Hot Topics: Severe Weather, Poetry, and the Common Core

It’s Hot Topics time again!  It may be February, but we have spring in our hearts—and in our lists.  It may seem like spring will never arrive, but it will be here before you know it.  You’ll want to be ready in your library or classroom, and we hope that these lists will help.

extremeweatherSpring ushers in warmer weather and rain to many parts of the United States, but the change of season also brings severe weather. This list includes a variety of titles centering on the fascinating and frightening aspects of severe weather, from storm chasing to the science behind the weather.  Here in Minnesota, we will be talking about weather safety during a statewide Severe Weather Awareness Week April 21-25.  Do your students know what to do in a severe weather emergency?

rutherfordbEvery April publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. This list brings together some of our favorite poetry titles for kids from the last couple of years.  Many would fit nicely into classroom lessons even outside of the language arts.  Rutherford B., Who Was He? by Marilyn Singer would be great for a history class studying presidents. Science teachers will appreciate the opportunity to share a different perspective on insects with their students with the poems in Face Bug by J. Patrick Lewis.

imprisonedAs promised, we are continuing to explore aspects of the Common Core.  In case you missed it, last month we looked at How To books for the sequencing and explicit instruction aspect of Common Core.  This month we wanted to share books that encourage students to consider different perspectives.  The books in this list explore contrasting perspectives in history and in fairy tales. Books like Imprisoned by Martin Sandler and Master George’s People by Marfe Delano are sure to engage students in a discussion and spur creative thinking in a classroom!

As always, we welcome your feedback.  Were these lists helpful to you?  Are there some subjects you think would make a good Hot Topics list?  Comment here or share your ideas @MackinBooks on Twitter.