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Eric Carle Picture Writer: The Art of the Picture Book

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Eric Carle fans, readers and artists of all ages will thrill to watch this film about the artist's life and creative process. This intimate portrait lets every viewer into Eric Carle's world as if you were there beside him in his studio. Listen and watch as he creates his pictures, remembers his childhood, reflects on the creative life he has led for decades as the creator of more than 70 books for children. The Art of the Picture Book captures the magic of Eric Carle; a man who sees each child as an individual and who is deeply connected to the child he once was.

Earl E. Literacy: Author Ann Cannon

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Spokespuppet for The City Library, Earl E. Literacy, interviews local Salt Lake City children's author Ann Cannon about her new book "Chihuahua Chase". Set in Salt Lake City itself, the book is about two friends who have to solve the mystery of disappearing chihuahuas. Ann also talks about how she started writing and what some of her favorite books are.

Author: The City Library

This is the Rope

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Based on the book by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by James Ransome (Penguin) - The story of one family's journey north during the Great Migration starts with a little girl in South Carolina who finds a rope under a tree one summer. She has no idea the rope will become part of her family's history. But for three generations, that rope is passed down, used for everything from jump rope games to tying suitcases onto a car for the big move north to New York City, and even for a family reunion where that first little girl is now a grandmother.

Lucky Ducklings

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Based on the book by Eva Moore, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter (Orchard) - A true story about a mama duck and her five ducklings that had to be rescued from the town storm drain during an early morning walk. How three firemen and a pickup truck rush to their rescue makes for a vivid and exciting drama that children will return to over and over again. This delightful new classic has an inspiring environmental message.


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The bestselling creators of EXCLAMATION MARK! Introduce a triangle, circle, square, and rectangle who celebrate the gift of friendship. This joyous book rejoices in the simple beauties of friendship, and reminds readers of all ages that itÍs good to have a group of pals. Animation by Virgina Wilkos. Narrated by author Amy Krouse Rosenthal and friends.

Duckling Gets a Cookie

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Based on the book by Mo Willems (Hyperion) - The latest picture book in the New York Times best-selling Pigeon series by Mo Willems, Duckling asks for a cookie--- and gets one! Do you think Pigeon is happy about that?

Same, Same but Different

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Elliot lives in America and Kailash lives in India. They are pen pals. By exchanging letters and pictures, they learn they both love to climb trees, have pets, and go to school. Their worlds might look different, but they are actually similar. Same, same - but different!

Author: Weston Woods

Duck on a Tractor

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Shannon’s wildly popular, award-winning “Duck on a Bike” left children begging him to tell them another story about Duck. In this new story find out what happens when Duck drives the big red tractor through town and past the popular diner where all the locals are having lunch. Narrated by Walter Mayes. Spanish version narrated by Jorge Réyes. Music by Jack Sundrud and Rusty Young. Animation by duple.

Material Type: Activity/Lab


What Is Your Reading Mood?

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A fun way to get students to start thinking about who they currently are as a reader and what their reading goals for the new school year should be. Thumbnail Image Credit: "Reading" by be creator is licensed with CC BY 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Kristy


iMovie Character Trailer

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This lesson plan is designed to teach Reading: Literature Standard 3Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.Students will complete this standard by creating using their ipads and the iMovie application by creating a character trailer. At the end of the week, the class will watch each other's videos.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Media Object, Reading

Author: Cynthia