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Baby Goes Beep / Con Mi Hermano / Eating the Alphabet / First the Egg

June 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | 2013-2014 | Summer - (Comments Off on Baby Goes Beep / Con Mi Hermano / Eating the Alphabet / First the Egg)

All poems listed below are from Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2007

 

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Baby Goes Beep by Rebecca O’Connell. Illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max. Deborah Brodie Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2003

Poem:
“Baby in a High Chair” by Jack Prelutsky, p. 23

 

 

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Con mi hermano / With My Brother by Eileen Rowe. Illustrated by Robert Casilla. Bradbury, 1991

Poem:
“Brother” by Mary Ann Hoberman, pp. 44-45

 

 

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Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989

Poem:
“Berries” by Lilian Moore, pp. 56-57

 

 

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First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2007

Poem:
“Chicks” by Eric Finney, p. 35

 

 

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Mommy, Where Are You? / What’s Special about Me, Mama?

May 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | 2013-2014 | May - (Comments Off on Mommy, Where Are You? / What’s Special about Me, Mama?)

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Mommy, Where Are You? by Mack. U.S. edition: Clavis, 2012

1. Let’s find an animal that lives in a cold place. How can you tell it’s a cold place?

2. Let’s find an animal that lives in a hot place. How can you tell it’s a hot place?

3. What animals have long necks/tails/legs/nose?

 

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What’s Special about Me, Mama? by Kristina Evans. Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. Jump at the Sun Books / Disney, 2011

1. The mama in this book thinks her child is special for many reasons. What are some of the ones you remember?

2. The child in this book has hair that “springs right back into place” after a bath. What does your hair do when its wet?

3. The child in this book helps in the kitchen by mixing things. What are some ways that you help out at home?

 

Poem to pair from Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2007:

“Something about Me” by Anonymous, p. 10

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Who Likes Rain? / underGROUND

April 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | 2013-2014 | April - (Comments Off on Who Likes Rain? / underGROUND)

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Who Likes Rain? By Wong Herbert Yee. Henry Holt, 2007

1. What are some of the animals/things in the story that like the rain.

2. What do you like about rain? What are things you don’t like about rain?

3. What does the rain sound/feel like? (Imitate the rain/a storm)

 

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underGROUND by Denise Fleming. Beach Lane Books / Simon & Schuster, 2012

1. What are some of the things found underground in this story?

2. Let’s go dig. What can we find underground?

3. Would you want to live underground? Why or why not?

 

 

Poems to pair from Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2007:

“Rain” by Spike Milligan, pp. 72-3

“April Rain Song” by Langston Hughes, pp. 74-75

“Mud” by Flanders and Swann, pp. 76-77

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Green / Animal Spots and Stripes

March 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | 2013-2014 | March - (Comments Off on Green / Animal Spots and Stripes)

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Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2012

1. What kind of green would you call a blade of grass? How about a shirt that you love?

2. What are other green things you can think of?

3. What do you think is meant by “forever green” on the book’s final pages?

 

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Animal Spots and Stripes by Britta Teckentrup. Handprint Books, 2012

1. Let’s find all the animals with spots in the book. Now let’s find all the animals with stripes.

2. If you could choose between having spots or stripes, which would you want to have? Why?

3. Let’s count the _________! (name the specific creatures on each page)

 

Poems to pair from Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2007 :

“Soggy Greens” by John Cunliffe, p. 19

“Recipe for Green” by Jane Yolen, pp. 54-55

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Baby Bear Sees Blue / Small Bunny’s Blue Blanket

February 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | 2013-2014 | February - (Comments Off on Baby Bear Sees Blue / Small Bunny’s Blue Blanket)

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Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff. Beach Lane / Simon & Schuster, 2012

1. What are some things Baby Bear sees throughout the day? What are some things you see when you wake up in the morning?

2. What colors can we find outside (go on a color walk/draw pictures of all the colors you see)

3. What are some colors you can eat?

 

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Small Bunny’s Blue Blanket by Tayana Feeney. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012

1. How does Small Bunny feel about his blue blanket? How can you tell? What do you love?

2. What is something Small Bunny likes to do in the story? Do you like to ____________? (fill in based on child’s response to first question)

3. What do you find it hard to wait for?

 

Poems to pair from Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2007:

“Sleepy Song” by Clare Bevan, p. 92

“Silverly” by Dennis Lee, pp. 94-95

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I’ll Save You, Bobo! / Baby, Where Are You?

January 1st, 2014 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | January | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on I’ll Save You, Bobo! / Baby, Where Are You?)

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I’ll Save You, Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal. Illustrated by Marc Rosenthal. Atheneum, 2012

1. Who is your favorite character in this story? Why?

2. Do you think Earl the cat likes Bobo? Why or why not?

3. What do you like about the stories the little boy tells? Do you ever make up stories? (What are they about?)

 

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Baby, Where Are You? by Mack. U.S. edition: Clavis, 2012

1. Let’s find an animal in the book that lives in or near the water. What is it?

2. Let’s find an animal in the book walking in the sand. What is it?

3. Which animals in the book have long necks?

 

Poem to pair from Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2007:

“Tide and Seek” by Andrew Fusek Peters, p. 80

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Z Is for Moose / Animal 1 2 3

December 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | December | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Z Is for Moose / Animal 1 2 3)

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Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham. Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2012

1. How does Moose feel when he finds out he isn’t going to be the letter “M”? How can you tell what he’s feeling?

2. Can you figure out what letters were supposed to be on the pages after “M Is for Mouse” and “N Is for Needle?.” What clues can/did you use?

3. What makes you impatient? What do you do when do you have to wait?

 

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Animal 1 2 3 by Britta Teckentrup. Handprint Books, 2012

1. Let’s count ___________s (creatures from each/any page in book).

2. What comes after _____ (number)? How much is it if we add one more?

3. Let’s move like ______ (creature from each/any page in book).

 

Poem to pair from Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2007:

“The NO-NO Bird” by Andrew Fusek Peters, p. 28

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I Love Saturdays y domingos / Baby’s Day

November 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | November | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on I Love Saturdays y domingos / Baby’s Day)

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I Love Saturdays y domingos by Alma Flor Ada. Ill by Elivia Salvadier. Atheneum, 2002

1. What are some of the things that are the same at each of the two houses the little girl visits?

2. What are some of the things that are different?

3. What do you like to do with a grown-up you love?

 

 

 

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Baby’s Day by Michael Blake. Candlewick Press, 2007

1. What color is __________? (name the highlighted object(s) on every page)

2. When would a baby wear a bib and have a bowl? What do you think the baby is about to do?

3. Baby is sleeping with a toy bunny. Is there something you like to sleep with?

 

Poems to pair from Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2007:

“Your Birthday Cake” by Rosemary Wells, p. 22

“Baby Fingers” by Nikki Grimes, p. 20

“Candles” by Wendy Cope, p. 26

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Spike the Mixed-Up Monster / Oh, No! / Alfie Is Not Afraid

October 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | October | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Spike the Mixed-Up Monster / Oh, No! / Alfie Is Not Afraid)

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Spike, the Mixed-Up Monster by Susan Hood. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. A Paula Wiseman Book / Simon & Schuster, 2012

1. Do you think Spike is a monster? Why/why not?

2. What are ways Spike tries to act like a monster? (Let’s be monsters ourselves–swoosh, bare teeth, etc)

3. Let’s look again at the photographs of animals at the end of the story. What are some ways they are different than the animals in the illustrations? What are some ways they are the same?

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Oh, No! by Candace Fleming. Illustrated by Eric Rohmann. Schwartz & Wade, 2012

1. Name some of the animals that fall into the hole in the story. Why do you think Tiger wants to get the animals out of the hole?

2. Would you help tiger out of the hole? Why or why not?

3. How do you think it would feel to be stuck in a hole?

 

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Alfie Is Not Afraid by Patricia Carlin. Disney / Hyperion, 2012

1. Do YOU think Alfie is afraid? Why or why not ?(Ask them to point out evidence in book)

2. How can you tell the difference between what the boy is saying and what Alfie is really feeling?

3. What kinds of things are you afraid of?

 

Poems to pair from Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2007:

“My Sister” by Margaret Mahy, p. 40

“In Bed with Cuddly Creatures” by Wes Magee, p. 89

“No Need to Light a Night-Light” by Anonymous, p. 100

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Dog in Boots / I’m the Best

September 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | September | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Dog in Boots / I’m the Best)

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  Dog in Boots by Greg Gormley. Illustrated by Roberta Angaramo. Holiday House, 2011
1. Why do you think all the different kinds of boots and shoes and other things Dog tries aren’t right for him?

2. Do you think you can do everything with your bare feet that Dog can do with his paws? Why or why not?

3. Which of the footwear Dog tries do you like the best? Why?

 

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I’m the Best by Lucy Cousins. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2010

1. Why do you think Dog shows off and brags?

2. In what ways do you think that Dog is a good friend?

3. In what ways do you think Ladybug, Mole, Goose, and Donkey are good friends?

 

Poems to pair from Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2007:
“Dressing Too Quickly” by Jill Townsend, p. 14
“My Puppy” by Aileen Fisher, p. 36
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Siesta

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Siesta)

Siesta coverSiesta by Ginger Fogelsong Guy. Illustrated by René King Moreno. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 1005

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Jazz Baby

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Jazz Baby)

Jazz Baby coverJazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Harcourt, 2007

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