Two Favorite House-Building Books

Two Favorite House-Building Books

I’ve been spending some time over the last few weeks working on a list of wonderful picture books for the summer, as well as the list of books about moving, and while going through all of those books, I realized I had the perfect pair of books to share with you! So, today, I bring you two wonderful books about building houses– Building Our House by Jonathan Bean and If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen! Continue reading “Two Favorite House-Building Books”

Early Readers Written in Dialogue (aka Elephant and Piggie Style!)

Early Readers Written in Dialogue (aka Elephant and Piggie Style!)

A follower recently asked me for recommendations for books similar to Elephant and Piggie— yes, she wanted that early reading level, but she was NOT looking for silly, funny, friendship books. Instead, she wanted books written in the same dialogue format, as their kindergartener likes to do “theater” of the Elephant and Piggie books at night… (side note— this kind of reader’s theater is wonderful for developing fluency!).

So, up today, books written in the same dialogue style, for the same early reading level, as the beloved Elephant and Piggie books! Continue reading “Early Readers Written in Dialogue (aka Elephant and Piggie Style!)”

Under the Same Sky by Britta Teckentrup

Under the Same Sky by Britta Teckentrup

You may remember that back in March, I recommended Britta Teckentrup’s “A Spotting Book” series… While tracking those books down, I came across Teckentrup’s Under the Same Sky. You may also remember that back in February, I recommended This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe. Under the Same Sky has a similar powerful message to This Is How We Do It, though aimed at slightly younger kids and with more accessible characters and narrative. Continue reading “Under the Same Sky by Britta Teckentrup”

The Enchanted Hour by Meghan Cox Gurdon

The Enchanted Hour by Meghan Cox Gurdon

So, it’s no real secret that I love Jim Trelease’s The Read-Aloud Handbook (and by the way, a new edition is being released in September— you better believe I’ve already preordered mine!). So, when a dear friend told me she had seen a book I’d probably love sitting front-and-center on the counter of our local bookstore, I turned around immediately to buy it.

And y’all, The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction is inspiring, too! Meghan Cox Gurdon has written this with a great combination of both personal anecdotes about reading aloud with her own children and data, statistics, and insights from current research around brain development, technology, and reading aloud. I marked an incredible number of passages for my own future reference or to share with my husband. Gurdon also includes 11 pages of recommended titles for read-aloud! Continue reading “The Enchanted Hour by Meghan Cox Gurdon”

Page 1 Kids Ambassador Finale

Page 1 Kids Ambassador Finale

Do your kids love to read nonfiction? Mine don’t… at all. I know there are children who devour informational texts, flipping through those books for hours, taking in the photographs, diagrams, and facts… But not my children! Every now and then, they might request a picture book biography, but I think it’s much more for the story and much less because it’s something real about a real person. And there are SO MANY wonderful nonfiction books for children, even really young children, these days!

So, for my last Page One Kids book request, I asked for a really engaging, inviting nonfiction book… And, once again, they nailed it, sending us The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer! In fact, over the weekend, my almost-6-year-old actually asked me to read her 2 different sections of it! Now, to be clear, the book is 63 pages long, and we read 4 pages, but it was by her request, so I’ll consider it a win! Continue reading “Page 1 Kids Ambassador Finale”

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

I first learned of The Invisible String last year, when my daughter’s preschool teacher read it with her students. She shared it with them as they transitioned into being at school, many for the first time, and away from their parents and loved ones. I then revisited The Invisible String earlier this year, when a dear family lost their young father to cancer, and my friend read this with her little ones as they grieved. No matter the situation, The Invisible String by Patrice Karst, oroginally illustrated by Geoff Stevenson, has a powerful message for young children– they are always connected to their loved ones. Continue reading “The Invisible String by Patrice Karst”

All the Ways to Be Smart by Davina Bell

All the Ways to Be Smart by Davina Bell

The summer after I graduated college and was preparing for my first teaching job, I met with some elementary and independent school administrator. They gave me two repeated recommendations that stuck with me throughout my ten-year teaching career: to do a Responsive Classroom “morning meeting,” and to buy, read, and share with kids Thomas Armstrong’s book You’re Smarter Than You Think: A Kid’s Guide to Multiple Intelligences. Fortunately now, there are many wonderful picture books for children that center around the idea of multiple intelligences, and today I’d like to introduce you to my new favorite— All the Ways to Be Smart by Davina Bell, illustrated by Allison Colpoys. Continue reading “All the Ways to Be Smart by Davina Bell”