Friday, January 4, 2013

New Year, New Ideas, New Possibilities

I am SO EXITED to welcome a guest post by Rachael from Diving Into Learning

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Hi everyone! I’m Diving Into Learning and I’m guest blogging today here at Literacy and Laughter. Today I’m going to share a fantastic website with you. Have you ever heard of Your Next Read? It is a website where you type in the title (or subject) and it will recommend books for you! I love using it to find new books to read.

This is what the homepage looks like when you click on the children tab. It brings up different age groups and you can click on a book to see recommendations. Or if you are ready to find books to go along with one you already have or need books for a theme, you can type it into the search box and start looking!

I’m getting ready to start my winter/arctic unit in January so I’ve been searching for books. I first typed in ‘arctic animals.’ It gave me a list of suggestions on the right hand side and then I clicked on the “Amazing Arctic Animals” book and it recommended all of these. Sometimes the books do not go along with the theme/subject of the book in the middle, such as you will get other books written by the author or a similar author, but you can click on the other books to get even more recommendations.

Next I searched for penguins and these are some of the books that it recommended. I am adding the “If you were a Penguin” book to my list of books to get!

I love “The Mitten” by Jan Brett so I did a search to see what other similar books were recommended. You can also see reviews for the books on the right hand side of the page.

So be sure to check out  next time you need some book ideas!

Thanks for reading my blog post! As a way of saying thank you, here is an arctic theme freebie that you can download from my TPT store: Penguin Odd and Even Number Sorting

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  1. I love your word art posters from your guest blog post at Welcome to 2nd Grade Pad!!
    Ms. Jones’ Junction

  2. Mrs. Rider, I am so glad that I found your blog through this Linky Party. I printed off several of your adorable word art posters for my classroom. I am looking forward to reading more of your posts! -- Melinda --

  3. I have never heard of this before and I have literally never been so excited! My kiddos ask me all the time if I have any books like their "favorite" and it's sometimes hard to do! LOVE THIS!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    PS I'm your newest follower! Stop by my blog if you have the chance!
    The Fabulous First Grade