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#blogbookaday: Idea Jar

14 May

Idea Jar.jpgSummary:  “From the author of Warning: Do Not Open This Book comes a lively story about a teacher’s special jar where her students keep their story ideas—but watch out when those ideas go on the loose!

The idea jar is where students keep their ideas—anything from a Viking to a space robot to a giant dragon. These ideas can be combined to make new exciting stories. But watch out when the ideas escape the jar—they might get a little rowdy! Adam Lehrhaupt’s newest picture book is sure to inspire creativity, imagination, and adventure. ” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A teacher’s idea jar is the perfect place to find an idea for a new story, better yet combine a few ideas for a story that is out of this world! But, when the ideas escape the Idea Jar (with a little help from a bored Viking), kids better watch out as it gets to be a little too exciting in the classroom. In order to get the classroom back in order the kids use the ideas to create their own story and voila – the classroom and the Idea Jar are restored!

Personal Reaction: Pair this read aloud book with The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection by Colby Sharp to get stories flowing through your classroom, quick as a wink! This could also make a great summer project for kids – pick out a new idea once a week and create a story around it – uses creativity and imagination as well as problem solving, typing or writing skills, etc.

Title: Idea Jar
Author: Adam Lehrhaupt
Illustrator: Deb Pilutti
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 6, 2018


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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Motive, Alibi, and Suspect: 15+ Mystery Titles for Ages 8-12

8 May

Summer is here! And that means loads of time for kids to experience books in all their glory. This is also a great time to encourage kids to read the books they choose (without having to worry about school assignments) and to try out new genres that they might be interested in learning more about. This series will offer titles for toddlers to teens and include a variety of formats. Each week will focus on a different genre and will follow the same format:

  • Mondays – Titles for Ages 3-7
  • Tuesdays – Middle Grade Titles for Ages 8-12
  • Wednesdays – Young Adult Titles for Ages 13+
  • Thursdays – Nonfiction pairings
  • Friday – Recap of the Week

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#blogbookaday: The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do

6 May

The Thing Lou Couldn't Do.jpgSummary:  “Lou and her friends are BRAVE adventurers. They run FASTER than airplanes. They build MIGHTY fortresses. They rescue WILD animals. But one day, when they re looking for a ship to play pirates in, Lou s friend has an idea: Up there! The tree can be our ship! Ummm … says Lou. This is something new. Lou has never climbed a tree before, and she s sure she can t do it. So she tries to convince her friends to play a not-up-a-tree game. When that doesn’t work, she comes up with reasons for not joining them her arm is sore, her cat needs a walk, you shouldn’t climb so soon after eating. Finally, she tells herself she doesn’t want to climb the tree. But is that true, or is this brave adventurer just too afraid to try?

This delightful picture book from Ashley Spires, bestselling author of The Most Magnificent Thing, perfectly depicts what children go through when confronted with something difficult. With humor and endearing artwork, Spires sensitively portrays Lou procrastinating, making excuses, imagining alternatives and denying she cares. Ultimately, Lou faces her fear, and although she fails, the effort empowers her, encouraging a growth mindset. All the while, Lou s friends model compassionate friendship by offering to teach her how to climb and then moving the game. This book makes a perfect choice for a character education discussion about courage or resilience, or a life-skills lesson on facing challenges. The story also promotes the joy of imaginative play in the outdoors.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Lou is a great adventurer, but when her friends want her to try something new – climbing up a tree, Lou tries everything in the book not to. But, with the encouragement of her friends, she tries her best and… doesn’t make it up the tree. But, the hardest part is behind Lou and she’s sure she’ll make it up that tree one day, maybe even tomorrow. A powerful story in a time when many kids aren’t willing to try something because they might fail, Lou shows the reader that you aren’t always going to be the best, but trying is worth it.

Personal Reaction: I loved the message of this story – to have courage to try something new, to keep trying even if things don’t work out the first time, and to have great friends who encourage you and are willing to make changes to include you. I loved the diversity in this story and the kids’ imaginations. I also loved that Lou tried every excuse to not climb the tree, but in the end tried her very best anyway. This is a valuable book for kids to learn about tenacity and resilience – skills that will take them far in life.

Title: The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do
Author: Ashley Spires
Illustrator: Ashley Spires
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: May 2, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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