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Latest Booklist Reviews!
The March and April issues of Booklist include glowing reviews on Norwood's newest titles:
To read these reviews, click HERE and they are also listed on the individual books' webpages.
New Math Series Aligns to the Common Core
Norwood's newest series, iMath, is now available to ship! iMath is a leveled reader series specifically created to align to the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Each book features a storyline approach that uses real life situations and open-ended questions to strengthen critical thinking skills and provide opportunities for discussion. This 30 books set is divided by 3 levels of 10 books for grades K-2, 3-4, and 5-6.
As with many of our series, iMath has Teachers' Notes and Correlations available to download in the Educators' Resources tab.
Each book features:
- Real life situations that can be solved with a working knowledge of the math topic
- iMath ideas that asks the reader to choose which math strategy works best for them
- Discover activity to strengthen math skills taught in the text
- Connections to Language Arts, History, and/or STEM
- Math at Work section highlights jobs that use math on a daily basis
- What Comes Next? activites designed to strengthen STEM through engagement and extension
- Full answer key with solutions for each math problem for educators and parents
Library Media Connection Recommends the Writing Builders Series
"Sometimes just starting to write can be overwhelming to students. This series provides a blueprint for writing and speaking assignments. In each fictional story, two children work together through the steps and activities that will appeal to the intended audience are included. The text, heavy in dialogue, explains the process, reviewing all that happened within the story. This is great supplemental material for language arts or for any class where students are required to write or present. Bibliography. Glossary. Websites. RECOMMENDED."
LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION, Nov/Dec 2012
Free Dear Dragon Plush Doll
New this season is the Dear Dragon Plush Doll - a fantastic addition to storytime in the classroom with your Dear Dragon readers. This adorable doll is FREE with your purchase of $500 or more from Norwood House Press (use coupon code DD Doll online or with your orders). For the individual doll or with orders under $500, the school/library price is $25.00.
School Library Journal Reviews Dear Dragon's Go Readers
Volumes 2 and 4!
With Go Reader™, emergent readers listen while reading along with their favorite Dear Dragon books without adult participation. This audio supports helps young readers develop phonemic awareness and fluency by synchronizing the image of a word with the sound of that word, and ultimately, the meaning of that word. In a busy classroom or library setting, Go Readers™ provide an opportunity for young readers to practice independent reading. Each of the 4 volumes are available in 2 options: as a Go Reader™ device with 4 audio books preloaded and a set of matching print books OR as a CD with 4 audio books and a set of print books.
Interest Level: Grades K-2
K-Gr 2–Four beginning readers by Margaret Hillert (Norwood House, 2008-10) are accompanied by a palm-sized MP3 audio player, batteries, and ear buds. The player has buttons for power, play/pause, fast forward, reverse, volume, and a small display screen. Readers can fast forward or go back to select a book, but the titles are only identified by a number in the display. Each book is read slowly, clearly, and distinctly, and accompanied by a few sound effects, brief music at the beginning and end, and page-turn signals. Colors 1,2,3 is a cute counting and color concept book in which a boy plays with his toy cars. A Is for Apple presents an object for each letter of the alphabet and a simple descriptive sentence. When Dear Dragon Goes to the Library with a boy, they enjoy a story time, do puzzles, color, and take home books, although it is unclear how the books are checked out. They see many big animals, pet a few, and then have a snack in the restaurant in Dear Dragon Goes to the Zoo. Parent pages offer tips for using the books to teach phonics, vocabulary, alphabetical order, fluency, and text comprehension. Although the buttons on the player may be slightly difficult for youngsters, the GoReader is more compact and simpler to use than CD or cassette players. The books must accompany the recording to be understood. These narrated books will help young children learn to read with engaging yet repetitive and predictable stories and David Schimmell’s colorful illustrations."
School Library Journal, July 2012
"A young boy enjoys the seasons with his parents and, of course, his dear dragon. Holidays, seasonal changes, activities, and clothing all reflect the differences you would expect as the year progresses. Margaret Hillert is well known for her easy-readers that include simple stories with basic vocabulary, no contractions, and plenty of repetition, setting beginning readers up for success. In this case, the four books have been loaded onto a Go Reader-
an individual listening device. The stories are told through conversations between the boy, his dragon, and his parents. Each voice is unique. The bright illustrations by David Schimmel are essential to the story, often illustrating what the characters are talking about but not naming. The slow-paced narration is clear and crisp. Some sound effects are added, as well as page turn signals. The Go Reader is an interesting device that allows listeners to locate the specific preloaded story they want, adjust volume, pause, and fast forward. It does, however, have a few minor flaws. It took several tries to get the batteries settled perfectly for use, the ear buds would need to be cleaned between users, and a clip attachment would be a nice upgrade. A good enrichment activity for beginning readers who need a little extra
School Library Journal, June 2012
Bridget and Bo Build a Blog -
Starred Review from Booklist!
Bridget and Bo Build a Blog - one of the new spring titles from the series Writing Builders - just received a starred review from the April 2012 issue of Booklist! Click on the Book Reviews tab or read the
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