Story Snug would like to wish everybody a happy, healthy, prosperous and inspirational 2015!
Before we start a new year of book recommendations we’re sharing the most viewed blogposts of 2014. It is interesting to see that many of the books are classic stories that I read as a child or those that I read to Reception / Year One classes when I started teaching.
So here you go – 2014’s top ten(nish!) blogposts!
A tie at Number 10!
A classic, seasonal favourite, The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg also inspired us to make a fairytale boardgame this year.
A story from my childhood, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch evokes memories of the days when lighthouses had lighthouse keepers.
The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb portrays an enjoyable childhood activity. Our daughter always names her paper dolls, just like the dolls in the story.
The Little Raindrop by Joanna Gray and Dubravka Kolanovic is a lovely story to introduce young children to the water cycle and makes a great addition to the Early Years / Key Stage 1 classroom.
In 2013 Christmas and Snowy brought a book every day during Advent and although they did the same again in 2014 we also explored other book inspired options in Advent Calendars for Little Bookworms.
Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd was one of the books that Booktrust gave to every reception child when they started school in 2014 /15. We love the antics of the canine cast and their arch enemy Scarface Claw.
I heard Nick Butterworth speak at a conference last year and it was fascinating to hear him talk about his inspiration for One Snowy Night and the Percy the Park Keeper stories.
Another Nick Butterworth classic, Jasper’s Beanstalk, is one of my favourite books to initiate planting activities. There are so many learning opportunities in this story, it’s also great to include in a story sack.
We love Kipper and it seems that we are not alone. Kipper’s Birthday by Mick Inkpen continues to be one of Story Snug’s most read blogposts.
Eric Carle’s classic stories inspire so much learning and support many curriculum areas. Learning with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Eric Carle introduces learning activities stimulated by some of his books.
I read Jill Murphy’s On the Way Home to my first class but this story about how Claire hurt her knee is still a favourite and inspires many learning activities.
We have more great picture book recommendations to share with you in 2015 along with learning ideas that can be stimulated by books. Thank you for visiting Story Snug and for taking the time to leave comments.
Happy New Year!
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