Category: Explore

How Do You Dance? By Thyra Heder

Summary If you are looking for a book that is sure to put a smile on your face and a jiggle in your soul, you’ve got to read How Do You Dance? by Thyra Heder. Every page shows people of all ages tapping, jumping,…

Birds of a Feather: Bowerbirds and Me by Susan L. Roth

Summary What does a bowerbird have in common with author/illustrator Susan L. Roth? It turns out alot! In her story, Birds of a Feather: Bowerbirds and Me, Roth describes her art process in an interesting way. She compares it to how bowerbirds make their…

A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa by Andrea D’Aquino

Summary What can you create with a straight line? If you need some inspiration, take a look at Ruth Asawa’s wondrous sculptures. She constructed them by weaving wire with her hands, creating movement with continuous loops. Light plays a special role with the wire…

The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems by Paul B. Janeczko, Illustrated by Richard Jones

Summary The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems by Paul B. Janeczko is a great way to share step by step processes with kids through poetry. There are many out of the box poem ideas that focus on  key words…

The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng by Sophia Gholz and Kayla Harren

When Jadav Payeng was a little boy, he noticed the impact the rainy season had on his island. The heavy rains washed away soil and vegetation, leaving animals without shelter or food. It worried Payeng to find dead animals after a storm. He was…

Daniel’s Good Day by Micha Archer

Summary Summary What makes a good day for you? This is the question Daniel asks people on his way to his grandmother’s house. Everyone has a different answer, depending on what they are doing at the moment. A bus driver has a good day…

Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis

Summary This sweet story is written as a letter of thanks to water. A young girl expresses her gratitude to this essential natural resource. In her letter, she highlights where she finds water. Playful descriptions and illustrations capture water in thirty-one different places. Stenciled…

I Am Farmer: Growing An Environmental Movement In Cameroon by Baptiste Paul, Miranda Paul and Elizabeth Zunon

Read how Farmer Tantoh brought clean water to his village by using skills learned from his personal interests.

Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story by Lesléa Newman

Summary Imagine leaving your country, all by yourself, at the age of ten. Now see yourself arriving in a new country. No one is there to meet you, and you don’t understand the language. Imagine what that must feel like. This is Gittel’s story….

Look at the Weather by Britta Teckentrup

Look at the Weather by Britta Teckentrup compels readers to wonder about the weather. This lesson idea guides learners in a contemplative art exercise that supports the standards.

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