Hello out there! How the heck are all of you? Things are rather quiet around these parts of the internet (as you may have noticed.)
Robyn's running a preschool and I'm teaching kindergarten. So, between the two of us doing that, wading though the knee high piles of laundry, and making dinner (at least occasionally), the blog is a bit behind things.
Sorry! I hope you've still had plenty to read! Ha, of course you have! But, I do have a cute book and it's sort of perfect for October-- although, I don't think monsters or zombies really seem to have a 'season' these days, do you? They're always an option, right?
Wait, I got ahead of myself, the book:
Reginald is zombie, but instead of brains, he's all about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Pretty clever, yes? I love how it's a completely kid friendly zombie story!
Anyway, it turns out when you're a zombie PB&J is pretty hard to come by, you know with people always running away from you in fear. It's tough!
But, in this book, things go our little zombie's way-- he even convinces his undead friends that PB&J is way better than brains! And everything is looking up until Reginald discovers a new food he's (un)dying for...
Well hello there! If there are still any readers of our blog then, SURPRISE! I'm posting something! I know, you thought this day may never come again, but IT HAS! You see, I need the minds of the picture book community to help me answer a question...
It all started when I meeting with the teacher who's classroom I am taking over next year. (OH, that's right, I'm teaching kindergarten next year!! Small announcement, big deal! I CANNOT WAIT!!!)
Anyway, the other teacher is moving to 3rd grade and he wasn't gonna take his Pete the Cat border because he thought 3rd graders might be too old for Pete the Cat...?
So, then I go into this whole spiel about how no one is too old for Pete the Cat and picture books completely have a place in 3rd grade and just because other teachers aren't doing that in our school doesn't mean he should think 3rd graders are beyond it and lots of picture book content is to meaty and wordy for younger kids anyway and....and...and, you get the drift. Poor guy, I'm sure I scared the wits out of him.
So, after the rant ended, he commented that maybe he's just out of touch a bit since he's been in kindy. Which got me to thinking, maybe I'm out of touch too.
Did I steer him off course?
Are kids gonna laugh in his face when he pulls out a picture book in 3rd grade?
Personally, and maybe it's because I suffer from picture book delirium, I think what I said is true. Picture books do have a place in 3rd grade. Off the top of my head...
I mean most of Chris Van Allsburg's stuff would work. Also, how about Patricia Polacco? And then think about tall tales, legends, and (hello!) all sorts of fairy tales and fractured fairy tales!! Plus, what about all the complete awesomeness that is picture book non-fiction?? That cannot be over just because kids are headed toward double digits...can it?
Have I gone mad, or do you agree with me? Please let me know so I can either (a) apologize to my colleague or (b) hook him up with a fantastic book list for next year!
You know I've found an outstanding book to share when I show up out of the blue for the first time in over six months on the blog. Well… I did (and I found it at a thrift store for $1.00, I just tell you that part to make you super jealous). Life-Size Zoo: From Tiny Rodents to Gigantic Elephants, An Actual-Size Animal Encyclopedia by Teruyuki Komiya, published in 2008. (And when I went to get the link, I found out there are several other similar books by the same author! Score!)
It's such a cool book! Life size pictures means life size pictures! It's filled with all kinds of fun and hilarious facts (like those ones about tigers pictured above). All kinds of animals are featured including fold out pages for the really big ones (like elephant and rhino).
I'm a total sucker for excellent non-fiction (always have been). This is excellent non-fiction! Find yourself a copy. You won't regret it!
Well hello blogland! Long time no see!! Is anyone still wanting to read this? We kind of dropped off the face of the internet there for a few months (and possibly again after this post…because we are SUPER on the ball!)
Anyway, this fall found both Robyn and I back in the classroom. She is running a preschool (luckiest person on EARTH!! ) and I spent the first quarter of the school year in 1st grade creating a new generation of Mo Willems' addicts!! I do what I can for TEAM MO!
But, I am terribly sorry to report that you never got to hear about all the cool stuff we've been doing! I mean, the number of fantastic books I have read since I last posted…really it's such a shame!
I did learn about something fun and wonderful though from Cuteness' teacher-- how about I tell you about it right now??
Have ya heard about StoryBots? It's these adorable singing robots! I've watched a handful of the youtube videos in Cuteness' classroom, the one below being my MOST FAVORITE!! I seriously sing the chorus every time one of my kids gets mad now! So cute and catchy!!
Since Cuteness is also a fan (HA! these animated videos aren't just for parents, kids like them too!! Oh boy…) I downloaded the learning videos app for her! (It's free!) Oh my gosh she has gotten A LOT of mileage out of that thing!! Her personal fave? It's this little gem. Planets that rap-- you can't go wrong with that people.
But besides planets and emotions, the bots are into singing about shapes, letters, numbers, DINOSAURS!! There are even classic children songs with a roboty twist! There's something for everyone--seriously, they have a software engineer song! (I'm telling you, something for everyone!) And apparently there are more apps and games and a whole StoryBot universe of things that I didn't even know about…Yay!
Mom of 3 and frequent tangent goer-offer! I've got waaaay more books than my husband thinks necessary, but there's (currently) less than $10 in library fines, so life is good!
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