We had a wonderful guest today – Brenda Powers of Choice Literacy stopped by to visit our reading and writing workshops. Lucky for me, she came bearing the best gifts this teacher could ask for – great books. Here are two I fell in love with instantly:
Olivia Bouler is an eleven year old ornithologist and artist on a mission:
The message I keep telling everyone is that all animals are special and important to our ecosystem. We need to work together to protect them. Imagine if a hundred years from now, children wouldn’t get to see the variety of beautiful creatures on this planet. We can’t let that happen.
Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf is her guide to the extraordinary world of birds. From Fierce Birds to Endangered & Extinct birds, Olivia writes about these categories in engaging detail, and her lovely illustrations bring each variety to life. The story of Olivia’s mission to help birds of the Gulf, and the scope of her reach also makes for interesting reading. This is a great book to share with our students – first as a mentor text for informational writing, and second as a powerful example of a writer reaching out to make a difference in her world. Here’s a link to Olivia’s site, in which she shares her artistic process, and provides updates about her activism.
Randy Cecil’s Lucy is just an absolute treat 0f a picture book – a story about a stray dog (Lucy) who remembers her past home and longs for a new one, Eleanor who feeds Lucy from time to time and longs to give her a home, and Eleanor’s father who longs to juggle for ecstatic audiences but panics when he is in front of one. Told in three parts, the story feels like a delightful old timey movie – but perhaps that’s because of Cecil’s lovely black and white illustrations:
Here’s a trailer that captures this old world, cinematic charm:
There are a few more books tucked into the bag Brenda left for me, and I can’t wait to get to them!