Thursday, September 23, 2010

Online Children's Books! How Neat!

This past week I've been living without a computer. My computer decided to take a nap last Thursday and never woke up! Needless to say, it's been difficult finding ways to check emails, write to friends on facebook, and most importantly update this blog! But where there is a will- there is a way, which is how I find myself updating the blog in the journalism building. Since you are able to read this post via your own computer I thought I would send you some children's books that can also be found on the Internet, FREE. (One of my favorite words!)

The website I recommend is and has many great tools for reading. Books for various ages, fun activities, and a read-aloud feature for some stories. Here's some of the fun books I found:

Little Miss Mary and the Big Monster Makeover
by: by G.G. Toropov and Cleone Cassidy
Summary: Is trendy Little Miss Mary ready to make over a monster?

I have a soft spot for this next story, it's about a bear who has a funny name! We Picklesimers deal with this name game all of the time!

Wolstencroft the Bear
by: Karen Lewis
Summary: Wolstencroft wants a home for his own, but thinks that his name is holding him back. Will he find someone to love him, strange name and all?

Also check out their sister site for all of your child's phonics needs. Games, puzzles, all fun and phonics.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It's All About the Head Gear!

One of my favorite accessories to wear to class on a not-so-beautiful hair day is my Troy Trojans pink ball cap! As I slipped it on the other day I remembered one of my favorite children's books, Caps for Sale! I love this book because it is fun to read with others and have group participation with. Also for new readers having trouble with sight words, this book is great to use for practice. :)

Caps for Sale!
by: Esphyr Slobodkina
Summary: Based on a folktale, the story follows the life of a mustachioed cap salesman who wears his entire stock of caps on his head — seventeen in all, as depicted on the title page (including his own cap). He strolls through towns and villages chanting, "Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!"

One day, the peddler sits down under a tree to take a nap, with all his wares still on his head. When he awakens, all the caps but his own are gone - stolen by a troop of monkeys, who now sit in the tree wearing them. See what happens when he decides to get his caps back!

The best activity to do with this book is find more hat books! I suggest "The Cat in the Hat" and another Seuss hat book, "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. Also, find your favorite hat and wear it while reading.