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Halloween Theme Picture Book Treats!

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Sharing some Wonderful Halloween Theme Picture Book Treats for Young Readers As the days grow shorter and cooler weather arrives in the Northern Hemisphere, October is a wonderful month to share a variety of Halloween theme picture books with children. Halloween is also a great time to enjoy concept books with children and more than one of our featured books highlights counting. Here are some of our favorite stories featuring friendship,…

What a beautiful seaside counting book: A Pod of Orcas

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

A Pod of Orcas: A Seaside Counting Book written by Sheryl McFarlane and illustrated by Kirsti Anne Wakelin Counting, Rhyming Picture book published by Fitzhenry and Whiteside Preschoolers will love counting the sailboats, harbour seals, sandcastles and magnificent orca whales. Written and illustrated by residents of British Columbia, the gentle rhymes and striking illustrations encourage closer examination of a beautiful day at the seaside….

Billy Bully Learns Consequences of Bullying

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Billy Bully A school-yard counting tale – written by Alvaro and Ana Galan, illustrated by Steve Simpson Counting book about bullying and friendship published by Scholastic Be sure to check out our page about anti-bullying picture books for children, our page about anti bullying chapter books, graphic novels and novels for children , and our Pinterest anti bullying board When Billy Bully arrives at the school playground, his animal…

Anti Bullying

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Picture books, chapter books and novels can be a wonderful resource when parents and teachers want to explore bullying and conflct resolution themes with children. Whether a child is being bullied or is bullying another child, the involvement of an adult will help. We invite you to visit our page about anti bullying chapter books, graphic novels and novels. Interlined paper for beginning writers Also on this page Pink Shirt Day writing paper…

Zero by Kathryn Otoshi offers Countless Treats

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Zero by Kathryn Otoshi A counting picture book that examines themes of self esteem and self worth published by KO Kids Books Kathryn Otoshi’s picture book, One, was a delight from cover to cover and won many awards. Her latest picture book is titled, Zero and it will certainly be a strong contender as well. When Zero looks at herself in a mirror, she sees ‘nothing’ and ’emptiness.’ She compares herself to other,…

Night Light – A Picture Book That Shines

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Night Light is a picture book my boys would have loved! Bright, colorful computer-generated illustrations include a zooming train, a hovering helicopter, a shiny taxi, a chugging tugboat, a hard-working loader and a gleaming firetruck. All have lights that shine in the dark. Youngsters will enjoy counting the lights, hearing clues and then speculating on what vehicle’s lights are glowing through the die cuts. As well, they will enjoy looking at…

Free Printable Rhymes, Songs, Chants and Fingerplays

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Download our free printable Rhymes, Songs, Chants and Fingerplays for Preschool and Kindergarten Step 1 – Make sure you have Adobe Reader. If you don’t have it, please click on the ‘Get Adobe Reader’ button to install it for free. Step 2 – Pin this page, bookmark this page, share this page or “Like” us on Facebook. Step 3 – Choose from any of our 250 free downloads, including these free printable…

And the winner is…Cat’s Night Out

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Cat’s Night Out – Winner of the 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature Illustration Cat’s Night Out written by Caroline Stutson and illustrated by Jon Klassen Picture book published by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books The jury’s comments were as follows: “In Cat’s Night Out, Jon Klassen’s highly imaginative and clever illustrations, with their subdued, delicate colours…

Score a Winning Hockey Picture Book!

Friday, November 15th, 2013

My youngest son has played hockey since he was five years old. For years, bedtime stories included books about playing hockey. Many of these stories include great messages about friendship, teamwork, bullying and working together toward a common goal. Clancy With the Puck written and illustrated by Chris Mizzoni Hockey picture book (adaptation of a traditional story) published by Raincoast Books Just as Casey could hit a baseball, Clancy is a…

Picture Books About Individuality and Respecting Others

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Storytime Standouts recommends a number of picture books about individuality, self confidence and finding one’s voice You will also be interested in our pages featuring ~ Picture books about …Autism and Asperger Syndrome …Bullying …Diversity …Family Diversity …Quotes about Diversity Argyle written by Barbara Wallace and illustrated by John Sandford Picture book about individuality and self acceptance…

Valentine’s Day Printables Have Arrived

Monday, January 17th, 2011

We’ve just added new, free Valentine’s Day printables to our selection of early learning resources for children, their teachers and parents. Today we’ll highlight the printables alongside some great picture books for Valentine’s Day Young children, their parents and teachers are sure to enjoy these free Valentine’s Day theme printables. * Two kinds of free printable Valentine’s Day writing paper for kids * A…

Summer and Camping Theme Picture Books and Printables for Young Children

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Elsewhere on this page Free Summer, Camping and Beach Theme Printable Poems, Rhymes and Chants for Preschool and Kindergarten Highlighting Summer and Camping Theme Picture Books for Children A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee – written and Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen Camping theme picture book published by Chronicle Books An absolutely irresistible adventure story for young children. A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee is one of my all-time…

Terrific Picture Books About Fathers and Fatherhood

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Some of our favorite picture books about fathers and fatherhood together with free printables and a link to our Father’s Day board on Pinterest. Dad and Pop: An Ode to Fathers and Stepfathers written by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Paul Meisel Picture book about fathers published by Candlewick Press Dad and Pop: An Ode to Fathers and Stepfathers is the story of the two special men in a young girl’s life. Outwardly they are very…

Back to School? Picture Books to Help Your Child Start the Year Right

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

…Terrific picture books for children heading off to school incl preschool, kindergarten, grade 1 AND free printables: a School Picture Dictionary & Back to School Interlined Paper….

Snow and Snowmen for Preschool, Kindergarten and Grade School

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Our free “Building a Snowman” printable for kids has been enormously popular this month so I thought I would pull together some more snow-related materials that would be great for a preschool or kindergarten snow theme. I have added more Snow and Snowmen materials today. I would love to hear about your favourite resources and suggestions. Board Books Welcome Winter written by Jill Ackerman, illustrated by Nancy Davis Winter theme…

Rebus Chants

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Learning to Read Fun with Rebus Chants! Have you tried rebus chants in your early literacy programs? I present programs for 4, 5 and 6-year-old children. I use a variety of materials and have had considerable success with rebus chants. I print off multiple copies of the chants, I handcolor them using pencil crayons , mount them on card stock and then laminate them. The rebus chants are usually poems where several words are replaced with…

Organizing a Personal Library

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

…This year I am determined to find the best way to organize my personal library. At the same time, I hope to “weed out” a few titles. After all, there is only so much space I can devote to picture books….

Pumpkin Patch Fun! Picture Books and Free Printables

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

We live very near to several pumpkin patches. At this time of year, the leaves have died away to reveal gorgeous orange fruit. If you and your family have an opportunity to trudge through muddy fields to select just the right pumpkin, be sure to extend your child’s learning with pumpkin theme picture books and printables. The Biggest Pumpkin Ever written by Steven Kroll and illustrated by Jeni Bassett Preschool picture book about growing…

One Two That’s My Shoe by Alison Murray

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

One Two That’s My Shoe written and illustrated by Alison Murray Counting Picture Book published by Disney Hyperion Books A delightful, cheery picture book, One Two That’s My Shoe by Alison Murray will have tremendous appeal for toddlers, preschoolers and older children. Beautiful illustrations feature a lovely palette and direct readers to notice numbers and what is to be counted in each two-page spread. Very well-suited to a…

Beach Fun! Beach theme picture books and printables for kids

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Whether planning a day at the beach or just back from some fun in the sun, these beach-theme picture books will be a wonderful addition to your summertime fun. Suitable for toddlers, preschool age children, kindergarten and older, these stories address important themes like fear of the water and getting outside one’s comfort zone. Whenever possible, it is very valuable to have children read books that match their experiences. These…

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