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Diversity Matters: Diverse Books for Winter

I know it's been awhile since I've done a Diversity Matters post, but I wanted to be sure to start out new year right!
This posts features books all about winter.  I don't know about you, but winter is my LEAST favorite season.  I hate the cold, the snow, and the ice! It's terrible.  But there's nothing like a great book to make those winter blues melt right away!
If you have questions on how to take advantage of these (and many other books) wonderful books during the entire school year, please email me at can chat!
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When  I saw this book on Here Wee Read's insta feed, I knew I had to have it for my classroom! There aren't a ton of books that discuss the Winter Solstice, so my library desperately needed this extra addition.  This book covers the science and cultural celebration of Winter Solstice.  I think this is a great book to add to your library especially for an early childhood classroom.

Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar

This book is so fun. It's a great play on the traditional tale.  Little Red decides to enter an ice skating competition because she really wants to win the prize, a new pair of skates.  But she needs a little help in order to be number one! I would definitely recommend this tale to classrooms K-5. Extra bonus, this book is available through Scholastic Reading Club, so you can buy it with your points (only 80!!)!

So, as I was looking for books on Amazon, I was taken down a wild, wonderful rabbit hole of books I had never seen before.  I FELL IN LOVE with the description of this book. Immi is a little girl who finds fantastic treasures when she goes ice fishing.  One day she gives back, adding her own treasure to the water...
 THIS BOOK IS MAGICAL! It's about how we are all connected, how we need to take the time to make connections with people we don't know. Such a much needed book for any classroom!

This is another book I found down the Amazon rabbit hole, and it is REALLY good!  When This World Was New is a story about a little boy whose family recently immigrated to America.  They moved from a warm country, to the cold, snowy North.  The story touches on the little boy's fears of being a newcomer along with his fears experiencing his first snow. It is a great book for winter, but another great book to help kids talk about the feeling of being "new".

What an incredibly adorable story perfect for Valentine's Day! I had the chance to read this book when I went to the NTCE conference this fall.  The simple pictures captivated me and the story won me over.  Elephant is doing all he can to fall in love.  He tries going on a diet, but ends up finishing the cheesecake.   I want to tell you more, but I know you'll fall in love with this book once you read it. There's a very strong message of loving yourself for who you are, and others will fall in love with you.

I've had this book in my classroom for awhile now. I remember buying it because it reminded me of my childhood.  My  grandmother's birthday is on December 31st and each year she'd cook black eyed peas for us to eat.  And now, I cook a black eyed pea dip for our family to eat for New Years! This is a great book to show students other ways people celebrate the New Year.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

I'm pretty sure you have a copy of this book in your classroom.  And if you don't, go get it now.  I'll wait...
Ezra Jack Keats was an amazing author and illustrator.  He was so talented at bringing a story, setting, and characters not typically seen in children's books to life. He tells stories in such a wonderfully simple way, which makes it easy for children to relate to his stories. I LOVE Snowy Day.  If you're looking for more in depth ways to integrate this book into your classroom, please check out my blog post here.

A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney

This book is everything.  It's such a beautiful tribute to Ezra Jack Keats and Peter.  I just can't say enough about how great this book is.  I think if you were to integrate it into your early childhood classroom, you'd need to be sure to scaffold a lot of the history of Ezra Jack Keats, WWII, and Civil Rights.  There are a lot of issues discussed in this book but in such a beautiful way.  The beautiful imagery of snow is woven throughout...oh I could go on and on.  Even if you don't use this in your room, this is a book you just NEED to purchase for yourself!

The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming

This is such a fun story to read, especially right after the holidays.  The story is told in the same manner as the song  "Twelve Days of Christmas".  The story presents different materials for the friends to use to build a snow...person together.  Your students will truly enjoy this book as will you!

Hopefully you found a few new books to add to your classroom library! 
What other winter books would be a great addition to this list?

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Ringing in the New Year!

Well Happy New Year (well almost)!

I hope you've had a wonderful break, and if you're anything like me, you can't wait to get back on a regular schedule and me with your students!
That's not to say I don't love sleeping in and binge watching Netflix...I do! But I also love my job!
I spent a lot of my break creating fun and engaging resources to use with my kinder darlings!

One thing that I am most excited about is my New Year's Day resource pack!!
There are over 30 pages in this pack and TONS of activities.
I want to show you a few of my most favorite activities!

This might be my most favorite activity!!

It's a party horn countdown craft! Your students will practice their counting skills and get in some very important fine motor practice as they create this craft!

I LOVE to show my kids the video of the ball dropping in NYC. We practice counting down as we watch the ball drop.  But this year, I'll have my kids create their very own ball drop as we watch!
Your students will practice number writing and ordinality while they write the numbers 10-0.

The new year is also the time when we get serious about our reading in Kinder. This top hat craftivity is a great opportunity for students to reinforce their word family practice!

Another activity in the pack is a countdown sorting activity, perfect for a math center.  Your students will practice counting down with numbers 10-0 or numbers 100-0.  There are multiple recording sheets included for you, so students can document their learning.

There are LOTS of goodies in this pack, (including a New Year's day reader) and your students will have a great time participating in these fun and engaging activities.  You can grab them HERE in my TpT store!

And just in case you need a few more activities to help you ring in the new year, check out these products.

 New Years resource

And please check out my set of New Year Freebies!