Introducing a Mock Caldecott Unit to Third Graders

Go around the circle and tell the group your favorite picture book if you have one (or your favorite from when you were little). We are going to begin a mock Caldecott unit. Has… Continue reading

Spotlight on Kwanzaa: Children’s Books

K is For Kwanzaa by Juwanda Ford (Pre-K – 1) Thick black lines outline the pictures in this alphabet book about Kwanzaa.  This is a fun introduction for children as young as three… Continue reading

Spotlight on Hanukkah: Children’s Books

Hanukkah: A Counting Book in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish by Emily Sper (Pre-K – 2) This beautiful, brightly illustrated counting book can be found in a board book format for children as young… Continue reading

Rest in Peace, Vera B. Williams

“And THIS is how it grows.  First it makes a little sprout that grows up.  Then it makes a little root that grows down.  Then that root grows more and more roots till… Continue reading

Spotlight on Thanksgiving: Children’s Books

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message (Kindergarten – 3) Although this is not a Thanksgiving book proper, this beautifully illustrated reminder of appreciation for our environment and all that we have is… Continue reading

Spotlight on Diwali: Children’s Books

Diwali: A Cultural Adventure by Sana Sood (Pre-K – 1) A book to match the holiday, this highly recommended picture book features bright, colorful illustrations on every page.  An adventure story told in… Continue reading

Spotlight on Children’s Books about City Living

I am a school librarian in a major city and I’m raising two city kids.  (My own two children take two buses and a subway every morning just to get to their preschool.)… Continue reading

Bending the Library Rules for a Super Reader

The best thing about being a School Librarian is that for the most part, my job is uncontroversial.  Children love to borrow books, hear stories, sing songs, and discover new treasures.  Most children… Continue reading

Kindergarten Must-Reads: Three Favorite Read Alouds

Bark, George Not a Box Dinosaur vs. The Library

Building a Nursery School Library: Books to Consider

Buenos Dias, Buenas Noches by Michael Grejniec Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback Changing, Changing by Aracelis Girmay Big Snow by Jonathan Bean Cherries and Cherry Pits by Vera B. Williams… Continue reading