Go, Pea, Go!

Go, Pea, Go!
by Joe Moshier and Chris Sonnenburg

Booktalk: Yes, it’s a book about potty training! And when your child is in that stage of life, a book like this can be very helpful. (Notice the end of the yellow road on the back cover below? Enough said.)

Pea Junior has to go, go, go, go! The end feels so far away, but with his family and friends cheering him on, Pea knows he can make it and go number one!

A potty chart, a sheet of stickers, and the lyrics and music notation for the “Go, Pea, Go!” song are included to make an easy, all-in-one, go-to book for parents to help ease the pressure of the race to the Pea Bowl.

Snippet:
This is Pea Junior,
but he can’t say hello.

It’s time for the race
and he must…

Go! Go! Go! GO!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This contest will run from 4/22 to 5/4 @ 12 AM EST. We will give away ONE prize pack that includes a pea plush, pea beach ball, pea tote bag, pea hair clips, stickers, and a copy of the book. THREE people will win a pack including a pea beach ball, pea postcards, stickers, and a copy of the book. FIVE runners up will receive a copy of the book and stickers. Winners will be contacted by email and must notify us within 48 hours of the notification email with address and acceptance. Please note that winners can be from the US only.

GO, PEA, GO! Blog Tour

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4/29 Unpacking the POWER of Picture Books

4/30 Booktalking #kidlit

5/1 Unleashing Readers

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One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia
by Miranda Paul (Author) and Elizabeth Zunon (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Plastic bags are cheap and easy to use. But what happens when a bag breaks or is no longer needed? In Njau, Gambia, people simply dropped the bags and went on their way. One plastic bag became two. Then ten. Then a hundred. The bags accumulated in ugly heaps alongside roads. Water pooled in them, bringing mosquitoes and disease. Some bags were burned, leaving behind a terrible smell. Some were buried, but they strangled gardens. They killed livestock that tried to eat them. Something had to change.

Snippet: Isatou pauses. She and Peggy have an idea. But will their friends this it is crazy? Will the idea even work?
Nervously, she explains her plan.
One friend agrees to help.
Then two.
Then five!
The women cut the bags into strips and roll them into spools of plastic thread. Before long, they teach themselves how to crochet with this thread.

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Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking

Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking
by Elin Kelsey (Author) and Soyeon Kim (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Look deep into the forests, skies, and oceans to explore how animals solve problems . . .

Snippet:
Problems are like sticker burrs.
They poke.
They prick.
They nag.

It’s STEM Friday! (STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

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Juna’s Jar

Juna’s Jar
by Jane Bahk (Author) and Felicia Hoshino (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Juna and her best friend, Hector, have many adventures together, and they love to collect things in empty kimchi jars. Then one day, Hector unexpectedly moves away without having a chance to say good-bye.

Snippet: Juan was very sad. When she got home, her big brother, Minho, tried to cheer her up. He took Juna to Mr. Lee’s pet shop and bought her a small fish.

Juna watched the fish swim in her jar.

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My Bike

My Bike
by Byron Barton (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: After Tom describes all the parts of his bike, he rides the bike to work . . . at the circus!

Snippet:
I ride
my bicycle
to work.

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An Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns

An Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns
by Betsy R. Rosenthal (Author) and Jago (Illustrator)

Booktalk: A fun-filled romp through the animal kingdom introduces collective nouns for animals through wordplay (one of the three stages of poetry appreciation).

Snippet:
Do you ever wonder
what animals do
when they gather in groups
of more than two?

This week’s Poetry Friday Round-up is hosted by Life on the Deckle Edge.

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Bunnies!!!

Bunnies!!!
by Kevan Atteberry (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: When a friendly monster spots a group of bunnies in the woods, his delight is contagious! And when they’re gone, how he misses them so!

Snippet:
Bunnies?
Bunnies?
Bunnies?
Noooo bunnies.

See the book trailer.

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Finding Spring

Finding Spring
by Carin Berger (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: A baby bear cub named Maurice is curious about spring—and he’s upset when Mama tells him that before he can experience his first spring, he has to hibernate through his first winter! Mischievous Maurice decides to leave their warm den and go find spring for himself.

Snippet:
“Maybe you will dream about spring,”
Mama whispered.
Soon she was softly snoring,
but Maurice was wide awake.

“I will go find spring!” he said.

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Nature Recycles – How About You?

Nature Recycles – How About You?
by Michelle Lord (Author), Cathy Morrison (Illustrator)

Booktalk: From sea urchins in the Atlantic Ocean to bandicoots on the Australian savanna, animals recycle all over the world. Explore how different animals in different habitats use recycled material to build homes, protect themselves, and get food.

Snippet: A veined octopus lives in the Indian Ocean. He explores the ocean floor. Octopus finds empty coconut halves. He carries the coconut halves for later use. Poof! When the octopus senses trouble, he claps the coconut together and hides inside.

Nonfiction Monday

It’s Nonfiction Monday!

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Sleepy Snoozy Cozy Coozy Animals

Sleepy Snoozy Cozy Coozy Animals
by Judy Young (Author) and Michael Glenn Monroe (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Explore the bedtime habits of common North American animals with poetry and prose. . .

Snippet:
Way down deep, deep in the ground
In tunnels winding all around
Softly sleeps a little mole
Curled up snuggly in his hole.

This week’s Poetry Friday Round-up is hosted by The Poem Farm.

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