Elephant and Piggie Like Reading series

Elephant & Piggie Like Reading series

The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat & We Are Growing by Laurie Keller

Elephant and Piggie are back, introducing each offering in their new series for emerging readers. In Santat’s The Cookie Fiasco, four friends are tasked with sharing three cookies.  Fairness and sharing are the stars of this, as is the spectacled squirrel who shouts, “We need equal cookies for all!” But sharing three cookies is harder than it looks, especially when hippo accidentally breaks the cookies when she’s nervous. In Keller’s “We Are Growing”, blades of grass celebrate being the tallest, the curliest, and the silliest. But one blade thinks he’s is nothing special, until his friends help him realize his strengths.   Releases 09.20.16. (Ages 4+)

One of the titles shared at Build a Better Collection, part of PSESD’s 2016 T-L Summit.

Jacky Ha-Ha by Patterson & Grabenstein

Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein

With six sisters, a mom serving in Operation Desert Shield overseas, and a busy lifeguard dad, Jacky is desperate for attention. But when the spotlight turns on her, her stutter takes over (hence the Ha-Ha).  To deflect from her anger, she uses sharp jokes, goofy pranks, and has an overall daredevil attitude. But a caring teacher persuades Jacky to take theatre over a month of detention, changing the course of her life forever. A novel introduced by a successful adult Jacky looking back on her youth.  (Ages 8-12)

One of the titles shared at Build a Better Collection, part of PSESD’s 2016 T-L Summit.

 

Ideas Are All Around by Philip C. Stead

Ideas are all Around by Philip C. Stead

Philip Stead takes readers on a first-person narrative on how ideas and inspiration surround us. Walking with his dog, talking with friends, observing animals, this quiet story (autobiography?) resonates with wonder and appreciation for the beauty of the natural world. Perfect for upper elementary students in need of writing inspiration.  (Ages 7+)

One of the titles shared at Build a Better Collection, part of PSESD’s 2016 T-L Summit.

A Hungry Lion… by Lucy Ruth Cummins

A Hungry Lion…or a dwindling assortment of animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins

Once upon a time, there were numerous animals, including a hungry lion. With the help of the animals, the lion finds something to eat…but it’s not what you expect. Darkly humorous with many opportunities to infer and predict, this has read-aloud appeal for all ages. (Ages 5+)

One of the titles shared at Build a Better Collection, part of PSESD’s 2016 T-L Summit.

The Great Pet Escape by Victoria Jamieson

The Great Pet Escape by Victoria Jamieson

After an ingenious escape from his locked cage, GW the hamster makes tracks to find – and free – his friends and fellow class pets Biter the guinea pig and Barry the rabbit. Reunited and ready to flee, GW and pals realize that they aren’t the only ones in the building…and like at school, seniority rules. A graphic novel for emerging and transitioning readers. (Ages 6-9)

One of the titles shared at Build a Better Collection, part of PSESD’s 2016 T-L Summit.

Game Changer by John Coy

Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game by John Coy

Duke University is known as a college basketball powerhouse. But in the 1940’s, the all-white team secretly – and illegally – met to play the North Carolina College of Negros in the first non-segregated basketball game.  An important and true story on the need for inclusivity, understanding, and acceptance. (Ages 7+)

One of the titles shared at Build a Better Collection, part of PSESD’s 2016 T-L Summit.

A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney

A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney

On the 100th anniversary of Keats’s birth in 1916 comes the story of his life. From his early years in poverty to his time in WWII to creating the character of Peter as inspired by a series of pictures of an African American boy, the life and impact of Keats is remembered and celebrated. Releases 11.01.16 (Ages 7+)

One of the titles shared at Build a Better Collection, part of PSESD’s 2016 T-L Summit.