Thursday, January 22, 2015

Meet the Author! Mac McGooshie!

Meet children's author Mac McGooshie.

Mac McGooshie is the author of the new Lulubug's Week in the Life series. Mac's background is in legal, restaurants and all things written. She has lived in many places in her life, but considers her transplanted self at home among the red dirt farms of Southern Virginia and North Carolina's Piedmont.

Today, Mac McGooshie while share her Fab Five with us.

Who is your favorite author?

My favorite book is the Quran, and its author is my favorite. :)  But let's see... I like scary books, so I'm partial to Stephen King ... For kids books, I adore Sammy Keyes-- she's so savvy and cool, so I would have to say Wendlin Van Draanen.

What is your favorite childhood book?

I read so many books as a kid, it's difficult to pick one!  I loved the classics--Nancy Drew, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louisa May Alcott.  Once I was old enough to enjoy scifi, I turned on to the Stainless Steel Rat. Loved any kind of parody from a very young age. :)

Where is your favorite place to write?

My favorite place is my porch, with coffee!

What is your favorite food?

My favorite foods: steak, ice cream, popcorn, and not necessarily in that order...

What is the funniest thing you have ever done?

Oh my goodness. I wasn't always a Muslim... I can't talk about that. But rest assured, it was funny. ;)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Do's and Don'ts of Celebrating MLK Day | Teaching Tolerance

Do's and Don'ts of Celebrating MLK Day | Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance has created a wonderful list of Do's and Don'ts for teachers including and sharing the life and legacy of Dr. King with their students.

Writing in The Washington Post in 1983, Coretta Scott King provided a vision of how the holiday honoring her husband should be observed: "The holiday must be substantive as well as symbolic. It must be more than a day of celebration . . . Let this holiday be a day of reflection, a day of teaching nonviolent philosophy and strategy, a day of getting involved in nonviolent action for social and economic progress."

The list is divided into three aspects of daily school and classroom settings: displays, curriculum and discussions. Please click on the link and check out their list.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Recommended Picture Book: Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

Title: Flower Garden

Author: Eve Bunting

Illustrator: Kathryn Hewitt

Publisher: Hartcourt, Inc. 1994, HMH Books for Young Readers reprint edition, Mar 13, 2000

Age: 4 - 6

Topic: Gardening, Birthdays, Family, Stories in rhyme

Garden in a shopping cart,
Doesn't it look great?

Book Summary:
A young girl prepares a small garden as a surprise for her mother’s birthday.

Learn about the flowers the young girl uses to make her garden: pansies, daisies, daffodils, geraniums and tulips.
Discuss various places to find gardens: in a yard, indoor garden, potted gardens, window sill gardens, and more.
Plant a colorful garden. Find some great ideas here
Find extension activities on Scholastic. More ideas here include nature walks and more.

Why I Like This Book:

Simple, easy to read and colorful. This book follows a young girl’s journey to making a colorful garden as a surprise for her mother’s birthday. Follow her as she buys the flowers, carries it home and transplant it into a pot. I was drawn to the fact that the family did not live in a single family home but in an apartment and the young girl still found a way to bring both beauty and nature to her home for her mother. It is so important for children to grow up surrounded by natural things even if they don’t have access to a backyard. Something like a garden box is a wonderful way to teach children how to care for plants and the environment.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Recommended Picture Book: Mouse and the Moon by M. Christina Butler

Title: Mouse and the Moon

Author: M. Christina Butler

Illustrator: Tina Macnaughton

Publisher: Good Books, 2012

Age: 4 - 6

Topic: friendship, making friends, actions under duress, sharing, the moon,

Opening: Little Harvest Mouse lived by himself in a field of grain. Every night the warm summer breezes rocked his cozy nest, and his friend the moon watched over him from the deep blue sky.

Book Summary: Before Little Harvest Mouse closes is eyes each night, he sings a lullaby to his very own moon. Then, one cloudy evening, the moon disappears. And Little Harvest Mouse discovers that he is not the only one looking for it…..

Talk with children about friendship. Let them make a list of qualities of a good friend.
Name or make a list of their friends and discuss why they are friends.
Draw pictures of mouse and the moon. Use white glitter for the moon.

Why I Like This Book:
A simple and loving tale of true friendship and sharing. When Little Mouse loses his only friend, the moon, he goes searching for it. He finds other animals and they each say where the(ir) moon is but soon find the(ir) moon is missing as well. Soon, an argument ensues as the critters blame one another for losing the moon. It is not until they find shelter in a cave they begin to realize they all lost something very close to them. When the storm is over and the moon returns, they found out that they all share the same moon and that true friends never truly leave.
Losing a friend is hard on anyone, especially children. This book would be great for children who are shy and have a hard time making new friends, whether it’s because they are in a new neighborhood or school, or because they are slow to making friendships.

I loved the glittery moon featured throughout the story!

Monday, January 5, 2015

In My Mailbox: The Adventures of LuLu

Look what just arrived! Lulu is a series for older children between the ages of 8 - 12 years of age. 

Lulu and the Very Big Meanies and Lulu and the Monkey Marriage.

We are looking forward to reading all about Lulu's exciting adventures!