April 6, 2016
by Lori Nichols
This title will be on next year’s Prairie Bud list!
Book Blurb from Catalog: When Maple was born, her parents planted a maple tree in her honor. The tree becomes Maple‘s favorite playmate throughout the seasons. When Maple is surprised with a baby sister, the two of them enjoy the tree, which is right next to baby Willow’s tree.
While the text does not teach the seasons, the beautiful illustrations sure shows how a deciduous tree, like a maple, changes from season to season.
Also, if you have a student who is about to become a big sister or brother, or is an only child, this would be a great book to read aloud to him or her.
April 4, 2016
It’s testing season! Need a fun and interactive read aloud that your students are sure to enjoy?
Herve Tullet has created his third book, Let’s Play, along the same lines as his first two, Press Here (winner of the South Dakota Prairie Bud award in 2014) and Mix It Up.
The narrator of the story (the yellow dot) dictates what the reader should do. When the reader does what is asked, the illustration changes on the next page.
While I believe that the first two books in the series are better, this book will surely please any young reader.
January 4, 2016
Diva and Flea
by Mo Willems
Mo Willems is at it again! And no, it’s not an Elephant and Piggie book!
His latest book, The Story of Diva and Flea, is a chapter book illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi. As I read it I kept thinking how it is a great book to read aloud to kiddos to teach or reinforce the growth mindset!
Diva is a fancy little dog who lives in a fancy apartment in Paris, France. Flea is a stray cat who goes wandering throughout the city on his daily adventures. The two meet in Diva’s courtyard and they both teach the other something great about their lifestyle and each has to act “brave” while trying new things they never though were possible.
Needing to teach grit? Growth mindset? Just want a great read aloud? Check this book out!
Good for all ages! Grades 1-5, could even be used in Kindergarten!
December 21, 2015
by Katherine Applegate
Written by Newbery Award-winning author, Katherine Applegate (The One and Only Ivan), Crenshaw develops a heartwarming story of a young boy and his imaginary cat as he copes with hard times, including being homeless.
An author Q&A about Crenshaw
School Library Journal Review