I am very excited to be participating in Ivy + Bean blog-a-bration. For the next 9 weeks I will be posting something about the dynamic duo.
As a teacher of young students, with young friendships, I love a good book that shows how kids that are different become friends. The first couple chapters the first book in the Ivy + Bean series is brilliant at showing this. I love watching two characters that appear so different go from strangers to best friends.
I think that it’s important for kids to see how kids that have different interests from them, can make great friends. Ivy and Bean show this perfectly. Bean is a bit of wild child and Ivy is a bit of a book nerd. Watching what happens when they take the time to get to know each other is something that most young readers can benefit from reading and discussing.
After a student in my classroom reads Ivy + Bean I almost always talk to them about how their friendships with their BFFs developed. It’s fun to listen to them reflect upon their own friendships,and then discuss what they learned about friendship from the book.
I would recommend that every child reads at least the first few chapters of Ivy + Bean before they leave elementary school. I’m pretty confident that many of them won’t stop reading until they’ve read every single Ivy + Bean book.
In the Pages
Kid Lit Frenzy
One Page to the Next
Roundtable Reviews for Kids
Ruth Ayres Writes
The Children’s Book Review
The Family That Reads Together
There’s A Book
Van Meter Library Voice
Watch. Connect. Read.
The winner of the giveaway will be entered to win the grand prize giveaway from Chronicle Books.
A complete set of Ivy and Bean hardcover books signed by Annie Barrows
1 Ivy and Bean Paper Doll Play Set
1 Ivy and Bean Button Factory
1 Ivy and Bean READ Poster signed by Annie Barrows
Set of Ivy and Bean Silly Bandz
Set of Ivy and Bean stickers