Association of Washington School Principals
Volume 2 – 2020-21
AWSP is partnering with Scholastic to bring you book recommendations for school leadership and education. Here are this quarter's recommendations.
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For Students
My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World,
By Malcolm Mitchell, Illustrated by Michael Robertson | Grades PreK-3
Meet Henley, an all-around good kid, who hates to read. When he’s supposed to be reading, he would rather do anything else. But one day, he gets the scariest homework assignment in the world: find your favorite book to share with the class tomorrow.
What’s a kid to do? How can Henley find a story that speaks to everything inside of him?
Malcolm Mitchell, best-selling author of "The Magician's Hat," pulls from his own literary triumph to deliver another hilarious and empowering picture book for readers of all abilities. Through his advocacy and his books, Malcolm imparts the important message that every story has the potential to become a favorite.
All Because You Matter
By Tami Charles, Illustrated by Bryan Collier | Grades PreK-3
Discover this poignant, timely, and emotionally-stirring picture book, an ode to black and brown children everywhere that is full of hope, assurance, and love.
Tami Charles pens a poetic, lyrical text that is part love letter and part anthem. This powerful, rhythmic lullaby reassures readers that their matter and their worth is never diminished, no matter the circumstance: through the joy and wonder of their first steps and first laughs, through the hardship of adolescent struggles, and the pain and heartbreak of current events, they always have, and always will, matter. Accompanied by illustrations by renowned artist Bryan Collier, a four-time Caldecott Honor recipient and a nine-time Coretta Scott King Award winner or honoree, “All Because You Matter” empowers readers with pride, joy, and comfort, reminding them of their roots and strengthening them for the days to come.
For Educators
Forged by Reading: The Power of a Literate Life
By Robert E. Probst and Kylene Beers
In “Forged by Reading: The Power of a Literate Life,” Kylene Beers and Bob Probst reflect on the role of reading in a democratic society. It is a book that helps us all — teachers, administrators, parents, and policy makers — to understand not only what it means to be an independent reader and writer, but also why creating independent readers and writers is critical to the health of our nation and the world. Beers and Probst argue that reading and writing are not literacy. They are the tools of literacy. Literacy is about power and privilege — the power to rethink visions of ourselves and to reshape our visions of what society might be. This is critical because the history of literacy has largely been about the suppression of that power and privilege.
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