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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Lola Plants a Garden

Lola Plants a Garden
by Anna McQuinn (Author) and Rosalind Beardshaw (Illustrator)

Booktalk: After Lola reads a book of garden poems, she wants to plant some flowers. She gets books from the library and chooses her plants. Then Lola and her mommy buy the seeds, make the garden, and mark the rows. Now it’s time to wait. . . .

Snippet:
Lola loves her book of garden poems.
Her favorite poem
is the one about Mary Mary.

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Ferry Tail

Ferry Tail
by Katharine Kenah (Author) and Nicole Wong (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Walter the ferry dog loved to greet cars as they came on board each morning. Fetching the captain’s newspaper and tasting the cook’s bacon were Walter’s other important jobs. Cupcake the Cat was just about the only thing Walter disliked about being a ferry dog. One rainy day the waves were rough and no one was paying much attention to Walter. Even worse, Cupcakes was poking him with her paw and playing tricks as Walter was being blamed. He decided it was time to leave the ferry!

Snippet:
One gray day the weather matched Walter’s mood. He was tired of rough waves and rainy decks. The passengers were staying inside to keep warm. They were talking, reading, working, and eating. No one seemed to need his help.

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