Saturday, December 8, 2012

Read About Santa....


      I promised 25 Christmas Reads! So here are 3 more of my family favorites! 
Children are so curious to learn more and more about Santa.  These three books are entertaining for children of all ages.

Santa’s Stuck By Rhonda Gowler Greene





          That’s right the stockings are stuffed and the toys are under the tree.  Santa is almost finished for the night.  He enjoys another yummy treat before heading up the chimney.  It appears Santa has been given many goodies this year.  A big problem occurs when Santa realizes he is STUCK!!!  This funny rhyming book will have the entire family laughing.
      How Santa Got His Job By Stephen Krensky
    Find out the jobs Santa had when he was young.  This delightful story is a great book to share with children.  The book reveals Santa’s special talents.  Learn what they are and how he found his dream job.


 How Santa Lost His Job By Stephen Krensky
        Santa has his dream job.  He loves bringing presents to children all around the world.  However, one of his elves thinks he has a better way to deliver these presents without wasting time.  Muckle, the elf, has created the Deliverator.  Read to find out about this invention.  What in the world will Santa do now without a job???

       This book is a great read aloud along with the movie Arthur’s Perfect Christmas.  Compare and Contrast the events in the book and movie.



Holiday Book Gifts for BOYS!!


     I recently discovered these two great books by Jon Klassen.  I have already bought them for my nephew.  These books rely on the reader to really think and investigate the pictures while reading.  Young readers will enjoy trying to figure out what is going to happen. Boys will love these books because of the use of critters like the snake and turtle and the poor little fish that has taken the hat.  Watch out they may not end so well for some of the characters in these books.  I found these books at my local Target!  It always makes me happy to find great literature for children at popular stores.  Check these two out soon!!



Thanks for checking out my latest Christmas READS!  Grab a book and read TODAY!!!!



Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas READS!


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

By: Barbara Robinson


       A classic Christmas book is the tale of the famous “Herdmans”. The Herdmans are the worst kids in the world.  They get in trouble all the time. This remarkable story paints a picture for the reader as the Herdmans walk into the church for the first time and decide to participate in the Christmas Pageant. This chapter book is enjoyed by third, fourth and fifth graders at my school. Avery loves the book so much.  We are reading a chapter a night to his brother, Worth. 
      The Scholastic Book order forms have the new picture book of this classic story.  I can’t wait to receive my copy.  Do you have it??  What do you think about the picture book version? 

Happy Monday,

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas READS


Pete the cat has stolen the hearts of many children and teachers. Today, I must share our new favorite holiday book.

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
Created and illustrated by James Dean
Story by Eric Litwin
    Santa was sick and it was the day before Christmas.  Pete had to deliver the toys.  Although he was small, he gave it his all.  After all that's the spirit of Christmas to give it your all!  This story will be a family favorite.  It is a great innovation of The Night Before Christmas. 

Families can enjoy a free song by clicking the link below:

    If you are reading this book to your class, Natalie at Natalie’s Nook has created an incredible Literacy Unit with 10 Literacy Activities.  It is a MUST have! Just click on the pic to go to Natalie's Nook at Teachers Pay Teachers.

Pete The Cat Saves Christmas {10 Literacy Activities}

Enjoy your day!



Saturday, December 1, 2012

25 days of Christmas READS!


    It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas….I sure love this time of year!   I enjoy seeing the excitement in children’s eyes as they prepare for Santa.  One of my favorite things to introduce to my students is The Gingerbread Man.   We read many versions mapping out all the story elements.  My first graders enjoy reading these stories over and over. 
     My boys at home enjoy our 25 days of Christmas Reads!  We spend time each night reading one or two holiday books.  Avery is in fifth grade and could hardly wait for today, December 1 to arrive.  This year, I would like to share our books with you each day over the holiday season.  Maybe you will discover a new book for your class or family.
   Our first books to share are great for enjoying after decorating a Christmas Tree.

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry
     Mr. Willowby’s Christmas tree is so tall that it can’t stand up.  Mr. Willowby asks his butler to chop off the top of the tree.  The treetop is given to different characters throughout the story.  This holiday tale will fill your family with Christmas joy.


A Wish to be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe
Woodland animals show the power of friendship to an old Christmas tree that is overgrown.  Find out how the squirrel, birds, deer and other animals give back to this special Christmas tree.  This story helps our family start conversations about the reason for giving throughout the year.

Enjoy this book as it is read by Mitch Albom on a YouTube video:

A Wish to be a Christmas Tree




Thanks for stopping by!  My hope is your home is filled with joy throughout this holiday season.



 

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