October 25, 2017
by Kara Hagedorn
A heart-warming story of how an injured hawk, no longer able to fly due to a gunshot and broken wing! Sunshine (the Hawk) lays infertile eggs every spring and still attempts to hatch them. Each year her caretaker, Kara (the author), takes the eggs away which confuses Sunshine. One year Kara gets an idea and gets chicken eggs from her neighbor. Sunshine sits on those eggs as if they are her own, hatches them, and then raises the chicks as her own young.
For readers who love Little Pink Pup, Owen and Mzee, and other books that celebrate relationships of unlikely animals, you will love reading this nonfiction picture book.
November 16, 2016
We Are Growing by Laurie Keller
The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat
These books are for you Mo Willems fans! Mo Willems is not adding any more books to his 25 Elephant and Piggie books, but he is working in collaboration with other authors to make similar funny books. These new books are in the “Elephant and Piggie Like Reading” series. Each book starts with a brief intro from Elephant and Piggie and then goes into the hilarious tale written by the author. They still feature dialogue completely in speech bubbles, but each book does offer more than one character. They are written with the same humor that will get kids laughing.
We Are Growing is a great book to teach comparative (adding -er) and superlative (adding -est) adjectives. (i.e. tall – taller – tallest). Each blade of grass has a special trait claiming “I am tall! I am the tallest!” “I am curly! I am the curliest!” But the last piece of grass cannot figure out what makes him special, what makes him unique. Well along comes a loud buzzing noise…you know what this is! And suddenly everyone is back to being the same, but the last blade of grass does determine what his special trait is.
The Cookie Fiasco: How do you share three cookies with four friends? GREAT FRACTIONS LESSON introduced in such a funny way. Hippo has a nervous tick of snapping things when he is feeling overwhelmed. Eventually Hippo has snapped the cookies into enough parts for everyone to share equally. So funny, and such a great intro to any fractions unit!
Use these books to teach:
- Character Traits
- Being Unique
We Are Growing might be a good choice when setting goals for the school year — but that may be a bit of a stretch.
March 14, 2016
A Boy and a Jaguar
by Alan Rabinowitz
Book blurb from the catalog: Presents a picture book featuring the true story of Alan Rabinowitz, who loved the animals at the zoo and hated that they were kept in cages. Wanting to speak out, Alan found he couldn’t keep himself from stuttering, except when talking to animals–a fact he used to his advantage in championing animal rights.
This book would be great to help teach:
- Empathy (understanding Alan’s stuttering)
- Building Classroom Community (how do we treat others who are different than ourselves)
- Biographies (and even a unit on writing autobiographies — picking out a watermelon seed moment instead of one’s entire life)
- Setting goals (Alan says that if he ever gets “his voice” he will speak for the animals, who cannot speak for themselves. This is a lofty goal for a stutterer, but once he does get his voice he follows through with his promise.)
- Research famous people who stutter
This book has a website!
January 4, 2016
Diva and Flea
by Mo Willems
Mo Willems is at it again! And no, it’s not an Elephant and Piggie book!
His latest book, The Story of Diva and Flea, is a chapter book illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi. As I read it I kept thinking how it is a great book to read aloud to kiddos to teach or reinforce the growth mindset!
Diva is a fancy little dog who lives in a fancy apartment in Paris, France. Flea is a stray cat who goes wandering throughout the city on his daily adventures. The two meet in Diva’s courtyard and they both teach the other something great about their lifestyle and each has to act “brave” while trying new things they never though were possible.
Needing to teach grit? Growth mindset? Just want a great read aloud? Check this book out!
Good for all ages! Grades 1-5, could even be used in Kindergarten!