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Imagine Your Story: Knights!

The Evil Princess vs. the Brave Knight by Jennifer L. Holm

Meet the Evil Princess and the Brave Knight. She casts terrible spells, while he fights dragons. He rescues cats in distress, while she makes mischief. No wonder there isn’t much peace in this kingdom! But is the Evil Princess really so evil? And is the Brave Knight truly as chivalrous as he seems?

The Knight Who Said “No!” by Lucy Rowland

Ned the knight always does exactly what he is told, but when a dragon swoops into town, he decides for the first time to say “no.”

The Wall in the Middle of the Book written and illustrated by Jon Agee

A knight who feels secure on his side of the wall that divides his book discovers that his side is not as safe as he thought, and the other side is not as threatening.

Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack

A prince and a knight in shining armor find true love in each other’s embrace after fighting a dragon together.

Brianna Bright, Ballerina Knight written by Pam Calvert and illustrated by Liana Hee

When Princess Brianna Bright’s dreams of becoming a ballerina seem doomed, she knows it’s time to find out exactly what it is she’s destined to do. Discovering her true talent won’t be easy–but Brianna won’t give up, especially not with her trusty dog, Pixie, at her side!

The Sword in the Stove written and illustrated by Frank W. Dormer

A quirky picture book in the spirit of Monty Python about two bumbling knights who keep finding objects in a stove (a sword, a shield, a helmet) … objects that ominously belong to their missing friend Harold.

The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty

Ordered by his parents to tame a dragon, a gentle knight who prefers reading to fighting arms himself with a book.

Sleepless Knight by James Sturm

The Knight can’t wait for her first camping trip. She and her horse Edward pack everything they need–including her beloved Teddy–and head out into the woods. But when it’s time for bed, Teddy is nowhere to be found. Instructions for drawing the Knight, horse, rabbit, and bear on lining papers and pages after/before them.

Ogres Awake! By James Sturm

The knight and her horse, Edward, have made a startling discovery: there are three huge ogres asleep at her doorstep! When they wake up, the kingdom is in big trouble! The knight, Edward, and some garden gnomes fight back, not with swords and shields, but with potato peelers and spoons. It turns out that ogres are pretty friendly when they have full stomachs! The endpapers provide quick drawing lessons for the knight, Edward, the gnomes, and the ogres.

The Making of a Knight: how Sir James earned his armor by Patrick O’Brien

Traces James’s journey during the Middle Ages in England from inexperienced page at the age of seven to knighthood at the age of twenty-one.

The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie DePaola

What happens when a sheepish knight and a not-so-fierce dragon fight for the very first time? Well, it’s no ordinary battle since the knight has to go to the castle library to learn about dragon-fighting and the dragon must dig through his ancestor’s things to find out how to fight a knight!

Nonfiction

Knights and Castles by Rupert Matthews

From armor to jousting, Knights and Castles covers everything there is to know about knights and medieval castles.

Knights and Castles takes an up-close look at the history of knights, their chivalrous code, the battles they fought, and more. Learn about the heroic actions of famous knights, including El Cid and Sir John Hawkwood, and the monks who took up arms to protect pilgrims.

International Heraldry & Heralds – shield shapes and information: http://www.internationalheraldry.com/

Stick bow and arrow craft for Kids: https://artsycraftsymom.com/stick-bow-and-arrow/

Cardboard swords: http://www.ikatbag.com/2010/11/we-have-weapons.html

Popsicle stick catapult: http://www.sylvanlearning.com/blog/index.php/critical-thinking-with-a-catapult/

Earth Day

With Todd Parr’s colorful illustrations and simple text, The Earth Book includes easy ideas for working together to take good care of the earth, from planting a tree and using both sides of the paper to saving energy and reusing old things in new ways.

Printable coloring pages from the book can be found here. http://www.toddparr.com/imgs/fun/earthbook_coloring.pdf

Teachers share their many ideas for Earth Day activities on the Scholastic books site. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/2017/earth-day-activities/

As the round hole through the pages of this book grows larger, children will enjoy  guessing the identity of the object that’s round like a ball, hot and cold, every color, always moving, and home to us all. Lisa Campbell Ernst has written and illustrated a colorful and fun introductory book to science and our earth.

Two young families in two very different parts of the world each plant a tree. As the trees flourish, so do the families. The eye-catching illustrations show how trees help clean the air, enrich the soil, and give fruit and shade. I used a flannel board with this book during storytime and the preschoolers really enjoyed adding felt flowers, leaves and fruit to the tree.

The preschoolers enjoyed this simple and fun story about a little boy and his grandma gardening; beginning with deciding what to plant all the way to eating what was planted during a year of gardening from tilling the soil to harvest time.

This enchanting book invites children to imagine that they are the Earth, beginning with space, spinning and dancing around the sun, larger than the moon. Forests, seas, and deserts form a brightly colored quilt which is home to many creatures. The book invites the readers to “Wiggle your shoulders/ and mountains tremble and quake./ Shake your hair and feel windswept grasses tickle your face.”

The Earth and I is beautifully illustrated with vibrant rainbow colors and tells the tale of the adventures of a child in nature as he rides the back of a tortoise, plants vegetables, sings with the birds, and dances in the wind.

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