April Book Pick:
We had so much fun with this book that we just had to “pick” it as our book pick for April. We missed eating out at our favorite Chinese restaurant out of an abundance of caution during these “viral” times. We ended up following the recipe at the back of the book, had the kids videotape the process, and we even got an interview with author Kat Zhang. Read her interview here as she gives her young readers sage advice during these times, and to watch our non-professional video, click here.
Don’t forget to support local independent booksellers during these times.
March Book Pick is:
March 2 is Theodore Seuss Geisel’s birthday. More popularly known as Dr. Seuss and with at least 44 books to his name, he has delighted and enchanted millions of young readers over decades with iconic characters such as The Cat in the Hat and the Grinch. His latest posthumously published book is The Horse Museum. Honestly, I had my doubts that my kids would stay interested for long since it talks about museum art pieces and how to view art, but I was pleasantly surprised that my boys were engaged and they were chiming in on the pieces featured in the book. Later, they picked their favorite artwork and we also consulted the back to find out where those favorite pieces are housed.
Although the Walters Art Museum was not featured in the book, it IS one of our favorite FREE art museums to visit in the local vicinity. With their vast collection of art from all over the world, it is a wonderful place to look, learn, and liberate your minds and let the art speak to you. They have their own collection of “horse-works” which would go very nicely with the book.
Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss and enjoy a day at the museum with your children!
February’s Book Pick (coinciding with February 5th’s World Read Aloud Day) is:
Not a new release, however, the lyrical and whimsical verses make for a very pleasant and melodious reading which is sure to keep young children’s attention as they read about how Pout-Pout Fish‘s trip doesn’t go according to plan. He learns to make the best of the situation, and at the end of any trip, it is always good to be home. This is a book best read aloud. Try it!
Teaching Tip: Have the children say the repeating stanza with you.
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January 2020 book feature is:
Saw it on display at the public library and decided to see what it’s all about. I have always been a little skeptical about celebrity authors, but this one was a delightful surprise. It involves “Granddude” and the “chillers” going on a magical adventure involving a compass, postcards, and a “zing, bang, sizzle.” The boys enjoyed the magical elements in the book and were caught in suspense as the characters get into near scrapes in each postcard destination they end up in.
Look out for:
Language Elements: collective nouns (school, herd)
Vocabulary: avalanche, compass, canyon, Appaloosa, valley
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