Miss Maple’s Seeds

In case you haven't noticed, we have a pretty big soft spot for gardening books! This sweet little tale follows a miniature Miss Maple through the seasons of the year as she collects, cares for, trains, then releases seeds of all kinds. Even the birds join in to help!...

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Rosie Revere, Engineer

Ever since she was tiny, Rosie loved to make inventions! A hot dog dispenser, inflatable pants, and a cheese-whiz snake-scaring-hat... her quirky inventions made everyone smile! But one day, her uncle didn't just smile, he laughed...HARD. And Rosie didn't know how to...

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Ish

Ramon loves to draw. Or. At least he did. Until his brother came and laughed at his artwork! Ramon was angry, then embarrassed, then frustrated... until he quit. But while his brother was laughing, his little sister was watching and collecting. She saved all his...

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The Book with No Pictures

This book puts the reader on the spot with a talking-to-myself back and forth monologue that gets kids of all ages giggling. While one half of the page spurts out hilarious sounds & quirky phrases, the other half blows up in horrified embarrassment. If I'd just...

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Book Fiesta 2017!

Hey y'all!! It happened again!! Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who came out to read and play and join in the party this year to make our second Book Fiesta happen! Y'all are amazing. We read books, made airplanes, planted flowers, built houses (and mazes...

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Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del Arcoiris

Near Lake Atitlan, in the mountains of Guatemala, a young Mayan girl, Ixchel, watches her mom make beautiful weavings. She is awed and inspired by this long family & cultural tradition, and she wants to join in, but she is too young and not yet skilled enough to...

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ELLApicks: Book Fiesta Line-Up 2017

Here's our line-up of books for Book Fiesta 2017!! You'll find some of our favorite old classics and a whole bunch of new ones that we LOVE!! We are so excited to bring these books to life for a crazy art-filled day in our neighborhood!! Can't wait y'all! Book...

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Illustrator Spotlight: Kadir Nelson

If you don't already have them, go out right now and get every Kadir Nelson book you can find. His illustrations are gold. A well-decorated illustrator (hello, two-time Caldecott, Coretta Scott King honoree), Nelson's smooth comic-realism tells stories with strong...

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Make: Mosaic Stepping Stones!

I LOVE a good mosaic! This gorgeous picture of the broken-beautiful, of seeing things I would otherwise throw away find a new life in the most beautiful way!! And after many, many failed attempts (woohoo learning!) I've finally found a way that works! So here you go,...

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The Journey

This is the story of a young child and her family, who leave their home by the sea in search of a safe place. When war reaches its dark hands into their city and their family, the child and her family set off on a journey. The children pack all their things, and hide...

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Maybe Something Beautiful

(SO... this may be our favorite book of all time. Kind of like, if you could put our dream for ELLA into a book and have it made by one of our favorite illustrators of all time??? YES TO ALL OF THIS!) In a dull, grey city, there lives a little girl named Mira, who is...

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ELLApicks: Books that Celebrate Black History Part II

Here are some more great books that help our children celebrate and love their own skin & respect and appreciate others. Check out these stories of some of the most amazing artists, musicians, dancers, community leaders-- people-- our world has ever known....

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ELLApicks: Books that Celebrate Black History

We're always on the lookout for great books that help our children celebrate and love their own skin & respect and appreciate others. This list here? These are a few of our favorites-- books we keep on our shelves all year round, and that we are constantly pulling out...

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Illustrator Spotlight: Rafael Lopez

One of our favorite illustrators of all time, Rafael Lopez creates the most colorful & celebratory illustrations. His heart for community and coming together across all barriers comes out in his sweet diverse characters playing together in all his books. The...

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ELLApicks: Books about Music History

Beautiful books that tell the stories of some of the greatest musicians of all time? Yes please. We want our children to engage with these musicians' stories as they listen to music and as they begin to write their own life-stories. We try to find a good range of...

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ELLApicks: Books for Teaching Creativity

As an art teacher, I'm always looking for picture books that I can usse to teach lessons, great jumping-off points into projects or discussion. These books here are ones that I love and that teach some of the foundational attitudes and postures of creativity. Here are...

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ELLApicks: Books about Art History

As an art teacher, I'm also always on the lookout for great books about art history, and I LOVE artist biographies. These are one of my favorite ways to introduce students to artists, and to begin a project based off of an artist's work. I try to find a good range of...

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ELLApicks: Our Favorite Bilingual Books!

Whether because of our cultural backgrounds & mixes or just because of our friendships, all of us in the ELLA family want to raise our kids bilingual (English/Spanish). (I mean, at least their first two languages 😉 We're always on the hunt for great bilingual books...

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Our Favorite Art Materials For Teaching

We decided to finally pull together a list of some of our favorite materials that we use to play with our families & neighbors & classes for whatever projects come our way, so that you can find what works for you too! Acryclic Paint This set of 12 pints = <3. We...

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Not a Box

"Why are you sitting in that box?" "It's not a box!" The simplest of concepts told in a quick dialogue style, with sweet lively line drawings to kickstart the imagination. Sure to delight the youngest readers, this reads aloud perfectly, with increasing emotion set to...

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I Have a Dream

The text is straight from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's, "I Have a Dream" speech. It's broken up into small bits on each page, which makes it an easy way to introduce or engage children with the content of his historic speech.  I make it a practice to find everything I...

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Waiting for the Biblioburro

This sweet story of a traveling library is inspired by the real-life story of Luis Soriano, a librarian from Colombia. Ana, a young girl in a small mountain village, loves to learn, but after her teacher leaves, has no access to school. Everything changes when a man...

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Rose’s Garden

At ELLA, we're huge Peter H. Reynolds fans. But I need to tell you right now: this one's my favorite of all his books. The nutshell: Rose sails around the world in her giant teapot, until she arrives at a city where she decides to settle down. As she explores her new...

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ELLAlibrary: How we review our books!

Here we share a quick what-is-this-all-about part. Pretty straightforward- what's the story about- but for curious mama's like me, a bit of info to whet your appetite so you can see if it's something you want to bite into. What we look for: the best of language: story...

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Gracias! Thanks!

The sweetest tale of thanks-giving, Gracias Thanks is pure gold. This bilingual work of art celebrates all the tiny things. ‘For the ladybug that landed on my finger, thanks’. Each page is a chorus of gratitude that teaches children (and reminds adults!) how to find...

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Book Fiesta

This book, which celebrates Children's Day/World Book Day is one of the most magical and whimsical pieces of literature you will ever pick up.Every time you pick it up, we promise you'll want to revel in every turn of the page. The nutshell? Glimpses of children...

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Disclosure Policy

Hey friends! As we're kicking up our blog here, we want to share our Disclosure Policy, because we want to be completely transparent with y'all and so that y'all know exactly what the set-up is! So here we go! "ELLAchattanooga is a participant in the Amazon Services...

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Book Fiesta 2016!

Book Fiesta 2016 was a huge success! Thank you to all who contributed to that success by volunteering time and resources. The ELLA team is continually thankful and inspired by the overwhelming support of the community! Book Fiesta is a literacy event in our...

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