The first two Monarch nominated books shared with students this school year are Biblioburro by Jeanette Winter and Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw. Both books help students to understand how different their lives may be from others in the World, and also how they might be similar. In Biblioburro, based on a true story, a young man who loves to read decides to share his books with children in the small remote villages of his country, Columbia, where books are scarce and their are few libraries. He creates a "burro library", riding one burro and pulling one full of books to children who wait eagerly for his gifts. In Same, Same but Different, Elliot, an American boy, corresponds by letters with a boy in India. They compare their different environments, but find many similarities as well.
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.