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Our Favorite Day of the Year by A. E. Ali and rahele Jomepour Bell

How do we build a sense of community in our classrooms? Start by reading Our Favorite Day of the Year by A. E. Ali and Rahele Jomepour Bell. This important story features a diverse classroom where cultural traditions are celebrated. The story begins with… Continue Reading “Our Favorite Day of the Year by A. E. Ali and rahele Jomepour Bell”

Hike by Pete Oswald

Summary Imagine telling a story using only illustrations. How would you engage readers to look closely at the images to gather meaning? Author-illustrator Pete Oswald is a master at visual storytelling. In his book Hike, Oswald uses vignettes, sequenced panels and double-page spreads to guide… Continue Reading “Hike by Pete Oswald”

Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment by Parker Curry, Jessica Curry and Brittany Jackson

Think of a time when a painting made you pause and wonder. What was it about the artwork that caught your attention? When Parker Curry was two years old, the portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama stopped her in her tracks. She was entranced… Continue Reading “Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment by Parker Curry, Jessica Curry and Brittany Jackson”

Moth: An Evolution Story by Isabel Thomas and Daniel Egnéus

Summary Moth: An Evolution Story begins as it ends with this sentence: “This is a story of light and dark, of change and adaptation, of survival and hope.” When a book ends as it begins, it gives the reader a sense that the story… Continue Reading “Moth: An Evolution Story by Isabel Thomas and Daniel Egnéus”

You Matter by Christian Robinson

Summary Author-illustrator Christian Robinson cares about his readers. How do I know this? Let’s start with the title of his book You Matter. Here, we can almost imagine Robinson pointing at the reader, telling them with confidence, “You matter.” Readers will find more encouragement… Continue Reading “You Matter by Christian Robinson”

It began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad

Summary What was your favorite childhood picture book? Did the story feature children of different races? If so, we can thank Gyo Fujikawa. She paved the way for racial inclusion in picture books. It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way,… Continue Reading “It began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad”

Camilla, Cartographer by Julie Dillemuth and Laura Wood

Summary A cartographer is a person who draws or produces maps. Warthogs can draw maps, too. Well, only in the pages of this illuminating book about tracking your path. The story opens on a wintery day. A blanket of snow covers the forest. Camilla,… Continue Reading “Camilla, Cartographer by Julie Dillemuth and Laura Wood”

Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour and Daniel Egneus

Summary How can we best support and encourage one another? How can we, ourselves, have courage in the face of adversity?  In the book, Lubna and Pebble, Wendy Meddour and Daniel Egneus offer many opportunities to consider the answers to these questions.  The opening… Continue Reading “Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour and Daniel Egneus”

Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades by Maureen Schlosser and Rebecca Granatini

Our Book is Published! We are so excited about the 21 lessons in this book! We hope you will be, too! We are passionate about picture books. We especially love books that compel us to think, create, share and grow. Many of our collaborative… Continue Reading “Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades by Maureen Schlosser and Rebecca Granatini”

Dig In! 12 Easy Gardening Projects Using Kitchen Scraps by Kari Cornell

Summary How cool would it be to have a farm-to-table experience in your library? All you need are kitchen scraps, a few supplies, the sun and recipes. The projects in Dig In! 12 Easy Gardening Projects Using Kitchen Scraps by Kari Cornell are inspiring. Gorgeous… Continue Reading “Dig In! 12 Easy Gardening Projects Using Kitchen Scraps by Kari Cornell”

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