Welcome to Refresh Your Bookshelf! We're grateful to Children's Book World Haverford for teaming with us to share new and exciting book titles. This week, we're focusing on picture books for a variety of ages.
First, you'll see three highlighted titles and descriptions. Following that, you'll see a link for the complete list of recommended picture books, including discounted prices if you choose to order any of the books. We hope you enjoy browsing, and encourage you to leave comments about any of the books that resonate with you.
CHILDREN’S BOOK WORLD WINTER PICKS
Champ and Major: First Dogs
Joy McCullough and Sheyda Abvabi Best
There’s a new ‘political pack’ in the White House! Champ and Major are President Biden’s dogs and this picture book will introduce children to their stories. Champ has been in the White House before and he’s used to helping his dad Joe Biden do his work. Now his dad has even more important work to do and Champ’s job is to show his little brother Major – one of the first shelter dogs to live in the White House – the ins and outs.
We can imagine this as a great read aloud for younger children. It could lead to researching other White House pets, imagining adventures for Champ and Major, writing letters to them…
“Something strange happened on an unremarkable day just before the season changed.
Everybody who was outside . . .
. . . went inside.”
Caldecott honoree LeUyen Pham has written a beautiful and uplifting picture book about this challenging time. It celebrates essential workers and communities coming together. It also explains how we take care of each other even when it means staying apart. The idea of outside and inside follows through the book and helps to show how real families have dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Outside, it was quieter, wilder, and different. Inside, we laughed, we cried, and we grew.
We remembered to protect the ones we love and love the ones who protect us.
While the world changed outside, we became stronger on the inside and believed that someday soon spring would come again.”
Eyes That Kiss in the Corners
Joanna Ho and Dung Ho
When a young Asian girl notices that her eyes are different from her peers’ she realizes that her eyes are like her mother’s, her grandmother’s, and her little sister’s. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future.
This is a wonderful book about diversity, understanding family, and finding one’s own strength and beauty.
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Thank you so much. These books are so timely and appealing. I just ordered Champ and Major for my little nephew who absolutely loves books and dogs. A wonderful introduction to "working in the White House."
I do not know these books, but I will definitely order them. I am particularly interested in Outside, Inside and want to see how the author uses this scaffold. Such a timely topic to share with our students and our own children. Thanks for highlighting books written by authors of color. We need to highlight these books in our classrooms as choices for book clubs, book chats, and read alouds to inspire community. Thanks so much Janice!
Rita, let us know how your nephew (and the rest of the family) likes Champ and Major. It looks irresistible!
Also, I wanted to mention that when you explore the link in the original post (to the CBW educator landing page) you can see amazing covers as well!
Thanks - such a good idea for February - always the longest short month.
Good morning! This week we are focusing on chapter books. In this post, you'll see three highlighted titles and descriptions. In the following post, you'll see a link for the complete list of recommended chapter books, including discounted prices if you choose to order any of the books. We hope you enjoy browsing, and encourage you to leave comments about any of the books that resonate with you.
In addition, you'll see an invitation to an engaging Children's Book World event on Tuesday, Feb. 16th -- CBW Winter Picks Book Talks! They will feature these and other titles.
Finally, we encourage you to patronize CBW if you are ordering books. In addition to offering discounts and flexilbility, they have been long-term and loyal partners to KSLA!
CBW WINTER PICKS CHAPTER BOOKS
The Great Pet Heist
Oscar the mynah bird is the brains, Walt the cat is sly and slinky, Marco and Polo are the reconnaissance rats, and Butterbean is the loveable and hyper dachshund. This band of spunky pets watch as their owner Mrs. Food is taken away from their apartment after she falls. They worry that she’ll never come back and they begin to plan a scheme that will get them the money they need to stay together in their home.
There is a young girl who checks in on the pets and she’s drawn into the drama which includes a suspenseful (maybe scary) sequence with the bad guys. Great read aloud for 3rd – 5th grades.
The Magic in Changing Your Stars
This is a book of time travel, relationships, and Black history. 11 year-old Ailey Benjamin Lane can dance and rap and he dreams of being in his school’s production of The Wiz. Unfortunately, he can’t perform when people watch him. Ailey’s grandfather shares his own story of the stage fright that froze his dreams, sending Ailey on a time traveling journey that will change all of their lives. Ailey lands in 1930’s Harlem and meets interesting residents, including some of his own family members and the famous Bill Bojangles Robinson.
This book would make a great classroom read aloud any time, but during Black History Month it could easily spark interest in researching some of the historical names mentioned. There’s biographical and historical information at the back of the book to jump start interest.
Sara Martinez is a 12 year-old computer hacker who is about to be sentenced to years in juvenile detention. The lawyer who shows up to represent her in court isn’t a lawyer -- he’s an agent from MI6, British Secret Intelligence. He asks her to trust him and right from the start of this book you’re drawn into the adventure, humor, and mystery.
Sara gladly leaves her foster home behind as she joins an international group of kids who’ve fallen through the cracks of society. They’re led by the Secret Intelligence agent they call Mother (the lawyer who wasn’t a lawyer) who takes Sara to Scotland where she meets her new teammates: Rio, Sydney, Paris, and Kat. Right away Sara, whose code name is Brooklyn, starts prepping for a mission where she will be hacking into a rival school’s computer to prevent them from winning a million euros. She’ll also be climbing thirty feet off the side of a building, trying to stop a villain, and attempting to save the world … all while navigating the complex dynamics of her new team.
This is the kind of book that makes readers fall in love with reading. The pace, the personalities, and the adventure are all spot on.
The second book in this series was just released and we predict it will be another winner!
Here is the link to the Educator Landing page. Copy and paste this link into your browser for a fuller list of recommended chapter books with cover displays, descriptions, and discounted prices:
These and other books will be presented and discussed at this event on Feb. 16th. As you can see below, you are asked to rsvp to CBW by Feb.15th to receive the link. I hope to see you there!
CBW’S WINTER PICKS BOOK TALK!
Thank you all for the wonderful response to our Educator Survey! We heard you loud and clear.
The first thing we learned was that you want to hear about some great new books. We’re calling them CBW’s Winter Picks and we can’t wait to share them with you. Join us at a live-streamed Book Talk at 7pm on Tuesday, February 16. You can enjoy hearing about our picks of the newest books while you’re home in your own cozy chair!
If you’re interested in joining us, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org We’ll send you the link on Monday, February 15th. Feel free to share it with your educator friends and coworkers.
Just like our in-person book talks, you’ll be able to easily buy any of the books we talk about. The books will be on an exclusive educator link that will automatically give you a 20% discount on all books purchased for your classroom. If you prefer to use a Purchase Order just send us a list of the books you want along with the PO number. The link will stay up well beyond our Book Talk night.
We also learned that many of you are interested in virtual author visits and virtual book fairs so we’ll include information about those during that evening as well.
We hope you’ll join us for
CBW’s Winter Picks
Tuesday, February 16th
What a great idea to have virtual book talks and/or author visits. I remember how much the children in my classes enjoyed and benefitted from these events.
Here are recommended graphic novels from Children's Book World! Following these titles and descriptions, see the link to the Educator Landing Page for cover pictures, additional titles, and discount ordering info. Next Thursday, check back for our final list of this series-- nonfiction. We welcome your comments on any of the books at any time!
CBW WINTER PICKS - GRAPHIC NOVELS
Pizza and Taco Best Party Ever
Pizza and Taco are best friends and they’re throwing a party, but not just any party. It will be the Best Party Ever. Maybe. They make a list, invite friends, and then … let’s just say things don’t go as planned. It all makes for an easy-reader silly story that will delight. (When Cheeseburger is invited to the party, Hamburger complains. He’s lactose intolerant, you know.) Jokes like that make it a good book to share with a grown-up but it’s a fun read all alone. This is the second book in the series following Pizza and Taco Who’s the Best?.
I Survived The Shark Attacks of 1916
Sharks, adventure, New Jersey … what more could our young readers ask for?
I Survived The Shark Attacks of 1916 from the popular I Survived series jumps off the pages as a graphic novel. The book is based on the real-life events that happened in New Jersey in 1916 and readers who are drawn to graphic novels will find it an easily accessible and gripping adventure. The non-fiction section at the back of the book makes it a well-rounded winner. We’re hoping that more of these adaptations will follow.
Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright
Twins is a graphic novel that middle-schoolers will identify with immediately whether or not they’re twins and whether or not they’re Black. The twins Francine and Maureen are starting 6th grade and what they go through is universal and seemingly timeless. (It took this reviewer back to her own experience which was … a long time ago!) Varian Johnson brings to the book his personal knowledge of what it’s like to be a twin and he added in what he’s learned as a father of pre-teen girls. The characters are believable and likeable and the book handles the trials and tribulations of middle school beautifully. Highly recommended with no worries about age-inappropriate subject matter.
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Good morning! Non-fiction recommendations will be posted soon, so be sure to check in later today! Also, you might want to look back at the picture books, chapter books, and graphic novels to see what you may have missed. Comments and reviews are welcome!
Here are the non-fiction recommendations. Once again, following the list of highlighted titles, you'll see the link to the Educators' Landing page. Copy it into your browser for additional titles and ordering information.
We hope this series has helped you to refresh your bookshelf! Comments and feedback are welcome!
CBW WINTER PICKS: NON FICTION
Head to Head
You know your students who love a good disaster book. This flip book will delight them! It includes earthquakes, eruptions, tsunamis, hurricanes, fires, avalanches, tornadoes, blizzards, floods, mudslides, droughts, and pandemics. The flip format lets the reader compare different disasters ‘head to head’ to see which had more casualties, was more intense and destructive, and the range of impact. The book scores the event using scientific measures that are explained in the book and then totals the scores for each disaster. It’s a reading level up from the popular “Who Would Win” books with more text and in more depth.
Rebecca Bond and Salley Mavor
This beautifully and uniquely illustrated book for young children is written in simple rhyme and shows how children around the world go to bed. What a creative way to show our differences and similarities! The book can be read on two levels: one level is the simple rhyming text and the other level is the short additional text on each two-page spread that describes the different types of beds and bedrooms. Class discussions and writing could encourage sharing within the classroom and generate ‘homework’ to research family and friends.
What Do You Do If You Work at the Zoo?
Steven Jenkins and Robin Page
A bright, colorful peek into what goes on behind the scenes at the zoo. Children will love learning that zookeepers do more than feed the animals. They might shine a tortoise’s shell, give an elephant a pedicure, tickle a tapir, or pick up and weigh a python. The back of the book gives information including a map showing some of the best zoos in the world, a historical timeline of zoos, and specific information about each animal highlighted in the book. Another winner from Steven Jenkins.
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