Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Wild Zoo Train Book Review

Filled with train sounds and animals, The Wild Zoo Train will be a hit with toddlers and preschool age kids!Wild Zoo Train

Carmela LaVigna Coyle (Author)
Steve Gray (Illustrator)
Muddy Boots
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: October 1, 2017


Once the Wild Zoo Train loads up its riders, it pulls out of the station with some choos and some dings and a clickety-clack and a toot-toot and it embarks on an off-the-zoo-map adventure. The train ventures through a canyon to a jungle to a savanna to the Antarctic and beyond!

Filled with train sounds and animals, The Wild Zoo Train will be a hit with toddlers and preschool age kids!

If you’re interested in reading Wild Zoo Train, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Friday, October 13, 2017

The Man Who Knew Everything The Strange Life of Athanasius Kircher Book Review

The Man Who Knew Everything: 
The Strange Life of Athanasius Kircher

Athanasius Kircher was an interesting and unique man - a celebrity scientist of his time. Though he had more misses than hits when it came to his theories, his work helped spread and improve scientific knowledge and it laid the groundwork for other scientists who came after him.  If you're looking for an interesting and well-illustrated biography, be sure to check out The Man Who Knew Everything!
Marilee Peters
Roxanna Bikadoroff
Annick Press
Children’s Nonfiction, Upper Elementary, Middle Grades

Publication Date: October 10, 2017


The Man Who Knew Everything is a fun and colorful biography of Athanasius Kircher. Part scientist, part inventor, part show man, part con man: Athanasius Kircher made his mark on history. He explored inside a volcano by being lowered into itself mouth in a wicker basket. He wrote many books about his theories and findings. He drew up a design for a cat piano. And he filled a museum with fantastic creations, inventions, and displays (though same were not exactly grounded in fact and science).

Athanasius Kircher was an interesting and unique man - a celebrity scientist of his time. Though he had more misses than hits when it came to his theories, his work helped spread and improve scientific knowledge and it laid the groundwork for other scientists who came after him.

If you're looking for an interesting and well-illustrated biography, be sure to check out The Man Who Knew Everything!

If you’re interested in reading The Man Who Knew Everything: The Strange Life of Athanasius Kircher, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Stick Until... Book Review

A Stick Until... tells the story of how a stick can start as part of a tree, have many uses, be helpful, and come full circle. From elephants using a leafed stick as a flyswatter to alligators using a stick as bait and to many more uses, the life of a stick is much more interesting than you might expect.A Stick Until...

Constance Anderson 
(Author, Illustrator)
Star Bright Books
Children’s Book, Picture Books

Publication Date: June 30, 2017


A Stick Until... tells the story of how a stick can start as part of a tree, have many uses, be helpful, and come full circle. From elephants using a leafed stick as a flyswatter to alligators using a stick as bait and to many more uses, the life of a stick is much more interesting than you might expect. The simple story is paired with factual asides that help set this book apart and will keep kids wondering what else a stick can do.

If you’re interested in reading A Stick Until..., you can purchase a copy here on Amazon



*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Read Alouds for Halloween

Read Alouds for Halloween #readalouds #reading #halloween #teaching

Looking for some October inspiration for your read alouds?  Try some of these great titles!
Leonardo the Terrible Monster  - Read Alouds for Halloween #readalouds #halloween #elementary
1) Leonardo the Terrible Monster This one is from Mo Willems, so you know it's good. Leonardo is a terrible monster, meaning he is terrible at being a monster. He can't scare anyone! But he is determined to keep trying!


2) The Graveyard Book For your older kids (4th grade and up), this book dives into the life of Bod, the only living resident of a graveyard. Can a boy raised by ghosts make it in the real, living world?
Click, Clack, Boo - Read Alouds for Halloween #readalouds #halloween #elementary


3) Click, Clack, Boo If your kids are fans of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, then they'll love this Halloween addition to the series. Farmer Brown does not like Halloween, but those barnyard animals have other ideas!
Little Boo - Read Alouds for Halloween #readalouds #halloween #elementary


4) Little Boo As the seasons change one little pumpkin seed tries to be scary, but he can't seem to scare anyone! He is told to wait until he grows, but waiting is hard!


5) Creepy Carrots Jasper Rabbit loves carrots!  But one day he notices something odd.  Are the carrots following him?

Creepy Pair of Underwear - Read Alouds for Halloween #readalouds #halloween #elementary
6) Creepy Pair of Underwear! From the same team that created Creepy Carrots, we now have Jasper in a new adventure.  He's not afraid of anything anymore... well, except for his pair of underwear that seems to glow in the dark.  And even when he tries to get rid of them, they keep coming back!




Do you have other October or Halloween favorites?  Let me know in the comments section below!


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