Indpendent Reading Book Pack GIVEAWAY of the Week

March 27, 2012

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY:

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barett
  • Puddles by Jonathan London
  • Water’s Way by Lisa Westberg Peters

Why we love these books:

Joyce has once again dipped into her library books and selected a Weather Book Pack GIVEAWAY. Since April Showers bring May Flowers, it seems only appropriate to spend a little time taking a closer look at weather this time of year. We are also continuing our series on The Components of a Balanced Reading Program. The next two weeks we will focus on Independent Reading. We are including a FREE printable book for early readers . . .

Print this book FREE: My Umbrella Day

Easy Familiar Reading for Beginning Readers

Easy Familiar Reading Book Box

  • For emergent readers and beginning readers, I set-up a book box or zip-lock baggie full of easy familiar reading books.
  • These are easy reading books that have been introduced to the children during guided reading.
  • These easy familiar books help develop reading confidence and fluency.
  • We have FREE printable books for you here at waddlee-ah-chaa.

Independent Reading Books for Enjoyment

  • I also let the child select books for pure enjoyment.
  • Preschoolers and beginning readers may simply look at the pictures during quiet reading time.
  • Children often like to select books that have been read aloud to them.
  • It’s all about balance between easy familiar books and books selected for enjoyment.
  • At this young age “quiet reading time” may only last 10-15 minutes long.

Teaching Children How to Make Good Book Choices

Puddles: Can you remember how much fun it was to splash in the puddles after a big rain? What child can resist stomping in a puddle? This delightful story follows a brother and sister as they enjoy exploring after a big rain.

Water’s Way: This book is excellent for teaching all the different forms that water can take, from steam on the stove to snow outdoors. Told as a story about Tony who waits snugly inside his house for snow, the author teaches children all about evaporation and weather.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: If your only experience with this book is the movie version, I’m sorry. Skip the movie and give the book a try. While children love the pure silliness of this book, I love all of the weather vocabulary it teaches. This spring add a few meatballs to your weather unit!

Life with Jeannine


  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barett
  • Puddles by Jonathan London
  • Water’s Way by Lisa Westberg Peters

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Do you like rainy days? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Sunday, April 1, 2012

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, April 2, 2012. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara H March 27, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I like being in the house on rainy days…so I like rainy days as long as I don’t have to venture out on the road.
My boys love spring rain! It means jumping on the trampoline in the rain!

Tiffany March 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm

For the most part, yes. I like what the rainy days bring, green grass, flowers, much needed water to Texas…. I also like the sound and smell of the rain. I do not like grocery shopping with three children on a rainy day though.

Brandy March 27, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I LOVE rainy days! Though, I prefer sunny days. :) I love how the rain this time of year seems to instantly turn everything green and does a good job washing away some of the pollen that is seriously aggravating my children’s allergies. I love how it smells, especially if the grass has been freshly cut. Rain also reminds me of all the times I was allowed to play in the rain during the summer as a kid.

Kerri Heinrich March 28, 2012 at 10:51 am

I like to curl up and read a good book on a rainy day. I don’t like to be out in the rain though.

Robin March 28, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Love rainy days and al the surprises that come with them. The wonderful smell, frogs, and rainbows, not to mention the wonderful plants that just seem to pop up.

Gidget March 28, 2012 at 11:46 pm

I love rainy days IF I don’t have to go anywhere – and I really love rainy nights – again – IF I don’t have to go anywhere….if I do have to leave the house, then I hate the rain, and have been known on occasion to cancel plans or not attend events if it is raining (or cold) and then I’m back to the original answer – it’s all good when I’m home :)

Thanks for a great giveaway!

maryanne @ mama smiles March 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Rainy days can be fun – so long as I have a fun indoor activity for the kids, and we don’t have to be out running errands! I definitely love sunshine, though!

KJ March 29, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I like to be home on rainy days:) Unlike me, my 6 year-old, Kinslee, loves to be anywhere in the rain, especially if she gets to hold the umbrella!!

Adriana March 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm

If they are not very often, I love the gentle rain!

Wendy Clark March 30, 2012 at 6:58 am

I LOVE rainy days. Especially if I can find time to sit on my front porch in my rocking chair and watch it!

Ellie March 31, 2012 at 11:26 am

I love rainy days, especially if they are interspersed with sunny days. I also love thunder and lightning shows, though others in our family find this a bit frightening! Rainy days are the perfect sort of day for reading, and during the hot season, which is coming up just around the corner for us, rainy days bring blessed relief. However, if we have special plans that get ruined by rain, I guess I don’t love the rain so much! But most of the time our plans are flexible so we can make the most of a rainy day… And jumping in puddles … yes, that is loads of fun for us!

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