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Top Ten Tuesday: Picture Books with Fall Covers

10 Oct

This was not an easy post to work, I first started by checking out middle grade and young adult titles with fall-looking covers, but it got too difficult, so I made my life a little easier and went with fall-themed picture books!fall covers.png

  1. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
  2. The  Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
  3. By the Light of the Harvest Moon by Harriett Ziefert, illustrated by Mark Jones
  4. Autumn Is Here! by Heidi Pross Gray
  5. Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon
  6. Fall Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow
  7. Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky, illustrated by Susan Swan
  8. Leaves by David Ezra Stein
  9. Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Chad Cameron
  10. Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber, illustrated by Leslie Evans

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

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Themes in Middle Grade Fiction

22 Jul

I had the funniest realization while I was reading over the past week, each book I read fed into the next in with its theme. I’ll show you what I mean:

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The first title I read of this group of books – it’s about a child growing up as (you guessed it) the warden’s daughter in a prison. Her mother passed away when she was just a baby and now as she heads into middle school, she begins looking for someone to take the role as her mother.

2

This title is about boys that are sent to an island to attend a reform school, that is run very much like a prison. Jonathan feels he deserves a dark, damp fortress after what he’s done, but when an accident leaves the group of boys without adult supervision, Jonathan must face his past in order to save the boys on the island from a massive storm.

3

This title also takes place on an island where once a year a boat comes through the fog to drop off a new young, orphan child and take away the oldest child. The nine children on the island don’t know why, they only know that it’s always been that way.

4

This is the story of Crow an orphan girl who washed up to the shore of small island inhabited by just one mysterious man as a baby. He took her in and raised her as her own, but as she grows up she wants to learn more about where she came from and who her family was/is.

I just thought it was so funny that each story had a theme that carried from one book to the next and then the next book had a theme that carried to another title. By the way, these are all amazing middle grade novels that everyone should read!

 

 

Toddler Storytime Theme: Picnic

17 Aug

Toddler Storytime Theme- Picnic.jpgOpening: “Put Your Hands Up In the Air”

 Puppet Meet & Greet: Meet Woolly (monkey puppet)

 Early Literacy Tip: “Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.” – Mem Fox

 Resource Share: We have music CDs for kids that you can check out just like a book – they are great for car trips and vacations!

 Book 1: The Beastly Feast by Bruce Goldstone

 Transition:Butterfly Flannel Board
The first to come to the garden bed
is a lovely butterfly of brilliant RED

Then in comes another and that makes two
Fly right in, my friend of BLUE

This garden is fine, the best I’ve seen
says the butterfly of the softest GREEN

Our garden needs a sunny fellow
Fly in butterfly, with wings of yellow

Little friend of PURPLE, fly in too
the garden is waiting for a color like you

Hello ORANGE, we’ve waited so long
fly in, right where you belong

Butterflies, Butterflies, you’re such a sight
Flying together with such delight!

Flannelboard Rhyme: “Find the Caterpillar
Knock, Knock, Knock
Little caterpillar, little caterpillar
Are you behind the ______ Butterfly?

Book 2: We’re Going On a Picnic by Pat Hutchins

 Transition: “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” Greg & Steve, Shake, Rattle & Roll (with rhythm sticks)

 Wiggle Song:Fruit Salad
Watermelon, Watermelon, (big circle with hands)
Pa-pay-a, pap-ay-a, (chop air in front of body on each syllable)
Ba-a-a-a-nana, Ba-a-a-a-nana, (swing arms down like rocking a baby)
Fruuuuit Salad, fruuuuit salad! (dance it out!)

Pomegranate, Pomegranate, Pomegranate
Cle-men-tine, Cle-men-tine, Cle-men-tine

Pineapple, pineapple,
Fruit salad, fruit salad,

 Book 3: Mouse’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson

Closing: “Shake My Sillies Out” Puppet Show

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