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Sunday, July 3, 2011

A Book Tour Parents of Young Kids and Teachers Will Love

Parents and teachers will love this book tour coming to you from author Kathy Stemke. Scroll down for trivia questions and how to win prizes (fun ones!), but be sure to read the synopsis of this great little children's book, too, and the sample workbook questions designed to make learning fun!

When Zachary puts on his thick black glasses, he becomes a super hero. This enables him to protect his new baby sister from all kinds of problems. In the process he learns how much he loves her. This action packed book with clever rhymes focuses on teaching consonant blends. The teacher supplement includes comprehension questions, songs, worksheets and activities.

In Kathy Stemke’s  book, Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep, you will find adorable rhymes for each of the following consonant blends: sh, br, th, ch, and gr. Parents and teachers will find these as well as the activities in the back of the book useful for teaching these blended sounds to children. As a retired kindergarten teacher, Kathy always includes comprehension questions, activities, songs, rhymes, and worksheets in her books to help children learn.  Here’s some additional educational activities to go with the book.

Teacher’s Language Guide  

Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep

Comprehension Questions:

·      Look over the cover. What do you think the story is about?

·      Name the letters in the title.

·      Note that SH is a consonant blend. Practice its sound. What does it mean?

·      Read the book using volume, pitch and tone variation.

·      Who is the main Character? Why do you think so?

·      Do you know anybody like Zachary?

·      What happened to Zachary when he put his black glasses on?

·      How did Zachary stop Mr. Wind?

·      Why did the baby bird squawk?

·      How did the train wake up Layla?

·      How did the train help Layla fall asleep?

·      What did the grizzly bear give Layla?

·      What did Zachary learn by the end of the story?

·      What is your favorite part of the story? Why?

Finish the Sentence:

·      The baby’s blanket flew out of the _______________.

·      Zachary flew the baby bird right back to its soft ________.

·      Super Zachary zoomed up to the whistle and tied it down with a ___________.

·      “Come aboard,” said the friendly __________________.

·      At that moment a giant grizzly bear stomped out of the _____________.

·      Zachary leaped into action and jumped on the bear’s __________.

·      “I love my little _______________.”

Name the Shapes:

Mom smiled and handed him a book.

·      What shape are the wheels on the stroller/

·      What shape is the book?

·      What shape is the Kid’s Corner decal on Zachary’s shirt?

·      What shape are the eyebrows?

Consonant Blend Song

(Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Sh, sh, sh don’t cry.

Quiet, not a peep.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

Layla goes to sleep.

Br, Br, Br, it’s cold.

Mister Wind blows strong.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

Layla sleeps so long.

Th, th, th thank you,

Said the little bird.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

Layla never heard.

Ch, ch, ch the train

Whistled down the line.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

Layla sleeps just fine.

Gr, gr, gr growled bear.

Won’t you come and play?

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

Layla sleeps all day.

Consonant Blend Musical Chairs

·      Line up chairs in a circle facing out.

·      On 8” by 11” card stock write various consonant blends. Place them face down on the chairs.

·      Walk around the circle singing the consonant blend song. When finished, each child picks up a card and sits.

·      Taking turns around the circle, the children say the blend on their card.

·      If they cannot read it, they must leave the game. Remove their chair.

Consonant Blend Action Rhyme!

Consonant blends are fun to do.

Read them all with me, won’t you?

         Float and flutter in the sun.

Twist and twirl and have some fun.

Dribble and drive down the street.

Crawl and crouch on your own feet.

Swing and swim on the big lake.

Prance on in and bake a cake.

Try to fly up in the sky.

Fry some eggs and ask me why.

Consonant blends really rock.

Practice them around the clock!

There are more fun worksheets and activities at the back of the book!


Which superhero can fly and gets stronger when he puts on his thick black glasses?

Come to  July 4th for the answer.


He's technically an alien, and he calls himself Clark Kent. His superpowers are said to derive partly from exposure to Earth's yellow sun, but which planet did he come from?

ANSWER: Krypton. He is, of course, Superman. He was introduced in 1932, by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shusterbackstory has evolved over the years, and details vary, but he always comes from Krypton, under the giant red star known as Rao.

Remember; Every answer or comment you make during this book tour puts your name in the hat for a fantastic prize, which includes amazon gift certificates, books, superhero figurines, and much more.

There will be drawings at the end of the tour from those who comment or answer a superhero trivia question on this or any other site during the tour from June 13th-July 5th. Please include your email address in a safe format like this one: dancekam1(at)yahoo(dot) com

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kathy stemke said...

Thank you for hosting me today Carolyn. I look forward to interacting with your guests.

Nancy Stewart said...

This is lovely! I also really like the enrichment material. Thanks for sharing.

Karen Cioffi said...

Kathy, what a great article with such useful strategies authors of children's books can use to help with their own books!

Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep is a wonderful picture book. I give it 5 Stars!

Karen Cioffi said...

Oh, I tweeted the post.

Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing

kathy stemke said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone. I'm glad you appreciate the teaching materials.

anthony stemke said...

Great teaching material presented in an interesting and entertaining format.