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Top 10 Most Viewed Posts in 2017

30 Dec

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I had a great year on my blog this year with a lot more views than I was expecting and many on some older content that keeps popping up! Im hoping during the course of January, I can revisit some of these topics and create an updated booklist or make some new recommendations. If you missed any of these great posts, take a second to check them out and thanks for visiting Literacious this year!

10. Storytime Theme: Imagination Station
https://literacious.com/2013/11/16/story-time-theme-imagination-station/

9. Storytime Theme: Imagination & Pretend Play
https://literacious.com/2015/10/02/toddler-storytime-theme-imagination-pretend-play/

8. Storytime Theme: Polka Dots
https://literacious.com/2014/10/09/sensory-story-time-theme-polka-dots/

7. Storytime Planning, so much more than just books!
https://literacious.com/2015/08/27/storytime-planning-so-much-more-than-just-books/

6. Storytime Theme: Say “Hello”
https://literacious.com/2015/12/19/family-storytime-theme-say-hello/

5. Programming for Millennials
https://literacious.com/2017/01/11/programming-for-millennials/

4. Flannel Friday: Bubble, Bubble, Pop
https://literacious.com/2016/02/26/flannel-friday-bubble-bubble-pop/

3. Life Size Chutes & Ladders Game
https://literacious.com/2015/09/16/life-size-chutes-ladders/

2. Middle Grade Gets Real – 25 Titles About Tough Topics
https://literacious.com/2017/03/03/middle-grade-gets-real-25-titles-about-tough-topics/

1. Storytime Theme: Jungle
https://literacious.com/2013/09/16/story-time-theme-jungle/

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Picture Book Month: Imagination

21 Nov

21A young girl is creative and imaginative, so when she decides to build a magnificent thing, she doesn’t give it another thought, that is, until her first try doesn’t work, her second try doesn’t work either and soon she’s become frustrated and upset that she can’t build the most magnificent thing that she can see so clearly in her mind. But, when her adorable assistant/puppy suggests a walk, the little girl sees that each of her failed projects has one part that might just work. This is a story of imagination, determination and learning that sometimes not making something the way you want it to be leads to making something magnificent.
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Picture Book Month: Cats

18 Nov

18Observation is the name of this game in this creative picture book when one cat is shown in a variety of ways from the perspective of different animals. I think this is a great title for preschoolers and early elementary school age children to look at the world in a very different way. Pick out something at home and draw how it might look from different perspectives to make your out picture book just like They All Saw a Cat.
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Picture Book Month: Shapes

16 Nov

8471013This is an adorable story of a perfectly happy, perfect square until it goes on an adventure! Each day of the week the square finds itself changing in color and shape as it is cut, crumpled, ripped and put back together into beautiful illustrations. And in the end, the perfect square realizes that being a perfect square isn’t as important as it first thought. This would be a great story to re-create with a few sheets of construction paper at home and then re-tell it using your own “illustrations.” Continue reading

Book Review: The Bone Sparrow

29 Jun

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The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon is the story Subhi, a refugee born in an Australian permanent detention center after his mother and sister fled the violence of their homeland. Subhi’s world is only what he knows inside the fence of the detention center, but his imagination allows him to escape every night.

One night Subhi, meets Jimmie a girl on the other side of the fence who will turn his world upside down and make him think about the future in way he’s never done before. Armed with a journal of her mother’s Jimmie befriends Subhi in the hopes of learning more about her mother and finally find the comfort that has been missing since her death.

This is an eye-opening and heartbreaking tale of hope in even the most hopeless of places as Fraillon describes life in a place most of us have never even thought about. This would be a great story to use as jumping off point for discussion about immigration, a refugee’s experience and current events for middle grade readers. I’ll be honest, this book was difficult for me to read, there were times I read as tears streamed down my face and anger filled my heart for people who could be treated in such a way, but these are books that have to be written, so that the world knows the stories.

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): Subhi knows only the refugee camp where he was born, but when Jimmie appears on the other side of the fence, his world changes.

Title: The Bone Sparrow
Author: Zana Fraillon
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: November 2016
Page Number: 228 pgs.

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