Category Archives: Arts Books for Children

Remembering Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert, With Love

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” ~ Maya Angelou It is a while since I’ve written a blog post. I apologize. The truth is, that … Continue reading

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Creative Canadian Women: Five Extraordinary Artists Celebrated in Picture Books

“You’ve got to keep the child alive; you can’t create without it.” ~ Joni Mitchell Women’s History Month takes place in March, and allows us to celebrate the contribution and achievements of women throughout history to the present day.  I … Continue reading

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Six Splendid Stories about Snowmen

“I remember that winter because it had brought the heaviest snows I had ever seen. Snow had fallen steadily all night long and in the morning I woke in a room filled with light and silence, the whole world seemed … Continue reading

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Coping with the COVID-19 Crisis: Keeping our Kids Curious and Creative

“There is no education like adversity.”– Benjamin Disraeli This blog post has been created for all of those being affected by the world’s current health situation – it is for teachers, early childhood educators, care providers, families, parents and children. We … Continue reading

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Critical Literacy and the Portrayal of the Inuit in Children’s Picture Books

What began in my classroom as an inquiry about Arctic animals slowly evolved into a deeper conversation about the Inuit – their relationship with, reliance on and spiritual connection to the animals with whom they share the land. A window … Continue reading

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From Environmental Footprints to Environmental Handprints

“I care about climate change because of our children. I want to safeguard their future.” ~ Cate Blanchett In recent weeks I have attended some really thought-provoking workshops and a conference about climate change. The focus has been on how … Continue reading

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A Dot Day Inquiry

“Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” ~ Peter H. Reynolds, The Dot In early September I attended a workshop on inquiry-based learning environments presented by Susan Stacey. Throughout what I knew would be a wonderful day, participants … Continue reading

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Kindergarten Meets Kusama

“I have been using polka dots since I was a very young child.  Only after that, it seems, have they been used throughout the rest of the art world.” ~ Yayoi Kusama Art Night is a very special event where … Continue reading

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Creating Gifts for Mother’s Day

“Mothers are the fountain of creation.” ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah Preparing for Mother’s Day has made the classroom a busy place with much going on.  We have been making cards that include coupon books with hand written promises to do something thoughtful … Continue reading

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Mindfulness, Meditation and Movement: Picture Books for Children

“Meditation is to be aware of what is going on: in your body, in your feelings, in your mind and in the world.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh This is a small collection of picture books that invite children to think … Continue reading

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