Saturday, April 25, 2015

Maple by Lori Nichols

Lori Nichols’ enchanting debut features an irresistible, free-spirited, nature-loving little girl who greets the changing seasons and a new sibling with arms wide open.

When Maple is tiny, her parents plant a maple tree in her honor. She and her tree grow up together, and even though a tree doesn’t always make an ideal playmate, it doesn’t mind when Maple is in the mood to be loud—which is often. Then Maple becomes a big sister, and finds that babies have their loud days, too. Fortunately, Maple and her beloved tree know just what the baby needs.

Author's site - http://lorinichols.com/Lori_Nichols/home.html

Some activity sheets - http://lorinichols.com/Lori_Nichols/MAPLE_files/leafidentification%202.pdf


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Book Quotes

So we started a new thing at school to encourage reading - we post a quote each day from a book, some a common and other more obscure.  Each day the students write the book title and author, submit their guess  and a little prize is given.  Here are a few of the  quotes with the answers.  We post obviously without the "answers"!  Enjoy!






Saturday, April 11, 2015

Draw! By Raúl Colón

Based on his own childhood, beloved and award-winning artist Raul Colon's wordless book is about the limitless nature of creativity and imagination.

A boy alone in his room.
Pencils.
Sketchbook in hand.
What would it be like to on safari?
Imagine

A boy named Leonardo begins to imagine and then draw a world afar&;first a rhinoceros, and then he meets some monkeys, and he always has a friendly elephant at his side. Soon he finds himself in the jungle and carried away by the sheer power of his imagination, seeing the world through his own eyes and making friends along the way.


From the Carle Museum - http://www.carlemuseum.org/studioblog/?p=3276

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring is Here! by Heidi Pross Gray

Discover the world as it wakes from its winter slumber as the flowers blossom, the animals come out from their resting place, and nature comes alive during this season of renewal. Head outside and play soccer and baseball with your friends while enjoying a wonderful picnic lunch from the food you grew in your garden! Heidi has done it again with this wonderful, wholesome book about the spring season, tying family and nature together in a book that will leave you feeling excited about spring!


Check out the author's blog - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6891636.Heidi_Pross_Gray/blog

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

This is a wonderful book about family and traditions.  Had the opportunity to see and hear the author AND view the actual keeping quilt (well, the original is in a museum, but here is the family's current one)!

A video presentation by the author - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfozE5b22og

Information about the author - http://www.patriciapolacco.com/

Friday, March 6, 2015