Chalk by Bill Thomson
Posted on 10/23/2019
Chalk by Bill Thomson

“Students are filled with wonder as they read about a group of kids that find a special bag of chalk and start creating.”
Tracy Russell, Librarian, Allen

Chalk is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Tracy Russell, a Librarian at Allen Elementary. As they draw, their images come to life: a sun, butterflies, and a dinosaur (scary!), who eventually washes away when the clever little boy draws a rain cloud inside the playground. The children leave behind their bag of chalk, sure to be found and imagined with by another group of kids.

Editorial Reviews

4 and a half stars
from Amazon Readers

“As a speech-language pathologist, I LOVE these sorts of books. It allows the child to use the picture visuals to create descriptive language in order to tell their original story. There are lots of inferencing questions you can ask as well as: "how are they feeling?" "why do you think he's drawing a rain cloud?" "what do you think will happen next? The pictures are vibrant, and each child can make their very own story! Super fun!” - CH,

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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