The short video below featuring author, Matt de la Peña, reading from his book will convince you that this is a wonderful book.
My concern as a public librarian, however, is how best to share this book with kids. The book is a little lengthy for my usual storytime crowd, and school-aged kids can seldom be convinced to check out a picture book. It's in instances like these, that I envy school teachers and media specialists, who have such a wonderful opportunity to share great books with large numbers of kids. This is perfect book for reading aloud in school.
But, how to share it in a public library setting?
Last week, I had a last-minute inspiration and it was a rewarding experience. I have a small book club that meets every month. This month, I asked each of the kids to read Last Stop on Market Street - right then. In addition to positive comments about the book, I loved two of the observations that they reported:
- I never would have chosen this book if you didn't hand it to me.
- The people at the soup kitchen look like regular people.
One of the missions of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks (TM) campaign is to make sure that "all children can see themselves in the pages of a book." This is important, but also important is recognizing that all people are just "regular people." We always have more in common than we think.
Last Stop on Market Street
by Matt de la Peña, Illustrated by Christian Robinson
Read it. Share it.
**Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal**A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book**A 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor BookA New York Times BestsellerFour Starred ReviewsFinalist for the 2014 E.B. White Read-aloud Book AwardA Junior Library Guild Selection