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Winner Wednesday: A Ball for Daisy

I recently read A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka, and even brought it in for one of my practicum experiences at the children’s hospital, which was very interesting to see the reactions of the children. I found it interesting that another wordless picture book could have such a profound impact on me. I was very […] Continue reading

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Free Friday: Animals with Insecurities

Again, I know it’s not Friday, but alas, my blogs haven’t been posting.   When I came into Vanderbilt, I came in with the intention of double majoring in elementary education and psychology, as I believed that combination would make me more valuable as a teacher. At some point, I may pursue an advanced degree in […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Books Monday: Crab Cake

I realize it’s not Monday, but I’m not entirely sure why my Neely’s News haven’t been posting, but I just realized that now! All mine are going to be posted really close together I guess. I discovered this book thanks to Emily Bean during a blog discussion. Immediately after class, I went on Amazon and […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Books Monday: A New Home

Tania de Regil’s newest picture book for young children, A New Home, is unique in the sense that the exact same story has also been published in Spanish, Un Nuevo Hogar. This book tells the story of two young children, who have to move away from their current home, to a new city, New York […] Continue reading

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Winner Wednesday: Planetarium

In schools, it is quite common to distinguish between disciplines. For example, students have a math block which is separate from their reading block which is then separate from the science block, and on. When deciding which text to use during a lesson, educators make decisions about what text is appropriate for which students. Specifically […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Book Monday: When Sadness Is At Your Door

In this new picture book by Dutch author, Eva Eland, the topic of conversation is around sadness and the emotion that everyone feels, but one that children often don’t understand or know how to control. The author sets up this idea of sadness as a physical object in this book, as something that can just […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Book Monday: You are Light

You are Light is set to officially be published on March 26th 2019 by Candlewick Studio. The book is written and illustrated by New York Times best-selling author Aaron Becker. Becker might be best known for his trilogy series Journey with the books Journey, Quest, and Return. The three books in this series are beautifully […] Continue reading

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Free Friday: Heads and Tails

For this Free Friday, I am highlighting a children’s picture book written and illustrated John Canty called Heads and Tails. Rather than being a story with a plot and characters, this picture book is more of an informative picture book in the way the author presents the information. On the second page of each spread, the […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursday: The Story of Ferdinand

  On this Traditional Thursday, I wanted to spotlight a book from my childhood that I recently rediscovered: The Story of Ferdinand written by Munro Leaf and Illustrated by Robert Lawson. I was recently perusing the Peabody College Library at Vanderbilt University for picture books to read with children. I noticed that the library had […] Continue reading

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Winner Wednesday: La Princesa and the Pea

For Winner Wednesday, the book the I chose was called La Princesa and the Pea, written by Susan Middleton Elya and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal. This book won the Pura Belpré Award in 2018 for its beautiful, Peruvian-inspired illustrations. This book is a play on The Princess and the Pea, a commonly told fairy tale […] Continue reading

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