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Boys, Books, Learning, and the Occasional Deep Thought
Boys, Books, Learning, and the Occasional Deep Thought

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I am a bit of a Halloween fanatic, and I love a good spooky story, so it is probably no surprise to anyone who knows me that I have some favorite Halloween read aloud books that come out this time of year. A few find their way into the rotation all year round! I hope you find a book on this list that your kids will enjoy! #kidlit #Halloween #readaloud 
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Fred Willy and Freddy McGee by Holly Meade -   Oh how my Littles would like to get some pet guinea pigs!  My niece and nephew each have one, and Little Z. and Little B., are so smitten with everything guinea pig.  They are so in love with this book right now (and A. loves it too)!  We have read this book approximately 100 times this week.  It's not just because it features super cute guinea pigs either (although this is a plus).  It is a great read-aloud adventure, with good pacing, and really colorful, fun, and friendly illustrations.  #bookaday #kidlit  
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Bear Has a Story To Tell - by Phillip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead - We found this book in the summer, but it would be wonderful for learning about the fall!  We have fallen in love with this quiet and beautiful book.  My overwhelmingly favorite part of the book is the kindness that Bear displays to his friends, and then is given right back to him.  I also love that it highlights the wonder of a storytelling experience.  This one is highly recommended! #Bookaday #kidlit  
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ROADWORK by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock - The water company has been replacing the aging water main and pipes on our street this week, and we have had VERY exciting construction equipment right outside our door.  We read this terrific book today to continue our Roadwork fun.  There are so many books about construction machines out there, but this board book really stands out in the crowded field.  Colorful illustrations, and great rhyming text filled with wonderful sound words makes this a fantastic read-aloud as well as a (full) lap book. #bookaday #kidlit  
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Today's #bookaday is another favorite at our house.  A mouse, who is a tinkerer and inventor, creates a robot that he didn't bargain for and trouble ensues.  Robots, tinkering, and fun lots of fun. #kidlit  
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Life has been happening at my house for the past couple of weeks, and I've had to let #Bookaday   slip just a bit.  Hopefully, we can get back on track now.  :-)

We love this book at our house.  It imagines what would go into having a train as a pet, which is something that Big A., would love to have as a reality.  The story is clever and funny with great art.  A big hit with the children and adults at our house. #kidlit  
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I'd like to introduce a new activity called "Pinned It - Did It!" In which i actually try some of the things that I have pinned onto my Pinterest Board, and then describe the results. First up...Frushi. I saw this awesome fruit sushi on +Kids Activities Blog  . I thought - fantastic!  The Littles were begging for sushi when I had it the other night, but then didn't like the whole raw fish and wasabi thing, so I thought, this would introduce them to sushi, and a new fruit (peaches). It was honestly not too hard. When I made it, I used brown rice, and added a bit of sugar and some butter to the rice. Then I used bananas and peaches as the filling (not nearly as colorful as the actual pinned picture). The results...I thought it was great. Little B. ate one piece. Little Z. said "no thank you." and handed it back. Big A. ran away from it in terror. Assessment...I will save this for a while and try it again. It is too labor intensive for one child to eat one piece.

For the actual recipe and pin...
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/69876231693335265/
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This is a really great story. I could have become a message heavy lesson about valuing the contributions of others, but it took that message, and through great storytelling and amusing art created a fun and funny story with a valuable lesson. A great read! #bookaday  
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Everyone in my family loves Pete the Cat. Who wouldn't? He's the wisest and coolest cat in children's books today. This newest edition finds Pete illustrating the famous poem turned nighttime song. I will admit that this book, not written by Eric Litwin, is simply the text of the poem, so it doesn't have quite the same level of character that the first books do. Still, it is beautifully and interestingly illustrated, and it captures the entire poem, which I did not know. The boys absolutely have fallen in love with it, and I even saw Big A. reading it and singing the song independently. A great early reading strategy! :-)
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This is a book that The Littles are loving right now.  Lois Ehlert is known for her beautiful collage illustrations, but these collages are very realistic and textual images of many different animals who have spots.  There are couplet rhymes that explain the function of the spots on each animal.  This book is a beauty!  #bookaday  

Here is a wonderful art activity to use with this book that comes from
+Reading Confetti 
http://www.readingconfetti.com/2012/09/lots-of-spots-exploring-art-techniques.html?showComment=1349034577385
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