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Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! It’s Shoe Time! by Mo Willems & Bryan Collier

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Back of Book:

Today is the day its time to choose. Which shoes will b right? Which shoes will be left? Its shoe time!

My Review:

I cannot say enough about what a wonderful writer and creator Mo Williams. His ideas are pure genius! As sad as I was to see the last Elephant and Piggie book published, I was thrilled to see his new collaborations that are hitting shelves.  One such book is Its Shoe Time written with Bryan Collier.  This story is a fun description of choosing the perfect pair of shoes to wear for the day. I love that Elephant and Piggie are in the story reading the book. It allows for a neat perspective to readers. This story does an excellent of staying engaging, while also teaching readers that it is okay to have a different since of style.  The text is written with bubble blurbs just like the Elephant and Piggie books. The illustrations are well drawn and fun. A fantastic read aloud to share with students, or at home.

Ages 5 and up 

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64 Pages

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English Language Arts, Uncategorized

The Word Collector By Peter H. Reynolds

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Back of Book:
In this extraordinary new tale from Peter H. Reynolds, Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him — short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and multisyllable words that sound like little songs. Words that connect, transform, and empower.
My Review:
This story focuses on a young boy named Jerome. While others collect stamps, coins, or art Jerome collects words. He loves the sound of certain words So he begins collecting them. The more he collects the more he loves words. He uses his words to write poetry, and create songs. As the book progresses, Jerome learns the power that words can have on a person. This text is beautifully written and told. The illustrations are truly a work of art. Peter H. Reynolds is very talented. And created a true masterpiece with this book. The engaging imagery is something that is not seen in very many picture books today. A beautiful story that should be added to any collection.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Food, Uncategorized

Lorenzo, the Pizza-Loving Lobster by Claire Lordon

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Back of Book:
When Lorenzo the lobster discovers pizza for the first time while wandering the beach, it becomes his favorite food ever! He races back home to tell his friend Kalena about it, and together they try to make a pizza. There’s only one problem… Lorenzo can’t remember what it was made of!
Will they be able to make a delicious pizza together?
My Review:
My students recently went on a fieldtrip to a pizza parlor. This was a perfect picture book to read about a pizza loving lobster. My students were absolutely in love with this book! They laughed along with Lorenzo and Kalena as they try different food on their pizza. The text is simple as makes for a great read aloud. I loved that the book discusses shapes and colors. I also love that the book discusses eating new kinds of foods. The illustrations are bright and cheerful. A perfect book to read to preschoolers.
Ages 4 and up
32 Pages

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100th Day of School, Uncategorized

The Three Little Pigs Count to 100 by Grace Maccarone

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The well-known fable of the Three Little Pigs gets a makeover in this efficient counting guide for beginning readers. The first little pig uses 5 bundles of straw to build a house in the shape of a cylinder, but the wolf blows it down. Using 6 big sticks and sheets to build a cone-shaped house, the second little pig is also unsuccessful at keeping the wolf at bay. Finally, the third little pig smartly gathers 100 strong bricks to build a cube-shaped house. Guess which piggy’s house finally withstands the big bad wolf’s blows?

My Review:
What could be better than combining the Three Little Pigs with the 100th Day of School? My students really enjoy the story of the Three Little Pigs I think we have read almost every version that there is. When I saw that there was a story that revolved around counting to 100, I knew I had to get it! It is a perfect combination of shapes, numbers, and fairy tales. I loved that the pigs made their houses into the shapes of a cylinder, a triangle, and a cube. It allowed me to discuss the concept of 3D shapes with my students. I loved that the pigs meet up with several other fairytale characters like Little Bo Peep, Humpty Dumpty, and the Gingerbread Man. Finally, The way the author groups numbers to reach one hundred is well done. The illustrations are fun and engaging. I highly recommend this story for any 100th Day of School.

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100th Day of School, Uncategorized

100 Days Of School (Math Is Fun!) by Trudy Harris

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Back of Book:
How many ways are there to count to 100? Lots! The funny rhymes in this book will show you some different ways to count to 100 using a clown’s nose, piggy toes, and other groups of things. It all adds up to a fun way to learn about 100!
My Review:
This is one of my favorite books to read aloud to my class for the 100th Day of school. It is geared towards preschool and Kindergarten ages and makes counting  fun. The rhyming text is simple and shows readers several examples of items that are in sets of 100. I especially loved that the text teaches readers how to add and to group numbers. Each page has a different equation on it. The illustrations are very colorful and engaging. The front of the book has a note for parents on how important counting with their children can be. A perfect story for the classroom or at home.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Civil Rights, Uncategorized

I am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer

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Back of Book:
Even as a child, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shocked by the terrible and unfair way African-American people were treated. When he grew up, he decided to do something about it—peacefully, with powerful words. He helped gather people together for nonviolent protests and marches, and he always spoke up about loving other human beings and doing what’s right. He spoke about the dream of a kinder, future, and bravely led the way toward racial equality in America.
My Review:
I love the talented team of Brad and Christopher. They do a terrific job of bringing history to life. Their books are unique in that they are set up like comic strips. This concept allows students who do not normally pick up books enjoy a biography. The text is written in a first-person narrative which allows readers to connect to the story. The back of the story has a timeline and pictures of Dr. King and his family.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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My Favorite picture books of 2017

I was able to read some AMAZING picture books this year. These made the top of my list.

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Malala is a brave young woman, and her picture book was one of my favorites

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This story is simple adorable. I love that Escargot speaks to the readers.

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This book is simple in text, but rich in meaning. I loved it

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This was my favorite Christmas book of the season.

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Great Nonfiction book about the amazing and brave Jane Addams.

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Fantastic book about Mindfulness for kids.

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A beautiful sequel to Uni the Unicorn

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This was my favorite growth mindset book of 2017

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Perfect story for MLK Day

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A great fractured fairy tale.

I am looking forward to all the picture books coming in 2018.

Fairy Tales, Uncategorized

Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar

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Back of Book:
Little Red Riding Hood straps on ice skates in this fractured fairy tale! A figure-skating enthusiast, Little Red has worn out her skates and must win a pairs competition to earn new ones. But who will be her partner? The Dish is already skating with the Spoon, and Hansel has Gretel. You won’t believe what big eyes, sharp teeth, and furry paws her partner has . . . all the better to spin her with!
My Review:
This is a great twist on the well- known classic of Little Red Riding Hood. I loved that this story had many of the fairy tale characters that children know and love like Little Miss Muffat and Humpty Dumpty. The concept of having a skating competition makes it a perfect book to read during the winter time. The illustrations are fun and bring the fairy tale characters to life. This is one of my favorite fractured fairy tale books.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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How to Be an Elephant by Katherine Roy

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Back of Book:
The savanna is not an easy place to live, even for African elephants, the largest land animals on earth. If it’s a challenge for these 7,000-pound giants, what’s it like for their newborn babies?

An infant elephant has precious little time to learn the incredible array of skills that are necessary to keep up, from projecting her voice across a 10-octave range to using the 100,000 muscles in her trunk to stay hydrated. But this giant-to-be has the perfect classroom–a family herd made up of her mother, sisters, cousins, and aunts. With their help and protection, she’ll learn how to survive, how to thrive, and how to be an elephant.
My Review:
Every time I read a story written by Katherine Roy I know I will be experiencing something beautiful. How to Be an Elephant is a stunning look at the birth and life on an elephant. Each page shares a different part of a elephants life. The book shows readers how elephants walk, smell, and use their bodies to protect themselves. The details in this book are written in an informative and beautiful way. The watercolor illustrations are simply breathtaking. They bring the pictures of the elephant to life. This is one of those books that should be in every upper elementary classroom.
Ages 6 and up
48 Pages

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Books and Library, Uncategorized

Read the Book, Lemmings! Ame Dyckman

Lemmings

Back of Book:
Aboard the S.S. Cliff, First Mate Foxy reads an interesting fact: “Lemmings don’t jump off cliffs.” But Foxy can’t get the lemmings on the Cliff to read his book, too. They’re too busy jumping off.

After a chilly third rescue, exasperated Foxy and grumbly polar bear Captain PB realize their naughty nautical crew isn’t being stubborn: The lemmings (Jumper, Me Too, and Ditto) can’t read. And until Foxy patiently teaches his lemmings to read the book, he can’t return to reading it, either!
My Review:
This is an incredibly fun and exciting story. I loved reading about the unique Lemmings and their antics. Foxy is trying to read a story about Lemmings he holds the pages open so the Lemmings can read them. The problem was that the Lemmings can’t read and keep jumping in the water. This book is laugh out loud funny. Ame Dyckman and Zachariah OHora make a perfect team. The illustrated Lemmings will captivate readers. I hope that there are many more adventures written about these fun little characters. A perfect story to introduce the importance of reading. This story makes a perfect gift for Charismas.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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