Election Day has arrived and it’s time to vote for a new class pet! Will this class choose a hedgehog, lizard, hamster, or goat? They’re making their voices heard to ROCK THAT VOTE! Meg and Lucy have created an exuberant, interactive celebration of classroom election and power of voting, that also explores all the feelings that come along with the process.
By Bahram Rahman, Illustrated by Peggy Collins ( Pajama Press – 2021 )
It’s Aria’s first day back at school since her accident. She’s excited, but she’s also worried about sitting on the hard floor all day with her new prosthetic “helping-leg”. Just as Aria feared, sitting on the floor is so uncomfortable that she can’t think about learning at all. She knows that before the war changed many things in Afghanistan, school like hers had benches for students to sit at. If she had a bench, her leg would not hurt so much. The answer is obvious: she will gather materials, talk to the carpenter in the old city, and learn to build a bench for herself. >>>The author was born in Kabul, and studied at the university in Germany, and in 2012 he moved to Canada as a refugee. Bahram Rahman’s books in SHI collection.
By Susan Hood, Illustrated by Mary Lundquist ( Random House – 2016 )
Imagined in the form of a secret agent’s set of instructions, Mason and other children negotiate the first day of school. Example : ” You’ll be informed about rendezvousing at the vehicle checkpoint ( meeting at the bus stop), building diplomatic relations (making new friends), conducting fieldwork (exploring outside during science class) and until #19. I know you’re up for the task. Let’s go!” This is an another way to encourage children for their first day of school.
By Katie Couric, Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman ( Doubleday – 2004 )
Ellie and Carrie decide to try out for the school team in their favorite sport, soccer. But when only one of the girls is selected, the inselparable pair face a challenge – what do you say when your best friend is terribly disappointed? But even though some disappointments can’t be avoided, Carrie learns ( with some help from her mother and her old friend Lazlo) that while she may not be good at everything, she has undiscovered talents waiting to bloom, if she has the courage to try something new.
This picture book shows the monthly corresponding letters between the earth and elementary school children in class room 5. First of all, in January, the children write a thanks letter to the earth for all that the earth gives to our world, and ask what is their part to help the earth. Through corresponding letters, every month the children learn and awake to do new action to help the earth. >>> On the last page, the author explains more about Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Renew. Erin Dealey’s books in SHI collection.
By Beth Ferry, Illustrated by Lorena Alvarez ( Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – 2021 )
Marsha is a scientist who has never met a problem she couldn’t solve. But when it comes to making friends to invite to her birthday party, she is stumped. Luckily, Marsha knows the solution to being stumped : the Scientific Method! With equal parts creativity, determination, and humor, Marsha sets out to attract as many friends as she can. >>> Beth Ferry’s books in SHI collection.
By Callie Metler, Shirin Rahman, Melissa Stoller, Illustrated by Kate Talbot ( Clear Fork Publishing – 2021 )
When they meet on the first day of school, three girls realize they are different from each other – Molly is Christian, Savera is Muslim, and Hannah is Jewish. Through a class planning project, the girls’ friendship blossoms, and learn they are more alike than they thought. >>>Three women authors from the same faith traditions as the 3 girls in the story.
By Lesley Ely, Illustrated by Polly Dunbar (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books – 2008 )
When two school girls are given a sunflower seed, they argue and the little plant grows very badly. The teacher says “That sunflower is not happy”. So the girls make an angel to help the plant grow. A friendship develops between the two girls, as they learn to like each other, the little plant grows bigger and bigger.
By Thomas Forster with Shari Siadat, Illustrated by Jami Gigot (Random House Studio – 2021)
In his classroom, Ben describes the twists and turns of his baller-dancer dad as he moves across the stage. To Ben, his daddy is more than just a dancer- he can fly! This ode to ballet and fatherly love, written by American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Thomas Forster and dancer educator Shari Siadat, is a beautiful story for any young ballet enthusiast and for who wants to know about baller. >>> The author’s note is on the last pages.