Monthly Bookshelf: March
Welcome to the month that brings up more bookish recommendations, the international celebration of women, St. Patrick’s Day, and the coming of springtime – March! We hope wherever you are and however you’re celebrating the end of winter, you can find some excellent book recommendations in our March reading suggestions. Happy reading!
Dream Street by Tricia Elam Walker
March 2nd is Read Across America Day! The National Educator's Association list books each month. The March Book is Dream Street. Head on over to learn more about this book at NEA.
Splat the Cat and the Late Library Book by Rob Scotton
Splat the Cat is a popular series, and this time readers will see just what happens when Splat the Cat has a late library book! It is pretty funny and will have readers laughing and thinking – can you end up in jail for a late library book!?
Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
From Caldecott Honor winner, this fun book talks about all the great times that can happen in the public library. This shows some pretty book-loving bats in action!
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
Library Lion is such a sweet story! With so many rules and strict guidelines from the head librarian, Miss Merriweather, this story tells the tale of a sweet lion eager to follow each and every rule in the library.
I have an easy peasy activity that is perfect for reading month and Library Lion! Have your students make a paper plate lion! They color the rim of the plate brown and the inside of the plate yellow. Make a lion face and you have your very own Library Lion. You can attach writing paper to the bottom and write ways to respect books or chart all of the books read in March for reading month!
A is for Awesome
A is for Awesome is an excellent introduction from A-Z about some of the most famous and powerful women and feminist icons. This title features such names as Amelia Earhart, Malala, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This one is sure to encourage many students!
I like Myself
This story is for everybody – and we mean EVERYBODY! In this celebratory story all about being confident and self-esteem, readers will enjoy the sheer energy that bursts from the colorful pages and rhyming words. We know your students will adore this one!
Mae Among the Stars
This story features a little girl named Mae who has big dreams – so big that they reach all the way up into the stars! This book is inspired by the first black woman to travel to space, Mae Jemison. Readers will easily be inspired by young Mae’s dreams and encourage them to think about what they can also accomplish.
Rosie Revere Engineer
This story features a young girl named Rosie who at first may seem shy and quiet but really is bursting with thoughts and engineering by night! This story is great for young people interested in creating, but more so it’s a story about trying and trying again, and what we learn about ourselves when we fail.
My Lucky Day
What happens when a young piglet happens to knock on the door of a very hungry fox? Find out in this story about a Fox who can hardly believe his luck!
How to Catch a Leprechaun
This book is all about, you guessed it, catching a leprechaun! With traps and lots of planning, all that needs to happen now is to wait for the arrival of St Patrick’s Day. Will they succeed? Find out!
In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
This story features all the ways march can be unexpected from wild late winter storms, to cool spring breezes. This story rhymes, and follows a humorous tale of a line and lamb featuring beautiful watercolor illustrations.
Jamie O Rourke and the Big Potato
Jamie is a farmer who lives in Ireland. But he is also the world’s laziest person until one day he happens to meet a leprechaun. Then, magically, he sees that he’s growing a GIANT potato!
In this adventurous story, a young girl in Ireland called Fiona has the remarkable task of taking back all the luck that the evil Leprechaun King has stolen from the land. For fans of beautiful folktales, this one is for you!
Rainbow of My Own
In this sweet story, a young boy tries to imagine what it would be like if he had an entire rainbow all to himself. What would he do if he could have a rainbow? This book is super sweet and lovely, with soft illustrations.
Kate Who Tamed the Wind
With march comes those windy days! Young Kate is determined to catch and tame the wind. She grabs her wheelbarrow and some other trusty materials along with the help of some other nature friends, the trees, and gets to work.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
This is a rather popular story and it may not need an introduction. It’s also a wildly popular movie – so what happens when it starts to rain…meatballs?