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Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border by Mitali Perkins and Sara Palacios

Have you heard about La Posada Sin Fronteras? I just learned about this significant gathering by reading Between Us and Abueala: A Family Story from the Border. La Posada Sin Fronteras takes place at the border of the United States and Mexico. Every December,…

A Green Place To Be: The Creation of Central Park by Ashley Benham Yazdani

Summary Imagine a contest where you get to design a community park. What would you include in your plan? In 1858, architect Calvert Vaux had great ideas for a park in New York City. He entered a contest with Frederick Law Olmsted, a landscape…

Up In The Leaves: The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses by Shira Boss and Jamey Christoph

Summary Have you ever built a treehouse? Where did you build it? I bet it was in your backyard. Imagine building a treehouse in a public park. How would you accomplish that without anyone noticing? Especially when the park is in a busy city…

Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel and Other Poems of Birds in Flight by Susan Vande Griek and Mark Hoffman

Read Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel and Other Poems of Birds in Flight to learn about animal behavior. Follow the illustration techniques to show movement when drawing animals.

One Dark Bird by Liz Garton Scanlon and Frann Preston-Gannon

Summary Can you guess what a murmuration is? The image above might give you a hint. A murmuration occurs when starlings fly together and change direction in a fluid movement. Their flight pattern looks like a choreographed dance that fills the sky with swarming…

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor – The Woman Who Loved Reptiles By Patricia Valdez, Illustrated by Felicita Sala

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor- The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez Watch out! This is the story of a girl with very unusual guests to her tea parties…reptiles!  Yes, Joan Procter was a pioneer in the field of woman scientists. She was fascinated…

Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World To Laugh (and Cry) by Gary Golio and Ed Young

Summary What would happen if you showed a silhouette of Charlie Chaplin to different generations? Just his outline. No name or labels. I bet older people will call out Chaplin’s name, but younger audiences will not recognize the figure. It’s interesting to think of…

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

Summary With contemplative illustrations and word structure, Sophie Blackall tells the story of a lighthouse. Her creative talents shine with her ability to portray simultaneous events. We see the life of a lighthouse keeper contained in circles surrounded by rope. The evocative seascape takes…

Outside My Window by Linda Ashman

Learners make global connections by comparing and contrasting views from around the world.

Snails Are Just My Speed! A Toon Book by Kevin McCloskey

Summary Do you have the book Snails Are Just My Speed! by Kevin McCloskey in your collection? If not, I highly recommend getting a few copies. Learners and educators are going to love this book. As the stamp on the left-hand corner of the cover implies,…