Lately we’ve been diving into the “Dive Into Reading” line of early chapter books from Lee & Low Books!
These Confetti Kids series books have 3 chapters that are short but feel complete. We have enjoyed getting to know Henry, Lily, Mei, Pablo, and Padma, a group of friends growing up in New York. Together they face experiences that all children can relate to such as the first day of school and the excitement that brings, being in a classroom with (or without) your BFFS, or even feeling lonely and longing for a great friend. Readers may feel inspired to see how they can be a friend, be the change (we love how this group of friends asked Principal Hart if they could make a “buddy bench”), and be brave (we also loved how they went on an adventure with Pablo’s dad to Coney Island using a map).
At the end of each book you’ll find an activities page and lesson plans and teaching materials can be found online at leeandlow.com.
Not only do these books celebrate inclusivity but they also celebrate kindness, compassion, and the magic and wonder of childhood. Listening to my daughter read them aloud has made story time even sweeter!
Thank you Lee & Low Books for sharing these with us!
Follow That Map! Written by Sheri Tan + Illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez
The Buddy Bench Written by Gwendolyn Hudson Hooks + Illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez