Monday, September 22, 2014

Recommended Board Book: A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na

Title: A Book of Sleep

Author: Il Sung Na

Illustrator: Il Sung Na

Publisher: Knopf  Books for Young Readers, January 11, 2011

Age: 1 - 3

Topic: Animals, Sleep

Opening:
When the sky grows dark
and the moon glows bright,
everyone goes to sleep . . .
except for the watchful owl!

Summary: Join owl on a moonlit journey as he watches all the other animals settle in for the night.


My Thoughts: A sweet bedtime story that children will love to read over and over again. I love that owl appears on each page as he watches over all the sleeping animals. With wonderful illustrations and spare text, children learn how various animals sleep, including owl.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Recommended Picture Book: Me....Jane by Patrick McDonnell

Title: Me....Jane

Author: Patrick McDonnell

Illustrator: Patrick McDonnell

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers, April 5, 2011
Age: 2 and up

Topic: Biography: Jane Goodall, Animals, Animal Welfare, Monkeys, Apes, Curiosity & Wonders

Opening: Jane had a stuffed toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. She cherished Jubilee and took him everywhere she went.

Summary: Me....Jane tells the story of the young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. As the young Jane observes the natural world around her with wonder, she dreams of "a life living with and helping all animals," until one day she finds that her dream has come true.
One of the world's most inspiring women, Dr. Jane Goodall is a renowned humanitarian, conservationist, animal activist.

Resources: the author provides four activity pages on his author website which include a coloring page, maze, word jumble and animal search.

My Thoughts:
This is a great book to introduce children to the famous, Dr. Jane Goodall and to the concept of animal welfare, caring for animals and their natural habitat. It reinforces the idea that with hard-work, dreams and aspirations, even children's dreams and aspirations, come true. While boys can learn a lot from the book, I love that it encourages girls in learning about the natural sciences. I loved looking at some of Dr. Jane Goodall's childhood drawings and illustrations included in the book.

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!

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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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