Thursday, October 8, 2009

What We are Reading


Family Reading

In Anticipation of the Movie ~ Where the Wild Things Are- One of my all time favorites and my children love it, too! A perfect Halloween read because it isn't too scary.

Activities
Cute Art Activity Using Textures and Patterns
Watercolor Drawing and Paintings






















Kindergarten Lesson Plans
Monster Songs
Laptime and Story Circle Activities

Preschool Unit from The Itty-Bitty Bookworm
Monsters ~ Little Reader Booklet

Wes's Picks
Wes is going to the Fire Station with his nursery school class, so this week we have been reading these books about fire trucks.















Big Frank's Fire Truck (Pictureback(R))












Flashing
Fire Engines - When I taught preschool this was one of my student's favorite books.

Activities
Sparky the Fire Dog Games and Activities
Smokey Bear

Dog With Spots


Gracen's Picks




















Fancy Nancy: Halloween...or Bust!
- This book comes with stickers so that you can design a Halloween costume for Fancy Nancy.

Activities

Printable Fancy Nancy Paper Dolls
Fancy Nancy Stickers
Printable Activities for Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy
Printable Activities for Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly
Reading Together Activities
Website


Samantha's Picks

Ivy & Bean (Book 1) (Bk. 1) - Ivy has just moved in across the street from Bean, who wants no part of her. She thinks Ivy looks dull, always with her nose in a book. Bean, on the other hand, is a spark plug; she's full of tricks, especially ones that can be played on her older sister, Nancy. But the day Bean pulls a trick that goes wrong and Ivy comes to her rescue, a friendship is born. The deliciousness here is in the details, with both girls drawn distinctly and with flair. Ivy, who at first seems to be a dud, has aspirations to being a witch, which is dangerously intriguing; Bean's spunky way of talking and acting (there's a classic moment when she wiggles her butt at Nancy) will make readers giggle. Even with all the text's strong points, what takes the book to a higher level is Blackall's artwork, which captures the girls' spirit. A chapter from the second book in the series, to be published in this fall, will whet readers' appetites for more Ivy and Bean. Ilene Cooper, American Library Association

Samantha started reading this book at school and is completely "hooked"! She loves the author's website, as well. Check it out!

To see what other children are reading, visit Mouse Grows Mouse Learns.

7 comments:

Orange Juice said...

speaking of meeting authors, I met Fancy Nancy author, Jane O'connor on Sun at the OC Children's Book Festival.

Julie said...

I really want to read Where the Wild Things Are as well. I think the kids would like. And I really need to try a Fancy Nancy book with M. Not sure she's old enough yet. I have an award for you on my blog. :)

Susana said...

We read some of your books too this week and some of the same activities as well:-).

We had Monster Week and it was awesome!!

I can't wait to check out the link for watercolor monsters in this post.

Thank you for everything! You are awesome!!

MJ said...

Tara,
Have you ever used TumbleBooks? They have Robert Munsch's Fire Station. My kinder kids love his books!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Thank you for the linking up! It's so awesome that you provide so many links to your selected books. Since Anna has been interested in the stories with female characters in them lately, we read Bonjour Butterfly, but she wasn't too impressed. I am not sure why - maybe Nancy is "too fancy" for my tomboy. We also tried "Where the Wild Things Are" and, again, it wasn't her "thing". Maybe she will warm up to both of them as she gets older.
I am adding three extra entries for you in my giveaway :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love your post. I am going to look for the fire truck books.

MaryAnne said...

My daughter would LOVE that Fancy Nancy book - thanks for the reviews!