Dear Children’s School Families,
The One School, One Book project is a school-wide, culturally responsive initiative that brings a shared monthly read-aloud picture book into every classroom at The Children’s School.
This year we are excited to work with Lee & Low publishing, the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the country. Beyond publishing beautiful, inclusive, culturally diverse titles, Lee & Low also provides additional resources to help support the use of books in the classroom, as well as at home.
We invite you to explore Lee & Low’s resources by clicking on "view the teachers guide" below the featured monthly titles.
Happy reading and warmest regards,
The One School, One Book Committee
OSOB November Selections:
ICT Grades PreK-1st / 6:1:1 Elementary
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
By Chief Jake Swamp / Illustrated by Erwin Printup
For as long as anyone can remember, Mohawk parents have taught their children to start each day by giving thanks to Mother Earth. Also known as the Thanksgiving Address, this good morning message is based on the belief that the natural world is a precious and rare gift. The whole universe — from the highest stars to the tiniest blade of grass — is addressed as one great family.
Now readers of all ages can share in this tribute to the environment, adapted especially for children by Chief Jake Swamp, whose efforts to share this vision of thanksgiving take him all over the world. Chief Swamp's inspirational message, along with Erwin Printup, Jr.'s unforgettable landscapes, make Giving Thanks a timeless celebration of the spirit of nature.
Check out educator activities for Giving Thanks, a title featured in RIF’s Multicultural Book Collections. To find other free activities that inspire young readers as well as learn more about Reading Is Fundamental, visit us at RIF.org.
ICT Grades 2nd-5th / 6:1:1 Middle
The People Shall Continue
By Simon J. Ortiz/Illustrated by Sharol Graves
Told in the rhythms of traditional oral narrative, this powerful telling of the history of the Native/Indigenous peoples of North America recounts their story from Creation to the invasion and usurpation of Native lands. As more and more people arrived, The People saw that the new men did not respect the land. The People witnessed the destruction of their Nations and the enslavement of their people. The People fought hard, but eventually agreed to stop fighting and signed treaties.
Many things changed and became more difficult, but The People continued to farm and create crafts. They remembered and told their children, “You are Shawnee. You are Lakota. You are Pima. You are Acoma. . . . You are all these Nations of the People.” The People held onto their beliefs and customs and found solidarity with other oppressed people. And despite struggles against greed, destruction of their lands, and oppression, The People persisted.
-ICT PreK-2nd / 6:1:1 Elementary
Benji, the Bad Day, and Me by Sally J. Pla
-ICT 3-5 / 6:1:1 Middle
Mama the Alien by Colato Laínez
-ICT PreK & K / 6:1:1 Elementary
The Golden Dragon Parade by Anastasia Suen
-ICT 1-5/ 6:1:1 Middle
Amazing Faces by Lee Bennet Hopkins
-ICT PreK-1 / 6:1:1 Elementary
Grandma’s Purple Flowers by Adjoa J. Burrowes
-ICT 2-5 / 6:1:1 Middle
It Jes Happened by Don Tate