The Classroom Bookshelf
Inside The Classroom Bookshelf

Picture Books that Spark Joy and Encourage Play

Invite students to interact with three recent books in innovative ways to spark joy and encourage play.

Round Out Poetry Month with The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems

Rooted in childhood wonderings like “How to Tell Goblins from Elves” and “How to Scare Monsters”, The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems takes the how-to genre to new imaginative heights with sensitivity and humor.

Square (Shape Trilogy)

Written by Mac Barnett; Illustrated by Jon Klassen Published in 2018 by Candlewick Books ISBN 978-0763696078 Book Review What does it mean to be an artist? Does it mean you have innate talent? Commit yourself to hard work? Are recognized as an artist by someone else? Or, maybe even something else altogether? Masters of the […]

Nanette’s Baguette

Nanette’s Baguette Written and Illustrated by Mo Willems Published by Disney / Hyperion in 2016 Grades PreK – 6 Book Review Has Mo Willems done it again? “You bet!”  Combining word play, innovative illustration, and a scenario to which young children can easily relate, beloved author/illustrator Mo Willems delivers yet another picture book guaranteed to […]

Ben Rides On

Written and Illustrated by Matt Davies A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press ISBN 978-1-59643-794-4 Grades 2 and Up Book Review A crow, a bicycle, and a green-striped hoodie populate Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Matt Davies’s first picture book, but no grown-ups. By maintaining a child’s worldview, Davies allows protagonist Ben to be at the […]

Dead End in Norvelt

Dead End in Norvelt Written by Jack Gantos Farrar Straus Giroux, New York ISBN: 978-0-374-37993-3 Grades 5 and Up Book Review Few authors can do what Jack Gantos manages to do in Dead End in Norvelt. As you turn the pages, you laugh out loud, clutching your sides. Next, you ponder the lessons of history. […]