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January Newsletter


Books About Winter

Houndsley and Catina and the quiet time

James Howe

Houndsley and Catina are stuck inside after the winter's first snowfall, and while Houndsley enjoys the quiet time, Catina fears her plans will be ruined until Houndsley helps her see what fun it can be to stay indoors.

Owl moon by Jane Yolen

On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.

All about animals in winter by Martha E.H. Rustad. Simple nonfiction text and full-color photographs present animals in winter Stranger in the woods : a photographic fantasy Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick.

The resident birds and animals react to a snowman appearing in their woods after a winter storm.

Tech Corner

Students will be logging in and using Tumblebooks to read and listen to books online.


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  • How to Help Kids Sort Fact from Fiction about the CoronaVirus

  • Wide Open School features a free collection of the best learning experiences and activities for kids, organized by grade band and subject.

  • Dav Pilkey at Home: Dav Pilkey, the children’s author and illustrator behind award-winning and worldwide bestselling book series including Dog Man and Captain Underpants, is collaborating with the Library of Congress to serve children and families online during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • We are Teachers: The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities.

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  • JLG@Home: Junior Library Guild provides unlimited access to read books online from any device. There is no limit to the number of users who can access the books.

  • School Library Journal: Kid Lit Authors Step Up To Help Educators, Students, and Parents.

  • Common Sense Media: Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

  • Time Out New York Kids: Virtual storytimes for kids: Authors and venues go online amid coronavirus.

  • Scholastic Learn At Home: Day-to-day projects to keep kids thinking, reading, and growing.

  • Texas State Aquarium: Free Aquavision Distance Learning Programs.

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  • Storyline Online: The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy websitestreams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. 

  • Tech & Learning: Free Online Learning Resources For Schools Affected by Coronavirus/COVID-19.

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