What I Read: Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

This is definitely going to be added to my classroom library. As we see more and more anti-bullying campaigns enter our secondary schools, I feel the current overwhelming need for teaching compassion and the acceptance of differences; Dusti Bowling is right on the mark with this one. Easy to read, engaging, heartwarming, and full of compassion. A lesson of friendship, acceptance, encouragement, and appreciation; allowing for a genuine open discussion at it's completion.

What I Read: Refugee by Alan Gratz

This book is a must read for ALL children and adults to gain knowledge of past refugee stories and empathy for current ones. I was brought to tears many times as I related these historical events to modern times. It was eerie to see the many similarities and I became frustrated with how we are not learning from the mistakes of our past! The purpose in studying history is to make better decisions in the present. Yet, here we are with news of those seeking asylum at the United States border being tear gassed and refused of assistance. We must ask ourselves, why does this horrifying cycle continue to go on?

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

In this fiction picture book, How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, Marjorie Priceman takes you on a world-wide adventure in order to make an exquisite apple pie. In the story, a girl wants to make an apple pie. Easy, go down to the market with your recipe and pick up the items needed. But, what if the market is closed? You pack a suitcase and begin your traveling on board a boat to Europe with your shopping list and pick up the items necessary, of course! Stopping in Italy, France, Sri Lanka, England, Jamaica, and Vermont as they will provide the best ingredients.