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A Springtime Treat for Toddlers, Picture Book, Five Little Ducks

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Five Little Ducks – illustrated by Ivan Bates Published by Orchard Books an imprint of Scholastic Perfect for celebrating Spring, Bates’ lovely, gentle illustrations capture this traditional children’s counting song beautifully. In addition to watching the young ducklings venture into the hills, young children will enjoy spotting a friendly beaver, a curious gull, a hungry […]

Valentine’s Day Printables for Preschool, Homeschool and Kindergarten

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Five Fun Picture Books for Valentine’s Day

The Day it Rained Hearts written and illustrated by Felicia Bond
Valentine’s Day picture book published by Harper Collins

You are no doubt familiar with Felicia Bond’s lively illustrations in If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Here she tells the story of Cornelia Augusta, a girl who is caught in a rather unusual rainstorm.

On The Day It Rained Hearts Cornelia collected hearts of all different shapes and sizes and then set to work making Valentines for her special friends. Before setting to work, she thinks carefully about each individual and she creates cards and gifts that suit each perfectly.

She found seven that were more or less alike and strung them together with a needle and thread.”I know just the right person for this one,” she thought.

The Day it Rained Hearts encourages thoughtfulness and creativity. A lovely choice for your young Valentine or for sharing at a February storytime.

Extension activities could include a search for hidden hearts, comparing and categorizing hearts and creating Valentine’s Day cards and gifts.

32 pages, Ages 3 to 5

The Day It Rained Hearts at Amazon.com

The Day It Rained Hearts at Amazon.ca

cover art for Lilly's Chocolate HeartLilly’s Chocolate Heart written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes
Valentine’s Day picture book published by Harper Collins

Lilly is a beloved picturebook character. Best known for Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse , she also appears in Lilly’s Big Day, Chester’s Day, Wemberly Worried and Julius The Baby of the World.

Before going to bed on Valentine’s Day, Lilly must decide what to do with her one remaining foil-wrapped Valentine’s Day chocolate.

“Lilly wanted to find the perfect place to keep the heart. She looked under her bed, but it was too dusty. She looked inside her dresser, but it was too messy.

Those who know Lilly, will agree that she is exhuberant and sometimes just a little bit impulsive so finding the perfect place for the precious chocolate is quite a challenge.

Lilly’s Chocolate Heart will be a delicious treat for Lilly fans who will no doubt notice her purple plastic purse hanging from a dresser drawer handle and a painting of the purse that hangs on a wall.

Lilly’s Chocolate Heart at Amazon.com

Lilly’s Chocolate Heart at Amazon.ca

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And the winner is…Cat’s Night Out by Caroline Stutson and Jon Klassen

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 […]

Keys to Reading

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Reading Readiness should be a key objective for parents and caregivers of preschool-age children. During the preschool years, there are many wonderful ways for parents and caregivers to share the pleasures of a great book with young children. There are also many ways to support reading readiness and lay the groundwork for future reading success. […]

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