HOOKED ON BOOKS – For the Love of Friendship – by Joanne Sallay #teachmetuesday
February is a friendly month filled with many special days for students to embrace. It hosts Valentine’s Day, Family Day, and Pink Shirt Day (also known as Anti-Bullying Day). To capture the mood of the month with books, here are four picks for all the little valentines to enjoy.
Written and Illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
For ages: baby-3
Collectors of this popular baby board book series will want to get a copy of Huggy Kissy this month. It’s the perfect present for all the little sweethearts in your life. This snuggly story celebrates love within the entire family. Warning: Get ready to share a huggy and a kissy!
Lost My Name
For ages: 2-6
The Lost My Name personalized book series has taken the world by storm. In The Little Boy Who Lost His Name and The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name, young readers will go on an adventure to find their very own name with the help of some friends. It’s now offered in a variety of languages like French, Italian and Spanish, just to list a few popular options. Time to order a second copy in your language of choice!
Noni Speaks Up
Written by Heather Hartt-Sussman, Illustrated by Geneviève Côté
For Ages: 3-7
Calling all Noni fans—the third book in the series has finally arrived. Noni’s challenge this time is standing up against bullying to help her friend Hector. Students will relate to Noni’s dilemma and cheer for her courage to speak up. The illustrations are quintessential Noni and will leave readers craving more.
Kika the Upside-Down Girl
Written by Jessica Tudos
For ages: 4-10
Anyone who has ever felt a little different will relate to this story. The charismatic Kika is an aspiring gymnast who loves to live life upside down. She feels lonely in her unique world but ultimately embraces the notion that her differences make her special. Cool fact: It’s based on the personal journey of the author, Jessica Tudos, who competed in the 1984 Olympics. There are many teachable moments tucked away in the pages for young readers and the adults who love them to explore.
JOANNE SALLAY is a Director at Teachers on Call, a personalized home tutoring service with over 30 years of experience, providing one-on-one instruction in all subjects and grades. Visit Teachers on Call at teachersoncall.ca