The Old Truck By Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey In a world where anything old is easily discarded for a new or improved version, The Old Truck by the Pumphrey brothers is a breath of fresh air. This is a simply told story of a truck that worked "long" on a farm and then "grew… Continue reading The Old Truck by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey
Little People, Big Dreams Martin Luther King Jr. Written by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara Illustrated by Mai Ly Degnan This past weekend, I took home a stack of books about Martin Luther King Jr., determined to think about and plan a read aloud for our whole school. Our Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Committee at our… Continue reading Little People, Big Dreams: Martin Luther King Jr.
A New Green Day By Antoinette Portis Around Thanksgiving, I introduced the idea that our writing can be a gift to my virtual first grade learners. We talked about how we can share our words, wrap them up, and think about people that we share these gifts with. They began writing cards with notes of… Continue reading A New Green Day By Antoinette Portis
At some point during quarantine last spring, my then second grade daughter asked if I could help her find pictures of Misty Copeland for her information chapter book she was working on. As I helped her Google images, I was simultaneously skimming captions to figure out “who is Misty Copeland?” I was admittedly clueless. The… Continue reading Bunheads, by Misty Copeland
Red Shoes Written by Karen English Illustrated by Ebony Glenn Karen English, a Coretta Scott King honoree, recently published a new picture book called, Red Shoes. You may know Karen English as the author of the chapter book series Nikkie and Deja and The Carver Chronicles. Red Shoes begins as the story of Malika whose… Continue reading Red Shoes, By Karen English
Growing up, my best friend was a big fan of Halloween. Every year, she and her family hosted a big Halloween party, complete with costumes, games, and a trip to a nearby haunted house. I vividly remember standing outside of the haunted house entrance with my friend’s mom, crying as she tried to convince me… Continue reading The Stitchers by Lorien Lawrence
Your Name is a Song, written by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and illustrated by Luisa Uribe, caught my eye months ago as lucky ARC readers shared their love for this beautiful book. When my pre-ordered copy arrived, right on time, I resisted the urge to jump right in, ripping the package open at the mailbox and getting… Continue reading Your Name is a Song