This graphic novel was a lovely, well written, and beautifully drawn memoir of a girl's adventure to visit her family's homelands. Using a guide, old photos, and her grandmother's memoir, she leaves France to explore Algeria where she learns (and teaches the reader) a lot about Algerian political history as well as her family's history and influence on the country.
Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey is a super cute, rhyming story about a pug who doesn't like to share. He eventually learns why sharing is important in a very funny way.
Pig the Winner by Aaron Blabey is another great, rhyming story about Pig's need to win everything and cheating. It teaches kids how mean cheating is and how it affects others.
I'll Wait, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony is precious! My favorite story of the day shows many animals asking Mr. Panda what he is baking with his repeated response to wait and see, but each animal is impatient and leaves. Each time this happens, the little penguin stands by and says, "I'll wait, Mr. Panda." and is rewarded for his patience. LOVED IT!
A Bike Like Sergio's by Maribeth Boelts teaches kids about honesty. The main character, Ruben, is very aware that his family is not like his friend, Sergio's family. Sergio has a bike that he rides to and from school everyday while Ruben walks because his family cannot afford one. One day after school, Ruben goes to the grocery store for his mom and finds a one hundred dollar bill on the street after it hsa fallen out of a woman's bag. He goes back and forth between returning it or keeping it and buying himself a bike, but in the end, he must decide for himself what he will do.
I loved this story and how it illustrated the inner turmoil that Ruben goes through and many of us do as well at some point in our lives.
Final book haul! Schlastic rewards their volunteers with books. I am so excited about Aru Shah and Refugee!
This evening I volunteered at a Scholastic Book Fair and was able to read a few picture books pictured below. They were so fun and refreshing to read!
The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems stays true to the fun that is the Pigeon. While readers already know that the Pigeon is a stinker, now he really stinks! The reader must convince the Pigeon to take a bath and see how it turns out for him. When he is in the bathtub, pay close attention to see some familiar friends!
The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Dewalt is SO MUCH FUN to read! The three main characters are tired of being victorious in every battle that they enter in to and each go on a quest to find a worthy rival. It is an overall fun story that shows where our tie-breaking game comes from.
This Is The Day/Este Es El Dia by Amy Parker is a fun bilingual story about the good that can be found in each day. The english translations rhyme and could be easily made into a song.
Love by Matt de la Pena and Loren Long is one that I have been impatiently waiting to read. Love beautifully assures children that no matter their home situation they are loved and no matter where they go, love goes with them.
I'm A Frog by Mo Willems is about Piggie taking on a new identity and teaching his best friend, Gerald the Elephant about pretending. (And how adults do it too ;) ) Elephant and Piggie is one of my favorite series to read with little kids. When I taught second grade, my students LOVED them.
Thank you Mr. Panda/Gracias Sr. Panda by Steve Antony teaches us the importance of appreciating gifts and "the thought that counts."
The Library Book by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark and illustrated by Chuck Groenink is easily my new favorite picture book. It illustrates the wonder and fun that kids can have in a library with their character-friends.
This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer by Joan Holub and Daniel Roode is WONDERFUL! It tells a quick one-sentence summary of the lives and changes that some wonderful women made to our world including Malala Youszafzai and Rosa Parks. Each woman is displayed in a way that young girls will love and relate to.
OOMMGGG!! THE POET X is everything that Hispanic girls need right now. Elizabeth Acevedo tells the story of Xiomara (See-oh-MAH-ruh),a twin born fighting angry. Her mother constantly gets after her for the way that men look at her (which she can't help) and wants X to be a devout Catholic, like she is. The interaction between X and her mom felt familiar in not just a Hispanic family dynamic but with any teenage girl and her mother. X keeps a journal where she writes poems that are never meant to see the light of day.
X has never been interested in the attention that she gets from boys, but when she meets her lab partner, Aman, who is quiet but listens to her poems and doesn't push her to do more than she is ok with, X starts to develop feelings that make her question everything that she's ever been taught.
Xiomara's English teacher, Ms. Galiano notices X's potential and invites her to a poetry club and eventual poetry slam. After some catastrophic events, X finally gives in and allows herself to be heard.
This book will leave everyone teary-eyed and wanting more from X. Her poems are honest and full of life that you can't help but feel what she is feeling and cheer for the outcome that X deserves. This book is a perfect reflection of those crazy mixed-up feelings that we have as teenagers and is a light in what seems like a dark time for Hispanic girls.
Hip and Hop are a turtle and a rabbit from opposite places. Hip is a slow rapping turtle, and Hop is a speedy fast rapping rabbit. Both want to be the best rapper and win a contest. While they practice, they become friends and show their town how to be friends with someone who is different from you. The second story is about getting a grouchy porcupine to have a good time and not be so uptight. Overall, this was a super cute picture book that will teach children acceptance.
City on the Other Side is a fun adventure of a graphic novel. It tells the story of a girl who feels ignored by her parents and finds her place on the "other side" of a city where creatures of all kinds work together to stop a fairy war.
Simon gets angry and ferocious monsters appear! He thinks that it is great to have such scary creatures scare away the things that make him mad until no one wants to play with him anymore. Simon has to learn to calm down in order to find friends again. I LOVE this picture book! I think it is a great way to get children to visualize anger and how we show our anger to others when we don't realize it as well as how to calm down. I also enjoyed the chorus, "It was great, it was marvelous, it was magical..." Students will enjoy reading this at home and at school.