By Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
Bink and Gollie look very different and think differently, too, but they are the best of friends. In this book, they rollerskate into a colorful sock adventure, set off on an expedition, and find a home for an aquatic friend. I highly recommend this series for any K-3rd grader who enjoyed Elephant and Piggie or Frog and Toad books.
By Jacqueline Woodson
Chloe will not talk to or include the new girl, Maya. Maya doesn’t wear new clothes or look like Chloe’s friends. One day, the teacher talks to the class about how important each act of kindness is and how it has a ripple effect into people’s lives. Chloe wants to make things right, but she never has her chance. This is a beautiful story that reminds us all that each action we take or don’t take affects those around us.
By Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
Do you want to learn how to build a nest, catch your dinner, or battle a mountain sheep? This book gives step-by-step directions on everything from sewing a nest like a tailor bird to repelling insects like a Capuchin to swallowing a pig whole like a python. I think this is a creative way to expand kids’ animal knowledge, and I think that many students will enjoy learning from it.
Ping is an excellent gardener, and he is thrilled to learn that the emperor is using a gardening challenge to choose the next emperor of China. Ping works carefully to nourish the seed and help it grow. Will Ping be able to grow a flower worthy of the emperor?
By Jane Cutler
This is a beautifully illustrated story is set in a war-torn town. Throughout the book, the main character has to wrestle with her own emotions, learn that she has misjudged others, and discover how the courage and strength of one person can nourish many.