Welcome to the newest section of my site, Forgotten Treasure Tuesdays! There are so many great new children’s books coming out every day that I fear some of the older titles will be forgotten. As all of you know, just because a book was published awhile ago doesn’t mean that it will not be relevant to today’s children. In this weekly series, I will “remind” you of one novel and one picture book that you should dust off and share with your elementary students. Please feel free to email, tweet, or post to Facebook with books that you would like shared or with comments.
Picture Book: Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco (Puffin 1998)
Patricia Polacco’s books can be a bit long for a read-aloud during a limited library period, but make the time for this one if you can! It’s a beautiful story of friends working together to do something special for a beloved grandmother. The story touches on racial and ethnic prejudice, but not in a “preachy” way. Students will get the story’s message without feeling hit over the head by it. A wonderful book to show how people can accomplish great things if they just work together and listen to each other.
Novel: A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban (Sandpiper 2009)
A perfect book for upper elementary (4th and 5th) grade girls. This book is the quirky, funny, and heartwarming story of Zoe who wants to learn to play classical piano but ends up playing hits from the 70’s on an organ instead. With interesting auxiliary characters and a heroine who is easy to love, this novel will be impossible to keep on the shelf once the girls get a hold of it.