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Sea Glass Summer

December 12, 2019

If you’re like many of us who have been inundated with snow, sleet, wind, and rain, this may be the book that will lift your winter spirits.

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Sea Glass Summer written by Michelle Houts and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline tells a story of how a young boy called Thomas spends the summer at his grandmother’s island cottage. She gifts Thomas with a magnifying glass that was his grandfather’s. Each day, Thomas and his grandmother search the beach for treasures left behind by the sea. His grandmother finds a piece of sea glass which she hands to Thomas, saying “…after being broken, tossed in the saltwater and sand, the pieces turn smooth and cloudy.” She adds, “…your grandfather used to say that each piece of sea glass has a story all its own.” That night, with his sea glass nearby, Thomas dreams of a ship from long ago as seen in Ibatoullines’ realistic illustrations. As the ship is christened with a bottle of champagne, pieces of the bottle fall into the ocean. Sea glass days and sea glass night dreams make up Thomas’ summer. At the end of the summer as Thomas and his grandmother are ferrying off the island, Thomas drops his grandfather’s magnifying glass and pieces fall into the sea. The story fast forwards to many years later when a young girl who is visiting a family island cottage shows her Papaw Tom a piece of sea glass she found. He carefully examines it and says, “…each piece of sea glass has a story of its own.” That night with her sea glass nearby, she dreams of a boy named Thomas.

I’m fascinated by this story because our family loves hunting for sea glass on the beaches of New England. Bagram Ibatoulline’s realistic illustrations are beautifully rendered, and Michelle Houts’ story inspires imaginative thinking. The author and illustrator weave a story of family, history, and the art of sea glass. Make sure to check this out!

Bring on the New Year!

December 27, 2018

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Dream your dreams and make them come true!

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Women’s History Month

March 14, 2013

No dream is unattainable if you believe in yourself.

March is Women’s  History Month. This year’s theme is Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Throughout history there have been women who have accomplished amazing things that have often gone unnoticed in a world dominated by men. Women’s History Month calls attention to these achievements and it strives to make women, young and old, realize possibilities.

There are many books that pay homage to those spirited women who have helped shape our history. Below I have included some I’ve used in our school library, and I’ve also listed past and current posts and links that provide a myriad of books and information on famous women in history.

I encourage you to pick and choose from these books that will inspire young women and men to dream impossible dreams and make every effort to realize those dreams.

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Marian Anderson A Great Singer written by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack, Jr.

Phillis Wheatley Colonial American Poet  written by Laura Purdie Salas

Mary McLeod Bethune A Great Teacher written by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack, Jr.

Elizabeth Blackwell written by Jan Mader

Jane Addams A Life of Cooperation  written by Ann-Marie Kishel

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Helen’s Big World The Life of Helen Keller written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Matt Tarvares

Minty A Story of Young Harriet Tubman written by Alan Schroeder and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

She Sang Promise The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader written by J.G. Annino and illustrated by Lisa Desimini

Wilma Unlimited written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by David Diaz

Me …Jane written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell

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Different Like Coco written and illustrated by Elizabeth Matthews

Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto written Susan Goldman Rubin and illustrated by Bill Farnsworth

Vinnie and Abraham written by Dawn Fitzgerald and illustrated by Catherine Stock

More:

Recommended Books for Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month: Outstanding Picture Books for Children on Women’s
Suffrage (Part 1)

Women’s History Month: Outstanding Picture Books for Children on Women’s
Suffrage (Part 2)

Women’s History Month: Outstanding Picture Books for Children on Women’s
Suffrage (Part 3)

Women’s History Month: Outstanding Picture Books for Children on Women’s
Suffrage (Part 4)

Non-Fiction Monday/Women’s History Month: Outstanding Picture Books for Children
on Women’s Suffrage (Part 5)

5 Great Children’s Books for Women’s History Month

Beautiful Minds: Teaching about Women in the Sciences through Picture Books

Aviator, Nurse, Soldier, Spy–Reflections on Women’s History Month

Toddler in Peril Becomes a Leader of Her Tribe

Picture Books About Women’s History

Books About Women: Women’s History for Kids

Celebrating Women in Picture Books


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