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Elementary SBCUSD Reads - November December

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 TK - 1st Recommendations

The Adventures of Beekle

This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and--at long last--is given his special name: Beekle.


The Book of Mistakes

The first mistake is made as soon an unseen artist begins drawing a human head. That second eye is just too big. But the artist keeps drawing rather than starting over or erasing. She embellishes instead, and with each addition her image transforms into something more expansive. There are more mistakes, but they are clearly opportunities in the eyes and hands of the young artist. Her drawing becomes a wordless story full of surprise and whimsy.


 2nd / 3rd Grade Recommendations

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

Capturing an engineer’s creative vision and mind for detail, this fully illustrated picture book biography sheds light on how the American inventor George Ferris defied gravity and seemingly impossible odds to invent the world’s most iconic amusement park attraction, the Ferris wheel.


On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

A boy rides a bicycle down a dusty road. But in his mind, he envisions himself traveling at a speed beyond imagining, on a beam of light. This brilliant mind will one day offer up some of the most revolutionary ideas ever conceived. From a boy endlessly fascinated by the wonders around him, Albert Einstein ultimately grows into a man of genius recognized the world over for profoundly illuminating our understanding of the universe.


4th / 5th Grade Recommendations

Half Magic

It all begins with a strange coin on a sun-warmed sidewalk. Jane finds the coin, and because she and her siblings are having the worst, most dreadfully boring summer ever, she idly wishes something exciting would happen. And something does: Her wish is granted.
Or not quite. Only half of her wish comes true. It turns out the coin grants wishes—but only by half, so that you must wish for twice as much as you want.

Mary Poppins (Book 1)

When the East Wind blows Mary Poppins over Cherry Tree Lane and into the lives of the Banks children, nothing is ever the same! This picture book adaptation of the original novel is full of Mary's unique brand of whimsical adventure: There's a tea party on the ceiling, a visit to the night zoo, and a trip to a mysterious shop that sells stars.


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