“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.
Lemony Snicket is the pen name of American novelist Daniel Handler. Snicket is the author of several children’s books, serving as the narrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events (his best-known work) and appearing as a character within the series.
Even reluctant readers find all of the books fun to read. They are told with such an offbeat sense of humour. The stories are mysterious, but they are soothing in that the plot is predictable, the writing is informal and the characters are very simple. Lemony Snicket has very cleverly titled his books using alliteration: There is a wonderful use of language, and the books are a pleasure to read aloud.
Incorporate the books into your classroom curriculum with these discussion questions, vocabulary activities, writing activities, character studies, and cross-curricular activities to supplement and enhance your teaching. => http://bit.ly/14iVsUE
For the first time in a decade, Willy Wonka, the reclusive and eccentric chocolate maker, is opening his doors to the public – well, five members of the public to be exact. The lucky five who find a Golden Ticket in their Wonka chocolate bars will receive a private tour of the factory, given by Mr. Wonka himself. For young Charlie Bucket, this a dream come true. And, when he finds a dollar bill in the street, he can’t help but buy two Wonka’s Whipple–Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delights – even though his impoverished family could certainly use the extra dollar for food. But as Charlie unwraps the second chocolate bar, he sees the glimmer of gold just under the wrapper! The very next day, Charlie, along with his unworthy fellow winners Mike Teavee, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, and Augustus Gloop, steps through the factory gates to discover whether or not the rumors surrounding the Chocolate Factory and its mysterious owner are true. What they find is that the gossip can’t compare to the extraordinary truth, and for Charlie, life will never be the same again. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, another unforgettable masterpiece from the legendary Roald Dahl, never fails to delight, thrill, and utterly captivate.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a book that stands the test of time. Roald Dahl’s story continues to capture the attention and imaginations of children today, as it did when it was first published in 1964. Children relate to Charlie Bucket who is an ordinary boy. The story is one of good versus evil, where the antagonists are not monsters but naughty children, who get their just desserts in the end. There is magic. There is imagination. There is chocolate. And in the end, good behaviour is rewarded. All of this makes Charlie and the Chocolaty factory an ideal book to study, since it has already engaged the children’s interest. There are a myriad of things you can do, using this book in the classroom to build children’s skills across a range of curriculum areas. Click here to access more than 100 activities involving comprehension, character studies, craft activities, maths, ESL, music, social science, art, science. There are puzzles, games, word searches, worksheets and more…=> http://bit.ly/XOUHDY
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Come on down! Today we are playing a quiz called Guess The Children’s Author.
It’s simple to play. I’m going to give you clues (hopefully not too obvious) to guess who the author is. The answers will be at the bottom of the page. My son and I were playing a similar game recently showing off our knowledge of movie stars. So let us begin. => http://bit.ly/nvx11k
There are so many versions of the The Three Little pigs out there and we found a few and created a little freebie to share with you all.
First we’ll read an original version of The Three Little Pigs.
The freebie is a worksheet comparing the houses in an original version of The 3 Little Pigs and a version that you choose. We’ll be choosing The 3 Little Daisies because the houses are completely different.
Click the worksheet below to download your copy => http://bit.ly/nFCK8p
Paul Jenning has added to his website. This time it’s a colouring picture. Sniff the Dragon. Check it out at his fabulous downloads page. => http://bit.ly/nZC5qA
You can met Sniff in Paul Jennings’ book “Rascal the Dragon”
Publisher: Penguin Global
Published in: Australia
Published: April 2007
Ben wants a pet dragon, but his father says no because each one has a bad habit in this easy reader by Australian author Paul Jenning. Ben finds a stray dragon that he names Rascal and begs his father to let him keep him as a pet. When Rascal makes himself useful by lighting a fire ….
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by Shannon Hale
More about the book, discussion notes, excerpt, and where to buy the book => http://bit.ly/e321wJ
Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
Kate DiCamillo’s debut novel wins a 2001 Newbery Honor and is a NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Bestseller!
The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket–and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor. A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal has been alive. Winn-Dixie is better at making friends than anyone Opal has ever known, and together they meet the local librarian, Miss Franny Block, who once fought off a bear with a copy of WAR AND PEACE. They meet Gloria Dump, who is nearly blind but sees with her heart, and Otis, an ex-con who sets the animals in his pet shop loose after hours, then lulls them with his guitar.
Opal spends all that sweet summer collecting stories about her new friends and thinking about her mother. But because of Winn-Dixie or perhaps because she has grown, Opal learns to let go, just a little, and that friendship–and forgiveness–can sneak up on you like a sudden summer storm.
Recalling the fiction of Harper Lee and Carson McCullers, here is a funny, poignant, and utterly genuine first novel from a major new talent.
An unforgettable first novel about coming of age one sweet summer–and learning to love what you have.
(Publisher’s Price is $15.99)
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The Wee Free men
by Terry Pratchett
A Teaching Guide to Terry Pratchett
Spark discussion about A Hat Full of Sky, The Wee Free Men, and The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents with the pre-reading activities and discussion questions in this printable teaching guide to these books by Terry Pratchett.
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The Polar Express
by Chris Van Alsburg
One couldn’t select a more delightful and exciting premise for a children’s book than the tale of a young boy lying awake on Christmas Eve only to have Santa Claus sweep by and take him on a trip with other children to the North Pole. And one couldn’t ask for a more talented artist and writer to tell the story than Chris Van Allsburg. Allsburg, a sculptor who entered the genre nonchalantly when he created a children’s book as a diversion from his sculpting, won the 1986 Caldecott Medal for this book, one of several award winners he’s produced. The Polar Express rings with vitality and wonder.
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