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  • October 28, 2018

    12 Books for Veterans Day

    This post contains affiliate links. I grew up near a large naval base. Many of my friends had dads who served in the navy – dads who were “out to sea” at least half the year. I remember how excited they were when the deployment was nearing its end! I have a huge amount of respect for those who serve in the military and for the families that keep things running while their loved ones are away. (If you’re one of them, thank you! And if you’re looking for support, I highly recommend this blog. ) In America, we have a special holiday on November 11 to thank all military personnel who have served in past and present wars. It’s called Veterans Day. I encourage you to use the holiday as an opportunity to reach out to veterans in your community. Talk with your learners about the sacrifices veterans have made for our country.  Here are some books to help you do just that! ( For a printable list, just click here. ) Veterans Day, by Rebecca Rissman guided reading level: F This is a beautifully simple book about Veterans Day to read aloud to preschoolers or to have beginning readers read on their own. Veterans Day, by Mir Tamim Ansary approximate guided reading level: M This book goes tells the history of Veterans Day without getting bogged down in details. The format is very neat and easy to follow, making this a great book for young readers who are learning to read nonfiction. I like that it has a table of contents, glossary, and index. Veterans Day, by Rebecca Pettiford guided reading level: J This is a lovely, simple book – another great read aloud for preschoolers or a good book for beginning readers. If kids can read books like Henry...
  • October 27, 2018

    16 Engaging books about colors

    When parents ask me for ways to teach colors to their toddler or preschooler, my first recommendation is to read books about colors. This list is a great place to start! This post contains affiliate links. There are a million books about colors out there, but for this post I wanted to focus on the ones that are best for teaching colors. If you have a toddler or preschooler who can’t identify colors by name, try reading the books on this list! When I began reading these to my little guy (2 years, 8 months), he knew no color names at all. Now, two months later, he knows almost all of them. All it took was reading and talking about a few of these books several times a week. (Psst! Click here for a printable list.) Books about Colors Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. This classic book (first published in 1967) is still a favorite of toddlers and preschoolers everywhere. It’s extremely simple, with almost no plot, but young listeners love identifying the colorful animals and asking the same question… “Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?” It’s been called one of the top 100 picture books of all time. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, by Eric Litwin My now first grader loved Pete the Cat as a toddler, and our youngest (currently age two), loves them as well. In this popular book, Pete’s white shoes change color as he walks through strawberries, blueberries, and mud. The pictures are bright, and the book has simple, repetitive text that kids can help you read. As an adult, I find the book boring, but obviously my toddlers have loved it. And (mercifully) it’s a quick read, even if you read it twice....
  • Check out my giant list of fall books for preschool and up! This post contains affiliate links. Over the years, I’ve shared quite a few book lists about fall – because I absolutely love this season! I’ll start this post with a list of general books about fall. Down below, you can click on any of the images for even more books about fall … apples, pumpkins, leaves, scarecrows, Halloween, and Thanksgiving! Short on time? Click here for a printable list you can take to the library. Here we go! Fall Is Not Easy, by Marty Kelley This is a delightful rhyming book about a tree who struggles to change its colors for fall. Instead of turning into traditional fall colors, its leaves are colored like a rainbow, a giant smiling emoticon, polka dots, a hamburger (our favorite!) and more. Lots of silly fun while also teaching kids about the seasons. Fall Mixed Up, by Bob Raczka My Four and I giggled as we read this funny book about things that aren’t quite right during the Fall season. We get a hint that things are mixed up on the very first page: “Every Septober, every Octember, Fall fills my senses with scenes to remember.” The rhymes are cute, but it’s the illustrations that steal the show. Our favorites were the pictures of squirrels flying south for the winter (suspended by red balloons), and kids taking big bites out of caramel pumpkins. Bella’s Fall Coat, by Lynn Plourde Bella loves her Fall coat – that Grams made especially for her – to last forever. But the coat is worn out, and Bella is too big for it. Thankfully, Grams has a solution. This sweet, vibrantly colored book was a favorite of my Four. Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall!  This is a gorgeous...
 

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