Don’t Be Sad, Sam: It’s OK

Dont be sad Sam

Title: Don’t Be Sad, Sam:  It’s OK

Author: Lisa Regan

Summary:

Like a lot of us, Sam sometimes feels sad or upset.  He isn’t sure how to make himself feel better.  Explore with your child how Sam can make happy and brave choices.  You Choose books provide excellent teaching moments between parent and child.  They illustrate that everyone has choices to make throughout the day, and you always have the opportunity to choose the right thing.  Help Sam make those right choices!

Curriculum Connections:

Cause and effect

Family structures

Making comparisons

Predicting outcomes

Problem solving

Accident!

Accident

Title:  Accident!

Author:  Andrea Tsurumi

Summary:
When a little aardvark makes a very big mess, she decides the only solution is to run away from home and live in the library until she is all grown up. On the way to the library, she encounters other animals who have made mistakes and want to hide out. As they all embark on a madcap sprint to the local library, they witness chaotic catastrophe after chaotic catastrophe. And the biggest catastrophe of all is waiting for them inside the library. This is a funny, fast paced story about owning up to our mistakes and working to fix them. It also provides an excellent visual example of why you should never run in a library.

Curriculum Connections:

Cause and effect

Predicting outcomes

Problem solving

No Hitting, Henry: Don’t Hurt

No Hitting Henry

Title: No Hitting Henry, Don’t Hurt

Author: Lisa Regan

Summary:

Doing the right thing isn’t always easy!  Henry encounters some sticky situations that leave him feeling frustrated and angry.  Henry really wants to do the right thing, but sometimes his emotions get the best of him.  As a You Choose book, you and your child can discuss and decide what choice would be the right one for Henry to make.  You Choose books offer helpful, parenting tips and provide engaging illustrations.

Curriculum Connections:

Cause and effect

Family structures

Making comparisons

Predicting outcomes

Problem solving

 

Some Pets

Some Pets

Title:  Some Pets

Author:  Angela DiTerlizzi

Illustrator:  Brendan Wenzel

Summary:
In Some Pets, readers are introduced to a menagerie of pet animals, from pygmy goats to Pomeranians. The story takes place at a pet show, but the real focus is on all the wonderful types of pets in the world and all the things they can do. This book is packed with action words. Hamsters scurry, horses nibble, and hedgehogs cuddle. Wenzel’s illustrations are full of movement and detail, and they have a bright, cartoon-like style that will appeal to readers of all ages. You could easily spend a few minutes just looking at the final page spread, which features all the pets in the story. This is a must-read for animal lovers.

Curriculum Connections:

Adjectives

Animal behaviors

Animals

Verbs

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again

After the Fall

Title: After the Fall:  How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again 

Author: Dan Santat 

Summary:  

We all know how Humpty Dumpty sat on his wall, but have you ever considered the story after the great fall?  Humpty loved sitting on that wall, watching the birds gliding by.  They were beautiful, graceful, and everything he wanted to be. After he fell, Humpty lost the courage to do all of his favorite things.  He could not even climb up the ladder to reach his favorite cereal!  This was not any way to live!   

Will Humpty find a way to face his fears?  Will he ever get to see his beautiful birds again? 

Curriculum Connections: 

Rhyming sounds 

Storytelling 

 

Open Very Carefully: A Book with Bite

Open Very Carefully

Title:  Open Very Carefully:  A Book with Bite

Author:  Nick Bromley

Illustrator:  Nicola O’Byrne

Summary:  

What begins as a retelling of “The Ugly Duckling” quickly spirals into complete chaos in Open Very Carefully. As the story begins, the narrator notices a tail at the edge of the page—a very spiky, dangerous looking tail. It turns out a crocodile has somehow made his way inside the book, and it’s up to the reader to find a way to chase him out. Open Very Carefully invites reader participation; readers must rock the book and shake it in all different directions. It also explores the ways the text on the page and even the physical book itself can be used to tell a story. Sentences swirl around the crocodile’s head as he eats them up, and his final escape leaves a real hole in the back of the book. This is a great read-aloud and a great book to look at and explore.

Curriculum Connections

Cause and effect

Predicting outcomes

Problem solving

Waiting for Wings

Waiting for Wings

Title: Waiting for Wings

Author:  Lois Ehlert

Summary:

What better way to learn about a butterfly’s life cycle than a colorfully illustrated beautifully told story by Lois Ehlert?  Waiting for Wings takes readers into the garden to the unfolding of a butterfly’s wings.  This large book with much of the story told on smaller pages that become the foreground of a beautiful butterfly garden will fascinate and captivate readers.   Follow the eggs from caterpillars to chrysalises to butterflies in this poetic informative picture book.  Find a colorful detailed graphic of four common butterflies at the end of the story, as well as a labeled butterfly diagram and flower identification diagram.

Curriculum Connections:

Life science:

Diversity of life- plant and animal parts and their uses

Life cycles

Adaptations

Different Kinds of Soil

Different Kinds of Soil

Title: Different Types of Soil

Author:  Molly Aloian

Summary:

We knew you couldn’t get enough!  You want to dig deeper into learning about soil don’t you?  From the Everybody Digs Soil series by Crabtree Publishing comes another great book to satisfy your curiosity about the second most important living area on the planet (second only to the ocean).  This book details each layer of soil with rich photographs, important facts, and suggestions for your own soil explorations.  How is acid rain related to soil?  What is loam and why do gardeners love it?  How does climate in different parts of the world affect soil?  Get the answers to these and dozens more questions about the important role of soil in our world.

Curriculum Connections:

Earth Science:

Soil variety and composition

Plant and animal diversity

Social Studies:

Comparing the past to the present-use of soil

How is Soil Made?

How is Soil made

Title: How is Soil Made?

Author:  Heather L. Montgomery

Summary:

Everyone digs soil right?  Although some people may call it dirt, soil is a mixture of living and non-living material, so it is not “dirt.”  But, how is this living mixture made?  Take rock and add thousands of years of weathering, a bit of air, water, and organic matter, and presto…you’ve got soil!  This book is one of the most comprehensive, photo-filled, informative books on the topic of soil geared towards kids that we have come across.  Readers will learn that thousands of different types of soil cover our planet.  The age of rock, types of minerals, and sizes of soil pieces all make one mixture of soil different from another.  All forms of life live in, contribute to, and need soil to survive.  How Soil is Made dives into the benefits of soil, how it is formed, and what we can do to ensure that we continue to have healthy soil for generations to come.  Scoop up this book today!

Curriculum Connections:

Earth Science:

     Soil variety

Wind and water changing the land

The Life Cycle of a Frog

The Life Cycle of a Frog

Title: The Life Cycle of a Frog

Author:  Colleen Sexton

Summary:

Frogs are interesting creatures.  Why not learn more about them?  This leveled reader is the perfect addition to a classroom library and will satisfy a curious kid.  With spectacular photos, The Life Cycle of a Frog will guide readers through the frog’s life cycle from egg to frog.  Why does a frog croak?  What kind of animal is a frog?  What does a tadpole eat?  All of these questions and more will be answered in this easy to read and enjoy book.  For further exploration into animals’ life cycles, this book is part of the series, Life Cycles and includes other titles that explain and illustrate the life cycles of bees, butterflies, dogs, ladybugs, penguins, salmon, and sea horses!

Curriculum Connections:

Science- life cycles