The Cat in the Hat — Read & Learn digital book app review

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Spend a rainy afternoon with the mischievous Cat in the Hat in Oceanhouse Media‘s brand-new interactive digital book app The Cat in the Hat — Read & Learn (July 2015). After you leave the home screen in “read to me” mode (there’s also a “read it myself” option for reading practice), the energetic narration begins […]

“Classic tales to read, love and share”

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We recently received two issues of Storytime Magazine (Luma Works), a monthly British children’s magazine which launched in September 2014 with the tagline “Classic tales to read, love and share.” Each issue is filled with retellings of fairy tales and folktales, plus distillations of classic children’s novels (such as E. Nesbit’s “Five Children and It” […]

Top 5 meta books to teach print concepts

We Are in a Book!

As a Pre-K teacher, one of the things I am focused on is helping children learn concepts of print. These concepts include that books are read from left to right and top to bottom (in English at least); the role of punctuation; that print has meaning; the relationship between print and speech; that books have […]

Ring, ring

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Maybe because it’s vacation season, or because London is always calling me, but this inviting little book appealed to me as soon as I saw it. In London Calls! (TATE, March 2015), two characters — Granny Rose and Pearl — lead the reader through a whirlwind visit to London: “Big Ben is chiming; it’s quarter […]

More ALA 2015 ♥

July/August 2015 Horn Book Magazine

In addition to all of last week’s glorious ALA goodies, we’ve got a few more to round up, all posted this week from the July/August 2015 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Awards: “Caldecott and Newbery 2015” by Thom Barthelmess “Coretta Scott King Awards 2015” by Deborah Taylor “#WeGotDiverseAwardBooks: Reflections on Awards and Allies” by Megan […]

Shark Week reading

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This week marks the 28th annual Shark Week on the Discovery Channel (“the most wonderful week of the year!”). Here’s an updated selection of shark-themed books — ranging from novels to legends to nonfiction and from silly to informative to poignant — recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide. Any favorites we missed? Picture […]

Picture book problems

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Just one more story about Miles–after deciphering the peculiar mysteries of the Thank-You Note, he wanted to hear a story, so for reasons of propinquity as much as anything else (Richard handed a copy to me lazing on the couch), I started in on Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Elizabeth Bluemle at ShelfTalker has […]

Using technology to mix up read-alouds

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At a recent literacy conference, I was introduced to an online resource called Storyline Online. Created by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Storyline Online provides animated videos of picture books that are read by actresses, actors, and other well-known individuals. In addition to the videos, there are also activity guides to accompany each book, which […]

Shoo, fly

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It seems that the insect-of-the-moment is… the fly (and I don’t know why; maybe butterflies were too pretty). Here are five recent books starring those pests, plus reviews of a few more favorites below. Could that Old Lady who swallowed one have been on to something?         Super Fly: The World’s Smallest Superhero! […]

Putting it together

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After ALA, we had a couple of days to visit with our kids and grandchildren up in sunny Marin. One afternoon, Miles (just turned six) and I were walking back from the playground when a friendly neighbor lady approached and pressed an envelope into Miles’s hands. “Oh, I know what this is,” he said, “it’s […]