I utilize the library a lot. Many times, I like to pre-read books before I purchase them for my classroom, so the library comes in handy for doing that. All of the local libraries are now closed, as are the book stores near me. Luckily, I went to pick up my holds at the library a few days before they decided to close. I have that small stack of library books and a bigger stack of my own books that I can read while I spend my days at home. I have a stockpile of books like others have a stockpile of toilet paper. There is a tiny part of me that fears that I will run out of things to read, but in these days of online ordering and ebooks, I will probably be fine!
The Seed of Compassion: Lessons from the Life and Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Bao Luu
His Holiness the Dalai Lama shares the story of his childhood and how he came to his position as the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, as well as his beliefs about the necessity of compassion. Informative and inspirational.
Whoo-Ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story by Maria Gianferrari and Jonathan Voss
This is a stunning book that tells the story of a family of horned owls through Haiku and gorgeous illustrations. It's an engaging story as two owlets are born, escape danger, learn to fly, and finally become fledgling owls who set off on their own. Through the story and the end pages, readers will learn information about owls.
Do I Have to Wear a Coat?: A Journey Through the Seasons by Rachel Isadora
This is a delightful exploration of what kids do during each season of the year. It celebrates each season by showing the fun that each time of the year brings. The illustrations are charming and joyful.
The Three Billy Goats Buenos by Susan Middleton Elya and Miguel Ordóñez
This is a fun, rhyming version of The Three Billy Goats Gruff interspersed with Spanish vocabulary. It's an amusing read that also tells a story of unexpected friendship. A glossary of Spanish words is included at the beginning.
The Space Between Lost and Found by Sandy Stark-McGinnis
Cassie's mother has early-onset Alzheimer's. Cassie is trying to understand what's happening to her family and make sure her mom is happy. Her friendship with her best friend, Bailey, has also changed as Cassie has been coping with her family situation. This is a poignant and powerful story about family and friendship and one of those books that will help to show readers possibilities for navigating the big challenges in their lives. Thanks to the publisher for sharing an advance review copy with my book review group, #BookExcursion.