Showing posts with label children's literature. Show all posts
Showing posts with label children's literature. Show all posts

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Two things that I love...
Children's Literature + GIVEAWAYS

Isn't it *the best* when you find amazing new books that you know your students will LOVE??

Have you heard of this little gem yet?

Lacey loves to talk... 
 All day long...
Until she loses her voice.

This is a MUST READ for the beginning of the year. 
I love it for so many reasons...
the message, 
the illustrations,
the end pages
and of course the adorable owls!
I shared it with my 6 year old daughter and she doesn't want to give it back!

Check it out here!
(Amazon is currently out of stock = hot book!)

If you'd like to win a copy of this book for your classroom enter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Classroom Library Linky Party

I love children's literature and passing along the "literacy love" to my kindergarten friends...
 and to my own children.

I buy a ridiculous amount of books each month... many of which I need to drop directly at school after shopping so that I avoid the "do you REALLY need MORE books" conversation with my husband! ; )

I need some INSPIRATION for my classroom library... making it more organized and purposeful for the students... 

One of my favorite treasures of my reading corner is this gorgeous bookcase that my husband built for me:

I just LOVE that the books really get to shine! : )
The books on this shelf are always changing with the theme. 

This idea came from Ann Marie Corgill. I had the pleasure of hearing her speak at Lakota Literacy View... and reading her book, of Primary Importance. 

PEEK at her classroom HERE!

Here is the rest of my library/reading corner:
(where I need HELP!!)

Do you keep you library set up all year or change baskets as the year goes on?
Do you use the library area for "shopping" for books... and another space for the reading corner. 

favorites are housed in the baskets and on the white shelf

leveled readers (students select take home books from these baskets)

I would *LOVE* to have you all join me in sharing pictures of your reading corner. 

Share your favorite parts, explain how you organize, show ways you've made it special or "cozy" or.... use your post to ask others for advice.

I CAN'T WAIT to see YOUR reading corners/classroom libraries!!!! 

Let's Link Up!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Have you entered my giveaway yet??


The winner will receive a personalized, autographed copy of Square Cat... and a $15.00 gift certificate to Lettering Delights. 

As April from Chalk Talk said in her post about the giveaway, 
"What teacher doesn't LOVE books and fun fonts?" 

CLICK HERE to check out all of the details and to enter.
Deadline is TONIGHT- Sunday, October 23rd @ 11:00 p.m.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Autographed Book & Lettering Delights Giveaway!!!

I was absolutely delighted when Elizabeth Schoonmaker, author of the book Square Cat, emailed me a couple of weeks ago to let me know she loved my blog.

Say what?!?

I hope that you have had the privilege of reading Square Cat. It is an adorable story about Eula and the difficulties she faces as a square cat - living in a world with friends who are all round. 

A sweet book about friendship and self-acceptance!

Elizabeth has graciously offered to give away an autographed copy of her book through my blog. She said that she will personalize it (to you, your class, for a child's birthday- whatever you choose!)

Check out what other people are saying about Square Cat here:

The winner will also receive a $15 gift certificate to Lettering Delights!!!

I just joined and am L-O-V-I-N-G all of the fonts and graphics. 

There are 3 ways to enter this giveaway:

1. Follow my blog and leave a comment saying you have done so. (If you are already a follower just leave a comment letting me know!)

2. Blog about my giveaway and leave me a comment with a link to the post. 

3. Leave a comment about your favorite Lettering Delight font.  

*All entries must be received by
 Sunday, October 23rd 11:00 p.m. 

Winner will be selected through a random drawing and will be announced on
 Monday, October 24th!

Good Luck!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

More Chicka Fun!

Check out our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees!
I just *loved* watching how each child approached this task and how EVERY tree looks so different from the next!
Thanks to Deanna Jump for this idea. 

Check out these other great Chicka ideas:

Here are some other awesome ideas that I am loving on Pinterest:

Kindergarten Friends,

Here is the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom video that you loved so much:

Saturday, August 6, 2011

WOW! Awesome Online Story Time

While browsing Pinterest this afternoon I came across this awesome reading resource:

(click the picture to check it out!)

Barnes and Noble offers online story time- featuring a GREAT COLLECTION of favorite books read by authors & celebrities. (Green Eggs and Ham read by Rachael Ray, anyone?)

Each month a new book will be featured. 
This month they are featuring The Kissing Hand, read by Audrey Penn. 

Some of my other favorites featured include:

I can't wait to share Pinkalicious and Olivia with my daughter Madilynn! This resource will be GREAT for Daily 5 and Literacy Workstations. 

Thanks to Mrs. McKown @ Little Literacy Learners for sharing this resource and to Darcy  for pinning this idea so others could find it! 

 Click HERE to see some of the other great ideas I have pinned on my Pinterest boards.  

Friday, July 22, 2011

Adorable Seuss Bracelet Giveaway!!!

Adorable Dr. Seuss Bracelet Giveaway!!!

  My awesome Kindergarten team and I love all things Dr. Seuss. Our kindergarten friends spend two weeks in March reading all of his books, studying his craft, and doing many FUN Seuss activities. 

Check out all of our Seuss Fun here:

I was SUPER EXCITED when I read that this adorable Seuss bracelet was being given away:

Head on over to 4th Grade Frolics  to enter this giveaway. 

And check out Sophie's Beads to shop for more adorable book bracelets. 

Good Luck!! 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cuddle Up and Read

My husband Mike, cuddling up and reading with our children, Madilynn and Scott. 

Teaching Blog Addicts is hosting an awesome linky party called Teaching Tips for Parents. 

It is a compilation of simple teaching tips for parents.
 I highly recommend checking it out here.

When parents ask me how they can best help their child succeed in Kindergarten, my reply is always the same, "Cuddle up and read"

Often parents push a little further asking for "real homework like flashcards, games, or worksheets" to help their child learn to read. Again, my response, "Cuddle up and read"

I truly believe reading daily with your child is one of the best ways to help them learn how to read. It is also a really great way to slow down and connect with your child. You can never start too early (board boards are my go to baby shower gift) and once they start reading is no reason to stop. 

My children and I love this special time together each night.

This is what I read last night with my soon to be 4 year old:

And here's what I read with my soon to be 4th grader:

 Reading with your children promotes many reading skills such as fluency, vocabulary building, comprehension, listening, but ABOVE ALL it gives them a relaxed, fun way to fall in love with books and reading. 

Looking for a great list of books to get started?

Children's Book Guide has put together a list of the top 100 children's books of all time. 

We also love to just browse at our public library. Browsing is how we came across a few books that have become favorites:


Parents and Teachers- 

check out all of the other GREAT teaching tips at 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

This Plus That, Kindergarten Style

My Kindergarten Friends and I enjoyed Amy Krouse Rosenthal's new book, This Plus That, this week.

Thank you to everyone who entered my This Plus That Giveaway.
I loved reading all of your creative equations!

After reading the book we decided to try writing our own little equations. The children did an AMAZING job with this. 

First, we brainstormed a list of ideas together. 

Next, each student tried writing their own equations. They really enjoyed playing with different ideas and words. It was wonderful to hear students brainstorming and sharing their ideas with one another.

Finally, students chose their favorite equations to publish.

*click to zoom in

amazing mentor text + creative kindergarten friends = 
writing that makes me smile! 
Check out all of the students' amazing equations below: 

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

We have a winner!!

Thank you to everyone who entered my

I loved reading all of the creative equations that you came up with. 

To choose a winner, I numbered each of the 50 entries and used a random number generator to pick a number. Here are the results: 

I was pleasantly surprised to discovery that comment/entry #6 belonged to my son Scott's former 1st grade teacher. Scott is almost a 4th grader now, but often reminds me of the fun science and poetry activities that he did in Mrs. Langston's class. 

Here is Shannon's comment:

What a cute idea! I am going to have to check out her books! I love the other this+thats.
student "aha moments" + daily hugs = best job in the world!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New Book: This Plus That- GIVEAWAY!!!

My kindergarten friends and I are HUGE FANS of Amy Krouse Rosenthal. 

Check out this previous post to read more about this great children's author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal

I was super excited to learn that Amy's new book, This Plus That, is out today. I can't wait to get my copy in the mail and share it with the children!! 

You can check out the book at Amazon:
This Plus That

Or watch a cute book preview on YouTube: This Plus That 

*** Would you like to WIN a copy of THIS PLUS THAT??? ***


1. Leave a This + That Statement (one of life's little equations) in the comments. 
For example .... 
 My kindergarten friends + their excitement for books = magical! 
Pretzel M&Ms + Coke Zero = Delicious 

2. Become a follower of this blog: Literacy and Laughter 
* If you are already a follower, just leave a comment saying so for your entry. : )

3. "Like" the blog's Facebook Page: Literacy and Laughter on Facebook

4. Blog or Facebook about this post and send me the link.

*** Please leave a comment for EACH of the ways you've entered. ****

Entries must be received by: 
Tuesday, May 3rd @ 9:00 p.m. EST

Winner will be randomly selected on 
Wednesday, May 4th. 


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Amy Krouse Rosenthal:
A Person Who Likes to Make Things

A couple of weeks ago my amazing Kindergarten team and I attended the Dublin Literacy Conference. There were many great speakers and I left feeling informed and inspired.

I had the pleasure of attending a class taught by one of my favorite children's authors: Amy Krouse Rosenthal. My class just LOVES Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink. We also enjoyed The OK Book, Duck! Rabbit!, and Spoon.
The books are absolutely adorable and have all become book box favorites!!!

Teachers: Click HERE if you'd like a Teacher's Guide for Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink.

Amy has also written several "grown-up books" as she calls them:

During the class Amy shared her passion for making things.

She likes to make:
short movies


people happy
something out of nothing

and much more!

Amy likes to celebrate life and make people smile. She is working on a special project called: The Beckoning of Lovely.

Amy shared several other short movies that she has made.

They all made me SMILE. I promise, you will find at least one that will make you smile too!

You can check out the movies (and find out more about Amy and her books) on her website:

Thank you, Amy, for your fun children's books, creative ideas, inspiring free spirit, and reminding me how fun it is to "just make stuff".

I look forward to seeing what my kindergarten friends make this week!