Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Kaleidoscope Collection and a Joy Cowley Giveaway!

Hameray, the same publishing company that contacted me about reviewing some of the new Mrs. Wishy Washy Collection, has also asked me to review several books from their Kaleidoscope Collection. 

I reviewed a variety of books that cover the reading levels C, D, E, and F. This span of leveled readers will serve my students well who are reading in the K-1 reading levels.

Like the Mrs. Wishy Washy books, the illustrations are bright and attractive. They accompany the text well and are great support for any emergent reader! The Kaleidoscope Collection offers a nice variety of fiction and nonfiction titles. The nonfiction options work nicely with several science and social studies themes and covers many Common Core Standards!

Level C

The book, Planets, includes a nice diagram to show the different sizes of the planets and how they compare to one another!

Level D

Click here for a sample copy of Run, Haley, Run!

With all of the new technology constantly being introduced to us these days, this book does a nice a job of introducing different forms of technology to students and how they too can use them. 

Level E

Thanksgiving Dinner, would be a great book to use for text-to-self connections.  My students will easily be able to connect with this family's Thanksgiving meal and how it is different and/or the same as their family.

Click here for a sample copy of Thanksgiving Dinner.

Spider Sandwich includes labeled diagrams to explain the difference between the body parts of an insect and a spider!

Click here to view a sample copy of Spider Sandwich.

Too Many Seagulls, is a great book to help with teaching the story elements.  There is a distinct problem and solution for the students to identify with.

Level F

I really like how the book, Brush! Brush! Brush!, uses photographs of an older and younger sister.  The older sister teaches her little sister how to correctly brush her teeth.  I think this book would be great for my little readers to make text-to-self connections.  This is a great way for them easily connect with the text.

I would highly recommend any of these titles to use as interventions, small group reading, or for Reader's Workshop!

Hameray is also having a giveaway for the Orange Joy Cowley Collection! This giveaway ends on June 25th!  So hurry and enter for your chance to win!