Crow Call by Lois Lowry is an autobiographical story based on a day in Lois’ life with her father. This book felt very real, the reader feels her sense of longing and reaches for the connection with her. This is a beautiful picture book that can be read to students of all ages.
The following is a list of Middle America books available through my public library that I will be reading over the next few months as I build some additional resources for my 6th Grade Social Studies classroom.
All Eyes on Alexandra shares an important lesson on family. Although Alexandra maybe be difficult and may not do things like the rest of the family, she has her strengths and uniqueness that makes her different her brothers, sisters, and cousins. While some may be caught off guard by her differences, I think things go best when the family allows her to be herself.
Each of the aphorisms shared in this collection are paired with an exquisite picture, its origin, and its meaning. Instead of reading all of the aphorisms at one time, I would share one at a time. Whether you share one a day or one a week is up to you; I think I will share one daily during a Geography unit on Africa.
Books are to be mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors in our students lives. A mirror when they are able to see themselves, a window so they can see others around them, and sliding glass doors so they can learn about those outside of their current world. I am Jazz is a simple picture book of acceptance and the art of being yourself.