This section includes descriptions and links to recommended picture books that make excellent feature books in different themes or are special favorites that can extend and enrich the study of a particular subject.
Featured Book Activity
A Bellbird in a Flame Tree
by Kilmeny Niland
Readers should be introduced to and have the opportunity to discuss a classic story or an original piece of music before they can be expected to enjoy an adaptation. I suggest using the Jan Brett version of The Twelve Days of Christmas before reading A Bellbird in a Flame Tree. Some preliminary discussion of the animals of Australia and the fact that Christmas is a summer holiday there might also be helpful.
Make a connection
written by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrated by Giulio Maestro
written by Denise Dowling Mortensen, illustrated by Kate Kiesler
Learning About Storms
Tornado Alert is an excellent first reference to find out more about tornadoes. It presents worrisome information in developmentally appropriate, positive ways and focuses on safety and protection. In Ohio Thunder the children experience a violent storm in the company of a caring parent. All of their senses are involved; the focus is on understanding and safety.