• Books to Help Kids Learn About Hurricane Katrina

    The easiest way to share information about a topic is by reading books. Hurricane Katrina is a natural disaster that all kids should know about. These books about Hurricane Katrina are a great way to encourage discussions and research about this violent storm. #stembooksforkids #hurricanebooks #hurricanekatrinabooksforkids

    The easiest way to share information about a topic is by reading books. Hurricane Katrina is a natural disaster that all kids should know about. These books about Hurricane Katrina are a great way to encourage discussions and research about this violent storm. #stembooksforkids #hurricanebooks #hurricanekatrinabooksforkids

    In August of 2005, one of the deadliest hurricanes hit New Orleans and other parts of  the Gulf Coast. I remember being in college, watching it on the news. I remember my college taking in other college students who were displaced by the storm. I remember Kanye West’s unforgettable quote. Hurricane Katrina killed almost 2,000 people; over 700 people were never found.

    In just three years, we will be able to say, none of our students were alive when it happened. That makes me feel a little old, but it makes it even more important to me to make sure I share what happened to my students every year. 

    This list contains books to read to any school-aged child. Use these books to build connections, but don’t stop there. Have your child or students research more information. For the younger students, share age-appropriate information. We cannot forget what happened before and after Katrina hit.

    I will update this list as I find more books! Follow me on Instagram to get updates and ideas for other books to read at home or at school! If there’s a book you think I should add, comment below!

    Just a friendly reminder, I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you decided to use the links below to purchase the books, I do get a commission. The price of the books does not change for you. ❤️

    Also, for complete transparency, there are some books on this list that I have not read. When I make book lists I always read the books before posting. Since there are several chapter books/novels on this list I have not had time to read them all just yet, but I will! This is the only book list on my website with books I haven’t read. 

    A Storm Called Katrina by Myron Uhlberg

    A Storm Called Katrina is a picture book that follows Louis Daniel and his family as they abandoned their home in search for higher ground. This may be a longer book for a kindergartner or first grader, but it could be broken up and read over a few days. 

    Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans by Phil Bildner

    In this picture book we learn about the sanitation worker who begins cleaning up after Katrina just like it was an ordinary day. His spirit encourages neighbors and volunteers to help with cleaning up the city. Being that I’m not for New Orleans, I really appreciated the pronunciation guide in the back of the book.

    Hurricane Katrina Rescue (Ranger in Time #8) by Kate Messner 

    Hurricane Katrina Rescue is a beginner chapter book that I think is meant for second and third graders (just a suggestion). Ranger is a time traveling dog who helps Clare find  her family. I have not read any of the other books in this series, but I thought that this was a good book to help students relate to the those impacted by the store. I also liked that they included real pictures from the storm so that the reader can see the damage.

    Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

    The Ninth Ward is a novel geared toward middle schoolers. There’s actually an excerpt of this book in our 6th grade textbooks. 

    In this novel, we meet 12 year-old Lanesha who lives with Mama Ya-Ya. The Ninth Ward gives the reader a more realistic version of what happened once the hurricane hit. 

    Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick

    Zane and the Hurricane is one of the books on this list I haven’t read, but it was recommended by my former teammate! She reads tons of books and picks great ones to read to her students, so I completely trust her recommendation.

    In this book, we follow Zane and his dog, Bandit as they try to survive Hurricane Katrina. This novel is perfect for upper elementary and middle school students. 

    A Place Where Hurricanes Happen by Renee Watson

    A Place Where Hurricanes Happen follows four friends in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina. Once Katrina hits, each family has their own experience with the arrival of the storm. This is a great book to show how everyone who was affected by Hurricane Katrina had a different experience.

    Saint Louis Armstrong Beach By Brenda Woods

    Here’s another novel I haven’t read…yet. I’ve started the book (read two chapters) and I think it’s going to be really good. According to the reviews, it’s a good book!

    Saint Louis Armstrong Beach is not a place but a boy who lives in Treme. Saint tells the story of his life before, during, and after Katrina with his best friend, the neighborhood dog Shadow. Upper elementary and middle school students would enjoy this book. I’ll update the post once I’m done reading!

    There are a couple more books I want to at least have in my possession before I put them on the list! I will update the list once I get a chance to read them. Follow me on Instagram to look for updates!

    Check out The Ultimate List of Diverse Picture Books if you are looking to add more diverse picture books to classroom or home library!

    Are you looking for diverse picture books to add to your classroom or home library? This list of diverse picture books is perfect for you! #diversepicturebooks

  • A Sparkly List Of Unicorn Picture Books

    Are you looking for unicorn picture books? Then this list is for you! These Unicorn books are perfect addition to your home and classroom library.

    Are you looking for unicorn picture books? Then this list is for you! These Unicorn books are perfect addition to your home and classroom library.

    I think it is safe to say that just about everyone loves unicorns! These books are all excellent choices to check out from the library or buy!

    I will update this list as I find more books! Follow me on Instagram to get updates and ideas for other picture books! If there’s a book you think I should add, comment below!

    Just a friendly reminder, I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you decided to use the links below to purchase the books, I do get a commission. The price of the books does not change for you. ❤️

    Unicorns 101 by Cale Atkinson

    Unicorns 101 gives you everything you need to know about these mythical creatures!⁣ If your kiddo or students love unicorns, this is a book they must read!

    It’s Okay to Be a Unicorn! by Jason Tharp

     
    Believe it or not, some unicorns, don’t want to be unicorns! In It’s Okay to Be a Unicorn, Cornelius J. Sparklesteed doesn’t want people to know that he is a unicorn, so he pretends to be a horse. Cornelius just wants to fit in, but he learns that he shouldn’t hide who he is and that you should always be yourself!
     
     

    You Don’t Want a Unicorn by Ame Dyckman

     
    So everybody thinks unicorns are cool, but have you ever owned one? In You Don’t Want a Unicorn, we learn why owning one might not be a good idea. 
     
     

    Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea

    Goat had a great life until Unicorn showed up. Goat was confident until Unicorn showed up. Compared to Unicorn, nothing he does is cool. Goat eventually meets Unicorn and finds out that Unicorn isn’t as confident as he thinks he is.

    Little Unicorn feels different emotions, sometimes he is shy. This book is great to read to kids who sometimes feel uncomfortable being the center of attention.

    Unicorn is Maybe Not So Great After All by Bob Shea

    It’s the first day of school and Unicorn is expecting to get everyone’s attention. When he arrives at school something else has everyone’s attention. Nobody notices him! So, Unicorn tries to find a way to make people love him again.

    A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young

    Lucy orders a unicorn for 25 cents. When the unicorn arrives, he is not what she expected. This book is hilarious! It’s definitely in my top 3 of books on this list!

    Sophie Johnson, Unicorn Expert by Morag Hood

    Sophie has the important job of training Unicorns. Even though she is an expert, she still has some learning to do.

    Unicorn (and Horse) by David Miles

    Unicorn and Horse are completely different. Unicorn can do so many things that Horse cannot. Horse doesn’t think he’s all that special until he has to do something that nobody else can do.

    Little Unicorn Is Scared by Aurélie Chien Chow Chin

    Little Unicorn gets scared like everyone else. Sometimes his fears keep him up at night. When Little Unicorn gets really bad he does breathing exercises to tame his fears. Little Unicorn shares the techniques in hopes that the reader will use them to whenever they feel frightened.

    Kevin the Unicorn:It’s Not All Rainbows by Jessika von Innerebner

    Out of all of the social emotional books on this list, this one is my favorite!

    Kevin usually always has good days, but today for the first time something feels different. Kevin goes through the day trying to be positive but it’s not working. By the middle of the day he can no longer pretend that he is doing okay and he learns it is okay to have a bad day. 

    Unicorns are the bomb! Add these books to your classroom or home library today.

    If you are looking for diverse picture books, I have an amazing list with over 250 books! Check out The Ultimate List of Diverse Picture Books, to add some amazing books to your library!

    Are you looking for diverse picture books to add to your classroom or home library? This list of diverse picture books is perfect for you! #diversepicturebooks

  • Diverse Picture Books for Art and Music Teachers

    Music and Art Teachers should definitely join in the fun of reading to students. There are tons of books that can be read in those classes that work effortlessly! All teachers should have a diverse classroom library! Check out this list to use in your classroom now! #musicteacher #artteacher #diverseclassroomlibrary

    Music and Art Teachers should definitely join in the fun of reading to students. There are tons of books that can be read in those classes that work effortlessly! All teachers should have a diverse classroom library! Check out this list to use in your classroom now! #musicteacher #artteacher #diverseclassroomlibrary

    Books can be and should be read in every classroom! I really wanted to make this list for music and art teachers to help encourage literacy in your classroom. I can see your creative minds using these books to create engaging lessons!

    I will update this list as I find more books! Follow me on Instagram to get updates and ideas for other picture books! If there’s a book you think I should add, comment below!

    If you like this list of diverse books, you’ll love The Ultimate List of Diverse Picture Books. There are over 250 books to use in the classroom and home libraries. 

    Are you looking for diverse picture books to add to your classroom or home library? This list of diverse picture books is perfect for you! #diversepicturebooks

    Just a friendly reminder, I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you decided to use the links below to purchase the books, I do get a commission. The price of the books does not change for you. ❤️

    Too Much Glue by Jason Lefebvre

    Matty LOVES glue, like most kids do, but his love is a little extreme. One day in art class he goes overboard and he finds himself in a sticky mess. 

    I know art and classroom teachers can relate to this one. Why must they use so much glue???!!!

    When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill

    DJ Kool Herc, one of the grandfather’s of Hip-Hop. A lot of the music that students enjoy today can be traced back to DJ Kool Herc. Use this book to teach students how the music they love today got started. 

    Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace

    This is an excellent book to show students that it is okay to have multiple interests. 

    Ernie Barnes always wanted to become an artist, but his art career got sidetracked when he was drafted to play in the NFL.⁣

    My students loved how he was a football player and an artist, especially my boys!⁣

    How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz by Jonah Winter

    Jelly Roll Morton was one of the early jazz composers that helped make jazz well known. If you let him tell it, he invented jazz. ⁣

    Whether or not he is credited as the inventor of jazz, ⁣his contributions, of course, laid the foundation for other jazz musicians.

    Who Stole Mona Lisa? by Ruthie Knapp

    What I loved about Who Stole Mona Lisa? is that the author tells the story from Mona Lisa’s point of view! ⁣

    In 1911 she was stolen, and we learn about what she goes through those two years she was missing!⁣

    My students and I were not expecting how fun this book would be, add this to your list!!⁣

    Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa by Veronica Chambers

    Cuban singer Celia Cruz was known for her amazing voice as a child. People would often stop outside her house to hear her sing. ⁣

    My students didn’t know who she was when I read the book, but when I played a few of her songs many students were able to recognize her voice.

    In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage by Alan Schroeder

    Augusta Savage was a sculptor from Florida who moved to New York City to attend art school.⁣⁣

    ⁣⁣She was so talented she completed two years of school in 6 weeks!⁣⁣

    ⁣⁣Augusta eventually shared her love of art and became an art teacher. In Harlem, she opened an art studio where she would help children discover their love of art.⁣⁣

    ⁣⁣Augusta made busts of W.E.B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey! Her most famous art piece was Gamin, a bust of an African American boy. ⁣⁣

    Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville

    Did you know that Mary Blair was the lead designer for Disney World’s It’s a Small World boat ride?⁣

    She also did some design work for Disney movies, Cinderella and Peter Pan. ⁣

    Do you remember Little Golden Books? Well, she illustrated some of those as well!⁣

    A Voice Named Aretha by Katheryn Russell-Brown

    A Voice Named Aretha starts when the Queen of Soul was a child. The reader learns she always had a powerful voice, and even as a child her voice drew crowds.

    When she was young, you could find tons of celebrities enjoying the company of her family. Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr were frequent visitors of the Franklin home.

    My students thought they didn’t know who Aretha was until I played RESPECT. 

    Queen of Tejano Music: Selena by Silvia Lopez

    Selena takes us through Selena’s life, starting with her childhood. ⁣I could see music and art teachers using this book because Selena also designed her own clothes. 

    This is a long book, but luckily there are great starting and stopping points that make it easy to take your time. ⁣

    A is for Audra: Broadway’s Leading Ladies from A to Z by John Robert Allman

    This book lists the amazing leading ladies of Broadway! All of my music and theater art teachers will appreciate this book.

    Women Artists A to Z by Melanie LaBarge

    Women Artist A to Z is another book filled with amazing women. There are brief descriptions for each woman listed in the book. 

    I only knew three artists listed; Frida Kahlo, Maya Lin, and Georgia O’Keefe.⁣

    Anywhere Artist by Nikki Slade Robinson

    This book is all about a little girl who can make art anywhere and out of anything! I can see art teachers using this book at the beginning of the year to show students that anyone can be an artist. 

    Music and art teachers should read to their students frequently, especially since there is an abundance of amazing art and music themed picture books in school libraries! I’ve heard numerous principals say  “all teachers are reading teachers” and I agree.

    The books listed above should be a great starting point to help build your classroom library. If you need more, check out The Ultimate List of Diverse Picture Books, there is special section full of books about the arts, that is perfect for theatre, music, and art teachers. Check it out!

  • Really Cool Picture Books About Animals

    What kid doesn't like animals? This list of books are kid approved list that will engage any reader! Read these books are good enough to read at home or in your class! #classroombooks

    What kid doesn't like animals? This list of books are kid approved list that will engage any reader! Read these books are good enough to read at home or in your class! #classroombooks

    What kid doesn’t like books about animals? I haven’t met a single one. This list contains some of the most engaging animal books I’ve used in my classroom!

    I will update this list as I find more books! Follow me on Instagram to get updates and ideas for other picture books! If there’s a book you think I should add, comment below!

    This book list is all about animals, but if you are looking for diverse picture books then you should check out The Ultimate List of Diverse Picture Books. There are over 250 books to use in classroom and home libraries. 

    Are you looking for diverse picture books to add to your classroom or home library? This list of diverse picture books is perfect for you! #diversepicturebooks

    Just a friendly reminder, I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you decided to use the links below to purchase the books, I do get a commission. The price of the books does not change for you. ❤️

    If Sharks Disappeared

    by Lily Williams

    If you’re doing a unit or study of saving the environment or predators and prey, this is a great book to include.

    If  Sharks Disappeared explains why we need sharks and how we all benefit from them. This is also a great book to use to introduce new science vocabulary.

    What Do They Do with All That Poo? by Jane Kurtz

    Prepared for your kids to be grossed out! But they will love it!  What Do They Do with All That Poo? shares all the information you maybe didn’t want to know about how some animals go number 2. This is a must read! It is sooooo fun!

    When Sue Found Sue: Sue Hendrickson Discovers Her T. Rex by Toni Buzzeo

    I enjoyed this book because I have a personal connection to SUE the T-Rex.

    I’ve seen SUE the Tyrannosaurus Rex several times as a kid when visiting my dad in Chicago.⁣

    While digging around in South Dakota in 1990, Sue Hendrickson found SUE.⁣

    If you read this book to your students or children, go to The Field Museum’s website to check out SUE.

    Give Bees a Chance by Bethany Barton

     
    Give Bees a Chance is always a hit because kids love talking about bees!
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    Before we read, I always ask  my students to share their stories about getting stung by a bee! My students love to talk about themselves (and who doesn’t), so it is a great way to get them to make an instant connection to the book. 
     
    Give Bees a Chance gives the reader information about bees and why they are important to the environment. 
     

    If Elephants Disappeared by Lily Williams

    Over the years I have really loved learning about elephants. They are intelligent and beautiful animals.

    If Elephants Disappeared gives facts about elephants and explains how hunters are on track to forcing these animals into extinction. 

    This is another great book to discuss saving the environment and protecting animals. If you like this series, check out If Polar Bears Disappeared.

    Surprising Sharks by Nicola Davies

    If you’re looking for book with a variety of different species of sharks, this is the book for you!

    Surprising Sharks not only gives the reader facts about the different kinds of sharks, the author does an amazing job of explaining why humans should not be afraid of sharks. Sharks should be afraid of humans. This book is always a hit.

     

    Hippos Are Huge! by Jonathan London

    In Hippos Are Huge the reader learns how fast hippos can run, their mating rituals, how they fight, why they “yawn” and more!⁣

    This is another great animal book to add to your list.

    How to Survive As a Firefly by Kristen Foote

    In How to Survive As a Firefly, a group of larvae gets schooled by an adult firefly on how to survive.⁣⁣
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    If your students or child is a fan of bugs, this is an excellent book that teaches the life cycle, metamorphosis, anatomy, and physiology. ⁣⁣

    FYI, we call them lightning bugs in the Midwest lol. 

    The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach

    The Very Impatient Caterpillar is the perfect book to teach the life cycle of the butterfly. The book includes all the key vocabulary and entertaining dialogue to keep kids engaged!

  • Picture Books About Voting

    Are you looking for picture books about elections? Do you need diverse books about voting? Check out this amazing list to add to your classroom library! #diverseclassroomlibrary #diversebooks #picturebooksaboutvoting

    Are you looking for picture books about elections? Do you need diverse books about voting? Check out this amazing list to add to your classroom library! #diverseclassroomlibrary #diversebooks #picturebooksaboutvoting

    Picture books can help you teach almost anything! These books are great if you are doing a voting unit or if there is an upcoming election. 

    I will update this list as I find more books! Follow me on Instagram to get updates and ideas for other picture books! If there’s a book you think I should add, comment below!

    If you like this list of diverse books, you’ll love The Ultimate List of Diverse Picture Books. There are over 250 books to use in the classroom and home libraries. 

    Are you looking for diverse picture books to add to your classroom or home library? This list of diverse picture books is perfect for you! #diversepicturebooks

    Just a friendly reminder, I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you decided to use the links below to purchase the books, I do get a commission. The price of the books does not change for you. ❤️

    Vote for Our Future by Margaret McNamara

    The students of Stanton Elementary are out of school because their school is a polling station for the day.⁣⁣
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    On their day off, the students encourage all of the adults in their community to get out and vote.⁣⁣
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    The author does a great job explaining key vocabulary words and concepts while telling a story.⁣⁣

    Equality’s Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America by Deborah Diesen

    In Equality’s Call, the reader learns the history of voting rights in the United States using rhyme and rhythm.  Kids will learn how voting began and who has been disenfranchised throughout history. 

    Sofia Valdez Future Prez by Andrea Beaty

    This is the latest addition to the The Questioneers Series and Sofia fits right in!⁣

    Sofia sees a problem in her community and she learns there’s a presidential way to solve it. 

    Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio

    Grace loses her cool when she finds out that the United States has never elected a female president. Ever. ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    So, her teacher has a class president election, and of course, Grace is all in! She thinks it will be a breeze until the popular Thomas Cobb decides to enter the race. ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    Grace learns that she’ll have work for the votes! 

    If you’re looking for a book to teach the branches of government, I highly recommend Grace Goes to Washington! It is EXCELLENT! 

    Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

    Lillian is a 100 year old women who finally gets the right to vote. On her way to the polls she passes by all her family members that attempted to vote in the past.

    Lillian’s Right to Vote would pair really well with Equality’s Call

    For more diverse picture books, check out The Ultimate List of Diverse Picture Books. There are tons of books to help you build your diverse classroom or home library!

  • Wordless Picture Books

    Wordless Picture Books are a great way to get kids talking about books. Books with out words are also a great way to teach inferencing skills. These books are a great group of books to add to your diverse classroom library. Check out this list of wordless books to read at school or home! #wordlesspicturebooks #diverseclassroomlibrary

    Wordless Picture Books are a great way to get kids talking about books. Books with out words are also a great way to teach inferencing skills. These books are a great group of books to add to your diverse classroom library. Check out this list of wordless books to read at school or home! #wordlesspicturebooks #diverseclassroomlibrary

    Wordless picture books are a great way to get kids talking about books! I love using them to work on inference skills and to hear students’ interpretations of the book. Their personalities really come out when they are able to have discussions about what they are thinking. Some are a little more creative than others. Lol!

    I will update this list as I find more books! Follow me on Instagram to get updates and ideas for other picture books! If there’s a book you think I should add, comment below!

    If you like this list of diverse books, you’ll love The Ultimate List of Diverse Picture Books. There are over 250 books to use in classroom and home libraries. 

    Are you looking for diverse picture books to add to your classroom or home library? This list of diverse picture books is perfect for you! #diversepicturebooks

    Just a friendly reminder, I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you decided to use the links below to purchase the books, I do get a commission. The price of the books does not change for you. ❤️

    Hike by Pete Oswald

    A father and child(you don’t  know if they are a boy or a girl) go on a day trip to the forest. They have fun, face some challenges while doing something good for the environment. When they get home the place their photo of their trip in a photo album, letting you know this is a family tradition. 

    Dandelion’s Dream by Yoko Tanaka

    A dandelion becomes a lion and sets off to explore the world. This is a great book to get kids talking about things that they wish they could do. 

    Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

    A little girl and a wolf are lost in a snowstorm, together they find their way home.  This is a great book that can lead to discussions about working together to solve a problems. 

    The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett

    A little girl sees a bicycle in a store window and instantly knows she has to have it. So she works hard for months to get the bike of her dreams. 


    Chalk by Bill Thomson

    I LOVED this book. After a rainy day, a group of kids begins drawing different things that come to life. Be careful what you draw with chalk.

    Field Trip to the Moon by John Hare

    HATE field trips. Why? Because I’m terrified of losing a student. This book is my worst nightmare but makes a great book for kids. Lol

    A class goes on a field trip to outer space. One student falls asleep and gets left behind. Now he has to figure out what to do until he is rescued. This book is so fun!  

    I Walk With Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoet

    Vanessa is the new girl and is instantly a target for  A girl witnesses Vanessa being bullied and doesn’t know what to do. She eventually makes a decision to help her and then other kids follow. This is a great book for the beginning of the year.

    Wallpaper by Thao Lam

    A girl moves into a new house with her family and hears a group of kids playing outside. She’s too shy to join them so she begins peeling wallpaper and she finds herself in an imaginary world.

    Small Things by Mel Tregonning

    Small Things is about a boy who is filled with worry. He is anxious and feels alone. He feels hopeless and doesn’t know what to do. He learns that it is okay to talk about his feelings to someone he trusts.

    I recommend reading this book with upper elementary students if you are a teacher. This is a great book for counselors to have in their toolkit.

    Another by Christian Robinson

    This book reminded me of Coraline. A girl enters a portal to another world and finds versions of herself and everyone she knows. I think this book is a great book to use if teaching inferences.

    If you’re looking for more diverse picture books to use in your classroom, you need The Ultimate List of Diverse Picture Books. There are over 250 books to add to your classroom or home libraries!

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  • Books to Encourage a Positive School Culture

    A school’s culture can make or break a school. If you’re looking for books to help you change the culture of your campus or if you’re looking for books to keep the positive momentum going, I have some great recommendations for you! #schoolculture #positiveschoolculture

    A school’s culture can make or break a school. If you’re looking for books to help you change the culture of your campus or if you’re looking for books to keep the positive momentum going, I have some great recommendations for you! #schoolculture #positiveschoolculture

    A school’s culture can make or break a school. If you’re looking for books to help you change the culture of your campus or if you’re looking for books to keep the positive momentum going, I have some great recommendations for you!

    Just a friendly reminder, I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you decided to use the links below to purchase the books, I do get a commission.

    The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy By Jon Gordon

    I bought this book as a gift for someone who was a leader. After they told me how good it was, I read it myself, and I loved it! The Energy Bus is a great starting point if you’re looking to make an overhaul of the culture in your school. 

    Move Your Bus: An Extraordinary New Approach to Accelerating Success in Work and Life By Ron Clark

    You know the importance of having a positive culture on your campus, but what do you do when everyone isn’t on board? This book labels different members of your team (and they’re pretty accurate) and how to help get them on your bus. Clark also gives excellent tips on how to reward those who are already keeping your bus moving. And yes, the author is The Ron Clark of Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta

    Move Your Bus was our campus’s book study book for the 2018-2019 school year.

    Time for Change: 4 Essential Skills for Transformational School and District Leaders By Anthony Muhammad & Luis F. Cruz

    Are you a leader on your campus? The answer is yes! Anyone has the power to be a leader. You don’t need an official title to lead.

    Time for Change shows you how to make changes on your campus and gives specific tips on how to make sure everyone is implementing those changes.

    If you’re looking to start something new at your campus and you know there will be naysayers, you need this book to help move your school forward.

    The Power of a Positive Team By Jon Gordon

    This book is all about how a positive team is necessary for a great team. A positive team addresses issues and works together to solve problems. 

    Each chapter explains how a team can commit to working together to achieve a common goal. The Power of a Positive Team can be applied to groups outside of education, so it’s an excellent book for any leader.

    The Power of a Positive Team was our campus’s book study book for the 2019-2020 school year.  

    Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap: Liberating Mindset to Effect Change by Anthony Muhammad

    I know you’re wondering, how did a book about students make this list? Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap is about how schools can change their culture so that all students can achieve. 

    Some districts, schools, principals, and teachers have gotten used to the achievement gap. Educators who accept students’ lack of growth as normal create environments where the expectations and the quality of teaching are low.

    Overcoming the Achievement Gap shows educators how they can change their mindset so they can change the culture of their school so that all students learn.

    These books are game-changers if you’re looking for ways to implement change or a way to encourage a positive school culture on your campus. Have you read any of these books? Are there any you recommend? 

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  • Picture Books About Food From Around the World

    PICTURE BOOKS ABOUT FOOD FROM AROUND THE WORLD Food is a great way to learn about a country’s culture. These picture books are a great way to learn about the traditions of different countries. Check out these diverse picture books and add them to your classroom library. #diversepicturebooks #diverseclassroomlibrary

    PICTURE BOOKS ABOUT FOOD FROM AROUND THE WORLD Food is a great way to learn about a country’s culture. These picture books are a great way to learn about the traditions of different countries. Check out these diverse picture books and add them to your classroom library. #diversepicturebooks #diverseclassroomlibrary

    This is one of my favorite book lists so far! I love trying new foods from around the world, especially when I travel! 

    These books take us to Syria, Mexico, Haiti, China, and more!

    These picture books are a great way to learn about the traditions of different countries.

    I will update this list as I find more books! Follow me on Instagram to get updates and ideas for other picture books! If there’s a book you think I should add, comment below!

    Just a friendly reminder, I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you decided to use the links below to purchase the books, I do get a commission.

     

    Octopus Stew By Eric Velasquez

    Who wants Octopus Stew?⁣

    Ramsey finds out his grandma is making octopus stew, pulpo guisado for dinner!⁣

    After buying the best octopus from the market they can find, they learn that it is NOT your ordinary octopus. ⁣

    Grandma and Ramsey begin hearing strange noises from the kitchen and that’s when things get real crazy. ⁣

    I couldn’t keep my students quiet while I was reading, which means they loved it!

    Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao by Kat Zhang

    Everyone in Amy’s family can make the perfect bao. Everyone except Amy.

    Amy is determined to perfect her skills and of course, she finds a way!

    Salma the Syrian Chef by Danny Ramadan

    I love this book! Salma and her mother have recently moved to Canada after living at a refugee camp in Syria.

    Salma’s mother is especially sad that her father isn’t with them just yet. Salma hates seeing her mother so sad and wants to do something to make her happy again.

    So, Salma decides to cook the Syrian dish that will remind them of home. 

    Magic Ramen by Andrea Wang

    In Magic Ramen, we find out how Momofuku Ando invented instant ramen noodles!⁣ ⁣⁣

    After World War II, you could find people waiting in long lines for overpriced ramen. People who didn’t have money for ramen ate bark and grass. The scarcity of food in Japan did not sit well with Momofuku. ⁣ ⁣⁣

    He refused to rest until he came up with a solution.⁣ ⁣

    ⁣⁣It took Momofuku a year to come up with the perfect recipe that would be ready in minutes!⁣ ⁣⁣

    Freedom Soup by Tami Charles

    It is a Haitian tradition to eat Freedom Soup for New Year’s to celebrate Haiti’s independence from France.⁣

    This New Year, Ti Gran teaches Belle how to make Freedom Soup.⁣While cooking together, Ti Gran explains the history behind the soup.⁣

    It’s a great story embedded with facts.⁣

    There’s also a recipe for Freedom Soup in the back of the book!⁣

    The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine

    The Zhang family finds themselves in possession of a rusty old wok that turns out to be magical! They went from not having much to having so much they want to share everything with their community.

    The traditional cast iron wok was invented during the Han Dynasty. The wok symbolizes sharing since it can cook food for multiple families. Today, it is still the most used cooking utensil in China.

    Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. Zia

    Aneel learns that when his grandfather was a child in India, he had the strength of a tiger. Aneel wants to see if his grandfather, Dada-ji still has the power. 

    The only way to find out is to whip up some roti. Since everyone in Aneel’s house is too busy to cook roti for him, Aneel decides to do it himself.

     

    Bee-bim Bop! By Linda Sue Park

     

    Have you ever had Bee-bim bop? It is a popular dish from Korea! 

    In this book, Bee-bim Bop, a little girl is excited to help her family make dinner!

    This book starts at the grocery store and ends with the family enjoying their meal. 

    Like many other books on this list, there’s a recipe in the back of the book!

    Holy Mole: A Folktale From Mexico by Caroline McAlister

    This folktale explains how the traditional Mexican sauce molé was created!⁣

    The Viceroy of Spain is coming to the colony to send back a report to the king of Spain. ⁣

    While visiting, he stops at the monastery for a meal and unexpectedly eats the most delicious meal. 

    Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard

    Fry bread is a bread made by many Native Americans. It is not a traditional dish, but you can find that many Native Americans make it frequently.

    Fry Bread is a cute story about a Native American family, but I think the best parts of the book is in the Author’s Note.

    The Story of  Chopsticks by Ying Chang Compestine

    The Story of Chopsticks is a Chinese Folktale about the creation of chopsticks of course!⁣

    The Story of Noodles by Ying Chang Compestine

    I am a fan of the Yang Brothers. In this book, we learn how the boys created noodles!

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  • Picture Books About Creative Women

    These picture books of women contain some of the most creative women in history. Learn all about some known and unknown women in history. These picture books are the perfect books for Women's History Month. #picturebooks #diversepicturebooks

    These picture books of women contain some of the most creative women in history. Learn all about some known and unknown women in history. These picture books are the perfect books for Women's History Month. #picturebooks #diversepicturebooks

    This book list contains some amazing creative women. Listed below are picture books about women who are inventors, artists, movie stars, and writers. Check out this inspiring list of women!

    I will update this list as I find more books! Follow me on Instagram to get updates and ideas for other picture books! If there’s a book you think I should add, comment below!

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    Just Like Beverly: The Biography of Beverly Clearly By Vicki Conrad

    Did you know that Beverly Cleary (1916-) became an author because she wanted to write books she wished were available when she was a kid? ⁣

    The Mouse and the Motorcycle was my ish! ⁣

    This is an excellent biography that takes the reader through this legendary author’s life.⁣

    I loved how the author mentioned that Beverly struggled in school. She didn’t read as well as the other kids. It wasn’t until a teacher spent one on one time with her did she learn how to read. ⁣

    This book is a great reminder to teachers that time with your small groups can literally change your students’ lives. ⁣

    It’s also a great book to show your struggling learners that they won’t always struggle! ⁣


    Frida by Jonah Winter 

    Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos by Monica Brown


    Little Frida: A Story of Frida Kahlo by Anthony Browne

    Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was a Mexican artist known for her indigenous style. Frida painted with bright colors and created tons of self-portraits since she was often confined to her bed because of her health issues.  Each book tells a portion of her gigantic life and I recommend reading them all. Fun fact, she was married to artist Diego Rivera! 


    Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire By Amy Guglielmo & Jacqueline Tourville 

    Did you know that Mary Blair (1911-1978)  was the lead designer for Disney World’s It’s a Small World boat ride?⁣

    She also did some design work for Disney movies, Cinderella and Peter Pan. ⁣

    Do you remember Little Golden Books? Well, she illustrated some of those as well!⁣

    In this book, we learn the obstacles that Mary overcame to share her creativity with the world. 

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    The Power of Her Pen: The Story of the Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne by Lesa-Cline Ransome

    Ethel L. Payne (1911-1991)  was a journalist from the South Side of Chicago and would become the “First Lady of the Black Press.”⁣⁣⁣

    ⁣⁣⁣She found her joy in writing as a child. Ethel was encouraged by her parents and teacher to practice her writing.⁣⁣⁣

    ⁣⁣⁣In 1945, she would travel to Japan as a reporter for a newspaper, where she would document her observations. Her writings about the African American soldiers’ experiences in World War II would put her name in households all over the United States. ⁣⁣⁣

    ⁣⁣⁣When she returned to the United States, she eventually made her way to Washington D.C. as a White House Correspondent. She was known for asking tough questions and being a voice for the black community. ⁣⁣⁣

    THE WORLD IS NOT A RECTANGLE: A PORTRAIT OF ARCHITECT ZAHA HADID BY JEANETTE WINTER

    Zaha Hadid (1950-2016) was an architect who was known for her uncommon designs. She was born in Baghdad, where she first started getting inspiration for future structures.⁣

    This book does a great job of connecting her unique designs to everyday objects around us.⁣

    In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage By Alan Schroeder 

    Although Augusta Savage (1892-1962)  is unknown to many of us, she was well known during the Harlem Renaissance.⁣⁣

    ⁣⁣Augusta Savage was a sculptor from Florida who moved to New York City to attend art school.⁣⁣

    Augusta made busts of W.E.B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey! Her most famous art piece was Gamin, a bust of an African American boy. ⁣⁣

    Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor by Laurie Wallmark

    Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000) was a Hollywood star and secret inventor.

    Only her closest friends and family knew that Hedy loved being out of the spotlight where she could tinker with technology.

    During World War II Hedy invented a frequency hopper that prevented secret messages from being detected. 

    We still use a form of her invention in our technology today. We can thank her for making our computers and phones more private. 

     



    Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story By Paula Yoo

    Anna May Wong (1905-1961) is the first Chinese-American movie star. She fought for roles that would display her talent in a time when Hollywood wanted to only show Chinese stereotypes on the big screen. 

    Anna May Wong paved the way for future Chinese-American actors who would follow in her footsteps. 

     

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  • Picture Books About Space

    Are you looking for tips on teaching the solar system? These picture books about space are an easy to teach science and reading together. Some of these books are new picture books! Check out these picture books about the solar system today! #steam #stem

    Are you looking for tips on teaching the solar system? These picture books about space are an easy to teach science and reading together. Some of these books are new picture books! Check out these picture books about the solar system today! #steam #stem

    If you’re looking for more books about the solar system, this is the list for you! This list contains books about stars, planets, and people who study them!

    I will update this list as I find more books! Follow me on Instagram to get updates and ideas for other picture books! If there’s a book you think I should add, comment below!

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    STARSTRUCK: THE COSMIC JOURNEY OF NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON BY KATHLEEN KRULL AND PAUL BREWER

    Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958-) is an astrophysicist, an author, and director of a planetarium in New York City. Starstruck takes you back to his childhood to show where his love for astronomy began.

    Pluto Gets the Call By Adam Rex

    Pluto is hanging out in the Kuiper Belt when he gets a phone call that he’s no longer a planet. Pluto is not pleased and he travels through the solar system telling all the planets the news. While traveling he gives us tons of facts about the solar system.

    This is a great book to pair with any solar system unit!

    A PLACE FOR PLUTO BY STEF WADE

    Pluto finds out he is no longer a planet, and the eight other planets no longer want him hanging around.⁣⁣

    ⁣⁣So, Pluto goes out to search the solar system to find others like him!⁣⁣ If your kids or students love space, this is the book they need. Although the story is fiction, they give tons of facts about the planets, space, and what makes Pluto a dwarf planet

    RON’S BIG MISSION BY ROSE BLUE & CORINNE J. NADEN

    Before Ron McNair (1950-1986) became a physicist and astronaut, he was just a kid who loved to read. This story is about when Ron had enough of the discriminatory laws and did what he had to do.

    Margaret And The Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing by Dean Robbins

    Before Margaret saved the first lunar landing she programmed computers to track airplanes and to predict the weather. She also would become the director of software programming for the Apollo.

    In 2016 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

    Moon: Earth’s Best Friend By Stacy McAnulty

    Moon describes how he and Earth met and became best friends. You’ll also learn about the phases of the moon and other facts that make the moon unique.

    Moon also debunks the myth that a cow jumped over him! More importantly, he’s waiting on his first female astronaut.

    Earth: My First 4.54 Billion Years By Stacy McAnulty

    In Earth: My First 4.54 Billion Years, Earth gives us all the details of her life. We learn her nicknames, she introduces to her siblings, and we meet her friends. We also get a sneak peek of her baby photo album!

    This book is full of details about Earth that would go with any unit about the solar system.

    Sun: One in a Billion By Stacy McAnulty

    Sun is the star of our solar system and boy does he know it! Sun: One in a Billion, gives you tons of facts about the sun as told by the sun.

    Older elementary students could easily use this book as a source for their research and it would make a great book for the lower elementary crowd.

    HIDDEN FIGURES: THE TRUE STORY OF FOUR BLACK WOMEN AND THE SPACE RIDE BY MARGOT LEE SHETTERLY

    Unless you’ve been under a rock the past several years, you’ve heard of these women. I mean, they made a movie about them! In this book, we learn a little about Dorothy Vaughan (1910-2008), Mary Jackson (1921-2005), Katherine Johnson(1918-), and Christine Darden(1942-). These are the human computers that helped NASA launch men to space.

    MAE AMONG THE STARS BY RODA AHMED

    Mae Jemison (1956-) is an engineer, a physicist, and is the first African-American woman to travel to space. This book tells a story about how her dream of becoming an astronaut began as a little girl.

    Although her parents are supportive, her teacher and classmates are not. She sure did prove them wrong!

    A COMPUTER CALLED KATHERINE: HOW KATHERINE JOHNSON HELPED PUT AMERICA ON THE MOON BY SUZANNE SLADE

    COUNTING ON KATHERINE: HOW KATHERINE JOHNSON SAVED APOLLO 13 BY HELAINE BECKER

    These books are about Katherine Johnson’s journey to become the mathematician that helped the United States win the space race and saved Apollo 13. You can’t go wrong with either book, they both present very similar information.

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