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Picture Books for Third Graders

My good friend Karie (and college roommate 20 years ago) was awarded a $250 grant to supply her 3rd-grade classroom with picture books. No surprise she received the grant, because she is a go-getter! She won district Teacher of the Year and is loved by everyone who meets her. When she asked for books to buy with the grant money, I couldn't wait to put together this list! The books on this list are perfect for a classroom library to enrich curriculum, but they're also wonderful for home libraries. I own most of them, and have read them aloud many times.

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Coming Soon!

I can't wait to show you the upcoming Read & Play box! Here's a little sneak peek of the color scheme. Each box contains a hardback picture book, an imaginative play activity, and a parent-child connection activity with enough supplies for a family. Hint: the fantastic picture book featured in this box was released in 2019. Any guesses?

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A Homemade Together Christmas

My family has a strong culture of homemade gifts. Before it was ever the official rule, it was the tradition. My mom made a doll for me and each of my sisters every Christmas. Now, we all-- children and adults--draw names and create gifts for each other. And it doesn't matter how childish or professional the finished product, each gift is truly loved. Do you or your children like making homemade gifts?I really enjoyed sharing this book, A HOMEMADE TOGETHER CHRISTMAS by Maryann Cocca-Leffler, with my children. I love how the family focuses on one another and that each gift, no matter how simple, is cherished and appreciated. Even something so simple as watching the sunrise together became a special...

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Every year when I bring out the Christmas books wrapped in fun paper, my kids touch and feel all the books, consult, and argue about which one is The Grinch. It’s always the favorite. Last night, they finally found it. Daddy read it aloud at bedtime, and I decided that today would be Grinch day.  I can’t wait for family fun night! To kick off the fun, I made Grinchy-Claus toast for lunch. Since I don’t love serving a lot of sugary stuff to my kids, I came up with a healthy meal that would be super festive and easy. I made toast with Dave’s Killer Bread, then cut it with my dress-up cookie cutters (no waste since baby James...

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Nativity Stories

I love Sundays in December for the time it gives me to reflect on the birth of God’s son and teach my children of his love. Do you have a special family tradition that helps you honor Jesus?  Please share your ideas! Below, I’m sharing my favorite Christmas books that teach the story of Christ’s birth.   The Story of Christmas This simple retelling of the Nativity begins with the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary and ends with why we celebrate Christmas today. It has colorful illustrations and heavy board-like pages. I highly recommend adding this book to your collection!   The First Christmas Night A fantastic lyrical introduction to the story of Christ’s birth, beginning with Jospeh and Mary,...

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