• Book of the Month 2020-2021 School Year


    Weems Elementary School is for the second school year launching Book-of-the-Month in all classrooms.  Each month, teachers will share one common picture book to unite our school community.  Picture books are an amazing resource for teachers to use to address so many topics and are written in a way that makes difficult concepts accessible to children.  The illustrations also provide opportunities for all students to connect with the text.  Book-of-the-month will deliver a common experience to build conversations between all students and teachers.

    Now that you know, ask your child about the new book every month.  Ask them to share their thoughts with you and your family!


    1. Our book for September 2020 is: Those Shoes

    "All Jeremy wants is a pair of those shoes, the ones everyone at school seems to be wearing. Though Jeremy’s grandma says they don’t have room for "want," just "need," when his old shoes fall apart at school, he is more determined than ever to have those shoes, even a thrift-shop pair that are much too small. But sore feet aren’t much fun, and Jeremy soon sees that the things he has — warm boots, a loving grandma, and the chance to help a friend — are worth more than the things he wants."-Amazon Review


    2. Our book for October 2020 is:My Papi

    “A celebration of the love between a father and daughter, and of a vibrant immigrant neighborhood, by an award-winning author and illustrator duo. When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she's always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her. But as the sun sets purple-blue-gold behind Daisy Ramona and her papi, she knows that the love she feels will always be there. With vivid illustrations and text bursting with heart, My Papi Has a Motorcycle is a young girl's love letter to her hardworking dad and to memories of home that we hold close in the midst of change.”-Amazon Review

    3. The book of the month selection for November 2020 is My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco: November

    "There's nothing worse than a rotten redheaded older brother who can do everything you can do better! Patricia's brother Richard could run the fastest, climb the highest, and spit the farthest and still smile his extra-rotten, greeny-toothed, weasel-eyed grin. But when little Patricia wishes on a shooting star that she could do something—anything—to show him up, she finds out just what wishes—and rotten redheaded older brothers—can really do. Patricia Polacco's boldly and exuberantly painted pictures tell a lively and warmhearted tale of comic one-upsmanship and brotherly love."-Amazon Review

    4. The book of the month selection for December 2020 is The Boy Who Harnassed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.: wind

    "When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library . . . and figured out how to bring electricity to his village. Persevering against the odds, William built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps, and thus became the local hero who harnessed the wind. 

    Lyrically told and gloriously illustrated, this story will inspire many as it shows how - even in the worst of times - a great idea and a lot of hard work can still rock the world."

    -Amazon Review

     5. The book of the month selection for January 2021 is High Five by Adam Rubin.High 5

    "A #1 New York Times bestseller from the creators of the beloved Dragons Love Tacos comes a rollicking, rhyme-tastic, interactive high five competition--starring YOU!

    "Discover the lost art of the high five and improve your slapping skills just in time for the annual high five contest! From hand-limbering stretches to lessons on five-ing with finesse, readers are guided through a series of interactive challenges, each goofier than the next."-Amazon Review

    6. For February 2021 the book of the month selection is Max's Words by Kate Banks. Max

    "Max's brothers have grand collections that everyone makes a big fuss over. Benjamin collects stamps and Karl collects coins, and neither one will share with their little brother. So Max decides to start a collection of his own. He's going to collect words. He starts with small words that he cuts out of newspapers and magazines, but soon his collection has spilled out into the hall. All the while, his brothers are watching. Benjamin brags that he has one thousand stamps. Karl is just a few coins short of five hundred. But a thousand stamps is really just a bunch of stamps, and a lot of coins is only a heap of money. A pile of words, however, can make a story.

    Bright, bold pictures incorporating clever wordplay accompany this highly original tale about a younger brother's ingenuity."-Amazon Review

    7. The March 2021 book of the month selection is The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson. the other side

    “Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.---Clover's mom says it isn't safe to cross the fence that segregates their African-American side of town from the white side where Anna lives. But the two girls strike up a friendship, and get around the grown-ups' rules by sitting on top of the fence together. With the addition of a brand-new author's note, this special edition celebrates the tenth anniversary of this classic book. As always, Woodson moves readers with her lyrical narrative, and E. B. Lewis's amazing talent shines in his gorgeous watercolor illustrations.”-Amazon Review


    8. The April 2021 book of the month is Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats Peter's Chair

    "Peter has a new baby sister. First his father paints Peter’s old cradle pink, then his crib. Then his parents want to paint Peter’s chair! “Let’s run away, Willie,” he says to his dog. And they do. This is a gentle and reassuring story about sibling rivalry."-Ezra Jack Keats Foundation