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The Heart of a Whale by Anna Pignataro
This is one of those picture books that is just all around gorgeous. It's a sweet story of love and friendship. The text is poetic and the illustrations capture the magnificence of the ocean and all the sea creatures living within it, but especially the whale. This book can be read aloud anytime, but because there is a theme of love, I'm thinking about sharing it with my students around Valentine's Day.
A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley and Amy Nathan
In 1963, Sharon Langley and other black children were unable to ride the carousel at Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Baltimore because of a rule that remained in effect at the park. Protesters changed that and Sharon, just before she was one year old, became the first African American child to go on a ride the day the park opened to all regardless of skin color. This is an insightful read about how people were able to work together to make change.
The Best of Iggy by Annie Barrows
Iggy is not the kind of kid who thinks things through and, although not his intention, his behavior often lands him in trouble. This book is silly and humorous and there are, no doubt, readers who will be able to relate to Iggy's impulsivity. The short chapters and illustrations will also appeal to some readers. Thanks to Penguin Young Readers for providing #BookExcursion with a review copy.
Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! by Sarah Kapit
Vivy is a girl and she is autistic, but she knows how to throw a knuckleball and is not going to let anything stop her from playing the sport she loves. The entire story is written in letters between Vivy and a major league pitcher she admires, VJ Capello. Vivy has a lot of personality and learns to use her voice to speak up for herself. Readers will root for Vivy as she strives to overcome obstacles that threaten to get in the way of her baseball pitching. Thanks to Penguin Young Readers for an advance reader's copy. The book publishes in February.