Kindness Book Club

    Last year, Dr. Hays and I teamed up to offer a morning book club for 1st and 2nd graders, which centered on books about kindness and friendship.  The members enjoyed it so much that we decided to offer it again this year. Dr. Hays, Mrs. Fausel,  and I met with fifteen 1st and 2nd-grade students for four consecutive Tuesday mornings and talked about the importance of being kind. We read aloud stories, made kindness cards, bookmarks, and the girls worked hard to create a Kindness Quilt, which will be on display in Hauser Hall for the month of February. Here are our kindness book recommendations below:

    1. The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
    2. Pass it On  by Sophy Henn
    3. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
    4. The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts
    5. Listening with my Heart by Gabi Garcia
    6. Fill a Bucket by Carol McCloud


    Literary February:

    Reading aloud is such an important activity.  It creates community and helps children learn about ideas and concepts far above their reading level. I’ve compiled a list of some other wonderful books you might want to read aloud with your children to celebrate important February events. Many of these titles can be found in our wonderful library.

    Valentine’s Day

    Arthur’s Valentine by Marc Tolon Brown

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Emma! By James Stevenson

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Dolores

    Ruby Valentine Saves the Day by Laurie Friedman

    The Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Kroll

    The Valentine Cat by Ann Nagda

    The Valentine Express by Nancy Wallace

    Valentine Poems by Myra Cohn Livingston

    Valentine’s Day by Gail Gibbons

    Valentine’s Day by Alice Flanagan


    Black History Month

    Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African-American Poetry

    Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson

    Her Stories: African American Folktales by Virginia Hamilton

    How Sweet the Sound: African-American Songs for Children

    In Daddy’s Arms, I am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers

    I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African-American Poetry

    Portraits of African-American Heroes by Tonya Bolden

    Sienna’s Scrapbook: Our African-American Heritage Trip by Toni Trent Parker

    Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole

    What Color is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass by Lesa Cline-Ransome

    Words with Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art


    Chinese New Year

    Celebrating the Lantern Festival by Sanmu Tang

    Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance by Ian Wallace

    Chinese New Year by Carrie Gleason

    D is for Dancing Dragon by Carol Crane

    Dragon Parade by Steven A. Chin

    Dragon Dance-A Chinese New Year Lift-the-Flap Book by Joan Holub

    Journey Through China by Philip Steele

    Lanterns and Firecrackers-A Chinese New Year Story by Jonny Zucker

    The Cable Car and the Dragon by Herb Caen

    The Dancing Dragon by Marcia Vaughan

    The Great Race-The Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Dawn Casey


    Presidents Day

    George Washington by Michael Burgan

    George Washington’s Army and Me by Michael Dooling

    George Washington’s Socks  by Elvira Woodruff

    George Washington’s Spy by Elvira Woodruff

    George Washington’s Teeth by Deborah Chandra

    Abe Lincoln’s Dream by Lane Smith

    Abe Lincoln Love Animals by Ellen B. Jackson

    Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship by Nikki Giovanni

    Looking at Abraham by Maira Kalman

    Vinnie and Abraham by Dawn Fitzgerald





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