Sometimes I am lucky enough to go to a conference where I can get my hands on a book BEFORE it is actually published and sometimes they come to me in an undistinguished yellow envelope or a super amazing box or even something shiny and sparkly. Sometimes the books are book birthday brand new. Either way, I get a little shiver of excitement every time because there is not much better than a new book. It is so much fun to read them and then share them! I'll admit, I'm a little behind on sharing them here, but better late than never.
-War in the Ring (Macmillan - May 2019) was unlike most books I read. I'm not much into boxing or war, but I was intrigued how these boxers connected with America and Hitler. I am so glad I read it because I learned so much! I spent the next few days sharing facts with my family. I appreciated the clear explanations of the choices Joe Louis and the others made. The authors were also honest about Joe Louis' treatment because of the color of his skin. Fascinating!
All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey makes you fall in love with the main character Red. Everything always seems to be going against her and finally she finds a little calm in her life, only to be interrupted by her mother. Bittersweet with a little magic thrown in.
Kids will love The Bone Garden for its spookiness and edginess. I was never quite sure what was real and what wasn't, but it doesn't matter. Irreelle is a true heroine and her friends, including The Hand are with her all the way.
I can understand why Wunder Ellis of The Miraculous stops believing in miracles. I think many of us have thought about this at one time or another. When someone precious is taken away, it's hard to keep believing. I loved how unique characters are brought together and ultimately go on a journey which changes their lives. I think this has great read aloud potential.
The Biggest Little Farm - Saving Emma the Pig tells the true story of Emma who had 17 piglets!!! Not only that, but she was sick and the farmer had to do some problem solving to figure out how to help. I can't wait to share this one with my students and talk about perseverance!
Sarah Stewart and David Small have created a special book celebrating the power of reading. This Book of Mine reminds us that books can be so many things for so many people. A fantastic one with which to start the year!
It's all about perspective in Little Juniper Makes it Big. Everything is too big, until Juniper visits her friend Clove's house. Sometimes you need to live life in someone else's house to appreciate what you have. Great discussions will be had with this one!
One of my librarian mentors, Paige Jaeger, shared a new book that she wrote with me and I can't wait to share it with my students and teachers. Who Will Roar If I Go? is a terrific way to get kids asking questions. There are so many animals, some familiar, some less-known, that kids will want to find out more about. Use this book to support NGSS standards and ELA standards. I think the title will grab them too!
Listen - Just reading the title and seeing the cover draws you into this gorgeous about the senses and the earth and all that connects us!
The Last Peach was my first week of school read aloud for my 2nd and 3rd graders. We loved the different voices seen in the book with different colored words. My students also enjoyed looking at the illustrations which were made out of all different papers. The bug characters cracked us up!
Many thanks to Macmillan Publishing for providing review copies.
Mrs. Lussier is a Library Media Specialist at Brewster Elementary School in Durham, CT. I am passionate about getting kids reading (ok, everyone!), wondering, using technology and having FUN!
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