• The Waverly Book Corner

    Literature suggestions for our families and students at Waverly!

    September 28th, 2020

    Recommended books for the month of September will celebrate communities.


    Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw shares the story of penpals, one from The United States, and the other from India. The children share their similar experiences, and those that make them unique.


    September 20th, 2020

    Recommended books for the month of September will celebrate communities.

    hey, Wall

    Hey Wall, by Susan Verde celebrates how art can unite a neighborhood.

    June 21st, 2020

    A Waverly student crafted this lovely video trailer to promote the book,The Paper Bag Princess I encourage you to check it out.

    The Paper Bag Princess


    And for parents…

    The librarians and students from EMS and EHS put together a list of what they’re reading. If you’re looking for a good book, here are their recommendations.


    June 15th, 2020


    I shared this text in a Morning Meeting session during the week of June 1st. All Are Welcome is a powerful book about acceptance in a school community child.

    As an extension of the book, you may wish to consider sharing a personal story about how you have created a welcoming environment in a personal or professional context. 

    All Are Welcome


    June 8th, 2020

    This site shares a list of suggested readings for parents. Numbers 4 and 5 are on my summer reading list:

    June 1st, 2020

    In line with our word of the month, “independent,” check out a site with suggested texts on the very topic:


    This site shares a list of suggested readings for parents. Numbers 4 and 5 are on my summer reading list:

    March 16, 2020


    Keeping with the theme of honesty. This week’s recommendation is The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot, by Scott Magoon.

    An unexpected narrator tells this twist of an old tale. 

    If you are looking for a list of all of the books recommended this year, be sure to check out the “Book Corner” icon on our website.

    March 2, 2020

    Keeping with the theme of honesty. This week’s recommendation is Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie, by Laura Rankin.

    When Ruthie finds a camera on the playground, she decides to keep it for herself. What happens when she second guesses that decision? Read to find out.


    February 24, 2020

    This week’s recommendation is Courage, by Bernard Waber. 

    Below is a review of the text on the Good Reads site

    What is courage? Certainly it takes courage for a firefighter to rescue someone trapped in a burning building, but there are many other kinds of courage too. Everyday kinds that normal, ordinary people exhibit all the time, like “being the first to make up after an argument,” or “going to bed without a nightlight.” Bernard Waber explores the many varied kinds of courage and celebrates the moments, big and small, that bring out the hero in each of us.


    February 10, 2020

    This week’s book recommendation is Brave Irene by William Steig. In this story, Plucky Irene, a dressmaker's daughter, braves a fierce snowstorm to deliver a new gown to the duchess in time for the ball. Below please find a link for a reading of the text on StorylineOnline.

    February 3, 2020

    The theme for this week’s recommendation is courage! Click here for a list of recommended books for young readers. 


    January 27, 2020


    This week’s recommendation is for parents! It’s an article from The Atlantic, entitled, Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids. And start raising kind ones. It’s an interesting read, and surely worthy of your attention. I’d like to draw your attention to one particularly thought provoking passage in the article:

    If you survey American parents about what they want for their kids, more than 90 percent say one of their top priorities is that their children be caring. This makes sense: Kindness and concern for others are held as moral virtues in nearly every society and every major religion. But when you ask children what their parents want for them, 81 percent say their parents value achievement and happiness over caring.


    How do we ensure that we are sending our children the intended message? Through our Morning Meeting, we’ve been asking students to catch someone being kind. You can do this at home as well, and encourage your child to share what they’ve done to be kind to someone each day. 

     Brave Irene

    January 13, 2020

    This week’s book comes from Mrs. Tine. Her favorite children’s book is The Giving Tree. She says she loves this book because it teaches a lesson about generosity. To many, the moral of the story was that someone will always be there for you even though you feel like you're alone. The tree was the one to always be there for the little boy and gave everything it had.


    January 6, 2020

    Looking for one book to read with your child about the New Year? How about a dozen! This site shares ideas about beginning the New Year on the right foot.

    12 books

    December 16, 2019


    The Emperor's Egg, by Martin Jenkins, is one of the recommended texts. It highlights the behavior of male Emperor penguins and how they are responsible for keeping their egg warm until it hatches. 

     The Emperor's Egg

    As we prepare to usher in winter, and we’ve surely had days that felt as though we have already, here are some texts you may wish to consider:


    The author provides suggestions by age of the child. It is a worthy read!

    December 9, 2019

    As we prepare to usher in winter, and we’ve surely had days that felt as though we have already, here are some texts you may wish to consider:

    December 2, 2019

    Just for fun, I’d like to share a book that has become very popular at Waverly, Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller. You can enjoy this book, as it is read by Chris O’Dowd, by clicking on the link below:

    The best line of the book, “Will you be my doughnut dog?”


    November 25, 2019

    This week’s book recommendation celebrates turkeys! In Turkey Trouble, a clever turkey tries to disguise himself to avoid becoming dinner!

    Click on this link to access a link for the story being read by an actor from the Screen Actors Guild:


    Gobble, gobble!


    November 18, 2019

    Giraffes Can't Dance, by Giles Andreae, is the tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With his thin legs and crooked knees, it's harder for a giraffe than you might think! After some encouragement from an unlikely friend, Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune. What a great lesson for us all!


    November 11, 2019

    This week’s recommendation, How to Babysit a Grandpa, comes from Mrs. Koller. As we prepare for Thanksgiving and think about spending time with our family, this is the perfect book! This is Mrs. Koller’s favorite book, as she says that the events in the story are very humorous, and her class always enjoys reading it. She also said the text structure helps her students with their own writing!


    November 4, 2019

    Showing respect for an “enemy” is a great way to turn a relationship around. Dad knows this, and helps out in a big way!

    (Check out the link above and you can enjoy the story being read by a member of the Screen Actors Guild.)


    October 28, 2019

    There are many books about safety that you may wish to consider for your child. Here is another list of recommendations.


    October 21, 2019

    We encourage you to check out these titles about safety for your child.

    October 14, 2019

    Here is collection of books we recommend for you and your child!


    The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill

    In The Recess Queen, we meet mean Jean, who rules the playground by bullying kids. She must do everything first and the other kids obey and try to stay out of her way. However, when a new student joins the school, things start to change. Mean Jean learns a valuable lesson in this relatable story.ctober 15, 2019


    October 7, 2019

    Engage your child in great discussion regarding fire safety by reading, No Dragons for Tea, written by Jean E. Pendziwol.


    September 30, 2019


    The book recommendation this week is Unselfie, by Dr. Michele Borba. For parents who attended Open House, this is the text I mentioned that all Waverly staff will be reading this year.

    September 23, 2019


    Franklin’s Neighborhood by Paulette Bourgeois

    September 16, 2019

    be my neighbor

    Be My Neighbor, by Maya Ajmera and John D. Ivanko celebrates neighborhoods around the world. 

    September 9, 2019


    Todd Parr’s entire bibliography is full of picture books about loving your family and your neighbors and your community and the world you live in. His newest, Love the World, is no different, highlighting the ideas of peace and unity within the global community.


    September 2, 2019


    Here are some suggestions of book titles to share at home to help your child adjust to the start of the school year. 


    Wemberly Worried, by Kevin Henkes


    My name is Yoon, by Helen Recorvitz


    Here are some other texts you may wish you consider to prepare your child for the first days of school:

    The Berenstain Bears Go to School by Jan and Stan Berenstain

    First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

    Junie B. First Day of First Grade by Barbara Park

    Amelia Bedelia First Day of School by Herman Parish

    Kindergarten, Here I Come! By D.J. Steinberg

    How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? By Jan Yolen and Mark Teague


    If you’d like to read a wonderful story about the library, and friendship, check out “Library Lion” as read by Mindy Sterling:

    (This is one of my favorite books!)