Link Grab Bag

Link Grab Bag

  •  Are wordless books intimidating to you? If so, you’re not alone!  But they are fantastic tools for building language and literacy skills. Mel’s Desk has a great rundown of the importance of including wordless books in your family’s reading.
  • This NPR interview with author, Jacqueline Woodson about her newest book, Brown Girl Dreaming, is a wonderful listen or read.
  • Speaking of Brown Girl Dreaming, it made the long list for the National Book Award, along with two John Corey Whaley’s second novel, Noggin.  Do you have a favorite on this list?
  • We probably all think that someone in our family is the favorite child to one or both of our parents.  A study in August’s Journal of Family Psychology found that children’s perceptions of favoritism counted a lot more than the reality.
  • With Halloween just around the corner, we’re scowering the internet looking for costume ideas.  We love this list of cute homemade costumes for kids.
  • The New York Public Library made a great list of books about failure and mistakes.  We love encouraging kids to try things, even if it might not work out as they planned, and these books will go far in teaching that.  We’d like to add a personal favorite — The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires — to that list.

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