Grace loves stories and especially acting out stories, playing every part herself if she is alone. Sometimes she is Dr. Grace, or a pirate, or Aladdin, or a fairy tale character. When her teacher announces the class will do the play “Peter Pan,” Grace knows she wants the title role. Other students tell her she cannot play Peter because she is a girl and she is black. With the guidance of her mother and grandmother, Grace realizes she can be anything she wants to be, with hard work, determination, and belief in herself. Grace’s story inspires the reader to follow their dreams and bravely face the obstacles along the way.
Bro and Dude have very different ideas about how to spend the day at the beach. But as Bro continues to gasp and cheer as he reads his book (Moby Dick), Dude can’t help but get curious. Before you can shout ‘Surf’s up!’ both frogs are sharing the same adventure.
Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.
What is the 101 Picture Book Challenge?
The 101 Picture Book Challenge is for anyone at any age. Librarians hand picked the titles on the list which includes classics, new titles and everything in between.
To get started, register online. You can track your progress online or if you prefer a paper log booklet, pick one up at your neighborhood Library. The books are organized into categories but you can read the books in any order and at your own pace. When you read all 101 titles, you earn a free picture book (while supplies last).
This is the latest in a series of blog posts exploring some of the things we love about these books.