Searingtown is changing the world one SearRead at a time! (Scroll down the page to see our latest SearReads Book Selection!)
This year our SearReads books are chosen to represent a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals that were created by the United Nations. These goals were chosen to address the global challenges we face as a nation. The SDG Goals “provides a global blueprint for dignity, peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and in the future” (UN.Org).
Searingtown is exposing our learners to these global challenges through reading. Our SearReads will lead to collaborative discussions around what we can do to make a difference. Please continue the conversations at home with your child about the importance of each goal. Please click here for an introductory video.
by by Robb Pearlman ; illustrated by Eda Kaban Year Published: 2018
Featuring a diverse group of relatable characters, Pink Is for Boys invites and encourages girls and boys to enjoy what they love to do, whether it's racing cars and playing baseball, or loving unicorns and dressing up.
This aligns to SDG #5 Gender Equality. You can read more about it here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg5
by Lynne Cherry Year Published: 1990
This month’s SearRead is The Great Kapok Tree by, Lynne Cherry. This book supports the United Nations Sustainable Goal # 15, Life on Land. Did you know 1.6 billion depend on forests for their livelihood? (UN.ORG)
Click here to learn more about this important goal and how people around the world are making changes to support this goal.
At Searingtown we are supporting this goal by learning about life on land through The Great Kapok Tree “The author and artist Lynne Cherry journeyed deep into the rain forests of Brazil to write and illustrate her gorgeous picture book The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest (1990). One day, a man exhausts himself trying to chop down a giant kapok tree. While he sleeps, the forest’s residents, including a child from the Yanomamo tribe, whisper in his ear about the importance of trees and how "all living things depend on one another" . . . and it works. Cherry’s lovingly rendered colored pencil and watercolor drawings of all the "wondrous and rare animals" evoke the lush rain forests, as well as stunning world maps bordered by tree porcupines, emerald tree boas, and dozens more fascinating creatures” (Goodreads.com)
by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer Year Published: 2012
This month’s SearRead is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. It is based on the Sustainable Development Goal # 7, Affordable and Clean Energy. “..one in five people lack access to electricity, and as the demand continues to rise there needs to be a substantial increase in the production of renewable energy across the world” (https://www.sdgfund.org). Click here to learn more about this goal and how you can help!
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a true story about a boy who was born in Kasungu, Malwai. He was “ thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. He sneaks into the library and learns how to build a windmill to save his village from a famine” (GoogleBooks.org).
The book helps our students to understand how fortunate we are to live in a place where electricity is readily available for us.
Here are some conversation starters you can ask at home to spark a conversation:
-How is your life different from William’s life?
-How does the windmill give William and the people of Malawai electricity?
-Why is the windmill a symbol of hope?
-How can you help preserve electricity?
by Karen Lynn Williams & Khadra Mohammed Year Published: 2007
This month’s SearRead is Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Williams. This book supports the Sustainable Development Goal of No Poverty. 736 million people still live in poverty and this SDG goal is helping us become aware of the severity of this problem (United Nations, 2019). Click here to see how this goal is being targeted and how you can help!
Four Feet, Two Sandals tells the story of two girls, Lina and Feroza, and their families, who are living in a refugee camp in Pakistan, having fled the war in Afghanistan. The girls become friends when each finds one sandal from a matching pair. They decide to share the sandals, taking turns wearing them. The story describes the girls' lives in the camp, with long lines for water and the stressful wait for new homes. Eventually, Lina's family receives permission to emigrate to the United States, and Feroza gives the sandals to Lina, saying, "You cannot go barefoot to America." As she is leaving, Lina gives the shoes back to Feroza, as Lina's mother has saved money to buy her shoes. Feroza then gives Lina one sandal to keep, noting that "it is good to remember." (phiolosohpyforchildren.org).
by By Susan Verde; Art by Peter H. Reynolds Year Published: 2017
"When the world feels chaotic, find peace within through an accessible mindfulness practice from the bestselling picture-book dream team that brought us I Am Yoga. Express emotions through direct speech. Find empathy through imagination. Connect with the earth. Wonder at the beauty of the natural world. Breathe, taste, smell, touch, and be present."
This book relates toSUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 3Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Click here to read more: Sustainable Development Goal
by Malala Yousafzai Year Published: 2017
"As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true"--OCLC.
This month’s SearRead is focused on Goal 4: Quality Education. Please click the link here for more information about what this goal entails.