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Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs -Written by Melissa Stewart Illustrated by Stephanie Laberis

Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs Written by Melissa Stewart Illustrated by Stephanie Laberis   From the jacket: “Written in a humorous, conversational voice, Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs offers a lighthearted look at a parade of critters that are small, slow, stinky, lazy, clumsy, shy, and more. These traits may seem… Continue reading Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs -Written by Melissa Stewart Illustrated by Stephanie Laberis

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We Are Grateful–Otsaliheliga

“Otsaliheliga,” We are grateful!  I am grateful for this wonderful book about a journey through the seasons with a Cherokee family by Traci Sorell and illustrated by Frané Lessac.  Sorell, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, describes in detail how a Cherokee family moves through the year and the seasons, calling attention to everything they… Continue reading We Are Grateful–Otsaliheliga

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Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border, written by Mitali Perkins and illustrated by Sara Palacios

Mitali Perkins’ words and Sara Palacios’ illustrations weave together seamlessly to tell the emotional story of a family’s trip to see Abuela during the holiday season. Maria, her little brother, Juan, and their mother travel by bus from San Diego to the U.S-Mexico border. Having not seen Abuela in five years, their experience is fueled… Continue reading Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border, written by Mitali Perkins and illustrated by Sara Palacios

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The Patchwork Bike, by Maxine Beneba Clarke

The best thing of all to play with under the stretching-out sky at the edge of the no-go desert… is me and my brothers’ bike.The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke So says the young, female narrator of this beautiful, compelling, multi-layered story. It is a description of the “patchwork” bike that she and her… Continue reading The Patchwork Bike, by Maxine Beneba Clarke

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Ho’onani: Hula Warrior

Is Ho'onani wahine (girl) or kane (boy)? She doesn't see herself as either. Instead she feels most comfortable somewhere in the middle. Ho'onani: Hula Warrior is based on the true story of 11-year-old Ho'onani Kamai of Honolulu, Hawaii. The reader can't help but think about gender roles/identity and also about love, unconditional acceptance, and determination… Continue reading Ho’onani: Hula Warrior

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Nya’s Long Walk to Water: A Step at a Time by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Nya’s Long Walk to Water: A Step at a Time by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Brian Pinkney is a new book I have been reading with my second and third grade students. These award winners have paired up to create this companion picture book to the middle grade novel, A Long Walk to… Continue reading Nya’s Long Walk to Water: A Step at a Time by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Brian Pinkney

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Thinker My Puppy Poet and Me by Eloise Greenfield

Thinker My Puppy Poet and Me by Eloise Greenfield is a book we will be revisiting again and again to work through layers literacy opportunities as a reader and a writer. It's a fascinating book for poems in narrative voice alternating between a young boy and his dog. I was hooked at a dog writing… Continue reading Thinker My Puppy Poet and Me by Eloise Greenfield

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Worry Moves On by Liz Haske

Worry Moves On is the second book in Liz Haske's "Worry Series" following When Worry Takes Hold. As pictured on the cover, Sophia is that kid who loves school and can't wait to do it all again the next day. Unfortunately when Worry arrives, the once-confident Sophia crumples and doesn't feel sure of what she… Continue reading Worry Moves On by Liz Haske

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The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard

This book, just published on January 7th, brought my class much joy. In fact, I received a chorus of "Thank You" when I had it in my hands upon students' arrival the morning of January 8th. Genuine gratitude for my trip to Wellesley Books made me that much more excited to open it up with… Continue reading The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard

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Spencer’s New Pet, by Jessie Sima

Picture this… 21 students sitting silently “listening” to a story.  Only this story is different. There are no words. There is not a sound- not from the teacher or from the students.  You can hear a pin drop. This wordless picture book is like no other I have read. Illustrated in black and white with… Continue reading Spencer’s New Pet, by Jessie Sima

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It’s Not Hansel and Gretel by Josh Funk

It's Not Hansel and Gretel is Josh Funk's second book focused on rewriting traditional fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Like, It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk, this story takes the classic and gives it a modern twist with multiple perspectives. Funk expertly weaves the voices of each of the characters with playful banter from the… Continue reading It’s Not Hansel and Gretel by Josh Funk

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Snowy Race by April Jones Prince

Your lesson ended five minutes early, but you have to line up for specials soon. Tonight will be a full moon, and there’s a storm brewing outside. Any teacher knows free time on a low barometric pressure day and a full moon night spells D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R. That’s why you should keep a copy of April Jones… Continue reading Snowy Race by April Jones Prince

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Layla’s Happiness by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie

“This is a book about Layla’s Happiness. What is happiness for you?”  In this sweet picture book, written by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie and illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin, seven-year-old Layla talks directly to the reader - sharing all the feelings, experiences, and thoughts that mean happiness to her. From dark purple plums, to special moments with… Continue reading Layla’s Happiness by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie

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Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson and illustrated by Frank Morrison

I must admit that I didn’t know about the Children’s Crusade of 1963 until I read this book.  I was awed by the commitment and bravery of these children who marched in protest of segregation and significantly impacted the Civil Rights Movement.  Martin Luther King reflected on this event writing, “Looking back, it is clear… Continue reading Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson and illustrated by Frank Morrison

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Fungus is Among Us! written by Joy Keller Illustrated by Erica Salcedo

At first I thought that fungus was really gross...but now I think they are good for our planet- Julia, Grade 3 They mixed a storybook with poetry and a BUNCH of facts! - Rain, Grade 3 That's a LOT of fungi!  Barely any fungi in my yard!  Yeast is fungi.  We eat fungi ?!? -… Continue reading Fungus is Among Us! written by Joy Keller Illustrated by Erica Salcedo

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A Map into the World by Kao Kalia Yang illustrated by Seo Kim

"I started my picture with a teardrop. And then I made it splatter like sunshine." At the beginning of October this caught my attention while Twitter browsing: Completely intrigued, I kept reading. And, in true If You Give a Mouse a Cookie form, was led to this: https://lernerbooks.blog/2019/10/a-map-into-the-world-the-story-behind-the-book.html Then this: https://lernerbooks.blog/2019/10/art-director-notes-a-map-into-the-world.html So, I requested A… Continue reading A Map into the World by Kao Kalia Yang illustrated by Seo Kim

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The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf

"The entire world is full of hearts searching for a place to call home. But refugees are different, because they don't just look for a home.  They look for peace too. And because of that, they possess the most special hearts anyone could ever have."                     … Continue reading The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf

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Little Libraries, Big Heroes by Miranda Paul

If you are a reader of this blog, chances are you are a book lover. If I were a gambling woman, I would also be willing to bet that when you see a Little Free Library, you get a wee bit excited by the thought of peeking inside to see what treasures await. Dear reader,… Continue reading Little Libraries, Big Heroes by Miranda Paul

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We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

A Favorite Among Kindergarten Students We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins is sure to bring a smile to students. This book is pure enjoyment. It has an action filled plot and a lovable child-eating dinosaur that will engage young learners and grab at their hearts. I read the story to 18 kindergartners.… Continue reading We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins