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Last Stop on Market Street

Last updated Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Author: Matt de la Pena
Illustrator: Christian Robinson
Date of Publication: 2015
ISBN: 0399257748
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jun. 2018

Synopsis: Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What do you think is the last stop on Market Street?
•  Where do you think they are going?
•  What is it like to ride on a bus?


•  Creak: to make a sharp, harsh, grating, or squeaking sound
•  Lurch: an act or instance of swaying abruptly
•  Swirl: to move around or along with a whirling motion

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Who do you think Bobo, Sunglass Man, and Trixie are?
•  What kind of music do you like listening to?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a bus using paper plates
•  Draw the Nana
•  Make a guitar out of string
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest!

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!