Today was our first day back to school for the teachers in my district! I'm excited to be started my third year working in our amazing schools. I was excited my first year, happy to be back my second year, and overjoyed and inspired to see what this third year will bring.
We started our school year with five literacy-focused Ted-talk-type speeches. I got to share why it's important to nurture our students as writers. I shared how I don't worry so much that my sons can spell bicycle or spot a dependent clause in a sentence but I really do worry about them growing up to be passionate learners who care about people and work to make the world a better place.
Then, after the rest of an amazing and fulfilling first day back at school...I came home to see all the amazing PB 10 for 10 posts and knew I had to share my favorite books for having discussions about empathy and compassion and giving kids the opportunity to think about how they might make the world a better place. It's always hard to pick only ten...I could add sooooo many more. But here's a start!
Can We Save The Tiger
by Martin Jenkins, illustrations by Vicky White
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners
by Laurie Keller
This Is How We Do It:
One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World
by Matt Lamothe
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon
by Patty Lovell, illustrations by David Catrow
by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrations by E.B. Lewis
Red: A Crayon’s Story
by Michael Hall
by Aaron Reynolds, illustrations by Matt Davies
Last Stop on Market Street
by Matt De La Peña, illustrations by Christian Robinson
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
by Philip and Erin Stead
Mango, Abuela, and Me
by Meg Medina, illustrations with Angela Dominguez
I'd love to hear any others you'd add to my list!