Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey

Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey

“There’s no crying! There’s no crying in baseball!” Raise your hand if you can name that movie… That’s what I thought! Tons of people know A League of Their Own. Unfortunately, not nearly as many people know much at all about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (aside from what they may have learned from A League of Their Own). Fortunately for me and for my students and children, my wonderful dad (who was my baseball coach when I was little and played baseball with the boys for years…) bought me Players in Pigtails, written by Shana Corey and illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon, my first year teaching. Fifteen years later, I’m thrilled to say that I still love this book and am so glad to be able to teach my girls about both a time in history when girls weren’t allowed to play baseball AND the strength girls can have to break gender stereotypes and accomplish great things athletically.
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Art and Max by David Wiesner

Art and Max by David Wiesner

David Wiesner is one of those authors/illustrators for me… When I hear that he has a new book coming out, I immediately request it from the library so that I can get it right when it arrives. I just love his work. While Flotsam remains my favorite book of his (and one of my favorite wordless books, too), Art and Max is a close second. As an added bonus, my girls adore Art and Max as well! Read on for reasons why we love this wordless wonder! Continue reading “Art and Max by David Wiesner”

Read-Aloud Conversation Starters

Read-Aloud Conversation Starters

Last week, I wrote about a simple way to help your children get so much more out of picture book read-alouds than they might be getting. (You can read more about that here). Today, I’ve got 5 really easy conversations starters that you can use with your children before, during, and after read-alouds, whether picture books or chapter books, to both deepen their comprehension of the book and build your connection over that book. Continue reading “Read-Aloud Conversation Starters”

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”

Books About Moving

Books About Moving

Last fall, a follower asked me to recommend some books to read with her children to help prepare them for an upcoming move. I gathered some ideas (with many recommendations from you all!) and passed along a small list. I continued to add to it, though, trying to read through some of your recommendations. Then, this spring, a few other friends asked me for the same list. So, I decided it was time to put some effort into it and create my official list of recommended books about moving! Continue reading “Books About Moving”

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”