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Nightsong was one of the books we used. It is about a young bat named Chiro who goes out on his own for the first time. Chiro goes out in the dark to find food and find his way. This is definitely one of the best picture books that I read from this past year. The story and illustrations are wonderful.
Commander Toad and the Space Pirates this past week. The crew of the Star Warts is bored until they are invaded by space pirates. My students were so surprised by the clever ending. If you like puns, you need to read this series. It is one of the most popular series in my class.
Chopsticks, a follow-up to the terrific Spoon, features two friends who are inseparable. When an accident sidelines one of them, they learn that you can be unique and part of a team.