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It Fell From The Sky by Terry Fan & Eric Fan

Books by the Fan brothers have long entertained elementary classrooms, inspiring wonder and curiosity. Their latest collaboration, It Fell From the Sky, was one of my first read alouds of the 2021-2022 school year. It immediately sparked authentic thinking and talking about reading as students discussed the text and the illustrations. (In fact, they were… Continue reading It Fell From The Sky by Terry Fan & Eric Fan

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I’m Sorry by Michael Ian Black & Debbie Ridpath Ohi

by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by my writing friend Debbie Ridpath Ohi This year my school is emphasizing social emotional learning since our kiddos have lived through a pandemic which isn't over. I've been reading one picture book each week that emphasizes some characteristic that we can learn and discuss during our morning meetings. Some… Continue reading I’m Sorry by Michael Ian Black & Debbie Ridpath Ohi

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Outside In by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Cindy Derby

Fall in New England is arguably the most beautiful season. Often a tree-produced riot of color, magical visuals flood our senses. Definitely time to get outside and possibly take a literal hike. I love so much about Outside In. It has been on my list to share for months. The illustrations beautifully crafted by Cindy… Continue reading Outside In by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Cindy Derby

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The Cot in the Living Room

I could not love this book more. Absolutely perfect mentor text for character change. As the story begins, our main character is very jealous of the children who get to spend the night on the cot in her living room. The illustrations by Gaby D'Alessandro assist the readers as we imagine what our main character… Continue reading The Cot in the Living Room

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The Alphabet’s Alphabet

Have you ever thought of the alphabet as one big happy family of relatives?  That’s how they are presented in The Alphabet’s Alphabet, written by Chris Harris and illustrated by Dan Santat.  Harris begins by explaining that the alphabet is just like a family and that they are all alike in many ways.  He then… Continue reading The Alphabet’s Alphabet

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Bracelets for Bina’s Brothers by Rajani LaRocca and illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat

Bina has three older brothers who annoy her and call her silly names, but she loves them anyway. When Raksha Bandhan, a holiday for brothers and sisters nears, Bina wants to make bracelets for her brothers to keep them safe. After asking each brother his favorite color, Bina and her mother buy beads. While making… Continue reading Bracelets for Bina’s Brothers by Rajani LaRocca and illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat