Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Backpack Explorer: On the Nature Trail What Will You Find? Book Review


Backpack Explorer
On the Nature Trail What Will You Find?

Backpack Explorer  On the Nature Trail What Will You Find? An amazing book for any young outdoor enthusiast! It is full of great photographs, diagrams, and activities that will engage any budding explorer! #nonfiction #outdoors #nature #childrensbookEditors of Storey Publishing
Storey Publishing
Children’s Nonfiction, Outdoors

Publication Date: March 20, 2018


An amazing book for any young outdoor enthusiast! It is full of great photographs, diagrams, and activities that will engage any budding explorer!

If you’re interested in reading Backpack Explorer: On the Nature Trail What Will You Find?, you can purchase a copy here onAmazon

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



Friday, March 16, 2018

The Magic Garden Book Review


The Magic Garden
Take a journey through the magical world of nature

Lemniscates
Walter Foster Jr
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book
The Magic Garden - As Chloe walks through her garden the wind whispers to her, beckoning her to pay attention to all the magic around her. From the leaves to the bees to the bugs to the snakes and more, there is so much to see and learn about in Chloe's garden. #TheMagicGarden #NetGalley #ChildrensLit #PictureBook  
Publication Date: March 6, 2018


As Chloe walks through her garden the wind whispers to her, beckoning her to pay attention to all the magic around her. From the leaves to the bees to the bugs to the snakes and more, there is so much to see and learn about in Chloe's garden.

If you’re interested in reading The Magic Garden, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

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



Thursday, March 15, 2018

Best Spring Picture Books


Spring is one of my favorite times of the year!  Mud and dirt, butterflies and birds – there is so much to see, so much to do, and so much to learn about!  These books offer a great entry point to start exploring the fun spring has to offer!

Best Spring Picture Books #childrenslit #spring #picturebooks



The Spring Activities Pack is filled with engaging literacy tasks like acrostic poems, alphabetical order, Go-Fish, word scrambles, word searches, a crossword puzzle, comparing and contrasting, sequencing events, and more!Do you need some fun spring literacy activities?  Check out my Spring Activities Pack! It’s filled with engaging literacy tasks like acrostic poems, alphabetical order, Go-Fish, word scrambles, word searches, a crossword puzzle, comparing and contrasting, sequencing events, and more!




SPRING PICTURE BOOKS


Grade:  PK-1st
Best Spring Picture Books #childrenslit #spring #picturebooks
Inspired by a collection of garden poems, Lola wants to start her own garden. Lola and her mom go to the library to find books about gardening, buy seeds, dig, plant, and wait.  Waiting for her flowers to grow is difficult, but well worth it.  Once her flowers bloom, Lola invites her friends over food, fun, and a story next to her flowers.

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Best Spring Picture Books #childrenslit #spring #picturebooksEgg 
Grade:  PK-2nd

There are four eggs: blue, pink, yellow, and green.  Three of the eggs hatch, but the green one doesn’t.  The three new baby birds try to figure out the mystery of this green egg.  What is it?

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Best Spring Picture Books #childrenslit #spring #picturebooksGrade:  PK-2nd

There is an umbrella by the door, and it is big and friendly. It doesn’t matter how tall or hairy or how many legs you have, there is room under this umbrella for everyone!  A great rain-related story about inclusion.

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Grade:  1st-3rd

The Toad is a funny nonfiction book with great illustrations.  Kids will laugh and learn a lot about toads.  It’s a great companion to learning about the life cycle.



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Grade:  K-2nd

And Then It’s Spring is another garden-inspired book.  After a long, snowy winter, a boy and his dog decide it’s time to plant a garden.  After digging and planting, they wait and wait and wait for a sign that spring may finally be coming.

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Grade:  PK-1st

Simple text and fun pictures drive this rainy-day filled book.  As kids splash and play in the rain, a worm also has fun squirming around in the rainy weather.


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Grade:  PK-2nd

With minimal text and amazing pictures, If You Plant a Seed illustrates literal planting and growing as well as the power of planting seeds of kindness and what they grow into.


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Best Spring Picture Books #childrenslit #spring #picturebooksGrade:  PK-2nd

On a rainy day in the city one boy’s excitement about the rain is only matched by one old man’s grumpiness about it. Can the boy’s enthusiasm brighten the old man’s day? A good book to teach perspective and to show that people respond to the same situation in different ways. 

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Grade:  PK-2nd

Fletcher loves spring! From the birds singing, to the flowers opening, to chasing butterflies – what’s not to love? Well there is one unexpected thing not to love. Snow!  Spring is full of surprises as Fletcher finds out.

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Best Spring Picture Books #childrenslit #spring #picturebooksGrade:  1st-3rd

Down Comes the Rain is a fun way to learn about the water cycle.  After the rain falls, the sun comes out, dries the puddles, but that water isn’t gone.  It will come back again in the form of new clouds!

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LIST OF ALL SPRING PICTURE BOOKS




MORE SPRING RESOURCES

Are you looking for more fun resources for spring?  Check out these spring literacy activities:

Spring Picture Prompts – Students create their own short stories based on fun spring pictures.


Spring Picture Prompts – Students create their own short stories based on fun spring pictures.







Rainbow Words CompoundWord Game – Students match up rainbow puzzle pieces to build compound words!


Rainbow Words CompoundWord Game – Students match up rainbow puzzle pieces to build compound words!







Raindrop Word Families – Students search through raindrops to match raindrop words to their word family base and then practice writing their raindrop words on their recording sheet.
Raindrop Word Families – Students search through raindrops to match raindrop words to their word family base and then practice writing their raindrop words on their recording sheet.






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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Roxy the Raccoon - A Story to Help Children Learn about Disability and Inclusion Book Review


Roxy the Raccoon
A Story to Help Children Learn about Disability and Inclusion

Alice Reeves (Author)
Phoebe Kirk  (Illustrator)
Roxy the Raccoon wants to do things with her friends like see Beaver's house, kick a ball around with the squirrels, or watch the sunset with Cherry the Chipmunk up at the top of the tree. But Roxy uses a wheelchair and can't do those things with her friends. Thanks to some quick thinking on her friends' part, Roxy and her pals figure it out!  #inclusion #picturebook #childrenslit #RoxyTheRaccoon #NetGalley #TruthandTailsJessica Kingsley Publishers
Children’s Fiction, Inclusion, Picture Book

Publication Date: March 21, 2018


Roxy the Raccoon wants to do things with her friends like see Beaver's house, kick a ball around with the squirrels, or watch the sunset with Cherry the Chipmunk up at the top of the tree. But Roxy uses a wheelchair and can't do those things with her friends. Thanks to some quick thinking on her friends' part, Roxy and her pals figure it out!

Roxy the Raccoon: A Story to Help Children Learn about Disability and Inclusion is part of the Truth & Tails series, whose goal is to eliminate prejudices and encourage acceptance in young children. The book also includes before and after reading questions for parents or teachers.

If you’re interested in reading Roxy the Raccoon: A Story to Help Children Learn about Disability and Inclusion, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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



Friday, March 9, 2018

My Best Friend Is a Goldfish Book Review


My Best Friend Is a Goldfish

My Best Friend Is a Goldfish - When a boy has an argument with his best friend, he goes in search of a new one only to realize that sometimes best friends may be a little different... and that's okay! #MyBestFriendIsAGoldfish #NetGalley #ChildrensLit #PictureBook Mark Lee (Author)
Chris Jevons (Illustrator)
Carolrhoda Books
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: April 1, 2018


Best friends are great! Best friends enjoy all the same things, they play together all the time, and they always get along together! Or do they?

When a boy has an argument with his best friend, he goes in search of a new one only to realize that sometimes best friends may be a little different... and that's okay!

My Best Friend Is a Goldfish is a great read for young children both as just a fun story and as a story we can learn from. If you've got a child or children who fight with their friend and it's the end of the word, My Best Friend Is a Goldfish is a good story to highlight that we may have differences and disagreements, but that we can always be friends.

If you’re interested in reading My Best Friend Is a Goldfish, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

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

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Astronaut Annie Book Review


Astronaut Annie
Astronaut Annie by Suzanne Slade #AstronautAnnie #childrenslit #picturebook #astronaut #careerday 
Suzanne Slade (Author)
Nicole Tadgell (Illustrator)
Tilbury House
Children’s Fiction, Picture Books, Astronaut

Publication Date: March 6, 2018


Annie's school is having a Career Day, and all the kids get to dress up like what they want to be when they grow up. What will Annie be? All her family members from Grandpop to her mom give Annie something to help her build her costume for the big day. Will she be a brave cook like her grandma or a mountain climber like her dad? Her family will have to wait for Career Day to find out!

Based on the title, the reader should be able to guess what Annie wants to be when she grows up, but despite knowing ahead of time, Astronaut Annie is still worth the read. As Annie gathers supplies for her costume, she also highlights the positive attributes of her family members and brings those qualities together on Career Day.

If you’re interested in reading Astronaut Annie, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

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



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