Summer Must Reads: Esperanza Rising


Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan is one of the most touching books I’ve ever read.  This tome about a young girl who goes from privilege to migrant worker after the death of her beloved father is a must read for all ages.

This is the perfect read-aloud for parents and teachers.  The author imparts a host of life lessons that can be used to start meaningful discussions with children.  The dialogue will have adults digging deep within their own hearts to take stock of personal beliefs.

Esperanza means to hope in Spanish.  The title character finds her hope as she triumphs over trials and difficulties.

If you’ve never read this book, pick it up this summer.  It is truly one of the best books in which I have ever gotten lost!


Summer Must Reads

Are you looking for some great literature to read this summer.  I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite books.  The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry is one of my all time favorite books.  I read this book to my class every April around Earth Day.

There are many activities you can do with this book.  After reading the story, have your kids research one of the animals in the story on a tablet.  National Geographic Kids is a great place to start.  Check out San Diego Zoo for kids for some fascinating and easy to read information about jaguars.  For a higher reading level try Animal Fact Guide.  Go to Ranger Rick and find out how to make rain music.  Go to YouTube and search for RAINFOREST sounds for kids.  Your kids can hear what the rain forest must have sounded like when the story begins.

You can let your kids make animal masks or puppets.  They can act out the story.  You can research what is happening in rain forests around the world.  You can take a walk around your neighborhood and pick up trash.  There are endless activities you can do with this book.

I hope you love The Great Kapok Tree as much as I do.