Alphabetics / an aesthetically awesome alliterated alphabet anthology / Authors: Patrick and Traci Concepción Illustrations by Dawid Ryski Published 2014 by Little Gestalten (an imprint of Gestalten Books, Berlin, Germany) Full color, hardcover, 64 pages ISBN: 978-3-89955-728-2 $16.95 Ages 5-7, when most children have learned the alphabet, how to match letters (especially initial letters) with… Read More Read-aloud report and reflection
Cast Away on the Letter A: A Philemon Adventure by Fred (Frédéric Othon Aristidès) translated by Richard Kutner Hardcover, 48 pages September 9, 2014 release TOON Books (first published January 1st 1972) ISBN: 978-1-935179-63-4 $16.95 Reading Level: Grades 3-6 (age 8-12) Philemon falls down the well on his family’s farm. He lands in a fantasy… Read More “Cast Away on the Letter A” summary & review.
Bruno Munari’s Zoo by Bruno Munari Hardcover, 48 pages Published February 17th 2005 by Chronicle Books (first published 1963) ISBN 0811848302 (ISBN13: 9780811848305) $15.02 Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator) Hardcover, 32 pages Published March 1st 1999 by Scholastic Press ISBN 0590331256 (ISBN13: 9780590331258) $14.30 A Book of Sleep by Il… Read More Vocabulary-Building for Your Pre-K Child – Recommended Books List
As parents, we want our children to have every opportunity for success, and Pre-K is not too early to start. A child’s vocabulary is the top indicator of whether they will be a good reader. (Trelease, J.) Studies tell us that children in lower socioeconomic statuses have weaker language skills, and perform worse in school.… Read More Vocabulary-Building for Your Pre-K Child
For my week 12 assignment, I chose a website article outlining how to evaluate apps and other new media for children. The Little eLit website started as Cen Campbell‘s blog about the use of new media to promote early literacy, and became a crowd-sourced new media blog site. It has since evolved into a subscriber… Read More App reviews and evaluation for librarians (and library students!)
Using 2016 YA book titles: Highly Illogical Behavior A Study in Charlotte Watched Two Boys Kissing The Call: Symptoms of Being Human
My People Langston Hughes, Charles R. Smith Jr., Photographer Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009. Hardcover, 40 pages. ISBN 1416935401, $14.07 Ages 1 and up. Literary Awards: Coretta Scott King Award for Illustrator (2010) Photographer Charles R. Smith Jr. thoughtfully captures the diversity of African Americans, set to Langston Hughes’ beautiful ode to “his people.” Consider this book an… Read More My People, a review
Note: this is a team assignment with Kharissa Self-concept begins at an early age – infants notice skin color differences as early as six months and begin to ask questions about differences by age two (Derman-Sparks). This is part of the process of developing a self-concept. Self-esteem is the value and worth of that self-concept, and… Read More “Strong, Resilient, Capable, and Confident”
Sibert Award: “The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award… is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.” 2015 Sibert Award Winner, Honor award: Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker written by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson. Published January… Read More Comparing Sibert and NCSS Award winners
The Newbery Award is awarded “to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” The award has named fewer science fiction winners recently than in the past, but has also been criticized for selections that are less appealing to children. We (my assignment partner, Andrew, and I) have developed theories for why… Read More What does the Newbery Award have against sci-fi?
All the Wonders produces an incredible series of several children’s book podcasts. The four podcasts have separate themes. Below is a summary of all of the podcasts, with more details about Books Between podcast, to which I listened and have reviewed below. All the Wonders podcast interviews those involved in children’s literature: authors, illustrators, publishers, etc. Every… Read More A Review: “Books Between” podcast
When You Reach Me (2009) By Rebecca Stead Wendy Lamb Books (Random House imprint) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-385-73742-5 Age: 8 – 12 years Grade Level: 3 – 7 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Miranda, a sixth-grader in 1979 Manhattan, receives a series of cryptic notes that implore her to write a… Read More SLJ-Style Review – Andre Norton Award winner, “When You Reach Me”
Paul Bunyan is a North American folktale, with the first history of its printed mention in 1904. It’s origins are unknown for sure; but it may have originated around Quebec, and has been adopted by many American Midwest towns as their own. In the root stories, Paul was a giant and a lumberjack. He created… Read More Folktale motif: Paul Bunyan
I selected two books that were Batchelder Honors Award winners (as mentioned on p. 178 of Children’s Literature in Action). American publishers receive this award for “a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published… Read More Two Batchelder Honors Award Winners… and a review of “Written and Drawn by Henrietta”
Lee & Low Books is a small, independent publisher based in NYC, and specializing in multicultural books for children 5-12 years of age. On their website, they say they are “the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the United States.” They are 25 years old and wholly minority-owned. They have a mission of: “Increasing the… Read More Publisher Profile – Lee & Low Books