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Research / Re: How to read more books
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on Yesterday at 09:31 PM »
There are two other online programs libraries use as I recall. Check with your librarians or reference desk. And if you have specific books in mind, you may well find them read aloud online. as said above. I've also read picture books in Kohls and my local bookstore. The B & N has chairs and PBs are quick reads. Hard to really study one but not to read a few. And maybe you can see what libraries in neighboring areas have. Drive to another town for the day and just read.
Research / Re: How to read more books
« Last post by David Wright on Yesterday at 04:20 PM »
A lot of libraries have accounts on cloudlibrary which have ebook versions of old and new picture books -- you borrow them just like a regular book, you just need a phone or tablet to read them (cloud library has cancelled the desktop version of their software)

I'd ask your local librarian(s).
Research / Re: How to read more books
« Last post by Vijaya on Yesterday at 03:54 PM »
I've seen lots of teacher websites reading PBs on youtube, so that's another option--I just typed in picture book readaloud and lots of websites came up. Good luck!
Hi folks,

Does anyone have any mentor text suggestions for a nf or informational (not sure which yet) pb on 1) learning to go to the bathroom (this one is specifically about pee) and 2) aimed at slightly older kids who are struggling generally or intermittently with this?

My audience would be those kids who maybe feel like they stand out because their peers make it look easy. I plan to have some fun facts woven in, as well as basic suggestions and normalization of some of the common reasons people struggle with this.  This is for 5-8 years olds, not the cute early potty training books.

Any ideas? They don't need to be potty training/pee related. I'm looking for format and structure.  I would to aim for the specific audience that could use the support but be interesting for other kids too.

Just thought I would ask as I continue to mull over this.  Thanks!

Research / Re: How to read more books
« Last post by andracill on Yesterday at 12:36 PM »
If you have a Kindle, you could also try Kindle Unlimited. It's $10 a month, but they often have deals where you can get 3 months for $5 (and then cancel, if you want). I don't know how many picture books are available through the service, though, so you'd want to check that part out first. (It's essentially like a library -- for the monthly fee, you can read as many Kindle Unlimited books as you like. But that's why you'd need to be sure they have picture books that work for your purposes.)
Research / Re: How to read more books
« Last post by hilary-smart on Yesterday at 12:15 PM »
I'm in the UK and e.g. Cbeebies (TV) do a bedtime story segment with various celebrities reading a different bedtime story each night. Might there be something like that where you live?
Research / Re: How to read more books
« Last post by dinalapomy101 on Yesterday at 11:50 AM »
Does your library have a service that lets you order books from other neighboring branches?
If you have a nearby bookstore, you could browse new titles, write them down, then try to find a nearby library that owns them?
Research / How to read more books
« Last post by terib on Yesterday at 10:57 AM »
I may be in the wrong section, but here goes...
Does anyone have a suggestion of how to read recent picture story books without having to buy them??  My library has very few books from the last 10 years!
I just can't afford to keep buying!
Thank y'all so much.
Contests and Challenges / Re: Haunted States of America Contest
« Last post by carole-sick on January 14, 2022, 04:08 PM »
Yes, thanks to all of you who have  posted comments and updates.  They have been a source of encouragement during this long process!!
Carole Sick
Ellie, word count is just one aspect of categorizing books for children. For instance, a PB is meant to be read out loud by a parent or teacher to the child so you can have rich language and play on words, etc. But when children are learning to read, the vocabulary is controlled. Many publishers have series with their own guidelines for leveled readers and some, like Scholastic and Charlesbridge have specific "bridge" books that span the range. Very few publishers are publishing the kind of classic fairytale you refer to. A recent one that I've loved is the story of Silent Night by Brigitte Weninger (sp?). An older book is The Weight of a Mass by Josephine Nobisso. Lovely writing and art. 

Joan Holub has quite a few series of fairytale books. Here's a goodreads list you might find useful:

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