Category Archives: Book Reviews

In Memory of Eric Carle

CISS celebrates the life and the achievements of Eric Carle, the author and illustrator of more than 70 books for very young children including his most well-known title The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

The secret of Eric Carle’s books’ appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

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Beyond the Book Story Kits

Book: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on The Bed, by Eileen Christelow

This is a board book with beautiful illustrations with pastel colors. This book tells the story of a classic childhood nursery rhyme that can be sang or read. The book is an engaging story of five little monkeys who go through their bedtime routine and decide to jump on the bed.

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Beyond the Book Story Kits

Beyond the Book Story Kits are a great way to make stories come to life. The story kits are geared towards the toddler and preschool age groups. Each story kit comes in a soft bag which is labeled with the name of the book and the specific contents. Each kit contains a book, a tip sheet and concrete objects that relate to the specific story. Each tip sheet describes implementation strategies, considerations when using the story bags, benefits of including props or concrete objects during story time and tips on how to expand the story experience beyond story time to create more opportunities for learning.

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As parents and educators, we strive to give our children their best chance at lifelong happiness. We work tirelessly to equip them with the tools that will allow them to succeed and achieve their goals. In The Yes Brain, Dr. Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson draw on their many years of research and experience in the field to teach us what children really need to thrive. This enlightening book encourages responsive caregivers to foster curiosity and risk-taking within the framework of safe and secure relationships, to promote the development of insight, balance, resilience and empathy—also known as, The Yes Brain.

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Beyond the Book Story Kits

Beyond the Book Story Kits are a great way to make stories come to life. The story kits are geared towards the toddler and preschool age groups. Each story kit comes in a soft bag which is labeled with the name of the book and the specific contents. Each kit contains a book, a tip sheet and concrete objects that relate to the specific story. Each tip sheet describes implementation strategies, considerations when using the story bags, benefits of including props or concrete objects during story time and tips on how to expand the story experience beyond story time to create more opportunities for learning.

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The Canadian Kids’ Guide to Outdoor Fun

If a person can be in love with a book, then I’m in love with The Canadian Kids’ Guide to Outdoor Fun. It reminds me of my childhood, of summers spent building forts, creating a kids’ only clubhouse, lots of nature hikes, inviting neighbours over to watch a play, doing science experiments, playing games and outdoor cooking. The book also has many modern twists on “how to”. For example, how to preserve a spiderweb, how to stay safe in the woods, how to whistle on a blade of grass and how to make a watermelon pizza.

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