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Monday, April 23, 2018

Book Review: Manners Mash-Up

From the Book Jacket: Should you eat nachos at the opera? What about wearing your birthday suit to a birthday party? And just where DO you put that napkin? These etiquette questions have been puzzling kids for ages. Now, fourteen hilarious and well-loved illustrators show you all the answers and many, many more, right inside this book!

Why It's On My Bookshelf: This has been such a helpful resource to reteach some of our school expectations. When we get to the end of the year a lot of behavior escalates and not in the right direction. This has been a great fit for K-1 grades. Kids love the illustrations and we can keep the school rules conversation feeling positive and not punitive. Areas covered: Bus, Cafeteria, Playground, Classroom, Sportsmanship, Table Manners, Party Manners, House Guest, Doctor's Office, Theater, Grocery Store, and swimming. 

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Book Review: I Can Be Anything! Don't Tell Me I Can't

Author/Illustrator: Diane Dillon
Interest Level: Ages 5 and Up

From the Book Jacket: Like most girls and boys, Zoe enthusiastically embraces the wonders of our world and its infinite possibilities. "I can be anything I want to be!" she tells us, presenting herself in a range of careers. "But what if you fail?" asks a voice of doubt that attempts to undermine her confidence.

Bold and sassy, Zoe swats the voice away at every turn, declaring her certainty with a charisma that will encourage us all to silence the fears projected onto us by our world. Why can't a girl grow up to be President? Zoe can! When the voice of doubt continues, Zoe knows exactly what to say: "Go away, voice... I can be anything... but first, I have to learn to read. And don't tell me I can't!"

Award-winner Diane Dillon has created a winning character who defies anything to hold her back from achieving her goals. And the key to Zoe's future success begins when Zoe defiantly opens her book, making it clear that both confidence and reading are tools we all need to make our dreams come true.

Why It's On My Bookshelf: I'm a little blown away by the awesomeness of this book. It's like career development wrapped up with growth mindset and telling those negative voices in our head to get lost!!! Because we can be anything! I just can't recommend this one enough. This is definitely my favorite "What do you want to be when you grow up?" book out there! A big message is packed into this story. LOVE. 

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Book Review: Horrible Bear!

Author: Ame Dyckman
Illustrator: Zachariah OHora

From the Book Jacket: Bear didn't mean to break the girl's kite. But she's upset anyway. Upset enough to shout: HORRIBLE BEAR? Is Bear really horrible? Even the occasionally Horrible Bear in your family will laugh at this hilarious tale of accidents, outbursts, manners...and learning to say "I'm sorry."

Why It's On My Bookshelf: This is a great concrete book on what to do when we hurt someone's feelings. In Horrible Bear! when the little girl gets her feelings hurt she lashes out at bear. Later in a moment of empathy she realizes that hurting someone's feelings back is not the answer - so she apologizes. 

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