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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 stories are perfect for introducing new concepts and extending learning. Have fun!

All You Need for a Beach written by Alice Shertle and illustrated by Barbara Lavallee

All You Need for a Beach

written by Alice Shertle and illustrated by Barbara Lavallee
Picture book about a day at the beach published by Harcourt, Inc.

A companion book to All You Need for a Snowman, this is an exuberant celebration of a group of children, playing together in sand and water. Bright, cheerful colours and a happy theme of exploration and cooperation highlight this picture book for toddlers and preschool-age children. Illustrations depict a racially diverse group of children.


A Look at the 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal Award Winner and Honor Books

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli 2014  Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal Award WinnerThe Watermelon Seed written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
Picture book for beginning readers published by Disney Hyperion Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group

When a charming and exuberant crocodile explains that he loves watermelon, we are utterly convinced,

Ever since I was a teeny, tiny baby cocodile, it’s been my favorite.

While enthusiastically devouring his favorite fruit, the crocodile accidentally ingests a seed, his imagination runs wild and he assumes a variety of terrible outcomes.

Repetitive text, limited use of long vowel words and very good supporting illustrations make this a great choice for beginning readers.

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Ball by Mary Sullivan a 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Honor BookBall written and illustrated by Mary Sullivan
Picture book for beginning readers published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

There is little doubt that this dog loves his small, red ball. From the moment he wakes up, he is focused on only one thing: playing with the ball. He especially loves when the ball is thrown by a young girl but when she leaves for school there is no one available to throw it.

This is a terrific picture book that relies heavily on the illustrations for the narrative. Apart from one repeated word (ball) it could be classified as a wordless picture book.

It will be thoroughly enjoyed by dog lovers and young children – especially those who are eager for an opportunity to read independently.

Our Very Best Posts

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

We will help you discover great children’s books for toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children. We want parents and teachers to share the magic of a great book with kids every single day. We write about ways to support children as they learn the alphabet, learn letter sounds, begin to read and then embrace reading independently. […]

Journey by Aaron Becker is a wonderful children’s book

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Wondrous, beautiful, inspiring, magical
So many words could accurately describe Journey. A wordless picture book, Journey is the story of a city-dwelling girl whose family members are occupied with chores and technology.

Working with a Speech Delayed Child by Storytime Standouts

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Since late winter, I have been working with a speech delayed child.

She is five years old and she will start kindergarten in September. Initially, I worked with her for one hour each week. After a month or so, her parents were delighted with her progress and they asked me to double the frequency of our sessions. Currently we meet Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for one hour.

Speech Delay and ESL – Making Progress With My Student

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

For the past six weeks, I have been working with a four year old girl who is learning English as a second language and who has a speech delay. We meet once each week for one hour.

I have been using a variety of materials and techniques to support her learning. Today I thought I would highight a few of them.

Family Literacy Program Development Part 2

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Family Literacy Program format Each session of our family literacy program began with a thirty minute “storytime” presented by a librarian. The storytime theme matched the weekly program theme. This ensured a good match between the librarian’s “storytime” and the program presented by the program facilitator. Following the “storytime,” the group learned a new rhyme […]

Thank you for being a Member of the Storytime Standouts Community

Friday, April 20th, 2012

We hope you will enjoy Storytime Standouts’ free early childhood learning printables for preschool, kindergarten and homeschool. Please check our book recommendations for important topics. We regularly add new content to Storytime Standouts and we are proud to say that we offer more than two hundred free learning printables for teachers and parents. A well, […]

Weeding and Organizing My Personal Library Isn’t Easy

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.

Me and You – A Fresh Look at Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Me and You written and illustrated by Anthony Browne Picture book published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Shortlisted for the 2011 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, Me and You is a thoughtful and thought-provoking look at the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. While on a rather boring outing with her mom, Goldilocks is distracted […]

Reading Comprehension – 8 Ways to Reinforce Your Child’s Understanding

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Try some of these strategies to help your child with reading comprehension Here are eight ways to reinforce a young child’s reading comprehension… You will also want to read our page about reading comprehension. Please click on the book covers for information about each picture book. Before opening the cover of a book, take a […]

Reading Aloud to Children and Why It is Very Important

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

It is almost impossible to believe that the 2011/12 school year marks the tenth anniversary of Storytime Standouts. Indeed, I have been writing about the importance of reading aloud while introducing wonderful picture books for families for nearly a decade. My first column was dated April 2002 and included a review of Stella, Fairy of […]

Reading and Interpreting Pictures Supports Reading Comprehension

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Two of the components of a child’s reading readiness are her comprehension and her interpretation. We can assist a preschool or kindergarten child with reading readiness by providing opportunities for him to read pictures and interpret them, including understanding the sequence of events. Reading and interpreting pictures includes noticing what is in the picture, what […]

Reading Readiness – Tips For Working With Very Young Children

Monday, March 28th, 2011

The process of learning to read begins long before children begin kindergarten. Learning to read begins when children are babies. Very young children love to learn new words and they especially like to use their voices to play with sounds. When spending time with very young children, chatting, sharing rhymes and reading aloud all contribute […]

Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage Keeps Children Laughing

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Where’s Walrus? – written and illustrated by Stephen Savage Wordless picture book published by Scholastic Well-crafted wordless picture books are terrific for young readers. They provide opportunities for children to ‘read’ the illustrations and retell the story. They are also super for multilingual families – a grandparent who does not speak English can enjoy the […]

10 Questions About Reading Aloud to Children – We can help!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Here are our answers to 10 frequently asked questions about reading aloud to children. Simply put, reading aloud to your children will positively effect them for the rest of their lives. Reading aloud and sharing wonderful stories will make them laugh (and cry), expand their vocabulary, broaden their view of the world, teach them lessons, […]

10 FAQs About Reading Aloud to Kids

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Simply put, reading aloud to your children will positively affect them for the rest of their lives. Reading aloud and sharing wonderful stories will make your children laugh (and cry). It will expand their vocabulary, broaden their view of the world, teach them lessons, prepare them for formal reading instruction and create long lasting family […]

How to Help a Beginning Reader Decode Unfamiliar Words

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

There are all sorts of ways we can help children to read unfamiliar words. When children struggle to decode an unfamiliar words, here are some strategies to suggest. Picture Clues – Almost all books for beginning and emergent readers are generously illustrated. We want children to “read” the pictures and use what they see in […]

Teach Reading Comprehension

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Comprehension is the most important skill in reading There are a variety of ways to support the development of comprehension skills. Some of these can begin long before a child reads independently. Make Connections We should encourage all preschool and older children to make connections between books and their own real-life experiences (a new baby […]

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