Teachers around the country are gearing up to begin a new school year, many in a way that has never been experienced before. But, no matter the environment that teachers find themselves in this year, whether it is virtual or in person with masks, I know this to be true: TEACHERS WILL STILL TEACH! So, I’ve put together a Back to School series to help teachers choose books that will build their classroom communities, no matter if that community is in person or online.
Recommended Grades: Pre-K-5
Lily and Salma are best friends. They like doing the same things —- jumping rope, drawing pictures, playing on the swings. And they always eat lunch together, even if what they eat is different. Lily eats peanut butter and Salma eats hummus — but what’s that between friends? Turns out it’s enough to cause a food fight! Will a sandwich really come between these best friends?
Mentor Text: Build Community: The Sandwich Swap (April 20, 2010, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) is a story inspired by Her Majesty’s Queen Rania al Abdullah’s own childhood. Read aloud this book during the first weeks of school to help build your community. Discuss the true spirit of tolerance and acceptance, because even the smallest things can pull us apart, until we learn that friendship is far more powerful than difference. Though this book is ten years old, the message is still timely and important as we begin a new school year.
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