Thursday, April 28, 2016

Vivofit 2

Several weeks ago I got a Vivofit 2 through a wellness program at school.  Since I walk to and from school most days, I was curious about what kind of numbers I would get on it.  The days I do walk to and from school, I get about 12,000 steps in a day.  Right now I am at over that already, and there is still more walking on the agenda.  Do you have an step tracker?  What is your average?  

Monday, April 25, 2016

There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe by Jane Cabrera is a new take on the old nursery rhyme.  The Old Woman has 10 children and 5 pets.  The story tells about her feeding them, getting them places, mending clothes, fixing furniture, and loving them.  I enjoyed the pictures and the new take of the adept and frugal Old Woman. It is simple enough to keep a preschooler's interest, but interesting enough to share with older children as well.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Plants Feed Me

Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell is a book to share with preschoolers or young elementary children.  Rockwell writes and shows the different parts of plants that people eat.  Like Lois Ehlert, she labels each plant that is shown in the pictures so the reader can know exactly what it is.  This book is for beginning readers, and it is just right for a unit on vegetables or gardens. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Let's Go, Hugo!

Let's Go, Hugo! by Angela Dominguez is a picture book worth sharing with your children or students.  Hugo is a bird who lives in Paris.  He is afraid of flying, so when he meets a new friend, Lulu, who invites him to fly so he can see the Eiffel Tower, he creates excuses for why they cannot leave immediately.  He procrastinates all day and when Lulu leaves at the end of the day, Hugo wonders what will happen.  Bernard, an owl, teaches and encourages Hugo.  When Lulu returns in the morning, Hugo is ready to go.  I enjoyed the story as well as the pictures.  Dominguez' work will be something I will keep a look out for when I am browsing children's books.  

Thursday, March 17, 2016


Goal! written by Sean Taylor with photographs by Caio Vilela is a book to share with young soccer fans.  Taylor writes about the game, while  Vilela has taken photographs of children playing soccer in many places around the world.  On each page, there is soccer related trivia from different countries.  My guess is this will be a popular book with my students.

Friday, February 26, 2016

I Love to Read month

This year for I Love to Read month at school, I did something a little bit different.  In the past, I selected four authors and each week read a multitude of books by one author.  Then at the end of the week, students voted on their favorite. 
Instead of looking for four prolific authors this year, I chose 44 of my favorite picture books and read those throughout the month.  My students seemed to enjoy it just as well. What are your favorite picture books for kids?