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Children’s Lit Pick – May 2015

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Book of the Month, Language Arts | 0 comments

ladybug reading-horzJoin us once a month to view our top picks for the month in children’s literature. There are so many amazing books out there and we are excited to explore, with you, just a small portion of what is available. Each month we will spotlight two books, a chapter book and a picture book, that we feel are among the best for your children. We will also give you ideas of how to use these books in the classroom. These books are 10% off for the month!


Little Humans

By: Brandon Stanton

little humansStreet photographer and storyteller extraordinaire Brandon Stanton is the creator of the wildly popular blog “Humans of New York.” He is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Humans of New York. To create Little Humans, a 40-page photographic picture book for young children, he’s combined an original narrative with some of his favorite children’s photos from the blog, in addition to all-new exclusive portraits. The result is a hip, heartwarming ode to little humans everywhere.


In the classroom:

  • Little Humans is a fun book that can get children interacting with the readers. Have your “Little Humans” act out the characteristics portrayed on each page. Fall down, get up, grow big, be strong, and so on.
  • The New York Times “Learning Network” displays an interesting photo project to do with your class.


The Princess in Black

By: Shannon Hale & Dean Hale


Who says princesses don’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black! Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? From award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, here is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.


In the classroom:

  • Use the Princess in Black to discuss stereotyping. What is a stereotype? How do we stereotype? Who is stereotyped? How do we break a stereotype? and so on…
  • Use this list of strong Women in history to discuss how girls are intelligent, strong, and influential:
    • SheKnows gives a list of 10 female roles models all girls should know.
    • Stylist UK gives a list of 30 influential women in history.

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