Saturday, September 28, 2013

Fireflies in the Night

Fireflies in the Night, written by Judy Hawes and illustrated by Ellen Alexander, is a wonderful book that uses the relationship between a grandfather and a granddaughter to teach the reader about fireflies.  The book is very informative while using a story format to help children learn more about the world of fireflies.  We liked learning how other cultures use fireflies in helpful ways.  If your child is interested in fireflies (or lightning bugs as we commonly call them) this is a great way to introduce them to the scientific aspects in a kid-friendly approach.  Happy reading!

*What did you learn about fireflies?
*What surprised you about how fireflies are used in other cultures?
*Could you write a story about your interactions with fireflies?

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Animal Crackers

Are you looking for a way to introduce poems to your young child?  Animal Crackers (A Delectable Collection of Pictures, Poems, and Lullabies for the Very Young), by Jane Dyer, is an excellent book to start the literacy process with babies and toddlers.  Parents have a great variety of 62 traditional and new poems and lullabies from which to choose.  The pictures are beautiful and add so much to the enjoyment of the poems.  Of course, we’d recommend this as a beautiful gift to new parents!