A rollicking fun ready-for-baby story

From the author/illustrator of Too Many Carrots comes a rollicking ready-for-baby story—complete with chickens, pigs, and a very angry bull! Chick is getting a new baby brother . . . and he does NOT understand what all the fuss is about. What is so exciting about an egg that just sits there? Well, it turns out this…

Help Children Explore the World of Books and Develop a Love of Reading

HarperCollins’s I Can Read! books and PBS KIDS are collaborating on a national I Can Readathon campaign. Now in its second year, the campaign is designed to get kids learning every day through fun, engaging activities that encourage them to explore the world of books and develop a love of reading. From now through spring…

Enhancing the Early Reading Experience: Books, Strategies, and Concepts

Selecting books for young children can not only be a fun and rewarding experience but also a little daunting, considering the number of books available. Frequent collaboration between myself and a public librarian has produced valuable insights about how to begin reading with very young children. In an article I wrote for The Reading Teacher…

Mary Englebreit’s Nutcracker is a Sweet Delight to Read

 The Nutcracker is one of the world’s favorite holiday stories, and Mary Engelbreit offers her vision of that joyful night, creating a picture book filled with movement and vibrant detail that even the youngest child will enjoy.–From the Back Cover *** In Mary Engelbreit’s Nutcracker, Marie, the Nutcracker Prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy will…

OLIVIA and the Ice Show: A Lift-the-Flap Story (Olivia TV Tie-in)

 Join Olivia as she practices for an ice skating spectacular in this charming storybook with flaps. Cinderella on Ice is coming to Olivia’s town, and she can’t wait to be the lucky girl chosen to skate side by side with the star of the show, Sonya Spencer. But first, Olivia needs to practice. Lift-the-flaps of…

Uncle Si the Christmas Elf Work Hard, Nap Hard

Duck the halls! This book and doll set starring Uncle Si of Duck Dynasty® captures the true message of Christmas and makes for a perfect present—to either give or receive! In Uncle Si the Christmas Elf Work Hard, Nap Hard, Uncle Si plays the part of an elf in order to help Santa Claus to…

Meet Danitra Brown, “the most splendiferous girl in town”

 “Choose whatever box you like, Mike. Just don’t put me in one, son. Believe me, I won’t fit.”  ― Nikki Grimes, Bronx Masquerade  Named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book as well as an ALA Notable Book, this touching collection of 13 poems about two African American girls named Zuri Jackson and Danitra Brown, is…

Standards for Reading Professionals From My Children’s Literature Syllabus

College of Education Department of Literacy Boise State University ED-LTCY 346- 1154 Children’s Literature CLICK HERE to see the full syllabus. Instructor: Michael Strickland, M.A. Here are the International Reading Association Standards for Reading Professionals as they apply to classroom teachers. Through participating in this course, you should be able to: Understand major theories and empirical…

What is children’s literature?

Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down. . . . Some writers for children deliberately avoid using words they think a child doesn’t know. This emasculates the prose and . . . bores the reader. . . . Children love words that give them…

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

” A standout picture book, especially for those who like wheels with their dreams” – Booklist Do you have one of those two or three year-olds who is fascinated with all things construction related: excavators, backhoes, front end loads, bulldozers? Does your preschooler wear a hard hat around the house? When you’re  driving in the…