I have a couple picture books to review today that I just absolutely loved.
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Published: September 1996
Chrysanthemum was born loving her name. But on her first week of school some mean girls in her class tease her and make her wish for a new, shorter name.
This book teaches kids about accepting yourself for who you are, no matter what others say. It's not only a great book to read to little kids, but it's a great mentor text for older kids to write about.
This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt
Pictures by R.G. Roth
Published: November 2006
This is by far far one of my favorite picture books ever. When you pair the story (a jivin' retelling of "This Old Man" with a jazzy makeover) with the audio CD, your toes will be a tappin', your fingers will be a snappin', and all you'll be asking yourself is how long will it take to download some Louis Armstong or Charlie Parker on your iPod.
Play this audio CD to a class full of kids when you need to wake them up and get them moving or you just want to teach them about a genre of music that is inspiring and unique to our country.