Category Archives: Primary Grades

Rickshaw Girl

Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins When I first read Rickshaw Girl years ago, I loved it for the message it sent: that there is something intrinsically valuable in being a girl and that it is possible for girls to achieve … Continue reading

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Fenway and Hattie

Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe Fenway and Hattie have always been best buddies.  They play, romp at the dog park and Fenway sleeps cuddled up in Hattie’s mint and vanilla scented bed.  But a big move from the … Continue reading

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Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess

Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess by Janet Hill If you’ve ever thought your child could use a coffee table book this would clearly be the one to own.  I fully expect to see it in Anthropologie’s terribly … Continue reading

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Pugs of the Frozen North

Pugs of the Frozen North (A Not-So-Impossible Tale) by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre There is a certain pitch that elementary school children can achieve when squealing over something particularly adorable or desirable.  I have no doubt that this book … Continue reading

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Inside Out and Back Again

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai For Ha, the staggering loss of leaving her home and her father, the indignity of life on a refugee ship, the struggle to find her place in a new land are a … Continue reading

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Verdict: Just About My Favorite Book to Read Aloud Ever

Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah O’Hora I don’t know if I’ve ever been as in love with reading a book aloud as I am with this one. Read alouds were always my strength as a teacher … Continue reading

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GHOSTS

Ghosts by Sonia Goldie / Illustrated by Marc Boutavant This was entirely not what I expected.  Large and slim like a picture book, Ghosts features ghosts that are arguably, adorable. Visually, they resemble balloon animals and cuddly toys, a bit … Continue reading

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The Jumbies

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste This is an absolute must-buy for children’s librarians and elementary schools! Forget trick-or-treating and bags full of candy, All Hallows Eve is when spirits and jumbies can mix freely with regular people. Corinne is tough … Continue reading

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Leo: A Ghost Story

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Christian Robinson I grabbed this one because I love the illustrator.  Christian Robinson did the pictures for the amazing Last Stop on Market Street so he’s pretty much sold me on books … Continue reading

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Princess in Black

The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale One of the latest and most adorable entries in the world of beginning chapter books comes from Shannon Hale (and her husband/sometimes writing partner). Princess Magnolia is sweet and beautiful and … Continue reading

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