Each year we choose books with impact, books that teach something to us, for our annual Teacher Talk newsletter. These books are beyond special and include books guarenteed for storytime success, hard-hitting middle grade, and more!
The little marmot who stars in this wordless picture book has always been a gardener, and when she and her bird friend catch sight of a forest fire, they decide to use their skills on a larger scale, setting out to replant the forest.
When the great daredevil Zapfino loses his nerve, his shame causes him to leave the circus. The Big Top isn’t the only dangerous place though, and Zapfino overcomes his fear when a fire causes him to complete his fateful stunt.
When Chester Van Chime forgets how to rhyme, the students in storytime will love to help out. This book will have them shouting out rhymes and having great times! A must have for any storyteller.
Everyone dances to their own tune in this musical picture book and students will have a blast following along from Little Worm’s shimmy to Fox’s rah-rah trot.
What happens when the people you’re seeking in I Spy don’t want to hide? This picture book lets kids know it’s okay not to play…in a fun and interactive way.
This wildly entertaining early reader breaks the fourth wall as Cat follows the narrator’s prompts and substitutes for Dog…to some success.
Thunder the T-Rex looks forward to eating the small bird-like dinosaur in his path, but gets thrown for a loop when Cluck doesn’t run from him and starts insisting that the reason he can’t eat him is because they are now friends. This Ready-to-Read Graphic is a lot of fun for anyone.
When Blink starts looking for gold, Block is skeptical, but Blink settles for a lucky penny and his wish comes true: he finds a friend.
Della’s mom is in prison, her mom’s boyfriend sexually assaulted her, and her sister attempted suicide in their foster home. In a powerful story that needed to be told, Bradley addresses all of these heavy topics, shining a specific light on consent and the courage it takes to speak out.
Thirteen-year-old Pluto is depressed. Can’t get out of bed, doesn’t want to eat, not able to talk to friends, full-on depressed. How to Become a Planet gives readers a good view of depression and how hard it is when everyone wants just wants you to go back to being who you were.
Maggie is lonely in her family and desperately wants a dog to call her own, but when she breaks out in hives at the shelter, she has to abandon that plan. In this middle-grade graphic novel, Lloyd takes a very real look at how allergies affect our lives.
In three interconnected storylines, Answers in the Pages looks at a book challenge in a middle school classroom through the story of a book being challenged, the story of the book that IS being challenged, and the story that inspired the book that is being challenged. A timely and relevant read
This retelling the King Arthur myth is a really fun read and speaks a lot to inequalities and prejudices in gender, sexuality, and class.
An adorable water droplet is the protagonist in this fact-filled tale about the various paths water takes and the different forms it can be found in.
Hundreds of shipping containers are lost overboard every year, and in 1992 one of those shipping containers spilled 28,000 rubber ducks into the ocean. Ducks Overboard follows a possible path one of those ducks took through the seas as it explains the facts of plastic in our oceans.
Celebrating science and the poetry of existence, this is a true story about time and chance, genetics and gender, love and death--all made more accessible to the young imagination in the concrete, finite life of one tiny snail named Jeremy
If one of your students were to hijack a field guide, it would probably look something like this. Even though one of your students did not hijack this field guide, they’ll still get a kick out of the writer’s edits…and hopefully learn a thing or two, too.