Saturday, January 16, 2021

Books to help with Sight Words - various bookwraps

 

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9 Books to Help Kids With 

Sight Words

by Iva-Marie Palmer





                                        Photo credit: Miguel Sanz, Moment Collection/Getty Images





Iva-Marie Palmer lives with her family in a book-laden house just outside Los Angeles. She is the author of two YA novels, The End of the World As We Know It and The Summers. She doesn't need to write a letter of advice to her 9-year-old self because that 9-year-old had already discovered the works of Judy Blume.



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While every child develops an interest in reading at their own pace, it most often happens between the ages of 4 and 7. To help kids prepare for reading readiness, many kindergarten classes teach sight words. Sight words typically include between 100 and 300 words children memorize and become familiar with in order to read and write. They fall into two categories: frequently used words (think: it, can, will) and non-phonetic words (or simple words that you can’t “sound out,” like buy and talk).

These nine books are all entertaining and engaging places to start looking for sight words. Have fun reading with your child by making a game out of finding the words they recognize. Use these printable lists of common sight words to help as you go.






Mr. Boddington’s Studio NYC ABCs

by Mr. Boddington’s Studio


With beautiful illustrations based on designs by Mr. Boddington’s Studio, this ABC board book leads kids on a tour through New York City. A single line of simple text describes each image. Kids will likely gravitate to their favorite scenes, a great way to practice the words on the page.






Dr. Seuss’s First 100 Words

by Dr. Seuss


This oversized board book is perfect for little ones eager to page through books on their own. There’s no narrative to follow as kids familiarize themselves with 100 essential words. Each word is paired with art from some of Seuss’s most famous works. Combined with the sturdy pages, it’s an excellent beginner book for even babies and toddlers.







The Cat in the Hat

by Dr. Seuss


Simple sentences, a catchy rhyme, and a compelling main character. If you want to understand why Dr. Seuss is one of the most beloved children’s authors of all time, there you have it. His most famous work, The Cat in the Hat gets stuck in kids’ heads, making it easier for them to deduce the simple words on the page.







Animalphabet

by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Sharon King Chai


The author of kid-favorite The Gruffalo penned this fresh approach to the alphabet. With a guessing game and peekaboo pages to lead little readers from animal to animal, kids will be able to determine which word aligns with the animal depicted. Simple sentences and riddles feature common sight words throughout.





Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever

by Richard Scarry


The king of kids’ easy readers, Richard Scarry leads his fans through Busytown, taking them everywhere from the airport to the grocery store. Kids will love the colorful artwork and can grow their vocabulary with hundreds of labeled objects throughout the pages.






I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words

by Michael Frith, illustrated by P.D. Eastman


Looking to add an element of silly to the word-learning game? Check out this book about a pet owner who aims to teach his remarkably smart dog 100 new words and commands. Incorporating rhymes and rhythm as well as alternating colors of print, this one is sure to be a repeat read – the key to recognizing the words inside.








LEGO City Busy Word Book

by DK


LEGO fanatics will adore this vibrant book of detailed block-built scenes. With labels throughout, early readers can seek out familiar words in the city scenes — firefighters training at the station, hot dog vendors serving crowds, and streets filled with busy LEGO Minifigures.





Once Upon an Alphabet

by Oliver Jeffers


This title will work best with slightly more advanced learners. Featuring a surreal short story for each letter of the alphabet, Jeffers pulls out all the stops in this sizeable volume of art and wordsmithing. Full of rhyme and wordplay, this captivating tome will inspire careful study for eager readers.






Kindergarten Success with Sight Words Workbook

by Sylvan Learning


This practical workbook is great for kindergarteners. Rather than relying on standard flashcard-type exercises, the workbook’s game-based activities create a fun way to engage readers-to-be. The sight words cover animals, colors, action words, and more.


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Being on hardcore lockdown again here it's hard to tell what day it is.  Each day blurs into the new and it's like you are having one big long never ending one.  I actually have to check my calendar and say, oh yes, it's Saturday today.   Soooooo.... wishing you a very happy Saturday everyone!   Read to your bunnies and keep them engaged with books and learning in these trying times.  




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Friday, January 15, 2021

Laurie Berkner's Valentine's Day Parties - a musicwrap

 





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WITH LEGENDARY KIDS' MUSICIAN

LAURIE BERKNER

AT

TWO VALENTINE'S DAY PARTY FAMILY CONCERTS

LIVE, INTERACTIVE, VIRTUAL PERFORMANCES

SUNDAY, FEB. 14 - 12:00 PM & 5:00 PM EST



"The queen of kids' music" – People

"The Adele of the preschool crowd."– The New York Times

“Laurie Berkner does what Fred Rogers did: respect, validate and reassure young children.”– Los Angeles Times



All you need is love! Iconic children's musician Laurie Berkner invites everyone to celebrate the sweetest day of the year at two special "Valentine's Day" LIVE Virtual Family Concerts on Sunday, February 14 at 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Laurie's website: HERE. For double the fun, a family ticket grants admission to one or both livestreams!




In Her Own Words



"I can't wait to perform my first Virtual Family Concerts of 2021!" says Laurie Berkner. "I'm so happy to have the chance to celebrate love and family on Valentine's Day with everyone who watches, and I think it's a perfect theme to kick off our concerts for this new year."

Laurie encourages fans of all ages to decorate their homes for Valentine's Day and to wear something fun and valentine-y to the show -- shades of pink and red are the order of the day, and love-hearts are the shape of the hour!

"There are so many things kids and families can do to get ready," says Laurie Berkner. "They can cut out and decorate hearts to use during the show, and choose an instrument like a tambourine or a shaky egg so they can play along with the music. Everyone should be sure to pick out a stuffed animal to put on their heads during my 'Pig On Her Head' song. Of course, having some special Valentine's Day snacks on hand would be a great idea, too!"



What's It All About? 



Laurie Berkner's Valentine Day concerts will feature songs of love, family, and friendship, like "A Hug From My Mama," "I Love You Daddy," "My Family," Face To Face," "Blow A Kiss," and "There's A Little Wheel A-Turnin' In My Heart," along with an array of Laurie's greatest hits, including "We Are The Dinosaurs," "Victor Vito," "Pig On Her Head," "Superhero," "Rocketship Run," "I'm Gonna Catch You," and more. Laurie hopes everyone will join in the Valentine's Day spirit and sing and dance along.

A fun-filled virtual lobby will feature pre-show music and videos, Valentine's Day games, and a fun heart-decorating craft activity to bring to the concert. For those who'd like to spend a few minutes chatting one-on-one in a video call with Laurie after the show, special Meet-and-Greet tickets are available.




About Laurie






One of the most popular children’s entertainers in the U.S., Laurie Berkner has filled countless venues nationwide with adoring fans. With an average of more than 12 million monthly streams and millions of albums, songs, and DVDs sold, Laurie’s songs have become beloved classics for children worldwide. The first artist to ever appear in music videos on Nick Jr., Laurie Berkner was featured in nearly all the episodes of the channel's Jack's Big Music Show. Laurie recently created her own Audible Original Series titled Laurie Berkner's Song and Story Kitchen and will soon begin production on a second season. She has released thirteen bestselling, award-winning albums and will release a fourteenth album, Let's Go!, on March 5, 2021. Laurie has authored a number of picture books based on her songs, the most recent of which were published by Simon & Schuster. She has also written the music and lyrics for three Off-Broadway children's musicals produced by New York City Children’s Theater. Laurie has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the White House, among many other prestigious venues.

Laurie Berkner has received tremendous critical acclaim. USA Today named Laurie "the undisputed queen of kindie rock." Time Magazine lauded Laurie as "a kind of sippy-cup Sheryl Crow ... Berkner inhabits a kid's curious perspective in her lyrics and pens folk-pop melodies that bear repeated -- very repeated -- listenings." The Wall Street Journal called Laurie "one of the most popular children's performers in America ... her music is distinctive because it speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grown-ups." NPR's All Things Considered declared, "Laurie Berkner is like a goddess to these children.”





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You Are Invited


Laurie Berkner Family Concerts: Valentine's Day Party!
Two LIVE, Interactive, Virtual Performances



WHEN: 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, February 14, 2021 (Doors open an hour prior to each performance with a pre-show to enjoy, and to test connections.)


WHERE: Laurie Berkner's website HERE


FAMILY TICKETS: $20 Regular*/$80 Meet & Greet Add-On Package. Group discounts available.

Each Regular Family Ticket includes access to one or both livestreams for one device and an exclusive "welcome" video from Laurie herself.

A limited number of Virtual Meet & Greet Add-On Packages are available. Regular-priced tickets must be purchased before adding Meet & Greet Add-On Packages. Meet & Greet Add-On Packages include:


– Two-Minute Virtual 1-on-1 Private Meet & Greet with Laurie Berkner after the show. Participants will be called directly when it is their turn. 

– Virtual Photo Opportunity with Laurie Berkner. 

– Recording of video session emailed to ticket holder 3 days post-event. 

– Opportunity for parents to chat with fellow families in the Virtual Waiting Room while awaiting their turn in line. 

– Live tech support.



TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Visit Laurie Berkner's website HERE.

*Need-based tickets, intended for those who truly need a discount, are available.




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Thursday, January 14, 2021

"What DO I DO With Worry?" - a bookwrap

 


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What Do I Do with Worry?

 

Created by CHRISTI STRAUB, JOSH STRAUB

Illutrations by Jane Butler



Specs


* Ages:  All ages

* Grade Level:  PS-3

* Board Book:  24 pages

* Reading Age:  4-8 years

* Publisher:  B&H Kids

* Pub. Date:  April 20, 2021

* Language:  English





Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You













The Book


Little Willow is a worrywart.  She worries about every little thing.  She and her family just relocated to a new neighbourhood and a thousand questions and doubts are stuck in her head about the move.  


"What if there are tornadoes here? What if I trip getting on the bus? What if my dad loses his new job? What if a star falls out of the sky and lands on my dog?" ... to Willow all valid concerns.


With all that anxiety Willow 's life is very impacted and keeps her from enjoying her new adventure.  She isn't enjoying her new home, cannot get a good rest and worries about working with her new classmates.  Oh my! 


She is very fortunate to have loving parents and some brand new friends that will support and help her in a biblical way to process and deal with all those scary feelings inside of her.  


Dr. Josh and Christi Staub are authors, leaders, and family advocates whose mission is to enlighten parents with knowledge and resources to help children understand their emotions.  


This board book has bright, vibrant illustrations and contains a wonderful story with practical guidance to help kids navigate feelings of worry and fear.   I highly recommend this book. 



Storywraps Rating -  5 HUGS! 





Meet the creators of the book






Josh and Christi Straub are speakers, authors, and marriage and leadership coaches. Together, they lead Famous at Home, an organization equipping families and leaders to be famous at home, so they can thrive on their stage.


Both Fellows of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling, together they host the weekly Famous at Home podcast, write children’s books including What Am I Feeling? and 25 Days of the Christmas Story, and cohost Sex, Love, and Relationships on the Hillsong Channel.

Josh and Christi love spending time on the lake with their three sweet kids, Landon Kennedy, and Micah, and their feisty golden doodle, Copper.





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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

"Who Is Shrieking So Early?" - a bookwrap

 


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What kind of bird is this?  Can you guess?  



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Who Is Shrieking So Early?

Book by Ellen Delange

Illustrated by Zafouko Yamamoto






Specs


* Ages:  5+

* Grade Level:  PS+

* Publisher:  Clavis

* Pub. Date:  May 11, 2021

* Hardcover:  32 pages

* Language:  English



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The Book



This simple book is all about problem solving and how perseverance and befriending a would-be foe can turn that foe into a friend.


Early one morning before Sam's alarm clock goes off he is shrewdly awakened by a terrible, annoying, loud... SHRIEK! SHRIEK! SHRIEK!  sound.  He bolts straight up in his bed and wonders what's happening.  He discovers a bird in the tree outside of his bedroom window that is the cause of the screeching noise.  


Sam bangs on the window and his dog joins in the descent with some barks but the bird completely ignores them and continues on his rowdy rant. The bird, which is a magpie, returns early again and again and each time Sam tries to shoo it away but to no avail.   It won't budge. 


Finally someone suggests that perhaps the best strategy would be for Sam to try and befriend the bird because Magpies are extremely smart  and he just may respond to that kindness and finally stop shrieking. Do you think Sam will be successful and make a newfound friend? 


The illustrations are colourful and delightful and the story is heartwarming.  The book offers a great lesson on how to handle difficult situations in your life.  I recommend this book.  



Storywraps Rating -  4 HUGS! 







Meet the Author



Ellen DeLange has been fascinated by picture books ever since she was a child growing up in the Netherlands. In the attic of her home, she assembled a small library and shared her collection with friends and family. As an adult, she started traveling and expanded her library with picture books from all over the world. Ellen also enjoyed inventing her own stories and was encouraged by her daughter to write her first picture book, A Story with a Tale. Ellen has a doctorate in medical sciences and currentlylives in Canada where she loves to walk in the woods with her Jack Russell terriers, drink lots of tea after a busy day, and sail on the ocean to clear her mind.



About the Illustrator



Zafouko Yamamoto is a children's book illustrator from Greece and sometimes an architect.



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