The Classroom Bookshelf
Inside The Classroom Bookshelf

Kids in Action: Teaching Ideas for The Floating Field

Ideal for explorations of agency, language, environment, and sports participation, The Floating Field reminds us that children and communities are their own best agents of change.

Celebrating Creativity and Childhood: The Patchwork Bike

In this Boston Globe-Horn Book award-winning picturebook, a young girl celebrates one of the most simple, yet powerful, facets of childhood—creativity.

Crenshaw

By Katherine Applegate Published by Feiwel and Friends, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-250-04323-8 Book Review Things are changing at Jackson’s house. “Back in the old days, when we always had food in the house, I would whine if we were out of my favorite stuff. But lately we’ve been running out of everything.” He has good reason […]

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street Written by Matt de la Pena Illustrated by Christina Robinson Published by G.P. Putnam’s and Sons, 2015 ISBN 978-0-399-25774-2 Grades PreK-8 Book Review “He wondered how his nana always found beautiful where he never even thought to look.” So ponders C.J., the protagonist of Last Stop on Market Street, as […]

The Mighty Miss Malone

The Mighty Miss Malone By Christopher Paul Curtis Published by Wendy Lamb Books, Random House Children’s Books ISBN: 978-0-385-73491-2 Grades 4-8 Book Review Prompted by fans discouraged by a lack of female protagonists in his body of work, Christopher Paul Curtis created Deza Malone, an irrepressible twelve-year old surviving the Great Depression with savvy, strength, […]