• Hundertwasser for Kids: Harvesting Dreams

    by Barbara Stieff Year Published: 2008

    "Painting is to dream," said Hundertwasser. "When the dream is over, I don"t remember anything I dreamed about. The painting, however, remains. It is the harvest of my dream." This statement is at the heart of this engaging introduction to the work of the eccentric artist, humanitarian, environmentalist, and architect who dedicated his life to the beautification of the world we live in. Students were able to see Hundertwasser's life and work and take visuals from the book to re-create a project in his style.

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  • My Mouth Is a Volcano!

    by Julia Cook Year Published: 2006

    I read this book to my students when I need a comical way to

    explain the subject of interrupting. At the beginning of the year

    I always try to find a little bit of time to read this to my students

    in hopes that it will help them understand my rules and procedures

    a little bit better. Instead of drilling and repremanding, this fun and

    visually stimulating book gives students a different perspective on the

    boring subject of blurting.

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  • Owl Moon

    by Jane Yolen Year Published: 1987

    Students completed a fall project in which they learned how to draw

    an owl and this book provided the visuals we needed to create our

    project with understanding of what owls look like. The story itself captured

    student's attention and the gentle voice paired with beautiful illustrations

    made for a memorable storytime.

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  • Snowmen At Night

    by Caralyn Buehner Year Published: 2002

    This was a fantastic story that sparked every student's imagination. Who

    hasn't wondered what it would be like if snowmen came to life? Students

    were able to experience a story in which snowmen DO come to life at night.

    The clever storytelling paired with fun illustrations made it that much more

    interesting to make snowmen of our own for our art project.

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  • The Day the Crayons Quit

    by Drew Daywalt Year Published: 2013

    This story is perfect for any age bracket. When inanimate objects are brought to life

    with thoughts and actions you can't help but to be entertained. Students loved hearing

    the many thoughts and opinions that Duncan's crayons had about his coloring. The unique

    format, where we were reading the actual letters the crayons wrote, added to the experience.

    Students were engaged and laughing throughout our storytime while also getting a quick

    refresher in colors!

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  • When a Line Bends...A Shape Begins

    by Rhonda Gowler Greene Year Published: 1997
    This was the perfect book to use as a review of our Lines and Shapes unit. Students
    knew exactly what to look for and made connections to prior learning when telling
    the difference between a line and a shape. The fun rhyme scheme and colorful illustration
    gave us plenty to pay attention to!
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