Our Backpack Of Books

We recently read about the Syracuse school district’s plan to send home a backpack of 10 books with every school child (kindergarten to fifth grade) at the end of this year. This warms our book-loving hearts. Here is the 10 books we’d like to have included in our school backpack this summer. You can read the article here

1. Dr. Suess - THE LORAX

You can learn a lot from reading the Lorax - Sustainability, how to be a steward to the environment, responsibility. Useful lessons for any young reader.

2. Madeline

Many valuable lessons can be imparted to readers of Madeline, most importantly courage.


The power of knowledge is the inspiring message behind this lovable tale from Roald Dahl. It’s also a very entertaining read.


Shel Silverstein’s poetry collection and whimsical drawings are sure to inspire a new generation of poets.


Growing up can be difficult, as children we learn that we’re all made differently. This book by E.B. White is a heartwarming tale of what it means to find your voice.


Teaching resourcefulness, the main character in this novel is a young native american girl who has learned to survive on her own island.


A larger message about discipline and courage is at work in this novel. Read Holes and you’ve entered a magical world that is enthralling and uplifting.


There are some big themes in this book, but older readers will remember this tale for the rest of their lives


Friendship, the power of imagination and the introduction to losing a loved one is sobering for many young readers, but a worthwhile lesson that will show the heavier issues that books can cover.


Peter Rabbit knows how to get into trouble but this adorable rabbit takes readers on all kind of adventures.

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