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