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5 Picture Books on Season Transitions {undergodsmightyhand.com}

5 Picture Books About Season Transitions

It’s March 4th – the first Wednesday of March! And that means it is World Read Aloud Day!

LitWorld.org hosts World Read Aloud Day as a way to communicate the need and importance of reading aloud with students and children. Reading aloud provides a model for reading, improves literacy, facilitates connection between parent (or teacher) and child, and celebrates and encourages creativity.

Visit LitWorld online for more information about World Read Aloud Day, as well as resources for home, school, and community. Join in on the fun on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #WRAD15 to find book recommendations and celebration ideas and post your own!

World Read Aloud Day 2015!

Need some ideas for World Read Aloud Day?

How about picture books on transitioning seasons?

5 Picture Books on Season Transitions {undergodsmightyhand.com}

5 Picture Books that Discuss Transitioning Seasons

Hi, Koo! by Jon J Muth

Hi, Koo! by Jon J. Muth (Scholastic, 2014) – This book of haiku poems (get it? Haiku… “hi, Koo!”) offers 26 poems on the four seasons while following an adorable panda bear through seasonal adventures. The haikus are gentle and fluid, and the illustrations are exquisite. Great for read alouds!

Tap the Magic Tree

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson (Greenwillow Books, 2013) – This picture book remains one of my kids’ favorites. The book takes an interactive form and gives readers directions to follow (tap the tree and turn the page, etc.). As readers complete each action and turn the page, they see their actions “produce” results! Perfect for preschoolers, this book is fun to read aloud and have one or many kids help the tree in the illustrations transition through the each season.

Bunny's First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Bunny’s First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by David McPhail (Zonderkidz, 2015) – Sally Lloyd-Jones is the author of The Jesus Storybook Bible, one of our family’s very favorite children’s bibles. She is able to tell a story with strong emotion and beautifully fluid, yet active phrases. Bunny’s First Spring introduces the reader to a young bunny who bounces in adoration of a spring world full of life and new growth. As the year progresses, the bunny grows and wonders if a tree dropping its fall leaves is sick or if winter means the earth is dying. The bunny’s mother and father assure that waiting will reveal the answer, so the bunny listens and watches nature until its own hibernation period. With a soothing rhythmic tone, this book is perhaps particularly appropriate as a read aloud for parents/guardians and preschool children.

Leaves by David Ezra Stein

Leaves by David Ezra Stein (Putnam, 2007) – This sweet book follows a young bear at the very end of summer and the wonder and discovery of fall. While the book focuses on autumn, all of the seasons are covered, ending with jubilation at the new growth of spring. Preschoolers again will love rejoicing with the bear in this book.

The Lion and The Bird by Marianne Dubuc

The Lion and The Bird by Marianne Dubuc (Enchanted Lion Books, 2014) – This book is plain beautiful, heart-wrenching, and endearing. Rather than the seasons being the focus, the book centers on the unlikely and perfect friendship between a farming lion and a journeying bird. The bird gets hurt and Lion helps bandage it, but the bird is unable to fly away with its migrating flock. The lion helps the bird recuperate through the cold winter as they enjoy a strengthening friendship. However, when spring returns, so does the bird’s flock. What will become of their friendship? This book also leans heavily on illustrations over words allowing younger readers to help narrate the story in their own words. My favorite line: “But winter doesn’t feel all that cold with a friend.” A beautiful book everyone needs to read – together.

How about you? What books will you be reading this World Read Aloud Day?

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Tree Learning Activities for preschool and elementary, featuring the picture book, A Tree is NIce by Janice May Udry - also includes other tree learning activities from around the web and a book list! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Tree Learning Activities {Accompanying A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry}

Thankfully, most of us have access to a variety of trees in our communities. You may have to travel to a city park or a few miles away to get up close, but they’re accessible. Because of that accessibility and their varied functions, preschoolers love to learn about trees.

A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry, illustrated by Marc Simont (HarperCollins, 1956) is a classic picture book exploring the many uses of trees. The book takes the reader through many activities held underneath, around, and because of trees (playhouses out of leaves, climbing trees, picking apples, planting trees, and more). In a simple manner, it causes the reader to realize how many uses a single tree can offer.

Tree Learning Activities for preschool and elementary, featuring the picture book, A Tree is NIce by Janice May Udry - also includes other tree learning activities from around the web and a book list! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Tree Learning Activities

We love to read books, then do a few learning activities to gain hands-on knowledge and apply what we’ve learned to the environment around us.

An easy activity with this book is to pick a few of the actions within the book and either act them out in pretend play or actually do them!

A few more tree-focused activities (for preschool and early elementary ages) from around the web:

Other recommended tree books:

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, Illustrated by Jill McElmurry (Beach Lane Books, 2013)

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, Illustrated by Jill McElmurry (Beach Lane Books, 2013)

Forest Has a Song: Poems by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Illustrated by Robbin Gourley (Clarion Books, 2013)

Forest Has a Song: Poems by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Illustrated by Robbin Gourley (Clarion Books, 2013)

A Tree is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla, Illustrated by Stacey Schuett (HarperCollins, 2001)

A Tree is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla, Illustrated by Stacey Schuett (HarperCollins, 2001)

Seed to Plant by Kristin Baird Rattini (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2014)

Seed to Plant by Kristin Baird Rattini (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2014)

What trees grow in your area? What are your family’s favorite activities to do around trees?

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10 Picture Books that Inspire Creativity {undergodsmightyhand.com}

10 Picture Books that Inspire Creativity

I’m not even sure how many times I’ve saved a picture book from the library to show my husband when he returned home. Then to show my parents. Then to share online. And of course to re-read multiple times with my kids.

Picture books are an art form. And they’re not just for children.

The best picture books are enjoyed by both children and adults. Better yet, the best picture books inspire both children and adults. To grow. To change. To love. To laugh. To create.

Today, I’ll share just a few picture books that inspire creativity in both my children and myself.

10 Picture Books that Inspire Creativity {undergodsmightyhand.com}

10 Picture Books that Inspire Creativity

Ish by Peter Reynolds (Candlewick, 2004). This is by far one of my favorite picture books. I can’t not be inspired when I reread this one. My kids love the colors and the crafts that can spawn from this book.

Ish by Peter Reynolds

A Dance Like Starlight by Kristy Dempsey, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper (Philomel, 2014). So far, I’ve teared up every time I’ve read this one. A beautifully told story, this book allows every reader to envision his/her own dreams as possibilities.

A Dance like Starlight by Kristy Dempsey

Froodle by Antoinette Portis (Roaring Book Press, 2014). This quirky book exemplifies perseverance against initial criticism to one’s creative choices in a fun, silly, magnificent way using birds’ vocalizations.

Froodle by Antoinette Portis

Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman, Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino (Knopf, 2012). Okay, so sometimes I just look for a reason to include one of Ame Dyckman’s books, but Boy +Bot fits this list, too. Boy and Bot both use creativity to help each other in this adorable friendship story.

Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman

When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill, Illustrated by Theodore Taylor (Roaring Book Press, 2013). This creative nonfiction book highlights the birth of hip hop, a genre full of creativity. I love reading “origin” stories because of the inspiration pouring out.

When the Beat was Born by Laban Carrick Hill

Rain! by Linda Ashman, Illustrated by Christian Robinson (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2013). This cute book boasts a low word count, but is not sparse on effect. Readers see creativity in perspective and outlook through two drastically different charcters.

Rain by Linda Ashman

Not A Box by Antoinette Portis (HarperCollins, 2006). This author (as evidenced by listing two of her books here) excels at inspiring ways to think “out-of-the-box.” (Ha ha. I know I’m not the only one to have made that joke here.) My kids loved flipping through this one again and again.

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

Little Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Illustrated by Jen Corace (Chronicle, 2009). Along with Little Pea and Little Hoot, this series of books causes readers to creativity think away from stereotypes and initial judgments.

Little Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

On a Beam of Light by Jennifer Berne, Illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky (Chronicle, 2013). I doubt anyone can say Einstein wasn’t creative. This picture book offers a biography of Einstein’s unique ways of thinking, learning, exploring, and solving problems.

On a Beam of Light by Jennifer Berne

Journey by Aaron Becker (Candlewick, 2013). Journey is a wordless picture book. By that fact alone, it has to be creative. And this one is. An awesome story about using creativity throughout your moments.

Journey by Aaron Becker

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

What are your family’s favorite creativity-inspiring picture books?

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20+ Weather Picture Books for kids

Picture Books About Weather and Singing Praise for Grace

It’s been a week of weather and singing praise at some of the other sites I write for monthly!

20+ Weather Picture Books for kids

If you have preschoolers or early elementary ages you care for, check out this BIG list of weather-related picture books at The Library Adventure today. You’ll find general weather books, seasonal books, and a few links to hands-on activities to accompany these books.

Click here to visit The Library Adventure and see this big list of weather picture books.

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Songs that reveal beauty and grace out of brokenness

Over at Do Not Depart this month, we’ve been singing praise and studying various worship songs. I recently wrote about songs that reveal beauty and grace out of brokenness. I share three of my favorite songs to help me remember grace is a gift that erases my need to dwell on my brokenness, plus a few other resources for you to listen to.

Click here to visit Do Not Depart and find out which songs have me singing praise. Share your favorites in the comments over there!

12 picture books we love to re-read (and I don't tire of, either!) - for preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

12 Picture Books We Re-Read OFTEN {and I don’t tire of either!}

12 picture books we love to re-read (and I don't tire of, either!) - for preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

If you’ve visited this blog for nearly any of the education posts, you know that we love books. I’m a firm believer that everyone can enjoy and learn from picture books. (Check out this Writer’s Digest article for just 10 awesome reasons why.)

We regularly trek to the library for new reads. I feel like I’m constantly adding new books to the to-read list from #kidlit recommendations and favorite authors. Doing so continues to widen my kids’ exposure (and mine!) to awesome literature, new topics, fresh perspectives, and expanded concepts.

Then there’s all the books we re-read. Books my kids bring to me day after day to read, and sometimes asking me to read three, four, five (more?) times in a row. Books they still giggle at five months after they first read them. Books they act out in pretend play. Books that evoke chuckles on one page, an “aww” on another, a phrase to remember on another, and hugs on another.

We have a good stack of books that we re-read regularly (daily or almost so), and we keep adding to that stack (thank you, awesome authors, illustrators, and publishers!). Below are a few of our favorite re-reads, and I’d love to hear some of yours in the comments.

12 Picture Books We Re-Read Often

These books are all ones my preschoolers love to read multiple times in a row or days/months in a row.

Bonus: I can usually re-read picture books two or three times with no issue even if I’m not particularly fond of them. But, all the books below are ones I haven’t gotten tired of, either. They’re awesome, fun, poignant, and often ones with quiet messages that I think about regularly even when not reading them.

Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman, Illustrated by Dan YaccarinoBoy + Bot by Ame Dyckman, Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino (Knopf, 2012). Cute, funny, perfect picture book structure, and awesome friendship twist. Especially great for preschoolers. (I created a preschool robot themed unit for my kids based on this book. Check that post out, if you haven’t.)

One Pup's Up {picture books we reread}One Pup’s Up by Marsha Wilson Chall, Illustrated by Henry Cole (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2010). This one was actually a bargain bin find for us, but my kids love to re-read it. It offers a great reading rhythm, making it fun to read, plus a cute story and counting practice.

Ribbit! {books we love to re-read}Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira, Illustrated by Poly Bernatene (Knopf, 2013). I’ve talked about this one over at The Library Adventure. It’s great for dispelling preconceived ideas about why people act the way they do before you really get to know them.

Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman, Illustrated by K.G. CampbellTea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman, Illustrated by K.G. Campbell (Viking Children’s, 2013). I’ve expressed my love for Ame’s books multiple times, multiple places. We (ALL of us – kids, parents, and grandparents!) love her books. The illustrations offer beautiful settings with hilarious small nuances on the characters’ faces. Another great friendship twist in this one, too. Plus, EXCITING! This book just won the 2014 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, and won the 2014 New Illustrator Honor! (The Snowy Day is another great re-read!)

We Go in a Circle by Peggy Perry AndersonWe Go in a Circle by Peggy Perry Anderson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004). For any families with kids with special needs who participate in therapies, especially hippotherapy (horse-assisted movement), this book captures a lot of beautiful feelings associated with great therapies.

Biscuit early readersBiscuit books (early readers) by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Illustrated by Pat Schories (HarperCollins, multiple years depending on the book). These are early readers, so they’re very simple (and I’m kinda done after the third re-read in a row), but my son loves them and reads them nearly everyday. The illustrations are darling.

The Foot Book - Dr. SeussThe Foot Book by Dr. Seuss (Random House, 1996 for the board book version). I’m almost positive this book has taught my preschoolers the different between left and right (in their feet at least). It’s fun to read, quick to read, and great for learning opposites and categories for toddlers and preschoolers. Plus, you can act out many of the movements for even young babies (6 months and older) for great baby-parent play.

Clifford phonics set {books we like to re-read}Clifford early readers (Cartwheel Books, 2002). They are cute, and very short, so it’s easy to re-read. We don’t watch Clifford very often, but we love the characters and emphasis on friendship, so the kids love these books. Note: These are packaged as a “phonics” set. Some parents/teachers might not consider them very useful for teaching phonics, but if you think of them as just “early readers,” they serve their purpose. These are also different from the old, original Clifford books.

Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig, illustrated by Marc BrownFarmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig, Illustrated by Marc Brown (Knopf, 2011). This book has such good rhythm, my kids dance to it as I read aloud. Definitely a fun re-read.

Round is a Tortilla {books we love to re-read}Round is a Tortilla by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, Illustrated by John Parra (Chronicle Books, 2013). This is a new find for us. The text flows beautifully, gently incorporates some Spanish terms, and teaches both shapes and pieces of Latino culture. It’s easily interactive by looking for shapes, too.

Snuggle Puppy by Sandra BoyntonSnuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton (Workman Publishing, 2003). I can’t call all of the Boynton books “favorites,” but this one definitely is. It’s cute, fun, and promotes hugging while reading. We love to whisper and holler, “I love you!” at each other along with the book, too.

Time for a Hug {books we love to re-read}Time for a Hug by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green, Illustrated by David Walker (Sterling Children’s, 2012). My mom found this one for us, and we go through phases where we re-read multiple times in a day. The text flows well, the illustrations are fun, and we hug every time the book says to!

By the way, I’ve been sharing even more picture books on Twitter and Instagram during the month of February with the #kidlitbookaday tag. Sometimes they’re favorites of ours, sometimes new library finds, and more. Hop on and share a book you’re reading with your family, too!

What are you some of your family’s favorite picture books that you don’t mind reading again (and again and again)?

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