Friday, October 19, 2018

Mummies Theme

Mummies Theme

Since we are so close to Halloween I thought it would be fun to share  a theme all about mummies today! These mummy books are not scary they will having your kids wanting to wrap themselves up like mummies! Also a perfect idea to use fabric or crepe too for wrapping fun!


The Runaway Mummy  By Michael Rex
Ten Little Mummies  By Phillip Yates
The Littlest Mummy By Brandi Dougherty
 Where's My Mummy? By Carolyn Crimi
There Was An Old Mummy Who Swallowed A Spider By Jennifer Ward 
 Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble By Judy Schachner
 Skeleton Meets the Mummy By Steve Metzger


 Use Halloween Songs from a CD like the monster mash. 

Do a mummy walk around the room to music of your choice.

Count the Mummies (use clipart or felt mummies)
"Tune of ten little indians song"
1 little, 2 little, 3 little mummies
4 little, 5 little, 6 little mummies
7 little, 8 little, 9 little mummies
10 Little mummies are _____
(Walking at night, humming a tune-- decide which action words you want to use)


Yarn Mummies Craft

Sticky Wall Mummy 
Mummy Games and Science Activity  
Where's My Mummy Story Map Printable 
Halloween Lacing Cards Printable 
 Yarn Wrapped Mummy Craft

Masking tape Mummy
foldable mummy craft
10 cool mummy crafts for kids
Paper plate Mummy Craft  
Mummy Paper Plate Lacing Craft 
Marshmallow Mummy Craft
Tissue Paper Mummy Craft 

SNACK: Mummy Pizza

Spoon and Fabric Wrapped Mummies 

Masking Tape Mummies  

Printable Halloween Emergent Reader  

Mummy Printable Template from I Heart Crafty Things 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Top Picks in Picture Books and Leveled Readers 2018 Part 6

Top Picks in Picture Books and Leveled Readers 2018 Part 6

 A Children's Librarian's Reading list is never finished! Here are more of my top picks for Picture Books and Leveled Readers for 2018! Check these out today!

Picture Books:

T. Rex Time Machine By Jared Chapman (2018) A hilarious and zany time travel adventure with two dinosaurs and there need for food!

Dad By My Side By Soosh (2018) a beautiful story

of a dad and daughter and there close relationship!

Duck and Hippo Give Thanks By Jonathan London (2018) Adorable adventure of Duck and Hippo who are unlikely friends who decide to share Thanksgiving together with their friends only to discover they are not thinking the same foods but it turns out to be the best thanksgiving ever!

Me, Myselfie and I: A Cautionary Tale By Jamie Lee Curtis -(2018) adorable and laugh out loud story all about a family and a mom's birthday gift that causes a selfie craze that becomes to much for the family only to realize that selfless love is the most important gift of all!

That Bear Can't Babysit By Ruth Quayle (2018)
Adorable story of Mr. and Mrs. Burrow Bunny and their seven mischievous
little bunnies. A party invite comes at the last minute and a bear shows up to babysit and does a wonderful job of taking care of the little bunnies!

Holes in the Sky By Patricia Polacco (2018)
Beautiful and touching story of Trisha and her grandmother Babushka and after she passes away Trisha feel there will be no other grandmother
like hers. But little does she know her town and new friend Stewart has a grandmother that makes her see her own grandmother in her. Also discusses that stars are the holes in the sky are the ways our loved ones who have passed watch us from Heaven!

Mixed A Colorful Story By Arree Chung- (2018)A fun and colorful story starring blue, yellow and red who all think there color is the best! They even live on separate ends of town until one day Blue and yellow sit next to each other and discover they are both great together! Then that's when the magic happens!

Pink Is For Boys By  Robb Pearlmann (2018) Cute simple text explaining that all colors (individually) are for both boys and girls!

Smiley's Dream Book By Jeff Smith (author of Bone) 2018 Cute story of smiley who goes for a walk one day in the woods- hears the sounds of birds singing and starts to count them! When a hawk appears he must step in and be a hero! He awakes and discovers what really happen!

Florette By Anna Walker (2018)When Mae’s family moves to a new home, she wishes she could bring her garden with her.  But there’s no room for a garden in the city. Or is there?

Goodnight , Anne By Kallie George (Inspired by Anne of Green Gables) 2018  A Beautiful picture book based on Anne of Green Gables wishing everything she loves Goodnight including her adoptive mother Marilla! Gorgeous and soft sleep inducing illustrations!

Leveled Readers:

Step Into Reading Level 1  The Shy Little Kitten's Christmas Adapted By Kristen L. Depken (2018) a fun little story all about a set of 6 kittens and there fun adventure outside in the snow. A Little red bird comes along to assist the shy little kitten get back home. Shy little kitten patiently waits for Christmas to come!

Scholastic Level 2 Reader --Pet Charms Series #3 Book Here Kitty, Kitty By Amy Edgar
Another pet adventure with  two Best friends Molly and Lexie, a lost charm bracelet, anda new mom and her baby kittens! Read to find out what happens!

Ready to Read Level 1  Flower Wings- Marigold Fairy Makes a Friend By Elizabeth Dennis 
 A fun story all about Marigold the flower fairy and her best friend butterfly and adventures keeping pests out of the garden!

World of Reading Level 1 Disney Junior Puppy Dog Pals : Pups On a Mission Adapted by Lauri FroebAdorable story of pugs looking for their ball and exploring all different places trying to find it until they remember right where they left it! Also enjoy the simple dog facts that are intertwined into the story too!

Missed Parts 1-5 ? of 2018 Top Picks Click Links below 

Top 15 Picture Book Picks 2018 Part 1  (2018)

Top 15 Picture Books Picks 2018 Part 2  (2018)

Top picture books 2018 part 3 (2018)

Top picture books and Leveled Readers Part 4  (2018)

Top picture books and leveled readers part 5 (2018)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Doggone Good New Books preschool and up

 Doggone Good New Books
Preschool and Up

I find it ironic sometimes when themes present themselves to me to blog about. Because I visit two of  my local libraries to find books to read and share with you all. I was surprised to come home with 5 NEW books all a bout Dogs in the same trip!

Share & Read:

A Dog Named Doug By Karma Wilson
Follow along on this  Fun adventure all about Doug the Dog Who loves to Dig! 

Good Rosie! By Kate DiCamillo
Meet Rosie, Fifi, and Maurice who meet each other and slowly warm up to becoming dog pals at the dog park.   

The Great Puppy Invasion By Alastair Heim 
 Join a little boy named teddy and the neighborhood townspeople of Strictville where all work and no play makes for a great day, and and discover how a plethora of puppies can soften even the hardest of hearts in this town. 

My Dog Laughs By Rachel Isadora 
Dogs are amazing! Dogs are a lot of work! And here is the perfect book to help a child understand what is involved in living with one. Lively illustrations show a variety of children learning what makes their dog tick, as they train them, care for them, and play with them.

Rescue and Jessica: A Life Changing Friendship By Jessica Kensky &Patrick Downes - Based on a true story of Jessica and her service dog Rescue she recieved to assist her after the tragic Boston Marathon Bombing. As a double amputee she needed Rescue's help to function in her daily life! This story is one of love, help and how they both rescued each other!(sections of this story are on the longer side -recommend for older audience)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2017 Top Picks Picture Books & Leveled Readers Part 4 ( links included for parts 1-3)

2017 Top Picks Picture Books  and Leveled Readers Part 4

My list is still growing of New top books from 2017. Here are some you may have missed published in last year.  This is my 4th installment from 2017 of top picks in picture books and leveled readers.  

Want more 2017 New books? Check out links for parts 1-3 below
Stephanie's Top 10 Picture Book Picks for 2017 Part1 

Stephanie's Next Top 15 Picture Books for 2017 Part 2  

Stephanie Top 2017 Picture Book Picks for 2017 part 3

READ Books:

Play By Jez Alborough-
Bobo the chimp is back in this perfect picture book for every little monkey that doesn't want to go to bed yet!

Alfie By Thyra Heder-Nia loves Alfie, her pet turtle. But he’s not very soft, he doesn’t do tricks, and he’s pretty quiet. Sometimes she forgets he’s even there! That is until the night before Nia’s seventh birthday, when Alfie disappears!What Will happen- does Alfie return?

A Night Out With Mama By Quvenzhane Wallis 
(Academy Award nominated actress)A very talented little girl has a very special night ahead of her. A night where she’ll get to wear a new dress in the most beautiful shade of blue with shoes that match it perfectly. 

Mighty Truck: Muddy Mania By Chris Barton While Clarence and his best friend, Bruno, are at a monster truck rally, disaster looms and Clarence must find a way to transform into Super Truck without revealing his secret identity

Splotch By Gianna Marino- 
Splotch was meant to be in his bowl when his boy got home from school--but he isn't there! There's only one conclusion: he must have run away. But when he mysteriously returns, all is well again or is it?

Wolf in the Snow By Matthew Cordell A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home?

A Loud Winter's Nap By Katy Hudson-Every year Tortoise sleeps through winter. He assumes he isn't missing much. However, his friends are determined to prove otherwise! Will Tortoise sleep through another winter, or will his friends convince him to stay awake and experience the frosty fun of winter?

The Forever Garden By Laurel Snyder
 Perfect for fans of  The Gardener by Sarah Stewart A heartwarming spring picture book about gardening and friendship.
Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump! By K.L. Going-
Two toddlers go on a bumpety berry hunt in this darling picture book that’s perfect for preschoolers.

 My Friend Robot By Sunny Scribens (Comes with audio Cd) A fun colorful and simplified story about building together using many different types of tools- angles, wedges, planes etc. A fun science adventure!

Scholastic Level 2 Reader
Pet Charms Series The Muddy Puppy By Amy Edgar (Book #1)- A muddy puppy, a magic bracelet, and a little girl team up in this cute animal adventure!

 Pet Charms Series Bunny Surprise By Amy Edgar (Book #2)A new bunny for a birthday gift and pet? What will mom say? One bunny or two? read and see what the birthday gift ends up.

 Monster's New Undies By Samantha Berger - a funny monster book involving rhyming text all about different underwear which monster refuses at first until he discovers the perfect pair!

Penworthy Ready to Read- Ready to Go Stellar Starter Reader- Daniel Will Pack A Snack By Tina Gallo- a simple story about Daniel and with the help of his mom and a baker he made a baked cake snack to share with his friends!

Naptastrophe! By Jarrett J. Kroscozka- All about A little bunny character names Lucy who was not tired! Until it became a meltdown Naptastrophe.  

Friday, October 5, 2018

Top 15 Book Picks Picture Books and Leveled Readers 2018 Part 5

Top  15 Book Picks Picture Books and Leveled Readers 2018 Part 5

I am reading up a storm of 2018 books! These are many of my top picks for leveled readers and picture books continued for 2018. See below for more links to parts 1-4. Check back for more soon!

Leveled Readers

Ready to Read- Ready to Go Series
Can a Cat Do That By Eric Carle- (pub 2018) set up simple question and answer format about what a cat can and can't do! Classic Eric Carle Illustrations!

Step into Reading Level 1 
Rocket The Brave By Tad Hills - a simple text perfect for beginning level readers about a cute dog named Rocket his adventure in a forest with a butterfly!

Penguin Young Readers Level 2

Get a Hit, Mo! By David A. Adler (pub 2016)Mo  is a small boy with a big heart for baseball. He may not be the biggest, the fastest, or the strongest kid on the team, but he won't let that stop him!

 I Can Read Beginning 1 Reading 
I Want To Be A Police Officer By Laura Driscoll (pub 2018) Simple short explanations in story format of many of the different types of police officers. Patrol officers, K-9 units, police detective, state trooper, game warden.  

We Both Read Level PK-K
Riddle Rhymes By D.J. Panec (Pub 2016)
Very Simple rhymes to be read by parent and then the simple one word answer page to be read by the parent.
Picture Books:

Night Job By Karen Hesse (Pub 2018) A unique look inside at father's dedication to both his son and his night time job cleaning the local school. 

Crow Not Crow By Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple (Pub 2018)- A story about young girls adventure going "birding" with her dad learning about crows and telling the differences of other birds that are not crows.

The Day You Begin By Jacqueline Woodson- (pub 2018)A beautiful story about making connections/ friends and learning who you and others are through courage and strength.  

Skelly's Halloween By David Martine (pub 2018)A fun adventurous romp with Skelly the Skeleton and his Halloween Dilemma.  

BOING: A Very Noisy ABC By Tim McCanna - a simple and fun noisy alphabet read aloud!  

The Breaking News By Sarah Lynne Reul a beautiful story of how adults can be come consumed by bad news but with a little help and small helping hands things can feel normal again!

The Day War Came By Nicola Davies- A powerful look at the effects of war and a child refugee . A great story to share with your children about what it is like during war.  

Cuddly Critters for Little Geniuses By Susan and James Patterson (pub 2018)
Unique and unsual animals with simple facts for each one. They are divided into catergories like swimmers, flyers, crawlers. Very fun illustrations. 

What if everybody said that? By Ellen Javernick (pub 2018)Talking about not being a bully- getting kids to think of the things they say and about being nice and thinking of others first. 

How to Be a Lion By Ed Vere (pub 2018)Great celebration of friendship and being yourself and having courage and writing creative but simple poems! Lion and a Duck who are unlikely friends! 

Looking for more New 2018 picture books or leveled readers? check out these links for parts 1-4

Top 15 Picture Book Picks 2018 Part 1  

Top 15 Picture Books Picks 2018 Part 2  

Top picture books 2018 part 3

Top picture books and Leveled Readers Part 4