Click HERE to buy this book direct from the author. It is suitable for all ages, with more pictures than reading text. Do you prefer more pictures than text? This is a book for you! This picture book contains twenty-five colour illustration and two black-and-white drawings, which you can colour in yourself. Are you a teacher or other adult who wants to encourage your students to think about storytelling and writing, about structure, plot, characters, and motives for actions through the use of pictures? I know other amazing books will be released throughout the year, but these are the ones that were on my radar right now.
As other books are released, I will come back and make changes to this post throughout the year so be sure to check it periodically or bookmark it to read later. I tried to target books that will likely have: The Story of Muhammad Ali by Jim Haskins Muhammad Ali faced the obstacles in his life the way he faced his opponents in the ring, brashly and with all the force at his command. In his private life, he was also deeply spiritual, committed to standing up against social injustice, and steadfast in his beliefs.
Brown Much of what twenty-first century culture tells black girls is not pretty: In response to such destructive ideas, internationally recognized poet Mahogany Browne challenges the conditioning of society by crafting an anthem of strength and magic undeniable in its bloom for all beautiful Black girls.
Torn between the opinions of Shorty, a boy who wants to meet violence with violence, and Hallelujah, her best friend who believes in the power of peaceful protests, Rose is scared of the mounting racial tension and is starting to lose hope. But when Rose helps Aunt Ruthie start her own business, she begins to see how she can make a difference in her community.
From her cousin texting and her friends stopping by to her little brother playing with the plants, Jada runs into one obstacle after another. Find out how Jada relies on grit to keep on going. A Girl Named Rosa: Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in , but how did she come to be so brave? A Girl Named Rosa describes the defining moments that made up her childhood and adolescence with full-color illustrations throughout. Join Little Sid as he sets off on a journey of discovery and encounters mysterious wise-folk, terrifying tigers, and one very annoying mouse.
Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez In her first middle-grade novel, award-winning picture book author and illustrator Angela Dominguez tells a heartwarming story based on her own experiences growing up Mexican-American. Stella Diaz loves marine animals, especially her betta fish, Pancho. But Stella Diaz is not a betta fish. Betta fish like to be alone, while Stella loves spending time with her mom and brother and her best friend Jenny. Trouble is, Jenny is in another class this year, and Stella feels very lonely. Charlie Takes His Shot: Sifford had won plenty of black tournaments, but he was determined to break the color barrier in the PGA.
But Sifford kept playing, becoming the first black golfer to win a PGA tournament and eventually ranking among the greats in golf. Martin Luther King Jr. They protested the laws that kept black people separate from white people. Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry. Church helps those worries fade, if only for a little while. The singing, the preaching, the speeches from guest activists like Paul Robeson and Thurgood Marshall stir African Americans in her community to stand up for their rights. Betty quickly finds confidence and purpose in volunteering for the Housewives League, an organization that supports black-owned businesses.
Soon, the American civil rights icon we now know as Dr. Betty Shabazz is born. See a class of young students as they begin a school project inspired by Dr. As times change, Dr. This beautiful picture book tells the little-known story of Raven Wilkinson, the first African American woman to dance for a major classical ballet company and an inspiration to Misty Copeland. The whole family contributes pictures and special items. Abuela even writes a letter to each of her grandchildren to be opened in fifteen years.
Can Sofia really wait fifteen years to find out what that letter says? Now she just has to convince the other girls. In this book, you will find Mary Anning, who was just thirteen when she unearthed a prehistoric fossil. And Maya Lin, who at twenty-one won a competition to create a war memorial, and then had to appear before Congress to defend her right to create.
Get the inside scoop on gold-medal-winning Olympic appearance. Mama, her toddler, and two stuffed bunnies turn an outing to the grocery store into a fun opportunity to talk, laugh, and learn a little math along the way. Baby is excited to choose one box of favorite cereal, hold two containers of yogurt, and find one banana.
As they fill their cart with items in quantities of one and two, Mama lets her baby hold each item while connecting the familiar idea of known body parts such as one hand and two feet to concepts of one and two. In this engaging, concrete way, toddlers begin understanding simple math principles. In the checkout lane, Baby giggles as one bunny goes for a ride. Back home Mama prepares a snack. How will she share one banana between the two of them? As she cuts the banana in half, her child proudly points out and recognizes the two pieces of their snack, showing an understanding of the notion of two.
Everyone knows who they are now—even strangers recognize them! Should she really leave the band and her friends behind? A Season of Flowers by Michael Garland Snowdrops and crocuses yield to tulips and hyacinths, then dogwood blossoms, iris, lupine, daisies, morning glories, daylilies, geraniums, peonies, sunflowers, roses, and chrysanthemums as spring passes to summer, then autumn.
Like actors crossing a stage, flowers narrate the passing seasons in the first person, each one briefly proclaiming its unique and vital role in the natural world. All about Madam C. Born Sarah Breedlove, she was the first person born free in her family. Walker, the name she would later use on her haircare products. The United States v. When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, she always brings warm hugs, sweet treats…and her purse. Free as a Bird: When Malala Yousafzai was born, people shook their heads because girls were considered bad luck. But her father looked into her eyes and knew she could do anything.
In Pakistan, people said girls should not be educated. But Malala and her father were not afraid. She secretly went to school and spoke up for education in her country. And even though an enemy tried to silence her powerful voice, she would not keep quiet. Malala traveled around the world to speak to girls and boys, to teachers, reporters, presidents, and queens—to anyone who would listen—and advocated for the right to education and equality of opportunity for every person.
She would shout so that those without a voice could be heard. So everyone could be as free as a bird. Readers will learn all about this musician and the significant events in his life in this low-leveled biography. Can I Touch Your Hair?: Irene Latham, who is white, and Charles Waters, who is black, use this fictional setup to delve into different experiences of race in a relatable way, exploring such topics as hair, hobbies, and family dinners.
And even in his death, he continues to transform and inspire all of us who share his dream.
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But that excitement turns to panic when her cousin Manuel goes missing. With curiosity, bravery, and her signature smarts, Princess Truly once again proves that she can do anything she sets her mind to and reminds girls everywhere to reach for the stars, believe in themselves, and dream big! This book will inspire other young girls to reach for the stars, to aspire for the impossible, and to persist with childlike imagination.
To Gold and Beyond by Laurie Hernandez. A Latina Jersey girl, Laurie saw her life take a dramatic turn last summer when she was chosen to be a part of the US Olympic gymnastics team. She talks about her loving family, her rigorous training, her intense sacrifices, and her amazing triumphs. Frustrated by the laws that kept African-Americans separate but very much unequal to whites, she had questions. Adults all told her: But Beals had the heart of a fighter—and the knowledge that her true place was a free one.
The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: As the Tibbs household prepares for the new baby, Mya is extra excited to spend time with her mom watching their favorite Annie Oakley marathon before her new sister arrives. Shai Williams—third-grader and superstar in the making—loves to act, sing, and dance. So when her teacher, Ms. Paired up with her best friend Emmie and classmate Rio, Shai plans to settle her competition jitters by just having fun.
That is until her rival, Gabby Supreme, challenges her to a bet: Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes. A game of basketball with the boys-especially her friend Jake-was all it took to put a smile on her face. Baggy jeans, T-shirt, and hair in a ponytail were easy choices. Then, everything suddenly seemed to change all at once. Her best girl friend is now flirting with her best guy friend. Her clothes seem all wrong. And worst of all, there is this guy, Santiago, who appears from.
What lengths will Joy go to—and who will she become—to attract his attention?
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In short poems that perfectly capture the crazy feelings of adolescence and first crushes, award-winning author Nikki Grimes has crafted a delightful, often hilarious, hearttugging story. Elizabeth Cotten was only a little girl when she picked up a guitar for the first time. But she flipped that guitar upside down and backwards and taught herself how to play it anyway.
And by the end of her life, people everywhere—from the sunny beaches of California to the rolling hills of England—knew her music. Read my book review here! Dee and her friends go in search of her but instead finds a rather hairy, new liBEARian! On her way to church one day in July , Elizabeth Jennings was refused a seat on a streetcar.
When she took her seat anyway, she was bodily removed by the conductor and a nearby police officer and returned home bruised and injured. With the support of her family, the African American abolitionist community of New York, and Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Jennings took her case to court.
Ever since she was a young girl, Lil Hardin played music with a beat. She jammed at home, at church, and even at her first job in a music store. Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! In this accessible guide with an introduction by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Marley Dias explores activism, social justice, volunteerism, equity and inclusion, and using social media for good. Drawing from her experience, Marley shows kids how they can galvanize their strengths to make positive changes in their communities, while getting support from parents, teachers, and friends to turn dreams into reality.
Focusing on the importance of literacy and diversity, Marley offers suggestions on book selection, and delivers hands-on strategies for becoming a lifelong reader. And they did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. But they worked hard. And they used their genius minds to change the world. The son of an enslaved blacksmith learns that his father is using the rhythm of his hammering to communicate with travelers on the Underground Railroad.
Pa works hard as a blacksmith. His son wants to help, but Pa keeps putting him off. Then one day, Pa falls ill and the boy has to take over. The Word Collector by Peter H. Some people collect stamps. Some people collect coins. Some people collect art. In this extraordinary new tale from Peter H. Reynolds, Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him — short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and multisyllable words that sound like little songs.
Words that connect, transform, and empower. There is nothing more important to a child than to feel loved, and this gorgeous gathering of poems written by Nikki Giovanni celebrates exactly that. Hand-selected by Newberry honoree Ashley Bryan, he has, with his masterful flourish of color, shape, and movement, added a visual layering that drums the most important message of all to young, old, parent, child, grandparent, and friend alike: Siblings Mintoo and Chintoo are busy gathering flowers to make into colorful powders to toss during the festival.
And when at last the big day comes, they gather with their friends, family, and neighbors for a vibrant celebration of fresh starts, friendship, forgiveness, and, of course, fun! A Lady Has the Floor: She fought for equality for women in the classroom, in the courtroom, and in politics. In her quest for fairness and parity, Lockwood ran for President of the United States, becoming the first woman on the ballot.
Pass the Ball, Mo! Mo Jackson by David A. Can Mo learn to pass in time to help his team win the big game? This Level 2 reader about a little African-American boy with a big passion for sports is a funny, motivational companion to the winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace illustrated by Bryan Collier Discover the true story of NFL star Ernie Barnes—a boy who followed his dreams and became one of the most influential artists of his generation—with this beautifully illustrated nonfiction picture book.
When Ernie Barnes was growing up in North Carolina in the s, he loved to draw. Even when he played as a boy with his friends he drew with a stick in the mud. And he never left home without a sketchbook. He would draw the junk man, families walking home from church, or the old man on the sofa.
He drew what he saw. Why Are They Kneeling?
Kendrick thinks this Sunday will be like any other Sunday but is in for a surprise when he notices some of his favorite football players take a knee during our National Anthem. Kendrick finds the courage to ask a question and his family and friends find the courage to answer it. Kendrick learns so much and we hope you will too! Lotus is an eight year-old third grader who lives in the historic center of Rome, Italy. One Tuesday morning, while on her way to school, an unfortunate event occurs.
Lotus has a delayed reaction to this unsettling event. No Truth Without Ruth: For years before becoming a justice of the Supreme Court, Ruth had to fight the notion that being female meant that she was less smart, less qualified, and less worthy of attention than her male counterparts. Throughout college, law school, and her work life, she faced discrimination—because she was a woman. Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein by Jennifer Roy At the start of , eleven-year-old Ali Fadhil was consumed by his love for soccer, video games, and American television shows.
Over the next forty-three days, Ali and his family survived bombings, food shortages, and constant fear. Ali and his brothers played soccer on the abandoned streets of their Basra neighborhood, wondering when or if their medic father would return from the war front. Ella and her fellas were on the way up! It seemed like nothing could stop her, until the biggest club in town refused to let her play… and all because of her color. But when all hope seemed lost, little did Ella imagine that a Hollywood star would step in to help. The inspiring, true story of how a remarkable friendship between Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe was born — and how they worked together to overcome prejudice and adversity.
Boonoonoonous Hair by Olive Senior. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage. American Panda by Gloria Chao An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her germophobia and crush on a Japanese classmate. The World is Awake: What Would She Do?: Because there will always be room.
A twist on the classic parental struggle of not letting kids sleep in their bed. Using age-appropriate language, this book addresses mental illness, homelessness and refugee status as they are connected to this issue. Insightful quotes from individuals and organizations such as UNICEF are included throughout to add further perspective on the issue. An invaluable section on how kids can help empowers readers to take what they have learned and use it to make a difference.
It provides an expanded notion of working mothers and challenges the idea that only some jobs result in good parenting. Young, Gifted and Black: This book brings together 52 iconic talents from the past and present and celebrates their inspirational achievements. Now, more than fifty years after they were written, these poems continue to reflect our everyday experiences. From starting clubs to hosting sleepovers, Katie Woo is one fun friend! Come along on her big adventures and funny mishaps. Each book uses relatable comparisons, carefully researched text, and striking illustrations to help kids understand the many difficulties that children just like them face in the world today.
In Racism and Intolerance, children can get answers to questions like: When a young dancer is nervous about her upcoming auditions, her shadow springs to life and leads her on a joyous exploration of their city. Soon enough, the young girl finds confidence in her skills, her body, and her ability to shine.
Who Was Booker T. Washington by James Buckley Jr. African American educator, author, speaker, and advisor to presidents of the United States, Booker Taliaferro Washington was the leading voice of former slaves and their descendants during the late s. As part of the last generation of leaders born into slavery, Booker believed that blacks could better progress in society through education and entrepreneurship, rather than trying to directly challenge the Jim Crow segregation. When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind.
I Walk With Vanessa: Inspired by real events, I Walk with Vanessa explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help. With themes of acceptance, kindness, and strength in numbers, this timeless and profound feel-good story will resonate with readers young and old. This is not your typical afternoon at the library — a magician invites kids to reach into his hat to pull out whatever they find when they dig down deep.
And light began shining and then started to spread. This light radiates, chasing away the shadows, providing the wonder and fun of stargazing or firefly chasing. Most important, this light appears in each child—an inner God-given spark that grows and will be used to change the world. Earrings, scarves, the works! She encounters a crocodile, a leopard, and some monkeys, offering each a prize return for helping her find her way home but the animals snatch up their rewards without helping Mela back to her village.
Come on a journey to see how people in different countries prepare, eat, and think about their food. Beautiful photographs and illustrations capture the food culture of 14 countries, from Brazil and Spain to Morocco, India, and China. Each spread includes an overview of the country and its native foods, photographs of the various dishes with pronunciations and descriptions, an easy recipe for kids to try, and an illustrated crop map of the country.
With so many fun elements to intrigue them, young foodies will be excited to learn about how people eat across the globe! But the letter describes a young woman. An injustice that happened decades ago. A mystery enfolding the letter-writer. And the fortune that awaits the person who solves the puzzle. Lila and the Crow by Gabrielle Grimard This book originally published in , but now the paperback version is being released! But on the first day, a boy points at her and shouts: The next day, Lila covers her hair.
But this time, the boy points at her dark skin. When she covers her face, he mocks her dark eyes. Now every day at school, Lila hides under her turtleneck, dark glasses, and hat. And every day when she goes home, she sees a crow who seems to want to tell her something. Meanwhile, the great autumn festival is approaching.
While the other kids prepare their costumes, Lila is sadder and lonelier than ever. Phoebe feels frustrated and impatient. Bedtime Ted by Sophy Henn Ted is a sweet but willful toddler. First he has to take a bath, have a snack, brush his teeth, and get all the wiggles out. In this book, each spread has a gatefold with big flaps perfect for little hands. Zoey, Sassafras, and Pip must work together to discover what this mysterious rare magical plant needs to grow before all the seeds crumble to purple dust! When little brother Jack hurts his foot, the family gets to meet all kinds of doctors.
With this story blending narrative with nonfiction elements, readers meet the doctors who heal broken bones, help fix teeth, and even work in laboratories! Candi as in the name and as in candy as a US term for sweets , oozing box 3: You may decide to work with a group of less confident readers to do the re-read as a group read. Talk about whether Max and Ruby are just buying what they would like for themselves.
What can learners infer from the text? Count from 15 back to 1. What is this number? Ask the learner to read a section or a sentence from the story text. Ensure that it is a section that requires expression. Ask learners to read them. Check their understanding and spelling of these words. For example, ask How much is:. Ask learners to remember how much each item cost.
What does Max want to buy? I have this much money. Can I buy a pencil from you? A Learners view the items shown in the shop window and choose how to spend their own money to the value of 15 notes. They record what they choose, how much they spent and who the gifts are for. They may decide not to spend all the money.
Will learners make things from play-dough, packaging or will they use classroom objects? Record them on the board. They can do this from pictures or from their own idea of how the characters might look. She is a bit bossy. She is quite grown up. As you do so, ask learners to listen out for more clues about what Rosalinda and Grandma are like as characters. Draw their attention to the Tip box.
They may draw or write odd words to help them to remember. Pair them with more confident readers.
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Ruby thinks she likes beautiful things; Max thinks she is fun; she likes sweets; she is kind, not angry and comes to pick them up; she is funny because she wears the gifts straight away. Give them one minute — time them! Max and Ruby go to town on a bus. They go home with Grandma in the car. Grandma looks funny in her earrings and with the pretend teeth. B Learners circle all the words or phrases that indicate a new setting. Max, Ruby, Rosalinda, Candi and Grandma.
Invite them to recall the sequence of the story. Max and Ruby get on a bus to go shopping. They spend one note. Max and Ruby call Grandma because they have no more money left. She likes her gifts. What sort of language is used here? How do we know which comes first? At the beginning … How do we know what comes last? At the end … Establish that these are words that help us to sort out time — what happens in what order. Can learners also see that the sentences begin differently to make the writing more interesting?
Alternatively you could allow them to use small sticky notes to join the sections. Answers for Activities A and B: In this case you may wish to make a class display of beautiful writing. Tell them that you expect to see beautiful writing. What strategies are the learners using to spell trickier words? Note pencil grips and letter formation. A Learners make up new endings for two story sequences. She found an extra note so she was able to buy the music box for Grandma!
Ruby looked in her wallet and felt sad.
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There was not enough money and she would not be able to buy the music box for Grandma. Rosalinda felt sad for Ruby. I will let you have the music box as you are such a kind girl for thinking about your Grandma. Support them with word banks and, if necessary, sentence strips. Encourage able writers to elaborate their story and to use challenging words and sentence openers. Agree categories to be inclusive: Everyone should achieve an award of some kind. What settings did you choose? What are the best words you used in your story?
B Learners design their own version of bunny money. How much are the Please can I have Have you got any? How are we going to pay for the bus home? What did you enjoy most? Ask learners to read and write a range of common words. What do you sometimes forget? Do you know what we write when someone is speaking? B Learners think of any words from the unit that they have found tricky and record them in a honeycomb grid.
Unit overview This is a four-week unit focusing on instructions. During the unit learners will talk about, read and write instructions. Initially, the focus will be on revisiting what learners may recall about instructions symbols, signs, labels from Stage 1 Unit 2 before providing opportunities for reading, analysing, innovating and writing their own instructions. Examples include running text, numbered and bulleted texts, posters and a flow chart, looking at features of the text type in each. Learners will then read about an experiment and be introduced to the concept of notes part sentences to full sentences.
What do you know about instructions? How do we know? Who can see any other instructions in our classroom? How to make colour; Put your books here; How to wash your hands; How to run a bath; How to make chocolate chip muffins Pictures: How to wash your hands; lift something heavy poster Sound: How to run a bath; lift something heavy poster 3 We need instructions to tell us what to do. Ask them to point to each question word in each question to reinforce the reading and spelling of these words.
Remind them why we use an exclamation mark. You should cross the road now. You can go to a party at a special place and time. It is the end of class. You should go that way left if you want to go to class. You should choose a book. Give them opportunities to discuss each of the tips and agree why it is important. Can they add any further tips to the list? Then, using a hand signal, indicate that they should sit down but use no words.
Alternatively you may decide to pair learners to support each other in this game. Session 1 What do you know about instructions? A 1 It tells us where to put our books. They could also talk through the questions with slower and less confident learners so that they are orally rehearsing what they will write. You may allow learners who are struggling with the task to record the sign and answer all questions orally. A Learners write what each instruction is about.
They should write full sentences with capital letters, full stops or exclamation marks. Do they know the term scientist? Invite learners to share other words that might begin with sc, for example science, scent, scene and scissors. Ask for volunteer performers to read the whole text aloud to the class. Why do they think experiments have to be written as instructions? So that other people know what to do and in what order.
Spelling link Talk about how these are long and quite tricky words. How would learners try to read these words?
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Encourage a range of responses including phonics and breaking the words into sound bites or syllables. I will ask a question and you can answer it. To stretch more able learners, set a challenge to see if they can work out how many syllables there are in a name such as Tyrannosaurus Rex. Learners can add to it over time and will see it as a challenge to keep increasing the number of rungs on the ladder. It will serve as a useful word bank too. Ask them to think about what the experiments are dealing with: Ask them to make predictions about what the experiment might be trying to show.
What experiments would they like to do? A Learners scan the text, looking for the words science, scientist s and experiment and then circle them. They count the number of times each words appears in the text. A science — 1 scientist s — 4 experiment s — 4 What do scientists do? Scientists learn about the world around us by doing experiments. What is an experiment? An experiment is when you try to do something to find out what happens. You usually need to follow instructions. Can I be a scientist? You can learn about science. You can follow instructions to do some experiments just like a scientist!
B Cross out put, look, sort, read. They are working with water. They are in a classroom. They are working with plants. They are in the classroom. They are working with wind. A1 or A2 sheets of paper, pens, felt tips, paints. Read the text with them. Take their ideas but discuss that numbers would suggest a correct sequence and that may not be necessary here.
Do they think it is important to read all the tips?
Ask learners what they have noticed so far about instructions. Record their ideas and begin a list. If not, give learners time to work in pairs to find each of the features listed. As you circulate, check that learners are identifying them correctly. Make sure you can read the instructions and you understand them. Work as a science team. Ask any of the comprehension questions or a different question to gauge understanding.
Listen to their ideas and experiences before asking if anyone knows how to make bubbles. They may have experience of bubbles in a bath or blowing bubbles into the air or into a drink. You can demonstrate how hard it is to create lasting bubbles when using just water, but how easy it is when you add a little bubble bath or similar. If you have several straws, then several learners can try to blow bubbles.
Do learners remember that this is called equipment? What do they notice about the layout? Do they think it makes the instructions clear or just more fun? Why are there two charts? B Learners write three questions about the How to be a scientist text and then ask friends or family to answer them. A Basic rules and instructions: Check with a grown-up if you do not understand any special science words. Do you need to put on something to keep your clothes clean?
Check with a grown-up before you begin and ask for help with any tricky bits. Do you need special goggles to keep your eyes safe? Never put your hands in your mouth or eat anything you find.
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You can begin to make up your own experiments too. You make much better bubbles with bubble bath.