It’s Monday and I’m happy to be participating in a weekly event with a community of bloggers who post reviews of books that they have read the previous week. Check out more IMWAYR posts here: Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers
Back to school means lots of new books for new lessons! Here are a few of the great new titles I’ve been reading!
Imagine – John Lennon, Yoko Ono Lennon, Amnesty International illustrated by Jean Jullien
John Lennon’s iconic song has been transformed into a beautiful picture book and has been published in partnership with Amnesty International for the International Day of Peace on September 21st. Like the song that inspired it, Imagine invites people to imagine a world at peace, a world of kindness. As Yoko Ono says in her foreword, “Every small, good thing that we do can help change the world for the better.” An Imagine website has been launched in nine countries and five languages. Visitors, including young children, can submit their own messages of peace, read those from around the world, and share messages of peace and hope on their social media programs. Please consider inviting your students to participate.
Carson Crosses Canada – Linda Bailey
Carson Crosses Canada by Linda Bailey is a delightful book celebrating Canada! Annie and her dog Carson are on a road trip across Canada from BC to Newfoundland to visit Annie’s sister. Along the way, they stop and visit many amazing sites and see the unique landscape of each province. This book is lively and fun with simple text and bright, whimsical illustrations. I loved the map of her journey and the end papers! This would make a great anchor book to introduce a unit on Canada in your primary class or celebrate Canada 150!
Picture the Sky – Barbara Reid
So excited to see this companion book to Picture a Tree. In her classic colorful Plasticine style, Barbara Reid explores the stories of the sky – from the weather, to the stars,to the seasons, and to our imagination – in all its moods and colors. The sky is all around us, but it is always changing. This book is perfect for visualizing!
In the Middle of Fall – Kevin Henkes
This wonderful new book by Kevin Henkes will have your senses tingling! The colors are vibrant and simplistic, it features adorable woodland creatures, and is everything you could want in a book about the changing seasons. I also liked the fact that it focuses on mid-late fall, when all the changes have already happened. Great anchor for writing as well – lots of triple scoop words and similes – “the apples are like ornaments”. I love fall and I love this book!
Nerdy Birdy Tweets – Aaron Reynolds
Nerdy Birdy Tweets by Aaron Reynolds Is an important book to read to students. Nerdy Birdy learns a valuable lesson about the impact of social media on friendship and the dangers of and posting things about someone else without their permission, Great anchor book to start the conversation about digital citizenship and being responsible and respectful when using social media.
Lovely – Jess Hong
A celebration of diversity – in all its shapes and sizes! Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly – we are all LOVELY! Colorful, bold illustrations and simple text. This is a great book to build classroom community!
Hello, Harvest Moon – Ralph Fletcher
If you are looking for an anchor book for descriptive, sensory language – look no further! Ralph Fletcher’s new book (companion to Twilight Comes Twice) follows the moon as it rises and describes all the things it shines on. Gorgeous illustrations and filled with rich, descriptive language and literary devices. I would definitely use select pages from this book to do a “Found Poetry” lesson. (Children highlight favorite words from the text, then use the words to write their own poem. Additional words can be added.)
“With silent slippers
it climbs the night stairs,
lifting free of the treetops
to start working its magic,
staining earth and sky with a ghostly glow.”
There’s Nothing To Do! – Dav Petty
Loved this third book in the Frog series! (I Don’t Want to Be a Frog! and I Don’t Want to Be Big! are the first two). This Frog cracks me up, and all three books will have kids laughing out loud. This book features Frog dealing with boredom and, while his friends make lots of suggestions, turns out that sometimes nothing is the best thing to do! Sweet message and great voice.
Why Am I Me? – Paige Britt
Wow! LOVE this book. The story follows two young children who are curious about why they look the way they do wand why other people look how they do. It is a celebration of diversity and humanity, about love and compassion for one another, despite color of skin or our appearance. I’m using it tomorrow with my grade 2’s and 3’s as we explore self identity. Love the deep-thinking questions and the powerful message.
Sarabella’s Thinking Cap – Judy Schachner
Loved this book for so many reasons. One – the illustrations are GORGEOUS (I predict a Caldecott nomination!) Second – the story about a girl who has trouble focusing because she spends so much time in her “Imagination Pocket” – is one that many children will be able to connect to. Third – the supportive teacher who helps her design her own “thinking cap” which helps transform her creative imagination into something visible. A wonderful story celebrating daydreaming, imagination, and one great teacher!
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Lots of great books out there for you to share! Hope you found one that you can share in your classroom! Happy reading, everyone!