I'm blown away by the awesome gift that we received in my classroom this week. A few weeks ago, I received this note from Sophie Blackall:
I have spent a lot of time and money to build a classroom library that would be full of great children's books. And I'm always excited to find ways to build upon that. So, I was happy to get this note and I shared it with my students and colleagues.
As time passed and the activities of a busy and challenging class of fifth graders pushed this note to the back of my mind, imagine my surprise when I was called to the office to pick up a package that had been delivered by UPS. Sitting on the counter in the main office was a HEAVY box from Greenlight Bookstore in New York City.
When I opened the box in my classroom, I was just thrilled by the contents. There were eleven brand-new, high quality picture books that had been published this year. The kids were also very excited.
Here's a list of the picture books that were included:
A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins, Sophie Blackall (illustrator)
Toys Meet Snow: Being the Wintertime Adventures of a Curious Stuffed Buffalo, a Sensitive Plush Stingray, and a Book-loving Rubber Ball by Emily Jenkins, Paul O Zelinsky
Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder (Goodreads Author), Julie Morstad (illustrator)
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena (Goodreads Author), Christian Robinson (Illustrations)
Once again, I want to thank Sophie Blackall for this amazing gift to my students. It really means so much that there is so much love and caring for kids that are working hard to become readers. There is also a package of Thank You letters coming your way!