CHOO-CHOO SCHOOL by author Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrator Mike Yamada

Age Range: 3 – 7 years

Publisher: Candlewick

Publication Date: July 14, 2020

Little train cars travel to school in this picture book. Their names are Engine, Sleeper, Diner, Caboose, Flatcar, Boxcar, and Tank Car. When the book’s front cover is opened, pictures of each little train car with their names are seen. These personified train cars go through school routines to suit their train lifestyles which are reminiscent of children’s school routines. Their day is filled with lessons to learn and small problems to solve by helping one another. Rhyming and wit remind readers of Amy’s style in past books. Illustrations will keep children entertained and learning about the train cars’ day. Children that cannot read words independently will enjoy reading the pictures.

Shirley Chisolm Is a Verb by author Veronica Chambers and illustrator Rachelle Baker

Age Range: 4 years – 8 years

Publisher: Dial Books

Publication Date: July 28, 2020

This picture book biography enlightens the audience about the life of political figure Shirley Chisolm. She was the daughter of immigrant parents who like many, had to work hard to purchase a piece of the American dream. Unfortunately, in order to continue with their arduous work schedules, Shirley’s parents sent Shirley and her two sisters to live with their maternal grandparent in Barbados. After 6 years, Shirley returned to Brooklyn, New York and attended public schools. She went to college and became a preschool teacher. Wanting to cast her net wider in helping others, she was instrumental in beginning head start programs. Shirley found that entering the political arena was where she could influence society the most. Ms. Chisolm was elected to New York State Assembly then to Congress. She was the Democratic Party nomination for United States president. Shirley was an action oriented person who helped make changes for the betterment of the less fortunate. Throughout this book are verbs highlighted in blue that will improve vocabulary and lead to interesting projects. Illustrations are realistic and match the tone of the book.