Picture Book

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball by John Coy

Book cover Hoop Genius, profile of man with mustache, in background boys are playing basketball A young teacher, James Naismith, was forced to take over a gym class with students so out of control two teachers had already quit! When all other sports proved to be too rough and aggresive, Naismith created his own sport: basketball. A great example of perservance and learning from not only failure but past events. Second and Third graders might enjoy reading this nonfiction book on their own, but the ratio of words to pictures allows this book to serve as a great read-out-loud for a younger sports fan.

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Celeste, Kids World

The World Is Waiting For You by Barbara Kerley

The World Is Waiting For Your book cover, white cover with photograph of boy and girl running through the O in YouPaired with wonderful photos from National Geographic, the simple text encourages kids to use their curiosity, try new things, go to new places, and experience all life has to offer. An exceptionally beautiful picture book, perfect for sparking the imagination and a sense of adventure.

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Celeste, Kids World

Nightsong by Ari Berk

Nightsong Book Cover, bat flyingA young bat leaves his mother for the first time, and ventures out into an unknown dark world. As he learns to use his “song,” the world fills with color.  With truly lovely illustrations by Loren Long, this book is a great introduction to the bats’ echo “vision.” It also serves well as a warm simple story of a child gaining independence.

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Celeste, Kids World

 

The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Cover image of the book The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers featuring a gingerbread girl and animal crackersIn this sequel to The Gingerbread Girl , it is the Gingerbread Girl's birthday and she's in for a suprise! Her new friends, the animal crackers are bouncing off of the walls and no one can catch them. They put their trust in the wily fox who lives down by the river to help them get away from the Gingerbread Girl but does the fox really want to help them? This is a book that is fast paced with rhythmic writing and great illustrations. Perfect for reading out loud to children ages three to five.

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Tiffany, Kids World

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