Thursday, February 26, 2009

Literacy Thursday

**Welcome to Literacy Thursdays. This post is designed to highlight some of our favorite books in hopes that you will blog about yours. We are always looking for new books to discover. Literacy is so important and even at the youngest of ages is crucial to development. If you don't have children of your own volunteer at a school, read to a neighborhood child, but get involved. It's a great way to share quality time with the youngest of our society.

Here's the play by play: You blog about your book. Give me a shout out in your blog by creating a link to my blog and using my Literacy button. Then at the bottom of my post, you will find Mr. Linky. Sign your name and add the web address of your post. Your post will automatically be linked to mine leaving a list for all to peruse. I hope you will join us.**

If you are interested in reinforcing the alphabet in an older child or looking for a book that introduces some new vocabulary words while paralleling the alphabet, check into this week's book--The Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg. Produced by the Alphabet Theatre, this book is a play in twenty-six acts. Each page has a clever black and white drawing of a letter with something happening to it on stage. For example, the first page has the letter A with rocks falling on it. You turn the page and it says, "The A was in an Avalanche." Therefore, it gives kids the opportunity to come up with their own description of what is happening and then see if it matches. Of course, Cavett's favorite is the 26th act when Z is zapped! This website also has a great teaching guide.

Addendum: Ah ha!!!! I went to put in thte hyper links and figured it out! I knew I recognized the author and the drawings......He also wrote Jumanji, Polar Bear Express, etc.....I'm such a nincompoop! Duh!


Allison said...

Max's favorite book is the Polar Express, so I'll have to look into this one!

Upstatemomof3 said...

Very very cool looking book.

Becky said...

I LOVE Chris Van Allsburg. When I was teaching I would use his books with my middle schoolers and they loved it. My favorite is A Bad Day at Riverbend.

Allison said...

PS I have been meaning to for some time, but I just bought your cookbook! I can't wait to get it! Have a great weekend.

Amy @ Literacy Launchpad said...

I cannot tell you how much my kiddos LOVE this book! They're still talking about it months after we read it. It always amazes me. I don't know what it is about this book, but it's a guaranteed crowd pleaser with my classes.