Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment by Parker Curry
Posted on 02/25/2021
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"The kids love the illustrations of a real life museum.”

Lindsay Prater, Soddy Elementary

Parker looks up: An extraordinary moment by Parker Curry is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Soddy ElementaryWhen Parker Curry came face-to-face with Amy Sherald’s transcendent portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery, she didn’t just see the First Lady of the United States. She saw a queen—one with dynamic self-assurance, regality, beauty, and truth who captured this young girl’s imagination. When a nearby museum-goer snapped a photo of a mesmerized Parker, it became an internet sensation. Inspired by this visit, Parker, and her mother, Jessica Curry, tell the story of a young girl and her family, whose trip to a museum becomes an extraordinary moment, in a moving picture book.

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“I bought this book to donate to a friend’s classroom. It’s a perfect read aloud/picture book! Very sweet story!” (Verified Amazon Customer)

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Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools.    

Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts 
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21     
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023