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Diggers, and mixers, and cranes—oh my! Do you have a little construction fanatic like I do? Here are 15 awesome kids books to share, including some you might not know about yet.
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To understand what they read and to write coherently, emerging readers must understand that stories have a beginning, middle and end. Click through to get the free printable and some teaching suggestions for young kids.
2017's New Favorites
All Kinds of Cars is a wonderful book for both kids and adults. It is a fun mix of real and imaginary vehicles that gives kids the giggles, while the bold, colorful illustrations from Swedish illustrator Carl Johanson will add a modern pop to bookshelves in design-conscious homes. Welcome it to your #shelfie March 14.
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This construction-themed graphic organizer introduces the reading and writing skill of sequencing. To understand what they read and to write coherently, emerging readers must understand that stories have a beginning, middle and end. Click through to get the organizer, suggestions for using it to teach young children, and recommendations for more than 15 kids books about construction.Read More
In December, our hearts and minds turn to kindness and giving. I hope you will print this calendar, take it to your local bookstore or public library, print it for your students, share it with friends and family, and join me in working through these books (and others!) during the month.Read More
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Have you noticed that the elusive Yeti's social life has been improving? There are some great, ever picture books that show him in a new (and not-at-all scary) light. Check out all of these fantastic kids books based on his adventures!
A sweet and whimsical story of a perfect, kid-sized winter adventure
When Bigfoot is driving the bus, a field trip can feel legendarily long…but the best surprise of all is yeti to come!
All Yeti wants to do after a long day in the woods is to close his eyes and go to sleep. But something is not right! Shadows lurk, sounds creak, and there are monsters...or are there?
Yeti loves his stuffed toy Chunk. They play together all day and snuggle up under the covers each night. But when Chunk goes missing, Yeti has to go to bed alone in the shadowy dark.
A funny story about believing in yourself (and yetis). Publishing February 2017, but available for preorder now.
Even yetis get the shivers, and even yetis get crabby from all the cold. So here’s a secret about yetis: sometimes they miss summer.
It's a snowy, blowy, wintry day -- just perfect for a yeti hunt! Or so thinks big brother. But younger brother is not as convinced.
Even hairy, scary monsters need friends!
"Hurrah!" shouted George, "At last it is you. I’ve been looking so hard for the Yeti." The monster looked down with a horrible howl . . . "Are you bonkers? My name is Netty!"
Beast has been robbed! And so has the whole village Should Beast help an odd-looking stranger?
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Don't miss this super fun song based on Are We There, Yeti?
This booklist is part of the Winter & Holiday Children's Book List Series. CLICK HERE for 30 more awesome booklists!
These printable math activities for preschool and kindergarten are based on "Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs' by Mo Willems. Use dinosaur counters to teach counting objects, one-to-one correspondence, patterning, addition facts and more.Read More
Thanks so much for stopping by. I really don't say it enough, but I so appreciate every single visit and visitor to this little site about my family's favorite kids books. To show my gratitude, I'm giving away free printable acrostic poem booklets.Read More
Most days, my little girl and guys wake up ready to leap tall buildings in a single bound, and my love for them is more powerful than a locomotive. But we are far from perfect, and when they unleash tantrums it can turn my day upside down faster than a speeding bullet. That’s why I love the new picture book Even Superheroes Have Bad Days.Read More
Check out these book-and-poster pairs featuring popular quotes by authors from John Green to Jane Austen. These hand-lettered and typography printables make great gifts for bookish tweens and teens and inspiring wall art for girls or boys bedrooms. If you have a reader in your life, these book gifts will be standouts.Read More
These snacks are super healthy, protein-packed, and fun to make and eat. Gluten free? Don't worry. They are naturally or easily-adapted to be gluten free as well. They pair perfectly with Time for Bed by Mem Fox, an ideal book for toddlers and preschoolers because of its repetitive structure and calming cadence and this week's pick for the Virtual Book Club for Kids.Read More
I just love a good theme. And, of course, I love, love, love to give books on special occasions. If you are celebrating a special baby or toddler, here are three super-fun book and toy gift lists on themes parents love.Read More
I’m offering free, printable creepy-crawly pattern block mats in four different spider shapes to pair with The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle and twelve more children's books about spiders. These will work all year long, but I will definitely be using them as a fun Halloween math activity in the next couple of weeks.Read More
Do you remember falling in love for the first time? I mean, with a book?
I fell in love when I was in first grade. A neighbor gave me a cloth-bound copy of The Secret Garden. I was too young to understand the story's themes, but I adored it because of how it me feel. My neighbor saw a piece of me in the pages of that book, and I responded with my whole heart.
The spark of connection and recognition is still one of the most powerful parts of reading for me and why, in my opinion, books are one of the best gifts for kids. A book is solid, important, and permanent, yet somehow personal and intimate.
If you want to hook a child on reading, give them a book picked especially for them. To help you do that, I have been compiling a list of book gifts that is organized by popular kids’ names.
Look here to find more great gifts for preschoolers and kindergarten aged kids.
Kids LOVE seeing their names in print. I hope you can use it to pick out a special book and grow a life-long reader.
Here’s a bit more about the list.
Hop right to the titles.
Click here for BOY NAMES and here for GIRL NAMES.
These books are for everyone. The books are organized by popular first name, but I included titles that are noteworthy and/or inspiring and that I own or would love to own. I made an effort to choose a diverse group of titles.
If you like giving educational gifts such as books,
you can get great STEM gift ideas from my friend Brenda.
This is a work in progress. Because I was so choosy about including high-quality books, some top names aren’t represented here. I only included titles that have merit beyond their connection to a first name. If you have book ideas for popular names not included here, I would LOVE to hear so I can include more! Please comment below, e-mail me, or connect with me on social media.
Kids won't sit still to read?
Check out these gifts for active kids.
I only picked one book per name, and in some instances that was SO HARD to do. I’m working on more lists of books, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter to hear about new content. I would also love to hear about alternative title choices for the selections I have here.
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