It’s Children’s Book Week. Celebrate With Favorites!
May 7, 2012 in Craig Lindsey, Elementary Educators, Personal Connections, Picture Book, Preschool to 1st grade teachers, Reading Skills, Rhyming Words Tags: Blog hop, Book Giveaway Contest, funny picture books, Guardian Angel Publishing, National Children's Book Week
It’s National Children’s Book Week, a week to celebrate children’s books. There are no better! This week, I am taking part in a blog hop with other children’s bloggers from my publisher, Guardian Angel Publishing. (They are publishing one of my picture books, release date still to be determined.) Anyway, you can visit each blog this week for exceptional posts and a chance to win fabulous prizes! To enter, visit any of the blogs listed below and participate in the RAFFLECOPTER contest. If you’ve never done RAFFLECOPTER before, it is so easy–don’t be scared. You just do each step and then click the + points button to get credit for it. It is really important that you give yourself credit because Rafflecopter is collecting all the entries for us from all the blogs. If you don’t push the button, you won’t get credit, and you can’t win the fabulous prizes.
What are we giving away? (You can win either one.)
• One FREE Picture Book Manuscript Critique by Margot Finke
• One FREE tote bag of children’s books from the participating authors
Visit May 7-13, 2012 and automatically enter for a chance to win by commenting, become a GFC Follower, and/or become a Facebook fan or friend at each of the author blogs listed below.
Here’s who is participating:
Guardian Angel Publishing Author Blogs:
Mayra Calvani – www.mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.com
Margo Dill – www.margodill.com/blog
Margot Finke – www.hookkidsonreading.blogspot.com
Donna McDine – www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com
Nancy Stewart – www.nancystewartbooks.blogspot.com
Kai Strand – www.kaistrand.blogspot.com
Nicole Weaver – www.mysisterismybestfriend.blogspot.com
So visit these each day for a new entry! You can win children’s books during CBW!
I’d like to kick off this week by talking about a new favorite at our house–my toddler LOVES this book. She wasn’t so sure it was great when I first brought it home from the hospital, but. . .I won her over, and it is now almost as popular as Brown Bear, Brown Bear. SO, the title is Farmyard Beat by Lindsay Craig. It starts out with the chicks who have the beat. Peep! Peep! Peep! So, of course, they wake up. . .SHEEP. . .who also have the beat–and they wake up cat, and so on. Soon, Farmer Sue hears the racket, and she comes to investigate. But those chicks, they just can’t help themselves. This book is so catchy that I walk around the house now singing it. I have it practically memorized, and my daughter claps to the beat. I think it’s appropriate for kids up through first or second grade even. Marc Brown did the cute, cute illustrations!
So, what can you do with this book?
1. Have fun with preschoolers. Dance, sing, chant, clap, play musical instruments–create your own farmyard beat. SO CUTE!
2. What other farm animals could get in on the action? Students/children can make up their own animals such as horse, goat, or pig. What noise would these make in the farmyard beat?
3. When owl says, “WHOOOOOO?”, ask children to guess whom they think is coming. Let them work on their prediction skills before reading the entire book to them.
Don’t forget to read the way to enter the contest below–see the Rafflecopter box and follow directions. Any questions? Leave in my comments or e-mail me (margo@margodill (dot) com). ALSO, you might have to click on READ MORE (in some browsers) to see the Rafflecopter box. Thanks!