Saturday, September 7, 2013

David Shannon's Bugs in my Hair! Lesson and Giveaway

This week I read David Shannon's newest book Bugs in my Hair! to my class and they thought it was extremely funny and it made learning about germs and spreading them so much more fun. Keep reading to learn more about what we did and to find out how you can enter to win your own copy of Bugs in my Hair!
Art © David Shannon 2013. All Rights Reserved

Any of you who have ever had to deal with lice will laugh out loud over the words and illustrations in Shannon's new book. The story and illustrations engaged my students, generated a great discussion on the spread of germs and staying clean and healthy, and definitely made everyone laugh. The illustrations bring the story to life and make it an entertaining read-aloud for all. 
Art © David Shannon 2013. All Rights Reserved

Art © David Shannon 2013. All Rights Reserved

After reading Bugs in my Hair!I demonstrated to my students how easily we all spread germs.I sprinkled pink and blue glitter all over the palm of my hand to represent germs. Then I went around shaking the hands of my students. Then they went around shaking hands with each other. Afterward we all held up our hands to show how we had spread germs to one another. 


We charted ways to stop the spread of germs and head lice. Then we made germs/lice to go with our chart.

Now onto the best part of this post... the giveaway! To celebrate David Shannon's new book Bugs in my Hair! Scholastic has provided a pack of three great David Shannon books to giveaway to one lucky winner. 
Art © David Shannon 2013. All Rights Reserved

Link up with David Shannon here to find out what inspired him to write the book. This video is perfect for showing students how authors get ideas about what to write about and how we can write about anything that happens to us. 

Entering the giveaway is easy. All you have to do is leave a comment with your name and email. The giveaway ends Sunday, September 15th at midnight. Good luck!

Read more about the book and its author below. 

More About the book
If anyone can make a case of head lice fun, it’s Shannon. He humorously captures and normalizes the panic, embarrassment, and tedium of this common grade-school affliction. Even the mom’s reactions -- first panic, then phantom head-itch, then mountains of laundry -- are perfect!”
--Susan Kunhardt, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

Is something bugging you? Bestselling award-winner David Shannon shows the funny side of waging war against--oh no!--head lice.

This book is guaranteed to make you laugh--and itch! From the opening picture of a happy, oversized louse appearing with his suitcases, you know these bugs are determined to stay, and Mom is about to go nuts!

Nobody talks about them, but they are everywhere. (Some estimate 20 million children a year host them.) Oh the shame and humiliation of having bugs in your hair! But if you go to school, or have play dates, chances are good you might meet them someday. Maybe you already have! Lucky for you, the unwelcome bugs in this story are so funny you will be laughing aloud--even when Mom attacks them with battle-tested anti-lice weapons.

Shannon peppers his hilarious scenes with fun, "nitpicking" facts about these "lousy" critters and pokes fun at common denial: "It's probably ash from that volcano in Pogo Pogo."

Soon the party's over--Bye bye, Little Nasties! Once again Shannon has created a fresh, highly entertaining read-aloud classic that begs to be read again and again.

About the author
David Shannon is the internationally acclaimed creator of more than thirty picture books, including NO, DAVID!, a Caldecott Honor Book and his second NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and three more David picture books. Shannon's bestsellers include his recent A BAD CASE OF STRIPES; ALICE THE FAIRY; DUCK ON A BIKE; and his recent JANGLES: A BIG FISH STORY. He lives in California with his family.

Praise for Bugs in my Hair!
"Shannon offers young head lice victims and the grownups who love them a much-needed source of levity and empathy… readers will come away reassured" - Publishers Weekly, starred review

Don’t scratch your head over this purchase.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Lice!  Aaaaargh!  Every kid’s confused terror at being diagnosed with the itchy little buggers is mirrored here in Shannon’s chortling, over-the-top, but ultimately comforting ode to eradicating the problem.” – Booklist  

“Libraries everywhere should have this book.”—School Library Journal

82 comments:

Tiffany Tindle said...

This is an amazing way to tackle a subject no one wants to talk about! How perfect! I would love to read this on a parent night to help parents understand that while this is not a pleasant thing to have happen, it DOES happen and it it not the end of the world! ;)

tiffany.tindle@hancock.kyschools.us

Cherie said...

Looks like a hilarious book!

cheriemae@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love david shannon! This book looks hilarious and I love the germs! So cute

Emily
mlesarge05@yahoo.com

Cindy said...

Could sure use this in my first grade class!! :o)

Cindy
ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

colgreg said...

I would love to share this book with my first graders and a special classroom aide who handled her students visit from bus with dignity. I will never forget the look on her face when she saw a live lice crawling through his hair.

Rene said...

Oh my goodness! We could use the bug book at my school. What a fun way to teach about healthy habits. Renetowens@sbcglobal.net

Lisa Giuliano said...

My students love all his books. I love your glitter germ lesson!
Lisa
Teaching.on@gmail.com

Julie G said...

I love David Shannon books! I do the glitter experiment with my kiddos too..makes a mess but they jut love it! Mmejuliegc@gmail.com

Meredith Gilbert said...

Oh, how my class could use this! (We just used No, David! for a character study this week and they loved it.)
MissGilbert01@gmail.com
Sunshine, Sand and Scissors

Monds & Mayberry said...

What a great give away! Thanks for the chance to win!
cnmayberry at gmail dot com

Johanna said...

Looks like a very funny book and what a creative idea to show the kids how easily germs spread!

johannaquijano@gmail.com

Cathy Dugger said...

Love the activity you did after reading the book! Thanks for sharing!
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sarah said...

Love the ideas you did with this book!

mcreynolds.sarah@gmail.com

MrsS said...

I absolutely LOVE David Shannon! We do monthly lice checks at our school and after every school holiday. This book would be great for helping the Kinders get used to the idea of having their heads checked!
-Andrea
alwayskindergarten@gmail.com

Nicole said...

I LOVE David Shannon!
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Karyn said...

David Shamnnon is my favorite author! His books are always amazing! This new book looks like a fun way to tackle a sensitive issue. :-)

Karyn
Kideducator@comcast.net

Jamie said...

I need this book! We had a big lice problem last year and I don't want to repeat that ever again!

Jamielfonseca@gmail.com

Jamie

Heather said...

This book looks like so much fun!! I love David Shannon's books, as do my littles!

Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

Angela Urso said...

Love David Shannon's books and the kids love them too! Thanks for the chance to win his newest creation

Shannon Griffith said...

My boys love reading!! Thank you for this opportunity! :)

Shannon (shannonagriffith@gmail.com)

Amanda said...

That looks like a great book! Thanks for the opportunity!

Amanda (hennonac@yahoo.com)

Anonymous said...

Love this lesson! Hope I win!
pk_teacher@hotmail.com

Mariann Brown said...

Neat book. I never thought about specifically teaching about head lice. Kids need to know.
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Meghan said...

I can't wait to read this book. I love David Shannon! Did you know that he hides a picture of his dog Fergus in all of his books? I would love to enter your giveaway and win these books. I don't have any of them and would love them.

Meghan
learningandteachingforlife@gmail.com
Learning and Teaching for Life

Cindy Sutfin said...

I love David Shannon!! This would be so great to use in my classroom!!

Cindy S.


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Jessica Onyszczuk said...

AWESOME IDEA!!! Especially the glitter! I am feeling so overwhelmed this year with 23, YES, 23 Kindergarteners. I am going into my 4th year of teaching, and just my 2nd year of teaching K. I follow your blog DAILY and I think you are fabulous! ANY ADVICE????
Thank you,
Jessica, NJ
jlynn424@gmail.com

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Oh my! I'd really, really like to win this book for my school library!

Take care,
Deb Nance in Alvin, Texas
debnance@gmail.com

Kenya Stacey said...
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Kenya Stacey said...

Now I have read it all. This book is a classic in the making. This is a must have. :) Crossing fingers and waiting.

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weety said...

Oh my, how I NEED this book! I teach inner city kids and lice outbreaks are practically a given! ctillack@verizon.net

Yvonnee said...

I love David Shannon's books. Thanks for the opportunity.
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Erin said...

I love this idea for my kindergarten classroom!

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Anna McCurdy said...

"No David" and "David goes to school" are among my students favorite books every year. My big book version of "No David" is in tatters but I keep taping it together as my kids love it so much..
His new book Bugs in the Hair sounds fantastic and it will get added to my book collection one way or another. I have certainly dealt with the lice problem so this book looks like a must for my shelves.
I love your blog April- you have great book sense and I have found lots of books through your blog that I was not yet familiar.
I may not be eligible to participate in your giveaway as I am a lady from Alberta Canada but I wanted to leave a comment.
quiltmom1(at)shaw(dot)ca
Regards,
Anna

Nessa said...

I would love to win! kindercards@gmail.com

Alysha Keyes said...

This book looks adorable! What a great way to teach germ spreading!

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Debbie said...

I love David Shannon's books! deccles@joink.com

Cindy Hathorn said...

So much fun!!
Cindy Hathorn
chathorn@conroeisd.net

Brittney Ellis said...

Brittney Ellis----shinin4him@gmail.com


I'd love to win the books! Thanks for the opportunity :)

Anonymous said...

David Shannon writes great books for kids! Would love to read Bugs in my Hair!!
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Anonymous said...

Looks like a fun book to teach about germs!! I love David Shannon!!


mwatson@lubbockisd.org

Thanks,
Melissa Watson

Anonymous said...

Looks like an awesome book!

Jlawson@plusd.org

Thanks,

Jennifer Lawon

Lori Huhne said...

I can't wait to read David Shannon's new book! I'm starting my school year off by reading David Goes to School.
lhuhne@optonline.net

Ellen said...

What a great way to teach about germs, love David Shannon!
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Kim Farrar said...

My students have always loved your books, David Shannon! I am looking forward to buying "Jangles" for a sweet boy who loves to fish and "Bugs in my Hair" (that is if I don't win it. I think the Bugs book will help my Kindergarten students understand about having head lice... that they are not alone... and that they can laugh about it.... Thank you for sharing such wonderful books!

Deeanne Wright said...

I love all of David Shannon's books. This one looks really good.

Deeanne
deewright211@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would love these books. My 'No, David' is really worn and I love this new book. We have head lice every year! Jammie
jammieallen@gmail.com

Timandlinz said...

I would love to win this!! David Shannon is one of my favorite authors!! My children always, always love his books!! My favorite book is , A Bad Case of Stripes!!

Anonymous said...

Yuck, but oh, so necessary!!
luanne_bourque@aesd.net

EGreen said...

I love David Shannon! Great lesson idea :)

esgreen87@gmail.com
Emily

Cheryl E. said...

David Shannon is one of my favorite authors! This book looks adorable!
Cheryl
crayonsandcurls(at)gmail(dot)com
Crayons and Curls

Cait J said...

Oh gosh, it seems like everyone in my class is sick already (including me!). And I don't think I've had a year go by yet in which a student didn't have lice! So we could definitely use this book!

Cait
Sliding into First!
slidinginto1st@gmail.com

susan said...

Thanks for sharing!
Susan Chew
schewkinder@gmail.com

aclark said...

My students love his books! This would be a great addition to our library!

Ashley
arclark2012@gmail.com

MBWilliamson said...

I love David Shannon books and so do my students! Those would be a great addition to our class library!

Mbrwilliamson@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Would love to win some free books. My class and I love David Shannon!
rfields@russell.k12.va.us

Anonymous said...

The glitter germ activity is genius! Would love to try this lesson.
c.hillery@outlook.com

Mary Ellen said...

David Shannon is always a fav with my students. Can't wait to read this one!

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Melissa said...

I love David Shannon books. One year, we had such a problem with lice that I learned the Spanish word for lice- piojos. (Many of the parents at our school are Spanish speakers and some only speak Spanish.)

Buffalobills8293@yahoo.com

Claire Diehr said...

We always start the year with No David! and David Goes to School. I would love to add Bugs in my Hair to my collection.

SForman said...

Love Chalk Talk and all of your ideas, April.

Kathy D. said...

I LOVE David Shannon and MUST add this book to my collection. We read, David Goes to School during our first week and make "Davids" to decorate our bulletin board. The kids just really relate to his books and think they are hilarious!
~Kathy
dkkmdailey@aol.com

Three Girls with a Mom said...

I really don't like lice. This would be a great book to read to try to avoid lice and learn about germs
Christi
cmessner@myuw.net

Wendy said...

Cute book and the craftivity is absolutely adorable!

Mahalo,
Wendy
Http://k-1happytalk.blogspot.com

Amy said...

I love David Shannon. This looks like a great book to use with Kindergartners. The germs that your kiddos made were super cute!

glitterandgiggles said...

I love David Shannon!
Marisa Curtis
First Grade Glitter and Giggles
glitterandgiggles@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I've had my kindergarten classes make their own personal versions of No, David for years now. Very fun. Last year was my WORST year ever with students with head lice problems. I'd go home & have my husband check my head every night for a month before going to bed. Yuck! Hope David can give some advice! :)
Myrna (young 5's)
myrna30@yahoo.com

Jen Agent said...

I can't wait to get this book, our book fair starts Tuesday! I'm totally going to do this lesson with my kinders. we've had a bit of a lice problem. Thanks for the post.

www.scribblesanddibels.blogspot.com

Rebekah Mogee said...

I love David Shannon! I can't wait to get my hands on his new book. I hope I win!!!

Stacy said...

Looks like a great book. Definitely going to try the glitter lesson with my munchkins.
Stacy Reeves
sweetz9422@comcast.net

Clair Muller said...

This is definitely a MUST read! clairtmuller@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Great books!
Jean
Jeanroth@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

Great books I love David Shannon
Mariela

Mrs. Brown said...

This would be great to win! Thanks so much!

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Tiffany Pfeiffer said...

We just dealt with this at my school. How great to have a humorous book about the subject.

April Tipton said...

I love David Shannon's books and so do my students! My son, David, loved for me to read "No, David!" to him! Thank you for sharing your ideas . . . I totally plan on using the glitter activity!

Anna Holmes said...

I love Mr. Shannon's books! I am so glad I saw this on pinterest! I am going to read this for sure!

The glitter activity is going down in my room very soon! I am somewhat of a germaphobe, so this activity will help me prove a point!

aholmes@pontotoc.k12.ms.us

Misty said...

This book is hilarious! Only David Shannon could write a book about lice that kids and teachers would love.

keatonmi@lee.k12.ga.us

Anonymous said...

I own the book, and have used it in with my first graders! I have a case of it right now in my classroom! Eeeeek!

Anonymous said...

I am so happy that someone is addressing this little issue in a fun way that kids can relate to. I think that it would be a great read for us, the teachers too.

Miss Beth

Beth Ann Sheckler
bgushue@yahoo.com

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