Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Great Shelf Challenge-Day 2

Are you participating in the Great Shelf Challenge?  I am on day 2 of posting what I have found.  (See here for day 1.)  Lucky for me, someone came through last night and checked out a whole bunch of Olivia books.  This means that I am done with E Falconer now and can move on!

Hidden Gems 
Polo and the Magic Flute by Regis Faller-I totally missed this one when it came out, but it would work well on a wordless picture book list.  The illustrations also resemble those of a graphic novel, even though it looks like a hardcover picture book.

Polo: The Runaway Book-see above.

Word Wizard by Cathryn Falwell-This is a good pick for early elementary students who are just learning how words are put together.  In a magical way, Falwell flips letters to show how different words can be made up of the same letters (for example-shore and horse).

Good for Story Time
Mystery Vine by Cathryn Falwell-This would fit well with a gardening or a Halloween story time (or Dig into Reading).  The rhymes are good and the text isn't too long so this would work well for 2-6 year olds.

Shape Capers by Cathryn Falwell-I have been trying for ages to figure out how to flannelize this story for story time.  While the characters in the story look really young (almost babyish) in their hooded outfits, this is a fun introduction to shapes.  At the end of the story, they even build things out of the shapes (like a rocket ship).

For more information on the Great Shelf Challenge, visit here.


  1. Delighted to see two of my books here! New garden-themed book coming in a few weeks: "Rainbow Stew"--in time for Dig Into Reading.

    When I use "Shape Capers" for story time, I hand out rhythm instruments (and dried beans in yogurt containers with taped lids) so the kids can "Shake,shake,shake" along with the book.

    Many thanks, and Happy Reading!

    1. Thanks Cathryn! I love the rhythm instrument idea!


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