1. Teammates by Peter Golenbeck
The story is about the beginnings of Jackie Robinson but has a big emphasis on Peewee Reese. (The player with the most to lose with Jackie joining the team, yet was one of the only team members who stood up for him.) I want my chickadees to treat each other that way. And...it is about the Dodgers....
2. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
A bat who thinks she is a bird and tries her best to be one. Love this story. When I was little, I read the Serendipity book, Flutterby repeatedly and Stellaluna always reminds me of it.
3. That Book Woman by Heather Henson
Who delivers books in all kinds of weather....the pack horse librarian of course. Great story! Also good for not taking libraries for granted.
4. Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
Love this from a teacher's perspective and love watching kids as they listen to it. (Not a book that can generally be read to a group of primary kiddos in one sitting.) The follow up book, The Junkyard Wonders is just as lovely.
5. Couldn't choose between the two of these. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything and Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli. Two holiday specific books. Little Old Lady gets everybody reading along...."two gloves go clap clap". Mr. Hatch is just a sweet book about making cheering each other up.
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