Shelf Help January 2020

Welcome to Shelf Help, a quick look at new and noteworthy books to read with your BOOK IT! students. BOOK IT! wants to make it easy to keep up with literary trends and popular reads to keep your students interested. This month we are featuring books that encourage your students to march to the beat of their own drum. 

Looking for new books for your classroom? First Book eligible educators can find many amazing books at reduced prices from the First Book Marketplace. The first 100 educators at eligible schools can use code 2020JanShelfHelp at check out for $25 to spend on books.*

*This opportunity is available first-come, first served, for First Book members while funding lasts. Code applies to any books and resources currently in stock on the First Book Marketplace. Limited to one use per member. Cannot be combined with other promo codes. Free shipping included on all orders with a subtotal of $25 or more.


Pokko and the Drum

This is a beautifully illustrated picture book written and illustrated by Matthew Forsythe. What were Pokko’s parents thinking when they gave her a drum? The drumming is too loud inside their tiny mushroom home, so Pokko’s father sends her outside where other musicians join her to create a magical forest band.

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Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson

This book shares the story of Frederick August Kittel Jr. and his love of words and reading. As a child, he learned to read by looking at cereal boxes and was an avid visitor of the Philadelphia Public Library. Despite his many rejections, Frederick persevered and became a renowned African-American playwright.

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