Book Study of The Month

  • May Book Study of the Month: Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld

    Posted by Litonya Gant on 5/1/2022

    Stick. Stone. Both are always alone. One day, while Stone was playing on the playground, Pinecone came and made fun of stone. Then, Stick came out and vanished Pinecone away. Finally, Stick and Stone had a friend!



    Discussion topics for before reading:
    •  Can you remember a time when you were in trouble and needed help?
    •  Has a friend ever helped you with something? Did you have a chance to help them back?
    •  What do you think will happen to Stick and Stone?


    Discussion topics for during/after reading:
    •  Have you or a friend ever been bullied? What did you do?
    •  What kind of activities do you like to do with your friends?


    Craft ideas:
    •  Have kids find a pencil (or any stick-like object) and crumple a piece of paper to make a stone. Ask them to show how their stick and stone have any adventures together, or how they play
    •  Show us: Ask the kids to show us something in their house that the characters could use. You can model this idea with something laying around your house.
    •  Write out some quotes from the book, and put them in a zip loc bag, ex: I always stick up for my friends, because being a good friend rocks!"
    •  Ask a parent to take you on a short walk to collect a good-sized rock, the biggest stick you can find, and a pinecone. Now grab your favorite coloring utensil (crayons, markers, color pencils) and give that rock a new coat of paint!


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  • April Book Study of the Month: Shelia Rae, the Brave by Kevin Henkes

    Posted by Litonya Gant on 4/1/2022


    Big sister Sheila Rae is not afraid of anything - not thunder, not lightning, not even the big black dog at the end of the block. She growls at stray dogs and bares her teeth at stray cats. She's not even afraid of the most frightening things she can imagine, and she has quite an imagination! But it's hard demonstrating courage without new and more terrifying challenges, and so brave Sheila Rae decides to go home from school a new way. When her little sister Louise doesn't want to come, Sheila Rae calls her a scaredy-cat and sets out alone.



    a. "Name two things that Sheila Rae is not afraid of."

    b. "What makes Sheila Rae afraid?"

    c. "What does Sheila Rae imagine when she is lost?"

    d. "What happens when Sheila Rae calls Louise’s name?"

    e. "What does Sheila Rae tell Louise when they get home?"

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  • March Book Study of the Month: My Heart Fills With Happiness / Mi corazón se llena de alegría by Monique Gray Smith

    Posted by Litonya Gant on 3/1/2022

    The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful book reminds readers young and old to cherish the moments in life that bring us joy. 



    Discussion Questions

    1. Can you name some things that make you feel happy? What are some activities that you and your family enjoy doing together?


    2. Point out to the children that My Heart Fills With Happiness is written in two different languages (English and Plains Cree) and then discuss some words that are used in the book with them. Ask the children if they and their family speak another language at home.

    3. Point out to the children that bannock is a food enjoyed in Indigenous culture and explain
    to the children what it is. Talk about foods that come from different cultures: sushi from
    Japan, masala dosa from India, quesadillas from Mexico. Then ask them what foods they enjoy at home.

    4. Talk about the instruments presented in the book. Explain that drumming is very
    important for Indigenous ceremonies and then ask the children if they have a favorite
    musical instrument or if they are learning to play an instrument. 

    Suggested Activities:

    Cooking activity

    A great way to get your child engaged in learning about Indigenous culture is to engage them in cooking a traditional Canadian recipe — Bannock! This dish was mentioned in the story. In order to do so, the children could help mix the dry ingredients together, and the adult can cook the recipe either in an oven or frying pan! The following is a link to a simple bannock recipe:




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  • February Book Study of the Month: Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin

    Posted by Litonya Gant on 2/1/2022


    As these babies grow, their amazing skin does too, enjoying hugs and tickles, protecting them inside and out, and making them special, whether they're cocoa brown or cinnamon or peaches and cream. A breezy and irresistible picture of the human family, and how wonderful it is to be just who you are.

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  • January Book of the Month: Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

    Posted by Litonya Gant on 1/1/2022


    Meet the Friendliest Guy in the Utensil Drawer! This funny, inventive book celebrates what makes everyone unique!
    Spoon has always been a happy little utensil who loves his family. But lately, he's been feeling down. He thinks his friend's Knife, Fork, and Chopsticks have it so much better than him. He can't cut like Knife, he's not as useful as Fork, and no one thinks he's cool and exotic like Chopsticks. But Spoon's friends think he has it made; he gets to be silly and bang on pots, dive headfirst into bowls of ice cream, and relax in mugs of warm tea. Spoon's mom helps him see that he and his friends each have their own jobs to do, and that's what makes them special! Spoon serves as a gentle reminder to celebrate what makes each child special.




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  • December Book Study of the Month: My Big Feelings by Sidney Hall

    Posted by Litonya Gant on 12/1/2021

    Enjoy these very simple stories that teach hard-to-explain emotions, such as disappointment, that are so challenging for toddlers and preschoolers to control.


    Read and Discuss the Book

    • Read the book My Big Feelings.
    • As you read the book discuss the different types of feelings that the characters have in the book.
    • As your child do they ever feel any of the following feelings? 
    • What happens when you feel ______ (insert emotion here). 
    • What do instead when we are feeling disappointed, jealous, or shy?

    Book Activities are located in the back of the book. Give it a try!

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  • November Book Study of the Month: I Need a Hug/Necesito un abrazo by Aaron Blabey

    Posted by Litonya Gant on 11/1/2021

    Poor porcupine! No one will give the prickly (but needy) critter a hug. Not Lou the rabbit, not Ken the deer, not even big bear, Joe. They are all afraid of the green kiss-seeking snake. But porcupine isn’t! Animated, comical illustrations combine with conversation bubbles to tell a very funny, understated, and satisfying story.




    Read and Discuss the Book

    • Explain that this story is called ‘I need a hug’. When do you need a hug? Agree that usually, it’s when you’ve hurt yourself, or had a bad day, or had an argument with a friend. What else helps you to feel better when you’re upset?


    • Look closely at the front cover of the story, and ask your child what they think the problem will be. Does the bear look like he wants to hug the porcupine? What other animals wouldn’t you want to hug? Why? Can you think of any animals that are nice to cuddle?


    • Read through the story. Why does the porcupine think the other animals have all changed their minds about hugging him? What is the real reason they were running towards him? How does he feel at the end? Why?
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  • October Book Study of the Month: It's Okay to Make Mistakes by Todd Parr

    Posted by Litonya Gant on 10/1/2021

     It's Okay to Make Mistakes embraces life's happy accidents, the mistakes, and mess-ups that can lead to self-discovery. Todd Parr brings a timely theme to life with his signature bold, kid-friendly illustrations and a passion for making readers feel good about themselves, encouraging them to try new things, experiment, and dare to explore new paths.




    Read and Discuss the Book

    • Read Todd Parr’s picture book, “It’s Okay to Make Mistakes”
    • Talk about the mistakes made by characters in the book
    • Have your child share when they have made a mistake
    • Share with your child when you have made mistakes

    Ask and Discuss the following questions

    • What happens if you give up after you make a mistake?
    • What do you do when you are faced with a difficult task?
    • How do you feel if you make a mistake?
    • What happens when you try something new? What can you do?
    • Do you learn from your mistakes?
    • What can’t you do yet?
    • What can you do to help you learn how to do that thing you can’t do yet?
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  • August/September Book Study of the Month: Be Who You Are by Todd Parr

    Posted by Litonya Gant on 8/23/2021

    Author Todd Parr encourages kids to be proud of who they are inside.Be who you are!Be proud of where you're from.Be a different color. Speak your language.Wear everything you need to be you.





    Be old. Be young. Be a different color.

    • Pause on this page and have your child talk about how we all have different skin colors.

    • Ask them if people are really purple, green, or yellow? (This is a great teachable moment opportunity — your child will often mention toys such as Legos minifigures being yellow, and you can point out that it would be very inclusive if more toymakers made all of their people/minifigures in skin tones that look like real people.)

    • Let your child know that when they draw themselves, you will be providing many beautiful shades of brown for skin tones and that they can also decide if they want to draw like Todd Parr and make their skin tone or hair tone a rainbow color.

    • Ask your child if anything else is missing in the image. (Your child may notice that Todd Parr does not draw noses on people, but he does draw noses on animals,) You may want to encourage your child to draw noses in their self-portraits.

    • Talk to your child about how we all have different colors and textures of hair and that this is one of the many things that makes us beautiful and different.

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  • April Book Study of the Month: Only One You by Linda Kranz

    Posted by Litonya Gant on 4/1/2021 5:00:00 AM


    Adri’s mama and papa share some of the wisdom they have gained through the years with their eager son. Their words, simple and powerful, are meant to comfort and guide him as he goes about exploring his world.


    Read Aloud:


    During the Story

    As you read the book take a good look at Papa and Mama fish. What do you notice about each fish? What patterns or shapes can you see? Mama has a heart and Papa has a sun pattern. On every page there is one or both of Mama and Papa, so you can keep young children engaged by also searching for Mama and Papa in the illustrations.


    Discussion Questions:

    1. What is a friend? What qualities do friends have?

    2. What friends have students made since being in school?

    3. What are some things friends do together?

    4. How can we be friends to other people?


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