Beautiful rhyming ghost story – The ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon

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The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon

Aaron Blabey

Winner: Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature in the 2013 NSW Premier’s Awards

Life is cursed for the people of the village of Twee. The ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon haunts their every waking hour and they’ve had enough! But then one day, the brave and practical young Herbert Kettle has the most extraordinary idea …
With teaching notes => http://bit.ly/17C1hDX

Follow the seasons and an immigrant family in “This is our house”

This is our house

This Is Our House

Hyewon Yum

Follows a family through seasons and generations as the house to which their immigrant grandparents came is transformed into a home. => http://bit.ly/11HieIB

Make reading one of a child’s deep and continuing needs

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”

Maya Angelou

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The true story of the first woman over Niagara Falls

Queen of the falls

Queen of the Falls 

By Chris Van Allsburg

Any kid who has beheld Niagara Falls—or even taken a good look at pictures of it—will be suitably gobsmacked by the true story of charm-school teacher Annie Edson Taylor, who, at age 62, decided on a whim to fund her golden years by being the first person over the falls.
Read more about the book + watch the trailer

A surprising lesson about listening to your inner gosling … “That is not a good idea”

That is not a good idea

That is not a good idea

Mo Willems

One day, a very hungry fox meets a very plump goose.
A dinner invitation is offered.
Will dinner go as planned? Or do the dinner plans involve a secret ingredient . . . ?
(Don’t forget to listen to the baby geese!)
From the brilliant mind of Mo Willems comes a surprising lesson about listening to your inner gosling.

=> http://bit.ly/10PBT3A (includes classroom activities and event kit)

Storytime, Science, and Silliness: Up Close with Librarian Susan Anderson-Newham

“I think ideas are one of the things I do well,” says Susan Anderson-Newham, 2013 Mover & Shaker, block-play advocate, actor, writer, storyteller and, most importantly, the Pierce County Library System’s (WA) early learning supervising librarian. In this interview, Anderson-Newman talks about the importance of collaboration and a good sense of humor, why hands-on play is key to kids’ learning, her inspirations and passions, and her top picture books of all time.

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Books are the quietest and most constant of friends

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.

~Charles W. Eli

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Interact with The Berenstain Bears’ Really Big Pet Show Reading App

Berenstain Bears Biggest Pet Show - app

The Bear family loves their pets and they take very good care of them. When the Bear Town Festival hosts a pet show, the Bear family makes sure their pets – Little Lady, Grace, Swish and their new bird, Keats – look and feel their best for the big day. Dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, bunnies, snakes and even skunks are all entered in the show. With such a diverse group, who will receive prize ribbons from Mayor Honeypot? => http://bit.ly/XZyEvW

Saurus St is just like any other street . . . except for the dinosaurs. The Saurus Street Series by Nick Falk and Tony Flowers

The Saurus Street series

The Saurus Street Series

Saurus St is just like any other street . . . except for the dinosaurs.

Tyrannosaurus in the Veggie Patch
When Jack wishes for his own Tyrannosaurus, he doesn’t expect a real live one to turn up in the veggie patch.

A Pterodatyl Stole My Homework
What bad luck! Just when Sam’s finished his homework a pterodactyl flies through the window and steals it.
 
The Very Naughty Velociraptor
Tom and Tam are horrified when they find out Great Aunt Gertrude is coming to stay. She’s got bad breath, smelly feet and her false teeth like to bite.

An Allosaurus ate my Uncle
When Susie won’t hand over her pocket money to her mean cousin Walter, he locks her in the attic.

(Includes a video of the author, Nick Falk discussing the books and a video of the illustrator, Tony Flowers, drawing dinosaurs) => http://bit.ly/ZB8qhO

If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it? Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices Book 3)

Cassandra Clare

Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.

If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it? The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose. Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment. http://bit.ly/10mFeOO