Saturday, December 17, 2011

We Give Books

Thanks to An Abundance of Books for leading me to this site.

We Give Books was started by Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation to "support literacy through programs that engage entire communities through literacy and awareness programs". The We Give Books program is an initiative that allows anyone with Internet access to give books to children in need. When you sign up you can choose from one of five charities. Then you can select from one of 151 digital picture books (both fiction and non fiction) to read online.

This is all completely free for the reader! Simply choose the charity you want to read for and then select the books you want to read. For each book you read online, a book is donated to a leading literacy group on your behalf. So please sign up and support literacy.

Title: Big Red Lollipop
Author: Rukhsana Khan
Illustrator: Sophie Blackall
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (March 4, 2010)
Format: eBook
Genre: Childrens
Source: We Give Books

How embarrassing for Rubina she has been invited to a birthday party and is suddenly embarrassed at the thought of having to bring her little sister with her. Her mother, Ami, does not quite understand the American tradition of not bringing your sister to a party and informs Rubina that if Sana cannot go, neither can she.

In a “what comes around, goes around” theme, Sana is invited to a party and she must take her younger sister. How will this unfold and what lessons will be learned by both Rubina and Sana?

Designed for Reading level: Ages 4 and up, the overall theme of sibling rivalry is well covered, but there will still need to be some discussion on sharing and respect for others and their things, and how best to handle situations that benefit all involved.

Title: Corduroy Lost and Found
Author: B. G. Hennessy
Contributor: Don Freeman
Illustrator: Jody Wheeler
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (September 14, 2006)
Format: eBook
Genre: Childrens
Source: We Give Books

Corduroy is back, ok he was back five years ago, but I just came across this book today.

All Corduroy wants is to give his best friend in the world Lisa a gift for her birthday, but in his misadventure he becomes lost and only being found again does he find the meaning of gift giving and friendship.

Reading level is for ages 3 and up, but Corduroy will always be cherished and you can start reading to your young one as soon as you add this one to their nursery bookshelf.

Title: The Night Before First Grade
Author: Natasha Wing
Illustrator: Deborah Zemke
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (July 21, 2005)
Format: eBook
Genre: Chilrens
Source: We Give Books

Oh, what an adorable story. Told in a rhyming fashion, with a couple of miscues and using a couple of the same lines from T’was a Night Before Christmas, Jenny is preparing for first grade and is excited for her new adventure. Unfortunately, this excitement turns to anxiety as she learns that her best friend will be in a different classroom. Being the brave first graders that they are, they go their own separate ways only to discover that after making new friends first grade will be twice as fun.

For ages 4 and up, this will be a good book to read together before the beginning of a new school year to help alleviate the anxiety of going into a big kid class.

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