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5 Books To Gift Your Child's Teacher This New School Year

Teachers go above and beyond when it comes to filling their classrooms with great resources to make your child's school year spectacular. Many teachers pay for supplies, decorations, snacks, and resources out of their own pockets. You can help your child's teacher provide great educational resources by contributing new books to the classroom library for all of the students to enjoy. Books are a long lasting gift that will impact students for years to come, and help save your favorite teacher from taking on the expensive cost of stocking the classroom library with great current books that students will need for independent reading. Here are 5 new chapter books for grades 3 to 8 that will make a perfect addition for your child's teacher's classroom library this year:

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1. The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball by Dori Jones Yang


The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball is a lively novel based on a little-known episode from history, when 120 boys were sent to New England by the Emperor of China in the 1870s to attend school as part of the Chinese Educational Mission. Leon and his brother struggle to adapt to American life–until Leon discovers baseball. Despite his impulsive and curious nature, he is determined to follow the Emperor’s rules―to live with an American family, study hard, and return home to modernize China. But he also must resist such forbidden American temptations as baseball. “The boys’ experiences are both timely and timeless in Yang’s deft hands", says VOYA magazine.

2. The Wonderling by Mira Bartok


In The Wonderling, readers are introduced to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle. Part animal and part human, the groundlings are forbidden to enjoy anything regular children have, most particularly singing and music. For the Wonderling, an innocent-hearted, one-eared, fox-like eleven-year-old it is the only home he has ever known. Richly imagined, with shimmering language, steampunk motifs, and gripping, magical plot twists, this high adventure fantasy is the debut novel of award-winning memoirist Mira Bartók .

3. Zinnia and the Bees by Danielle Davis


In Zinnia and the Bees, a colony of honeybees mistakes Zinnia’s hair for a hive ― and that’s the least of her problems! While Zinnia's classmates are celebrating the last day of seventh grade, she's in the vice principal's office, serving detention for yarn-bombing a statue of the school mascot. When Zinnia rushes home to commiserate with her older brother and best friend, Adam, she's devastated to discover that he's gone ― with no explanation. Zinnia’s day surely can't get any worse . . . until a colony of honeybees inhabits her hive-like hair!

4. The Night Garden by Polly Horvath


From award–winning author Polly Horvath comes In the Night Garden, a magical novel about a garden that grants wishes. It is World War II, and Franny and her parents, Sina and Old Tom, enjoy a quiet life on a farm on Vancouver Island. Their peaceful life is interrupted when their neighbor, Crying Alice, who begs Sina to watch her children while she goes to visit her husband at the military base. Soon after the children move in come appearances from UFOs, hermits, ghosts and all kinds of trouble. Can the forbidden night garden that supposedly grants everyone one wish help them all out of trouble?

5. Threads of Blue by Suzanne LeFluer


In Threads of Blue, a war took Mathilde away from her family when she was chosen to serve her country, Sofarende, with other children working on a secret military project. But now the other children—including her best friend, Megs—have fled to safety, and Mathilde is all alone, determined to complete her mission. In this powerful and deeply moving sequel to the acclaimed Beautiful Blue World, Mathilde must make her way through a new stage of the war.

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