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coverWhose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job by Stephen R. Swinburne has been chosen as the 2011 One Book, Every Young Child title. Whose Shoes explores various occupations through simple text and colorful photographs. In the middle of the book there is a guessing game where the reader is shown footwear worn by people in different occupations on one page and then when the page is turned a photo of the entire person showing the occupation.

The use of concept books is important in a number of ways. They allow adults to discuss how the information relates to the child, introduce new vocabulary and

The use of nonfiction and informational books with young children has been gaining support because of its many benefits. Research is showing that when children have meaningful interactions with nonfiction books at an early age, their reading skills improve and they are better prepared for the difficult nonfiction texts they will encounter in the upper grades.
Nonfiction and informational books...


  • Expose children to unique text structures that are not found in stories and narratives.
  • Support the use of varied comprehension strategies.
  • Provide children with important background knowledge that will improve their ability to learn new concepts. (What we learn from a text is influenced by what we already know.)
  • Develop a wide and rich vocabulary.
  • Play in to children's natural curiosity about the world around them.
  • Are preferred reading for some children and can naturally motivate reluctant readers.
  • Open the door to places and things children may not see in their everyday lives.




The modern shoestring (string and shoe holes) was first invented in England in 1790. Before shoestrings, shoes were commonly fastened with buckles.


A pair of shoes left too far apart will bring bad luck.

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