#Cybils – Book Review Blitz!

I have been reading SO MANY picture books and board books for Cybils! Here are some reviews of just one stack…

Ogilvy by Underwood – Ogilvy is a bunny who is new to town. One day, Ogilvy decides to go to the park to make some friends, but is made fun of because they will not put themselves in a box – they will not declare that the sweater they are wearing is a sweater or a dress. A story about friendship and accepting differences. One thing interesting about this book is that you do not ever find out the gender of Ogilvy – no pronouns are used. Illustrations are mixed materials and I can see some classrooms who have students create their own Ogilvys using collage.

Download coloring sheets here. From the illustrator’s website!

No Room for a Pup! by Suneby and Molk – You know this story…kid wants a dog, but mom says no because there is no room. Mom and daughter (Mia) live in an apartment in a big city and Mia keeps asking for a puppy. One day, there is a sign for free puppies and Mia and her grandma hatch a plan to get one of those puppies. A twist on a Yiddish folktale. You could incorporate this with other puppy tales and the age old assignment of writing a letter or creating a presentation about “why you should get a pet.”

Love Makes a Family by Beer – BOARD BOOK! Examples of what “love” is…illustrations make this book great for families of all kinds.  Here is a lesson plan from Welcoming Schools that would work well with this book. 

Just Read! by Degman – Bright, lovely illustrations. I can see this as an excellent beginning of the school year read aloud in a classroom or (especially) library. Check out the book trailer. 

The End of Something Wonderful by Lucianovic – This book is about what happens when someone dies (a pet or other loved one). A good one to have on your shelves…just in case! Here are some resources from Fred Rogers Productions about talking with children about death. 

I Want a Dog by Agee – Pair this with No Room for a Pup! (see above). Check out Agee’s website for links and interviews and more.

My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Quintero – Listen to Yuyi Morales talk about this book! She talks about a giveaway that is no longer active, but worth watching to hear her talk about the book. Read the review from Social Justice Books. 

Babymoon by Barrett; illustrated by Martinez-Neal – Beautiful illustrations. A great gift for families with a new baby in the house.

Once Upon A Goat by Richards; illustrated by Barclay – A queen and king wish for “a kid.” They get a goat. Cute twist on a fairy tale, “once upon a time.” Check out these activity ideas (with other suggested titles) from Random House Books. 

 

Have you read any awesome picture books lately???

VBF

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#IMWAYR It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 10.14.19

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover your next “must-read” book! Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts are the smart folks behind giving It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus! Join me! 

Listening to: I missed a week posting about my books – so let me catch up! Right now, I’m listening to Jacqueline Woodson’s Red at the Bone. Of course, it is beautiful and I am loving it. Finished Jason Reynolds’ new one, Look Both Ways. I literally finished the book and said out loud, “how does Reynolds keep doing that?!?” The book is so, so good. Finished The Turn of the Key by Ware, which I read for a book club I am in. I enjoyed it – but, it is the book equivalent of one of those horror movies where you say things like, “why don’t you just leave?!” and “why would you follow him?!” Also finished Between the World and Me by Coates, Pet by Emezi, and Raising a Screen-Smart Kid by Miner. All highly recommended!

On my nightstand: I have put down The Miracle & Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets by Miller. Now I am reading the graphic novel of The Handmaid’s Tale – cannot put down.

Reading with the preschooler: Reading her phonics readers from school, mostly.

Other: As you may have realized (because of the current increase of Book Review posts), I am a Cybils Round 1 Judge. Reading lots and lots of awesome picture books and board books for this committee.

What are YOU reading?

VBF

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Book Review – Pride Colors

I am a Cybils Round 1 Judge for Fiction Picture Books/Board Books! The nomination period for the public is open NOW! If you know of an excellent book that deserves a nod, nominate it here by October 15: http://www.cybils.com/2019/10/the-2019-cybils-nominations-are-now-open.html

As a Round 1 Judge, I get to read picture books/board books and review them!

Pride Colors by Robin Stevenson – Board book that explains the rainbow flag and its meaning to the very young. So colorful – bright photographs. You can use it to talk about pride and the rainbow flag any time of year, but one to bring out around Pride Day (in June), for sure. I didn’t realize each color of the rainbow flag had a particular meaning – did you? Read this book to find out what those meanings are!

Learn more about the author here – https://robinstevenson.com/

Check out 13 Rainbow Craft Ideas to Help Kids Celebrate Pride here – https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/06/14/rainbow-craft-ideas_a_23459239/

 

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Peek-a-Bruce – Book Review

I am so excited to be a Cybils Round 1 Judge for Fiction Picture Books/Board Books! The nomination period for the public is open NOW! If you know of an excellent book that deserves a nod, nominate it here by October 15: http://www.cybils.com/2019/10/the-2019-cybils-nominations-are-now-open.html

As a Round 1 Judge, I get to read picture books/board books and review them!

Peek-a-Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins – I am sure you know Bruce. He is the star of several books by Ryan T. Higgins. Peek-a-Bruce is written in a board book format and is about Bruce “playing” hide and seek with a group of ducklings. What makes me giggle about this book is that I think caregivers will relate to Bruce – the ducklings are following him around “playing,” when Bruce is, in fact, just trying to have some quiet time for himself. Read this board book and then kick off a fun game of “hide and seek.” Or, if you are a parent of a preschooler, just live your life – ha!

Learn more about Ryan T. Higgins here – https://ryanthiggins.com/

Learn more about Bruce books and download activities here – https://books.disney.com/?s=bruce

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This Beach Is Loud! – Book Review

I am so excited to be a Cybils Round 1 Judge for Fiction Picture Books/Board Books! The nomination period for the public is open NOW! If you know of an excellent book that deserves a nod, nominate it here by October 15: http://www.cybils.com/2019/10/the-2019-cybils-nominations-are-now-open.html

As a Round 1 Judge, I get to read picture books/board books and review them!

This Beach Is Loud! by Samantha Cotterill – A fiction picture book about a boy who feels overwhelmed at the beach and the strategies he and his dad use to help him calm down. It is one book in the Little Senses book series. Little Senses is, “stories for wonderfully sensitive kids.” The illustrations in this book are lovely. This book is best for younger readers (perfect for PreK – Kindergarten). The story is relatable for many young children. A book to share with all little ones who feel a little anxious at times, but especially a good choice for children with sensory issues or those on the autism spectrum. Cotterill’s blog has a printable activity you can use to help make a trip to the beach successful for your little one (or for you to use in a lesson if you were to share this book in a classroom or library). Download it at this link, http://mummysamdesign.blogspot.com/2019/07/beach-day.html#more

Learn more about the author/illustration here – http://mummysam.com/

Learn more about the series here – http://mrschureads.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-little-senses-series.html

VBF

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Superhero Story Time!

As you may know, I work at the University of South Carolina and they currently have an AMAZING comic book exhibit going on – read about it here. 

Superheroes and comic books go hand in hand, so it was only fitting that this month’s theme for story time focused on superheroes! Here is what we did (on a Saturday morning for Parent’s Weekend – we had a few college students with younger siblings stop by…success!):

Started with a movement activity. This one from Jbrary was perfect.

Superhero, superhero turn around
Superhero, superhero touch the ground

Superhero, superhero put on your suit
Superhero, Superhero put on your boots.

Superhero, Superhero, jump up high
Superhero, Superhero, fly, fly, fly

Superhero, Superhero, turn around.
Superhero, Superhero, please sit down.

Read Superhero Instruction Manual by Kristy Dempsey; illustrated by Mark Fearing

I have a portable magnetic tabletop dry erase board that I use as a kind of flannel board. I have a set of Superman magnets that we used for this flannel board activity (from Jbrary).

5 superheroes ready to fly
Here comes the villain, Stop that guy!
This superhero can save the day.
Off he flies – up, up, and away!

Count down from 4, 3, 2, 1, 0

Read Thunder Pug by Kim Norman; illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi

Played a couple of rounds from this game: I Can Do That!

Wrapped up with Super Rawr! by Todd H. Doodler

We had so much FUN! Of course superhero masks and capes were involved.

Resources I used to plan storytime:

Sunflower Storytime https://sunflowerstorytime.com/2015/05/10/superheroes/

Jbrary https://jbrary.com/preschool-storytime-superheroes/

 

 

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#IMWAYR – It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 9.30.19

Opinions are my own! 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover your next “must-read” book! Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts are the smart folks behind giving It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus! Join me! 

Listening to: Finished listening to Hurricane Child by Callender. Beautiful! Now listening to The Night Diary by Hiranandani. Equally as beautiful…I hope you know that there is so much to learn from reading children’s books. I am learning a lot from this one. I wish I had paid more attention in my Social Studies/History classes in school. Either there is a lot we were not taught (truth is…there is a lot we are not taught) or I wasn’t paying attention. I am paying attention now.

On my nightstand: Finished They Called Us Enemy by Takei. Another one for learning about history and not feeling too terribly proud of the past. Just started The Miracle & Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets by Miller. This story is totally new to me – cannot wait to read more. Only a few pages in and I’m enthralled.

Reading with the preschooler: More Dog Man by Pilkey! Why do I feel like there are a million of these books in this series?! We also got in a few picture books throughout the week, so we had some breaks!

What are YOU reading?

VBF

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