The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier

I recently came across this modern twist on The Little Red Hen and instantly fell in love with it.

Brenda Maier’s version tells the story of Ruby, a plucky little girl who designs an awesome fort (She Shed?) much to the dismay of her three older brothers who were always “too busy” to help her out. I love this version not only because it shows that girls can be engineers, but also because it emphasizes the grit needed to engage with the design process from start to finish.

The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier would be a perfect read aloud for 2nd and 3rd graders, especially during a STEM/STEAM unit of study.

If you’re looking for materials to support a book study for this title, click here to go to my TpT page!

Yours in Literacy,

Sheila

Nerdy Birdy Tweets by Aaron Reynolds

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Nerdy Birdy Tweets is a timely tale of two friends whose bond is tested by technology. This is a perfect read aloud for 2nd and 3rd graders!

After Nerdy Birdy becomes addicted to Tweetster, he posts a not-so-flattering picture of his best friend, Vulture, eating quite messily. He soon learns that posting something online without permission is a HUGE mistake.

Will Nerdy Birdy repair his friendship with Vulture and learn the difference between online "friends" and a real friend? You'll have to read to find out!

(And if you're looking for a Book Study to go along with Nerdy Birdy Tweets, head on over to my TpT shop!)

Yours in Literacy,

Sheila :) 

NEW FAVORITE BOOK ALERT!

There’s a common worldview that difficult feelings - like sadness - are meant to be repressed and hidden from the world. This leads to people suffering privately or bottling up emotions until they explode.

Luckily, highly-engaging books like Ira Crumbs Feels the Feelings teach children (especially boys!) that it’s ok to feel sad sometimes.

Ira and Malcolm are besties who have difficulty deciding whether to play hide-and-seek or tag. When others hear the word “tag,” they come running and swoop Malcolm off his feet, leaving Ira all alone.

Now Ira’s body is doing strange things, telling Ira that he is S to the A to the D: SAD.

People try to cheer him up but he just wants to feel his feelings!

Apparently, Malcolm was missing his bestie and comes back to find Ira feeling pretty sad. When he inquires about his friend’s sadness (as good friends ought to do), he doesn’t try to change Ira’s feelings but chooses to empathize with him instead.

All-in-all, Ira Crumbs Feels the Feelings has ME feeling all the feelings…especially love! 

Great read aloud for grades K-2.

Yours in Literacy,

Sheila :) 

I received this book from the publisher, Owl Kids, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Izzy Gizmo to the Rescue!

There's been a movement in our society to recognize more women in the sciences. Luckily, this much-needed recognition has also migrated into the world of children's literature. One book, Izzy Gizmo to the Rescue, aims to do just that.

Izzy Gizmo is a creative inventor who likes to solve problems using a combination of everyday items.

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Just like any other inventor, Izzy gets frustrated when her designs malfunction. Luckily, her grandpa encourages her to try again, echoing Thomas Edison's famous quote: “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” 

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One day, she comes across an injured crow and has to go through various iterations of an invention to help the crow fly again.

This is a fabulous book to reinforce STEM, females in science, and the importance of perseverance. 

If you're interested, you can find my Izzy Gizmo to the Rescue BOOK STUDY here.

Yours in Literacy,

Sheila 


Izzy Gizmo
By Pip Jones