Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Picture Book Review: We're Going to the Beach

We're Going the Beach is a sing-along-story set to the cadence of The Farmer in the Dell, featuring waves, crabs and lots of beachy fun! It’s time to go to the beach, but what will we do there? Toddlers and preschoolers will love the rhythmic and repetitive text which can be read or sung.

5 Stars
Any book that has a familiar early childhood song in it is a sure winner with toddlers and preschoolers. We're Going to the Beach could also be used for special needs youngsters and adults who respond well to children's music. The illustrations are colorful and eye catching and all of the elements of a day at the beach are included.  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Picture Book Review: The Pullman Porter

Children and adults under the age of 40 have forgotten about the Pullman Porter.
This book will teach children and adults, who the porters were and why they were so important in our history. Porters worked in early train cars and because they traveled the country and learned much, many Pullman porters became leaders back in their home communities. They would read newspapers, listen to conversations, talk among each other and see the transitions rapidly changing the country in the decades after the Civil War. He eventually landed at the forefront of the civil rights movement.

Click Here to Purchase The Pullman Porter

5 Stars

I highly recommend The Pullman Porter for preschoolers and elementary aged children. It outlines the history of the Pullman Porter including the services they performed and stark conditions of the job. It then nicely transitions to the Pullman Porter's role in the civil rights movement. The illustrations are inspiring and augment the history beautifully.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Picture Book Review: I'm Just a Little Someone

A lonely little girl turns her world into a place of happiness with new friends. Watch and see what unexpectedly happens in the toy store. A lonely little girl doll sits by herself in a toy store with all her toys. She sees a lonely little boy doll across the room She invites him over to sit on her shelf. They play with her toys, read books and talk together. They are laughing and playing when they see another little someone who looks lonely. This time it is a four-legged animal with the biggest brown eyes. He jumps up to her shelf and then the three of them are as happy as can be! Together they become best friends.
Complete with Activity Pages at the end, it extends the learning for home and classroom use. Children ages 3-8 and their families can explore their emotions and learn more about forming friendships at a young age.
The Friends for Life Book Series embraces children by capturing the essence of friendship and love.  It is especially helpful for lonely children and children with emotional and physical challenges.  Each book is filled with beautiful text, vibrant illustrations, and activities to encourage gratitude and kindness towards one another.

5 Stars-  This is a wonderful book that shows kids how to make a friend. A girl doll who is sitting on the shelf has no friends but finds a little boy doll on another shelf and does something that is obvious to adults, but difficult for a shy or developmentally delayed child. The illustrations are clean and colorful and at the end of the book are questions and activities to do with a child or a classroom full of children.  
I received this book through Net Galley and am happy to post an honest review.

Activities to Use With This Book:
1. There are activities in the back of the book

Friday, April 28, 2017

Picture Book Review: Hold Your Temper, Tiger

Hold Your Temper, Tiger
Hold Your Temper, Tiger is a picture book that could be used to help children learn how to deal with everyday anger issues. The phrase "hold your temper" is an idiom that a small child would try to take literally as does the little tiger in the story.
Where should I hold it?
What do I do with it?
This book would be good to read aloud to a class or one child. The illustrations are bright and colorful and the little tiger shows how he deals with his temper!  5 Stars

You can purchase this book here

Here is a cute tiger coloring page.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Bats at the Library Picture Book for October

Bats at the Library is not a Halloween book but it is very suitable for this season. There were two wonderfully teachable things about this book. First, kids get to learn all about the library and the many things to do there. Second, they get to learn about bats. How would a bat sit for story time? Upside down of course!  The bats invade the library in the dark of night and then proceed to read the books, use the copy machine, dance around in the water fountain, and play on the computers.

Here are some ways to use this book in your classroom:

Bat Coloring Pages
First School- coloring pages along with letter B practice
Coloring Pages for Kids- Some cute and some closer to a true sketch

Bat Crafts

First School- Handprint Bats
Red Ted Art Projects-25 Bat Crafts for Kids