Archive for January, 2012

Everyone waits to see what Kohl’s Cares is going to spotlight next in the world of children’s books. This month, Kohl’s features books written and/or illustrated by Eric Carle.
For the last few years, the company has offered books and plush book characters for $5 each with all profits going towards kids’ health and education initiatives in communities nationwide.

Not only can parents purchase these items to introduce classic stories to their children, but librarians can use them for displays and book and reading promotions.

Featured currently are:

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? 
  • The Very Busy Spider
  • Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?
  • 10 Little Rubber Ducks

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This year, Children’s Book Week will be celebrated from May 7-13.
Illustrator Lane Smith has designed the 2012 bookmark and an activity for downloading and printing.

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One of my favorite yearly lists is 100 Books for Reading and Sharing from the New York Public Library. The 2011 list has been posted.

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The January issue of the Linda’s Links to Literature newsletter is ready to read.

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Start planning now to introduce books for Groundhog Day which is celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada.
Introduce the differences between fact and opinion by using books about Groundhog Day.

Is it fact or opinion?

  • A groundhog is also called a woodchuck.
  • Groundhogs forecast the coming of spring.
  • A groundhog is probably afraid of his shadow.

Here’s some free book-related teaching resources to introduce this day.

Our database has book-related teaching resources for 15+ books featuring Groundhog Day.

More teaching resources…

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Most children prefer to read fiction books, but it is important that nonfiction books about people, places, things, and events be introduced.
Expand classroom reading with some of these engaging nonfiction books from the past year.

Nonfiction Picture Books

Nonfiction Chapter Books

Check the list of finalists for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults for more exceptional titles.

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Getting children to read at an early age is, of course, important. But do you sometimes have trouble finding appropriate and appealing reading materials and books other than the normal textbooks? Your problem is solved.

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has published their new popular bibliography, Great Early Elementary Reads, featuring recommended book titles for beginning readers published between 2009-2011. The list is divided into two categories with books for children “Starting to Read” and “Reading on My Own.” And best of all, it’s free.

Another useful place with outstanding beginning reading books is the Geisel Award website. Given annually, this award honors authors and illustrators of the most distinguished American books for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year. Named for Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, the site also includes the list of past winners.

Here’s a list of 2011 books that I like for early readers…

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