Friday, July 4, 2014

Recommended Picture Book: F is for Feelings

Title: F is for Feelings

Author: Goldie Millar, Lisa Berger

Illustrator: Hazel Mitchell

Publisher: Free Spirit, July 7, 2014

Age: 3 - 8 years

Topic: Emotions, Feelings,

Opening: Every day I feel all kinds of feelings, in all kinds of places, with all kinds of people, in all kinds of ways.

Summary:  A friendly and positive ABC picture book that shares and reinforces emotional language and the ideas that some feelings are more comfortable than others but all emotions are natural and important.

Resources: There are great resources at the back of the book for parents and educators as well as activities to extend learning opportunities. Some include: Building a feeling vocabulary, Feeling word of the day, Sharing and comparing feelings, Make a feelings bulletin board, create games, songs and role plays and more.

My Thoughts: This is more than just an ABC of feelings, this book is a thoughtful and positive approach to teaching children to understand what they are feeling and what others may be feeling.  F is for feelings teaches vocabulary of various emotions and feelings children have and is perfect for reading aloud with children. The text really validates each emotion through its explanations. It teaches children to recognize and value their feelings. And a shout out goes to the illustrator for a wonderfully diverse range of children and talent for capturing each child and their feeling.  :)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop July 2- 9th

Here is another giveaway hop and opportunity to score some great prizes being given away by some awesome bloggers! Fill in the rafflecopter below and then hop on to find more great finds!

Happy Hopping!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Midsummer's Eve Blog Hop June 21st - 30th

What better way to start the summer than with a blog hop!

I am linking up with quite a few bloggers in the Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not a Writer.

Rules are simple.

Fill in the rafflecopter below and then visit the other cool blogs participating in this blog hop.

Happy Hopping!!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Recommended Board Book: The Mitten by Jan Brett

Title: The Mitten

Author: Jan Brett (adapted)

Illustrator: Jan Brett

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile, October 4, 1996

Age: 1-3

Topic: Seasons: Winter, Woodland Animals, Sharing

Opening: Once there was a boy named Nikki. He wanted mittens as white as snow.

When Nicki drops his new white mitten in the snow, some curious woodland animals find it and crawl in for warmth. First comes a mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last.

These animal masks would be great for a play reenacting The Mitten story. For this art activity, cut out the mittens and the animals and let them crawl in just like the animals in the story. Teach story sequencing using sequence cards from Creating & Teaching's blog. Homeschool Creations has lots of printables to use with the story.

Why I like this book:
In this lovely illustrated story, a lonely white mitten becomes a cozy winter resting place for a variety of woodland creatures. It starts off with a small rabbit, and as more creatures appear, the larger they get until a bear squeezes in with the other critters. But when a tiny mouse tries to make his way in, the creatures get a big surprise! I love this edition because of it's brevity yet beautiful illustrations. The toddlers in my classroom love to look at it and listen to the story.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

We Need Diverse Books!!!!!

It is so important for children to read books about kids just like them. There is nothing worse than a child who feels invisible and the only time they are featured in a story is as a villain. Well, enough is enough. It is time to share their stories. It is time to share the heroic spotlight. It is time to give every child representation. It is time to diversify the bookshelves! Join the #weneeddiversebooks campaign and help raise awareness for the need of diversity in children's literature. Visit for more information and ways you too can spread the word.