Monday, March 2, 2020

Women's History Month Kick-Off

There are so many awesome books to read about strong women who made a difference that it's a good thing we can read them EVERY month of the year!  If you're looking for a few good ones to officially kick off the month, I want to recommend three:

I think Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie (Written by Peter & Connie Roop, Illustrated by Peter E. Hansen) and Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express by Margaret K. Wetterer and illustrated by Karen Ritz, both available on EPIC BOOKS, are wise choices for the younger grades because the main characters are closer to their ages. These true stories of heroism leave my kids on the edge of their seats.  Seriously.  Both brave and bold, your class will easily recognize that no matter what age a person is, no matter how small they are, they can make a difference.

 If you are looking for a way to enhance the books, check out my Book-Its.  Each one has a Pick-a-Prompt, two ways to retell the story, and Make-a-Word to practice letter/sound combinations.


To be honest, I read Thank You Sarah, The Women Who Saved Thanksgiving in November and March.  It truly is one of my Top 5 favorite all-time picture books.  There’s a pretty good chance it might become one of yours too.

Don’t let the Thanksgiving title make you put off reading this.  It’s is a MUST read.  TODAY.  Sarah is the embodiment of a strong, brave, bold, determined women.  Not only is she responsible for having all of us celebrate Thanksgiving on the same day (after 38 years of this idea being rejected!) she also was a writer, poet, composer (wrote Mary Had a Little Lamb), Magazine editor…you name it.  Author Laurie Halse Anderson is a masterful writer and this book is the PERFECT book to read during this month.  William Faulkner’s illustrations are amazing and full of humorous details as well.  Every time I read it, I want to stand up and cheer for Sarah Hale and start singing, “I am women, hear me roar…”

I offer each one individually or a bundle.  If interested, click on the pic:

If you share the books with your class or have already read them, I’d love to hear your opinions of them.  Happy reading! 

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