Spring & Rain Reads

You can tell Spring is in full force!  The rain is steadily coming down almost daily.  Of course, this means we have had tons of parents and teachers in asking us what books we recommend for Spring and rainy weather as they try to keep their little ones happy, taking advantage of the indoor hours together.  Here are some of our favorites! What books would you add to our list?

Stormy Night by Salina Yoon

Rain! by Linda Ashman

Once Upon a Rainy Day by Edouard Manceau

Worm Weather by Jean Taft

Splish! Splash! by Josepha Sherman

Let It Rain by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle

Rainy Day! by Patricia Lakin

Puddle by Hyewon Yum

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano

Spring is Here! by Heidi Pross Gray

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand

Who’s Awake in Springtime? by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green

When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes

Everything Spring by Jill Esbaum

Mud by Mary Lyn Ray

 

Bunnies!!!

bunnies

 

My favorite new book of 2015 to read aloud is Bunnies!!! By Kevan Atteberry.  An adorable monster says hello to a tree, the clouds and then there are Bunnies! The bunnies are frightened by monster’s enthusiasm and hop away.  Reading this book to preschoolers is a hoot as they can recognize the energy of the monster and cry out “Bunnies!!!” at the proper time.

Sarah

Sarah

 

Link Grab Bag

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  • A study released Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that children benefit from attending full-day preschool, rather than part-time preschool.  The study found improvements in four of six measures of school readiness: social development, language, math, and physical health.
  • Readers of this blog know how much we love Brown Girl Dreaming around these parts, so you won’t be surprised that we want to share another post about the book and its wonderful author, Jacqueline Woodson.  This is a short interview following her National Book Award win.
  • Have you seen Mockingjay Part 1 yet?  Here is a rundown of the movie for diehard fans.  What do you think?  How did it stack up against the other movies and the book?
  • Want to know what the Association for Library Services to Children thinks are the best graphic novels for K-8th graders? These great lists will help guide you as you search for the best for you kids.
  • We’re loving this recipe for peppermint playdough for the holidays!

Introducing science

Introducing scientific concepts to preschoolers and early elementary age students can be challenging. Taking ideas and theories that many adults have a difficult time conceptualizing and making them understandable and relevant is no easy task.  That is why I love the following scientific picture books.  They talk about things that your kids are asking about, in way that is factual, entertaining, and easy to understand.

gravityI was excited to read Jason Chin’s Gravity, and it didn’t disappoint.  With beautiful, eye-catching illustrations and big, easy-to-read text, Gravity would be exceptional even if it weren’t also parlaying important information.  Along with his outstanding Redwoods, Coral Reefs, and Island: A Story of the Galapagos, Chin has proven himself a master at combining beautiful illustrations, an engaging plot, and easy to understand science. Continue reading