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2015 Discussion Books: November 1-15

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message 1: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (mdepper) | 14 comments Welcome to November! Here's our new set of books. Twice a month we will choose 5 books from our currently nominated titles to talk about! We'll pick one from each of our five categories, Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play.

What do you think about these books? How well do they support early literacy practices? Where do you see early literacy skills reflected in them? Did they go over well in storytime? What would make a great craft or extension activity to go along with?

Nominations close for the 2015 Bells on November 15! If you still have books to recommend, use this form on our site:!nominate-a-titl...

THANK YOU! Here's our titles:

Don't Turn the Page! READ
The Eyes Game PLAY
Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear WRITE
Who's In The Tree That Shouldn't Be TALK
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? SING

message 2: by Amy (new)

Amy (choosejoy) | 26 comments Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear is a sweet story of unlikely friends. A fun extension would be creating a scrapbook or letter similar to the one at the end of the book to mail to someone special in the child's life.

message 3: by Amy (new)

Amy (choosejoy) | 26 comments I like how Who's in the Tree combines flaps to lift with riddles to solve about animals being in the wrong habitats. Among the guessing of the answer to the riddle and the naming of the animals under the flaps and the identifying of that animal's true habitat, several opportunities exist for vocabulary and background knowledge development. You could make a "Little Mouse" style flannelboard with the habitats and animals in the book to retell the story in a different way. A matching game would also be fun. Kids could design their own silly lift-the-flap pictures.

message 4: by Amy (new)

Amy (choosejoy) | 26 comments Lots of bird sounds to make in Have You Heard the Nesting Bird. Listening to real bird sounds would be a fun and easy extension with either cds or digital streaming.

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