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These are my favorite storybooks about the changing leaves of Fall.
Are any of these your favorite, too?

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Have you used FlipSnack? It’s a handy little tool that turns a PDF file into a digital flipbook.
It is completely free unless you want to use the premium version. But the free version was fine for me and probably for you, too.

FlipSnack is super simple.
The steps include:

  • create a free account
  • upload a Word or Goggle Doc document that has been converted to a PDF. If you don’t have access to Adobe Acrobat for  the PDF conversion, there are several other free applications on the web.
  • give your document a title
  • choose a template or style for the book
  • publish

That’s it basically.

A few instructional uses might be:

  • creating a storybook from material in the public domain, i.e., Project Gutenberg.
  • publishing a book of illustrated vocabulary.
  • creating a book report with student drawings or public domain pictures.
  • producing a series of book reviews based on a specific genre.
  • developing and publishing a research project.

This year is the 110th anniversary of the publication of The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.
Since the story is now in the public domain, I found it on Project Gutenberg and created an online digital book.

The public link for this project is http://snack.to/fu84ts5n

Give it a try and share your book with me.

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We continue with our series of free book-related resources for teaching with Caldecott books. Today’s post focuses on the 2010 winners.
The 2010 Caldecott Medal Winner and Honor Books include artwork created with wood block printing, multimedia collage, and watercolors.
Engage your students with books filled with colorful award-winning illustrations.
Create appealing lessons with these book-related teaching links from Linda’s Links to Literature.

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The 2010 Caldecott Medal winner is Jerry Pinkney for The Lion & the Mouse ((Little, Brown & Company).
In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.
This bright watercolored-book uses only the sounds of animals on the African Serengeti.
Jerry Pinkney is also a five-time winner in the Caldecott honor category.

  • Activities include onomatopoeia and pattern poems. Library Sparks
  • Teacher’s Guide includes discussion questions and activities. Hachett Books
  • Video of the author/illustrator talking about writing and illustrating the book. YouTube
  • more links…

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Honor books include:

All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, written by Liz Garton Scanlon (Beach Lane Books)
Follows family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night to show the importance of all things great and small in our world.
The two-time honor winner uses colorful and detailed illustrations for this book with black Prismacolor Pencil and watercolors with hand-lettered rhyming text.

  • Activity relates text with pictures.  Simon & Schuster
  • Lesson Plan includes a synopsis, discussion topics, and activities. Reading to Kids
  • Teacher’s Guide includes pre-reading, discussion questions, vocabulary, and activities. Elizabeth Garton Scanlon
  • more links…

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Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Joyce Sidman (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Illustrations and simple text combine the senses of sight, sound, smell, and taste to describe the colors of the seasons.
This concept book uses computer-illustrated art with mixed-media paintings on wood. Each time a color is mentioned in the book, it appears in that color.

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There are additional book-related teaching links for these books in the Linda’s Links to Literature database.

All Amazon links are affiliate links for Linda’s Links to Literature.
Books annotations are from The Library of Congress or Linda’s Links to Literature.

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These are favorite pins from the Linda’s Links Pinterest Boards for this week.

Top 10 Romance Fiction for Youth: 2012, by Ann Kelley | Booklist Online

Make magnets with illustrations from worn-out children’s books

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory mug

I love these bookends of children reading.

Great Banned and Challenged Books display

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Wednesday Reading Quote

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We continue with our series of free book-related resources for teaching with Caldecott books. Today’s post focuses on the 2011 winners.

The 2011 Caldecott Medal Winner and Honor Books include artwork created with wood block printing, multimedia collage, and watercolors.
Engage your students with books filled with colorful award-winning illustrations.
Teach appealing lessons with these book-related resource links from Linda’s Links to Literature.

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The 2011 Caldecott Medal Winner is:

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Zookeeper Amos McGee, who is adored by all the animals, gets some unexpected guests while home sick one day.

  • Guide includes background information, discussion questions, curricular activities, and related books and websites. Monarch Book Awards
  • Lesson Plan Literacy Through Literature
  • Teaching Unit includes cross-curricular activities and resources related to lions. Homeschool Share
  • Video of Erin E. Stead discussing the woodblock printing process in the book. YouTube
  • more links…

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Honor Books include:

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Bryan Collier
Chronicles the life of Dave, a nineteenth-century slave who went on to become an influential poet, artist, and potter.

  • Educator’s Guide includes discussion questions and activities. Hachette Books
  • Discussion Guide includes activities and discussion topics. ALA
  • Study Guide includes author information, a summary, related books, curriculum connections, vocabulary, and related websites. Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award
  • more links…

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Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
Little Red Chicken wants Papa to read her a bedtime story, but interrupts him almost as soon as he begins each tale.

  • Activities Missouri Building Block Award
  • Booktalk Scholastic
  • Guide includes a booktalk, challenging words, discussion questions, activities, and related websites.  Young Hoosier Book Awards
  • more links…

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There are additional book-related teaching links for these books in the Linda’s Links to Literature database.
Login to the Linda’s Links to Literature database for book-related teaching links for some of these books.

All Amazon links are affiliate links for Linda’s Links to Literature.
Books annotations are from The Library of Congress or Linda’s Links to Literature.

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