In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! Enjoying books week by week… I decided to spread out what I’m reading recently over a few weeks… so this isn’t everything but I’ve enjoyed them all!
Other special books enjoyed:
Shingaling: A Wonder Story by R.J. Palacio – Realistic Fiction- 4th grade and up – another Wonder story- loved reading this story twice. Once on one quick read and once as a read aloud with my son. Appreciated this story about dancing, friendship, and finding where you fit in the world. Wonderful story to share with families. Can be considered a stand alone story…
Special quotes I loved in the book:
“Every person’s story weaves in and out of someone else’s story.”
“Maybe even the best friendships are like that. The connections are always there. They’re just invisible to the eye.”
“Have I mentioned how much I love the fact that he uses big words and assumes we understand them?”
Goodreads Summary: “In Shingaling, the third Wonder Story, they’ll read about life as a fifth grader at Beecher Prep through the eyes of Charlotte, the girl who had been chosen to be Auggie’s “welcome” buddy. Readers will not only learn more about Charlotte and her budding friendship with reader-favorite, Summer (they solve a mystery together), but how the girls at Beecher Prep react to Auggie attending their school for the first time, and how Charlotte came to write the precept she used at the end of Wonder, “It’s not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend.””
’89 Walls by Katie Pierson – Mature High School – Realistic Fiction – Published June 5th, 2015 – Fascinating exploration of the year 1989 through the eyes of two teens who fall in love. There are many mature portions of this book that could make this book one on people’s “concerned” lists but the story is told beautifully and you do become invested in both the characters. There are heartbreaking portions of this book so come with a few tissues handy when reading! Goodreads Summary: “College is not in the cards for Seth. He spends his minimum wage on groceries and fakes happiness to distract his mom from the MS they both know will kill her. It’s agony to carry around a frayed love note for a girl who’s both out of his league and beneath his dignity. Quinn’s finishing high school on top. But that cynical, liberal guy in her social studies class makes her doubt her old assumptions. Challenging the rules now, though, would a) squander her last summer at home, b) antagonize her conservative dad, and c) make her a hypocrite.
Seth and Quinn’s passionate new romance takes them both by surprise. They keep it a secret: it’s too early to make plans and too late not to care. But it’s 1989. As politics suddenly get personal, they find themselves fighting bare-fisted for their beliefs—and each other—in the clear light of day.”
Emmanuel’s Dream – The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson & Sean Qualls – Biography – 2nd grade and up – Beautiful and inspiring this book at the heart is about changing people’s perspectives and making a difference. Loved how the text made for the perfect read aloud and the illustrations told more of the story as well. Powerful message about not giving up as well. Goodreads Summary: “This inspirational picture book biography, written by Laurie Ann Thompson and illustrated by Sean Qualls, tells the true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, who bicycled across Ghana–nearly 400 miles–with only one leg. With that achievement he forever changed how his country treats people with disabilities, and he shows us all that one person is enough to change the world.”
Why’d they wear that? Fashion as the Mirror of History by Sarah Albee – 2nd/3rd grade with adult helping to read and up! Fascinating exploration of why people wore what they wore from the beginning of history until now. So many questions I personally had were answered while reading this book. I loved the headings throughout the book, witty and fascinating. The exploration didn’t just stop at clothing, the making of the clothing, makeup, hair accessories, and more were also addressed. Also, it was interesting to read the “What Now?” portions mentioned throughout the book linking us to the present day choices people make. At th end of the book, there was a What can YOU do? page that explained ethical choices some people make in comparison to others. Fantastic non-fiction book. I personally plan to share this with my Y2 classes as they are learning about what changed through time and then my Y3 classes that study ancient civilizations. Highly recommended. Goodreads Summary: “Move over Project Runway. Get ready to chuckle your way through centuries of fashion dos and don’ts! In this humorous and approachable narrative, kids will learn about outrageous, politically-perilous, funky, disgusting, regrettable, and life-threatening creations people have worn throughout the course of human history, all the way up to the present day. From spats and togas to hoop skirts and hair shirts, why people wore what they did is an illuminating way to look at the social, economic, political, and moral climates throughout history.”
Take Shelter – At Home Around the World by Nikki Tate & Dani Tate-Stratton – NF – 4th grade and up – Love how there are cool facts interspursed… Living underground, fascinating fact: “Over 40 million people live in underground houses in the neighboring northern provinces of Shaanxi and Shanxi in China. That’s more than the entire population of Canada!” You can explore all types of homes, construction and more through this book. I found it fascinating to learn about IKEA flat pack disaster homes. Goodreads Summary: “A roof, a door, some windows, a floor. All houses have them, but not all houses are alike. Some have wings (airplane homes), some have wheels (Romany vardoes), some float; some are made of straw, some of snow and ice. Some are enormous, some are tiny; some are permanent and some are temporary. But all are home. Take Shelter explores the way people live all over the world and beyond–from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from an underground house in Las Vegas to the International Space Station. Everywhere people live, they adapt to their surroundings and create unique environments, using innovative techniques to provide that most basic of needs: shelter.”
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