Mapleton Reads is turning 10!
On the 10th anniversary of Mapleton's community reading program, we are excited to share the titles selected for the 2022-23 school year!
By Mo Willems
Reading level: Grades K-3
Mo Willems, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, composes a powerful symphony of chance, discovery, persistence, and magic in this moving tale of a young girl's journey to center stage. Illustrator Amber Ren brings Willems' music to life, conducting a stunning picture-book debut.
"An Elephant in the Garden" Inspired by a True Story
By Michael Morpurgo
Reading level: Grades 4-12
This is a story that brings together an unlikely group of survivors whose faith in kindness and lo
ve proves the best weapon of all.
With Lizzie’s father fighting in World War II, her mother takes on the job of a zoo keeper to provide for her family. Lizzie, her mother, and her eight-year-old brother Karli have become especially attached to an orphaned elephant named Marlene. The bombing of Dresden is imminent and soon, so the zoo director explains that, as a precautionary measure, all the animals must be destroyed so that they’re not running wild through the city. Lizzie’s mother persuades the director to allow Marlene, the elephant, to come stay in the family’s garden.
As predicted, Dresden is bombed, and the family, including Marlene, is forced from the city. Lizzie and her family aren’t alone. Thousands of Dresden residents are fleeing to find somewhere safe to stay. Lizzie’s mother has to find a different route out of the city to keep the elephant and the children safe from harm. Once they reach the abandoned home of their relatives, they come across Peter, a Canadian navigator who, by putting himself at risk of capture to save the family, gains their trust.
This unlikely grouping of family, elephant, and enemy turned ally come together beautifully to illustrate the importance of love, resolve, and hope.
How to find the books:
Copies of the books are available in the main office of your child's school and the Welcome Center on the Skyview Campus.