I’m not sure where I originally came across this book, but it has been on my “to read” list for a while, so I just picked it up from the library. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but it is a powerful book, and needs to be a part of school and classroom libraries. It […]Read more "Introducing Young Kids to the Holocaust"
Whew – it’s been a while. Sorry, life got crazy there for a while. I’m warming up for a Spring Break posting frenzy. In the meantime, here are some books and series my students are currently loving: The Princess in Black series This fairly new series really appeals to my girls who love princesses and pink […]Read more "What My Students are Loving"
Despite being a huge Lois Lowry fan, I’d never heard of this book until I came across it on the library shelf. The cover is somewhat reminiscent of The Giver and Gathering Blue, two of my all-time favorites, so I couldn’t resist reading it. Gossamer is so very unlike The Giver quartet, and yet so similar – in […]Read more "Gossamer"
Wow. I just consumed this book in about 2 hours, and all I can say is, WOW. Is it fiction? Autobiography? Memoir? Poetry? I don’t really know. It doesn’t matter. It’s raw, and compelling, and vivid. Imagery so clear that I have the full movie version running through my mind now, even after closing the […]Read more "brown girl dreaming"
If you need a last minute Christmas gift for any 3-8 year olds in your life, try one of these two – or both! And to fully enjoy the gift, commit to reading the book(s) out loud to your special kid after the unwrapping. I Want My Hat Back, by Jon Klassen Deceptively simple, yet […]Read more "Two of My Favorites"
Want to blow your kids’ minds? Read them this book. (I highly recommend it as a whole class read aloud.) Out of My Mind is the story of Melody, a 5th grader with cerebral palsy, who has been in special ed classes her whole life. The thing that only Melody knows is that her mind […]Read more "Out of My Mind"
I stopped by our local bookstore last weekend, just to see what’s new and interesting. Full disclosure: I did not actually purchase any of these titles (remember… I’m on a teacher salary). But YOU should buy them and share them with your kids/students. Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes, by Nicola Davies Who would have […]Read more "Perusing the Bookstore"