Read-aloud report and reflection

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” summary & review.

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.

Vocabulary-Building for Your Pre-K Child – Recommended Books List

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

App reviews and evaluation for librarians (and library students!)

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!)

My People, a review

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

“Strong, Resilient, Capable, and Confident”

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”

Comparing Sibert and NCSS Award winners

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

What does the Newbery Award have against sci-fi?

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?

A Review: “Books Between” podcast

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

SLJ-Style Review – Andre Norton Award winner, “When You Reach Me”

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”

Two Batchelder Honors Award Winners… and a review of “Written and Drawn by Henrietta”

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”