Teacher selection: Pocket Change: Pitching in For a Better World

This book examines different ways that people around the world can move away from consumerism to more sustainable lifestyles. What does this mean exactly? This book examines how people might modify their buying habits. For example, there is a chapter on the “moneyless man”, who barters for goods and services. In addition, the book encourages readers to seek out alternative modes of energy and production. This book will certainly generate conversation and debate on social and environmental issues. Recommended for grades 4-7.

Nonfiction Selection: Science Comics – Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean

Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic – dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, and more. The gorgeous illustrations and the graphic novel form offer an entertaining format to explore the subject and combines fun with in-depth science. In this volume readers take an absorbing look at ocean science covering the biology of coral reefs as well as their ecological importance. (Ages: 3rd – 6th)

Teacher selection: Because of Thursday

Patricia Polacco's new book is about a woman named Annie.  All the important events in her life happen on Thursday. She was born on a Thursday, met the love of her life on a Thursday and opened her restaurant on a Thursday.  After her husband passes away and she closes the diner (not on Thursday), life becomes sad until she finds a small kitten, on a Thursday.  Her life begins to turn around, all because of her cat, whom she named Thursday.  This is a whimsical and humorous story.  Fans of Patricia Polacco won't be disappointed.   

Picture Book Selection: Salsa

In this new cooking poem, Jorge Argueta brings us a fun and easy recipe for a yummy salsa. A young boy and his sister gather the ingredients and grind them up in a molcajete, just like their ancestors used to do, singing and dancing all the while. In English and Spanish. Ages 4-7.

Picture Book Selection: A Poem in Your Pocket

A poet is visiting Elinor's school to celebrate National Poetry Month and every student will be sharing one of their pocket poems.  Elinor has a hard time writing the “perfect” poem and soon everyone in the class has a poem in their pocket except Elinor.  When the visiting poet arrives, Elinor reveals that she could not get her poem right.  With the help of the poet, Elinor learns that real poetry comes from the heart.  Recommended for Grades 1 and above.  


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