Nature’s Gifts of the Season

CARDS_COVERMy wish for you during this holiday season is that you enjoy the gifts of beauty that nature offers you. As teachers it’s so important to have our own special experiences in nature.

That’s why I created The Nature Portals card deck. The cards combine stunning nature photos with uplifting words to help you expand your awareness of nature’s gifts and bring balance and renewal into your life. 

May your heart be filled with the special joy that comes from spending time in nature. And when you get warm and cozy inside, I invite you to enjoy these books with the children in your life—each one has a special message that’s perfect for the holidays.

INSID_StoreInside All by Margaret Mason is a comforting bedtime book that will reassure little ones that they—every one of them—are connected to the world both physically and mystically. They belong, and are part of something meaningful.


AMY_StoreThe poetry in Amy’s Light by Robert Nutt follows the pattern of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, making this book a wonderful read-aloud. The photo-illustrations of the author’s daughter are lifelike yet dreamy.


BRIAN_CoverBecause Brian Hugged His Mother, written by David Rice, shows that kindness IS contagious when young Brian starts a chain reaction that brings a bit of joy to people he doesn’t even know. It all starts out one morning when Brian wakes up and gives his mother a hug.


BFB_COVER2For Baby, For Bobbie is a picture book illustrating a song about unconditional love by John Denver, featuring families and animals from around the world. It’s a wonderful teaching tool for young children of how parents—both human and non-human—love their children in very much the same way all over the world.

Along with schools and classrooms across the country, this blog is taking a holiday break. I’ll be back with a new lesson plan and “Who Am I?” contest in time for the new semester on January 5th.

subscribe     Blog by Carol Malnor I love making connections: kids and nature, science and reading, fun and learning. I discovered the joy of connecting Dawn Publications' books with kids when I was a classroom teacher. Dawn's books were easy to incorporate into my lessons and the kids loved them. I used picture books with students of all ages, from primary school all the way up through 9th grade. Over the years, my relationship with Dawn changed and developed, and I authored Dawn’s Teacher’s Guides as well as writing books for children 4-14 years old. ARTICLE How to Use Creative Nonfiction Picture Books in Support of Common Core and Science ACTIVITIES Dawn Publications STANDARDS Common Core State Standards Next Generation Science Standards National Science Teachers Association Picture Perfect Science   OTHER FAVORITES Dawn Publications Children and Nature Network
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