It seems that more and more people are reading the blog, and that is pretty exciting! I'm glad that you're looking around and sharing your thoughts and ideas. Although I have not been the most regular poster, I imagine that once we settle into our new home, I'll be writing more again.
To thank you all for reading (and for passing on the word about this site), I went to one of my favorite bookstores, Elliot Bay Book Company, in a place I used to call home - Seattle. I looked around for a long time, debating what would be best. There are way too many books that I would call "essential" for an early childhood classroom. I thought about something about teaching, but I don't think we get the best inspiration from books for teachers. We get them from children. And so, the giveaway is a FANTASTIC book that always gets children talking, playing, and interacting.
I'm giving away a copy of the Abiyoyo Book and CD by Pete Seeger. He is a wonderful storyteller and musician, and this story has the imagination and magic that so many children connect to. I have seen some fantastic retellings of the story as children browse the book themselves. It would be a great addition to your classroom or home bookshelf.
To win, just leave a comment here about reading with children. What do you love to read with children? Why? Perhaps we can get some ideas to talk about in the coming weeks in this space.
The contest ends next Sunday, July 24th, at 8pm PST. I'll announce the winner on Monday, July 25th, and ship the book from Oregon to wherever the winner is.