All year I've tried different ways to organize small groups with my first graders while teaching in a socially distanced classroom. Finally, I think I've figured out a system that I'll keep even when staying six feet apart is a thing of the past. At the beginning of the week, I create a slide to… Continue reading Who Would Like to Join Us?
Written by Carrie Finison and Drawings by Daniel Wiseman Don’t Hug Doug (He Doesn’t Like It) is a charming story about personal boundaries. Doug only likes just right hugs from his mom at bedtime. He likes many other things, like his rock collection and high fives. Also, Doug explains that he likes YOU, just not… Continue reading Don’t Hug Doug
A great middle grade novel that teaches readers about the importance of friendships and having a community to support us through all of life's adventures. The Lion of Mars by Jennifer Holm tells the story of a United States colony living on Mars. The story is told from the point of view of Bell, a… Continue reading The Lion of Mars by Jennifer Holm
Written by Nikki Grimes & Illustrated by Wendell Minor "Whoa! This book is full of such descriptive language!" "Whoa! This book is FULL of descriptive language!" "This makes everything I'm learning in social studies about the southwest region come alive!" "Is there information in the back about all the different plants and animals in this… Continue reading Southwest Sunrise
“If you look for the bad in people, expecting to find it, you surely will.” Abraham Lincoln. I remember discussing this quote with my mom, after I’d heard it on one of my favorite childhood movies, Pollyanna. Hardly anyone in the town of Harrington cared to attend Sunday service as the minister was sure to… Continue reading Hello World! By Kelly Corrigan and Stacy Ebert
“Maybe you can’t really know anyone just by looking at their face.” The newest book by author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson (Last Stop on Market Street and Carmela Full of Wishes) is masterful. It is a picture book that begs the reader to slow down, to look, to think, and to… Continue reading Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson