November 21, 2016
by Duncan Tonatiuh
Looking for a great folktale?
This picture book explains the creation of two volcanoes found 40 miles southeast of Mexico City. Expand your teaching to show where Mexico City is on a map, and show photographs of the two volcanoes. Itza is known as “la mujer dormida” and is an inactive volcano. Popo sits next to Itza and has errupted as recently as 2013.
Catalog blurb: Daughter of the emperor, Izta has no desire to marry a wealthy, powerful man like she’s supposed to. Instead, she has her eye on Popoca, a warrior. Izta’s father agrees to allow the marriage if Popoca can defeat Jaguar Claw, the ultimate enemy.
This book would be great to teach
- Problem and Solution
- Beginning, Middle, and End
- Context Clues (there are a lot of Spanish words in this book that are not directly defined)
April 28, 2016
Yes, this is a search-and-find book.
But, not in the typical “only find the elephant” kind of way.
This book introduces three characters: the elephant, the parrot, and the snake. The remainder of the book is wordless where the reader encounters the animals’ habitat constantly shrinking due to deforestation. Progressively, the animals become easier and easier to find.
Put this in your plans to use next year to compliment any environmental awareness unit or a great discussion starter on Earth Day!
March 16, 2016
by Greg Ruth
In this nearly wordless picture book, the boy waits and watched until finally being reunited with his mother, who is coming home from her deployment.
Add this book to your list of wordless picture books.
Need ideas on what to do with wordless picture books? Read this from Scholastic.
I will definitely be using this book to introduce the concept of Veteran’s Day next year! It is a great discussion starter for young students to talk about military personnel and the emotions that go along with a deployment.
March 3, 2016
The Goodbye Book
by Todd Parr
Todd Parr doesn’t disappoint in his latest book! He takes the difficult topic of death and grief and makes it accessible to young children.
Great read-along with a child who has just experienced the death of someone special.