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Top Ten Tuesday – New Fall Picks for the First Day of Fall!

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Happy first day of fall, everyone! (my favorite season!) While many things feel unsettled and unpredictable, one thing that we can always predict is the changing of seasons. And I can’t think of a better way to celebrate fall than with some new fall books (and a few fall favorites!)

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Leif and the Fall – Alison Sweet Grant

A little leaf is afraid to fall and and is determined to find a different way down. With his friend Laurel, he uses the resources around him to create a net, a kite, a parachute all in hopes of softening his landing. Great book for STEAM and growth mindset! Students could design their own way of helping Leif down.

Little Acorn

Delightful introduction to the life cycle of trees. Beautiful illustrations!

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Dance Like a Leaf AJ Irving

This one took me a little by surprise. As her grandmother’s health declines, a young girl takes the lead in their cozy shared autumn traditions. Poetic prose and beautiful illustrations. So much more than a book celebrating fall, this is a beautiful celebration of life and a gentle introduction to the death of a loved one.

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn – Kenard Pak

A young girl takes a walk through forest and town, greeting all the signs of the coming season and saying good-bye to summer. This is one of a series of “Hello, Goodye” to seasons. I always think of my Grannie when I read this book. Like the little girl in this story, she used to talk to every flower and creature and gust of wind.

Little Goose’s Autumn – Elli Woodlard

A beautiful, uplifting story about a little goose trying to find her place in the world. Lyrical text, gorgeous illustrations and full of hope. A perfect anchor book for “SELF”.

Le temps au fil des jours – Martha E.H. Rustad

See the changes in the weather and explore how people and animals get ready for cooler temperatures. Great for building French vocabulary. This is one of a series of four season books.

The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry

The Scarecrow – Beth Ferry

This book is likely my favorite book from 2019. A gorgeous and poignant picture book about two unexpected friends and the special connection they share. Emotional exploration of loneliness and love. Kleenex, please. Translated into French and available online as a read-aloud.

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Lawrence in the Fall – Matthew Farima

Lawrence the fox is the only student in the class without a collection for sharing. His father takes him into the forest and Lawrence discovers an endless collection of fall leaves. Lovely muted blue/brown illustrations. This would be an excellent tie-in to leaf collecting, nature walks, or tree identification (final endpapers show the leaves he collects).

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Full of Fall – April Pulley Sayre

Simple, rhythmic text in a beautiful font support this absolutely beautiful photographic journey of a tree. Full color photographs so real you can almost smell the leaves. Great information at the end for budding scientists.
“So long, summer. Green, goodbye! Hello, yellow. Greetings, gold.
Oh-it’s orange! Red, be bold.”

Hello Autumn! – Shelley Rotner

Simple text and bright, vivid photographs show readers the changes in animals, plants, and landscapes that occur during fall. Great for early primary!

Awesome Autumn – All Kinds of Fall Facts and Fun – Bruce Goldstone

I have used this book many times with students. It’s jam packet with so many facts about fall – everything from the environment and weather, plants and animals, traditions, sports, clothing, activities. Lots of curriculum connections in this one!

Autumn Math Walk Deanna Pecaski McLennan

I discovered this series over the summer and posted them on my Outdoor Learning blog. Love the celebration Math in the natural world and the suggestions for outdoor learning. A perfect anchor for sparking mathematical conversations about shapes, patterns, and numbers in the fall.

Summer Green to Autumn Gold – Uncovering Leaves’ Hidden Colors – Mia Posada

This nonfiction picture book beautifully explains why leaves change color in fall. It combines the vibrant colors of fall with interesting facts. Scientific facts and links to hands-on activities included at the back. Great link to both Science and Art.

Autumblings Douglas Florian

Douglas Florian is my all-time favorite, go-to poet for teaching poetry. I love his style, his word play, his humour and his illustrations. So many of his poems can be used to inspire poetry writing! This book is a follow up his other season poetry books Winter Eyes and Summersaults. (I have them all!)

What is your favorite fall book to share with your students?

Thanks for stopping by! And I hope you found one or two new books you are excited about! Happy reading and happy fall, everyone!

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Picture Books 10 for 10 (2020) Top Ten Picture Books to Support Outdoor Learning

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I’m excited to be, once again, participating in this summer’s 10 for 10 Picture Book celebration! #pb10for10   This annual celebration of picture books is hosted by Cathy from Reflect and Refine: Building a Learning Community and Mandy from Enjoy and Embrace Learning.  Hard to believe this is my eighth year of participating in this event! (you can read my 2019 here 2018 here,  2017 post here,  2016 post here2015 post here2014 post here and 2013 here. )  Each year on August 10th, the blogging community chooses 10 picture books on a range of themes – from diversity, to community building, to writing, to conservation.  It is an amazing opportunity to explore new picture books related to a wide range of themes.  (It can also be a little hard on your bank account, if you are anything like me!)

 2020…. A year for the record books.  As we prepare and venture into the unknown of classrooms during Covid,  many are pressing the reset button and looking for new ways to support their students learning while trying to keep everyone safe.  While there is no doubt school start up will be challenging and look very different from any other year, it may also open up some exciting opportunities for exploring new ways to teach.  Outdoor learning is one of these new opportunities.  Outdoor learning is more than just taking students outside to play at the end of the day.  It is an outdoor learning space that provides an opportunity to integrate nature into your teaching and promotes play, creativity, and problem-solving skills.

Traditionally, I have always organized my #pb10for10 around Reading Power two books for each strategy (connect, question, visualize, infer, transform).  But this year, I am breaking with tradition and focusing on a theme more fitting for the times – 10 books that celebrate nature and may inspire outdoor learning and exploring.

(Note – I found so many wonderful books for this theme, I will continue with a second post later this week!)

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1.Run Wild David Covell

This book makes me want to take off my shoes and run around outside and explore!  A wonderful reminder that there are so many adventures to be found when you put down your screen.  Lovely rhythmic text and detailed illustrations!

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2.The Not So Great Outdoors – Madeline Kloepper

The little girl in this story hates nature.  She wants her WiFi and her electricity, and she doesn’t see what the big point of this “outdoor stuff” is.  Camping with her family is not exactly her idea of fun.  But she soon discovers that the (not-so) great outdoors can be just as exciting as screens and skyscrapers.  Love this playful picture book celebrating the pleasures of unplugging and embracing nature.

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 3. Daniel Finds a Poem – Micha Archer

What is poetry? Is it glistening morning dew?  Crisp leaves crunching?  A cool pond, sun-warmed sand, or moonlight on the grass?  Maybe poetry is all of these things – you just have to take the time to really look and listen.  I use this book when launching my poetry unit but it’s the PERFECT book to inspire exploring and writing.

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4. The Listening Walk – Paul Showers

What can you hear when you’re out for a walk? The tap of your shoes, the whirr of the sprinklers, the chug of the bus? This classic picture book encourages you to slow down and listen to the noises all around you.  I have always loved using this book for visualizing and teaching onomatopoeia but would be an great inspiration for taking a “listening walk” with your students.

5. Autumn Math Walk Deanna Pecaski McLennan

Outdoor learning means finding ways to integrate nature into all areas of your curriculum.  This is a wonderful series that can spark mathematical conversations with children, and be used as a guide for discovering the rich math that exists in nature.   See also Winter Math Walk, Beach Math Walk and Playground Math.

6. Everybody Needs a Rock – Byrd Baylor

This is one of my all-time favorite books to share with students.  Byrd Baylor invites readers to find their “perfect rock” and gives 10 “rock rules” to follow while searching.  So many lessons and activities stem from this book –  a perfect introduction to rocks and minerals unit in science; students can find their own rock to learn about; learning a First Nations ways of knowing perspective; students to find a special rock and write a description and about their journey to find it.  LOVE!   (Check out my OLLI – Online Learning Lesson Idea on this book HERE)

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7. You’re Missing It!  – Brady Smith

Sometimes, it’s parents who need reminding to turn off their phones and enjoy the sights and sounds around them.  Perfect reminder to practice mindfulness, being present and enjoying the moment.  A great to companion (text-to-text) to Sidewalk Flowers.  

8. Backyard Fairies – Phoebe Wahl

Where are those fairies?  I am certain they are here – there are clues everywhere – but I just can’t see them!   Follow a little girl as she sets out into the woods in her backyard searching for the backyard fairies.  Although readers can see them, as hard as she looks, the fairies are always just out of view for the narrator.  Delightful illustrations.  I would use this book to promote Imagination Pocket writing.  Children could also go on a fairy walk outside or draw their own fairy forest.

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9.  Finding Wild – Megan Wagner Llyod

Breathtaking illustrations and enchanting language, this book takes readers on a sensory journey though nature.  Would be a great anchor book for visualizing and sensory details.  Would also be inspiring for kids to find their wild!

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 10. The Hike – Alison Farrell

Share the joy and excitement of three friends as they head out to enjoy the great outdoors together.  I love the beautiful, lyrical storytelling and the details of nature that fill every corner of this book.  Besides the overall message of encouragement to get out and enjoy the world outside, I would definitely use this for launching scientific notebooks and labelled diagrams.

While  not  a picture  book,  this  looks  like  an  excellent  resource  (but  I have  not  read it,  myself).  12082784

Moving the Classroom Outdoors:  Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning in Action – Herbert W. Broda

A great resource of new ideas and advanced ways to meaningfully use the space on  school grounds to support student learning.  Includes research and practical examples from schools across North America. Great photos!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you found a book to caught your eye!

(Note – I found so many books for this theme, I will continue with a second post later this week!)

 

 

 

 

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