Day 117 of my 200 Picture Books in 200 Days Challenge: A Different Pond by Bao Phi. With this challenge I decided that I wanted to start looking at some Caldecott Medal and Honor books. This one did not disappoint. It's about a refugee family from Vietnam that is semi-autobiographical. The language and description of the refugee experience from the boy. This book is great for grades 3-5 for talking about refugees and inferring meaning about descriptive and figurative language.
Day 116 of my 200 Picture Books in 200 Days Challenge: My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits. This is a great book about a young Korean girl who moves to a new country where they do not speak her language. She doesn't want to write her name differently because it's different from Korean. Eventually she learns that sometimes all we need is a friend to change our minds about a new place. I love this book for talking about perspective and the importance of community.
Day 115 of my 200 Picture Books in 200 Days Challenge: Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say. A really beautiful Caldecott-winning story about the author's grandfather and his journey between his two homes of Japan and California and Allen Say finding understanding of his grandfather from a similar journey. This story is great for comparing and contrasting character experiences and looking at author's message.
Day 114 of my 200 Picture Books in 200 Days Challenge: Escargot by Dashka Slater. This is a really cute story about a snail on his way to eat a salad at the end of the book. Along the way he talks about how sad he is that no one says that snails are their favorite animal. He learns along the way that despite despising carrots at the beginning of the story, he actually does like them and we readers actually do like snails. The French words thrown in are also really cute.