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Teacher-Selected Books by Month (2021)



Last updated Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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December: "Family & the Spirit of Giving"

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Gratitude is My Superpower, by Alicia Ortego (Kindergarten)
Porcupine's Pie, by Laura Renauld (1st Grade)
Little Red Sleigh, by Erin Guendelsberger (2nd Grade)
Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever, by Matt Tavares (3rd Grade)
The Silver Arrow, by Lev Grossman (4th Grade)
The Vanderbeekers Lost and Found, by Karina Yan Glaser (5th Grade)

November: "Seasons & The Natural World"

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We Are Water Protectors, by Carole Lindstrom (Kindergarten)
Fossil Huntress: Mary Leakey, Paleontologist (Picture Book Biography), by Andi Diehn (1st Grade)
Over and Under the Rainforest, by Kate Messner (2nd Grade)
The Story of Jane Goodall: A Biography Book for New Readers, by Susan B. Katz (3rd Grade)
We Dream of Space, by Erin Entrada Kelly (4th Grade)
When Stars Are Scattered, by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed (5th Grade)

October: "Halloween, Magic, & Monsters"

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Goodnight, Little Monster, by Helen Ketteman (Kindergarten)
Bonaparte Falls Apart, by Margery Cuyler (1st Grade)
The Night Gardener, by Terry Fan (2nd Grade)
Dragonbreath #1, by Ursula Vernon (3rd Grade)
Upside-Down Magic #1, by Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle (4th Grade)
The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., 1), by Jonathan Stroud (5th Grade)

September: "Back to School Fun"

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Hello School, by Priscilla Burris (Kindergarten)
Turkey Goes to School, by Wendi Silvano (1st Grade)
Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You, by Sonia Sotomayor (2nd Grade)
How to Get your Teacher Ready, by Jean Reagan (3rd Grade)
Annie's Life in Lists, by Kristin Mahoney (4th Grade)
Two Dogs in a Trench Coat go to School, by Julie Falatko (5th Grade)

August: "Arts & Creativity"

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The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art, by Barb Rosenstock (Kindergarten)
Mornings with Monet, by Barb Rosenstock (1st Grade)
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, by Javaka Steptoe (2nd Grade)
Women in Art: 50 Fearless Creatives Who Inspired the World, by Rachel Ignotofsky (3rd Grade)
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science, by Joyce Sidman (4th Grade)
Claudia and the New Girl (The Baby-sitters Club Graphic Novel #9), by Ann M. Martin (5th Grade)

July: "The Wonders of Science & Technology"

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Forces: Physical Science for Kids, by Andi Diehn (Kindergarten)
What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet, by Jess French (1st Grade)
Under Your Feet... Soil, Sand and Everything Underground, by Royal Horticultural Society (2nd Grade)
Mistakes That Worked: The World's Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be, by Charlotte Foltz (3rd Grade)
How to Make a Better World: For Every Kid Who Wants to Make a Difference, by Keilly Swift (4th Grade)
You Can Change the World: The Kids' Guide to a Better Planet, by Lucy Bell (5th Grade)

June: "Friendship & Fun"

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Be Kind, by Pat Zietlow Miller (Kindergarten)
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, by Bernard Waber (1st Grade)
Yellow Kayak, by Nina Laden (2nd Grade)
Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel, by Nikki Grimes (3rd Grade)
The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 5), by Jeff Kinney (4th Grade)
Merci Suárez Changes Gears, by Meg Medina (5th Grade)

May: "Fantasy, Folklore & Fairytales"

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The Twin Tooth Fairies, by The Murphys (Kindergarten)
How to Catch a Dragon, by Adam Wallace (1st Grade)
The Fabled Life of Aesop, by Ian Lendler (2nd Grade)
A Wolf for a Spell, by Karah Sutton (3rd Grade)
The Ickabog, by J.K. Rowling (4th Grade)
When You Trap a Tiger, by Tae Keller (5th Grade)

April: "Amazing Animals"

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Glasswings: A Butterfly’s Story, by Elisa Kleven (Kindergarten)
Adventures of a Pangopup, by Terri Tatchell (1st Grade)
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist , by Jess Keating (2nd Grade)
Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow, by Joyce Sidman (3rd Grade)
The Incredible Journey , by Sheila Burnford (4th Grade)
Elephant Secret, by Eric Walters (5th Grade)

March: "Music & Entertainment"

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Penny and Her Song, by Kevin Henkes (Kindergarten)
Julián Is a Mermaid, by Jessica Love (1st Grade)
Trombone Shorty, by Troy Andrews (2nd Grade)
Mr. Pants: Slacks, Camera, Action!, by Scott McCormick (3rd Grade)
Garvey's Choice, by Nikki Grimes (4th Grade)
My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights, by Brooks Benjamin (5th Grade)

February: "People & Places Around the World"

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Same, Same But Different , by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw (Kindergarten)
I am Helen Keller, by Brad Meltzer (1st Grade)
I am Martin Luther King Jr., by Brad Meltzer (2nd Grade)
Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X, by Ilyasah Shabazz (3rd Grade)
Lailah's Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story, by Reem Faruqi (4th Grade)
A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park (5th Grade)

January: "Mysteries & New Adventures"

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How to Catch a Star, by Oliver Jeffers (Kindergarten)
Hi! Fly Guy, by Tedd Arnold (1st Grade)
Arnie, the Doughnut (Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut), by Laurie Keller (2nd Grade)
The 26-Story Treehouse: Pirate Problems!, by Andy Griffiths (3rd Grade)
Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus (Origami Yoda), by Tom Angleberger (4th Grade)
Framed!, by James Ponti (5th Grade)

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