Got to love Travis Jonkers collection if these are the top 10 picture books in his K-4 library. Read the post to find out what the other nine are!
Check out this idea from SLJ on taking book talking to a new level. Just click on the photo of Elizabeth Bird (yes... that's as in Betsy Bird of SLJ's Top 100 Picture Books) and you'll see a delightful video she made with school librarian Travis Jonker. He's the fellow who did the session with Mr. Schu on apps for use in the school library but also developed the art of spine poetry. kt
We have the perfect little kit with a very nice selection of books, sample berries, and traditional berry picker in the LMS Video, Kits and Puppet collection, which is sure to go well with Fall lesson plans Please go to http://destiny.k12northstar.org and check it out!!!
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For someone we've all heard so much about, there are few biographies about her. Intended for young readers, these biographies do what a good picture book is supposed to do: inform, entertain, and nourish the reader. Please check out the article from the New York Times that follows: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/15/books/review/childrens-books-about-jane-goodall.html?_r=1
There is also an associated video. Enjoy! Jim
Once I Was a Cardboard Box But Now I’m a Polar Bear by Anton Poitier ISBN 978-1906824334 (PF)
Over in the Arctic: Where the cold wind blows by Marianne Berkes ISBN 978-1584691105 (PF)
Over in the Rainforest: a rainforest rhyme by Marianne Berkes ISBN 978-1584690924
Over in the Ocean: In a coral reef by Marianne Berkes ISBN 978-0439760201
Wink the Ninja Who Wanted to be Noticed by JC Phillips ISBN 978-0670010929 (JF)
Wink the Ninja Who Wanted to Nap by JC Phillips ISBN 978-0670011926
Storybook Peep Show…. 152 + entries at Badger Elementary
Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown ISBN 978-0316015486 (BB)
Nubs: true story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis ISBN 978-0316053181 (LD-Pearl Cr)
Ellie McDoodle series–
New Kid in School by Ruth McNally Barshaw ISBN 978-1599903613 (MD)
Best Friends Fur-ever by Ruth McNally Barshaw ISBN 978-1599904269 (MD)
Iron Man by Mathew Manning a DK book ISBN 978-0756657499 (MD)
Big Nate series by Lincoln Pierce(BB) grades 4-6
Big Nate in a Class by Himself ISBN 978-0061944345
Big Nate Strikes Again ISBN 978-0061944369
Big Nate: From the Top ISBN 978-1449402327
Big Nate Out Loud ISBN 978-0061944345
Calvin Coconut series by Graham Salisbury (MH) grades 2-4
Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet ISBN 978-0375846007
Calvin Coconut: Dog Heaven ISBN 978-0375846021
Calvin Coconut: Zoo Breath ISBN 978-0385737043
Calvin Coconut: Hero of Hawaii ISBN 978-0385739627
Calvin Coconut: The Zippy Fix ISBN 978-0375846014
Calvin Coconut:Kung Fooey ISBN 978-0385739634
Dinosaur Cove series (cliff hanger chapter endings) uses document camera (SH)
Attack of the Tyrannosaurus ISBN 978-1436450317 library binding
Charge Of The Triceratops ISBN 978-1436450324 library binding
March of the Ankylosaurus ISBN 978-1436450348 library binding
Flight of the Quetzalcoatlus ISBN 978-1436450331 library binding
Catching the Velociraptor ISBN 978-0606043700 library binding
Stampede of the Edmontosaurus ISBN 978-0545053822 library binding
Tracking the Diplodocus ISBN 978-0606068420 library binding
Poetry Suitcase – items with associated poems Lisa Moore
How to Pet a Porcupine by Bo Kitteridge no ISBN found (LW)
The Trouble With Chickens: A J.J. Tully Myster by Doreen Cronin ISBN 978-0061215322 (LW)
My Name is Sangoel by Khadra Mohammed ISBN 978-0802853073 (JH)
Parsley Rabbit's Book About Books by Frances Watts and David Legge. I'm not sure how we missed this one except that it is published in Australia. Sure looks like a fun way to teach kids about what makes up a book. I learned about it on a blog called Earthly Joyride as I was searching for online information on bookmaking. The blogger had a couple good ideas on bookmaking and then numerous others that would appeal to parents of young creative children.
The blog "7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast" has two delightful picture books to recommend for Women's History Month. Take a look a their entry about a new non-fiction book call "Queen of the Falls" by Chris Van Allsburg and a most charming biography about Jane Goodall by Patrick McConnell titled "Me....Jane." Enjoy Katie
Check out the trailer for the new picture book by Michael hall called "My Heart Is Like a Zoo"
OK..... so I got waylaid in getting the post below posted...by 4 months!! It is still a great article and I don't want to wait for Literacy Day this year to publish it. Lori Learned's sharing yesterday of the website International Children's Digital Library reminded me of Literacy Day (don't even try to follow the route my memory takes!) and this entry which has been languishing in draft form. Both sites are worth checking out...the ICDL should be shared with teachers, bi-lingual tutors and parents as its a fantastic resource. Kt
--from September----------------------------------------------------------------------------------This blog post poses the question "Are All Readers Literate?" It speaks to the need for our young learners to be acquiring what they call background knowledge, or domain knowledge, domain-specific content knowledge. What any reader, not matter what their age or skill level, needs in order to fully understand text. This is an area where our profession can help by guiding students to resources which expand their knowledge base; by taking the time to explain idioms and pointing out metaphores and similies; and by making connections for them between a feature in a fictional setting (Charlotte... as in Charlotte's Web) and the Dewey section on spiders. We can help them build background knowledge with games and contests that challenge them to learn new facts and broaden their horizons. We can share a bit of our selves, our interests and backgrounds in order to expand their background information base but also to encourage them to exercise a little self examination and see that they may have a some stories to tell and information to share which will expand our knowledge base as well.
I would encourage you to read not only the short blog post but also to follow some of the links the article alludes to.