We at Read to Them are constantly on the lookout for books that will enhance our existing catalog. As we step properly into the new year, we are so excited to share four books that have been added to our library– ready and available for your next school-wide or district-wide read! Check them out:
Stella Díaz Never Gives Up by Angela Dominguez
Stella Díaz, a Read to Them favorite, is back with a new adventure, some new friends, and a new cause – keeping plastics out of the ocean. You don’t need to read this series in order, so you can start your friendship with Stella with a visit to Oaxaca, Mexico and then back to Chicago to start the Sea Musketeers club and make a difference!
This book is perfect for schools who want to learn more about ocean conservation while exploring Mexican culture. You’ll learn some Spanish, too.
Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian, illustrated by Nasaya Mafaridik
Welcome to the world of Omar and his BIG imagination. This first book in the series introduces us to 9-year-old Omar as he faces a new neighborhood and new school. Don’t worry – his imaginary dragon, H2O, is there to help him through. The bold, graphic illustrations woven through the witty text bring Omar’s world to life.
Learn about Muslim culture through the eyes of a young boy who dreams of receiving a Ferrari when he is allowed to fast for Ramadan. This charming and funny book will give your school community the chance to see the power of inclusion and diversity, while having fun with science and dragons.
Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres
When you are a little kid, getting picked up from school by your family’s taco truck is cool. But when you get older, Tía Perla the Taco Truck is an embarrassment. Add some overprotective parents and you can see why Stef is struggling. But, when it looks like the family might lose their truck, Stef finds her voice to stand up and defend the jalapeño-scented member of the family.
Stef Soto brings you lessons in entrepreneurship and civics along with friendship, family, and – of course – tacos. Maybe you can end your program with a Taco Truck Round-up at your school!
The Islanders by Mary Alice Monroe
As Jake contemplates his upcoming summer on a Lowcountry island in South Carolina with his widowed grandmother and without his friends – or any screens – he is sure it is going to be the “worst summer ever.” He soon discovers, however, that the island holds plenty of excitement, especially when experienced with two new friends and some freshly hatched sea turtles.
The Islanders will give your school community a chance to learn more about sea turtles and their fragile habitat. It also explores the lives of military families and includes themes of friendship, family, and forgiveness.