As I have been busy sharing favorite books on my Instagram account, I realize that I have not shared many new finds on here. This quiet Saturday morning, where I am up much too early thanks to my kids, is, therefore, the perfect day to catch up. So grab a cup of tea or coffee, make your list, borrow from your library or add them to your classroom, I promise you won’t regret it.
by David Alexander Robertson (Author), Julie Flett (Illustrator)
This picture book with its grounded illustrations really hits an emotional punch. This led us into a discussion of the forced relocation of Native children into boarding schools, a topic that many students are unaware of. It also sparked conversations about identity and self-preservation. Fantastic for teaching memory moments or flashbacks for Notice and Note, however, my four-year-olds at home also loved it.
Deborah Freedman has been on my list of amazing authors and overall human being for awhile now. Het latest picture book is simply breathtaking. Telling the story of a house and the parts it is made up of, it made me think of how to speak to our children about the birth of ideas and how it takes many different parts to make something beautiful. What a beautiful message for us all right now. This is released February 28th.
I was unsure about a picture book that tells the story of the Manhattan Project, the creation of the atomic bomb, and yet the beauty of this book is exactly in how hard of a topic this is. Powerful and moving with an author’s note that is sure to generate discussion, what a book this is.
While technically not a picture book but rather an early reader, we are obsessed with Charlie & Mouse in our household. This brand new series from Laurel Snyder is laugh out loud funny and a must for anyone with younger children. My eight year old loves it as well and reads it on her own. This first book in a new series comes out in April, it is definitely worth the wait.
I had certainly heard of Lena Horne, however, I honestly knew very little about her. This picture book has set me straight; her inspiring life not only as an entertainer but also a civil rights activist is one every child should know of.
A first for this blog; a recommendation of a board book, but Peep and Egg deserves to not only be read aloud to our littlest ones but also in our classroom. The story of an egg that does not want to hatch made me laugh but could also lead to conversations about fear and how it holds us back.
While we have all heard the famous I Have A Dream speech seeing a collection of photographs from the days leading up to it and the march itself, really made me contemplate once again this immense moment in history. These pictures coupled with the text are sure to bring a deeper understanding of the significance of the speech.
I had no idea that children were arrested during the Civil Rights Protests so I am thankful for this picture book that shares the story of Faye Hendricks, the youngest of the marchers to be arrested (and put into jail!). This is a story that is meant to inspire us to know we can make a difference and inspire it certainly does.
If you ever have to teach onomatopoeia then this is the picture book for you. With gorgeous illustrations this book follows a fox as it tries to find shelter in a rainstorm. I would whisper Caldecott but alas the illustrator does not fit the criteria.
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You always share from the heart. Thank you
Thank you for taking the time to share your Saturday morning with us! 🙂 Is there a way to share a picture book with you?