It is unusual that I read the same book to more than one grade, but I'm doing so this week with Sarah Gives Thanks, by Mike Allegra, which is on loan from the Manhattan Beach public library. I often read Thank You, Sarah, by Laurie Halse Anderson, which is on the same topic: Sarah Hale's long campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday celebrated on the same day throughout the country. Sarah Gives Thanks is a bit more serious, more frank about Sarah's need to make a living after being widowed, and more interested in her role in promoting equality for women in education, employment, and public perception. We'll see what the students think.
Also this week I will be previewing with grades 4 and 5 some of the books that will be available at our upcoming school book fair, presented through Pages, our local independent bookstore. If you haven't been to Pages, you surely should visit; but it is thrilling that the store will be "coming to us" for our fair. I guarantee it: you can plan to get done a lot of your holiday shopping at the fair! The books in the preview box are gorgeous, as are all the handpicked books you'll find at the store, so I am sure the fair will be spectacular. The fair will take place right after our holiday week off. It starts November 30, and family night is Wednesday, December 2, from 5:30 to 8:30.