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
With Spring Break quickly coming to an end and third term quickly approaching, I thought I would focus my IMWAYR post on some new releases for sharing in your class this spring. There are too many to include in one post so look for Part 2 next week!
Florette – Anna Walker
Loved this whimsical and wonderfully illustrated book of a young girl who searches for a way to bring the green life of her country garden to the new city she just moved to. Simple, elegant text. Great for making connections to change, adjusting to change and urban gardens.
Harry’s Hiccups – Jean Little
Lots of connections and plenty of giggles will emerge from this laugh-out-loud story by the amazing Jean Little. Vibrant, colourful illustrations and a surprise ending make this a must share read-aloud.
Buttercup’s Lovely Day – Carolyn Beck
A day in the life of a grateful-for-the-simple-things-cow named Buttercup. With lyrical, rhyming prose, Buttercup takes us through her day describing everything she loves about being a cow and the world around her. Gorgeous and bright illustrations. A great anchor book for inspiring writing about life’s simple pleasures.
Dr. Coo and the Pigeon Protest – Sarah Hampson
Pigeons unite! When the pigeons in the city feel disrespected, they decide to stage a protest and disappear until the people acknowledge their importance and decide to treat them with kindness (in exchange for less bird droppings on their heads). Lovely watercolor illustrations by Kass Reiss. I liked the historical background about the relationship between people and pigeons. This book is longer so I would definitely use it with middle grades to prompt discussions about protests, getting along and respecting others.
Looking for a new book about bullying, empathy and kindness? Here it is! This is a simple, powerful wordless picture book about being the new kid, bullying, stepping up and not being a bystander, and simple acts of kindness that can make a difference. Based on true events. I love this book and perfect for inferring and making connections.
Wordy Birdy – Tammi Sauer
Wordy Birdy loves words and she talks – A LOT! Hilarious, fun, fast-paced read-aloud (you have to talk really fast when you read it!) with an important message about the importance of listening. I really loved Birdy’s friends – Squirrel, Rabbit and Raccoon. Even though she annoys them and can’t be quiet, they are extremely patient and tolerant of their friend. Large, colorful illustrations and great speech bubbles give it a graphic novel feel.
Elmore – Holly Hobbie
Holly Hobbie, author of the Toot and Puddle series, has created another adorable character in Elmore. Elmore is a happy porcupine who longs for a friend. So he put up a sign on a tree saying “Friends Wanted.” But then he overheard the other animals talking about how prickly he is. Endearing story about making the most out of your circumstances, loving yourself, and different forms of friendship. Expressive illustrations will prompt many collective “Awwwww’s” from your class!
I Am Enough – Grace Byers
An affirming celebration of all sides of us – the hard and soft, the peaceful and wild, the right-side-up and the upside-down. This book is an invitation for every girl (child) to be herself and love herself, while honoring her differences from others. I love the positive message it sends all us and reminds us to be kind to each other and that we all have a special place in the world. Lovely song-like rhythm and lively illustrations.
If I Had a Little Dream – Nina Laden
Beautiful folk-like art in this book about appreciating the world, through the eyes of a child. A wonderful celebration of the wonder of the world – the joy, love, and beauty that is part of each and every day. Rhyming text, this book is intended for the younger readers and would make a wonderful anchor book for K-2 to inspire writing and drawing about things in the world we are grateful for.
Be Kind – Pat Zietlow Miller
What does kindness look like? This thoughtful, introspective look at what it means to be kind and empathetic toward others, from the viewpoint of a child. This is definitely one of my new 2018 favorites because it’s such a fresh look on kindness. I leave you with these three words: SHARE THIS BOOK!
Ebb and Flow – Heather Smith
after a long plane ride
and a rotten bad year
I went to Grandma Jo’s.
It was my mother’s idea.
Jett, what you need is a change of scenery.
I think she needed a change of scenery, too.
One without me.
Because that rotten bad year?
That was my fault.
And so begins this poignant story, in free verse, about 11 yr. old Jett who has made a terrible mistake and is spending the summer with his Grandmother in Newfoundland to get some perspective and hopefully forgive himself. Fresh, engaging voice – this is a lovely, sad, ultimately hopeful story. I was surprised by how captivating and emotional I felt reading this book. Would appeal to both reluctant and avid readers, as well as make a great read-aloud for middle grades with an opportunity for classroom discussions about empathy, resilience, courage, and responsibility. I loved Jett’s voice and fact that the reader does not know the mistake he has made until well into the story, leaving space for questioning, predicting and inferring. Surprisingly powerful read.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you found a book that caught your eye!
Watch for New Picture Books for Spring – Part 2 next week!