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Hello Friends! These past two weeks, I've been reading picture books. Stacks of them actually. Funny story:
Last week we are at the library, and we are using my son's library card to get our books. As we continue our check out, his library card stops working on all the books. As I approach the librarian, she scans his card and informs me he has exceeded the 50 book limit. Whoops. (And I may have felt book shamed?!? If that's a thing...) Not to worry! We just pulled out another card and carried on...
I'm always looking for books to add to the classroom library. So I'll read stacks of them in the summer. But today I want to start with a cook book:
If you have-know-Love anyone with food allergies, I loved this book. On the left of the page layout, there are tabs that let you know what allergens have been eradicated. On the right of the page layout, it gives the recipe, and another label on allergens and what to consider. What I loved about this? I felt like I could cook for the family without losing my ever loving mind. If you are a Multiple-food-allergy parent, or love-support-have food allergy people, you know what I'm talking about. :) My favorite find was the pumpkin seed pesto. (Nut-free!) Seriously, very user friendly.
Now to the business of the stack of picture books:
|As I read this book, 3 boys watched with concern in our living room. So I just passed it around. They all read it. As much as I don't want to, I'm glad to have another picture book to pull out when I don't know what to say.|
|As we continue to strive for peace, this is a great book.|
|I want to meet Flannery O'Connor after reading this book. (I know...not possible.) But she might be my soul sister. The author's note is my favorite part of this book.|
|I read this right after reading ida, Always. Whoops. More concerned looks from the living room. Comforting and peaceful, with accessible text for all. |
I learned I'm a Vision Dreamer and Nature Happy. I mean, could you imagine how empowering for a student to see themselves in this book?
So at the beginning of the year, I focus on books that have rhyme and rhythm. They also have to be accessible and fun! Josh Funk writes books such as these. :)
I'm always looking for books that encourage creating and refining. Here is a great one!