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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Starry Safari by Linda Ashman Why we love this book: The main character takes us on safari racing in her sturdy jeep. Beep! Beep! Beep! This safari jeep ride brings back memories of my own amazing safari ride. I love how the author uses action words and adjectives to bring […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: ABC Animal Jamboree by Giles Andreae Why we love this book: I’m back from South Africa and I’m trying to wrap my brain around everything I experienced. I’m busy sorting through the hundreds of pictures I took and I’m putting together my thought for some upcoming posts on my adventure! […]

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 Dig a Tunnel Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Dig a Tunnel by Ryan Ann Hunter Why we love this book: First, I love this book because it is a book that little boys love! Second, I am a big proponent of including books in all learning centers. Yes, even the block center! But what kind of books do […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Verdi by Jane Cannon Why we love this book: Verdi is written by the creator of the beloved Stellaluna. Verdi learns the hard way that regardless of how you change and look on the outside, you’re always you on the inside, “I may be big and very green, but I’m […]

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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 […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole Why we love this book: Caroline is a girl after my own heart! Caroline and her family move into a new home on Meadowview Street where all of the houses and yards look exactly alike. When Caroline’s dad decides to mow the yard, she […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert Why we love this book: The sun is shining and it is warming-up quickly in the Texas Hill Country. That means it’s time to get outside and start digging in the garden! Planting a Rainbow is one of our favorite gardening books for children. […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY:Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen Why we love this book: We are continuing our series on Creating a Balanced Reading Program with a focus on Reading Aloud to Older Children this week. Most parents and teachers do an excellent job of reading to their young children, but once children begin reading […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr / Eric Carle Why we love this book: EVERY home and classroom library should begin with a copy of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See! This week our focus is on reading aloud to children as […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: I Like Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown The Mysterious Tadpole by Steven Kellogg If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff A Book About Your Skeleton by Ruth Belov Gross Why we love these books: In observance of Valentine’s Day, the holiday of L-O-V-E, we are celebrating […]

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Down on the Farm by Merrily Kutner Why we love this book: We love this book because the kids love this book! If you’re looking for a great little book packed full of learning then Down on the Farm by Merrily Kutner is a must have. This book full of rhyme, rhythm and repetitive text […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman Why we love this book: Katie loves the new kittens and it makes her so very happy that she just can’t help but howl and chase them around the house, “AROOOOOO!” But each and every time this just scares the kittens and gets […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus Why we love this book: Leo is a late bloomer and this concerns his father; however, his mother is confident that Leo will bloom. “Then one day, in his own good time, Leo bloomed!” And that is an important message for both adults […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Boxed Set Lilly and Friends Box of Fun by Kevin Henkes Why we love these books: Kevin Henkes’ series about Lilly and her friends is charming, witty, funny and true to life. Both adults and children can relate to these remarkably “real” characters. From Lilly and her friends, children learn […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli Why we love this book: This week we are introducing Reading Response Journals. One of our main goals this week is for children to embrace the belief that reading is FUN! Accordingly we’re going to start the year with an abundance of read alouds that […]

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Last school year, I often blogged about journal writing with children and posted writing samples from toddlers to third grade. We kicked off the school year with two posts: 10 Easy Steps to Introduce Journal Writing: Preschool – Third Grade Books That Inspire Children to Write: Book GIVEAWAY Introducing Reading Response Journals This school year, […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Skippyjon Jones AND THE BIG BONES by Judy Schachner Bonus CD Included Why we love Skippyjon Jones: We love his IMAGINATION! When Skippyjon Jones heads into his closet you know he’s about to take you on a one-of-a-kind adventure. Think, Zorro meets a Siamese kitten, who thinks he’s a chihuahua! […]

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As a classroom teacher, I created quite a good library of children’s literature for myself. I’ve never counted my books, but I probably have at least 1000 books. However, when I had my own children, I found that most of these books were not appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers. They are often too long and […]

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