This month's books focused on back to school lessons and growth mindset. Some of our favorites were "We Don't Eat our Classmates" by Ryan Higgins and "The Magical Yet" by Angela DiTerlizzi.
This month we read a lot of books to celebrate an important part of our identity, our names. It was a real split decision in terms of favorites. We loved "Alma", "Always Anjali", "Thunderboy Jr.", and "My Name is Sangoel" equally. Our favorite Halloween book was "How To Make Friends With a Ghost". It barely beat out "Bonaparte Falls Apart" and "Stumpkin".
In November, we read a lot of books highlighting different family structures as well as those that celebrate Native American history. We read some funny Thanksgiving books, too. Our favorites included "We are Water Protectors", "Balloons Over Broadway", and "A Family is a Family is a Family".
In December, we read books about culture. Food, music, holidays, traditional clothing, language, games, and ways of life all make up a person's culture. It was a complete split decision in terms of voting for our favorite this month. Students enjoyed Hanukkah Bear, Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets, Mango, Abuela and Me, The Polar Express, and Mommy's Khimar.
This month's CBAD themes were identity, Caldecott contenders (past and present), and some non-fiction biographies and topics. The favorites for this month were "Elmer" and "The Rock from the Sky". We will continue our work with identity and inspiring leaders next month.
We continued learning about identity and culture this month, with a focus on black culture. We also started learning about some inspiring leaders from the black community. 1D's picks for this month are "Don't Touch My Hair" and "Emmanuel's Dream".
We continued learning about inspiring leaders, with a focus on women who have changed the world. We also read books that highlighted using your own voice and action to make a change. First graders couldn't pick a favorite leader this month but ask them about who they connected with most. We also were big fans of "Fiona's Luck".
April's Books (x2)
In honor of National Poetry month, we read LOTS of poetry in April. Check out the winner of our "Elite Eight" Poetry Battle: Every Thing On It! We also read a lot of other fun books this month. The overwhelming favorite was "Ralph Tells a Story", which we read in honor of National Storytelling Day.