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Children’s Lit Pick February 2017

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Book of the Month, Children's Literature | 0 comments

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What Color is a Kiss?

written by: Rocio Bonilla color kiss

“Monica loves painting more than anything. She has painted a million things. Then she realizes there’s one thing she’s never painted before. What color is a kiss? She wonders. Is it red like spaghetti sauce? Green like the vegetables she doesn’t like? Yellow, the color of good ideas? When Monica gets frustrated, she asks her mother for help. Together they find out just what color a kiss really is.”


In the Classroom:

  • What Color is a Kiss? talks a lot about colors and emotions. While reading have the students act out the emotions that correspond with Moncia’s color choices.
  • Have students try to decide what color a kiss is. List things they like and don’t like about their colors.
  • At the end Monica discovers that a kiss can be all sorts of colors. Have the students color their own hearts like the ones Monica has at the end.





28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World

28 dayswritten by: Charles Smith Jr.

Each day features a different influential figure in African-American history, from Crispus Attucks, the first man shot in the Boston Massacre, sparking the Revolutionary War, to Madame C. J. Walker, who after years of adversity became the wealthiest black woman in the country, as well as one of the wealthiest black Americans, to Barack Obama, the country’s first African-American president.

With powerful illustrations by Shane Evans, this is a completely unique look at the importance and influence of African Americans on the history of this country.



In the Classroom:

  • This book is the perfect classroom companion for the whole month of February. With a different person and story for each day of the month. It something you can read to the students for a transition or quiet moment.
  • Each day features a momentous event in Black History, after reading that day’s page students can take a few minutes to do an in class essay on “What would I have done in that circumstance?” or “What can I learn from this event?” 

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