Run, Run as Fast as You Can!

Today’s December topic is the Gingerbread Man. You know, that brave cookie that thinks he can outrun anyone or anything! Well, he’s outrun me and for now I’m fine with that because I have something even better to offer you. Check out the links below—all follow-ups to that sneaky cookie’s tale! • a cut-and-glue sequencing…

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Happy Birthday and a Giveaway!

Here at The Mailbox Blog we routinely celebrate the first Friday of the month with a giveaway. However this First Friday Giveaway is extra special! You see today, December 1, is Jan Brett’s birthday, one of my favorite authors and illustrators of children’s books. If you follow us on Instagram (themailbox) you already know that…

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Did You Know…

Did you know that William Steig, award-winning author and illustrator of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, also wrote Shrek, the source for the fabulous Dreamworks movie? He sure did! And tomorrow is his birthday. William Steig was born in 1907 and passed away in 2003 at the age of 95. In addition to Sylvester and…

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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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