We Are In a Book
By Mo Willems
I can think of no greater tribute to the joy of reading than a book that invites the reader to step inside of it and interact one-on-one with the characters. Willems creates a wonderful read-aloud experience for kids reading to the adults in their lives, as well as for adults to read to kids. It’s filled with nice, big sight words that early readers will be able to sound out.
A Butterfly is Patient
By Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long
This is an excellent book to use when teaching about life cycles, a perfect gateway to science books, offering just the right tone and perfectly selected facts. Add the illustrations that are large, interesting and filled with details. You now have the ideal package to get children interested in the nature right in their own backyards.
The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life
By Lois Ehlert
This nonfiction picture book allows readers a glimpse into Ehlert’s creative process as well as her personal history. Simple text, gorgeous art and priceless encouragement for young artists. And for kids who don't already see themselves as artists, this book might ignite a spark. A great reflection on creativity.
By Vince Vawter
This first-person narrative of a young boy with a stuttering problem who takes over his best friend's paper route for a month is filled quirky characters, wonderful insight and some adventure. Readers will see that everyone has something that makes them vulnerable but also makes them unique.
By Rachel Hartman
Hartman has created a world in which dragons and humans live side-by-side, seemingly harmoniously. They have not fought for decades, yet there is a simmering distrust between them which begins to boil over after the suspicious death of a member of the royal family. As Seraphina attempts to solve the mystery, she learns more about herself and her ‘condition’. You see, Seraphina is half-dragon, half-human.
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
By Isabel Wilkerson
I wish I had it in my power to make this book required reading for all Americans, at least all students. No book has moved me in recent memory the way this book did. Page after page, I grew more exasperated with my history classes wondering, “How did I not learn about this in school?!” Both a riveting microcosm and a major assessment, The Warmth of Other Suns is a bold and absorbing master work, told through the personal stories of three migrants, Ida Mae Gladney, George Starling and Pershing Foster, all who left the Jim Crow South at different times, for different reasons and with different results. Through the breadth of its narrative, the beauty of the writing, the depth of its research and the fullness of the people and lives portrayed, this book will change you. It’s not just a good read, it’s a must read!