Friday, August 18, 2017

Going Around the Sun: Some Planetary Fun

FOR THE WEEKEND, share this eclipse inspired title with your child. 

Going Around the Sun: Some Planetary Fun is appropriate for children of all ages.

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Summary:
Going Around the Sun: Some Planetary Fun is a wonderfully accurate description of our solar system set to the tune of 'Over in the Meadow.' Explore the planets as they orbit mother Sun, tilting, rolling and sparkling in space. Author Marianne Berkes provides the perfect introduction to our planetary neighbors and illustrator Janeen Mason's work will captivate audiences of all ages.

Practice this Comprehension Strategy-Retelling:
After you read Going Around the Sun: Some Planetary Fun ask your reader to flip through and take a turn telling the story to you. Can they remember which planet sparkled or which tilted? By taking a more interactive role in the story telling process your reader will have a deeper connection to the entire experience.

Do this with your child:

After you read Going Around the Sun: Some Planetary Fun talk with your child about the upcoming total solar eclipse, when the moon will completely block out the sun on Monday 8/21/2017. Check out Space Racers kid friendly website for resources, information, and activities and get ready for the exciting event!

If you're interested in sharing Going Around the Sun: Some Planetary Fun with your child you can find it from Dawn Publications here


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Friday, August 11, 2017

Soccer Counts! / !El futbol cuenta!

FOR THE WEEKEND share this title with your child. 

Soccer Counts! / !El futbol cuenta! is appropriate for children of all ages.

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Summary:
Soccer Counts! / !El futbol cuenta! is a bilingual book using simple rhymes to counts from zero to fifteen in English and Spanish. Author Barbara Barbieri McGrath does a wonderful job coupling the counting storyline with interesting facts about soccer and it's history. Readers young and old will enjoy counting to fifteen while learning more about the popular sport.

Practice this Comprehension Strategy-Making Connections:
After you read Soccer Counts! / !El futbol cuenta! ask your reader questions about their own experiences with soccer. Have they ever played the sport, do they play on a team, do they know he rules? You can also make connections about spectating, have they ever watched a soccer game, do they have a favorite team, etc.? Do they know or play any other sports? Use this book as a jumping point to learn about more sports that they might want to learn about.

Do this with your child:

After you read Soccer Counts! / !El futbol cuenta! try out the sport together! You can try scoring goals against each other or have a more leisurely game of kicking the ball back and forth. 

If you're interested in sharing Soccer Counts! / !El futbol cuenta! with your child you can find it from Charlesbridge Publishing here

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream

FOR THE WEEKEND, share this summer title with your child. 

Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream is appropriate for children of all ages.


Summary:
Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream is the true story of Marcenia Lyle, a young African American girl who grew up to become the first woman to play professional baseball. Marcenia loves baseball, and she is very good at it. But everyone likes to remind her that girls aren't allowed to play baseball and that she should try playing with dolls instead. Marcenia doesn't give up on her dream, and when a baseball scout for the St. Louis Cardinals comes to recruit kids for camp, Marcenia shows him what she is capable of! Author Crystal Hubbard and illustrator Randy Duburke do justice to the amazing story of an amazing girl who grew up to become Tori Stone, the first woman to play professional baseball.

Practice this Comprehension Strategy-Take a Picture Walk:
Before you read Catching the Moon: The Story of A Young Girl's Dream to Play Baseball ask your reader to flip through the pages. As they're looking, ask them questions about what they're seeing on the pages. Where are the characters, what are they doing, and what do you think is happening are great questions to spark comprehension and engagement when sharing a story.

Do this with your child:

After you read Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream talk with your child about baseball. Have they ever played, baseball, t-ball, softball. Have they watched a local team or a sibling play a game? Talk about the rules of the game then run outside and practice hitting and catching!

If you're interested in sharing Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream with your child you can find it from Lee & Low here

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Tilly's Staycation

FOR THE WEEKEND, share this summer title with your child. 

Tilly's Staycation is appropriate for children of all ages.


Summary:
Tilly's friends are all getting ready for their trips to Paris, to India and to go camping but Tilly is jealous that she won't have a trip on her own vacation in Tilly's Staycation. Tilly's mom assures her that they will have their own adventures and that they will be just as, if not more, exciting. A reluctant Tilly isn't convinced, until her day begins with breakfast in bed! From there, Tilly and her mom spend the day filled with adventures and excitement having a grand staycation. Author Gillian Hibbs' adorable illustrations and fun story are a reminder that you can have an amazing vacation, even if you aren't going on an exotic trip!

Practice this Comprehension Strategy-Retelling:
After you read Tilly's Staycation ask your reader to take a turn retelling the story to you. Let them hold the book, flip the pages and narrate the story. Having already read through, they'll recall major events and characters and be able to fill in with their picture clues and their own imaginations. By interacting with the book in a more involved role, they'll have a deeper engagement in the entire book sharing process.

Do this with your child:

After you read Tilly's Staycation plan a staycation of your own! Make a list with your child of things you'd like to do together. Check out cheap/free local attractions like museums, parks, beaches, etc. and have your own grand adventure without having to travel too far.  

If you're interested in sharing Tilly's Staycation with your child you can find it from Child's Play International here


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Friday, July 21, 2017

Super Sand Castle Saturday

FOR THE WEEKEND, share this summer title with your child. 

Super Sand Castle Saturday is appropriate for school age children.

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Summary:
Super Sand Castle Saturday is a math reader which tells the story of a sand castle building competition between three friends. Larry the lifeguard will be judging sand castles to see who can build the tallest tower, deepest moat, and longest wall. As the kids build, they use their shovels and spoons to measure and compare. But they're all surprised when Larry the lifeguard brings out his measuring tape. This is a wonderful book form Stuart J. Murphy and Julia Gorton which effortlessly weaves the concept of measurement into a fun story.

Practice this Comprehension Strategy-Take a Picture Walk:
Before you read Super Sand Castle Saturday a look through the book with your reader, asking them to tell you what they see on each page. Ask about what is in the pictures, where do the kids seem to be, what are they doing, etc. Then as you read, see if the answers they came up with match what's happening in the story. By engaging with the story before reading, your child will be more interested and engaged as you read together.

Do this with your child:

After you read Super Sand Castle Saturday do some measuring with your reader. Try using different steps, baby steps and giant steps, to measure the hallway and talk about your results. Measure kitchen items like your table or counters using spoons or even bananas. Then bust out a measuring tape and measure each other! You'll be teaching your reader about the helpfulness of using standardized units of measurement in order to make more accurate comparisons, just like in the story. 

If you're interested in sharing Super Sand Castle Saturday with your child you can find it from Harper Collins Publishing here

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Friday, July 14, 2017

El Pequeño Hoo Va a la Playa / Little Hoo Goes to the Beach

FOR THE WEEKEND, share this summer title with your child. 

El Pequeño Hoo Va a la Playa/Little Hoo Goes to the Beach is appropriate for children of all ages.


Summary:
El Pequeño Hoo Va a la Playa/Little Hoo Goes to the Beach is a bilingual tale that tells the story of a scared owl and his trip to the beach. It is the perfect day to visit the beach but Little Hoo is afraid, the waves are big, the crabs might pinch and the sharks are plentiful. But with encouragement and exploration, Little Hoo discovers that the beach is actually not scary, but fun and exciting! Author Brenda Ponnay's simple text and bright and bold images pair together perfectly in this summer adventure.

Practice this Comprehension Strategy-Make Connections:
As you read El Pequeño Hoo Va a la Playa/Little Hoo Goes to the Beach ask your reader questions about their own experiences at the beach or in a new place. Have they been scared or nervous to try something new? How did they feel after they had their experience? Do they have advice for Little Hoo as he navigates his new adventure? By relating to the characters and the text, your reader will become more engaged in the story and have a more impactful experience overall.

Do this with your child:

After you read El Pequeño Hoo Va a la Playa/Little Hoo Goes to the Beach in the language that you are more comfortable with go back through and pick out some of the words you would like to learn in the other. Words like beach, ocean and waves are fun to know in any language!

If you're interested in sharing El Pequeño Hoo Va a la Playa/Little Hoo Goes to the Beach with your child you can find it from Xist Publishing here

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Friday, July 7, 2017

One Hot Summer Day

FOR THE WEEKEND, share this summer title with your child. 

One Hot Summer Day is appropriate for children of all ages.


Summary:
One Hot Summer Day brings the heat and the cool when a little girl plays outside on a hot, summer day. Follow along as the little girl explores the neighborhood with dogs panting and ladies holding umbrellas for shade as she teases her shadow and eats popsicles. Relief from the heat comes in big, dark thunderous clouds as a summer storm fills the sky. Nina Crews' simple text and photo-collage images radiate summer the whole way through.

Practice this Comprehension Strategy-Retelling:
After you read One Hot Summer Day ask your reader to take a turn and tell the story to you. Let them lead the way, flipping the pages and narrating the text and pictures. By engaging with the book in a more interactive role your reader will be more invested in the entire book sharing experience.

Do this with your child:

Before you read One Hot Summer Day set up a space to read together outside. This could be on a blanket in your back yard, at a local playground or park, or even at the beach. You will be able to ask your reader questions about how they're relating to the little girl in the story, are they too hot to swing, can they escape their shadow in the sunshine, etc. By engaging with a book in a new setting your reader will be experiencing it in a different way than when you share books on your couch or in bed. Take advantage of the summer weather 

If you're interested in sharing One Hot Summer Day with your child you can find it from Greenwillow Books, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, here

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Friday, June 30, 2017

All Kinds of Friends, Even Green

FOR THE WEEKEND, share this title with your child. We are celebrating differences!

All Kinds of Friends, Even Green is appropriate for children of all ages.


Summary:
When Moses' teacher gives an assignment to write about a friend, he carefully thinks about all of his options. He has friends in his class who make him laugh and play with him on the playground, he has grown up friends like his mom and dad and teachers, he has friends who are neighbors like his babysitter Kate. When he thinks about Kate he knows what to do! Kate has two iguanas who are also his friends, and one iguana, Zaki, is missing toes. He decides to write about Zaki because just like him, Moses also has special needs. While Zaki has to figure out how to maneuver with his missing toes, Moses has to do the same thing in his wheelchair. All Kinds of Friends, Even Green does a wonderful job celebrating the differences we see in our everyday lives. Author Ellen B. Senisi captures a wonderfully diverse environment where readers can learn that living with a disability can be interesting and positive.

Practice this Comprehension Strategy-Take A Picture Walk:
All Kinds of Friends, Even Green is a delightful book to take a picture walk before reading. Flip through the pages with your reader and ask what they see on each page. This book is filled with photographs that capture a diverse classroom and neighborhood. Ask your child questions about what they're seeing on the pages, do they have any friends who look similar to the people in this book? By engaging with the book in a more interactive role your reader will be more invested in the entire book sharing experience.

Do this with your child:

After you read All Kinds of Friends, Even Green ask your child if they'd like to write or draw a project about one of their own friends just like Moses did. Let them think about which friend they might like to write about and assist them only if they ask.

If you're interested in sharing All Kinds of Friends, Even Green with your child you can find it from Woodbine House here

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Same, Same But Different

FOR THE WEEKEND, share this title with your child. We're celebrating differences in the month of June!

Same, Same but Different is appropriate for children of all ages.

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Summary:
Same, Same but Different follows the penpal relationship between two children in different countries. Elliot lives in America and Kailash lives in India. They write each other letters and send each other pictures to learn about each others homes and lives. They find out that even though their environments look different they both have families and homes and pets and hobbies. They aren't so different after all. Author Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw does a marvelous job connecting two characters who are oceans apart.

Practice this Comprehension Strategy-Making Connections:
Same, Same but Different is the perfect book to practice making connections. The entire story makes connections between Elliot and Kailash. As you read, ask your child how they are both similar and different from the children in the story. Books can be both a mirror where a child can see their own lives reflected as well as a window to outside worlds and experiences and Same, Same but Different is a wonderful example of both.

Do this with your child:

After you read Same, Same but Different ask your child if they would like to write a litter to a penpal. Students of the World is a wonderful, kid friendly website which connects students and children around the globe through letter writing. Check it out here.

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If you're interested in sharing Same, Same but Different with your child you can find it from Henry Holt & Co here

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Papa, Do You Love Me?

FOR THIS FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND, share this title with your child. 

Papa, Do You Love Me? is appropriate for children of all ages.

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Summary:
Papa, Do You Love Me? is a beautiful book to read this Father's Day. When a young boy in Africa asks his father if he loves him, he learns that his father's love is unconditional. Beautiful watercolor images from Barbara Lavallee and lyrical text from Barbara M. Joosse capture a bond that will translate across every culture.

Practice this Comprehension Strategy-Make Connections:
As you read Papa, Do You Love Me? ask you reader questions about their own relationship with their father (or stepfather or grandfather or big brother.) Even if you are not in the desert of Africa, your father will still do things to prove that he loves you. Talk with your child about what these things are in your family. By engaging with the book in  this way, your reader will build a deeper connection to the text and have a more impactful experience all together.


Do this with your child:

After you read Papa, Do You Love Me? have fun filling out this Father's Day questionnaire with your kiddos. Have them draw a picture of their dad and then ask them the questions and fill in their answers. It will make a Father's Day gift to treasure forever! 

If you're interested in sharing Papa, Do You Love Me? with your child you can find it from Chronicle Books here


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