Archive for February 2016

“Bear” With Me!

February 25, 2016

Saturday is International Polar Bear Day. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the plight of polar bears. Gather your family, your students, your friends and take a look at these spectacular pictures of polar bears here. If you want to know what you can do to help polar bears and try out some fun activities, take a look here. And don’t forget to check here for some facts about polar bears that you may not know.

Who can resist a polar bear? They’re majestic!

Check out these great picture books!

 Polar Bears by Mark Newman

Polar Bears by Gail Gibbons

 Where Do Polar Bears Live? written by Sarah L. Thomson and illustrated by Jason Chin

 A Pair of Polar Bears written by Joanne Ryder and photographed by the San Diego Zoo

 A Polar Bear Journey written by Debbie S. Miller and illustrated and photographed by Jon Van Zyle

 

 The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale retold and illustrated by Lydia Dabcovich

 The Little Polar Bear written and illustrated by Hans de Beer

 

 

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STICK AND STONE

February 18, 2016

Stick and Stone written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld is a must-have book. When I saw it in our local library, I immediately checked it out.

Beth Ferry tells a beautiful story of friendship found, lost, and found again with a prickly bully thrown in for extra measure. The text (152 words) is cleverly written in rhyme and Tom Lichtenheld’s illustrations are both heart-warming and heart-wrenching. You’ll love Stick and Stone as they wade through good times and bad in their efforts to maintain their friendship. It’s an ideal book for all ages with a timeless message. You’ll find this book to be “a perfect ten to the end.”

Make a Friend Day

February 11, 2016

Everyone needs a friend.

A friend is someone who accepts you for who you are and still likes you.

A friend laughs with you and cries with you.

A friend is always there for you.

In order to have a friend, you must be a friend.

Today is Make a Friend Day. If you see someone who might need a special someone in their life, put yourself out there and give them a chance. It’s a win-win for all!

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” ~Thomas Aquinas

Children need to know how to make friends, too. The books below deal with friendship and are wonderful resources to share with young children.

Picture Books:

Stick and Stone written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

The Other Side written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E. B. Lewis

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend written and illustrated by Dan Santat

Non-fiction Picture Book:

Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig M. Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu

Beginning Readers:

Frog and Toad Are Friends written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel

Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole written and illustrated by Wong Herbert Yee

Cork and Fuzz  written by Dori Chaconas and illustrated by Lisa McCue

Sam and the Firefly written and illustrated by P. D. Eastman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Celebration of Black History Month

February 4, 2016

February is Black History Month.  There are many excellent books dealing with the tragedies, triumphs, and accomplishments of African-Americans. Below is a short list of fiction and non-fiction picture books to share with young readers. Enjoy them, discuss them, and celebrate the successes Black Americans have made and how they have helped shape the history and culture of our country.

Non-fiction:

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch written by Chris Barton and illustrated by Don Tate

Brick by Brick written by Charles R. Smith, Jr. and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

The Cart That Carried Martin written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Don Tate

Freedom in Congo Square written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery by Cynthia Grady, illustrated by Michele Wood

Jazz Age Josephine written by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone written by Katheryn Russell-Brown and illustrated by Frank Morrison

Mumbet’s Declaration of Independence written by Gretchen Woelfle and illustrated by Alix Delinois

Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman: Olympic High-Jump Champion written by Heather Lang and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Two Friends:  Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass written by Dean Robbins and illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko

Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by James E. Ransome

Fiction:

A Dance Like Starlight written by Kristy Dempsey and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Firebird written by Misty Copeland and illustrated by Christopher Myers

The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen written by Thelma Lynne Godin and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Frank Morrison

White Water: inspired by a true story written by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein and illustrated by Shadra Strickland

Wind Flyers written by Angela Johnson and illustrated by Loren Long

“We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.” ~ Carter Woodson

 

 


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