Black History Month Books
I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont
Shades of Black by Sandra L. Pinkney
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford
Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. McKissack
Books Read While Browsing our Scholastic Book Fair
Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Ready for Anything! by Keiko Kasza
Aliens Love Underpants! by Claire Freedman
Fractured Fairy Tales for First Grade
Chicken Big by Keith Graves
Chicken Little by Rebecca Emberley
Henny-Penny by Jane Wattenberg
The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth
Chicken Little by Steven Kellogg
Rosemary Wells Author Study for Kindergarten
Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration for Second Grade
New Picture Books & Graphic Novel
The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon
A Pirate's Night Before Christmas by Philip Yates
A Pirate's Guide to First Grade by James Preller
Copper by Kazu Kibuishi
What If? by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter
Other Goose by J.otto Seibold
Dear Primo by Duncan Tonatiuh
The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood
Animal Crackers Fly the Coop by Kevin O'Malley
Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown
Young Adult Novels
Matched by Ally Condie
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Notable MentionsWhile selecting books for our guest readers to read during our African-American Read-In this week, I happily stumbled upon Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. McKissack. From the first page, I was swept away in this delightfully whimsical tale. I only wish I got to read it aloud myself!
Do you want to giggle? Do you? Yeah? Then read Aliens Love Underpants! by Claire Freedman. Aliens visit Earth for one reason alone - to steal your underpants! Silly pictures and rhymes make this one a super-fun readaloud for spring fever days.
It's a little embarrassing to be an elementary school librarian who doesn't know her folk and fairy tales, but I have inexperience on my side here. I never read them as a kid and don't remember having them read to me, so here I am trying to play catch-up. And I love it! I read The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone, an oldie but a goodie, last week to first grade, and they loved it too (followed by The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst, a story about the boy's younger, smarter sister).
I'm having a blast going through my new books, though it's been a slow process. These two - What If? by Laura Vaccaro Seeger & The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood - are both short and mostly illustrated with very little text, but oh the impact! What If? shows two friends playing with a ball in the ocean and has several alternate scenarios of what would happen next when the ball rolls onto the beach. So much teaching potential here! Perspective, making choices, interpreting illustrations, writing text to accompany pictures, etc. And I recommended The Quiet Book to a teacher who absolutely loved using it with her students - it describes all the different ways one can be quiet. Lovely and thoughtful, both of these books are.
Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter is the true story of a barge full of garbage with nowhere to go. From the Jersey shore down to New Orleans and almost up the Mississippi, this barge has no place to unload and a long journey it's taken. The illustrations remind me of clay-mation (remember when that was popular?) and are decidedly creepy at parts, but the story is fascinating and rather shocking.
To Read in March
Well, I knew I would read a lot of picture books in February, and that I did. March may be my month for early readers and middle grade chapter books. I've neglected those lately. And then there's Spring Break, when I hope I'll be able to read an adult novel, gasp! Water for Elephants is my choice, but it's still a few weeks away. I've had enough YA, I think. Or maybe it's just that I really don't like the one I'm reading now. Oh, and all those books turning into movies this month! Oof, another busy month.
How'd you do in February?