Book Reviews

Confident Characters and Classic Reboots: My March Reads

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha LeeAges 8-12 This book is a great mix of fantasy and sci-fi for middle grade readers who love adventure books. Min, a shapeshifter, begins her adventure when an investigator comes to her home in Jinju inquiring about her brother who he accuses of deserting his responsibilities as a Space Cadet.… Continue reading Confident Characters and Classic Reboots: My March Reads

Preschool STEAM

Learning Technology Without the Screens: Preschool Tech STEAM

We all know the screen time scares. Research is starting to show some negative impacts of all the screen time our little ones are getting in this tech-filled world. While these impacts are reals and worrisome, technology can also be good and necessary. We limit screen time when children are little, but as they grow… Continue reading Learning Technology Without the Screens: Preschool Tech STEAM

Storytimes

Letter “P” Storytime

This storytime is a part of my ABC Storytimes series. Books to Read Aloud Pigs in Pajamas by Maggie Smith Reading for Early Literacy  This book is basically a letter “p” tongue twister. The repetition is great for alphabetic knowledge and phonological awareness. Ask simple questions during the story and pause to allow time to answer: Do… Continue reading Letter “P” Storytime

Storytimes

Letter “O” Storytime

This storytime is a part of my ABC Storytimes series. Books to Read Aloud Oopsie-Do by Tim Kubart Reading for Early Literacy Tips This book asks the question “What do you say?” for the reader. Encourage children to answer with “Oopsie-do.” When the main character stumbles and falls, point out her red cheeks and tears and ask,… Continue reading Letter “O” Storytime

Storytimes

Letter “N” Storytime

This storytime is a part of my ABC Storytimes series. Books to Read Aloud The Very Cold, Freezing, No-Number Day by Ashley Sorenson Reading for Early Literacy Tips This story asks children to trace the numbers on the page. Ask the children to trace numbers in the air. This story asks the children the questions for you.… Continue reading Letter “N” Storytime

Book Reviews

Surprises and Disappointments: My February Reads

A Dreadful Fairy Book by Jon Etter I loved this story! It read like Etter took elements from Alice and Wonderland, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and the movie Shrek, put them in a pot and stirred them all together. There are a lot of dialects used in the story that helped transport the reader… Continue reading Surprises and Disappointments: My February Reads

Preschool STEAM

Engineering with Library Forts!

My latest preschool STEAM program was library forts! Every child loves to build forts and what better place to build forts that a room full of furniture and books. It just so happens that building forts is great for spacial awareness and critical thinking skills. Library forts was one of the most low maintenance programs… Continue reading Engineering with Library Forts!