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.
By Maria Dismondy, Illustrated by Donna Farrell (Cardinal Rule Press – 2015)
Johnny’s classroom family welcomes a new student from Brazil and his name is Gabe. But Gabe does not speak any English words. What will Johnny do when Gabe starts to make new friends? Will he join in the fun of making a new friend or turn the other way? Johnny realizes a powerful message in this story where student differences are celebrated. Read and find out how chocolate milk plays a major role in the discovery of the real universal language. >>> Guidance how to use this book is included.
By Nikki Ehrlich, Illustrated by Zoey Abbott ( Harper – 2017 )
Dax and Zoe are twins! They go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s the night before kindergarten, and the twins have the just – about -to – start – school jitters. But they will be different classrooms! Will Dax and Zoe be able to make it through kindergarten without each other?
By Anne Sibley O’Brien (Charlesbridge－2015） At their new school, everything is different…..Back in Guatemala, Maria knew the language. Back in Korea, Jin could read and write. Back in Somalia, Fatimah felt like she fit in. Now, in the United Sates, there are new words and new ways. But with a little support – and a lot of courage – Maria, Jin, and Fatimah begin to find their way.
新しい学校では総てが違っていた、、、。グアテマラにいた時は、Mariaは言葉が解っていた。韓国にいた時は、Jinは読み書きが出来た。ソマリアにいた時は、Fatimahは自分の居場所があった。しかし今、アメリカ合衆国に来たら、新しい言葉や新しいやり方を覚えなくてはならない。でも、ちょっとした励ましと、たくさんの勇気をもって、Maria と Jin と Fatimah は、新しい生活に挑み始めた。
By Alice B. McGinty, Illustrated by Diane Goode (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers – 2021)
On the morning he is to start school, a nervous little boy is reassured by his father’s advice to handle problems step by step. How to make a new friend, how to learn to read and write ,,, Life is full of adventures, and the boy learns to do it all, just take it step by step.
By Joan Holub, Illustrated by Jan Smith (Albert Whitman & Company – 2009)
Fieldtrip today – to the apple farm! Count 20 name tags, 19 kids on the bus, 18 miles to the farm…… Joan Holub’s creative countdown, from 20 to 1, includes grouping and simple addition. Joan Smith’s lively watercolors are as fresh as happy as crisp apples. Small bites of knowledge about apples are fully appeared on the other side of the front and back cover. >>> Pumpkin Countdown by the same author and illustrator, published in 2012.