Karen's Latest Book Review (September 20, 2020)

White Bird

This graphic novel debut by the author of Wonder will have both children and adults captivated. Another transformation story for my bookshelf!

September 20, 2020

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We Are All Dots: A Big Plan for a Better World

Don’t be fooled by this deceptively simple picture book. It will lead to much discussion about differences and diversity, and how compassion and cooperation hold incredible opportunity. The age of your students will determine the level of conversation but it is truly a discussion starter for any age!

September 13, 2020

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National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia

Do you have a variety of genres available for students in your classroom? This animal encyclopedia is sure to be well-loved. As with all of the NG books, it includes amazing photographs, various text features, and engaging information!

September 7, 2020

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I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness

I Am Peace is a timely choice for our classrooms during these challenging circumstances. Check out this lesson plan which uses I Am Peace as a prompt to discuss various emotions and ways to deal with them. Although I created the lesson for grades 4-6, it can easily be adapted for other grade levels.

August 30, 2020

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You’re Finally Here!

This title seems especially appropriate during this year’s back-to-school! After all, it does feel like we are ‘finally’ returning to school. And the humour within is perhaps just what we need this fall. Your students are guaranteed to giggle.

August 23, 2020

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The Power of One: Every Act of Kindness Counts

Our world needs kindness more than ever! This new release by one of my favourite children’s book authors shows how small acts of kindness create ripples of kindness. Another great book choice to help create community and compassion in our classrooms. Check out this Educator Guide for many specific ideas!

August 16, 2020

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One Drop of Kindness

An essential message told through a beautiful story. A wonderful book for the beginning of the school year and perhaps one to revisit throughout the year.

August 10, 2020

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Becoming Naomi Leon

Although published in 2005, I only recently encountered this book. From the author of Esperanza Rising, this is another worthy read. Immediately, I was drawn to eleven-year-old Naomi Outlaw who lives with her great-grandmother and younger brother. The unexpected return of her mother sends her searching for her voice and her roots. This is truly an inspiring story.

June 28, 2020

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Don’t Worry Little Crab

From the creator of Shh! and Little Owl Lost comes a new treasure about finding the courage to try something new. Teachers of primary students may want to consider this to start the next school year. (There also happens to be some fabulous examples of both onomatopoeia and alliteration!)

June 21, 2020

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Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry With a Beat

Are you looking to expand your poetry collection? This is a great choice: both the poetry and illustrations are beautiful! I appreciate the variety of styles, poets, and topics within this book. If you have a CD player in your listening centre, this will become a popular choice for students.

June 14, 2020

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