Book Review: Baby Lit Classics -Board Books by Jennifer Adams

Baby Lit Classics – by Jennifer Adams, illustrated by Alison Oliver
Published by Gibbs Smith Publishers 2011-2012
Books provided by publisher for review.
With the perennial popularity of classic writers like Jane Austen and William Shakespeare, Baby Lit™ is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple counting text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar’s Alison Oliver, Little Miss Austen and Little Master Shakespeare are a must for every savvy parent’s nursery library.
My Thoughts:
  I am thrilled at the opportunity to share these little gems on the blog.  Bright bold illustrations, and concise text make these a great choice for sharing with little ones. Whether it be the early concepts of colours or counting, the Baby Lit series introduces them in a clever and unique way by presenting them alongside beloved and very simplified classics. We have the first two from the series in my library and we can’t seem to keep them on the shelves, they are always checked out. Though not ideal for a story time read aloud they are perfect for sharing one on one, and would make a wonderful baby gift. As a fan of  classics I can also see these being adored and appreciated by any book lover.  I’ll definitely be collecting the series.
from  Little Master Stoker: Dracula
from Little Master Carroll:  Alice in Wonderland
Others in the series:
Little Miss Austen: Pride & Prejudice
Little Miss Bronte: Jane Eyre
Little Master Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
Little Master Dickens: A Christmas Carol

Program of the Week (3) Reading Buddies Activities-Ugly Pie

Each Thursday I’ll be posting my favourite children’s program from the week. It could be a story time program, a schoolage program even programs for teens. 
Below the post each week you’ll be able to link up and share your favourite program from the week too! Please include a mention of the feature in your post and link back here too:)
 I thought this would be a fabulous way to share ideas.

“Program of the Week”

Reading Buddies Activities:
Reading Buddies is a weekly program at my library where children (schoolage) in grades 1-4 who need practice reading are paired with an adult or teen for assistance. It’s one of my favourite programs at the library as it’s a privilege to watch the growth in confidence in the children over the weeks.

I begin each week by welcoming the children and the volunteers. I usually of 12 in my program and a volunteer for each of them.
I read a book, and then offer an activity based on the book. The children are welcome to participate and complete the activity with their volunteer as well as their reading practice or spend the entire time reading together. Each program is 1 hour in length. 

The book for this week:

Ugly Pie by Lisa Wheeler: 

Lisa Wheeler

Oh how I love to read this book. I have used it in my Reading Buddies program in two different sessions and its always  a hit.  Bold colourful illustrations. Rhyming, lyrical text that just begs to be read aloud with a southern twang. After reading I invite the kids to “create” their own recipes and versions of “ugly pie” with their reading partners. We share them out loud together after reading time, and it’s so fun to hear what they come up with. 🙂 

Do you offer a Reading Buddies program or something similar at your library? Tell me about it in the comments section….

Book Review: Let’s Do Nothing

Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile
Published May 2009 by Candlewick
Source: Reviewed from personal copy
Don’t move! A master of animation explores the elusive art of doing nothing in this comical tale of two very active imaginations.

Frankie and Sal have already played every sport and board game invented, baked and eaten batches of cookies, and painted a zillion pictures. What’s left to do? Nothing! Ten seconds of nothing! Can they do it? Can they act like stone statues in the park? Can they simply hold their breath and not blink an eye? With a wink to the reader and a command of visual humor, feature film animator Tony Fucile demonstrates the Zen-like art of doing nothing…oops! Couldn’t do it!

My Thoughts:

In honour of Summer I thought I’d talk about Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile. It’s a story which captures that Summer feeling especially in the moments when our kids are saying: “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do!” on the 2nd day of Summer. Frank and Sal have created a new goal, and have challenged themselves to do nothing for 10 seconds. Not blink, move, hold their breath. Their imaginations take hold and Sal seems incapable of “doing nothing” often with hilarious results. The illustrations are bold and bright and kids will enjoy watching the visual clues as to what is coming next as you turn the pages. A fabulous read aloud which works well for any age, though the school-age group will offer the most giggles. I usually pair it with a simple game of freeze dance or statue.