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Holiday Book Gifting Part 3 – Picture Books for Christmas and Winter

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Welcome to Part 3 of my Holiday Gifting Posts!  Today I’m featuring picture books for Christmas and Winter!  When my boys were younger, I loved choosing a new Christmas book to leave under the tree and open on Christmas Eve.  I hope you find one or two books to gift to a special reader in your life this holiday season!

Happy reading and gifting everyone!

Christmas Picture Books

The Crayons’ Christmas Drew Deywalt

A cleaver festive addition to this series.  Not recommended for a library due to all the fancy flaps and moving parts – but great for gifting!  Fun for kids with much humour for adults, too!

One Wild Christmas – Nicholas Oldland

Cute and quirky! This “wild” book continues the adventures with these three hilarious animal friends.  In this story, they are trying to plan a perfect Christmas together and soon discover they are missing the Christmas tree.  Bright illustrations and filled with funny antics.

Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever

– Matt Tavaras

How did Santa end up with all those reindeer and why are there eight of them? Do they like living at the North Pole?  This origin story by the author of Red and Lulu will answer all of those questions and more.  Absolutely stunning illustrations.  This book has been mentioned in several best-of-the-year lists.  A great book for “Knew-New’s”!!!

The Tree That’s Meant to Be Yunal Zommer

A heartfelt, gorgeous Christmas picture book about a crooked little fir tree with a powerful message about love and embracing what makes you different.  Have your kleenex handy!  Stunning illustrations.

Nutcracker Night Mireille Messier

LOVE this unique twist of a night at the Nutcracker – telling the story entirely through the sounds of the theater.  This is a lovely gift book but also a great one for teaching onomatopoeia.   Charming and clever!

Little Robin’s Christmas – Jan Fearnley

This delightful story of celebrating generosity and the spirit of Christmas was first published in 1998 and was a favorite of my two boys.   Little Robin gives away his 7 warm vests to different animals in need.  Love the ending when Little Robin ends up getting a red vest for Christmas from Santa.

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The Most Wonderful Gift in the World – Mark Sperring

A sweet reminder that the best gifts aren’t wrappable.  Esme and Bear receive a present from Santa addressed to someone else, so they set off to deliver it themselves.  Adorable illustrations.  I really enjoyed this one.

How to Hide a Lion at Christmas – Helen Stephens

When Iris’s best Lion friend is not able to join them on their Christmas trip, the lion sets off on a snowy adventure to find her.  Charming holiday story of friendship and fun.  

Santa’s Story – Will Hillenbrand

Santa is ready for his big night but can’t find the reindeer!  Lovely story and perfect for any family who celebrates on Christmas Eve by reading  T’was The Night Before Christmas.  Turns out the reindeer have the same tradition!   Very cute!

Winter Picture Books

The Shortest Day Susan Cooper

This stunning, quiet picture book celebrates the Winter Solstice, the Yuletide season, and how throughout history, people have gathered to celebrate the magical return of seasonal light.  This book is a lovely, beautifully illustrated retelling of Susan Cooper’s Yule poem.

My Winter City James Gladstone

A gentle poem of winter in the city.  A young boy awakens to a blanket of freshly fallen snow, and shares his experiences of being out in it with his father.    Gorgeous details in the illustrations and sensory, lyrical text and a large book format, perfect for reading together.   Love, Love, LOVE this book so much (It is my favorite new Winter book!)

A Day So Gray – Marie Lamba

On a winter’s day, one child sees only the gloomy bleakness of the season until her  friend encourages her to see the hidden colors all around her.  Great book for growth mindset and also writing about colors!

My Footprints– Bao Phi

Wow. Wow. Wow.  SO much more than a book about winter.  (In fact it’s not about winter at all!)  I was drawn to the book because it was written by the same author of A Different Pond, which I loved.   It is about a young Vietnamese American girl who is being bullied at school because she has two moms.  She works through her sadness and anger in a creative way, making footprints in the snow of different animals she pretends to be.  I like that this book didn’t focus on the bullies but focused on positive and imaginative ways to deal with them.  Great illustrations.

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Snow Globe Wishes Erin Dealey

A gentle, rhyming picture book celebrating the magic of a snow day.  When a huge snowstorm hits and the power goes out, a young girl enjoys the slow pace of her family and neighbours spending time together.  Lovely illustrations.  The ending was a little sugary but a great book for making winter connections.

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Small in the City- Sydney Smith

Another amazing book by the author of Town is By the Sea and Sidewalk Flowers. Gorgeous illustrations of city scenes, sparse text, touching story of a child giving advice on coping with being “small in the city.”  Love the surprise ending.  Not really about winter but children will enjoy guessing who the advice is for and which clues informed their decision – a perfect book for inferring!

Happy Reading and Holiday Gifting, everyone! 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Summer Preview Part 1 (Or: I can’t wait to get my hands on these new books!)

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It’s Monday and I’m happy to be participating in a weekly event with a community of bloggers who post reviews of books that they have read the previous week. Check out more IMWAYR posts here: Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers

Although most of my Monday posts feature books I have actually read, I’ve been keeping track of some new titles that I’m eagerly awaiting to be released.  So this week, I’ve decided to let you in on my some of the books I’m excited to get my hands on when they do come out.  Most books listed here will be released between June and August.   I’ve already done a few “pre-orders” of some of these and the countdown is on!

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I am beyond excited to read this companion to the block buster, best seller The Day the Crayons Quit.  Apparently, Duncan is now dealing with a whole group of crayons who have been lost in strange places like behind the couch and melted on the window sill!  Will it be as good as the first?  I can’t wait to find out!

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Billy’s Booger – William Joyce

The “fictionalized picture book memoir”, loosely based on an incident in William Joyce’s life when a young “Bill”, who is constantly distracted in class and spends his class time drawing,  is encouraged by his teacher librarian to enter a book writing contest.  He writes about the worlds’ biggest and best booger!  Another anticipated brilliant book by William Joyce!

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The Specific Ocean – Kyo MacLear

I was captivated by the title of this book – and have enjoyed this author’s previous books (Spork, Julia, Child).  It is about a girl who would rather stay in the city with her friends in the summer, but ends up making a deep connection to the ocean.   Such a great title!

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Book – David Miles

Was drawn in by the title, of course – but on a closer look have made this a “must have” book that celebrates literature in a world of gadgets, passwords and Youtube videos.  “With soft, warm storytelling and stunning, whimsical illustrations, Book embarks the reader on an imaginative journey through the literary lands of fact and fiction.” 

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Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada – Jimmy Fallon

Ok – so I will admit that I have a bit of a crush on Jimmy Fallon.  He is so darn funny and makes me laugh every time I watch his show.  So I’m looking forward to reading his new book about how father’s wage a secret campaign to ensure that their babies’ first word is “Dada”.

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Float – Daniel Mryares

I love wordless picture books and this one looks like it will be delightful.  A boy, his newspaper boat, and a rainy day adventure.  Apparently a “how to” at the back for making your own boat is included!

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The Blue Whale – Jenni Desmond

There is already quite a buzz about this engaging nonfiction book that is filled with relatable facts about the largest living creature on our planet.  The illustrations depict not only the facts, but also the story of the narrator, a young boy who is reading about the whales.  This makes me think of the layered illustrations in The Bear in the Book.  This book comes out tomorrow!  Can’t wait!

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Buddy and Earl – Maureen Fergus

There was something about this cover that caught my eye.  This is the first in an apparent series about a dog and his hedgehog friend.  “Their friendship is tender and loyal, and their adventures are funny and imaginative.”  I’m keeping my eye out for Buddy and Earl!  Cuteness!

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The Little Gardener – Emily Hughes

A sweet looking story about a determined little gardener.  The illustrations look amazing!

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Bike, On, Bear! – Cynthia Liu

An over-thinking and over-achieving bear learns to ride a bike.   The illustrations look adorable.

Thanks for stopping by!  Which soon-to-be-released book has caught your eye?

Look for more previews next week!

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It’s Monday, What are you reading? – Favorite Books of 2013

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It’s Monday and I’m happy to be participating in a weekly event with a community of bloggers who post reviews of books that they have read the previous week.  Check out more IMWAYR posts here: Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.

It’s been an amazing year of books!  So many great books were published this year that have  become “favorites” that it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few.  Which books did I hug extra tightly or put under my pillow just to keep them with me a little longer?

Inspired by my friend and book blogger extraordinaire Carrie Gelson,  I have decided to choose 13 books (for 2013) and organize them into categories I read the most of:  picture books, nonfiction books and novels.

Picture books:

1. Journey – Aaron Becker

Mesmerizing watercolor illustrations that take the reader on a journey of adventure, self discovery, courage, hope and unexpected friendship.  This book will likely top many 2013 lists and it certainly tops mine.

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2.  The Man With the Violin – Kathy Stinson

This book, based on a true event, celebrates the power of music and reminds us that in the business of our lives, we need to stop and appreciate the beauty around us.  (also 3 cheers for Canadian authors)

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3. The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywalt

Oh, how I love clever  books!   Oh, how I love a book that makes me laugh out loud and wish I had written it myself!  Oh, how I love a book that I read and immediately start thinking of ways I will be able to use it in my classroom.  This book has all my loves tied up together.

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4. Ben Rides On – Matt Davies

Ben loves his bike.   Ben’s bike is bullied away.  Ben figures out a way to get his bike back.  There is tenderness amidst the lightheartedness and Ben is my hero.

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5. The Dark – Lemony Snicket

 This is the story of how dear Little Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark. My oh my,  there is something magical about this book.  Personification at its best.

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6. Water in the Park – Emily Jenkins

Community, neighborhood, water, time;  From dawn to dusk we witness the comings and goings in a park. Simple. Beautiful.

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7. Silver Buttons – Bob Graham

(or “The Silver Button” )

The celebration of a single moment and all that happens – from one moment in a an apartment room to that same moment all over the world.  Extraordinary.  Brilliant.  Hugging this book.

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8. Hello, My Name is Ruby – Philip C. Stead

I fell in love with Ruby this year.  She is all that represents fearlessness, curiosity, courage, adventure, wisdom all wrapped up in a sweet little bird body who asks questions.  By far my favorite character of 2013.

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9.  The Matchbox Diary – Paul Fleischman

This book is a celebration of memories, keepsakes, treasures, life stories and relationships.  A grandfather opens his matchboxes of memories, his life story and his heart to his granddaughter.   My favorite “connect” book of the year.

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Nonfiction:

10.  The World is Waiting for You – Barbara Kerley

Following your passion amidst all that the world has to offer.  Imaginative and inspiring.

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11. Walk this World – Jenny Broom

A celebration of the everyday similarities and differences that exist between cultures around the world.  A new country on every page – with windows to peek under and many surprises to discover!  Wow!  An adventure from cover to cover!

12. What Does it Mean to Be Present? – Rana DiOrio

Carpe Diem, seize the day, appreciate the moment, be present, be grateful, give back.  How could anyone NOT want to share this message with children.  Love x a lot for this one.

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12. The Animal Book – Steve Jenkins

Happiness is a new Steve Jenkins book.  Happiness is being amazed by his signature collage illustrations and the intriguing facts he wows us with.  Happiness is adding this book to my Nonfiction Book list for 2013.

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Novels:

The Runaway King – Jennifer A. Nielsen

When a grade 6 boy tears up with joy because his back order Scholastic Book order copy of The Runaway King has just come in – you know it is a great book.  This follow-up is equally as good as the first.  I will get my box of Kleenex ready for the 3rd installment!

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Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library – Chris Grabenstein

Funny, crafty, twists and turns, puzzles and adventures.  Some were less impressed with the “too close for comfort” to legendary Charlie Bucket but both my students and I LOVED it!

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Wake Up Missing – Kate Messner

Concussions, Treatment centers, stolen identities and friendships = fast paced, page turner, grab-the-book -from-your-son’s-room-while-he’s-sleeping-because- you-can’t-wait-to-find-out-what-happens -book!

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The Real Boy – Anne Ursu

A magical  fantasy –  beautiful, enchanting, mysterious, sad, hopeful.  This one ended up under my pillow.

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Well, there are my top books for 2013.  (And for anyone who happened to be counting – I believe I went way over my original “13 picks for 2013” by several titles!)  It was, indeed, a very good year for books!  What books did you celebrate in 2013?

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Summer Reading – Day 17! Crayon Revolt!

16101018[1]The Day the Crayons Quit – by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by the great Oliver Jeffers is a laugh out loud book about what happens one day when Duncan goes to colour and discovers his crayons have quit!  Instead of crayons, he discovers a stack of letters written by each of his crayons, expressing their complaints and reasons why they are quitting:  Black is fed up of being used just for outlining; Blue has been worn to a stump and is  tired of only being used to color oceans;  Green is satisfied with his workload of coloring trees, crocodiles and frogs but wants Duncan to stop the fighting between red and orange.  Beige is tired of being treated as a “second” to Brown.  Sooo funny – for adults as well as kids!  Each page features the actual letter from each crayon, expressing themselves in their own unique way and accompanied by some of Duncan’s drawings.  This book is original, clever and hilarious!  (and it makes me jealous that I didn’t think of the idea first!)

9780399255373_IL_1[1]Now many things make me happy but finding a book that fits PERFECTLY with a lesson is high up there on my happy meter! And it just so happens that I am knee deep in writing my new book (Nonfiction Writing Power) and searching for anchor books for different forms of nonfiction writing.  Hello?  Could there be a more perfect book for PERSUASION?  I got so excited when I first saw this book and realized it was written as a collection of persuasive letters (who cares if the letters are written by crayons!) I did a happy dance right there in the book store! Each letter models a form of persuasive writing that expresses an opinion with the intention of promoting action or change from the reader. I’m already visualizing students choosing the voice of a crayon and writing their own letters!  I can’t wait to share this book at my workshops!  I’m predicting it will be on the top of every teacher’s “must have” list by the end of September.  (I hope they printed lots of copies!)

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