Teacher and Librarian Update • May 2009
LATEST AND GREATEST

Take a look at some of latest and greatest books from our Fall 2009 season, available soon from Kids Can Press. Click on the links for more information.

FEATURED REVIEWS
“As fresh and vibrant as a spring bouquet, this joyous offering will delight children, particularly young artists, throughout the year.”
                  — Booklist starred review of The Imaginary Garden
“Hilarious, informative and attractively creepy bait, particularly for reluctant readers.”
                  — Kirkus review of Are You Afraid Yet?
“The presence of three intelligent, brave female characters will make this title appealing to girls.”
                  — School Library Journal review of Dracula Madness
“Younger children will enjoy finding Ollie and Max in each cartoon-style picture, but older ones can pick up quite a bit about maps…”
                 — Booklist review of Follow That Map!
CURRICULUM SPOTLIGHT

Introduce kids to history with the time travelling adventures of the Good Times Travel Agency.

A witty blend of fact and fiction with humorous comic-book style illustrations — a great series to keep kids reading all summer long.


Click here for more information about the Good Times Travel Agency series.

EXTRAS—FREE DOWNLOADS

Check out the latest FREE downloads:

STANLEY EXTRAS
Stanley Stickers
Stanley’s Party Poster
Stanley’s Wild Ride Storytime Activities
Stanley’s Wild Ride Poster
Stanley at Sea Poster
Stanley’s Beauty Contest Storytime Activities
Stanley’s Beauty Contest Poster

TOP 5 TEACHING MATERIALS
If the World Were a Village
The Highwayman
Jeremy’s War 1812
One Well
Ryan and Jimmy

READING LISTS
Discover Kids Can Press: A World of Wonder
Discover Kids Can Press: A World of Knowledge
Discover Kids Can Press: A World of Inspiration

Want more free downloads? The Kids Can Press website (www.kidscanpress.com) has teaching materials, printable sticker pages, storytime suggestions, posters and many more free EXTRAS. When searching for a book, look under the EXTRAS section (far left of the page) to see what downloads are available for that particular title.

BOOK NEWS

Scaredy Squirrel Makes the Cut for the Top 100 Picture Books of All Time
“I consider Scaredy Squirrel to be the only true 21st century picture book on this list ... Scaredy Squirrel is, to my mind, here today because it became an internet phenomenon,” says Elizabeth Bird at Fuse#8 Productions blog, hosted by Schoollibraryjournal.com. She recently challenged her readers and fellow bloggers to list their top picture books of all time. Kids Can Press is proud to have made it into the Top 50 with Scaredy Squirrel coming in at #46. This is a huge accomplishment for this neurotic nut, who finds himself in good company.

If the World Were a Village Author Hits ALA in July
The buzz is already building for the highly anticipated follow-up to If the World Were a Village by David J. Smith. With only two months away, ALA, the largest library event of the year is almost here. We are happy to announce that David J. Smith will appear to promote his new book, If America Were a Village at the Kids Can Press booth (#2048). Be sure to visit to meet the author and get your books autographed.

Leveled Reading Lists Now Available
In the continued effort to provide useful information for teachers and librarians on our website (www.kidscanpress.com), Kids Can Press has added leveled reading lists using commonly-used reading level literacy and intervention programs. Our books have been reviewed by reading specialists and assigned levels using the Fountas and Pinnell and Reading Recovery systems. The “Reading Lists” link can be found at the bottom of the kidscanpress.com home page. Reading levels are also included on the right side bar on each individual book detail page, but the new lists will make it easy for you to find the appropriate books you need to build your classroom library.

Click to view our thematic and leveled reading lists.

 
LOOK AGAIN

The Kids Campfire Book

Written by Ann Love & Jane Drake, illustrated by Heather Collins

With summer quickly approaching and camping season just around the corner, this collection of more than 125 activities, games, stories and songs is perfect for programming ideas and end-of-the-year classroom parties.

  Explore more books that make learning fun at www.kidscanpress.com