Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas time- Party time!

With Christmas time producing many holiday parties, it makes for a perfect opportunity to talk about one of my recent adventures. As many of those who know me understand, I get some of my love for reading and writing from my grandmother, who I call Nanie. Maybe some is an understatement. I grew up with Nanie reading books to my brother and me in silly voices, costumes, and engaging us in the books as she read. She would write books about our lives, some of the most famous being the Binky the Worm books I always loved. This is my hope for all of you who read this blog. I hope that by receiving tips on great books to read with your children that you can engage them while reading with them. My parents read to me nightly along with my Nanie, and with all of that interaction while reading, I was absolutely hooked. 
Anyways, back to parties!

I recently went with my Nanie to Barrett Elementary in Birmingham to do a special presentation on the fabulous book Junie B. Jones is a Party Animal. Nanie dressed as Junie B. and acted out the whole book from memory, and afterwards I had the opportunity to talk to the 300 (!!) students about the fun of reading. The boys and girls ate it up! They especially loved the interaction when "Junie B." would ask them to join her in certain events. So this is the book choice of the week.

Junie B. Jones is a Party Animal
by: Barbara Park
Summary: Kindergarten-Grade 2. In this early chapter book, Junie, a boisterous, effervescent kindergartner, and her friend Grace invite themselves over to the home of Lucille's wealthy grandmother, with whom the girl and her family live. They agree to help Lucille beg her "richie nanna" for a poodle. Once there, the girls find that everything in the house is exquisite and untouchable. Lucille's bedspread is silk and her huge stuffed animals cost a fortune. Junie accidentally drops a crystal glass, which shatters into pieces. Her hot dog slides off her fork onto a white Irish linen table cloth. The friends have a good time but Junie is glad to go home to her own nanna's house where she can drink out of a plastic glass and not have to worry about breaking anything. Appealing black-and-white line-and-wash drawings extend the humorous situations.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Amazing Days at Elvin Hill

Monday and Tuesday I had the opportunity to visit Elvin Hill Elementary School to read to over 400 Kindergarten-Fourth Graders. These guys and girls were amazing and welcomed me with such sweet hearts, and lots of sweet hugs! (In fact, one classroom decided to give a class hug mid-story, which I happily accepted! ha) I decided to share with all of you the books that I read to them.
Bear Stays up for Christmas
by: Karma Wilson
Summary: PreSchool-Grade 2–It's the day before Christmas, and Bear's friends have gathered in his lair to wake him up to celebrate the holiday. They get a tree, pop corn and bake fruitcake, and hang stockings and hum songs. The others doze off, but Bear keeps busy wrapping presents, baking cookies, and decorating, unaware that a certain plump, red-suited gentleman is watching from outside the cave. The rhyming text sings, shouts, whispers, and crows, and the appealing acrylic illustrations are dear. 

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
by: Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
Summary: Welcome to the hilariously hypothetical world of Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond. Everything has an impact on everything else in this world, so if you take a mouse to the movies, don't be surprised if you find yourself being run ragged by the exuberant little fellow's increasingly grand appetites. When we first met him in Numeroff and Bond's tremendously popular If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, he had more energy than a 2-year-old on lollipops. Now, in the excitement of the Christmas season, he's unstoppable. Going from movie theater to Christmas tree lot to the neighbor's yard for snowmouse-building, he's a very demanding mouse indeed--in only the best way, of course.

Here are some of the pictures from my adventures at Elvin Hill. :)