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If You Come to Earth Lesson Activity

Summary If You Come to Earth, by Sophie Blackall, is an incredible treasure. The wondrous illustrations and storyline will fill your heart and mind with awe. Evocative artwork fills every page, inviting readers to notice our amazing world. You’ll appreciate the incredible amount of… Continue Reading “If You Come to Earth Lesson Activity”

Undercover Ostrich by Joe Kulka

Summary If you were an ostrich, how would you disguise yourself? It can’t be easy. But the narrator of Undercover Ostrich believes that these large birds are experts at camouflage. The illustrations, however, tell a different story. When the narrator challenges readers to find… Continue Reading “Undercover Ostrich by Joe Kulka”

Just Because by Mac Barnett and Isabelle Arsenault

Summary Are you looking for a book that shows readers how to ask compelling questions? If so, take a look at Just Because by Mac Barnett and Isabelle Arsenault. The story begins with a familiar bedtime scene. A little girl, tucked in her bed,… Continue Reading “Just Because by Mac Barnett and Isabelle Arsenault”

Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment Lesson Activity

Think of a time when a painting made you pause and wonder. What was it about the artwork that caught your attention? When Parker Curry was two years old, the portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama stopped her in her tracks. She was entranced… Continue Reading “Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment Lesson Activity”

Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border by Mitali Perkins and Sara Palacios

Have you heard about La Posada Sin Fronteras? I just learned about this significant gathering by reading Between Us and Abueala: A Family Story from the Border. La Posada Sin Fronteras takes place at the border of the United States and Mexico. Every December,… Continue Reading “Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border by Mitali Perkins and Sara Palacios”

A Green Place To Be: The Creation of Central Park by Ashley Benham Yazdani

Summary Imagine a contest where you get to design a community park. What would you include in your plan? In 1858, architect Calvert Vaux had great ideas for a park in New York City. He entered a contest with Frederick Law Olmsted, a landscape… Continue Reading “A Green Place To Be: The Creation of Central Park by Ashley Benham Yazdani”

Up In The Leaves: The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses by Shira Boss and Jamey Christoph

Summary Have you ever built a treehouse? Where did you build it? I bet it was in your backyard. Imagine building a treehouse in a public park. How would you accomplish that without anyone noticing? Especially when the park is in a busy city… Continue Reading “Up In The Leaves: The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses by Shira Boss and Jamey Christoph”

Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel and Other Poems of Birds in Flight by Susan Vande Griek and Mark Hoffman

Read Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel and Other Poems of Birds in Flight to learn about animal behavior. Follow the illustration techniques to show movement when drawing animals.

One Dark Bird by Liz Garton Scanlon and Frann Preston-Gannon

Summary Can you guess what a murmuration is? The image above might give you a hint. A murmuration occurs when starlings fly together and change direction in a fluid movement. Their flight pattern looks like a choreographed dance that fills the sky with swarming… Continue Reading “One Dark Bird by Liz Garton Scanlon and Frann Preston-Gannon”

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor – The Woman Who Loved Reptiles By Patricia Valdez, Illustrated by Felicita Sala

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor- The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez Watch out! This is the story of a girl with very unusual guests to her tea parties…reptiles!  Yes, Joan Procter was a pioneer in the field of woman scientists. She was fascinated… Continue Reading “Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor – The Woman Who Loved Reptiles By Patricia Valdez, Illustrated by Felicita Sala”

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