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Add a Good Book To Your School Supplies

Carole Barrowman
Posted at 10:56 AM, Aug 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-16 17:36:31-04

Let’s do Back to School Books for kids. Add a good book to your school supplies. Carole Barrowman joins us to talk about her new books that your kids will love. There's lots of fun reads for all kids and their variety of interests!

First two are picture books for younger readers. Or for older siblings to practice reading aloud, a valuable skill to develop in our children that leads to confidence in public speaking and even speaking up in class. I make my students read aloud as much as I can.

The World Needs More Purple Schools by Kristin Bell (yes, that Kristin Bell) & Benjamin Hart, illustrations by Daniel Wiseman (Random House) 4-6 years.
Is your school a Purple School? What does that even mean? This book explains it all with energetic illustrations and lots of ideas to make your school PURPLE! Want a hint? Purple is the color of curiosity and collaboration. This picture book does a wonderful job with representation in its depiction of children and teachers.

I Am The Shark by Joan Holub, illustrated by Laurie Keller (Random House)
The Great White Shark thinks he’s the GREATEST SHARK in this book. He discovers he’s not. This book is a wonderfully silly way to introduce young readers to the world of sharks and lots of shark facts.

Booked (Graphic Novel) by Kwame Alexander, illus. by Dawud Anabwile (HarperAlley) 10-12 years
This is part of Alexander’s popular Crossover sports series is about written in verse. The pacing is fast and I think they focus on real and relevant issues for middle school kids.

Crunch (Graphic Novel) by Kayla Miller (Clarion) 8-12 years
This book is about going back to school and what happens when you sign up for all the activities! Olive wants to do everything. She likes being busy, but pretty soon Olive is swamped and she may not get everything accomplished that she wanted to.