For their first Unit of Inquiry, Grades 2/3 investigated the central idea: One human can impact the world. To deepen their exploration, we read many books, both fiction and nonfiction, to illustrate the many ways that one person can affect change.
Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile by Gloria Houston is the story of a young girl who loved books and people and wished to be a librarian. As an adult living in North Carolina in a community without a library, Miss Dorothy decides to start a bookmobile so that she can bring books to people in her community.
Grade 2/3 students were inspired by Miss Dorothy's perseverance and the way that her work as a librarian changed people's lives. Students decided to take action and create their own version of a bookmobile with the intention of collecting books for a local preschool library.
After the students showed such enthusiasm for Miss Dorothy's Bookmobile, we read Biblioburro: A true story from Colombia by Jeanette Winter. With the help of two donkeys- Alfa and Beto- Luis travels to faraway villages to bring books and reading to children of Colombia.
The video below shows Luis Soriano and his biblioburro in action.