Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Children's Picture Books ~ Perfect for Fall

Today's giveaway is for 2 children's picture books, and is sponsored by The Itty-Bitty Bookworm.


One of the books is "Fire! Fire!" said Mrs. McGuire by Bill Martin Jr. It is about a family of mice who think they see a fire through a keyhole. However, the "fire" actually turns out to be lit candles on a birthday cake. The rhyming text is fun for preschoolers and the mice in the book are lovable. This is a great book to spark a lesson or discussion on fire safety (October is Fire Safety Month).




The other book is The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri. This book is about a little squirrel who is on a mission to get ready for the fall. He is so busy that he cannot "nibble with the mice, hop with the frogs, or run with the dogs". There is one thing he can do, though. Read it to your little one to find out. This is a perfect book to read this time of the year because it is all about fall changes. The pictures show leaves changing, the wind blowing, and pumpkins and apples all around.



To enter please share one fun Fall idea that you do with your class or family.

The winner will be announced here on Monday, October 13. Good Luck!

For literature-based units on these books (and many others), please visit The Itty-Bitty Bookworm!

26 comments:

Jill said...

Fall is a great time for a nature walk! I explain (on a toddler level) about leaves changing colors, and we head out to find some pretty leaves to collect.

jenna said...

We don't have much of a true fall here (FL), but we do like to go to the "pumpkin patch" (read: parking lot with pumpkins for sale) and pick out some pumpkins to decorate the house.
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Rebecca said...

We go to the Pumpkin patch and play in the leaves in our backyard.

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karen and co. said...

This year we're looking forward to making a scarecrow out of all the leaves that fall from our trees.

gkstratos said...

There is a neighborhood in our area that has a Halloween house decorating contest. We usually walk around and look at the houses a couple of nights before Halloween.
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Jenny said...

Soon we are going to get a pumpkin and let our daughter (16 months old) reach down into it and pull out the squishy stuff for the first time! That is always my favorite part.

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miss bliss said...

My kids would love to have these books. Today, my daughter took some bumpy fall gords to show and tell since it's autumn and they are studying the sense of "touch".

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- Marybeth I. said...

We love pressing leaves or making crayon impressions. The girls sometimes drive me crazy with bringing piles of leaves into the house but they love it

windycindy said...

Hi, Almost every fall, my husband, two sons and I go to a cabin in a different state park. We hike, grill outdoors, make s'mores and play board games in front of the fireplace at night. I have many fond memories of our cabin outings thus far! Please enter me in your delightful book giveaway drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
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janetfaye said...

We like to gather leaves, trace and color them.

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Kristan said...

i am teaching colors using the beautiful leaves and fall wildflowers.
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MariaJoy said...
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MariaJoy said...

Every year when I lived at home with my 4 younger brothers I'd taken them to the woods and take their pics with the changing leaves. Now I take my sons pic

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ARCHITECT said...

During this time, we love to go Sta. Rosa home, the big tree in out front yard would probablu lost all the leaves. We have fun, sweeping the leaves from out front yard and throw it back to eachother after.
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Becky said...

I love the way the children's books can take beautiful pictures and a fun message to teach children about various subjects. For instance I was astounded this evening when I read "Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog,"
by Barbara Techel, to my children- this book was a great story about a real-life disabled dog." The illustrations were wonderful and the story was very clear... have compassion for others with disabilities. It is for this reason that I absolutely love children's books! Maybe tomorrow I will teach my children about fall and the way the leaves change. Thanks for the great tip!

countrykids said...

We do so many things in my childcare, make a scarecrow, carve pumpkins, collect fall leaves for fun projects, lot's of yummy baking. One project is to make a bracelet out of tape sticky side out and walk through the woods and collect nature items for our bracelets. We also take contact paper and press leaves between to make sun catchers.

Brimful Curiosities said...

We collect leaves and iron them between pages of wax paper.

morch76 said...

These would be an awesome books to have! As a home daycare provider and mom and a wife of a firefighter, I am always looking for great hands on resources.

The Fire! Fire! Book would be great for our fire prevention week. Each year, we have the firefighters come and visit us and talk about how there are good fires (such as candles on a birthday cake!, campfires, etc.) and how there are bad fires. This book would be great for us to read and discuss. The Busy Little Squirrel Book would be great because we often go on nature walks in the fall and collect leaves, acorns. etc., and talk about what we see while we are out. One of my kids always asks about the squirrels and their nuts and what they do if ther run out during the winter - this book would make further great discussion!

Jennifer said...

We like to take lots of walks. We also like to go apple picking and then make some sort of yummy apple treat.

Chrissy said...

My favorite fall activity is to go to the local orchard for pumpkins, cider and fall fun! Thanks :-)

Tina said...

My kids and I go to the park and collect leaves of all shapes, color and sizes. We take the leaves and press them and crayon shavings between waxed paper and iron. The result is a beautiful sun catcher.

Clair said...

One fun fall activity is to roast pumpkin seeds. The students also make scarecrows to hang up in the hallway. clairjuly at yahoo dot com

Staci said...

We love to lay outside and watch the clouds. They are so beautiful in the fall. We also like to make leaf rubbings. Thanks for the giveaway!

blueviolet said...

We love to go to a huge park here that has just about every tree imaginable. They collect whatever leaves they desire and we come home and iron them between waxed paper for window hangings and then they each make a placemat too. We love the colored leaves!
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pam said...

We always go to the local pumpkin patch, and buy pumpkins, mums, and apple cider. My boys love this every year.

noreen said...

a new tradition is making caramel apples, I blogged about it last week