“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot written by Sy Montgomery and photographs/illustrations by Nic Bishop is the winner of the 2011 Robert F. Sibert Medal for informational text. This text provides information about the endangered kakapo parrots that live off the coast of New Zealand. This text not only teaches students about these birds, but it also encourages them to care about the creatures that share our environment. It is a great read-aloud for students in third and fourth grade and a great guided reading or independent read for students in sixth through eighth grade. This text includes features of informational texts that children should be familiar with based on the Common Core State Standards such as headings, captions, boldface text, and graphics. The photographs are amazing and connect closely to the text enabling students to make predictions and extend their learning. This book is a great way to increase students’ exposure to informational text!