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Curious City Besties Awards ’17: Best KidLit for Ages 8-18

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in * Grades 03-06, * Grades 06-09, * Grades 10-12, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 0 comments

What chapter book, nonfiction book, or novel has changed your readers? What book could they not put down? What 2017 novels or nonfiction did you turn to again and again? Curious City boldly declares their 2017 “Besties” — children’s books that have been our best friends this fine KidLit year!   (Look for the Besties Awards for ages 4-8 here!)   Image © Yuko Shimizu from A Crack in the Sea (Penguin)     Best Breaking of Gender Barriers (Using a Giant Hammer)   Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen Series: Jasmine Toguchi Series , #1 By Debbi Michiko Florence Illustrated by...

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Curious City Besties Awards ’17: Best KidLit for Ages 4-8

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in * Grades 00-02, * Grades 03-06, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 0 comments

What makes a picture book or early reader a child’s “bestie” or constant companion? What 2017 picture books did you turn to again and again? Curious City boldly declares their 2017 “Besties” — children’s books that have been our best friends this fine KidLit year!   (Look for the Besties Awards for ages 8-18 here!)   Image © Sydney Hanson from Escargot (FSG)     Best Bucket Boost by a Bovine   RAISIN, the Littlest Cow By Miriam Busch & Larry Day ISBN-13: 9780062427632 Published by Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins Age Range: 4 – 8 Years Raisin loves being the...

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Strong As Sandow: Author/Illustrator Fitness Video & Lesson Plans

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in * Grades 00-02, * Grades 03-06, KidLit Tool: Discussion Questions, KidLit Tool: Educator Guide, KidLit Tool: Video & Book Trailers, Theme: Physical Fitness, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 0 comments

STRONG AS SANDOW Fitness Video and Lesson Plans Best Users: Librarians, Physical Education Teachers, Educators Best Audience: Children Grades 01-04   EXPLORE THE VIDEO & LESSON PLANS “Sparked by his own passion for bodybuilding and physical fitness, Tate recounts the story of Eugen Sandow (1867–1925) in this inspirational picture book.” —School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW Curious City spent two days interviewing and filming author/illustrator Don Tate’s “nothing in moderation” approach to picture book making and physical fitness. Both passions came...

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Two Truths and a Lie: STEM Game and Research Activities

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in * Grades 03-06, KidLit Tool: Activities for Chapter Books & MG, KidLit Tool: Game, Theme: Information Literacy, Theme: Science & STEM, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 0 comments

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE STEM Game and Research Activities   Best Users: Elementary STEM Coordinators, Classroom Teachers, Library Media Specialists, Public Children’s Librarians, STEM-engaged Parents, Homeschoolers Best Audience: Children Grades 03-06 EXPLORE & DOWNLOAD ACTIVITIES & GAME There are so many sources of information in today’s world.  When students hear a story about a startling new discovery, do they ever wonder if it is really true? The authors of Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive! (Walden Pond Press) are challenging readers to check the validity of sources in...

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Smart Cookie: Win a Classroom Set

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Giveaway: Educators, Giveaway: Librarians, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 3 comments

  Children’s novelist Elly Swartz thinks educators and school librarians are Smart Cookies. In honor of all you amazing educators, Elly will give away one classroom set of Smart Cookie (Scholastic, Inc.) and a cookie party to one elementary classroom on 1/30/18. TO ENTER tweet using the hashtag #SmartCookieEducator and Elly will add your name to the cookie jar. You can also nominate another educator by including that educator’s handle in the Tweet.     More Information One random entrant will receive 20 hardcover copies of Smart Cookie compliments of Scholastic, Inc., enough...

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Starring Carmen!: Bilingual Activities & Poster, Video

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in * Grades 00-02, * Grades 03-06, KidLit Tool: Activites for Picture Books, KidLit Tool: Discussion Questions, KidLit Tool: Video & Book Trailers, Theme: Arts & Crafts, Theme: Diversity, Identity & Cross-Group, Theme: Drama, Theme: Latinx, Zee Lastest and Greatest | 0 comments

STARRING CARMEN! A Picture Book with Video and Classroom & Event Activities Best Users: Librarians, Booksellers, Educators, Community Groups Best Audience: Children Grades 00-03   EXPLORE & DOWNLOAD THE ACTIVITIES Curious City is happy to host the classroom and event activities fantástico created by educator Crystal-Elisa Aldamuy!  They include: — Discussion Prompts — Fish Puppet Craft — Tiger Ear Costume — Rose Bush Costume — Literary Design — Curriculum Connections — Vocabulary DOWNLOAD  Starring Carmen: Activities in English (PDF) DOWNLOAD Starring Carmen: Activities in...

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