Read Your World

Marvelous Maravilloso: Me and My Beautiful Family Carrie Lara PsyD

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Back of Book:
Marvelous Maravilloso is a story from the point of view of a young interracial child about what color means within the dynamics of race, ethnicity, and culture. This sweet, simple story discusses the colors of the world and the colors of the people in a family—all of which make the world beautiful and unique.
My Review:
I was so excited when I heard that this story was coming out. It is so important in today’s society to give our children books that show different family groups. It is a beautiful look at one young girl’s interracial family. I love that the book begins with the girl talking about all the beautiful colors that are all over the earth. She goes on to share her love of her family and their differences in color and culture. I absolutely fell in love with the simple and beautiful way that readers are introduced to different cultures and skin colors. There is a sprinkle of Spanish words throughout the story which allows readers to get a glimpse of the Spanish culture. The authors note in the back of the book discusses the importance of teaching children about culture and about celebrating the different kinds of people and families there are in the world. A must read for all classroom and home libraries.
32 Pages
Ages 5 and up

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School

My Teacher’s Not Here! By Lana Button

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Back of Book:
As soon as she arrives at school, Kitty knows there’s trouble. Smiling Miss Seabrooke should be here to meet me. But my teacher is missing and NOT here to greet me. With no Miss Seabrooke, everyone should be sent home, right? But no! Kitty and her classmates line up as usual and walk into the school building. Kitty’s worries build as she wonders how she will get through the day without her teacher. What will she do when her Thermos gets stuck or her jacket won’t zip? Miss Seabrooke is the only one who can fix these things. Or is she?
My Review:
I am adding this adorable story to my emergency sub plans next year. I teach lower elementary students and they get sad when I am not there. I think this is a perfect book to share with them about how wonderful and fun a substitute teacher can be. The text is in a fun rhyming pattern which makes it a perfect beginning story. The animals in the story are adorably depicted and allow readers to empathize with Kitty and her fears that her teacher will not return. The illustrations are sweet and endearing. A perfect read aloud for younger children.
Ages 4 and up
32 Pages

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The King of Bees by Lester L. Laminack

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Back of Book:
Henry can’t wait until he can have a bee suit of his own so he can help his Aunt Lilla with the sister bees.
Day after day as Henry observes his Aunt Lilla work with the beehives on their Lowcountry farm, he becomes fascinated with her bee suit and her ability to communicate with the bees. When he learns that the bees are getting ready to look for a new place to live, he tries to find a way to communicate with the sister bees to convince them to stay.

My Review:
After reading this story I wished that I could be apart of the world that Henry lived in. The relationship that Henry has with his book is touching and real. The way Aunt Lilla teaches Henry about the way of the bees is a beautiful look at how older generations can teach younger generations about the importance of protecting and caring for nature. I love how much information the text gives about bees. The authors note in the back of the book shares that he has a love of bees and wanted to share that love with readers. The illustrations are truly stunning and show the details of the bees. I truly enjoyed reading this amazing book.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Books and Library

Franklin’s Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell

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Back of Book:
Franklin the dragon loves stories and loves reading stories to people too, but everyone is too scared to even talk to him. One day, he meets a girl named Luna who, rather than being afraid, is fascinated to meet Franklin, having recently read all about dragons in one of her books. They instantly become friends and talk nonstop about what they’ve read: books about roller-skating, King Arthur, spiders, and how to do kung fu. Together they hatch a plan to share their love of books with others by opening a bookshop―a flying bookshop, that is―right on Franklin’s back!
Franklin, a well-read and peace-loving dragon, and Luna, a young girl with an independent spirit and an insatiable love of reading, make fantastic role models for young children. Franklin’s Flying Bookshop brings the magic of classic fairy tales into the twenty-first century through exquisite illustrations, and will enchant children as well as anyone who loves books.

My Review:
I love sharing books with my students that showcase a love of reading. This book is beautifully written and told. Readers will fall in love with Franklin and the joy he has in reading. The love that one of the main concepts of this book is that books are best if they are shared with others. The text is written in rhyme which allows readers to follow along with ease. Another fantastic messages that is intertwined within this book is not to judge based on appearance. Luna is not scared of Franklin or the fact that he is a dragon. Franklin does not stop searching for a friend until he meets Luna. It doesn’t matter to him that she is a girl. Together they make a plan to bring the library to everyone else. The illustrations in this story are simply magical. I love all the details that are on each page. A great tale for anyone who gets lost in the magic of a well written story.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Biography

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez

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Back of Book:
Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, young Joan Procter entertained the most unusual party guests: slithery and scaly ones, who turned over teacups and crawled past the crumpets…. While other girls played with dolls, Joan preferred the company of reptiles. She carried her favorite lizard with her everywhere–she even brought a crocodile to school!

When Joan grew older, she became the Curator of Reptiles at the British Museum. She went on to design the Reptile House at the London Zoo, including a home for the rumored-to-be-vicious komodo dragons. There, just like when she was a little girl, Joan hosted children’s tea parties–with her komodo dragon as the guest of honor.
My Review:
My very best friend growing up was just like Joan. She loved catching and examining lizards. When I read this book I instantly thought of her. Joan Procter was a misunderstood, brilliant woman who changed the way people saw reptiles. This book is well written and keeps readers engaged with what they are reading. My students loved learning about the Komodo Dragon that she took care of and raised. It made them all want to have one of their own. The illustrations are clear and detailed. They draw readers into the story. The end of book has a mini biography about Joan as well as a photo of a young Joan. I truly enjoyed sharing this book with my classroom. It should be on every teachers must read list.
Ages 6 and up
40 Pages

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Biography

The United States v. Jackie Robinson By Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

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Back of Book:
Jackie Robinson broke boundaries as the first African American player in Major League Baseball. But long before Jackie changed the world in a Dodger uniform, he did it in an army uniform.
As a soldier during World War II, Jackie experienced segregation every day—separate places for black soldiers to sit, to eat, and to live. When the army outlawed segregation on military posts and buses, things were supposed to change.
So when Jackie was ordered by a white bus driver to move to the back of a military bus, he refused. Instead of defending Jackie’s rights, the military police took him to trial. But Jackie would stand up for what was right, even when it was difficult to do.

My Review:
Jackie Robinson was an amazing, and well-known baseball player. Until reading story, I had never heard much about his time in the Army. I absolutely fell in love with the lesson of courage and standing up for what’s right. Jackie was put in jail for sitting in on a bus. He had to stand in court and hear lies spoken to the judge about who he was. Still, Jackie told the truth and won the fight! The text in this book is informative and easy to read. The illustrations are stunning and show readers the strength that Jackie had. The back of the book has a fantastic timeline and authors note which makes it perfect for book reports and research projects. A must read!

Ages 7 and up

40 Pages

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Biography

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists)

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Back of Book:

When young Temple was diagnosed with autism, no one expected her to talk, let alone become one of the most powerful voices in modern science. Yet, the determined visual thinker did just that. Her unique mind allowed her to connect with animals in a special way, helping her invent groundbreaking improvements for farms around the globe!

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin is the first book in a brand new educational series about the inspirational lives of amazing scientists. In addition to the illustrated rhyming tale, you’ll find a complete biography, fun facts, a colorful timeline of events, and even a note from Temple herself!
My Review:
I am so excited that the life of Dr. Temple Grandin is being told in picture books. Her life is nothing short of inspiring! “The Girl Who Thought in Pictures” is a well written and researched story. The text rhymes which makes it a perfect book for early readers. I also love that the book teaches children about Autism in a realistic yet simple way. The book shows readers that people with Autism are not “weird” just different. There is a beautiful note to readers in the back of the book encouraging them to find out what they are good at and follow their dreams. The back of the book also has a timeline and mini biography, perfect for book reports and research projects.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Earth Day

Redwoods by Jason Chin

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Back of Book:
A ordinary subway trip is transformed when a young boy happens upon a book about redwood forests. As he reads the information unfolds, and with each new bit of knowledge, he travels―all the way to California to climb into the Redwood canopy. Crammed with interesting and accurate information about these great natural wonders.
My Review:
I remember standing in front of the Redwood Trees in awe of the majesty of them! This picture book beautifully captures the beauty of the trees. I love that this book is filled with amazing facts about the trees. It teaches readers about what kind of bugs and animals call the Redwoods home. I love that the book also labels the parts of the tree. The scientific research that was done for this book was well documented. There is a note in the back of the book that shares that the Redwoods are in danger and should be protected for all to see. The illustrations are beautiful and follow the young boys journey as he learns about a world that he had never heard of before. A perfect book to read for Arbor Day.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Earth Day

The Adventures of an Aluminum Can: A Story About Recycling by Alison Inches

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Back of Book: Peek into this diary of an aluminum can as it goes on a journey from inside a bauxite rock, to the manufacturing line, to the store shelf, to a display on a bookshelf, to a garbage can, and finally to a recycling plant where it emerges into its new life…as a baseball bat!

My Review:
I love that this amazing story about the creation and adventures of an aluminum can. Readers follow along with this fun and humorous first-person narrative. I love using this story to discuss point of view. It gives a different perspective of the importance of recycling. A perfect book for preschool and Kindergarten age groups.
Ages 4 and up
26 Pages

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Earth Day

Miss Fox’s Class Goes Greenby Eileen Spinelli

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Back of Book:

When Miss Fox shows up at school riding her bicycle, Mouse asks, “Do you have a flat tire?” “No,” Miss Fox tells her students. “I am going green!” Soon everyone in the class is working to keep the earth healthy. Mouse takes shorter showers (and does her singing after!); Bunny brings a cloth bag to the supermarket; and Possum turns the lights off when he goes out. And Miss Fox’s simple act has ripples even beyond her own students…soon the whole school starts riding their bikes–including the principal.

My Review:

The Miss Fox books are some of my favorite book to read aloud in my classroom. My students always love hearing these stories. Miss Fox’s Class goes green is a great book to share for Earth Day. I love that Miss Fox has her class give her ideas on how they can help the planet. The text gives readers great examples of ways that they can make their classroom and their homes a greener place. The illustrations are bright and very cute. I am a huge fan of the entire Miss Fox series/

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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