I’m leading a year-long children’s literature book study with elementary teachers. We’ve been alternating between chapter books and picture books, focusing on books that feature either diverse characters or that were written by diverse authors and illustrators.
It’s been fun, yet challenging, to make the best book choice each month. This year at WSRA, my March book pick fell right into my lap.
I went to see Kwame Alexander, poet and writer of Crossover and Booked. I had no idea that his first book was a picture book. Even better, he was about to release a stunning nonfiction book about endangered animals. Hurrah for Animal Ark!
The book is centered around the stunning photographs by Joel Sartore, who has been photographing endangered animals for a special project called The Photo Ark. Just as beautiful are Kwame Alexander’s words- haiku- as pleasing to the ear as the photos are to the eyes.
Take a listen for yourself as Kwame Alexander recites the center pages– powerful words that urge us to take responsibility and take action.
I’m so excited to share this book with my team next week. You should check it out, too!