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What I Read This Week...
Charlotte the Scientist is Squished by Carmille Andros
Charlotte the Scientist has so many brothers and sisters that she doesn't have enough room to work on her science experiments. Using the scientific method, Charlotte tries to solve her problem. This is a great book to introduce young students to the scientific method. Charlotte is also persistent and flexible in her problem-solving which makes this a book that would be useful in teaching about the mindsets for learning.
Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
This is book is about a girl finding her voice while trying to manage friendships and figure out how her Muslim and American cultures fit together. The book is also one that shows the power of community. Amina's experiences are relatable while also providing insight into a culture that some readers will be familiar with and others will learn from. This is a lovely book that will help grow compassion.
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
Bat's mother brings home a baby skunk that has been rescued and Bat immediately forms a bond with the animal. Bat tries to convince his mom to let him keep the skunk who he names Thor. Although it's never directly stated in the book, it seems as if Bat has autism. Bat is a funny, heartwarming character with a unique perspective on life. The book has a gentle message about being oneself. This is a middle grade novel I quite enjoyed and I have written a more detailed review here.
CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew
The CatStronauts are sent on a mission
to the moon to solve the energy crisis that threatens to leave the world in the
dark. This is a pretty cute graphic novel about a group of determined cats who become heroes. There is not a lot of action as there is in other graphic novels my students tend to read, but the students I have shared it
with have enjoyed it. I think they are amused reading about cats traveling