From the creators of The Snatchabook comes Pirate Nell’s Tale To Tell, a book-filled adventure on the high seas! This activity kit is full of coloring, games, and even some storytime discussion questions perfect for pairing with the book!
More about the book:
Nell is finally a pirate!
And she has her trusty Pirate’s Almanac to help her sail the seas, even if Captain Gnash doesn’t like books on his ship. But when the journey gets rough and the captain is in trouble, it’s Nell and all her pirate knowledge that saves the day and leads them to the greatest buried treasure of all…
The text provides an entry point for teachers to introduce children to the habits of mind and
action that support healthy brain growth. Your Fantastic Elastic Brain promotes several essential
messages, namely: what children do on a daily basis affects the growth of their brains; brains require
exercise and struggling to develop new skills contributes to brain growth; making mistakes
is a positive experience that contributes to healthy brain growth.
Dinosaur Lady is a beautiful and brilliant picture book that will enlighten children about the discovery of the dinosaurs and the importance of female scientists. It also includes a timeline of Mary Anning’s life and lots of fantastic fossil facts!
A Common Core State Standards Aligned Activity Guide for Grades 1, 2, 3, and 4.
At each grade level, the lessons align with the Common Core State Standards Initiative for Speaking
The text exposes children to diverse cultures and fosters attitudes of curiosity and respect. Children learn how they are similar to their peers across the world, but also learn to explore and appreciate how they differ as well. What Does It Mean To Be Global? is a perfect starting point for relevant classroom activities.
Classroom activities in this instructional unit tap into children’s various perspectives including: their senses, their talents and interests, their shared languages, and their values.
The unicorns are celebrating their favorite day of the year, complete with rainbows, cupcakes, butterflies, and all sorts of joyful things. But when it’s revealed there’s an impostor in their midst, the party comes to a screeching halt…Will the unicorns welcome all and continue their fun in all its glittery glory?
A clever, colorful, and over-the-top picture book about unicorns, celebrations, and most importantly, friendship.
Now your students can throw their very own unicorn day party as you embrace the uniqueness of each special unicorn in your class. Make your own unicorn horns, have a coloring contest, play pin the horn on the unicorn, and more. This activity kit has everything you need to throw the best unicorn day party ever!
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You Are Awesome sets out to inspire and empower kids to change their mindset, find their confidence, and achieve their potential. From motivating students to try a new hobby or sport, to building confidence and resilience before the transition to middle-school, You Are Awesome provides lots of opportunities for activities and discussion.
Discussion & Activity Guide for Grades K, 1, 2 and 3 Prepared by We Love Children’s Books
About the Book
Giraffe and Zebra meet every day under their favorite tree to walk to the watering hole. But today, Giraffe isn’t there! Where could he be? Zebra spots him hiding in the tree; Giraffe has seen a spider and is scared silly. Zebra patiently talks to Giraffe and does the very best thing: supports Giraffe for as long as Giraffe needs it.
About the Author
Lisa Katzenberger started writing for a creative writing assignment in third grade—and she hasn’t stopped since then! She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and worked as a technical writer, but then she started writing short stories, novels—and now picture books! Visit her at lisakatzenberger.com.
About the Illustrator
Jaclyn Sinquett grew up playing in her dad’s garden, feeding worms to box turtles, and tossing french fries to seagulls at the Jersey shore. She now spends her time painting shells with her little daughter, dancing in the living room with her husband, and illustrating books for children. Her favorite color is yellow ocher. Visit her at jaclynsinquett.com.
“Katzenberger tells the tale simply and directly, emphasizing the friends’ kindness and patience… Sinquett’s brightly hued cartoons delightfully express the characters’ emotions and personalities, lightening the message of the text without diminishing it.” —Kirkus Reviews
A Common Core State Standards–Aligned Activity Guide for Grades Kindergarten, 1, and 2
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes introduces readers to the idea of having a growth mind-set and that taking risks and sometimes making mistakes is part of how everyone learns and grows.
When a terrifying earthquake strikes while Hannah is babysitting, she’s in charge while their parents are on the other side of a blocked bridge as things go from bad to worse. This educator guide provides questions and activities to go alongside The Disaster Days.
*Survivors of the Holocaust *tells the true stories of six children who survived the Holocaust in a graphic non-fiction novel form. This educator guide provides questions and activities to help children read and understand the text.
In the following STEM challenges, students will design a nature-inspired solution to a problem. They involve making observations of a plant or animal, describing its most unique or interesting structures and functions, identifying a human problem that mimicking the plant or animal could solve, and designing and advertising an invention using biomimicry.
About the Nature Did It First:
Nature does it best … and did it first! Explore the ways we have looked to nature for brilliant new designs and innovations to solve our own conundrums. Each example in nature is paired with a fun, rhyming description, an example of how it has been used by us, and a question to the reader – “what other problems can be solved?”
Learn fascinating examples of biomimicry, like:
• How burrs inspired Velcro
• How grooved gecko feet inspired adhesive
• How bumpy whale flippers inspired windmill blades and surfboards
• And more!
Back matter includes:
• A glossary for words like echolocation and adhesive
• A STEM Challenge activity perfect for your home or classroom
A discussion guide to pair with your read of The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska!
More about the book:
A gripping, dark LGBTQ+ YA fantasy about two girls who must choose between saving themselves, each other, or their sinking island home.
Every year on St. Walpurga’s Eve, Caldella’s Witch Queen lures a boy back to her palace. An innocent life to be sacrificed on the full moon to keep the island city from sinking.
Lina Kirk is convinced her brother is going to be taken this year. To save him, she enlists the help of Thomas Lin, the boy she secretly loves, and the only person to ever escape from the palace. But they draw the queen’s attention, and Thomas is chosen as the sacrifice.
Queen Eva watched her sister die to save the boy she loved. Now as queen, she won’t make the same mistake. She’s willing to sacrifice anyone if it means saving herself and her city.
When Lina offers herself to the queen in exchange for Thomas’s freedom, the two girls await the full moon together. But Lina is not at all what Eva expected, and the queen is nothing like Lina envisioned. Against their will, they find themselves falling for each other as water floods Caldella’s streets and the dark tide demands its sacrifice.
A discussion guide designed to go alongside The Nightmare Thief by Nicole Lesperance.
About the book:
For fans of A Snicker of Magic and The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl comes a suspenseful dark fantasy duology, perfect for middle school readers that love stories of magic and sisterhood with a dash of danger.
Maren Partridge loves working in her family’s dream shop where she can hand-craft any dream imaginable. The shop has only one rule. Dreams cannot be given to a person without their consent. Maren has no problem with this — until her sister, Hallie, has an accident that leaves her in a coma. Maren’s certain she can cure Hallie with a few well-chosen dreams. And when no one is watching, she slips her a flying dream.
But a strange new customer from the shop has been following Maren and knows what she did. Now she’s laid the perfect trap to blackmail Maren into creating custom nightmares for a dark and terrible purpose. As Maren gets drawn further into the sinister scheme, she must make a choice: to protect her family or to protect the town from her family’s magic.
A discussion guide inspired by Someone I Used to Know by Patty Blount.
About the book:
From the award-winning author of Some Boys comes an unflinching examination of rape culture that delves into a family torn apart by sexual assault.
It’s been two years since the night that changed Ashley’s life. Two years since she was raped by her brother’s teammate. And a year since she sat in a court and watched as he was given a slap on the wrist sentence. But the years have done nothing to stop the pain.
It’s been two years of hell for Derek. His family is totally messed up and he and his sister are barely speaking. He knows he handled it all wrong. Now at college, he has to come to terms with what happened, and the rape culture that he was inadvertently a part of that destroyed his sister’s life.
When it all comes to head at Thanksgiving, Derek and Ashley have to decide if their relationship is able to be saved. And if their family can ever be whole again.
**“This book should be required reading. Not only is this message great for kids, but it’s also a powerful reminder of how caring adults can help children feel safer.” --Loanna Davis, director of children’s programs, Futures Without Violence
You have the power to protect yourself and others!**
What does it mean to be safe? Does it mean beating a throw to home plate? Does it mean never taking risks? No! Being safe is about feeling secure, feeling protected and being responsive—no matter the environment or situation.
You can be safe in so many simple ways. From being aware of your limits to creating healthy boundaries. By not giving in to peer pressure and by standing up to bullies. And by being safe on the Internet, or knowing the right time to get a caring adult’s help.
This addition to the award-winning What Does It Mean to Be…? series is the perfect book to spark meaningful dialogue and ensure every child knows what it means to be safe.
An Educator Guide to Moon’s First Friends - A Common Core State Standards Aligned Educator’s Guide for Grades 1, 2, 3
From high up in the sky, the Moon has spent her whole life watching Earth and hoping for someone to visit. Dinosaurs roam, pyramids are built, and boats are made, but still no one comes. Will friends ever come visit her? Commemorate the extraordinary Apollo 11 spaceflight mission with this heartwarming story of the Moon who just wants a friend.
Ring in the holidays with an Elf-Catching party!
The holidays are just around the corner, and there’s no better way to start them off than by catching your very own holiday elf!
Invite your patrons for some fun, food, and crafts as they make their very own elf traps!
*I’m Not Dying With You Tonight *is a dual-POV #ownvoices debut novel that follows two teenage girls—Lena, who is black, and Campbell, who is white—who are thrust together one night when a race riot erupts in their city. Angie Thomas calls it “a compelling and powerful novel that is sure to make an impact.”
Filled with games, coloring, and crafts to accompany There Was a Black Hole that Swallowed the Universe, an out of this world picture book that sparks creative conversations about celestial beings from the #1 science author for kids, Chris Ferrie!