Finding Grammy's Present. Finding Lottie's Socks. Finding Room for Teddy. Author: Yasner, Deanie. Going Downtown. Grace Says Hello. Harvest Soup. Hello, World! Author: Merritt, Donna Marie. Author: Hoffman, Pearl. Hiding in the Snow. Author: Ramsey, Ellen L. Hop In! Author: Dopirak, Kate. Hop, Hop, Hopscotch! I'm a Mama, Too. I'm a Papa, Too. Is There Room for Me? Isabella Reads to Muffy. It's Time For…. Author: Cross Purvis, Dale.
Let's Be Buddies. Let's Go Fishing. Let's Play! Let's Work Together. Little Fox, Little Fox. Look at My New Shoes! Love From Lisa. Lulu's Boo-Boo. Maggie's Surprise. Maya's Garden. Me Too, Says Lulu. Morning on the Farm. My Best Friend. Author: Wallace, Nancy K. Peas, Peas, Peas! Pigs on Wheels. Author: King, Dawn. Author: Meyer, Eileen R. Polka-Dot Parade. Puppy School. Quacks and Snacks. Author: Barrett Hargett, Jeanne. Raju's New Book. Author: HS, Radha. Reading with Catty Jane. Robin's Best Nest. Author: Zeller Smith, Susan.
Shepherd, Shepherd. Author: Highsmith Taylor, Bonnie. Silly Little Duck. Sing Me a Soft Song, Mr. Skip and Scout. Author: Ting Delosh, Diana. Spring Is Here! Spring Swirls. The Big, Soft Chair. Author: Johnson, Amie. The Great Barnyard Rescue. The Letter. The Thank-You Pie. Author: Quattlebaum, Mary. Tommy Trout. Traveling Time. Author: Love, Pamela. Tummy Rumble. We're Scary!
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Author: Zapf, Marlena. Author: Gulati, Annette. Five Frosty Friends. Author: Doherty, Kathleen. Going Home. Author: Holt Williams, Deborah. Six Spotted Seals. Baby Bear's Bed. Author: Kennaley, Lucinda H. Winter Is Coming, Mini Book. Who Has Seen My Goat? Can You Find My Cat? Author: Hart Addy, Sharon. Greenfoot Gus. Author: Murray, Diana. Author: Stevenson, Robert Louis. Author: Yates, Mandy C. Author: Moritz, Dianne. Author: Howell, Raven. Spider Shoes. Author: Kratz, Marilyn. Sweet Summer Treats. Dinosaur Dinner. Grandma's Kitchen. Here They Come!
Author: Madian, Jon. High Flyer. Lizards, Lizards, Lizards. Author: Chase McCue, Marguerite. Rain Party. Author: Kuehn, Susan. Rosie Has S Is for Spring. What's For Dinner? Wind, Sky, and Crow. Worm School. Author: Foster, Myrna. You Can Do It! Fancy Dancin'. How Many Nuts? Author: Ratkowski, Wendy. Mail For Mia. Author: Martinez Mukherjee, Sonya. My Umbrella. Shoes in a Jumble. Author: Gunnufson, Charlotte.
Six Buttons. Possums in a Pocket. Let's Look at Shadows! Author: Schulle, Bunny. Look at the Alpacas. Author: Highlights. Look at the Arctic Hare. Look at the Downy Woodpecker. Look at the Frog! Look at the Giraffes. Look at the Goslings! Look at the Great Blue Heron! Look at the Hippos. Look at the Kittens. Look at the Koalas! Author: Montgomery, Heather. Look at the Lizard. Look at the Platypus. Look at the Porcupines. Look at the Salamander!
Look at the Sea Horse. Look at the Sea Star. Look at the Seal! Look at the Snail. Look at the Swans! Look at the Wood Duck! Squeaky Clean. Author: Caplan Sayres, Brianna. Author: Brenner, Barbara. Building Log Houses. Dogs That Guard Sheep. Author: Urbigkit, Cat. Jack and Julia Go to the Bank.
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ISBN: Harriet has hurt her ankle. Her friends surprise her by making a snowgirl in her backyard. Mole Happy Birthday, Mrs. Max, Harriet, and Felix learn to knit in order to make their friend, Mrs. Mole, a scarf. Max can't find his beloved stuffed animal, Snoodles. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together.
They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves. Patina by Jason Reynolds August A newbie to the track team, Patina must learn to rely on her teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons in this follow-up to the National Book Award finalist Ghost.
They have a crazy new tattooed teacher named Mr. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.
At least Jacques can look forward to the soccer season. One Last Word: Wisdom From the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes In this collection of poetry, Nikki Grimes looks afresh at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance — including voices like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and many more writers of importance and resonance from this era — by combining their work with her own original poetry.
If life were a baseball game, all-star pitcher Gabby Garcia would be having her Best. Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich. Naomi Marie starts clubs at the library and adores being a big sister. Naomi Edith loves quiet Saturdays and hanging with her best friend in her backyard. Please support these additional self-published authors and look for their books in your local libraries:. Commerce Township, MI. Your turn: What other books would you add to this list for summer reading? Feel free to share in the comments. Those were the days!
Ok, back to the topic at hand — the summer slide. What is it? The secret to preventing the summer slide is to keep learning all summer long. However, on my quest for different resources to use with my kids over the summer break I stumbled upon this series of activity books called Summer Bridge Activities. Have you heard of these gems before? With daily, minute exercises kids can learn a variety of different skills ranging from letters to fractions and everything in between. This workbook series prevents summer learning loss and paves the way to a successful new school year.
And this is no average workbook—Summer Bridge Activities keeps the fun and the sun in summer break! Designed to prevent a summer learning gap and keep kids mentally and physically active, the hands-on exercises can be done anywhere. These standards-based activities help kids set goals, develop character, practice fitness, and explore the outdoors. With 12 weeks of creative learning, Summer Bridge Activities keeps skills sharp all summer long!
The book we purchased covers topics like: patterns, shapes, colors, numbers, phonics, writing and letters. Section 1 features shape recognition, fine motor skill development, and numbers and counting activities provide a good variety of potential learning opportunities.
Its bonus sections seem to focus on physical activity and character development. Section 2 highlights numbers and counting, handwriting and phonics, and colors. The bonus section following this section had a science activity, outdoor extension activities, and character development exercises. Section 3 focused on classification and phonics, handwriting and phonics, visual discrimination, grammar and language arts, numbers and counting, and the alphabet. Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and I was not compensated to write it.
I purchased the workbook with my own money. All opinions expressed are my own. Have you used these workbooks with your kids before? Share in the comments below! The official start of summer is just a few weeks away…yikes! Is the year already almost halfway over? One solution is to design a summer camp experience at home, which can be affordable, fun, and easier than it sounds to pull off. This summer camp series is designed to help you manage your time as a family as well as help the kids keep learning through the summer while having fun doing it. Want to join us? Starting Monday May 30th, the first two blog posts will be rolled out with two new themes being released every week thereafter for the next 6 weeks.
Our goal is to post every Monday although due to holidays or circumstances outwith our control, the post may be delayed a day or two. Fear not, once the post goes live it will be updated in the links below. At the end of the series, you may also have access to all 7 weeks of activities in one place. Please click on each link for all the ideas as each blog post goes live. New: Click here for the printable PDF version! Summer break is just a few weeks away for my kids.
With summer comes lazy days, relaxation, vacation, camps, boredom, and lack of recall of everything our kids learned in school this year. The following is a list of books that I believe provide wonderful multicultural reading experiences for kids. This compilation is filled with many books that I have personally read with my kids or plan to read and have impacted my life in some way. They made me laugh, they made me cry, they made me think, they made me imagine, they made me hungry!
I realize there are so many other great diverse books out there, but I hope you and your kids find some books on this list that resonate with you. Shades of black : a celebration of our children by Sandra Pinkney Using simple poetic language and stunning photographs, Sandra and Myles Pinkney have created a remarkable book of affirmation for African-American children.
Photographic portraits and striking descriptions of varied skin tones, hair texture, and eye color convey a strong sense of pride in a unique heritage. A joyous celebration of the rich diversity among African-Americans. The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.
Some happen easily; others need a little extra support. Artist and mom Maria van Lieshout has been there. Drawing upon her own experiences, she has created an engaging series of books that are just right for children on the brink of major changes and the caregivers who encourage them. The kids loved having this book read over and over again until it was finally time to bring it back to the library. The pastel illustrations in this book show the fun and playfulness of this father and daughter sneaking a little special time together as Mommy sleeps nearby.
Babies will love the rhythm — and the excuse for a little extra time with Daddy. Reach: a board book about curiosity by Elizabeth Verdick Wiggly baby on the floor. What is baby reaching for? Celebrate the many ways that babies reach out to discover and learn about the world around them. With lively rhyming text and vivid black-and-white photos of babies in action, this book is sure to engage babies and grown-ups alike.
A great baby board book for floortime or anytime! This book was gifted to us as a Christmas gift a few years ago. A wonderful book for both infants and toddlers. The fun, rhyming language, and the overall simplicity of the story itself make it perfect for infants and toddlers alike. I like the fact that this book also promotes body awareness, introduces the concept of left and right, and encourages positive self-image and familial bonds.
Global Babies by The Global Fund for Children Appealing photos of babies from seventeen cultures around the globe are woven together by simple narration. Diverse settings highlight specific differences in clothing, daily life, and traditions, as well as demonstrate that babies around the world are nurtured by the love, caring, and joy that surround them. Wave to the babies as they go by in wagons, in backpacks, on foot, and in the arms of mommies and daddies. This adorable parade will be irresistible to toddlers and caregivers everywhere. But are they now too well dressed for recess?
Not to worry—Mary always shows her flair for what to wear! Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray? As Mira and her neighbors discover, more than you might ever imagine! Based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California, Maybe Something Beautiful reveals how art can inspire transformation—and how even the smallest artists can accomplish something big.
Pick up a paintbrush and join the celebration! He wanted to give the children of Cateura something special, so he made them instruments out of materials found in the trash. It was a crazy idea, but one that would leave Ada—and her town—forever changed. Now, the Recycled Orchestra plays venues around the world, spreading their message of hope and innovation.
Rattlestiltskin by Eric A. Kimmel Rosalia is in debt to the strange little snake man Rattlestiltskin after he teaches her how to make tortillas so light they float in the air! Can she outsmart the trickster and keep her freedom? Kimmel comes this delightful reimagining of the classic Rumplestiltskin with a Southwestern setting and Spanish vocabulary. Normal Norman by Tara Lazar and S.
He speaks English, sleeps in a bed, loves his stuffed toy, goes bananas over pizza, and even deep-sea dives! On a hot day at the end of summer in Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill When Esquire magazine planned an issue to salute the American jazz scene in , graphic designer Art Kane pitched a crazy idea: how about gathering a group of beloved jazz musicians and photographing them?
Could he pull it off? Tito Puente loved banging pots and pans as a child, but what he really dreamed of was having his own band one day. They are best friends.
They are both intelligent and very attractive. Find out how Aisha keeps Helen focused on her grades in school. Alta can only think about one thing: Wilma Rudolph, three-time Olympic gold medalist. See, Alta is the quickest kid in Clarksville, Tennessee, just like Wilma once was. But what happens when a new girl with shiny new shoes comes along and challenges Alta to a race?
Will she still be the quickest kid? The Quickest Kid in Clarksville is a timeless story of dreams, determination, and the power of friendship. Is it glistening morning dew? Spider thinks so. Is it crisp leaves crunching? Could it be a cool pond, sun-warmed sand, or moonlight on the grass? Mmaybe poetry is all of these things, as it is something special for everyone—you just have to take the time to really look and listen.
As Gong Gong tries to teach her the slow, graceful movements, Mei Mei enthusiastically does them with her own flair. Then Mei Mei takes a turn, trying to teach Gong Gong the yoga she learned in school. Will Gong Gong be able to master the stretchy, bendy poses? This book celebrates, with lively spirit and humor, the special bond between grandparent and grandchild and the joy of learning new things together.
Readers of all ages will want to try out some tai chi and yoga too! Have You Seen Elephant? See if you can help the others find him? Day after day Dario and the whale meet at the beach. Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley and Lauren Castillo Featuring lyrical text and beautiful illustrations, this bedtime tale from Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley and Caldecott Honor recipient Lauren Castillo evokes the splashy fun of the beach and the quietude of a moonlit night, with twenty yawns sprinkled in for children to discover and count.
As her mom reads a bedtime story, Lucy drifts off. But later, she awakens in a dark, still room, and everything looks mysterious. How will she ever get back to sleep? From a sophisticated bow tie to a warm wool hat, this diverse celebration of what we wear from A to Z invites kids to get creative and embrace their own unique style. But after the stock market crashed in , Vivien lost all his savings.
Then he heard about a job opening at the Vanderbilt University medical school under the supervision of Dr. Alfred Blalock. Vivien knew that the all-white school would never admit him as a student, but he hoped working there meant he was getting closer to his dream. As Dr. Blalock s research assistant, Vivien learned surgical techniques.
In , Vivien was asked to help Dr. Helen Taussig find a cure for children with a specific heart defect. After months of experimenting, Vivien developed a procedure that was used for the first successful open-heart surgery on a child. Afterward, Dr. Blalock and Dr. Taussig announced their innovative new surgical technique, the Blalock-Taussig shunt.
Vivien s name did not appear in the report. Overcoming racism and resistance from his colleagues, Vivien ushered in a new era of medicine children s heart surgery. Tiny Stitches is the compelling story of this incredible pioneer in medicine. City Shapes by Diana Murray From shimmering skyscrapers to fluttering kites to twinkling stars high in the sky, everyday scenes become extraordinary as a young girl walks through her neighborhood noticing exciting new shapes at every turn.
Far more than a simple concept book, City Shapes is an explosion of life. A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young When Lucy sees an ad in the newspaper for a unicorn, she sends in her twenty-five cents and waits four to six long weeks for her very own unicorn to arrive.
But when Sparkle arrives, his ears are too long, his horn is too short, he smells funny—and oh, he has fleas. While Nick and Verne go to the library, Stevenson hides under the porch. Will Nick ever find a way to share his love of reading with his feline friends? Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak As trees sway in the cool breeze, blue jays head south, and leaves change their colors, everyone knows—autumn is on its way! Join a young girl as she takes a walk through forest and town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with every flower and creature and gust of wind, she says good-bye to summer and welcomes autumn.
Read my review here. Girls come in all different colors, shapes, and sizes. Some have long hair, some have short, and others have straight hair or curly. Still, despite the differences, there is something all little brown girls have in common …they have the power to be anything! Maggie will help. Michael knows where each piece of colorful clothing should go. Yellow socks on feet, brown hat on head. But who will end up wearing the blue pants? Featuring rhyming text and colorful original illustrations. Thunder Boy Jr.
But just when Thunder Boy Jr. In this beautiful testament to wondering, a young girl gazes out to where the water meets the sky and wonders what lies beyond the waves. Boats filled with toys? Skyscrapers filled with people? Houses filled with families? Or, maybe, over the ocean stands someone not so different from the girl herself, returning her gaze.
Against all odds, he became an incredible quarterback. But despite his unbeaten record in high school and university, he would never play professional football in the United States. Joseph wants only one thing: to ride a bike. Joseph and his mother travel to America, where everything is strange and new. One day, he spots a red bike that seems just right for him! It belongs to a girl with a whoosh of curly hair. We March by Shane W. The Airport Book by Lisa Brown In a book that is as intriguing as it is useful and entertaining, we follow a family on its way through the complexities of a modern-day airport.
From checking bags and watching them disappear on the mysterious conveyor belt, to security clearance and a seemingly endless wait at the gate to finally being airborne. But wait! Follow it at the bottom of the page as it makes a journey as memorable as that of the humans above. Follow Henry on his exhausting and all-too-familiar day filled with play. More-igami by Dori Kleber Joey loves things that fold: maps, beds, accordions, you name it. When a visiting mother of a classmate turns a plain piece of paper into a beautiful origami crane, his eyes pop.
Maybe he can learn origami, too. No more folding! With the family forced to leave their home and go to an internment camp, Jimmy loses his appetite. Older brother Taro takes matters into his own hands and, night after night, sneaks out of the camp, and catches fresh fish for Jimmy to help make him strong again. Scavone What do you do when you start preschool? You play! You learn! But sit in the corner and refuse to speak to anyone? Or, you can stand up, put your mask on, and firmly place your hands on your hips and stand proud.
Stand and be Might-E! Washington — an inspirational African-American innovator, leader, scholar, and philanthropist. Come On, Rain! Then the clouds roll in, and the rain pours. And Tess, her friends, and their Mamas join in a rain dance to celebrate the shower that renews both body and spirit. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age thirteen to provide for his family, and, eventually, became a cyclist.
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He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in , spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability. Today, Emmanuel continues to work on behalf of the disabled. I thought your sister might also be interested to learn about it. They have so many great titles! For very young kids Highlights Hello! Lots of different races and ethnicities. Our daughter loves them and you get a new one each month. Another plus, they are super durable! These are about the particular experience of generations-removed-offspring of immigrants, and what it means culturally and socially to be a non-immigrant POC in America.
Allen Say has some great books. My 5 year old picked out The Bicycle Man from the library and that was renewed twice because he loved it so much. The rest of his books are great too. Japanese perspective of being immigrants or traditions. Charming illustrations and captivated my children not to mention sparked conversations. Love this selection! Super sweet and cozy book to read snuggled up with little ones.
Check out blackchildbooks. Lots of great books. Our daughter is just 2 and a half, and this book has been a good jumping off point for talking about race. I love you like crazy cakes. Williams is the title. I read this book to my students every year. I love this so much. I love this book so much for the urban setting, the silence, and the beautiful illustrations. Thanks for more suggestions! I had saved this link from a while back—lots of additional suggestions. About getting a new sibling. Very funny and fun illustrations too. As a child who grew up in Chicago it was also fun to read about another family that lived in an apartment building!
I tear up when I read it to her. It is such a sweet story and has lovely illustrations. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Thunder Boy Jr. One Family. Little You.
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I Hear a Pickle. The Snowy Day. A Piece of Home. March 5, Comments Sunday Shopping is a fun read. Twenty Yawns features a biracial child and is so cute. Oh my goodness! We die laughing reading the Walter books. Ten, Nine, Eight is one of my favorite board books for little ones. We love Leo: A Ghost Story. It is the same illustrator as Last Stop on Market Street. Also a wonderful story about not having to be perfect to be a friend. Thanks for bringing this issue up on your blog and providing such a resources to parents.
Jan Ormerod has so many good ones! I am so Brave by Stephen Kerensky. Williams was a favorite of ours. Yes, I agree with you, Alyssa. Thank you! We are working on this, please stay tuned. Love the Toothpaste millionaire too! I rec it for the math in it too! Rainbow Stew by Cathryn Falwell and Hush! By Mingfong Ho Both are delightful! Another favorite… Ten, Nine, Eight. Yes this! Ten, nine, eight melts my heart every time. It is the sweetest bedtime story!!! Thank you for posting this, and also for your honesty and humility in self-reflection.
Hi Joanna, Well recommended books indeed. Thanks for this great feature! My son loves, Thunder Boy Jr. Love these! Thanks for sharing! Thank you. Thank you for sharing. I was just about to write in with Ten Nine Eight! Love that one. Oooh I forgot how much we loved everywhere babies. What a good one! We love that one too! Beautiful writing and illustrations with a lovely message.
A Chair for my Mother! Oh yes! Makes me cry of sweetness every time. A chair for my mother by Vera B. Such gorgeous illustrations! I always buy The Snowy Fay for expectant friends. I loved it as a kid and my kids love it too. This is a great list. We like snowy day of course, and 10 fingers 10 toes. Thanks for this great list, COJ ladies! Thanks so much for these posts! Thank you!!
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