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Is it time to start thinking about Christmas books? I think SO! Here are a few for the Littles.

Llama Llama Holiday Drama

Llama llama holiday drama by Anna Dewdney

Poor little Llama is overwhelmed with all the holiday preparations.

You will LOVE it!!

And this is an old favorite (who doesn’t love a Rotty?)

Carl’s Christmas

Carl's Christmas by Alexandra Day

and another pooch who thinks she’s a reindeer:

Olive

Olive the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh

What’s Christmas without Elmo?

Elmo’s 12 Days of Christmas

Elmo's 12 Days of Christmas

(its all about monsters)

and of course, Tomie de Paola’s

The Legend of Old  Befana

an Italian spin on Christmas

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Seriously, Just Go to Sleep by Adam Mansbach

Here’s a bedtime story for kids, “Seriously, Just Go to Sleep by Adam Mansbach.”  This is the CLEAN version of Go The FOK to Sleep.  It’s equally as funny and endearing.  I hope you enjoy it.

You’ll notice that there are children and parents of different colors in this book YAY!!

Four paws for ethnic diversity!

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Seriously, Just Go to Sleep by Adam Mansbach

Here’s a bed time story for kids.  This is the CLEAN version of Go The FOK to Sleep.  It’s equally as funny and endearing.  I hope you enjoy it.

You’ll notice that there are children and parents of different colors in this book YAY!!

Four paws for ethnic diversity!

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge Books

#AtoZChallenge: Y

A to Z challenge buttonWinding down on the A to Z challenge and I still have books to share with you!

You may think that books that start with the letter

Y

are difficult to find but they’re not.

The word You starts with the letter Y, doesn’t it?

aaaaand as a little treat, here’s a video for you.

Click here for the video

and don’t forget to come back next time for the letter Z!

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#AtoZChallenge: C

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The letter C is a challenging letter for the A to Z blogging challenge

because there are SO many great books it was difficult to choose!

Given this dilemma I chose two books to highlight.

Can you guess which ones they are?

Unconventional Librarian Corduroy

Corduroy, the other bear kids love to love!

and

Unconventional Librarian Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr., a book I set up my classroom around!

Are you surprised?

What letter C book would you have chosen?

Tomorrow is letter D

stay tuned…

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Wordless Wednesday – The Berenstain Bears

When I heard of Jan Berenstain’s passing, I dug out a couple of their books to share.

“When making friends, the cub who’s wise is the cub who learns to compromise.”

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The Trouble With Friends

and

“When the TV is on all day without rest, Mama knows it’s too much~ And Mama knows best.”

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Too Much TV

Ironic how they’re still appropriate 25 years later!

What is your favorite Berenstain Bears book?

 

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Dr Seuss’ Birthday

On March 2 people all over the world (prolly) celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday!

Not one to be left out of a party, I read to my littles at the YMCA.

And some (ok one) of them even listened.

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What am I reading?

Green Eggs and Ham, of course!

and hey guess what?

it counts as part of Jersey Family Fun’s Seuss-A-Palooza

and

What an animal reading challenge, cuz, well, the character is some kind of animal.

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Tips for Reading Aloud to Children

I love reading. I love reading aloud to children; but reading aloud is a learned skill and took me years to figure out.  Here are some  tips I find helpful when reading aloud to children. It is adapted from 10 Tips for Reading Aloud to Children by Usborne Books & More

  • Remember: the art of listening is acquired; which means kids have to learn to listen. It doesn’t come naturally.
  • The first time your read the book talk about the cover illustrations; this helps draw the listener in
  • Read slowly enough for the listener to build mental pictures; but not too slowly or they’ll lose interest
  • Use lots of expression, change your tone of voice and adjust the pace of your reading to fit the story; for example, if the story is sad, use a sad voice and read slower.
  • If reading to one or two children, let them take turns turning the pages; this will not work with groups of children!
  • Ask the child what they think might happen next; higher order thinking skill at work here
  • When reading a favorite predictable book, pause and let the child provide the words; children love to fill in the words to Brown Bear Brown Bear…
  • Reading a chapter book? Find a suspenseful spot to stop; this will add to the anticipation for the next read and help the child remember.
  • Paper and crayons help keep active hands occupied while listening; I’ve not tried this but I’m open to trying it.
  • Reading aloud doesn’t always come naturally.  Practice makes perfect!

 

Reading Llama Llama Home with Mama

I’ll add another tip: When reading a story that has names in it, substitute the child’s name for the name of the child in the book. Watch the child’s eyes grow big as they listen more intently to their own story!

What tips do you have to add?

Hop on over to the very fabulous Julie Myers Pron at Just precious and see what others are saying about reading and let’s Read Across  America!

 

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Winter Rhyming books

I’m reposting this because even though we haven’t had much of a winter this year, it is still fun to read about winter.

It’s winter and soon we’ll be covered in snow day to day and kids love winter activities!  After playing in the snow, curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and a blanket and  read these to your little one:

The Snow Ball by  David Steinberg

I always lean toward books with animals when searching for resources for little ones;

children relate to animals and there is no fear of them feeling like an outsider because

the character depicted is not of the same color.

Here’s a peek inside the book:

“Bears go flopping on the ice for a ride,

Balumping on their bellies, going slipidee-sleeeeeede!

Next skit-skat-skadoodle up to icicle Hall

Where little bears gather for a Snow Day ball!”

cute, huh?

Another fun reading choice for a post sledding activity is

There was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro

“There was a cold lady who swallowed some snow.

I don’t know why she swallowed some snow.

Perhaps you know.”

Since the rhyme is familiar, children will easily be able to help read along.

I wish this series did a better job depicting people of other colors, however,

It’s funny and gross at the same time, which kids love!

I give these two books for the younger set 3 paws.

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December Holidays for the Littles

Here are a few holiday books I enjoy:

Llama Llama Holiday Drama

Llama llama holiday drama by Anna Dewdney

Poor little Llama is overwhelmed with all the holiday preparations.

You will LOVE it!!

And this is an old favorite (who doesn’t love a Rotty?)

Carl's Christmas by Alexandra Day

and another pooch who thinks she’s a reindeer:

Olive the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh

What’s Christmas without Elmo?

Elmo's 12 Days of Christmas

(its all about monsters)

and of course, Tomie de Paola’s

The Legend of Old  Befana

an Italian spin on Christmas

and

The Legend of the Poinsettia

The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola

puts a Hispanic (old Mexico) spin on Christmas

What Christmas books do you and your littles enjoy?