Elementary SBCUSD Reads - February
TK - 1st Recommendations
We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.
2nd / 3rd Grade Recommendations
In this beautiful and poignant elementary-age picture book, a young boy narrates in first person a glimpse into his world of dysfluency, otherwise known as stuttering. He imagines the fearful terrors bound to occur at school and the intense solitude engendered by his classmates. Fortunately, he has a loving and understanding father who knows all about what it’s like to experience a “bad speech day.” Together, father and son take a special trip to the river, where he discovers that his speech ebbs and flows like the rushing sounds of the water—he talks like a river. With this sparkling new understanding in place, the boy returns to school with a newfound sense of peace and self-acceptance.
Shortly before school starts, Charlie Bumpers learns that he will be in Mrs. Burke's class. It doesn't matter that she's been named Teacher of the Year. He's still afraid of her. Last year when he was horsing around in the hall, he accidentally hit her in the head with his sneaker (don't ask). The exasperated teacher declared that if anything like that ever happened again, Charlie would be banned from recess forever. How will he survive a year under a teacher who is just waiting for him to make another stupid mistake?
4th / 5th Grade Recommendations
Eleven-year-old Jaden feels like he’s an “epic fail” and understands why his adopted family wants to adopt a replacement baby. His emotions are high as he travels with his family to Kazakhstan to meet their newest family member. Full of plot turns and both funny and sad moments, readers feel great empathy for Jaden. As Rishi, 11, shares, “I liked this book because it had a lot of meaning and weight to it and explained the tough life adopted kids go through and their emotions.”
Two worlds collide when Tyler’s family hires Mexican migrant workers to help on their failing family farm and he meets Mari. This book gives a compassionate perspective into the life of a migrant worker and raises interesting questions about the history of America. Morgan, 11, says, “I love this book and learned a lot about other people’s struggles.” This is a kid-appropriate entry to an important topic given the recent conversations in our country about race and immigration.