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Hearing the Melodies of Classmates with Your Name is a Song

“I’m not coming back ever again.” A young girl stomps out her anger and frustration as she walks with Momma at the end of the first day of school. The source of her distress? No one could pronounce her name. “Not even the teacher?” queries Momma? As they pass by a street musician, Momma offers some advice: “Tell her your name is a song.”

Greet the New School Year with Familiar Characters

To continue celebrating the new school year, treat your students with humorous twists on these familiar characters and beloved series books.

Hatching Chicks in Room 6

Hatching Chicks in Room 6 Written by Caroline Arnold Published by Charlesbridge in 2017 Grades PreK – 3 Book Review   Who can resist the sweet yellow fuzziness of a tiny chick? Caroline Arnold’s photo essay lets readers share the experiences of a lucky Kindergarten class whose teacher has provided them with sixteen chicken eggs […]

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled Written and Illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins Published in 2016 by Greenwillow Books ISBN 978-0-06-237345-8 Grades K-6 Book Review Take a romp through the school disciplines with Frank and his exuberant dog, Lucky. In this innovative picture book, Newbery award winning author Lynne Rae Perkins sends a strong message: opportunities […]

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 […]

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon Published by Dial, 2012 ISBN# 978-0803735118 Book Review By day, fourteen-year old William Kamkwamba toils in the drought-stricken fields of his impoverished Malawian village. At night, however, his mind is filled with wonder about how things work: If […]

Rain School

Rain School Written and illustrated by James Rumford Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010 ISBN 978-0-547-24307-8 “Will they give us a notebook?… Will they give us a pencil? Will I learn to read like you?” Thomas is bursting with questions as he follows the older children, heading to school for his first time, […]