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Weekly Read Alouds

  • Hank's Big Day

    by Author: Evan Kuhlman; Illustr ator: Chuck Groenink Year Published: 2016

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    Hank is a pill bug with a busy life—for a pill bug, that is. His daily routine involves nibbling a dead leaf, climbing up a long stick, avoiding a skateboarder, and playing pretend with his best friend, a human girl named Amelia, in her backyard. And when day is done, Hank likes nothing better than returning home to his cozy rock.

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  • Parker Looks Up

    by Parker Curry (Author), Jessica Curry (Author), Brittany Jackson (Illustrator) Year Published: 2019

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    A visit to Washington, DC’s National Portrait Gallery forever alters Parker Curry’s young life when she views First Lady Michelle Obama’s portrait.

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  • And Tango Makes Three

    by Justin Richardson (Author), Peter Parnell (Author), Henry Cole (Illustrator) Year Published: 2015

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    The heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family is now available in a sturdy board book edition.

    At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.


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  • Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story about Racial Injustice

    by Marianne Celano PhD (Author), Marietta Collins PhD (Author), Ann Hazzard PhD (Author), Jennifer Year Published: 2018

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    Something Happened in Our Town follows two families — one White, one Black — as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children's questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.

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  • Jabari Jumps

    by Gaia Cornwall Year Published: 2017

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    Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He’s finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he’s a great jumper, so he’s not scared at all. “Looks easy,” says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns. But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabari squeezes back. He needs to figure out what kind of special jump to do anyway, and he should probably do some stretches before climbing up onto the diving board. In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can’t help but root for.

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  • Earthrise: Apollo 8 and the Photo that Changed the World

    by James Gladstone (Author), Christy Lundy (Illustrator) Year Published: 2018

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    1968 was a year of unrest: many nations were at war. People marched for peace, fairness, and freedom. At the same time, the Apollo 8 crew was about to go farther into space than anyone had gone before―to the moon.


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  • Puppy is Lost

    by Harriet Ziefert (Author), Noah Woods (Illustrator) Year Published: 2011

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    Max's dog, Puppy, is lost! She was here, and now she's gone. Where can Puppy be? Max can't sleep! Max can't eat! He calls for her, plasters posters all over town, and searches everywhere for his beloved pet. It's not until both Max and Puppy have the same idea that they finally find each other.


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  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G vs. Inequality

    by Jonah Winter (Author), Stacy Innerst (Illustrator) Year Published: 2017

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    To become the first female Jewish Supreme Court Justice, the unsinkable Ruth Bader Ginsburg had to overcome countless injustices. Growing up in Brooklyn in the 1930s and '40s, Ginsburg was discouraged from working by her father, who thought a woman's place was in the home. Regardless, she went to Cornell University, where men outnumbered women four to one. There, she met her husband, Martin Ginsburg, and found her calling as a lawyer. Despite discrimination against Jews, females, and working mothers, Ginsburg went on to become Columbia Law School's first tenured female professor, a judge for the US Court of Appeals, and finally, a Supreme Court Justice.
    Structured as a court case in which the reader is presented with evidence of the injustice that Ginsburg faced, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the true story of how one of America's most "notorious" women bravely persevered to become the remarkable symbol of justice she is today.
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  • Suki's Kimono

    by Chieri Uegaki (Author), Stéphane Jorisch (Illustrator) Year Published: 2005

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    Suki's favorite possession is her blue cotton kimono. A gift from her obachan, it holds special memories of her grandmother's visit last summer. And Suki is going to wear it on her first day back to school --- no matter what anyone says.

    When it's Suki's turn to share with her classmates what she did during the summer, she tells them about the street festival she attended with her obachan and the circle dance that they took part in. In fact, she gets so carried away reminiscing that she's soon humming the music and dancing away, much to the delight of her entire class!

    Filled with gentle enthusiasm and a touch of whimsy, Suki's Kimono is the joyful story of a little girl whose spirit leads her to march --- and dance --- to her own drumbeat.

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Library Staff

Meet the Highland Terrace Library Team


  • Alicia Wilson: Librarian

    For 15 years I have had the joy of teaching Kindergarten through ninth grade students. It has been really fun and a privilege to work as a Library Media Specialist for elementary students in the past six years. I have a love for reading and learning that I am excited to share with our students.  





    Growing up in Texas, there were two passions that I had: football and reading! At a very young age I discovered the magic and whimsy books held and was reading all the time. (It’s no surprise that one of my favorite genres is sports fiction.) I had (and still do have) the habit of discovering authors that I love and then set out to read everything he or she has published.

    Reading is one of life's most valuable gifts. As a teacher librarian, I strive to make reading enjoyable, resourceful and fun! I also strive to team with our classroom teachers by supporting their instruction to students with library and resource skills.

    My husband and I are almost empty nesters of a blended family of 5 kids. While we are trying to figure out this new stage in our lives, we’ve taken to going to the gym as well as discovering incredible adventures on road trips around the country, and watching our favorite college (Huskies and Longhorns) and professional (Seahawks) football teams.



  • Heidi Larsen: Library Technician

    I grew up in Seattle and am an alumni of University of Washington ~ Go Huskies!. My husband, Terry, and I have two children~ Elsa (5th grade) and Isak (kindergarten) both at Highland Terrace. Growing up, I was an avid reader and made a hobby of writing and creating my own books. I have been actively involved here at Highland Terrace for the last 5 years in both a parent role and filling various substitute positions around the school over the last 2 years. It's been such a pleasure getting to know the students, parents and staff and I am so excited for my new role as the Library Tech. I have such passion for working with children and watching their learning and growth, and am a firm believer that reading can change and shape a child's life whether they are a strong reader or just learning. I'm so excited to have the opportunity to be in the library with Mrs. Wilson and to work together to help kids find the magic and joy in books and open their minds to the adventures of reading.


    Mrs. Larsen and Family

    I keep very active with my family when I'm not at school. We love being outdoors and going camping, hiking and kayaking. I enjoy doing crafts and I'm known for taking lots of pictures of family and friends and, of course, my kids!  I am a very proud Norwegian and love showing my children the history and culture of such an amazing country when we visit my sister and the rest of my family in Norway. We love to travel and spend time at the ocean, play in the sun in Lake Chelan, but my favorite place of all to go is Disneyland!