Monday, September 29, 2014
Author: National Geographic Kids
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books; August 23, 2011
Topic: Classification skills, Diversity,
Summary: In this book, young children are able to learn important skills such as naming, sorting, counting, matching, and finding through fun, interactive games and activities. These popular games are featured throughout the National Geographic Little Kids series. Stunning photography is incorporated in order to demonstrate these early concepts.
A great introductory book for learning all about classification and diversity. Girls, boys, babies, men, women, young, old,everyone has a place in this book. Each page has a fun little fact to share, for example, did you know it takes longer to exhale than to inhale? The use of real photography helps children learn and explore their world and the people they share it with. "Everyone is different. But we are all people!"
Monday, September 22, 2014
Author: Il Sung Na
Illustrator: Il Sung Na
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers, January 11, 2011
Age: 1 - 3
Topic: Animals, Sleep
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
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.
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
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
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