Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Exploring Stone Girl, Bone Girl

Check out today's Google doodle :)  It celebrates the 215th birthday of Mary Anning. If you click on the doodle it will give you links to investigate further. This is a good one for children. It's the perfect week to be exploring with Picture Book Explorers - Stone Girl, Bone Girl :)
Stone Girl Bone Girl by Laurence Anholt is set in 18th century Lyme Regis. It tells the story of how young Mary Anning, fossil hunter extraordinaire, discovered an ichthyosaurus fossil.

It is beautifully illustrated by Sheila Moxley in bright, bold colours, using unusual and skewed perspectives. It is a book that lent itself very nicely to interesting hands-on art education and activities.
As it is a book about a fossil hunter, it contains, as you would expect, activities related to fossils. It also includes suggestions for literacy and numeracy activities that all relate to the book. And of course, like all Picture Book Explorers, the pack offers the opportunity to learn about the region in which it is set, including local recipes. It also includes a timeline of Mary Anning's life.

You can read a review of this pack at Classroom Free and also on page 40 of  the Spring 2014 issue of Education Outside School magazine.

Other useful go-alongs:

You can also buy fossils and fossil hunting kits at Fossils Galore.

Monday, 5 May 2014

10th Picture Book Explorer Giveaway :)

I'm very happy to be announcing the publication of the 10th Picture Book Explorers pack. To mark the celebration, I am hosting a giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of the relevant picture book AND a code to download a copy of the new Picture Book Explorers pack to accompany it.
But that's not all, there will be a runners-up prize of a copy of the 10th Picture Book Explorers pack, downloadable from Currclick.

 And, wait, there's more..... as one of the ways to gain an entry into this draw is to leave a comment on this blog, if your comment includes a recommendation of a book that you think is begging to be explored, and your recommendation is selected, at the end of June, you will receive a FREE copy of the Picture Book Explorers pack that accompanies your suggestion.

Announcing the publication of the 10th Picture Book Explorers - I Took the Moon For a Walk. This is a whopper of a pack, with more printables and more activities than before. In this pack you have the opportunity to learn about Derbyshire, the Moon, hills and nocturnal British wildlife. There are hands-on science experiments, art activities and crafts - including one in which you can take your own moon for a walk and another to make your own vintage toy. There are suggestions to help introduce the beginnings of poetry analysis and for creative writing activities. There are maths activities related to the book and, of course, delicious regional recipes. The pack is packed with printables. You'll find a selection of maps, ability differentiated notebooking pages and mini books, flags, fact sheets and a timeline.

What does Barefoot Books think of this Picture Book Explorers pack ? - "What a very impressive document. It is inspiring to all of us who work on creating resources around our books!"

I have to thank the lovely Melissa Jordan for the suggestion to create this Picture Book Explorers pack. Melissa is a Barefoot Books ambassador who very kindly sent me a copy of the book to look at. This is the copy that the winner will receive. (I borrowed a copy from the library to use to work with and use with my own children, so don't worry, it's still  like new.)

The story is a gentle poem of a young boy's adventures as he takes a walk on an evening lit by a Full Moon. The beautiful, vintage style illustrations add to the narrative giving the story an air of comforting nostalgia.

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ETA: The winner of the recommendation prize is Jax for her suggestion of the Cedric the Seahorse books which are set in East Anglia :)
Please can Toni S. and Katy W-L check their emails. If I don't hear from you by Monday, the prize will be redrawn. Thank you.