A Fascinating Life

Roald Dahl, author of such wonderful tales as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, was born on this day in 1916. And this man not only wrote fascinating books, but he had a fascinating, sometimes tragic, life. Here are a few Roald Dahl facts: His first name is pronounced, “Roo–all.”…

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First Friday Giveaway for July!

Yes sirree, it’s the first Friday in July and that means…drumroll please…it’s giveaway time! This month you can enter to win an adorable guy who routinely rocks a pair of red PJs. Okay, let me be more specific. (I couldn’t resist having a bit of fun!) The adorable guy is none other than Llama Llama,…

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A “Berry” Good Birthday!

Today is Bruce Degen’s birthday! If that name rings a bell but you can’t place it, he’s the author/illustrator of the classic picture book, Jamberry.  The word play and detailed illustrations make this book a winner for early childhood. And here are some super activities to go with this well-known bestseller. Happy 71st Birthday, Bruce!…

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A “Dino-Mite” Giveaway!

Do you know what my favorite classroom theme is? Dinosaurs. Students find them fascinating–and I do too! That’s why I’m super geeked about today’s special GIVEAWAY for Teacher Appreciation Week. You could win this fantastic bundle of dinosaur books! (There’s even a Spanish/English bilingual DVD  of Groovy Joe!) How can you win? Simply reply to…

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National Children’s Book Week!

Today is the first day of National Children’s Book Week! This week long celebration spotlights children’s books and celebrates the joy of reading. The first Children’s Book Week was in 1919–so the celebration has been around for awhile! You celebrate books and reading every week by reading aloud to your students and supporting literacy skills,…

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What’s Your Top 5?

While roaming about on the Internet, I found this article about 20 indispensible high school reads. It’s an interesting list to peek at, if just to see which choices you agree with. Personally, I’m just glad they didn’t include any Faulkner on the list. I know he was an immensely talented individual, but Intruder in…

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Tell a Fairy Tale!

February 26 is National Tell a Fairy Tale Day. I don’t know who made up this day, but it’s incredibly annoying that they decided it belongs on a Sunday. This would be a wonderful day to celebrate in the classroom! So I recommend that you make this Friday or the Monday afterward your personal “Tell…

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