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June 1, 2016

The Awww Factor

In SeeSaw this March, we have an early reader called Teeny Tiny Animals, and it is just about the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. The book is great for kids who (a) love animals or (b) like small things or (c) like small animals. It’s fun nonfiction, and it’s still full of factual information! Did you know that the world’s smallest bird is the bee hummingbird? It can sit quite comfortably on top of a pencil eraser! And that in England, you can actually have a teacup pig as a pet? These smart pigs only grow to be about 12 inches high! (Needless to say, I desperately want one.)

I have to say, Teeny Tiny Animals is one of my favorite early readers that we’ve published. I should be honest—all I really need from the Internet is an image like this to make my day:

Not only are these books great for teaching students how to read nonfiction books, these are a great tool to get kids interested in reading. They are at a level for developing readers with longer sentences and slightly harder vocabulary.

What are some high-interest topics you use to compel your students and children to read on their own?

Remember, you can find Teeny Tiny Animals on SeeSaw this month!

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  1. Elizabeth Moll

    My daughter just received Teeny Tiny Animals from her book order a few days ago. She was completely enchanted, and I have to admit that I found it adorable as well. The only problem we have is that now she has been asking for a miniature horse. All my reasons for not being able to keep a full-size one in our yard are now moot, in her estimation. :)

    • Preeti

      Ha ha! Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth! (I, in turn, shared this comment with my office mates and we got a big laugh out of it :D )

  2. Judi Walker

    I am a first grade teacher and we are having a book fair this week at school. Several of my girls have purchased this book. I have listened to several of them tell me facts they have learned. It is a huge hit in my classroom!

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