The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates

Published by Simon and Schuster Summary:  A child in a yellow slicker takes a big, friendly red umbrella out on a rainy day.  This umbrella helps everyone stay dry, no matter if they are tall, hairy, plaid, or have four legs.  It likes to gather people (and other creatures) in and give them shelter.  “Some … Continue reading The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates

Kindness and community

These books are perfect to share at the beginning of the school year when you are working to build community in your classroom. The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates and juniper Bates Published by Simon and Schuster, 2018 This umbrella is big enough to cover everyone. A quick read, great illustrations, and a diverse … Continue reading Kindness and community

Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea: How a Science Project Helps One Family and the Planet by Elizabeth Suneby, illustrated by Rebecca Green

Published by Kids Can Press Summary:  When Iqbal hears about the science fair at his school in Bangladesh, he is determined to win, and his sister Sadia is determined to help him.  His mother and baby brother are having health issues that result from cooking on a smoky indoor fire.  His father has seen a … Continue reading Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea: How a Science Project Helps One Family and the Planet by Elizabeth Suneby, illustrated by Rebecca Green

The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito, illustrated by Julia Kuo

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers  Summary:  Yoshio enjoys hearing the sounds of his Tokyo neighborhood: rain falling on his umbrella, his boots squishing in puddles, his own delighted giggles.  One day he hears a new sound, a woman playing a koto with twinkling, twangy notes.  When she’s through, he asks her what … Continue reading The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito, illustrated by Julia Kuo

Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre

Published by Beach Lane Books Summary:  Gorgeous photographs illustrate simple text about the rain.  First a storm is brewing and tiny animals take cover.  Then the rain begins (“Rain plops/It drops/It patters/It spatters), and finally, it stops.  But even after the rain storm is over, the drops remain, magnifying, reflecting, revealing, until slowly they dry … Continue reading Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre