- I bought Steve Jenkins' latest, Bones, for my son. It would double nicely as a reference in a 3rd grade classroom (in NC, anyway).
- I finally got to read 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy. It's about a true story of compassion after 9-11. Classroom teachers can teach Character Education and Social Studies in a world view.
- Shante Keys and the New Year's Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport is about a girl that is looking for some black-eye peas, and learns of other cultures and their New Year's traditions. Also told in rhyme. Great for Social Studies and Holidays.
- I also bought Poles Apart, Life at the Ends of the Earth by Dr. Mark Norman. Did you know that polar bears and penguins will never meet each other in the wild? Do your kids know this? I am fascinated with Arctic animals and have two books in the works about such.
I also bought Leslie Helakowski's Big Chickens Fly the Coop. It is so good. Hilarious. Lots of threes. Very good word play and vivid action verbs. I remembered seeing Big Chickens at Books-A-Million about a month ago, but I didn't buy it. So a few days after the Scholastic Fair, I went to to the bookstore to find it, but it was already gone! Good grief, Charlie Brown. There are actually three in the series. Maybe I should put the other two on my Christmas Wish List. Leslie Helakowski also wrote Woolbur. So now she is on my Favorite Authors list. I also went to a used bookstore and bought two more picture books.
Are your kids getting books for Christmas this year?