Promoting Literacy through Picture Books

  Promoting Literacy through Picture Books   As I’ve said over and over in this blog, picture books are NOT just for little ones. I consider picture books so important, I feel compelled to promote them at least once a year. So, here’s this years’ pitch… Picture books offer so many things to so many…

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Just in Time for Labor Day: Books about Occupations

  Just in Time for Labor Day: Books about Occupations   Labor Day in on September 7 this year. Do you ever think about jobs you might enjoy? Here are books with all sorts of ideas!   I Can Be Anything by Jerry Spinelli, illustrated by Jimmy Liao Pumpkin grower, dandelion blower, puddle stomper, apple…

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Get Ready for the First Day of School with Books!

  Get Ready for the First Day of School with Books!   Some of you will start school this week. Some will start next month and some will have already started. Here are some books that show how a few characters think about, get ready for, and get started in school. Most are for kindergarten and first grade….

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Find Out about Elephants with These Terrific Books

  Find Out about Elephants with These Terrific Books   I just learned that World Elephant Day is August 12 and I’m glad I did. World Elephant Day gives me the perfect excuse to read lots of elephant books. This is a good thing! I’ve loosely listed the books in order of reading difficulty.  …

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Science in Books: A Good Way to Start a Summer of Science

  Science in Books: A Good Way to Start a Summer of Science   There are lots of great things about science. It encourages you to look carefully, think carefully, solve problems, and share what you’ve learned. Here are some books that will spark your scientific mind.   Does It Really Rain Frogs? Questions and…

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Look Up Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators!

  Look Up Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators!   Do you have a favorite author? If you do, or just want to check some authors out, click on these websites. I hope your favorites are here!   Authors & Illustrators on the Web from The Children’s Literature Web Guide   Authors and Illustrators from Scholastic…

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Oliver Jeffers: Master of Story and Illustration

  Oliver Jeffers: Master of Story and Illustration   I am a BIG Oliver Jeffers fan. His stories are clever and often a bit outrageous. His illustrations are wonderful and need to be experienced.   The Great Paper Caper Tree branches keep disappearing from the forest and paper airplanes are left in their place. The…

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Books to Read with Your Dad for Father’s Day

  Books to Read with Your Dad for Father’s Day   Father’s Day is in 3 weeks. Plenty of time to read some Father’s Day books!   Hug a Bull: An Ode to Animal Dads by Aaron Zenz Learn the names for animal fathers such as stallion, boomer, and silverback. Plus there are puns to…

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