non-fiction children books

oscarcov Nonfiction Monday: Oscar and the Bird by Geoff Waring

Reem’s comment:I like this book because it teaches a scientific concept in a fun way. I heard about this book from a child when I was studying at the library. I asked her to help me find some books for my younger brother. She was about 5 years old. She showed me some books and this one she really liked. She was so excited about the book that I wanted to borrow it (and perhaps buy it for my brother).
Reem’s comment : When we are young we always draw a picture of the sun. Of course, we don’t know what the sun is, how it works, or how it helps us. I like “Who likes the sun” because on each page the author helped us understand how the sun warms us, makes rain, grow plants, and other information far beyond the yellow circle on paper. In summary I would recommend this book for children 4 to 6, and because it is a learning book, I think parents should read the book with their children.


Reem’s Comment:This is a non-fiction book about snow. It helps children learn where snow comes from, its shape, and many other facts. I learned a lot about snow. (Being from Saudi Arabia, there is no snow.) The book is designed, with flaps on each page, to engage the student in each of the facts. It is a wonderful book in both subject matter nad method. This helps learning to know more informaiton about the snow even for children who were brought up with snow
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 Reem’s comment:I liked this book so much that I can hardly fit my enthusiasm into one paragraph. Every time I read this book I learn new things. The idea of the bucket started me thinking about how I could use a “bucket” in my classes. As each student fills their bucket, I praise them. When the bucket is filled I can again praise them. The competition supports the ideas work working together.

Reem’s comment:I liked the idea that accepting a new person into the group is not always easy. Even though they helped the duck to get out of the cold, things did not go well. This story will help children to understand that if, like the duck, they want all the attention, the individuals will get angry. We learned as well, that when someone is inconsiderate it may be because they are lonely and want to prove themselves. When the duck leaves, the other animals realize that they like him being with them more than they disliked that he bothered them.
I related to this because at home we used to have a cat that bothered my mother. My brother took the cat away. But once the cat was gone, we missed the cat and hoped he would come back, even my mother.

The Sandwich Swap

Reem’s comment: I like spicy food. One of my Canadian friends “hates” spicy food. In particular he hates curry. We often disagree about how good some food tastes. This does not affect our friendship because first , we accept each other eating preference, second, we try each other’s food.
In The Sandwich Swap, the two girls don’t accept different food. Without trying the food, they say the other’s food looks “gross” or “yucky”. They stopped eating lunch together. Their friendship is broken. I know how I felt when I was young about having a fight with a good friend. However, just like me, the two girls found a way to like each other again. They simply tried each other’s food. Their friendship was okay again.
I liked the drawings in the book because they are simple, large, attractive and easy to understand. The words explain the picture effectively. In the last picture, each nation’s flag is shown on the table with all the different food. I feel the book is very interesting for children and also for me.
However, in my Arab culture, a food fight would never be accepted. If I were to read this book to children I would use another example. This story helps children understand that relationships are not built on eating the same food. Respecting each person’s food choice, even trying the other food, helps people understand each
The Three Pigs
Reem’s comment :I laughed and laughed when my friend and I read this story out loud together. In Saudi Arabia we have a similar story with sheep rather than pigs. When I learned about story in the article, “The Postmodern Picture Book: A New Subgenre” Goldstone (2004), I thought it was the traditional “Three Little Pigs” story. However, each page surprised me, I felt like a small child engaged with the story; a story I thought I knew, but not this version. Also the white pages in the book encourage the reader to make up their own story.

Reem’s commentThis book give me some new ideas about how to help children learn, through fun and an interesting way, new words. The book is very simple and easy to understand. There is a lot of empty space; the focus is just on the two characters and the words. There are some pages with just the characters, no words. This allows the reader, by looking at the two characters faces, to imagine what the characters are thinking. The characters are very polite, and at the end of the book they encourage the reader to read the book again.
Reem’s comment:   As a teacher I will, each day, with the help of my students, develop a schedule for the day. This will help build a conversation about schedules. We can see what each child might be scared about and support each child to move, step-by-step, to not be afraid. This is a good idea for children just starting school (and leaving home for the first time).


Reem’s comment: This is a book to be read out loud. The way the words are written, the simple pictures, it feels like a child is the author. It used a number of idioms that may need to be explained but help the reader to understand. The yellow sticky notes are used by Melanie to talk with Chester. The yellow notes are the way she “fights” with him, or shows him how to do things, and gives him advice. This book gives me lots of ideas about teaching and studying. The book is a “cool” book.

Reem’s commentThis is a true story! The summary above is describing reality! As a young girl Starr really lived in a wonderful country home and her family lived a simple life. They had lots of pets. One of the pets, Gertrude the goat, was supposed to help with the work, but instead Gertrude ate clothing and got into all kinds of trouble. Leanne is Starr’s cousin. Leanne, who is very different from Starr. Starr and her cousin fight over their favorite chocolate bar, but Gertrude eats the chocolate bar instead. Starr and her cousin Leanne start to laugh, and soon become friends.
 I find that this story shows that some of the “richer” people, like Leanne, feel they should have everything (like the chocolate). However, Gertrude’s action, eating the chocolate helps shows that no one should have special privileges. I really liked this story because both humans and animals were part of the story.

Reem’s comment: When I first moved to Canada, I had many of the same feelings as Farrah. I was lonely, could not communicate with people, and I cried a lot. After a while I realized these feelings are normal for both me and Farrah. I feel this book will help all children moving from one culture another.
 The goal for this book is to see the similarities we all have, regardless of language, dress, and religion. And that a young child can adapt to the different culture over time. Children will learn how group work is a good thing as the child and her classmates work together to use One Green Apple to make apple juice.
 The illustrations are easy to understand, and have good colors. The illustrations take up 90% of the space and make it very easy to understand the words. Given the story topic, the illustrations and the clear, simple language, I feel this book would be appropriate for children ages 4 to 8.
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This is a great picture book

Here are four more great books for kiddos featuring a variety of faces and fun

Can You Hear the Sea?

Can You Hear the Sea?
Written by Judy Cumberbatch
Illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max

Dim Sum for Everyone!

Dim Sum for Everyone
Written and Illustrated by Grace Lin

For You Are a Kenyan Child (Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award)

For You Are a Kenyan Child
Written by Kelly Cunnane
Illustrated by Ana Juan


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Read with Me Reading with Young Children Who Sign

Read with Me
Reading with Young Children Who Sign
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Reading TogetherThe book and videotape set Reading to Deaf Children: Learning from Deaf Adults, is a good resource for parents who are signing to deaf babies. Most of the children in this tape are not babies any more, but many of the ideas David R. Schleper gives parents can be used with infants, too.

First of all, start right away. You know your baby doesn’t understand the language yet, but the closeness, attention, and bright, interesting colors and shapes are still exciting. Best of all, your baby has your undivided attention.

Proper way to readWhen you are sharing a book, keep the book visible and your signs visible. How can you do that? Most books for small children will stay open. You can put the book on a pillow so that your baby, in your lap, can see your signs and the book. You can sit side by side on the couch or on the floor and make many of your signs right on the book itself. When your baby is in her high chair, you can put the book on her tray and share the story with her if you can read and look at pictures upside down! Where do you and your baby like to sit and have conversations? Take your books there. Just be sure he can see your face, the signs, and the book.

kidsLook for videos of popular stories. More and more companies and institutions are creating videotapes of popular children’s stories in American Sign Language and Manually Coded English. The storytellers on the tapes mesmerize even very young deaf babies. When you get the actual books out to read your baby will be excited to see a familiar story and ready to communicate about it with you.

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Read with me Signed in American Sign Language

Read With Me 9: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

 Signed in ASM by: Linsay Darnall, Jr.
 Reem’s Comment:I did not understand this story. It might be about how other animals (like a mouse). It reminded me of the idiom about a cat: If you give a cat a drink of milk. If we give the mouse a cook is an example of this. For me, it is just a funny story; there is no message. But it did give me some activity ideas; helping children to think, make up sentences, and see how one action can lead to another. One exercise would have the teacher say the first line, “If you give a mouse a cookie” and then ask a child to say what happens next, and so on, for each member of the class. This would be helpful for me, and the student teachers I will be working with, to plan learning activities for their students.


Read With Me 11: C is for Curious

 Signed in ASM by: Peter Cook
Reem’s Comment:I liked this book it gives the children ways to explain their feelings by using appropriate vocabulary. The books is helpful. I feel deaf children are more emotional that other children and this book helps them to “translate” their feelings into “words”. The book is excellent because it addresses important issues for deaf children

Handy Stories to Read and Sign

Handy Stories to Read and Sign
Handy Stories to Read and Sign takes a bilingual, fun approach to help beginning readers, deaf and hearing, improve their comprehension of both English and American Sign Language (ASL). Charmingly illustrated, the five stories presented here increase in complexity as the children’s vocabulary and reading skills increase during the school year. Introductions to each story explain to parents and teachers the elements emphasized, such as providing helpful information on how the formation of certain signs creates ASL rhymes. 


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wonderful online stories


Author: Keith Graves

 Reem’s comment:This story was fun. I liked it because the way they showed the words and how they can describe the story was interesting. The story was easy for young children and fun for me to read as well. The book will make children laugh while they are learning the adjectives. I think the story would be even better when it is read out loud. This method, fun while learning, is the best way for young children to learn new things.

Author: Mary Whitcomb 

Reem’s Comment:This story is about a child who is new in a school. She comes from a small village. The other students see her as strange because she doesn’t have the things they have (a new dress). When she talks these students think she is silly. When this student brings different gifts to the teacher, the students thinks she should know better. By the end of the book the students reaize that just because someone acts differently, that person can become a friend. Children learn that other people’s behavior and knowleddge makes them special. The students then understand that it is okay for a person to behave differently.

Author: Lu Ruth Ohi

Reem’s Comment:This is a very special story. It shows that the father can do everything; clean, do the laundry, look after the children – all activities that, in the past, only “mothers” did. Even though this is a childhood story, parents can discuss the story with their children. At first I thought their mother was dead or the father and mother were divorced. However, she entered the story later and this surprised me. It was like she was a “shooting star” arriving suddenly. This book is not just fun for children, it also shows parents that it is better not to choose sides; one children being right and the other being wrong. Rather they should let the children talk the problem out by themselves.

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 Author: Etta Kaner 

Reem’s Comment:This is a non-fiction book about snow. It helps children learn where snow comes from, its shape, and many other facts. I learned a lot about snow. (Being from Saudi Arabia, there is no snow.) The book is designed, with flaps on each page, to engage the student in each of the facts. It is a wonderful book in both subject matter nad method. This helps learning to know more informaiton about the snow even for children who were brought up with snow

wonderful help from the Halifax Public Library librarians

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التربية بالقصة قصص مناسبة للأطفال

(التربية بالقصة قصص مناسبة للأطفال)

 القران الكريم والسنه النبويه تحمل في طياتها اعظم الوعظ والقصص المفيده التي تسهم في التربيه الصحيحه والتنشئه الصالحه,وكل قصص الكتاب والسنة مفيد.فمن القصص المناسبة للأطفال  

1. قصة يونس في بطن الحوت
2. قصة أبي هريرة مع الشيطان
3. قصة خشبة المقترض
4. قصة الثلاثة أصحاب الغار
5. قصة أصحاب الأخدود
6. قصة أنس مع سر النبي صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ
7. قصة عبد الله بن عمر مع الراعي .. ” قل له أكلها الذئب ”
8. قصة أم موسى
9. قصة عمر واللبن
10. قصة يوسف
11. قصة معاذ ومعوذ
12. قصة القُبّرة
13. قصة الجمل
14. قصة صاحبة الوشاح ” ويوم الوشاح من تعاجيب ربنا ”
15. قصة ابن عمر والنخل.

اغلب هذه القصص يعرضها لنا فضيله الشيخ صالح المنجد جزاه الله خير الجزاء مع عرض لفائده كل قصه في منتدا صيد الفوائد في الرابط 

اتمني يستفيد منها الجميع

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