Elementary SBCUSD Reads - January
TK - 1st Recommendations
A dapper polar bear has an elegant New Year's party and invites all of his animal friends--one whale, two horses, three cows, and so forth until midnight. As each party animal arrives, children learn to count . . . AND tell time. Teachers rate this as one of the best counting books available.
In this charming sequel to The Snowy Day, an older and wiser Peter wants to learn to whistle. Wouldn’t it be the perfect way to call his dog Willie? Peter tries so hard to whistle that his cheeks hurt, but he doesn’t give up. With a very light hand and his legendary illustrations, Keats creates a world in which effort yields results.
2nd / 3rd Grade Recommendations
Shanté Keys loves the food her family serves on New Year's Day. Grandma fixed chitlins, baked ham, greens and corn bread- but she forgot the black-eyed peas! It will be bad luck without them. When Shanté visits the neighbors to borrow peas, she learns about their foods and traditions for New Year's. But no one has peas! Will Shanté be able to find the good-luck peas in time for dinner?
It's the night before New Year's, and the whole family is determined to stay up until midnight! Everyone's stocked up on sparkly streamers and festive party hats, but after a night filled with card games and too many cupcakes, the little ones are getting sleepy. . . Can they make it until the clock strikes twelve?
4th / 5th Grade Recommendations
Squirrel knows that New Year's Day is a great day for making resolutions! But what does it mean to make a resolution, anyway? As she makes visits around the forest she learns about New Year's resolutions and helps her friends get started on theirs. If only she can think of a resolution of her very own.
Every year, Haitians all over the world ring in the new year by eating a special soup, a tradition dating back to the Haitian Revolution. This year, Ti Gran is teaching Belle how to make the soup — Freedom Soup — just like she was taught when she was a little girl. Together, they dance and clap as they prepare the holiday feast, and Ti Gran tells Belle about the history of the soup, the history of Belle’s family, and the history of Haiti, where Belle’s family is from.