Fortunately by Remy Chamlip


Oh, how I love this book! And it’s a perfect read to inspire you to make your own book, which I love. Ned is invited to a party (the fortunately part), but the party is in Florida and he is in New York (the unfortunately part). His entire adventure is told using fortunately and unfortunately, and it’s quite clever. This would be great fun to make using an accordion style book.


Library Book Love

Hi, ISB students! Since we are doing e-learning this week, I thought I would share a blog that I visit a lot when I am looking for new books to order for the Hub. Mr. Schu is a librarian in the US, and he is all about book trailers! You know I love book trailers, too, and he always finds great ones.

Check out his blog to discover some new reads. And, remember, if you see something you think we need in the Hub, be sure to let me know!

Until next week…happy reading!


CC image by Carlos Porto:

Dinosaur A-Z

Dinosaur A-Z by Simon Mugford

Dinosaur fans, look out! This A-Z book is absolutely phenomenal, and I knew when I bought it that it would be a hit. Very realistic illustrations and lots of great details make this book perfect for the children in the early grades as they can read it again and again. I loved the comparison of person to dinosaur on every page, as well as the types of dinosaurs I’ve never heard of before!

I’m fairly sure this one will be flying off the shelves!





Roly Poly Egg

Roly Poly Egg by Kali Stileman

roly poly egg

Lucky, lucky me to arrive home in the United States to find a box of books from Tiger Tales publishing waiting for me. My daughter Sojo is the best book tester out there, and we dove right in. One of our favorites of the bunch is Roly Poly Egg, and I know it’s good because we have read it a gazillion times already. Geared toward younger readers, Splotch the bird gets so excited when she sees her spotted egg that she jumps up and down on the tree branch. This sends the egg off on a rolling adventure with different animals. What I love about this book is that students would love to take some paint and make their own Splotch. I plan on using this with our Pre-K and Kindergarten students next year!


9780152051075Hands by Lois Ehlert

Our first grade team has been trying out a new unit of study called Making Stuff, and it’s gorgeous to see kids being involved in that creative process. The book Hands is perfect for this unit as it is an autobiography of sorts of why Lois is as creative as she is. It’s all due to her parents and how they provided numerous opportunities for her to be creative growing up, and it is incredibly inspirational as a teacher and as a parent. With her signature style of collage and flaps, this book is so beautiful that I find myself looking through it again and again. Makes me want to create every time I read it.

For an excellent interview with Lois Ehlert, check out Reading Rockets.

Touching Spirit Bear

spiritbearTouching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

I was enthralled by this book from the first page until the last. It was very, very intense but incredibly beautiful at the same time. Cole is an extremely angry boy who has done something violent and inexcusable. The Tlingkit tribe has granted him permission to spend time on an island completely alone to work out his anger and learn to heal. This healing process is the hardest thing Cole will ever do, and he struggles the entire time to find his own sense of peace. My niece is Tlingkit, and so I felt an even stronger connection to this book and its native teachings. This book is definitely for older readers, 5th grade and up. One 5th grade class at our school loved it for its goriness.

How I knew I really loved this book–the second I finished it, I went online to do a search on spirit bears. Love that they are real creatures.

Dear Whiskers

dearwhiskersDear Whiskers by Anne Whitehead Nagda

This is one of those great, great chapter books that I only discovered because a student asked me to read it. Thanks, Yael! Jenny’s class is writing pen pal letters to a 2nd grade class, which is something she is not very excited about. What makes it worse is that her pen pal isn’t writing back to her. Jenny discovers later that her pen pal is new to the country and doesn’t speak very much English, and that is why she isn’t writing back. Check out this book to see how a sweet friendship develops between these two unlikely friends. This seems like a great read-aloud for third grade.

Here is a link to the author’s website.

The Pig’s Picnic

0698119029The Pigs’ Picnic by Keiko Kasza

This week, I’ve been sharing with students some of my all-time favorite books, the ones I could read again and again and never get tired of them. It’s been so fun to pull these books out and share the love, plus hear what are their all-time favorites. I love Keiko Kasza’s books in general, but The Pig’s Picnic is just the right amount of silliness with a touch of a life lesson woven in. The pig is trying to impress his lady friend, but all of his friends insist that he needs to add more to the way he looks by borrowing some of their qualities. He winds up looking quite ridiculous and learns that it’s fine to be just who you are.

Mary Smith

Mary Smith by A. U’Ren

This was one of those great books you find when you sit down and browse a shelf. I thought the cover looked interesting–a woman shooting what I thought was a spitball–and so I read it right then and there. What I didn’t know that is Mary Smith was a real person whose job it was to wake people up way before alarm clocks were used. She used a peashooter to do so and spat the dried pea out of her tube and onto someone’s window very early in the morning. Check this one out to learn more about what people like Mary Smith used to do long ago.


Whatever by William Bee

This book might be the perfect medicine for a cheeky kid. No matter what Billy sees, he is not impressed and only says, “Whatever.” I won’t give away the ending, but it’s definitely a surprise. William Bee’s other book, Beware of the Frog, has the same type of surprise ending, perfect to make kids laugh.