Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall is Here!

Fall is finally here! Fall is great for many reasons! For sports fans, there's pennant race in baseball, and college and professional football have kicked off. There are pumpkin patches and not to mention all the pumpkin-flavored foods! Yum! 

In Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley, a frustrated tree dreads fall because it can’t get the color of its foliage just right.  The sampling stumbles its way through creative and funny arrangements of its leaves.

The sapling’s troubles are our foliage fun!  Can it ever figure out what to do with its leaves? 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Recommended Reading: Exclamation Mark

Time for a little fun with punctuation!

In a row of small, round Periods, the Exclamation Mark stands out. He has that line above his head. He tries to fit in -- to no avail -- until finally a friendly Question Mark comes along to help our punctuation pal understand the value of standing out!

Created by Rosenthal and Lichtenheld, the team that created Duck! Rabbit! -- Exclamation Point is a perfect read on September 24, National Punctuation Day.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Crow Smarts

Did you know that crows can use tools? That’s right, the crows living on New Caledonia, an island north of New Zealand, use plant stems to coax grubs out of logs. Some of these crows even shape plant leaves into useful tools. To learn more about these amazing birds, read CrowSmarts: Inside the Brain of the World’s Brightest Bird by Pamela S. Turner with beautiful photographs by Andy Comins. For fifth-grade students and older. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

September 15: International Dot Day

Peter Reynolds is the author of The Dot -- a simple story about a girl named Vashti who says she cannot draw. But, with a little encouragement and a lot of creativity, it turns out she has all sorts of art inside of her.

This imaginative story became the inspiration for International Dot Day.  A day when all of us are encouraged to explore our creativity and discover, like Vashti, we have lots of art inside.

Monday, September 12, 2016

From Apple Trees to Cider, Please!

Looking for just that special book to read with apples in it?  Felicia Sanzari Chernesky has written this delightfully rhyming book straight from a child's point of view, describing how her family took apples off the tree and turned them into apple cider.   

The illustrator Julia Patton brings the text to life with lots of action and details that preschool children will love. The last page shows the family eating apple cider doughnuts and drinking their self-made apple cider.

Check out this wonderful bookFrom Apple Trees to Cider, Please!