Sounds All Around

Sounds all Around

Title: Sounds All Around

Author: Wendy Pfeffer

Illustrator: Anna Chervyshova


Have a blast clattering pans, snapping your fingers, and clapping your hands!  Sounds All Around invites readers not only to make different noises, but to understand how they are made.  It’s all about vibrations! The colorful pages smartly illustrate how although we can’t see sound, sound waves move through solids, liquids and the air to our ears where tiny bones vibrate allowing us to hear.

Readers will learn how humans and animals use sounds to communicate.  Do you know how a bat uses echoes?  How do people use echoes?  Can a sound be measured?

A glossary is incorporated in the back of the book, and to make sound even more fun, a Sounds Matching Game suggestion is included, along with ideas for kids to further explore sounds.

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Scientific exploration


The Ants Go Marching

the ants go marching

Title: The Ants Go Marching

Author: Nicholas Ian

Illustrator:  Tim Palin

Music by:  Mark Oblinger


Yes!  This is the class chant of ants marching down to the ground- but in a fun, interactive picture book!  So stomp around the room with your group as you read (or listen) to this story of the ants marching in twos.  Colorful silly illustrations of ants and people marching and stomping will surely engage everyone.  The book comes with a CD, but there is also a digital download and sheet music available with it.  A few guided reading activities at the end of the book extend the themes of ants and counting.  Have a blast chanting with the ants!

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What is Science?

What is Science

Title: What is Science?

Author: Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Illustrator:  Sachiko Yoshikawa


Ever wonder what science is exactly?  Science is about exploring, asking questions, and solving problems.  It is about trees and bees, mountains and sand, and much more.  This rhyming vibrant book introduces young people to the exciting and vast field of science, and all of the fascinating things that scientists study and do.  Share it and instill curiosity and a love of learning in your listeners!

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Problem solving

Jump, Frog, Jump!

Jump Frog Jump

Title: Jump, Frog, Jump!

Author: Robert Kalan

Illustrator:  Byron Barton


In this cumulative tale, a frog jumps his way through the colorful pages, inviting everyone to follow him as he narrowly escapes creatures around the pond.  Jump, Frog, Jump will have listeners chiming in and at the edge of their seats for the conclusion.  This book is a great way to talk about foreshadowing and predicting.  Read this book and get the whole group involved in cheering on the frog!

Curriculum Connections:

Story structure and sequence



How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow

How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow

Title: How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow

Author: Monica Sweeney

Illustrator:  Feronia Parker Thomas


In this colorful book illustrated by vibrant crayon drawings, we find the Sun and the Clouds as best friends.  However, one day, they get into a tiff, and decide to never be in the sky together again.  On days when the Sun decided to be in the sky, the Earth was scorching hot and dry. On days when the Clouds decided to be in the sky, everything was dreary, damp, and cold.  Because the two were not in the sky together, there were no more rainbows.  Everything on Earth started losing its color until…a forgotten box of crayons leap out of a desk!  The crayons make it their mission to get the Sun and the Clouds back together again, and slowly rainbows start to appear again!

This book is a fun, silly way to start conversations about weather and light.  It can easily be used in a preschool to fifth grade classroom to fit science standards.

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If You Lived Here

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Title: If You Lived Here: Houses of the World

Author:  Giles Laroche


From Adobe style homes in Mexico, to snow topped Chalets in France, each page spread of If You Lived Here focuses on a different type of home. Each home is illustrated through a collage art form known as bas-relief. The images are made by layering cut paper on top of each other, creating deep texture and intricate landscapes. Along with these intricate illustrations, there are various facts about each style of home, including the materials from which they were built, the location where they were found, as well as the time period when they were most popular. A world map on the last page displays where each type of home is located.

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Past vs. Present


A Book of Bridges: Here to There and Me to You

A Book of Bridges

Title: A Book of Bridges: Here to There and Me to You

Author:  Cheryl Keely

Illustrator: Celia Krampien


“Bridges do more than connect one place to another. They bring the whole world together.” Explore the various types of bridges and where to find them in this beautifully illustrated picture book. Simple text paired with unique facts about each bridge makes this book flexible for many grade levels.

Curriculum Connections:

Architecture (Bridges)


Compare and Contrast





I’m Trying to Love Spiders

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Title: I’m Trying to Love Spiders

Author:  Bethany Barton


I’m Trying to Love Spiders is a delightfully silly interactive book packed with amazing arachnid facts just as the cover proclaims. The narrator is desperately trying to convince herself that spiders are cool. They have been around forever; they build really cool webs; they turn bugs into Slurpees! Well, that last one sounds disgusting, but you get the message. Kids will love smashing the spiders as they creep closer to the reader’s hand and they will love learning about these creepy-cool creatures!

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Predator vs. Prey

Fact vs. Fiction

Making Comparisons

Matisse’s Garden

Matisses Garden

Title: Matisse’s Garden

Author:  Samantha Friedman

Illustrator: Cristina Amodeo


Matisse’s Garden is a longer picture biography heavily focused on reproductions of Matisse’s later works. In this biography, little is mentioned on Matisse’s life or how he came to create his collages, which may leave readers with more questions about the artist. However, the reproductions make up for the lack of background. They are beautifully simple, made from various types and textures of paper with a few lines of pencil here and there. It is easy to forget where the reproductions end and the real work begins.

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Shapes: Organic, Geometric

Relative Size

It Came in the Mail

It Came in the Mail

Title:  It Came in the Mail

Author:  Ben Clanton


Liam loves mail. The only problem is that he never, ever gets any. One day, he writes a letter to his mailbox, asking for something BIG. Instead of a regular old letter, his mailbox sends a fire-breathing dragon. Thrilled with this gift, Liam asks for more stuff. But as all the amazing creatures and magical objects pile up, Liam finds he is running out of space to keep them. Can he find someone to help him? It Came in the Mail is a sweet and funny tale of friendship and sharing.

Curriculum Connections:

Letter Writing

Predicting Outcomes

Problem Solving