Week 23: May 10-14 (Theme: Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month)
The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin - A little girl thinks her mothers garden is the ugliest in the neighborhood until she discovers that flowers might look and smell pretty but Chinese vegetable soup smells best of all. (Kind/1st)
Read Aloud - The Ugly Vegetables
Craft connection - Follow along with author/illustrator Grace Lin to draw the Rabbit in the Moon, and learn what is symbolized by the apple, the orange and the peach. Grace Lin also offers an Ugly Vegetable Coloring Sheet
Food connection - Ugly Vegetable Soup Recipe
Ruby's Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges - In China, at a time when few girls are taught to read or write, Ruby dreams of going to the University with her brothers and male cousins. (2nd/3rd)
Read Aloud - Ruby's Wish
Craft Connection - Ruby and her cousins practiced calligraphy. Have fun creating your own font with this Simple Calligraphy Tutorial for Kids.
Week 22: May 3-7 (Theme: Star Wars!!)
This week we are celebrating our love for Star Wars with a Star Wars Choice Board. Peruse the board for hours of entertaining fun.
Week 21: April 26-30 (Theme: Compare/Contrast older books with new)
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion (1956)- Harry is a white dog with black spots who loves everything....except baths. One day, before bath time, Harry runs away. By the time he returns home, Harry is so dirty he looks like a black dog with white spots and his family doesn't recognize him. (kind/1st)
A Dog Wearing Shoes by Sangmi Kim (2015) - Mini finds a dog and begs to keep him. Based on a true story. The author's niece once found a lost dog with shoes on, and after returning him to his owner, she adopted a dog named Ray. Sangmi lives and works in Seoul, South Korea, with two adopted dogs, White and Malti. (kind/1st)
Read Aloud - A Dog Wearing Shoes read by Maya Condos
The Outside Cat by Jane Thayer (1959) - Samuel wants to get inside. He finally does, only to discover that the family and cat who was living there have moved. Now Samuel wants out, but he's trapped in an empty house. (2nd/3rd)
Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw (2011) - Prefaced with the clear explanation of the traditional Japanese Haiku, a three line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5 / 7/ 5 syllable count. A cat arrives at a shelter, arranges to go home with a good family, and settles in with them, all the while letting them know who is boss, and, finally, sharing his real name. (2nd/3rd)
Read Aloud - The Cat Outside, presented by WastelesslyWise
Read Aloud - Won Ton presented by Julia and Girls Inc
Week 20: April 19-23 (Theme: Earth Day)
Our Tree Named Steve by. Alan Zweibel - This book tells the story of one families beloved tree who becomes such am important part of their life, they even give it a name.(Kind/1st)
Read Aloud - Our Tree Named Steve read by Mr. Inquiry
Video - Think Earth shows the impact we have on the environment
Activity - Use the Earth Day Choice Board to complete themed activities Earth Day Choice Board
Earth! My First 4.5 Billion Years by Stacy McAnulty - A simple story that joyfully introduces readers to key moments in a readers life, from its formation over 4 billion years ago to the present and ends on a reflective to encourage sharing, playing nice and cleaning up. (2nd/3rd)
Read Aloud - Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years
Video - Think Earth shows the impact we have on the environment.
Activity - Use the Earth Day Choice Board to complete themed activities Earth Day Choice Board
Week 19: April 12-16 (Theme: Baseball is back!!!)
Playing Right Field - by Willy Welch - Although he is always chosen last and sent to play in right field where there is little action, and nothing much to do but watch the dandelions grow, a young boy has his moment of fame. (Kind/1st)
Read-Aloud - Playing Right Field
Activity- watch this Tour of St. Cardinals Busch Stadium
The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin - Learn about deaf baseball player William Hoy (1862-1961) and his influence on the way baseball umpires use hand signals to call the game. (2nd/3rd)
Activity - Look over the Umpire signals image above, do they look familiar?
Video - watch a tour of St Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium
Week 18: April 5-9 (Theme: Celebrating Reading)
Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies by Carolyn Crimi - Henry doesn't like doing pirate things, all Henry wants to do is read books. When their ship sinks, the other pirates learn all the valuable information Henry is getting from his beloved books. (Kind/1st)
Real-Aloud: Henry and the buccaneer pirates read by Mr. Braggs library
Craft Connection: step-by-step instructions on how to fold an origami boat
This is Not That Kind of Book by Christopher Healy - A riotous alphabet match up primer features characters that represent different book genres - from fairy tales and mysteries to superhero adventures and joke books, challenging readers to keep up as the story abruptly shifts in other directions. (2nd/3rd)
Read- Aloud - This is not that kind of book presented by Muggle Maestra
Craft Connection - Learn about miniature books and make your own with step-by-step instructions
Week 17: March 29-April 1 (Theme: Inventors)
This week we are celebrating National Crayon Day on March 31st - this is such a fun day to celebrate one of the greatest inventions ever created! Use the Crayon Choice Board above to listen to The Crayon Man by Natascha Biebow, then explore the other crayon activities.
The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons - by. Natascha Biebow - For most of us, crayons are a simple ubiquitous everyday item, but as you will soon realize, that was not always the case. This biography tells the story of Edwin Binney, the inventor of one of the worlds most beloved toys. (Kind-3rd)
Week 16: March 22-26 (Theme: Keep Trying!)
On Account of the Gum by. Adam Rex - A timeless tale of wordplay and and humor about a family that resorts to increasing wacky measures to get a wad of gum unstuck from a kids hair - causing everything from butter to scissors to the vacuum and a pet cat to become impossibly and hilariously entangled. (Kind/1st)
Read Aloud - On account of the gum from story time with Suzanne
Video - Bubblegum, how it's made from Discovery TV UK
Activity - gumball machine collage step-by-step directions
Knot Cannot by. Tiffany Stone - A whimsical tale that follows the experiences of a piece of rope that unhappily compares itself to a snake that can move and hiss, before a dilemma helps the rope discover the benefits of its knotting capabilities. (2nd/3rd)
Read Aloud - Knot cannot shared by Parkway School District
Activity - How to tie scouting knots
Craft connection - How to tie a snake knot tutorial
Week 15: March 15-19 - No school for Spring Break!
Check out the Spring Break choice board for relaxing and educational activities.
Week 14: March 8-12 (Theme: Award Nominees)
Alfie by. Thyra Heder - Told from the perspective of the girl, Nia, and then the turtle Alife, this story describes what happens when Alfie disappears on the eve of Nia's birthday to find her a special present. (Kind/1st)
Read Aloud- Alfie presented by Sankofa read aloud
Sounding out words we don't know - pronounce the authors first and last name. Give it a try! Thigh-rah Head-er? Then click here to listen to the surprising way it is pronounced.
Story Extender- an interview with the author
Craft connection- step-by-step instructions to paint a pet turtle on rocks
Sergeant Reckless by Patricia McCormick - With every war comes stories of heroism. In this case, it's a little mare used to haul ammunition to US soldiers during the Korean War. Though the marines had doubts about her ability to haul the heavy loads, they began her training. It quickly became apparent that not only did Reckless have a large heart, she's also consume anything-including chocolate, Coca-Cola and poker chips. (2nd/3rd)
Read aloud - Sergeant Reckless presented by Kristi Ferrell
Video- learn about the top 10 famous war horses in history
Activity - Do you have a dog at home? See if you can train your dog to carry a basket, following the steps in this video Note the similarities and differences in how the dog is taught and how Reckless was taught.
Week 13: March 1-5 (Theme: Traditions)
The Change Your Name Store by Leanne Shirtliffe - Wilma Lee Wu does not like her name, so she marches to the Change Your Name Store where she meets Zeena McFouz, the outrageous owner. (k-3)
Read Aloud - The Change your name Store read aloud
Game- Tired of your name? Want to be someone else? Visit babynames.com to see what your new name could be.
Creative Connection - if you don't know already, find out how your name was chosen and turn it into a story, real or imagined. Write or draw about it.
Week 12: February 22-26 (Theme: Celebrating Black History Month-Growth Mindset)
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall - After he passes his swimming lessons, little Jabari decides he's ready to try jumping off the diving board. When the big moment arrives, Jabari needs to work up the courage to jump. (Kind/1st)
Read Aloud - Jabari Jumps presented by The Alphabet Book Corner
Video - Courage for kids - what does it mean to have courage? What is Courage?
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton - Lonnie Johnson always had a mind for inventions, at a young age he built rockets in his bedroom. He became an engineer who worked for NASA until one day he invented the Super-Soaker entirely by accident. This books follows Lonnie's journey as an inventor who always bet on himself and never refused to give up on his dreams! (2nd/3rd)
Read Aloud - Whoosh! read by The Dream Channel Whoosh! read aloud
Video - Meet Lonnie Johnson Meet the man who invented the Super Soaker
For Fun - World's largest Super Soaker gun made by Mark Rober
Week 11: February 16-19 (Theme: Empathy/Kindness)
Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson - Can one child's good deed change the world? It can when she's ordinary Mary who stumbles upon ordinary blueberries on her way home from school. (K/1)
Activity - choose a few ways from the Great Kindness Challenge to share kindness with others
Recipe - spread kindness with blueberry muffins from America's Taste Kitchen Kids club Berry Good Muffins
Ivan: the Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate - Known as the shopping mall gorilla, Ivan lived alone in a small gage for almost 50 years before he was finally relocated to the gorilla habitat at Zoo Atlanta in 1994 - where he lived to the age of 50 (1962-2012) (2nd/3rd).
Read-aloud - Ivan read aloud by PV Story Time
Activity - choose some ways from the Great Kindness Challenge to show kindness towards others.
Recipe - spread kindness by sharing treats with loved ones Rocky Road Cookies from Baking Mad
Week 10: February 8-12 (Theme: Valentine's Day)
Yuck a Love Story by Don Gillmore - Austin has a hard time admitting he likes his new neighbor Amy, but when her birthday comes, he goes to fantastic lengths to get her an unexpected present (Kind/1st)
Set the Mood: Whimsical music
Read Aloud - Yuck a Love Story read by bentonco library
Craft connection - yucky fluffy slime recipe coloring sheet
Video - How did Valentine's Day start?
Henry in Love by Peter McCarty- Henry is a bit of a dreamer and not much of a talker, then there's Chloe, who says what she thinks and knows how to turn a spectacular cartwheel. This is the story of how one blueberry muffin makes all the difference. (2nd/3rd)
Set the mood- Whimsical piano music
Read aloud - Henry in Love read by AHEV library
Craft connection - Cupid Coloring Page