Thursday, October 27, 2016

Not your average "Look and Find" books...

Submitted by special guest blogger Ms. Melissa!
Children love Look and Find books. Typically these books have few words or are completely wordless, but there are many ways you can make them about literacy. Check out the list below for some ideas on how to use such books.
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole is a beautifully illustrated story about a cat named Spot and his boy living in a city. There's so much you can talk about while following their adventure. Have your child search for Spot and encourage them to tell you the story in their own words. There are also opportunities to tell a story within a story. For example, have your child tell you about what's happening in each of the row houses, or about the people running in the park. See this book listed in our catalog.
Are We There Yet? by Nina Laden and Adam McCauley features many objects on the first few pages which can be found throughout the book. Not only will you have a chance to talk about the words on the page, but you can also talk about the sequence of events each of the objects is going through during the story. See this book listed in our catalog.
Starfish, Where Are you? by Barroux challenges the reader to find the starfish, jellyfish, and clownfish in each scene. That sounds simple enough, but there's something much deeper occurring in this tale. The fish will draw your attention to what's happening and will give the reader an opportunity to discuss the environment in which the fish live. See this book listed in our catalog.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

When a Dragon Moves In Again

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!

When a Dragon Moves in Again by Jodi Moore. A young boy and his father build a castle, which in this case is actually a crib with castle detailing for the new baby. Soon after, a bright red dragon moves in joining the young boy in the castle until the rest of the family reminds them that the crib belongs to the new baby. As he adjusts to his new role, he experiences the ups and downs of being a big brother. After his dragon is charmed by the baby he decides he’s had enough of this baby business. When he goes to check on his dragon he finds the baby crying. After calming him decides he can stay after all! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Diana's White House Garden

Submitted by Ms. Sam!
Diana’s White House Garden written by Elisa Carbone and illustrated by Jen Hill is set in 1943. Diana Hopkins was the daughter to Henry Hopkins, President Roosevelt’s chief advisor. Diana was a determined young lady. The war was raging on and America needed to help their soldier’s efforts overseas. But what could a little girl do? Diana tests out being a spy but gets caught riding the dumbwaiter. Next she tries to be a city official and paints important signs for the war efforts but hanging “Quarantine, Measles Keep Out” outside of her father’s office doesn’t help. Her next thought is to stick sharp pins face up in all of the White House furniture to scare enemies away, but all she does is ruin Mrs. Roosevelt’s tea time. Diana is all out of options until President Roosevelt enacts the Victory Garden initiative. Wanting to be an example for all Americans, there needed to be a garden at the White House: the perfect job for Diana! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, October 24, 2016

A Piece of Home

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
A Piece of Home by Jeri Watts, illustrated by Hyewon Yum. In Korea Hee Jun was ordinary. Hee Jun and his family have just moved from Korea to West Virginia. In Korea, his grandmother was a wonderful teacher and could find the extraordinary out of the ordinary especially in her garden. At school he was just like everyone else. His father accepted a position in a West Virginia school and the family has moved. Grandmother seems different too and her eyes don’t gleam anymore. Here, he is different. As time goes by, he am surprised. He learns new words like bathroom and please. He makes friends. Grandmother and little sister Se Ra are learning too. Se Ra’s teacher gets advice from Grandmother. One day when my friend Steve invites him over, they discover a plant in Steve’s mom’s garden, a “Rose of Sharon.” It’s the same as a plant Grandmother had in Korea called Mugunghwa. Steve’s mom sends a blossom and a shoot home for Grandmother. “A piece of Heaven,” Grandmother says. “A piece of home.” She plants the shoot and at summers end, she sews a blossom onto her new teacher friend’s wedding dress, like the family did in Korea. See this book listed in our catalog 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Mother Bruce

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Bruce is a bear. But he isn’t just any bear; he’s a grumpy bear. You can tell from his big ol’ grumpy bear eyebrows. Anyway, one day Bruce was shopping for some food. He took his grocery cart and waded out into the river to catch some salmon. Then he pushed his cart through the forest to grab some honey from a local beehive. He only ate local--it’s good to support local business, you see. Then he grabbed some eggs from Mrs. Goose, but only after asking if they were free-range organic. Once he had all the ingredients needed to make a new recipe (hard-boiled goose eggs drizzled with honey-salmon sauce, YUM!) he found himself in a predicament. You know those eggs he took from Mrs. Goose? Well, they totally hatched into four adorable little goslings. And you know what else? They thought Bruce was their mama! BWWAAAAA?!? Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins is a story where a grumpy bear transforms in to a marginally less grumpy bear because of the love of four baby geese… Or maybe he stays completely grumpy forever.  You have to read the book to find out! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lenny and Lucy

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
Lenny and Lucy by Philip Stead, illustrated by Erin Stead, is a sweet imaginative tale about a boy and his dog in need of friends. After a long drive through the woods Peter, his trusty canine sidekick Harold, and his dad arrive at their new house. Peter thinks it is a terrible idea to move here and wants to go back, but no one hears. Convinced that terrible things lurk in the dark woods beyond the little bridge by his new house, Peter and Harold build Lenny, a pillow-stuffed, blanket-wrapped Guardian of the Bridge Into the Woods. The faithful Lenny keeps the woods at bay through the night, but as Peter and Harold watch out the window they worry that he might be too lonely out there by himself. Next morning Peter builds leaf-stuffed Lucy to watch with him. The four friends eat soup, play marbles, and watch together, until a new friend comes to play. When you have good friends, maybe moving to new house at the edge of the woods isn’t so bad after all! See this book listed in our catalog
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