• Book of the Month


    This year Weems Elementary School is 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 is: A Chair for My Mother by Vera Williams

    After their home is destroyed by a fire, Rosa, her mother and grandmother save their coins to buy a really comfortable chair for all to enjoy.-Goodreads

    A chair

    “A Chair for My Mother.” Amazon Prime, Reading Rainbow, 2017, www.amazon.com/s?k=a+chair+for+my+mother+by+vera+williams&crid=225TFWQMNQG93&sprefix=A+chair+%2Caps%2C144&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_3_8.


    2. The book for October is: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena.

    "Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them."- Amazon


    Smith, Jodene Lynn, and Peña Matt De la. “Last Stop on Market Street: a Guide for the Book by Matt De La Peña.” Amazon, Shell Education, 2017, www.amazon.com/Last-Stop-Market-Street-Matt/dp/0399257748/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1C4S7C18PI3CK&keywords=last%2Bstop%2Bon%2Bmarket%2Bstreet&qid=1582321768&sprefix=last%2Bsto%2Caps%2C151&sr=8-1.


    3. The book for November is: Bigmama's by Donald Crews

    Four African American children travel with their mother, and when the train arrives in Cottondale, Florida, the summer at Bigmama's house begins! Donald Crews brilliantly evokes the sights, sounds, and emotions of a memorable childhood experience. Beautifully and richly illustrated, this is a wonderful choice for family reading and classroom sharing. "A very special book by a superb artist and storyteller."—The Horn Book


    4.  Our book for December is: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. 

    Owl Moon is a Caldecott Medal award winning book by Jane Yolen.  It is about how a young girl who goes out with her father to see an owl and experiences the magic of looking at owls all in one night.

    Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

    Yolen, Jane. “Owl Moon.” Amazon Prime, Amazon, 30 Jan. 2020, www.amazon.com/s?k=owl+moon+by+jane+yolen&crid=3DYLZIB6RDNBC&sprefix=Owl+Mo%2Caps%2C172&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_3_6.

    5. Our book for January is: Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel

    A father is writing to his children, for something has happened at home that they need to know about. He begins by telling them the story of how a tree became a member of their family. For some reason, when the family chose the land on which to build their new home, they could not bear to cut down a large odd-looking tree which stood on the land. One of the children, unable to pronounce tree, called the tree Steve, and the name stuck.


    Zweibel, Alan. “Our Tree Named Steve.” Amazon Prime, Amazon, 30 Jan. 2020, www.amazon.com/Tree-Named-Steve-Alan-Zweibel/dp/0142407437/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1SQ244ULWDOB5&keywords=a+tree+named+steve&qid=1580406017&sprefix=A+tree+named+s%2Caps%2C136&sr=8-1.


     6.  The book of the month for February is: Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street, a book written by  Roni Schotter, the award-winning author (NCTE, Parents Choice Award, National Jewish Book Award, and others) of 23 books (Grade PreK-6).  Goodreads says that in this book the advice given to young Eva is “write what she knows," Eva takes the literary advice of her neighbors, while adding a few embellishments that make her neighborhood seem much more exciting than she realized.

    Nothing Ever Happens

    Schotter, Ronni. “Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street.” Amazon Prime, Amazon, 30 Jan. 2020, www.amazon.com/s?k=nothing+ever+happens+on+90th+street&crid=3C6WLC1HU0EHF&sprefix=Nothing+Ever%2Caps%2C136&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_12.

    7. The book of the month for March is: Enemy Pie, written by Derek Munson. "Teach kindness, courtesy, respect, and friendship: It was the perfect summer. That is, until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became neighborhood enemy number one. Luckily Dad had a surefire way to get rid of enemies: Enemy PieThe perfect book for kids learning how to make friends or deal with conflict." - Goodreads


    “Enemy Pie.” Amazon Prime, 21 Feb. 2020, www.amazon.com/Enemy-Pie-Reading-Rainbow-book/dp/081182778X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2R00076EJB46Q&keywords=enemy pie children's book&qid=1582319808&sprefix=enemy pie,aps,145&sr=8-1.