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It’s Dr. Seuss Week! Wacky Crafts and Fun Books to help Kids Celebrate

March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and also NEA’s Read Across America Day!

In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others develop NEA’s Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages. Governors, mayors, and other elected officials recognize the role reading plays in their communities with proclamations and floor statements. Athletes and actors issue reading challenges to young readers. And teachers and principals seem to be more than happy to dye their hair green or be duct-taped to a wall if it boosts their students’ reading.”-NEA website

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child”

You can’t read Dr. Seuss books without being inspired by the vibrant colors and crazy characters. To help celebrate the day, I’ve discovered the motherlode of Seuss-inspired kids’ activities and books that will keep your kids reading and crafts for days. Enjoy!

Childhood 101 has a great list of 25 of the best-known Dr. Seuss books for kids!

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Jump Into a Book has an awesome booklist of Lesser Known (but still lovely) Dr. Seuss books.
Lesser Known Dr. Seuss Books

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Activities!

To celebrate, We Are Teachers put together this FREE printable calendar for March, which includes a different Dr. Seuss quote for every day! Download it and share it with your teacher friends and students will love getting new daily inspiration.

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Lorax Cause and Effect Printable Game from Inspiration Laboratories

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Create a color word game inspired by Green Eggs and Ham. Learn how at Growing Book by Book

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Play this adorable Horton Hears a Who Activity from JDanielFoursMom for Dr. Seuss Week!

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Create a Letter Recognition game for Green Eggs and Ham from Devany at Still Playing School

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Dr. Seuss Craft: Color Mixing Truffula Trees from The Lorax from School Time Snippets

Interactive Reading – Cat in the Hat with DIY Thing Puppets and Preschool Powol Packets

I also found this wonder Dr. Seuss Classroom Pinterest Board!

Dr Seuss Classroom

Happy reading and crafting!


A Double Review: Sharing 2 Great Multicultural Book Titles for #ReadYourWorld (guest post by Katy Festinger)

Guest post from Katy Festinger

I read Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel. A nice simple story with the expected moral teaching. Illustrations also simple. I have not read childrens’ books for a few years, and I find myself still enamored by the classics, like Winnie the Pooh, Angus, Nothing at All. And so on. I realize these new books are trying to teach about equality, honesty and personal integrity, but I find myself wishing they left rather more up to the reader.

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Jameson only ever wears green pants. When he wears green pants, he can do anything. But if he wants to be in his cousin’s wedding, he’s going to have to wear a tuxedo, and that means black pants. It’s an impossible decision: Jameson would love nothing more than to be in his cousin’s wedding, but how can he not wear green pants? Will Jameson turn down this big honor, or will he find a way to make everyone happy, including himself? In this pitch-perfect ode to individualism, acclaimed author-illustrator Kenneth Kraegel creates a character readers of all ages can root for — whatever color pants they wear.-Amazon

About Bronze and Sunflower, by Cao Wenxuan. While this book might be riveting for Chinese children, or other people raised in a more intellectual climate, I don’t think American children (even good readers, young adults) will be able to get past the slow start.

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A classic, heartwarming tale set to the backdrop of the Chinese cultural revolution, with the timeless feels of Eva Ibbotson’s Journey to the River Sea. A beautifully written, timeless tale by bestselling Chinese author Cao Wenxuan, winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award. When Sunflower, a young city girl, moves to the countryside, she grows to love the reed marsh lands – the endlessly flowing river, the friendly buffalo with their strong backs and shiny round heads, the sky that stretches on and on in its vastness. However, the days are long, and the little girl is lonely. Then she meets Bronze, who, unable to speak, is ostracized by the other village boys. Soon the pair are inseparable, and when Bronze’s family agree to take Sunflower in, it seems that fate has brought him the sister he has always longed for. But life in Damaidi is hard, and Bronze’s family can barely afford to feed themselves. Will the city girl be able to stay in this place where she has finally found happiness?-Amazon

The values “taught” by the book are very real, and experienced by the reader in a logical and poetic format. The friendship and development of morals and ethics are explored in depth. I think the child who might be interested in this book would be unusual in this country. Perhaps one who is interested in other cultures, other peoples. History maybe. As in a child who read A Single Pebble, a child’s book about The Silk Road. Or A Single Pebble, John Hersey’s story of a journey up the Yangtze River.

Overall, both books that I read for Multicultural Children’s Book Day was good. I look forward to discovering new books to read as this event continues.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is in its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team is on a mission to change all of that.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include ScholasticBarefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. RomanAudrey Press, Candlewick Press,  Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTVCapstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle SwiftWisdom Tales PressLee& Low BooksThe Pack-n-Go GirlsLive Oak MediaAuthor Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books

2017 MCBD Sponsors

Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett AbourayaVeronica AppletonSusan Bernardo, Kathleen BurkinshawDelores Connors, Maria DismondyD.G. DriverGeoff Griffin Savannah HendricksStephen HodgesCarmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid ImaniGwen Jackson,  Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana LlanosNatasha Moulton-LevyTeddy O’MalleyStacy McAnulty,  Cerece MurphyMiranda PaulAnnette PimentelGreg RansomSandra Richards, Elsa TakaokaGraciela Tiscareño-Sato,  Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

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MCBD Links to remember:

MCBD site: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta

Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teachers-classroom-kindness-kit/

Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents: http://bit.ly/1sZ5s8i

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

About Katy

Katy is  a semi retired Family Nurse Practitioner.  “I love to read, and began reading to my children when they were still in utero.  Later we would have piles of kids (4-5) on the couch to read to.     We graduated to chapter books and it was definitely a family activity.  One of my kids was writing before she could read which is unusual.  I believe in reading aloud to others and highly recommend reading The Education of Little Tree and A Day on Beetle Rock as great read-aloud books to start with!   And you don’t have to limit reading aloud to just children.  Adults love it too. Witness all the books on tape!!  ps:  I also love ending sentences with prepositions!!”

Thanks for your review Katy!

**some of these links are affiliate links. Katy was not compensated for this review and was gifted both copies from MCBD.

Storymaker Create-a-Story Cards: A Fun Way to Encourage Storytelling with Kids

 Click any of the book images to purchase a copy on Amazon. Some of these links are affiliate links. The Mom Squad was not compensated for this review.

It’s time! The celebration month for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17)  has begun.

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In its fourth year, MCBD was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Their continuing mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that. This event has also proven to be an excellent way to compile a list of diverse children’s book titles and reviews for parents, grandparents, educators and librarians to use all year long.

Current Sponsors: For the MCBD 2017 event, the MCBD team welcomes some amazing Sponsors in place. Platinum Sponsors include, Scholastic, Barefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman, Audrey Press, KidLitTV, Capstone Young Readers, Author Gayle Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee& Low Books, The Pack-n-Go Girls, Live Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle and Chronicle Books.

The MCBD Team would also like to also give a shout-out to their impressive CoHostswho not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also work tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View their CoHosts HERE.

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with them on social media and be sure and look for/use their official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

– Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MulticulturalChildrensBookDay

– Twitter https://twitter.com/MCChildsBookDay

 My Multicultural Book Pick, Storymaker Create-a-Story Cards from BYDWYR

BYDWYR (Beyond Your Dreams, Within Your Reach) came across my desk as I was prepping for our upcoming Multicultural Children’s Book Day. I was immediately intrigued not only by the cool name, but also one of the their products called Storymaker Cards.

Storymaker cards were created to inspire creativity in children through colorful picture cards that include characters, places and objects. All can be used to mix-n-match and tell a multitude of vibrant stories. There are no right or wrong ways to use this deck of cards. Let your child’s imagination find new and creative ways to tell stories and play with friends.

BYDWYR aims to encourage youngsters to author their owns stories by creating creative learning games, storytelling card games, and children’s story books for kids online that allow children to explore the world and more.

Their Vision

BYDWYR shares a common set of beliefs and goals when it comes to fueling a child’s imagination and sparking their creativity.

  • They believe that children have a right to dream and these dreams need to be unleashed and showcased to the world.
  • They also believe that dreams can lead to ideas. And, that ideas lead to big innovations. It is this way children can grow their ideas to change the world.
  • They believe the world can use more diverse books and movements that help provide that much needed

These Storymaker Create-a-Story Cards decks come in a variety of themes including:

Outer Space

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Create a Story Underwater

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Fairyland Village

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Fantasy

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SuperHeroes

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Connect with BYDWYR on Facebook and Twitter.

Which Storymaker Create-a-Story Cards would your family like the most?

Comment below (with your email addy) to win one of these fun packs! Contest ends 2/17/17

Rainy Day: A Little Moral Story About Worry {Guest post by Teresa Rollins) #readyourworld

**Click any of the book images to purchase a copy on Amazon. Some of these links are affiliate links. The Mom Squad was not compensated for this review.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is in its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team is on a mission to change all of that.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include ScholasticBarefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. RomanAudrey Press, Candlewick Press,  Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTVCapstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle SwiftWisdom Tales PressLee& Low BooksThe Pack-n-Go GirlsLive Oak MediaAuthor Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books

2017 MCBD Sponsors

Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett AbourayaVeronica AppletonSusan Bernardo, Kathleen BurkinshawDelores Connors, Maria DismondyD.G. DriverGeoff Griffin Savannah HendricksStephen HodgesCarmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid ImaniGwen Jackson,  Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana LlanosNatasha Moulton-LevyTeddy O’MalleyStacy McAnulty,  Cerece MurphyMiranda PaulAnnette PimentelGreg RansomSandra Richards, Elsa TakaokaGraciela Tiscareño-Sato,  Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

CoHosts of MCBD

MCBD Links to remember:

MCBD site: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta

Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teachers-classroom-kindness-kit/

Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents: http://bit.ly/1sZ5s8i

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

Review #1:“100 Fun& Easy Learning Games for Kids.”

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Teach Reading, Writing, Math and More with FUN Activities.Authors: By Amanda Boyyarshinow and Kim Vij
Also authors of The EducatorsSpinON It.com BlogPublisher: Page Street Publishing Company Pages: 207
Age range: All age ranges

This book is a book that permits all who are involved with children of any age, how to experience fun movement, fun games and fun activities with children. This book is packed with fun and sneaky learning on the side, a clever idea- kids will not know they are gaining important skills! It is also a stress free way to extend their learning! It presents a simple and
playful approach to learning that does not disappoint! I can also recommend these activities on rainy, snowy days as well! An encyclopedia of activities can be used over and over again, as well as is fluid enough to substitute materials and maintain the core lesson. Every person can now teach easily and comfortably!

Extension Activity:-Check out page 42 and complete a family photo word puzzle, or create a word puzzle with any photo’s you have (use magazine photos) and have fun!

#2 Rainy Day: A little Moral Story About Worry. By Dan Yaccarino

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The age range is age 4 and up
Grade levels preschool and up.
Board book of 22 pages
Language: English
Publisher: Workman’s Publishing Company
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014-4381
> 212-254-5900 (phone)
> 212-254-8098 (fax)
> info@workman.com Review:
“Rainy Day: A Little Moral Story About Worry” is a colorful limited text book to help develop the concept of emotional intelligence and assist preschoolers in having an awareness of their own feelings and become aware of the feelings of others around them. This concept of emotional intelligence is introduced via three characters Glub-Glub who represents intellect, Clyde represents spirituality and Bink represents emotion. The moral story is rooted in their interrelationship with each other. Glub fishlike creature does not like the rain and is worried about going outside. He gets prepared and goes outside and sees his friends Bink and Clyde dancing in the rain and happily in the puddles, this draws Glub-Glub to do the same! A wonderfulbook to share!

Extension Activities:
1. Spirituality: I used this book in Sunday School Class and discussed how does our faith tradition teach us about how to deal with worry and or fear?
2. Developing a Mindset (by C.Dweck) of “Perseverance!” What things can Glub-Glub do to overcome his difficulty?
3. Practice No-worry Rainy Day with indoor and outdoor activities. https://innerchildfun.com/…/10-rainy-day-activties-for-kids…
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Teresa Aamira Rollins is an educator and book lover. Connect with her on Twitter and Pinterest.

 

**Click any of the book images to purchase a copy on Amazon. Some of these links are affiliate links. The Mom Squad was not compensated for this review.

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