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Beautiful Books by the Churchmans

Beautiful Books by the Churchmans

June 11, 2019

Dear WinkWorld Readers,

In the previous WinkWorld, I wrote about Free-range Reading*, a literacy activity which celebrates the freedom to read on the range. In this previous blog, I mentioned Jennifer and John Churchman’s books, which were new for me within the last few years. The purpose of this blog post is to share their books, which the students at Atall School (a two-room school on the prairies) love. So do I.

The first Churchman book, which I discovered was Sweet Pea & Friends: The SheepOver

The kids and I loved this story and the beautiful artwork.

Eventually, my collection of Churchman books grew.  Each book makes a perfect Read-Aloud.

This spring the teacher, Missy Urbaniak and students presented me with The Easter Surprise by Jennifer and John Churchman.


I had so much fun reading this story to the kids, but I worried that they would crawl right into the book, as I read.  Each page of the book has a hidden bunny, and they loved to find that bunny. Please note the kids find the hidden bunny on this page.

Previously, my friend and colleague, Sherry Bunting, wrote a beautiful blog post about the Churchman’s book, “Sweet Pea & Friends: The SheepOver.”  Sherry gave me permission to share with all of you. Thank you, Sherry. I hope you enjoy reading this, as much as I did.  Also, the Churchmans are now quite active on social media, and they have their own webpages.

December 18, 2015

“Sweet Pea & Friends: The SheepOver,” and a story about this book and Jennifer and John Churchman.

*Ok,ok,  I confess–I made up that term, just to describe choice and access: 2 principles of learning to read.  Kids need access to books, and choice matters.



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