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.
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!
December 21, 2015
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
In a kid-friendly way, Amy Krouse Rosenthal shows how great friendship can be. The illustrations by Tom Lichtenheld show a rectangle, a triangle, a square, and a circle (the friends) illustrating what author dictates.
If your class is having a hard time getting along, this book would be a great read aloud to get students thinking about what friends do.
There is one page that would be great for idioms: bent out of shape. The illustration really hits it home!