bowl and oven mitts to Annie. Hopeful she’ll become the mountain climber he aspired to be, Dad gives Annie an old backpack. Mom presents Annie with a pair of high-top sneakers to pursue Mom’s favorite sport in high school — basketball.

Grateful for each gift, Annie cleverly finds a way to use them all to create her Career Day costume. When the big day arrives, Annie finally reveals her out-of-this-world dream to everyone.

My Review:
I was so excited when I won a signed copy of this book from the author. I immediately fell in love with the concept of this story. Annie is the type of character that should be in every picture book. I loved how Annie involved every member of her family in her mystery. The illustrations in this story are soft and beautiful. The back of the book has information about women in space as well as information about the moon. This is a perfect story to share during a career day or community helper unit.

36 Pages
Ages 5 and up

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