Another month means more brand new books for you! So many new books are released each week. It can be hard to keep up with them all! Here are some of my favorite May new books that have been released recently.
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May New Books
Kick Push by Frank Morrison
Kick Push brings a strong message for all kids to hear. Be You. Be Great. Epic loves skateboarding. But his family has moved to a new neighborhood and Epic misses his old crew. Doing some awesome tricks on a board is fun but not as much when you can’t do them with friends. He tries to fit in by playing other sports – football, soccer, basketball…but they just are not his jam.
His parents encourage him to give it one more try. Will that be enough to attract a new group of skate friends?
A Penny’s Worth by Kimberly Wilson
Pennies, worthless? Non-cents! Hot off the minting press, Penny feels like a million bucks. Other coins and bills are spent while she sits forgotten and she begins to doubt her value. She is too small to slot-surf with Quarter. Even penny candy sells for a dime! Penny refuses to be short-changed, so she sets out to find her purpose at any cost.
Readers will laugh at a wealth of money puns, learn a basic lesson on US currency, and discover that self-worth is truly priceless. A Penny’s Worth is a great read aloud for the classroom!
I’ll Go and Come Back by Rajani LaRocca
I’ll Go and Come Back is about a girl who visits her relatives in India and feels lonely and homesick. Her grandmother helps her feel comfortable through play and reading and food. When the grandmother visits the girl in the U.S., she finds herself lonely and homesick, and her granddaughter helps her through play and reading and food.
I’ll Go and Come Back is inspired by the author’s own relationship with my grandmother. The title refers to the fact that in some Indian languages, people don’t say, “Goodbye” — they say “I’ll go and come back,” which holds the promise of return. I hope you enjoy this book that is very close to my heart.
This is a School by John Schu
This is a School is an ode to all of the people who make up a lively and caring school community paired with joyful illustrations. A school isn’t just a building; it is all the people who work and learn together. It is a place for sharing, for helping and for community. It is a place of hope and healing, even when the community can’t be together in the same room.
This is a School is a perfect read aloud for the beginning of the school year! Pair it with School’s First Day of School, The Day You Begin and All are Welcome.
Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle by Nina LaCour
Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle is about a child missing a parent when they are gone. It shares all of the emotions that go along with that. This ability to show emotions, and embrace them instead of feeling bad about them, is an important SEL lesson.
I love that at school she has a diverse group of classmates feeling sad about missing loved ones for various reasons. Kaylani Juanita’s illustrations capture so much love and emotion in Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle.
Which of these new May books are you going to grab for your classroom?
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