Thursday, July 1, 2010

Texas Bluebonnet Award book activities

Texas Bluebonnet Award book activities, book trailers and lesson plans
quick link to Kids Book Club. People are always asking "What is that website you use to teach about the Bluebonnet books?" I know the url is too long, but we don't mind because it says what it is-a kids book club.

Speaking of new Bluebonnet books-view this beautifully crafted book trailer for The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau authored and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. I will introduce this book to students by showing this book trailer and tie it in with a "book pair" lesson on biographies. The second biography will be Manfish: The Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne.

Both books are perfect for introducing students to the amazingly serene and beautiful world that exists below the oceans of the world. In a time when our oceans are being violated and assaulted by humans, we need to remember how important Jacques Cousteau's message is "People protect what they love."

Another great pairing with The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau is a second Bluebonnet Award nominated book called Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Steve Jenkins. This impressive book explores the depths and layers of the ocean to places where exotic and monstrously beautiful creatures exist.