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When I was a small child, many of the books I had were Golden Books. They were usually sold at the local 5 & 10. If I was really good, I got a new book from the store. My favorite was The Poky Little Puppy.
Now this best-selling book is an App for a  new generation of children to enjoy. But this time, technology is part of the equation with added skills and activities.
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Since Lane Smith has a birthday on August 25, start the school year with a fun author/illustrator study. Smith has written and illustrated his own books as well as collaborated with Jon Scieszka on The Stinky Cheese Man (a Caldecott Honor book), Math Curse, and more.

Teaching Resources to get you started:

Lane Smith Author/Illustrator Resources
Author/Illustrator Website

Penguin Books

Author Interviews
Adventure Underground

Reading Rockets

Books by Lane Smith
It’s a Book
  Author    Classroom Ideas
John, Paul, George & Ben  Author   Reader’s Theater
Squids Will Be Squids  Illustrator    Activities
The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales Illustrator    Lesson Plan
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs  Illustrator    Extension Activity

There are additional book-related teaching resources for these books and others written and illustrated by Lane Smith in the Linda’s Links to Literature database.

Related Resources
Enhance the teaching unit by reading other fractured fairy tales  –  Fractured Fairy Tale List

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Will you be studying butterflies this year? Around this time of the year, the monarch butterflies in North America migrate for the winter. Monarchs west of the Rocky Mountains travel to forests in California while the ones east of the Rockies fly to the mountain forests of Angangueo, Michoacan, Mexico.

Support cross-curricular approaches by reading books featuring monarch butterflies. To find books with literature and science-related lessons and activities, search for the keyword monarch butterfly or butterflies in our database.

These are a few books from our database with teaching resources related to monarch butterflies.

Fly! Monarch, Fly!  by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace   Reading Strategies
Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons   Activities
Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison   Teacher’s Guide
Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope   Book Module

Free Video Resources
Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly from Teacher Tube
Migration of the Monarch Butterfly from National Geographic

Information Websites
Monarch Butterfly Information

Simple information about the monarch butterfly
Monarch Watch

Tracks the migration of monarch
Monarch Life Stages

Photos of the metamorphosis of the monarch butterfly

Book and Technology Activities
Use Google Earth to track the migration of the monarch butterfly.   Lesson Plan
Use Google Maps to visit the Monarch sanctuaries in Mexico.   Activity

Fun Activities
Create an origami butterfly

Coloring Page
Word Search
Butterfly Bookmarks

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The Boston Globe recently published an article on shielding children from scary stories. The books mentioned in the article reflect classic, enduring themes that occur repeatedly in stories from the past and present. It’s true that we sometimes censor parts of the books we read to children. I recall doing the same thing when inappropriate language appeared in a book I was reading aloud to a class. But do we really think these stories are harmful to the emotional health of children?

Be sure to read the article and give your thoughts and experiences.

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It’s hard to believe that The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, one of my favorite books from childhood, is 100 years old this summer.
I can remember reading it one summer lying on the floor in front of the screen door while the cool breeze from the garden blew over me.
Introduce this classic novel to your students.
Teaching Resources:

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Each year, the Society of Illustrators recognizes authors for the Original Art Awards.

The winners include:

Gold Medal

Rosalyn Schanzer  for Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem

Silver Medals

Kadir Nelson for Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

Lane Smith for Grandpa Green


Founder’s Award (Best New Talent)

Zachariah OHora for Stop Snoring, Bernard!


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I read a lot of book-related blogs. Recently, Horn Book published the article Kids, Books, and Blogs – a list of their recommended blogs related to children’s and YA literature.
I read most of them, but there were a couple of unfamiliar ones that I’m going to check out for a few weeks.

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