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Bird is the Word, or Words on Birds

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I Spy in the Sky by William Gibbs (2014) This book is in the same style/”series” as I Spy on the Farm. And like I Spy on the Farm, this book is rendered completely in digital media. While you can tell it is digital, it still looks phenomenal. The spread with the peacock is particularly striking. It really is a fun read–especially for engaging a younger audience. Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray, Illustrated… Read More

Fun Read Alouds by Ms. Beth

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Parent’s Guide To “Read Alouds” by Ms. Beth 1. Pick a book that YOU love! Here are some that I love: Kindergarten – Grade 1 Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems Grades 1-2 Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin The Dog Who Cried Wolf by Keiko Kaszka Are You A Horse? by Andy Rash Grades 3-4 I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff What’s With This Room? by Tom Litchenheld… Read More

Books That Go Zoom-Vroom-Choo

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Zoom! Zoom! by Robert Burleigh is a busy, colorful, comic-feeling picturebook that would make a fantastic storytime piece. I expected a CD to accompany the book since the rhymes are so sing-songy that they could be, well, a song. There are lots of details and colors that would keep any toddler occupied, though it might not entice those with a refined sensibility for picturebook illustrations. They are fun, yes, but do not offer anything unique or… Read More

Fairy Tales and Cardboard Castles by Ms. Diane

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Fairy Tales and Cardboard Castles by Ms. Diane   The Woodsies have been very active designing castles that would delight the Royal Families of Europe! We used large and small paper towel tubes for turrets and recycled cardboard packing material for the castle.  Add some color with crayons and glitter and you have a sparkling palace fit for a King or Queen! Princess Hyacinth by Florence Parry Heide is one of the picturebooks I read during our… Read More

Snow Much to Do with the Little Ones-By Ms. Joleen

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The recent snowstorms have reminded us that there is still more winter left to come, and sometimes it’s not easy finding things to do while stuck inside. Use your imagination–and whatever craft supplies you have on hand (and even the snow itself!)–to have fun with your children. In a future session of Countdown to Kindergarten we’ll be making “bird feeders” out of pine cones and peanut butter. Get out the binoculars and watch the different birds… Read More

Can You Solve the Mystery? By Ms. Beth

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Check out “CAN YOU SOLVE THE MYSTERY?”  our reading list of Mysteries for grades 2-3! Lots of great suggestions for mystery lovers there! One of the ‘best’ on our list is  Blizzard of the Blue Moon  by Mary Pope Osborne The Magic Tree House carries Jack and Annie to New York City in 1938 on a mission to rescue the last unicorn. In this exciting new Merlin Mission, Jack and Annie go back in time to New… Read More

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano

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Book Review by Ms. Kristina The summary of this book from the FPL’s catalog: Twelve-year-old Alexander Baddenfield, the last in a long line of evil men who die young, has his cat’s extra eight lives transplanted into his own body, while his caretaker, Winterbottom, strives to keep him safe. I thoroughly enjoyed the tone and snarkiness of this middle grade novel. It was a cross between Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning and Maude: The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton.… Read More

Catching Kisses by Amy Gibson

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Amy Gibson’s text in Catching Kisses is warm, poetic and thoughtful. She creates a meandering tone that carries the reader throughout the entire book–from the first end pages with fully formed dandelion seeds on stems to the last pages of select seeds carrying the reader outside of the book. The (digital) illustrations capture the tone and blows the reader forward to find the lonely dandelion spore that floats through the pages. The tone and “search and… Read More

2014 Youth Media Awards

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At 9 am on January 27, 2014, this year’s winners of the Youth Media Awards will be announced at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter 2014 Conference. Here is what ALA says about the Youth Media Awards: Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott… Read More

The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud

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By Ms. Kristina This oversized picture book was originally published in 2011 in France under the title Une chanson d’ours and as such has a distinctly French air. The color palette of yellow, blue and black fade to a muted color scheme that feels nostalgic as well as modern. The colors bring the reader through a frantic search for little bear. The first two-thirds of the book feel like an ornate and beautifully rendered “search and… Read More