Monday, October 10, 2016

Christian Education Resources

How Many Animals Were on the Ark?: Understanding the Animal Kinds
- edited by Craig Froman
"How was it possible for Noah to bring aboard 2 million animals on the Ark, or were there perhaps less than 7,000? You'll find the answer to one of the most difficult questions concerning the long voyage of Noah's Ark. Discover why Noah probably needed only a few thousand animals, and how he and his family could have cared for all life on the Ark during the Flood"--Answers in Genesis website

A is for Adam: The Gospel from Genesis - Ken Ham
Verses highlighting a word from each letter of the alphabet describe creation, the fall, Noah's flood, and the tower of Babel, and how they fit into God's plan for redemption through Jesus Christ, with accompanying background information, and suggestions for related activities.

D is for Dinosaur: Noah's Ark and the Genesis Flood - Ken Ham
D is for Dinosaur is a proven resource that makes learning the Bible fun. This revised classic from Ken and Mally Ham shares biblical insights of Noah's Ark and the Genesis Flood to a new generation of families. The flip-top format is arranged so that the colorful rhyming page faces the child while the back features a short scripted lesson with vocabulary words, questions, review, and narration exercises. 26 lessons are included with a lesson for each letter of the alphabet. Perfect for every Christian education venue, including homeschool and Sunday school.

N is for Noah: Trusting God and His Promises - Ken Ham
An entertaining ABC rhyme book that teaches children important Biblical concepts. Also, the easel-book format makes it easy to teach, with rhyming text and colorful illustrations for a child on one side, and detailed notes for parents and teachers on the back. It may be used as a devotional teaching book.

The Answers for Kids Bible Curriculum - Stacie McKeever
The Answers for Kids Bible Curriculum combines three popular illustrated kits (Beginnings, Seven Cs of History, and Questions) into an all-in-one 30-lesson course designed to greatly strengthen the biblical foundations of children's lives. Perfect for Sunday school, homeschool, Bible clubs, Christian school, or famly devotions, this dynamic curriculum gives children a solid understanding of biblical history and helps them to bodly share and defend the truth of the gospel.

Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers series by Joey Allen

The Gospel
Relates the good news of salvation to children, at their level of understanding. Even children can grasp God's saving love and His promise to adopt them and give them a home in heaven through faith in Jesus Christ.

The Mission
Presents God's worldwide plan to call people from every nation to worship Him through Jesus Christ. God invites children to share His good news with a world of people who desperately need a Savior.

The Trinity
The Trinity promotes the Christian doctrine that there is one God who exists as three persons -- the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This teaching is important for children to relate rightly to each member of the godhead. Our ideas about God affect every area of our lives.

The Scripture
The Scripture teaches children that the Word of God is true, inspired, reliable, and profitable to lead them to God and a life of godliness. This book is a tool to help youngsters find wisdom that leads to salvation, guidance for everyday living, and hope for the future through the Bible.

The Answers Book for Kids series by Ken Ham
Volume 1: 22 Questions from Kids on Creation and the Fall
Provides answers to such children's questions as "Did bumblebees have stingers before Adam and Eve sinned?" and "Why do evolutionists trust their beliefs and not Christ?"

Volume 2: 22 Questions from Kids on Dinosaurs and the Flood of Noah
Provides answers to such children's questions as "Why did God allow some creatures to go extinct?" and "Are dinosaurs related to birds?"

Volume 3: 22 Questions from Kids on God and the Bible
Provides answers to such children's questions as "Why can't I hear God talking to me?" and "How big is God?"

Volume 4: 22 Questions from Kids on Sin, Salvation, and the Christian Life
Presents the core biblical concepts of sin, salvation through Christ, and living the kind of life that honors God, to help children form a strong and lasting faith foundation.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Picture Books

Dragon Was Terrible - Kelly DiPucchio
When a dragon has a temper tantrum, no one can tame him, except for a little boy with a good book.

Flora and the Peacocks - Molly Idle
In this wordless book with interactive flaps, a little girl named Flora forms a friendship with two peacocks as the three learn to dance together.

This Not a Picture Book! - Sergio Ruzzier
Duck finds a book and is surprised to discover that there are books with words and no pictures--and that even without pictures a book can interest and excite you.

Ming Goes to School - Deirdre Sullivan
Ming goes to preschool, where she bravely plays all kinds of games with new friends and old, but she is still not quite ready for the big red slide.

The Typewriter - Bill Thomson
In this picture book with few words, three children find a typewriter on a carousel, and begin an adventure that helps them discover the wonder of words.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

New Nonfiction

Pocket Change: Pitching in for a Better World - Michelle Mulder
This book explores how growing a cabbage can fight poverty, how a few dollars can help ten families start their own businesses, and how running errands for a neighbor can help you learn to become a bike mechanic. It asks the question "What if you could meet all your consumer needs while, at the same time, get to know your neighbors and protect the environment?

Bubonic Panic: When Plague Invaded America - Gail Jarrow
In March 1900, San Francisco's health department investigated a strange and horrible death in Chinatown. A man had died of bubonic plague, one of the world's deadliest diseases. But how could that be possible? Bubonic Panic tells the true story of America's first plague epidemic--the public health doctors who desperately fought to end it, the political leaders who tried to keep it hidden, and the brave scientists who uncovered the plague's secrets. Once again, acclaimed author and scientific expert Gail Jarrow brings the history of a medical mystery to life in vivid and exciting detail for young readers. This title includes photographs and drawings, a glossary, a timeline, further resources, an author's note, and source notes.

New Books

Full of Beans - Jennifer L. Holm
Ten-year-old Beans Curry, a member of the Keepsies, the best marble playing gang in Depression-era Key West, Florida, engages in various schemes to earn money while "New Dealers" from Washington, D.C., arrive to turn run down Key West into a tourist resort. 

Dog Man - Dav Pilkey
George and Harold create a new comic book hero in Dog Man, a crimefighter with the head of a police dog and the body of a policeman, who faces off against his archnemesis Petey the Cat.

Dara Palmer's Major Drama - Emma Shevah
Dara Palmer dreams of being an actress, but when she does not get a part in the school play she wonders if it is because of her different looks as an adopted girl from Cambodia, so Dara becomes determined not to let prejudice stop her from being in the spotlight.

Middle Grades
Maybe a Fox - Kathi Appelt
An otherworldly fox is born to help eleven-year-old Jules, who is grieving over the death of her sister.

Moo - Sharon Creech
Follows the efforts of twelve-year-old Reena, who has recently moved to rural Maine, to adjust to a new environment while unexpectedly bonding with an ornery cow.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two - A New Play by Jack Thorne
As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father, Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear.

Young Adult
The Memory Book - Lara Avery
When a rare genetic disorder steals away her memories and then her health, teenaged Sammie records notes in a journal to her future self, documenting moments great and small.

New Picture Books

 "Happy Birthday": The Story of the World's Most Popular Song - Nancy Kelly Allen
The story about who two sisters, Mildred and Patty Hill, wrote the music and lyrics to the most popular song in the world "Happy birthday to you."

The Class - Boni Ashburn
Twenty young students, some eager, some nervous, some grumpy, prepare for their very first day of kindergarten.

Return - Aaron Becker
The lonely protagonist returns to her fantastical world for friendship and adventure, where only the most powerful motivations persuade her to return home.

Absolutely One Thing - Lauren Child
Charlie and Lola choose a single treat at the store, count ladybugs, note the lateness of the time, and are introduced to other simple math concepts.

Rain Fish - Lois Ehlert
Through rhyme and mixed-media collage illustrations, 'rain fish'--the varied, colorful, and unique little collections of materials that float along on streams of rain water during storms--come to life.

Have a Look, Says a Book - Richard Jackson
Through illustrations and simple, rhyming text, a book invites its reader to explore fluffy, furry, or squishy objects and creatures, both real and imaginary, that are found within its pages.

Sophie's Squash Go to School- Pat Zietlow Miller
On her very first day of school, Sophie is reluctant to make friends with the other children, preferring to play with two squash she grew in her garden--but when a particularly persistent boy named Steven gives her a packet of seeds as an apology for accidentally ripping her picture, she realizes that it just takes time to grow a friend.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn - Kenard Pak
In a simple, evocative conversation with nature, a young girl witnesses how the season changes from summer to autumn.

School's First Day of School - Adam Rex
It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself.

A Beginner's Guide to Bear Spotting - Michelle Robinson
A young aspiring bear spotter ventures into bear country. But coming face-to-face with the furry creatures themselves, whether black or brown, can be dangerous, and our protagonist, accompanied by a trusty teddy bear, might need to use some unconventional means to stay out of trouble and avoid being (gulp!) eaten.

Anything But Ordinary: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic - Mara Rockliff
Traces the story of dancer-turned-magician's assistant Adelaide Herrmann, placing her achievements against a backdrop of period conventions about women in the arts and her determination to continue her work after the death of her husband.

Twenty Yawns - Jane Smiley
As her mom reads a bedtime story, Lucy drifts off. But later, she awakens in a dark, still room, and everything looks mysterious. How will she ever get back to sleep?

Raybot - Adam F. Watkins
Raybot doesn't have a best friend. He doesn't have any friends. So, after reading that puppies make good friends, he sets off to find one. Raybot travels the world through forests, seas, farms, and fields meeting all types of animals before he finds his new best friend.

They All Saw a Cat - Brendan Wenzel
In simple, rhythmic prose and stylized pictures, a cat walks through the world, and all the other creatures see and acknowledge the cat.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

New Picture Books

Douglas, You Need Glasses! - Ged Adamson
After visiting the eye doctor, a near-sighted dog gets glasses.

Thunder Boy Jr. - Sherman Alexie
Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that's all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn't mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder. But just when Thunder Boy Jr. thinks all hope is lost, he and his dad pick the perfect name... a name that is sure to light up the sky.

The Secret Subway - Shana Corey
In 1870, Alfred Ely Beach invents New York's first underground train.

Seven and a Half Tons of Steel - Janet Nolan
There is a ship, a navy ship. It is called the USS New York. It is big like other navy ships, and it sails like other navy ships, but there is something special about the USS New York. Following the events of September 11, 2001, the governor of New York gave the Navy a steel beam that was once inside one of the World Trade Towers. The beam was driven from New York to a foundry in Louisiana. Metal workers heated the beam to a high, high temperature. Chippers and grinders, painters and polishers worked on the beam for months. And then, seven and a half tons of steel, which had once been a beam in the World Trade Center, became a navy ship's bow. This powerful story reveals how something remarkable can emerge from a devastating event." --

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Teaching Resources

Hundred Board Book: 60 Great Hands-On Activities (Grades K-3)
With this unique hands-on resource, students grab their hundred boards to explore counting and ordering numbers, place value, number patterns, and beginning addition and subtraction. Book features 60 games and activities with accompanying teacher notes. Correlated to the Common Core State Standards.

Hundred Board Book: 60 Activities for Multiplication, Division, and More (Grades 3-5) The Hundred Board Book for grades 3-4 includes more than 60 activities to extend number patterns, use place value, and develop an understanding of multiplication and division. This book includes teacher notes, links to the Common Core State Standards, and an interactive CD for IWB presentation.

Working with the Geoboard (Grades 5-8)
Armed with 25-pin geoboard and the activities in this book, students calculate area and perimeter; explore the properties of quadrilaterals, triangles, and other polygons; discover formulas; and work with number patterns, the coordinate plane, and rotations and symmetry. When it's time to investigate circle geometry, students simply turn their geoboards over and work with the circular pin array on the reverse side.

Uncovering Student ideas in Primary Science: 25 New Formative Assessment Probes for Grades K-2
25 new formative assessment probes for grades K-2. What ideas do young children bring to their science learning, and how does their thinking change as the engage in "science talk?" Find out using the 25 field-tested probes in the newest volume of Page Keeley's best selling "Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Series," the first targeted to grades K-2.

Uncovering Student Ideas in Earth and environmental Science: 32 New Formative Assessment Probes
If you're new to formative assessment probes, you'll love the latest book in the bestselling Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series. Authors Page Keeley and Laura Tucker give you 32 engaging questions, or probes, that can reveal what your students already know-or think they know-about core Earth and environmental science concepts.

Language Arts
A Guide to Teaching Beginning Reading for Teachers and Parents
For anyone interested in preventing, detecting, and overcoming reading problems in children, this book offers strategies, diagnostic tools, activities, and resources for teaching reading from infancy through first grade and beyond. The book's content is in compliance with the major study on reading released in mid-2000 by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Accelerating Language Skills and content Knowledge Through Shared Book Reading
Students in early childhood settings don't always get the benefits of shared book reading-a strategy proven to boost language skills and content knowledge. Prepare the next generation of teachers to make the most of shared reading with this accessible textbook, a complete guide to building vocabulary-rich science and social studies lessons and discussions around storybooks and informational texts. Field-tested with children in high-poverty school settings, this instructional approach is valuable for any young learners at risk for comprehension difficulties.

Linking Picture book Biographies to National Content Standards
Presenting beautifully illustrated picture book biographies, this book pairs narrative nonfiction biographies rich in language and illustrations with national content standards in the social studies, science, and the arts. Provides more than 100 picture book biographies (primarily from 2010 to the present) that offer the newest in engaging literature. Supplies lessons and units of instruction--including technology and web tools--that can be used to teach collaboratively with content area teachers. Links directly to national content area standards to ensure rigorous teaching. Provides clear evidence of the value of using higher-level picture books with middle grade students. Lends the unique perspective of authors who hold graduate degrees in children's literature, have been book reviewers for many years, have presented at state and national conferences on children's literature, and possess extensive experience with review committees of children's resources at the state and national levels on the subject of determining the quality of books for children.