Category Archives: Preschoolers

Peter Panda Melts Down by Artie Bennett

Publisher: Blue Apple Publication Date: February 11, 2014 Recommended Grades: Pre-K-2 Peter Panda is a typical three year old. He goes about his day with Mama Panda, but there are many instances throughout the day that cause melt-downs. What happens … Continue reading

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The Little Woman Wanted Noise by Val Teal

Publisher: The New York Review Children’s Collection Publication Date: Re-Release September 24, 2013 Recommended Grades: Pre-K-2 The big city brings about plenty of noise and the little woman loves it!  However, when she is left a farm in the country … Continue reading

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Building Readers, One Word at a Time

It’s hard for me to believe, but my baby girl will be five next week.  FIVE!  She will begin kindergarten in the fall.  As a mother and an educator, I have made an effort to find a balance between just … Continue reading

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Paint Me a Poem: Poems Inspired by Masterpieces of Art by Justine Rowden

April is National Poetry Month.  If you are looking for a great book to model poetry for your child, consider: Paint Me a Poem: Poems Inspired by Masterpieces of Art is one of my favorite books to read with my … Continue reading

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Shoes for Me! by Sue Fliess

Last week, we read about bouffants, and this week, shoes!  Shoes for Me! is another cute first picture book, this time by Sue Fliess (check out her website to see a trailer of the book!).  A rhyme filled story about … Continue reading

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Preschool Family Reading Night: Pajama Jam with Dr. Seuss

I had the honor of hosting my final Family Reading Night at my daughter’s preschool last night.  In a late celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2nd – Read Across America Day), the theme was “Pajama Jam with Dr. Seuss.” … Continue reading

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Family Literacy: “Fall Fun” Family Reading Night

November is National Family Literacy Month.  This month I will post online and real world resources related to family literacy. Last week, I hosted our preschool Family Reading Night.  The theme was “fall fun” and families were encouraged to read … Continue reading

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Creating Bookworms: Book Fairs for Our Youngest Readers

As a new school year begins for most students, I believe it’s a good time to renew our commitment to our children.  This includes ways to include daily literacy activities for our youngest children.  This month on Literacy Toolbox, I … Continue reading

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Book Buddies: Pairing Fiction and Informational Texts to Motivate Readers

One way to motivate readers is to provide children with informational texts that match a fiction book they may enjoy reading.  Or vice versa.  Mary Pope Osborne provides informational guides that correspond with her fiction books in her series of … Continue reading

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Developing Preschoolers’ Vocabulary Through Read Alouds

We’ve all heard that when children are young, their minds are like sponges.  We want to fill their brain with background knowledge and vocabulary so that they may easily use this knowledge when necessary.  Reading aloud is an excellent way … Continue reading

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