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Animal Shapes

Animal Shapes

Animal Shapes, by Christopher Silas Neal
Grades: Pre-K

The author combines animals and shapes to form a unique, inventive object. Children will have endless fun guessing what brand-new, made-up animal will appear next!

Crunch the Shy Dinosaur

Crunch the Shy Dinosaur

Crunch the Shy Dinosaur, by Cirocco Dunlap, pictures by Greg Pizzoli
Grades: Pre-K - K

Crunch is a lovely and quiet brontosaurus who has hidden himself in some shrubbery and is rather shy. He would like to play, but it will require some gentle coaxing from you! If you are patient and encouraging, you will find yourself with a new friend!

The Invent to Learn Guide to Fun

The Invent to Learn Guide to Fun

The Invent to Learn Guide to Fun, by Josh Burker
Grades: All

Featuring an assortment of insanely clever classroom-tested “maker” projects for learners of all ages, Josh Burker kicks up a notch classroom learning-by-making with step-by-step instructions, full-color photos, open-ended challenges, and sample code. Learn to paint with light, make your own “Operation Game,” sew interactive stuffed creatures, build “Rube Goldberg” machines, design artbots, produce mathematically generated mosaic tiles, program adventure games, and more! Your MaKey MaKey, LEGO, old computer, recycled junk, and 3D printer will be put to good use in these fun and educational projects. With this guide in hand, kids, parents, and teachers are invited to embark on an exciting and fun learning adventure!

You Don’t Want a Unicorn!

You Don’t Want a Unicorn!

You Don’t Want a Unicorn!, by Amy Dyckman, illustrated by Liz Climo
Grades: Pre-K - 3

A child wishes for a unicorn without knowing how unruly they are as pets.

Yoga Storytime: Breathe, Stretch, Be Calm

Yoga Storytime: Breathe, Stretch, Be Calm

Yoga Storytime: Breathe, Stretch, Be Calm, by Miriam Raventós, illustrations by Maria Girón
Grades: Pre-K - 3

Discover the basics of practicing yoga by tracing the story of its beginnings in India, showing how its earliest practitioners observed things in nature, such as trees, cats, snakes, and lions, and then imitated their poses. They realized that the most simple and natural thing to do is breathe; the practice of yoga starts with becoming mindful of one’s own breath and then learning how to breathe and do nothing more.

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