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NPBM Blog-Along: Shapes

Did you know that November is Picture Book Month?

Trick question, because it never was before… but now it is!  Picture Book Month is an international initiative to celebrate children’s books and debunk the rumor that printed books will cease to exist because of new technology.  Go read more at founder Dianne de Las Casas’ website, and tune in for the blog posts by famous authors and illustrators.  There’s even a calendar with different themes for each day of November, so you can play along.

You know I can’t resist a good picture book, so this is right up my alley!  Instead of NaNoWriMo or any of the other 30-Day-Blog-Challenges, I’ve decided to take on Picture Book Month as my own personal blogging challenge–I will highlight one book a day that goes along with the theme for that day, in addition to my regular blogging.  Join me for Picture Book Month and share your favorite picture books!

November 29, 2011
Theme: Shapes

The Greedy Triangle, written by Marilyn Burns and illustrated by Gordon Silveria

This is a great picture book that introduces polygons in a fun story–the greedy triangle isn’t happy with his shape, so he shape-shifts into a quadrilateral, a polygon, a hexagon, and so on!  Colorful illustrations and a clever story–lots of shapes in “real life.”  Fun for a math lesson, but also great even with no educational agenda at all!

I remember…

:: reading this book when introducing a lesson on polygons with my first graders during my student teaching internship

:: marveling with the kids at some of the more unexpected shapes: the triangle’s crook of an elbow when a gossip’s hands are on their hips; a pentagon’s section on a soccer ball

What’s your favorite Shapes picture book?

Tune in tomorrow for the next picture book, and check out Picture Book Month’s website too!

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