A librarian's reviews of the best new children’s narrative nonfiction books for grades K-6. These are books which convey factual information in a story format and use the techniques of storytelling. These nonfiction books are emphasized in the curriculum of the common core.
This site contains templates that are easy to print for units and celebrations about Chinese New Year and the Year of the Pig. The sheets have Chinese characters along with pinyin counterparts. Pinyin is a system devised for representing the sounds of the Chinese language with an English alphabet.
Readers will find printable wizard-themed book covers and step-by-step instructions on affixing them to old hardback books to make décor for wizard parties and events, such as a “library collection” for Hogwarts Library.
A roundup of printable templates for lucky red envelopes, bookmarks and lanterns for kids to color and cut for Year of the Dog – Chinese New Year.
Learn to make cards, or find 7 different printable greeting cards featuring photos and Chinese text for the Year of the Dog, the 11th year in the Chinese zodiac.
Two versions of a play for children (ages 5-10) that tells the folk tale of the race that determined Chinese zodiac animals. Has printable props for the children.
For teachers, parents, and librarians, a list of books from 2017 for children ages 3-8 which which feature diverse characters in everyday contemporary life.
This site contains printable templates for 19 different easy Year of the Dog cards to craft. Each has picture of a dog and "Happy New Year" written in English and Mandarin Chinese.
Contains over 25 easy, printable templates for dog crafts for Chinese New Year celebrations. Busy teachers, librarians, and parents can print these decorations for kids.
This is a script for a 7-minute Christmas puppet play for ages 2-6. Items required: animal puppet, elf, jingle bells, table, tablecloth, and chair.
Contains easy, printable templates of simple shapes used to make dog crafts. Busy teachers, librarians, and parents can print these patterns for kids.
Contains easy, printable coloring page templates for Year of the Dog for Chinese New Year units and celebrations. These sheets contain Chinese characters along with pinyin transliterations.
Step-by-step instructions on how to make an easy, inexpensive, and cute snowman gift bag that can be used over and over. It’s fast and wastes less than traditional wrapping paper.
Contains printable templates of roosters made from circles, hearts, and triangles for teachers who work with farm themes and young children. The templates are available in English and Spanish.
For teachers, parents, and librarians, an extensive list of books for babies and toddlers which show everyday diversity. These books features diverse characters portrayed in everyday contemporary life
For teachers, parents, and librarians, a thorough list of books for children ages 3-8 which exemplify everyday diversity. These books feature diverse characters in everyday contemporary life.
A collection of printable crafts for Year of the Rooster. You can print Chinese New Year art projects for kids include greeting cards, coloring pages, bookmarks, and lanterns.
This site features several printable paper lantern templates for the Year of the Rooster that are easy to print, color, and fold for Chinese New Year decorations.
Here you will find a variety of quick, printable templates for greeting cards for the Year of the Rooster, celebrating Chinese New Year. They are easy to print and color.
Contains easy, printable templates of coloring pages for Year of the Rooster for Chinese New Year units and celebrations. These sheets contain Chinese characters along with pinyin transliterations.
Here you will find quick, printable templates for greeting cards for the Year of the Rooster, celebrating Chinese New Year. Children and adults can print, color, and give out these holiday cards.
Contains easy, printable templates of simple shapes used to make rooster crafts for Chinese New Year celebrations. Busy teachers, librarians, and parents can print these decorations for kids.
Hook kids into reading with these booktalks for some of the best graphic novels for children. Reluctant readers especially like this format which is akin to a longer comic book.
This site contains easy instructions and photos on how to make a no-sew Harry Potter house tie out of felt, Velcro, and glue.
Printable games that teachers, book club leaders and librarians can use for the book Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson. Name game, trivia, drawing game (like Pictionary.)
Find time-saving printable templates for all ages. Includes games to play based on the Harry Potter books. Name generator, polyjuice potion game, and Harry Potter bingo.
Spice up your spooky fiction booktalks with audience participation. Here you’ll find ideas for ways to get the children involved along with complete booktalks for several kids’ spooky fiction books.
Spice up your fantasy fiction booktalks with audience participation. Here you’ll find ideas for ways to get the children involved along with complete booktalks for several kids’ fantasy fiction books
A collection of quick and easy printable Chinese New year craft ideas for kids to make. Children can make pandas, dragons, lanterns, and a variety of New Year animal crafts.
Here you will find simple and easy craft projects and printables that children can make to celebrate Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey.
Includes instructions for making simple Chinese lanterns from paper, along with photos and lots and lots of tips for varying their look and adding embellishments for making them unique.
Golden Gate Canyon State Park is just 30 minutes from Denver, and a good place to see fall colors. A thorough review of Beaver Trail, a 2.8 mile loop that winds through golden aspen groves.
See the review of the Disney movie in which contemporary teens from Shanghai feature in this Chinese remake of High School Musical.
Hook kids into reading with these booktalks for some of the best nonfiction books.
A thorough site with lots of practical tips for making a great Peeps diorama from start to finish. Simple and low-cost ideas for how to prepare Peeps, generate ideas, and make props and backgrounds.
A librarian's reviews and summaries of the best narrative nonfiction books for children, which are emphasized in the curriculum of the common core from kindergarten through 6th grade.
A driving tour of the most outstanding holiday lights in the neighborhoods Littleton, Englewood, and Centennial. Tour past homes and city lighting displays for free; then head to Hudson Gardens for a moderately-priced and spectacular lighting display.
Here is a list of the best books for boys in families that were built through adoption from China. You will find books here for all ages of boys, both fiction and nonfiction.
A multitude of resources and book reviews for children who want to study the Titanic, or for teachers who want to teach subjects using the framework of the Titanic story.
If your girl is a reluctant reader , a girl who is just not into reading, check out this site which has useful tips and lots of suggestions for materials that will spark her interest
A thorough list of books for children adopted from China. Most are specific to Chinese adoption, though some general adoption books are listed as well.
Here are the best books for children ages 2-6 that cover Chinese culture and feature children with Chinese heritage.
Here is a list of best books, specifically chosen for moms who have adopted children from China--including memoirs, fiction, history, culture.
A list of the best books for girls age 4-8 that feature China and children with Chinese heritage.
Here is a list of the best books which feature Chinese and Chinese-American characters for children ages 8-12. There is a little something for everyone: mystery, fantasy, kung fu, and funny stories.
Here is a list of the best books featuring teens--both Chinese and Chinese-American.
Here is a round-up of super simple foods that will add a decorative flair to your Wizard of Oz party. Lots of no-cook, no-mess ideas from cupcakes, to Tin Man Kisses, to witch hats.
Step-by step directions for easy games and activities for a Wizard of Oz party. Simple to put together from things you have around the house or can buy at the the store.
This site draws together lots of quick, easy, and inexpensive ideas for games, prizes, costumes, decoration and food for a party based on The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings.
Here are reviews from a children's librarian of the best chapter books for kids that use the Titanic as a setting.
Titanic survivor Margaret Brown is a very different person from the uncultured hick portrayed in such things as the musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Here is a short summary of her life with photos.
Here you will find reviews of the best books and films about the Titanic steamship. These include fiction, biographies, and recipe books.
If your child is beginning to read chapter books and likes funny books, here is a list of kids' all-time favorites.
These books cover adoption and Chinese culture for moms, dads, kids, tweens, and teens. Below you will find links to sites that list dozens of books for kids, adults, families, and classrooms.