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Writer and creator of the Kindergarten for Teachers and Parents website; Susan Case, has come up with a great new book that shares her years of experience in early education.  Helpful, funny and packed with resources, this book is a wonderful companion for anyone teaching preschool or kindergarten or anyone with children of that age.

Highly recommended!

Kindergarten: Tattle-Tales, Tools, Tactics, Triumphs, and Tasty Treats for Teachers and Parents is a book for those who live or work with preschool and kindergarten children. It will make you laugh and give you hundreds of ideas to help with behavior, reading, special education, science experiments, holiday celebrations, and recipes for Fun Fridays and for success. The author shares tips, tidbits, jokes, quotes, and valuable teaching information. Parents, teachers and those studying to become a teacher will learn what to do, and what not to do, as they journey through the author’s teaching experiences. Susan shares her encounters with classroom pets, uncooperative children, Show and Tell surprises, unusual experiments, and her beliefs on naptime, reading programs, behavior, and recess. This book is a guide for those who are teaching and raising young children.


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Written by Max Lucado  

Illustrations by Liz Bonham

Have you ever felt that something about you kept you separate from the rest of “the crowd”?  In this story, a little lamb named Joshua feels exactly the same way.  He was born with one leg that didn’t work quite right and found it hard to keep up with the rest of the sheep.  However, life brought Joshua a best friend named Abigail who happened to be a cow and Josh’s story unfolds.

Because Joshua can’t keep up with the other sheep, he needs to stay behind one snowy night in the barn with Abigail and gets to witness the miracle of the birth of Jesus.  Joshua not only witness it, but provide the warmth for the brand new baby who shivered in the cold.  The story is a wonderful retelling of the Nativity story as well as a tale of how the obstacles and conditions of one’s life often open the doors that offer the biggest blessings.

Although I cringe a bit at the use of the word “crippled”, in the title, this book is a great read, a real inspiration and joy! Also great for reading aloud.

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Knots on a Counting Rope is the story of a Native American grandfather talking to his grandson, Boy-Strength-of-Blue-Horses, about how he was born and how he has grown. Boy-Strength-of-Blue-Horses was born frail and with no vision, but he has gotten stronger and now rides his own horse, Rainbow, and has trained her to race. The grandfather is a nurturing figure in the story who adores his grandson and has never held him back.

This is a sweet story about the love between a grandfather and his grandson who is blind, and how the grandson is richer and stronger because of this relationship

Suggested Reading Level – Preschool and up


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Written by Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D.
Illustrations by Judith Friedman
Anna feels uncomfortable talking around strangers.  Worse yet, she will start kindergarten soon and things seem to simply get worse when that happens.  This warm and sensitive book shows a story of a child who gets help from parents, teachers and a counselor to find how own voice and a comfort level with new people and new situations.
Reading level: Ages 4-8

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Written by Nicola Moon
Lucy’s grandfather is coming to visit and she is so excited.  But while all the other children at school are preparing pictures, Lucy asks the teacher if she can make a special collage meant for her granddad.  In this short and beautiful little book, we see how a young child shares her love and for her grandfather by sharing his way of seeing the world.
         This is a great book for discussing how everyone perceives the world in different ways and the value of taking the time to find a common way of sharing about it.
Suggested Reading Level; Preschool – Grade 2

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Written by Sharlee Glenn
Illustrations by Dan Andreasen

Although labeled as developmentally impaired, Aunt “Roo” is a important and accepted part of her family and a special playmate and best friend for young Gracie.  Then as Gracie becomes older and goes to school, she wonders how her friends will react to her special aunt.  A beautiful tale of friendship and caring, Gracie comes to understand how much her Aunt has given her and how friendship and love can conquer labels and limits.
Written by Sharlee Gleen, the author describes growing up on a farm with two older aunts who were like “Roo”.  It’s clear that her loving relationship to her two special aunts helped to inspire this warm and funny story of love and acceptance.
Suggested Reading Level – Grades 1 – 3

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