I am so excited about this new series here at Mama’s: 365 Days of Children’s Books!
Each day during the 2016 year, I will share a book that my children and I have read and love.
You’ll find fiction, non-fiction, chapter books, picture books, and more. The age range of books will vary from Preschool to 5th grade.
I receive many emails asking for book recommendations for various ages, and I thought this would be a fun way to share all of our favorite reads with you!
Make sure you bookmark the 365 Days of Children’s Books page so you can easily find a new-to-you book before your next library trip!
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Book: Snowflake Bentley
Author: Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Illustrator: Mary Azarian
Wilson Bentley had a driving desire to photograph the beauty and intricacies of each and every snowflake he encountered.
Even though he was largely misunderstood in his time, his passion to study snowflakes was never squelched.
I love the small facts and trivia in the margins of the book. Often times, interesting facts scattered throughout a book are very distracting for my children, but this author adds just the right amount!
It’s enough information to spark interest, but not so much that we can’t keep up with the story line.
Talking About It with Your Children
One thing I love about living books is the opportunity to really discuss them with my children. I ask questions to encourage their curiosity, and they certainly deliver with a million questions of their own!
If you need a few ideas, here are the types of questions I ask my children when reading Snowflake Bentley:
♥ In what time period does this book take place? The opening line is a great clue!
♥ Where did Bentley grow up? Let’s find it on the globe.
♥ Willie Bentley adored snow. What do you love in the same way that Willie loved snow?
♥ Willie didn’t attend school for long, but he was a very smart man. How did he gain his knowledge?
♥ Do you think photographing snowflakes is important? Why or why not?
Using Snowflake Bentley as a Literature Unit Study
Snowflake Bentley would make a perfect book book to use as the spine of a literature unit study.
Here are just a few ideas:
→ Study photography; determine how the photography process has changed since Wilson Bentley was a young man
→ Study weather patterns, including snow
→ Study how and why each snowflake is unique
→ Find a few snowflake crafts
→ Search Pinterest for a snowflake experiment