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Finding Friendship with A Handful of Stars

Friendships may come and go,but if we stay true to ourselves, our friendships will be more meaningful. Find out more in this Book Talk Thursday with A Handful of Stars.

Friendships come and friendships go, but we all learn what it means to be a true friend through our everyday actions. In today's Book Talk Thursday, I showcase another Virginia Readers' Choice that shows us how friendships come and go through the book A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord. {Affiliate links provided to fund future book purchases.}

Lessons in Poverty with Crenshaw on Book Talk Thursday

Many of our students live in poverty, and Crenshaw is a story that will help students feel comfort and understand how poverty may feel.

Poverty. We all have students who fall into that category. Many people complain because they feel that people must work to get what we all have. But it's hard. And the book Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate shows us all what it means for many families who live n poverty. {Affiliate links provided to fund future book purchases.}

The Remembering Day on Book Talk Thursday

A tradition from Old Mexico, The Remembering Day is a wonderful story reminding us what this day is all about.

Now that I have finished the primary Virginia Readers' Choice books, it's time to move on to the elementary list. Today we go back to old Mexico to learn more about The Remembering Day, a holiday that has become popular in recent years. Pat Mora tells a beautiful story in the book The Remembering Day/El dia de los muertos. {Affiliate links provided to fund future book purchases.}

5 Reasons Your Older Students Need Picture Books!

Using picture books with older students will help them as they work through various different literacy skills.

You wonder, you think ~ how can older students need picture books? We want them to be reading chapter books and really thinking about what is going on. Picture books are for the younger crowd. Bur really, are they? Research has shown that students, even in high school, can benefit from high quality picture books that teach lessons and help children learn. Here are five good reasons for using picture books in the upper grades.

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