Happy Cyber Monday: Giveaway Winners

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Thank you SO much to everyone who entered our 10 Days of Giveaways. We loved sharing activities and lessons to expand our books beyond story time.

If you did not win, but want to find the books for your classroom (or for holiday giving!) you can find all of the above (and more!) in our books section, here.

And the winners are…

DADDY DEPOT: Anna Bethea
THIS IS NOT A NORMAL ANIMAL BOOK: Heidi
BEAR AND CHICKEN: Janet
BAT COUNT: Lisa Connors
BOB AND JOSS GET LOST!: Jennifer Hansen
A BOOK OF BRIDGES, HERE TO THERE AND ME TO YOU: Hope Lim
WHOBERT WHOVER: Jenny Ham
GRANDMOTHER THORN: Cara Wegrzyn
SMALL: Lisa Connors
FRESH PICKED POETRY: Wendy Greenley

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Making Connections with A BOOK OF BRIDGES: HERE TO THERE AND ME TO YOU

Here To There Cover PublicitiyA BOOK OF BRIDGES: HERE TO THERE AND ME TO YOU explores more than just the bridge as a structure connecting one place to another. It explores how we connect as human beings.  

In A BOOK OF BRIDGES, one layer of text gives simple descriptions of bridges for the youngest listeners while another layer provides facts on the bridges for the older reader. Combining the layers provides a bridge between reading and listening together in a story time setting.

Here are a few other ways to help kids learn more about bridges and making connections.

Connecting to Bridges

Make a bridge from popsicle sticks, paper plates, or marshmallows. Find a picture of a local bridge as a model.  Here are a few examples:

http://www.ehow.com/how_8532586_build-marshmallow-bridge.html

https://www.danyabanya.com/sydney-harbour-bridge-craft/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/564146290793837409/

Connecting to Geography

Use a map or globe to locate the book’s bridges.

Go exploring. Take a drive with your family around your neighborhood and see how many bridges you can spot.  Turn it into a game.  Whoever spots the most bridges wins!

Connecting to Pictures

Look closer at the pictures in the book. What people, places, and things are the bridges in the book connecting? Make up your own story. Where do you think they are going? What do think they are doing? Who do they want to connect to?

Dragonflies flutter about on many of the pages.  How many can you spot?

Author Cheryl Keely and illustrator Celia Krampien love dogs. How many dogs can you spot in the pictures?

Connecting to People

Playing games is fun.  Play the Drawbridge Game with your friends or classmates.  Find the instructions here: https://www.cherylkeely.com/learning-playing

What other types of bridges can you make by working together?

A BOOK OF BRIDGES Giveaway!

cropped 805.2Use this Rafflecopter link to be entered to win a copy of A BOOK OF BRIDGES: HERE TO THERE AND ME TO YOU and up to 50 bookmarks for your classroom.

Cheryl Keely is a children’s book writer who loves to create picture books because they combine her love of learning and love of playing. When not writing, Cheryl volunteers with her dog Dagaz as a pet ambassador team with a local pet therapy organization in her home of Louisville, Ky. One of our favorite visits is to a local elementary school where the children take turns reading to the dogs. Her debut picture book, A BOOK OF BRIDGES: HERE TO THERE AND ME TO YOU, is out now from Sleeping Bear Press

10 Days of Lessons, Activities, and Giveaways for Teachers and Librarians

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Get ready! Starting November 6th, we are proud to present 10 days of blog posts. Each post will share ways that teachers and librarians can engage their students. Each day will also offer a giveaway. Stay tuned!