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A boy gathers his courage to reveal a hidden talent to his classmates in John’s Turn by Mac Barnett.
At Friday assemblies, if they’re good, students at John’s school can demonstrate a special skill. When it's his day to share, John is nervous, barely touching his breakfast. But when he takes the stage and begins to dance, his friends are enthralled, erupting into applause when he’s finished. The students’ expressive faces as illustrated by Kate Berube further support the story’s encouraging message that the rewards of showing vulnerability are worth the risk. This simple story about sharing your gifts encourages children to shine their light for all to see.
Mac Barnett is a New York Times-bestselling author of stories for children. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages and sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Mac’s books have won many prizes, including two Caldecott Honors, three New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Awards, three E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Germany’s Jugendliteraturpreis, China’s Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award, and Italy’s Premio Orbil. Mac lives in Oakland, California.
Ages 4 to 8