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The virtual book tour at Beanstalk staff training #nextChapter

Where the Wild Things Are -M Sendak  Just imagine & You Choose- Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt Topsy Turvy World- Hans-Georg Barker  I am Henry Finch- Deacon& Schwarz Wild- Emily Hughes Book of Dreams- Shirin Ad          Not now Bernard-David McKee Would you rather? – John Burningham The cat, the dog, little red, the exploding eggs, the wolf and grandmas wardrobe-. D
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I am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon & Viviane Schwarz

Philosophical thoughts from Year 1 pupils at Lionwood Infant & Nursery School, Norwich as we shared the book together. Transcript session 1 Interesting comments and thoughts that arose. I think that is a thought. SS- I wonder,what is a thought ? I think. Henry was thinking in his head while he was sleeping. That happens to me sometimes maybe it happens just to some people? I have bad dreams I hear noises in my h
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What are Boys and Girls ?

Interesting stimulus for gender enquiry.  How would you play this in the classroom ?  Girl and Boy: http://youtu.be/pF1j22x-yU8
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EARLY YEARS P4C Essential Book List

Where the Wild Things Are -M Sendak Just imagine & You Choose - Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt I am the King- Leo Timmers Topsy Turvy World - Hans-Georg Barker Zoo girl -Rebecca Elliott Oh No George!-Chris Haughton Wild- Emily Hughes Book of Dreams- Shirin Ad Tusk Tusk – David McKee Not now Bernard-David McKee Where are you Blue Kangaroo? -  Emma Chichester Clarke There are no cats in this book- Viviane S
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The YES …Sarah Bee & Satoshi Kitamura-Andersen Press

The philosophy of a Yes and many Nos   This week I was sent a copy of The Yes by Sarah Bee and Satoshi Kitamura, published by Andersen Press. I make it my job to find picture books that offer problems and questionings about big themes. This one found me in a way that only a Yes can…. And I can’t wait to share it with children who always have more wonderings than me. The plot is simple but the language flo
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Duck,Rabbit- Amy Krouse

[http://youtu.be/hPCoe-6RRks/youtube]   What do you see? Share the video or book with the children. Ask the children to divide into two groups. those who think they saw a duck and those who think they saw a rabbit. Which did most people see? Activity Using dough or clay challenge the children to combine two animals into a new creature. Once completed think of a name for this new species. Bring the creatures back
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The Three Robbers – Tomi Ungerer

Stimulus- Watch or read the following story. [http://youtu.be/j6W8fg2p5cI/youtube] Allow the children time to draw their thoughts about the stimulus. Ask them to draw an idea that illustrates whether they think the robbers were good or bad. Next, ask the children to move to a label marked GOOD or one marked BAD. Allow time for children to explain their reasons briefly  to others in that group. Bring the children back
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A Child’s Work. The Importance of Fantasy Play

My work in Philosophical Play is strongly influenced by the work of Vivian Gussin Paley. As Plato said “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” Read more to find out why…. http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/644871.html
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If a great musician plays great music but no one hears – were they really any good?

 A powerful and moving article about what we miss in life. One of the world’s greatest musicians played some of the world’s greatest music on the world’s most expensive violin in a metro station in 2007. What happened ? For The Washington Post Article click here Activity idea- Ask the children to listen to three pieces of music  . These should include contemporary music of the moment , a piece by th
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Exciting new Picture books from our finest publishers. Spring 2013

I recently met up with my lovely publishing and marketing friends at the Federation of Children’s Book Groups annual conference at Culford College. I only had one day this year so I had to sacrifice a seminar and interesting author talk or two in order to sit on the floor and read as many forthcoming publications as possible. Pip and Morag from Bounce marketing showed me some really exciting proof copies some o
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