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What’s in my Scholastic Book Box? – May 2018 Edition

Summer Days and Nights by Wong Herbert Yee

I am always in search of kid-friendly poetry books. When I found this summer-themed poetry book on Scholastic this month, I knew I had to have it. I am so glad that I purchased this book. It will be a great addition to the poetry section of my classroom library.

The Friend Ship by Kat Yeh

The Friend Ship is getting a ton of good buzz. I cannot wait to dive into this book and see what it is all about. From the summary that I read, this book tells the story of a group of animals that end up on a wild adventure. Naturally, this adventure takes place while they are sailing on a ship. What intrigues me the most so far is that the back of the book has one simple quote, “It’s out there… all you have to do is look.” Hello, serious chills! So excited to add this new creation to my book collection.

Milk Goes to School by Terry Border

I love, love books by Terry Border. The illustrations in these “food” theme books are just adorable. I love how the characters are all different types of food, and they interact just like typical could would. In Milk Goes to School, we follow Milk as she struggles to get along with some kids at school. This book is just a super, sweet kids book, and it is packed full of teachable moments.

Dream You’ll Be by Joseph T. Garcia

When I saw this book on the Scholastic Book Club website, I instantly added it to my shopping cart. First of all, the illustrations on the front cover are just beautiful and super kid-friendly. The book focuses on several different kids as the imagine all the amazing possibilities that the future holds for them.

Each child takes a turn picturing himself or herself in a future career. The possible careers mentioned included are rocket scientist, ballerina, teacher, musketeer, surfer, pirate, scientist, and so, so many more!

And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner

Summer is so close! I don’t know about you all, but our school has 15 days left. (And yes, I am totally counting down as much as my students are!) This book was a must-have for my May collection. I love bringing in summer-themed books the last few weeks of school. My students eat them up, and it just gets us all in the mood for the great adventures we will be having in a few short weeks.

The Sweetest Sound by Sherri Winston

Cadence Jolly was born with music in her soul. But, Cadence has a huge problem. She is painfully shy. As her eleventh birthday quickly approaches, Cadence knows that she needs to break out of her shell. She just doesn’t know how to do it. Unbeknownst to her, a secret recording of Cadence singing becomes a huge sensation within her entire church. Will Cadence be able to step out of her shell and let the world know that she is the face beyond that amazing voice?

Let’s Pretend We Never Met by Melissa Walker

Moving is never easy. Mattie Markham knows that. She understands that moving is even harder when you move in the middle of the school year. Mattie is very worried that she isn’t going to be able to make any know friends. Her worries are quickly put to ease when Mattie becomes quick friends with her next door neighbor. Surely, this new school year will be a breeze. Trouble for Mattie starts to occur when she begins her new school after winter break. Her new best friend is the school “weird girl,” and Mattie is not sure being friends with her is going to help Mattie fit in.

Smart Cookie by Ellie Swartz

Frankie misses her life as a family a three. Life has not been the same since her mother died. To Frankie, something in her family just seems to be missing now that her mother is gone. Frankie decides to try to find the missing piece to her family. She launches “Operation Mom” and creates an online dating profile for her dad.

Gorilla Dawn by Gill Lewis

Many lives are in danger in the book titled Gorilla down. A baby gorilla’s life is threated once he falls in the hand of rebel soldiers. In addition to the baby gorilla, a young girl, Imara, is also facing death after she was stolen from her own family. Another child, Bobo was captured when his father was trying to save the baby gorilla. Bobo’s father has also not been seen since his last effort to save the baby gorilla for the rebel soldiers. Will any of these lives be saved?

The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop

Summer and baseball used to be sacred to Quinnen. As the star pitcher of her baseball team, Quinnen has spent summer after summer loving every moment she spent on the baseball diamond. As much as Quinnen loved her time on the field, she loved the endless support she got from her sister even more. But, everything in Quinnen’s life gets flipped upside down when her biggest fan’s death. Will Quinnen be able to pick up the pieces of her shattered life now that her sister is dead?

The Way Home Looks Now by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Peter and his family have always had a shared loved for the Pittsburgh Pirates. But, that all changes with a tragedy hits Peter and his family. Their lives are now nothing like what they were before. Peter’s mother is overcome with grief, and Peter’s father is ruffling feathers with lots of people in the town. In order to try to put his broken family back together, Peter tries out for his local Little League. To Peter, baseball used to be the center of love for his family. Maybe, just maybe, it can put his family back together again.

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