Caldecott Honors Books & A Chance To Win From Scholastic

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You know those books at the library with the big silver medal on them? Those are Caldecott Award and Honor  Books , the Caldecott award is for the best illustrated American picture book of the year. Although only one medal is given out every year a handful of books are blessed with the label of Honor. All of these book with the exception of Amos &  Boris carry that title,  Amos & Boris was a National Book Award finalist. When I got my sneak peek at the Scholastic Book Club flyers for May I saw this awesome pack of books and knew I had to share them with you and give you a chance to win all 6 from Scholastic.

Swimmy by Leo Lionni has been a favorite of mine for many years. I love Lionni and how he can weave multiple layers of meaning into a simple story for children. Swimmy is a story about a little fish who lost his family to a giant tuna fish and after grieving he was reminded of all the wonderful things there were to see and experience in the ocean. When he came across a school of fish just like his former one hiding afraid of the big fish he knew he couldn’t let them miss out on all the wonders of the ocean and he rallied them to work as a team. This is a great book for teaching children about the power of working as a group to combat challenges as well as conquering fears.

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey is a true classic, written in 1948 it’s a simple tale about a little girl and her mom collecting blueberries to can. While mama pics them , Sal eats them and wanders off but they aren’t the only mama and baby out gathering blueberries. This book is chill and sweet and the black and white illustrations make the readers feel like they are on the top of the mountain gathering blueberries too.

Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka is a simple book that will absolutely make you smile. The text is not much more complicated than the title but there is brilliance in it’s simplicity. This is a book made to be read out loud as the rhythm and beat of the words come to life when you do.

Amos & Boris by William Steig is a touching story about the power of an unlikely friendship and helping others. Amos is a mouse who is rescued by Boris a whale when he goes overboard in the middle of the ocean. After the rescue they develop a tender friendship despite their obvious differences and go on their separate ways with full hearts. Many years later though it is Amos’ turn to rescue Boris and we are all reminded that size does not equal ability to help a friend.

Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri is a wonderful book with minimal text but a call to action for the readers. On every page the mama duck asks other animals in the pond if they have seen her missing duckling and with close inspection of each illustration readers can find that little one just beyond her mama’s gaze. Kids love to feel like they know something that others don’t and this simple book taps into that while giving adults a chance to talk about all sorts of animals an even opening a dialog about wondering off and getting lost.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!by Mo Willems might not need much of a review as I don’t know many parents who haven’t laughed along with their kids reading this book. But if you have never read this book let me tell you about it and why so many of us think it’s hilarious. The book opens with a bus driver asking readers to do him a favor and not let the pigeon drive the bus, easy right? Well just like my 5 year old son who is practicing for the negotiator of the year award this pigeon is relentless.  When I asked my son what his favorite part of the book was he giggled loudly while telling me that he loves the tantrum the pigeon has. Kids love seeing characters in books display the behavior that they want to do but only let slip through the cracks every now and then. I love when great underlying connections to kids come in such a goofy package. Love this book.

 

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So now that you have heard why all these books are contemporary classics let me tell you how you can get a chance to win them from Scholastic Book Club. All you need to do is answer this question in the comment section below  What was your favorite book as a child?

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Books About Math For Kids & Scholastic Giveaway

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A lot of parents are a little afraid of math , possibly because they struggled with it themselves as kids, or they have heard it’s being taught differently now or just because they don’t like it. Math is a sensitive topic in my own background having been tutored from 5th grade on my confidence in it has never been high. What changed all that for me was teaching it using manipulatives, games and books. Picture books are great tools to teach math concepts even well into the elementary grades and feel very accessible to parents who may shy away from other math activities.  You can find some of my favorite books about math and a chance to enter to WIN the two fantastic Sir Cumference books from Scholastic Book Clubs, see details below!

You Can, Toucan, Math: Word Problem-Solving Fun by David Adler is a graphically amazing book and the concepts are awesome too. This book focuses on word problem solving but the author has others ( one about fractions that is actually a great cheat sheet for out of practice parents too) and many others. I chose to review this one because it’s closer to the level of math more of my readers will be at now or soon.  While the book offers up word problems the illustrations are built in manipulatives and help children along naturally. While many of the problems answer keys use multiplication or division many can be broken down more easily and younger kids can simply count the illustrations. I like that this book will have a long shelf life in any home. Also the illustrations by Edward Miller can not be any more amazing. Great book for math interested preschoolers but more specifically school age kids.

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Quack and Count by Keith Baker is even better than Big Fat Hen. This book is awesome for multi-age groups because although the text is simple there are two levels of math on each page. Simple duck  counting  as well as addition to arrive at the same number. I squealed when I read this to my son and daughter , immediately realizing how perfect a book this was for us! Your kids will love the illustrations too.

Eggs and Legs: Counting by Twos by Michael Dahl is a cute book with silly illustrations and a fun concept to teach counting by twos. The book counts from 0-20 by 2s but each page has multiple depictions of each number including dots to count and the number in the text. This was super useful to show my son as we counted by 2s that we weren’t skipping the numbers, just grouping them to count faster. Fun and useful book.

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On the Launch Pad: A Counting Book About Rockets by Michael Dahl was a great find, my son loved counting down from 12-1 with the bright illustrations , simple text and hidden numbers on each page. Something that seems simple but was really awesome was that each page had the number written as a word, shown as a digit and as dots to count. You can take the time to count each dot, read the word or simply recognize the digit!

1, 2, buckle my shoe

1, 2, Buckle My Shoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines is a wonderful first counting book, and a favorite of my daughter. The text is the simple rhyme, the pictures are photos of quilted numbers and buttons.  The buttons correspond to the numbers and are so bright that they practically beg a child to touch and count them. My daughter who is 14 months loves to push the buttons, trace the numbers and laughs at the hen. Very sweet book.

books about math for kids

1+1=5: and Other Unlikely Additions by David LaRochelle was sent to me by the publisher a few months back. I waited to review it because the concept was a little over my son’s head until recently. The book as you might guess by the title is not about adding the obvious but rather the less obvious numbers in an illustration. Do not read this book with your child until they understand addition, counting and won’t get confused. That said when they have that down this book is genius! I say that because it forces them to look at all different numbers of things to figure out what the author is counting.  Readers see the equation first and the objects they are counting are usually hidden so you will have to turn the page to figure it out. Flip the page and it’s more obvious , for example 1+1 = 100 and the picture includes a pumpkin and watermelon. Flip the page and you see they are cut open with many seeds in full view. It’s tricky but if you have a child interested in math or mysteries grab it and have a look.

Just Enough Carrots (MathStart 1) by Stuart J. Murphy is a wonderful book about the concepts of less, more and the same amount. Unlike many books in the genre this book manages to keep the words minimal, the story engaging and the text even rhymes!  It’s a scene that will be familiar to many preschoolers as the setting is a grocery store with a mom and her son shopping. Kids will love the thought of buying worms to eat ( the characters are animals) and will quickly catch on to the concepts .

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Sir Cumference and All the King’s Tens: A Math Adventure by Cindy Neuschwander is a story about Sir Cumference a faithful Knight to King Arthur and a mathematician in shining armor! In this adventure Sir Cumference and his wife Lady Di Ameter are trying to surprise the king with a birthday celebration but they are trying to figure out how many guests need to be fed. The story takes a turn for the math when they decide to group people in order to count them. It was an interesting read with my 5 year old who is just at the cusp of understanding the very beginnings of place value.  He enjoyed it very much and it gave me a chance to introduce the concepts and a story to refer back to later. * Win this!

Sir Cumference: And the First Round Table (A Math Adventure)by Cindy Neuschwander is all about geometry and how the knights at the table came to be at a round table. King Arthur is sick of all the side conversations and shouting at the long rectangular table, and asks Sir Cumference to find a solution. They go through a bunch of different shapes but each has some major flaw until they finally settle on a circle. The terms diameter, radius and circumference are even fit into the story which was a great way to introduce the terms to my son.  Great book for early elementary aged kids. * Win this!

How Much, How Many, How Far, How Heavy, How Long, How Tall Is 1000? by Helen Nolan has been sitting patiently on my shelf waiting for my son to be ready to read it. I used this in a math unit when I was a student teacher and absolutely love this book. The whole concept of this book is to explain the concept of 1000. We often teach our kids to count to 100 but don’t pay the same attention to getting them from 100-1000. This book takes it to the next step and demystifies the huge number 1000. It’s interesting, it uses examples kids can relate too and it gives many scenarios so those cogs turning in your child’s head has lots of chances to catch! I read it to my son for the first time yesterday and I loved being there for those moments when I know he just got it!

 

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Sir Cumference and All The King’s Tens & Sir Cumference and The First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander from Scholastic Book Clubs.

 

 

 

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post answering this question:

Did you like math when you were in school ?

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Easter Picture Books & Giveaway

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I love getting to take a sneak peek at Scholastic Book Club selections every month and share them with you.  This month I chose to peak at their Easter Picture Books.  This 5 pack of Easter themed books is a great mix of stories focusing on different parts of the holiday. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win all 5 books from Scholastic Book Clubs

The Best Easter Prize
by Kristina Evans is a sweet ( maybe too sweet) book about doing the right thing.  It’s Easter morning and after church is a big Easter egg hunt and whoever finds the most wins the prize. At first our heroine can’t find any but then she hits the jackpot only to find a crying friend who has an empty basket. Of course she offers her some of her eggs ( sweet) but then they cross the finish line holding hands ( too sweet). My dislike of sickly sweet picture books aside the story as a whole is cute, my kids enjoyed it and the lesson is valuable.

The Biggest Easter Basket Ever
by Steven Kroll is another story about cooperation and how two helpful hands are better than one, and a whole bunch of hands is way better! Clayton and Desmond both want to win the town’s biggest Easter basket competition but after making their own baskets they sneak a peek at the competition and realize they don’t stand out.  Luckily as the story progresses they figure out working together is key. My son loved this book but some younger friends ( young 4 year olds) lost interest in the middle. I love this author and I love how working together is presented in a practical way instead of simply because it’s the right thing because I think the former is easier for young kids to grasp.

Peter Rabbit’s Happy Easter

by Grace Maccarone is an interesting tale about how Peter Rabbit became the Easter Bunny.  The book has a few loose ends I really wish would be tied up but before I get to that let me give you a quick taste of the book. The story is how Peter wants to make his mom forgive him for being naughty so he steals ( although he doesn’t see it that way) eggs from neighboring farms to give her as a gift. Before he gives them to her paint falls on them and they get colored all different beautiful colors. His mom tells him not to steal and so he returns them at night becoming the Easter Bunny. Ok here are my issues…I don’t mind naughty characters, in fact I usually really enjoy them but sneaking back to return something you stole without apologizing left a bad taste. I know why the author wrote it like that to turn him into the Easter Bunny but it still didn’t sit well with me. The illustrations by David McPhail really stole the show , I thought they were beautiful.

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The Best Easter Eggs Ever!
by Jerry Smath is my favorite book in this pack . The story follows the Easter bunny and his 3 young assistant bunnies as they prepare for their big day. The Easter Bunny is getting tired and a little bored of his polka dot design for the eggs and decides to send out his assistants in search of new designs. The little bunnies head out with one egg and paints to all different places to find inspiration. When one of the little bunnies is captivated by the night sky she doesn’t notice how dark it is and how lost she has gotten. The Easter Bunny and his other assistants find her and in the morning the new designs are celebrated. My son loves an inside look at any sort of secret place like  the Easter Bunny’s or Santa’s workshop so he was drawn into this book immediately. I liked the illustrations and how detailed they were , it certainly got me excited about Easter.

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The Night Before Easter
by Natasha Wing is a Easter version of the classic “Twas The Night Before Christmas” . With fun pictures and an Easter Bunny so joyful I wanted to apply for his job this book was a hit at our house. My son was engaged through the whole book guessing at the rhymes and listening intently from one page to the next. Of all the books this was the only one that really engaged my toddler as well. She pointed out animals and loved the little boy in the book. Great Easter book.

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Now that you know what all the books are about want a chance to win them? All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling us :

What was the last book you read with a child  ?

 

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This sweepstakes is open to American residents 18 years or older. To be eligible for the sweepstakes you must leave a comment on this post answering the question “What book did you read with a child today?” 1 winning commenter will be drawn at random, using Random.org, after the sweepstakes closes on Sunday March 4th at 8:00pm PST. The winners will receive all five books listed , valued at $18. After the winner is notified he or she has 48 hours to respond with their mailing address for Scholastic to ship their books to,or another winner will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary.The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Any information gathered through the sweepstakes including email and postal addresses will not be used in anyway other than contacting winners and shipment of winnings. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

 

I was not paid for my review, I was provided a copy of the books to review and copies to offer as a sweepstakes prize. All opinions are mine .

Happy Birthday To Us – Giveaway For You!

No Time For Flash Cards is 4 years old today. I hope you have had as much fun as we have!

One of our lovely sponsors craftprojectideas.com has offered up a Made By Me™ Sand Art  craft kit for a giveaway to one reader to help me say thanks for being a part of No Time For Flash Cards. There are no big hoops to go through , no review to read just leave a comment telling us which of our 1,455 posts is your favorite.

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Shabby Apple Giveaway

What do fantastic dresses for women have to do with kids crafts and early learning? Nothing.

I decided to go forward with this review and giveaway because after doing my reader survey I found that almost all of you are moms, almost all of you are right around my age ( early 30s) and if these dresses make me squeal with delight and dream of nights out I bet they’d make you excited too! So I am posting on a Saturday , when I don’t usually post as to not take anything away from our regular learning but as a bonus .

Shabby Apple dresses weren’t new to me when I was contacted with this opportunity. I’d browsed their site before having seen them pinned on Pinterest. I love how the dresses are cut, they are classy and feminine and have that hip feel without feeling too trendy. You don’t have to worry that they are going to go out of style before you get to make it your go to dress. I chose this dress  to give away and love it.  

I get dressed up at most once a week for church so when I looked at how modest the dresses were I was even happier, but it’s still hot enough for a date night ( if I can remember what that is ). This dress really is so versatile. I put it on with some very high heels for my husband and his jaw drop was all I needed to know he approved. I also popped a cardigan over it , and paired it with flats and felt comfy enough to wear it all day.

My one complaint was how it had to be ironed. I am completely unable to iron so I am not sure if it was just my inability , the fabric’s desire to wrinkle , my disproportionate bust ( still nursing) or just the fact that it was unlined. The dress wasn’t tight at all but in the pictures it looks as though it is in places. The wrinkling wasn’t bad and I only noticed after looking at the photo. I just want to make sure I give a balanced review. The fit and feeling of it on was fabulous!

So here is the deal about the giveaway but first the gals at Shabby Apple are also offering a site wide 10% off coupon code for all my readers for 30 days.

The code is NoTimeFor10off

How to Enter : 

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This sweepstakes is open to American residents 18 years or older. To be eligible for the sweepstakes you must leave a comment on this post. 1 winning commenter will be drawn at random, using Random.org, after the sweepstakes closes on Saturday February 11th  at 8:00pm PST. The winners will receive the Rhythm Dancer  dress valued at $78. After the winner is notified he or she has 48 hours to respond with their mailing address for shipment or another winner will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary.The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Any information gathered through the sweepstakes  including email and postal addresses will not be used in anyway other than contacting winners and shipment of winnings. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
 
I was not paid for my review, I was provided with a dress to review and a promise for another of the same style to offer as a sweepstakes prize. All opinions are mine .