While I love my name now, growing up it was not always my favorite. I did not like being teased about it. “Tell me a story, Storie!” or “Is your middle name Book?” or “Is that your REAL name?” A name is a huge part of our identity. Each student in the classroom has a special name. It is our responsibility to learn AND respect each and every name. This includes how to spell and pronounce them. There are a handful of books written that celebrate the beauty, history, and magic behind names, but Your Name is a Song is a new book by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and Luisa Uribe that needs to be shared.
After spending a day at school hearing her name being mispronounced, a little girl tells her mom that she doesn’t want to return. In response, the mother teaches her the musicality and magic behind a wide variety of names. Empowered with this new knowledge, the girl returns to school the next day ready to share what she has learned with her classmates and teacher.
This book not only has a beautiful message, but the illustrations are gorgeous. I appreciate that the author has selected a large variety of names to celebrate, but has also taken the time to include a pronunciation guide and meaning behind each name. This would be a wonderful addition to your classroom, school, or home library.
Be sure to check out Your Name is a Song by @authorjamilah and @lupencita . Thank you to @theinnovationpress for sharing this book with my family in exchange for an honest review.
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Eva dreams of dancing. She also has cerebral palsy, and doesn’t know what dancing would look like for someone in a wheelchair. She’s doesn’t want to imagine or pretend, she just wants to dance.
When Mom finds an audition for dancers of all ages and abilities, Eva isn’t so sure. She wonders if the other kids will stare and whisper. When she arrives, she hesitates, but with the encouragement of her teacher and classmates, Eva’s dancing dream becomes a reality.
I Will Dance by Nancy Bo Flood and Julianna Swaney is an absolutely beautiful story and the illustrations are just as amazing. I love how this book portrays that there are many different types of dancers.
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On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you that it’s summer? ☀️
It’s our first official day of summer break and I’m already dreaming of reading outside while my kids play. I thought it would be fun to kickoff the season with a fun craft. This one can be used to describe a favorite summer memory, a great book, and more! The best news is, it’s F R E E!
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