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August 3, 2015

Back to School Book Round-Up

It's hard to believe but summer is pretty much over, and school is about to start. We've purchased supplies and ordered uniforms, and now we are pretty much in back-to-school mode all around.

Bug is three years old and will be back in preschool this year. One of the things I really want to focus on with him this year is letter recognition and phonetics. I also want to make a better effort to read with him. I obviously love to read, and I desperately want to pass that love on to my children.

Today I'm teaming up with Sourcebooks to bring you some great book suggestions for your preschooler as you head into this new school year. And be sure to read all the way to to bottom because there's a great giveaway as well!



The Very Best Teacher!
By Ye Shil Kim
Illustrated by Miku Moriuchi
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
June 30, 2015


Book Info:

Ten little mice search for the perfect gift to give their teacher!

Tomorrow is Ms. Tulip's birthday and a celebration is in order! But how will her ten students decide on the right present? Luckily ten minds are better than one when choosing the ideal gift for the very best teacher.

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About the Author:
Ye Shil Kim is the author of numerous picture books in Korea. She works as an illustrator agent for EenArt in Korea.

About the Illustrator:
MIKU MORIUCHI graduated with a BA in illustration from the Norwich School of Art and Design, and an MA in illustration from Brighton University. She has illustrated 21 picture books, and lives in London.



Off to School!
Created by the Sesame Workshop
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
July 7, 2015



Book Info:
Tomorrow is a very exciting day--it’s Elmo’s first day of school! And Elmo needs your help to get ready. Let’s go off to school!


Smart Start Series
By: Ellen Honeck, Ph.D, Nancy B. Hertzog, Ph.D, and Barbara Dullagan, M.Ed.
Prufrock Press
August 1, 2015
Series Info:

The Smart Start series fosters engaging conversations for parents and their children through the use of interactive questioning. Images in these books convey children in realistic and familiar stages of play, and each image’s corresponding questions prompt children to think at critical, creative, and mathematical levels about their everyday surroundings and activities. The open-ended questions stimulate curiosity and invigorate conversations between parents and children. The books in this series highlight the vast world of a child’s imagination and encourage children to think deeply about the objects and situations they’re faced with every day.

Around My House!
The first book in the Smart Start series for pre-readers fosters engaging conversations for parents and children through the use of interactive questioning. Images in this book convey realistic and familiar settings around the house: in the kitchen, the playroom, the bedroom, the garage, and more.
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Let’s Play!
The second book in the Smart Start series. Images in this book convey children in stages of play, and each image’s corresponding questions prompt children to think at critical, creative, and mathematical levels about their everyday surrounding and activities.
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Let’s Go to the Market!
The third book in the Smart Start series. Images in this book convey children and parents in a familiar shared experience: going to and exploring the market. 
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About the Authors:
Ellen Honeck, Ph.D., is Dean of Gifted and Talented Academy for Laurel Springs School
Nancy B. Hertzog, Ph.D, is a professor of educational psychology at the University of Washington and the director of the Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars. She is the author of two books, Ready for Preschool, andEarly Childhood Gifted Education.
Barbara Dullaghan, M.Ed., is currently Elementary Gifted and Talented Coordinator for Bloomington Public Schools in Minnesota.

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY LINK for Back-to-School Prize Pack including all the books featured (Runs July 26-August 28th):