There are readalouds of nonfiction books for Women's History Month on the Weekly Readalouds page of this site, and there are links to nonfiction ebooks about women's' achievements at the bottom of my previous blog post (just below here--scroll down!).
My videotaped readaloud this week is a fiction book suited to our younger students: The Little Red Fort, written by Betsy Maier, illustrated by Sonia Sánchez. It's a retelling of "The Little Red Hen" that features a very can-do little girl (assisted by her mother and grandmother) who sets about making a fort from supplies she has at home.
When my sons were little they loved to build forts from the couch cushions and crawl in there to read their favorite books! Or for a more theoretical activity, I wonder what kinds of forts our students can dream up, draw, describe, or use as settings for their own stories! For more ideas of how to learn with The Little Red Fort, see the publisher's activity guide (PDF at left).
Beneath the readaloud video is a time-lapse of the construction of a treehouse. This video would interest anyone who likes tools, construction, or architecture. (I found it on The Kid Should See This--"Smart videos for curious minds of all ages" is how they describe themselves.)
Let me remind you that the way my website builder can link to videos is via Youtube, and a lot of Youtube content is NOT suitable for children, so please monitor closely your child's use of Youtube.)
Barbara Siegemund-Broka, library resource specialist, maintains this blog to inform Pennekamp students and families about library news and related content. Any opinions expressed here are solely her own.
What's Ms. Barbara reading?
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, by Jenny Odell
His eyes are soft. “Do you know why I became a librarian?”
I wait for him to tell me, because of course I don’t.
“Dewey,” he says. “As in the decimal system.”
I’m not sure if he’s joking or not, but he continues, “I like order. I like organization. The idea of all the information in the world, all organized, everything in its place—I like that idea.”
He clears his throat. “But I’ve been doing this job for a long time. And the thing I’ve learned is that stories aren’t about order and organization. They’re about feelings. And the feelings don’t always make sense. See, stories are like …” He pauses, brow furrowing, then nods, satisfied in finding the right comparison: “Water. Like rain. We can hold them tight, but they always slip through our fingers.”
I try to hide my shock. Joe doesn’t seem like the poetic type.
His caterpillar eyebrows knit together. “That can be scary. But remember that water gives us life. It connects continents. It connects people. And in quiet moments, when the water’s still, sometimes we can see our own reflection.”
--From When You Trap a Tiger, by Tae Heller, winner of the 2021 Newbery Medal