Book of the Month
At Greenacres, The Book of The Month is a wonderful opportunity for all students across the school to share in the reading of a common picture book read in each classroom. The readings are followed by a discussion. So, not only is this an opportunity to enjoy a story, but to also engage in discussions that uncover themes we hope will inspire our choices, interactions, attitudes and aspirations.
We carefully select books that have relevance for students as well as promote discussions that will lead them to uncover themes and important messages. We hope you are inspired to read them too, again and again.
A Chair for My Mother
Written and illustrated by Vera Williams
After their home is destroyed by a fire, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother are helped by donations of clothing, food and furniture from friends and neighbors. The trio has one special wish and they start to save their coins in a large jar to buy a really comfortable chair for all to enjoy. This superbly conceived picture book beautifully expresses the joyful spirit of giving and of a loving family that can embrace the positive after a horrible tragedy. Bright colorful illustrations with intricately designed matching borders invites the reader in to share this family’s warmth. This classic picture book has sold more than a million copies and was named a Caldecott Honor Book by the American Library Association .
Inch by Inch
Written and illustrated by Leo Lionni
This is a whimsical picture book that asks, “Can a song be measured?” This Caldecott Honor book introduces children to a winning, winsome inchworm who can measure anything under the sun, from a robin’s tail to a toucan’s beak. When a hungry nightingale threatens to eat him for breakfast unless he can measure her song, the inchworm will have to cleverly solve the dilemma. The lovely colors and the sharp definition of cutouts against white space complement the simplicity of the story and successfully engages readers of all ages.
Written and illustrated by Lita Judge
A persevering penguin is determined to fly in this adorably inspiring picture book from The creator of Red Hat and Red Sled, now brings a story about a persevering penguin with a dream to fly. Although little Penguin has the soul of an eagle, his body wasn’t built to soar. But Penguin has an irrepressible spirit, and he adamantly follows his dreams to flip, flap, fly! Although he needs a little help with the technical parts, this penguin is ready to live on the wind and his friends step in to help him achieve his dream.
Food Allergies and Me: A Children
Written and illustrated by Juniper
This book provides an engaging and relatable experience for children who are beginning to learn about and cope with food allergies. The story follows the life of a food allergic child. As you follow Jack through a day of school, an allergist appointment, and the playground, young children will begin to understand the importance of identifying allergens, asking for help when unsure, and alerting an adult immediately should they experience symptoms of an allergic reaction. Jack’s confidence demonstrates to the reader that having a food allergy is not a stigma or shame. Rather, it is a safety issue made simple with the ability to self advocate. All children will benefit from social lessons taught, such as not sharing food, washing hands, and embracing one another's differences.
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners
Written and illustrated by Laurie
Mr. Rabbit is upset when he finds out that his new neighbors are otters! He doesn’t know anything about otters so he worries that they won’t be able to get along. Wise Mr. Owl counsels him about the Golden Rule, namely, “Do unto otters as you would have them do unto you.” Through colorful, bright and humorous illustrations, Laurie Keller highlights how to be a good friend and neighbor as Mr. Rabbit thoughtfully ponders how he would like the otters to treat him and the reader is reminded that manners are reciprocal.
Three Hens and a Peacock
by Lester Laminack. Illustrated by Henry Cole.
When a glamorous peacock lands unexpectedly on the Tuckers’ farm, he attracts much excitement and many new customers to purchase farm produce. Unfortunately the hens are not so happy and complain that they do all the hard work of laying eggs but the flashy peacock gets the attention. The wise old hound sees the problem and suggests a job swap. What follows is the hilarious tale of three hens who get all dressed in jewelry and hair ribbons but fail to attract attention and one very distressed peacock who just can't figure out how to lay an egg.
Hey, Little Ant
by Phillip and Hannah Hoose.
Illustrated by Debbie Tilley
What would you do if the ant you were about to step on looked up and started talking? Would you stop and listen? What if your friends saw you hesitate? That’s what happens in this funny, thought-provoking book. Originally a song by a father-daughter team, this conversation between two creatures, large and small, is bound to inspire important discussions. It might even answer that classic childhood question: To squish or not to squish?
Giraffes Can’t Dance
by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
Gerald, a long legged giraffe does not think he can dance. At the annual Jungle dance, when Gerald takes his first dance steps, the animals sneered confirming Gerald’s fears about his dancing skills. Sadly he goes away all alone. A cricket soon notices Gerald and chooses to make a difference. He caters to Gerald by finding the perfect music that inspires Gerald to dance. Gerald learns a life-changing lesson that we hope will shape our lives too.
It's Okay to Make Mistakes
by Todd Parr
Todd Parr's books remind kids to embrace differences, to be thankful, to love one another, and to be themselves. It's Okay to Make Mistakes shares the accidents, mistakes, and mess-ups that can lead to self-discovery.
From coloring outside the lines and creating a unique piece of art to forgetting an umbrella but making a new friend, each page offers a kid-friendly take on the importance of taking chances, trying new things, and embracing life, mistakes and all.
What Does it Mean to Be Kind?
by Rania DiOrio and illustrated by Stephanie Jorisch
A girl in a red hat finds the courage to be kind to the new student in class. Her kindness spreads, kind act by kind act, until her whole community experiences the magical shift that happens when everyone understands—and acts on—what it means to be kind.
If You Plant a Seed
by Kadir Nelson
Kadir Nelson, acclaimed author and winner of the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards, presents a resonant, gently humorous story about the power of even the smallest acts and the rewards of compassion and generosity.
With spare text and breathtaking oil paintings, If You Plant a Seed demonstrates not only the process of planting and growing for young children but also how a seed of kindness can bear sweet fruit.