What do you MEAN I'm not a PLANET anymore?Pluto Gets the call When some earth scientists decide Pluto isn't a planet anymore, the solar system's largest ice dwarf has a bit of an identity crisis. Pluto ventures out of the Kuiper Belt to visit his friends Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Earth, Venus, Mercury, and… Continue reading Pluto Gets the Call by Adam Rex
As a reader, I love biographies. As a teacher, I see the power life stories have when shared with young readers. I have found that my third graders love reading about real people who pursued their passions to make a difference. Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist tells the life story of Lucy Evelyn Cheesman, whose curiosity… Continue reading Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist by Christine Evans
ExplorersBy Matthew Cordell My third graders are fascinated by wordless picture books. From Draw the Line by Kathryn Otoshi to I Walk With Vanessa by Kerascoët, wordless picture books captivate readers' interests and require deep thinking. When I saw Explorers by Matthew Cordell on a bookshelf in another teacher's classroom, I knew I wanted to… Continue reading Explorers by Matthew Cordell
When I first read Dreamers by Yuyi Morales, I knew it would be a hit in my fourth-grade classroom. When read it aloud to my students last spring, they shared so many insights about the book and its contributions to our world. Author/illustrator Yuyi Morales immigrated to the United States with her son in 1994.… Continue reading Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
New KidBy Jerry Craft One morning back in April, my fourth-grade students were frantically raising their hands to enter a raffle. The prize? The chance to read a copy of New Kid by Jerry Craft. After I book talked the graphic novel, one student had ordered his own personal copy. After he finished reading, he… Continue reading New Kid by Jerry Craft
I Will Be Fierce! By Bea BirdsongIllustrated by Nidhi Chanani I Will Be Fierce! by Bea Birdsong captures one young girl's journey as she takes on the world around her in valiant ways. Our protagonist finds that she has all the tools she needs to take on the things that frighten her. Author Bea Birdsong… Continue reading I Will Be Fierce!