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December 2014

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G R A D E S K - 2 La Mariposa by Francisco Jiménez , illustrated by Simón Silva It is Francisco's first year at school in an En- glish-speaking classroom. He knows a few words of English, but he understands little of what his teacher is saying. During the school day, he is intrigued by a caterpillar that sits in a jar next to his desk, and decides to devote all of his energy to learning how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. This story addresses the struggles English learn- ers face while they are learning a new language. It also shows how imaginative children can be and how we can incorporate what they are inter- ested in into the curriculum. No AR listing. G R A D E S 9 - 1 2 I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai Winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, young Malala Yousafzai inspired a groundswell of support around the world for girls' right to education. The Young Readers version is gripping and occasionally hard to read, given the violent subject matter, but it is told in a voice that is easy for young people to latch on to. Though some young readers may not know much about Pakistan or the Taliban, Malala gently explains very complex situations in a way that's easy to follow. This book details Malala's life before the shooting, her recovery, and her new life in Britain, inviting young read- ers to count their blessings and think about other people in the world who would love to enjoy some of the liberties we often take for granted. AR level 7.1. G R A D E S 3 - 5 Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes Poetry is the perfect format for this short story about a girl with a vivid imagination. Gabriella is heartbroken when her parents split up and she is forced to move away from her old neighborhood and best friend. She starts at a new school, where she has trouble concentrating. Her teacher soon recognizes her special qualities and comes up with an inspired idea to encourage Gabby and the other kids in the class to use their imaginations. Perfect for reading aloud, Words with Wings takes the fears and hopes of one child and spins them into a story for children of all ages. AR level 4.3. Know & Tell 17 V O L U M E 1 9 I S S U E 5

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