Today You Can’t Play by Pilar Serrano, illustrated by Canizales. PICTURE BOOK. nubeOCHO, 2018. $16. 9788417123468
BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3) - ESSENTIAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
When a new girl, Emma, arrives at school she disrupts the dynamics between friends and causes many peers to feel left out. Emma teases, steals, and leaves out kids in her class. At first they all go along with it, but they slowly start to stand up to her and form their own more inclusive group of which she is not a part.
The ending is a little harsh, but has the potential to spark a conversation - would you include a bully in your friend group? Many readers will find their own experiences reflected in this book and may deeply value having language and ideas for their own situation.
Jen Wecker, HS English Teacher