Spreading Joy during the Holidays – The Joy of Reading

Wow!  It is December already.  SHOP  for  your children’s seasonal selections?  Holidays are filled with all the fun things like decorating the tree, crafts, holiday songs, holiday food, and other great holiday stuff.  Making cookies.  Let your children read ingredients from holiday recipes while you bake together.  It’s a great way for them to practice reading.  They also can learn about measurements and temperatures at the same time.   Talk about colors that are seen during the holiday.  Read along words to songs.  One of the best ways to encourage a love of reading is to set aside time to share and read with your children every day.  Read everything they see, the road signs, the toy catalogs, the cook books, magazines, books of their choice and make some of them non-fictions.  Here are some great holiday songs.

“Few children learn to love books by themselves.  Someone has to lure them into the wonderful world of the written word; someone has to show them the way.”  – by Orville Prescott, “A Father Reads to His Children”

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Reading Tips – Reading to Your Children even when they can Read

Returning to school can be exciting, stressful, or even scary for some children.  Start a new tradition in your family.  Write a letter to your child on their first day of school.  Offer encouragement, share special things about your child that make you proud, and save your letters to re-read at the end of each school year.

Create a reading contest with your family.  Set a goal for your children.  If they read so many books, they get a reward. Be creative! Rewards can be anything your child would get excited about.  Perhaps, it would be the next title in a series they are reading, going out for ice cream, or having a slumber party.

Encourage imagination – play games with your child while waiting in line.  Plan a vacation that they would like to take or a make believe birthday party.  Take turns making up a story.  Ask them what they would like to be when they grow up and why.  Talk about a friend or relative who you have not seen in a while.  Imagine what you would say to them.

After reading a book to your child, encourage thinking by asking them questions.  What words do they not understand?  Have them draw pictures of what happened in the story.  Does this remind them of anything or anyone?  Do they think that this could really happen?  Does this remind them of another story?

If your child is restless, suggest they draw pictures while you are reading.  Use toys, food, or pictures while reading to them.

Let your child think up a different ending.  Reading boosts their vocabulary.  Continue to read aloud to them even after they have learned to read for themselves.  Read from books that are above their reading level.

“A book is the most effective weapon against intolerance and ignorance.”  – quote from Lyndon Baines Johnson

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. ~ quote of Benjamin Franklin.

Reading is the simplest most effective thing that a parent can do to help their child.  And even more important for a special needs child.  Thank you, parents, for making that difference.

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Hot Hot July

My goodness!  Where has this month gone? and so quickly?  It’s summer and full of fun times, lots of lemonade, lots of barbeques, lots of water fun since it is such a hot month.  This is the best part of what I do.  Lots of flexibility so that I can spend more time with family and loved ones.  Lots of water, sand, sun, library activities, crafts, movies, and lots of reading time.  We don’t want them to get into the summer slide where they are not using all the skills that they learned during the school year.

For the month of August, it is double free books month.  So, sign up to host a group sale to earn free books for your family or for your community to help collect books for those who are less fortunate and do not have enough books to read or activities to keep their mind growing.  It is very easy as seen on www.suesbooks.info .  If you have any questions, I would love to help you.  I love them and want to share them with everyone.  There are so many internet specials and ways to get them.  Check it out today.

JOIN us and check the current business opportunity. Great opportunity! Also, there is a $25 business supplies only package which is available, just check with me.  And you can get double free books!  I will also give you an extra $50 in free books if you sign up for an e-show starting August 1st.  This is good until the end of August.  So, do your holiday shopping early.  It’s better if it is educational!

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Crafts and Cards to make for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner.   Dad will love these gifts and home made cards from his children.   Here are some websites that I found to make some cool things.

http://www.frugalfamilyfunblog.com/2010/06/fathers-day-gifts-kids-can-make.html     Make a colorful coaster set for dad

http://www.frugalfamilyfunblog.com/2010/06/fathers-day-gifts-kids-can-make-fish.html  Make a card for dad

http://www.frugalfamilyfunblog.com/2009/06/happy-fathers-day.html  Other card for Dad

http://crafts.kaboose.com/holidays/fathers-day/  Father’s Day crafts

http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/mengifts.html  Cute crafts to make for father’s day

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/fathersday/  Father’s Day crafts and activities

http://www.alphabet-soup.net/fath/father.html   Father’s Day gifts

Have fun making these crafts and have a Happy Father’s Day!

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Award Winning Kane/Miller Books

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These books are not seen in stores, but they are award winning books.  All are heartwarming stories and great books to read to children or for older children to read to younger ones.  They will make you cry. They will make you laugh. There is a lesson in everyone of them and lots of things to talk about with them. Why not have a conversation with your children today?  Reading is relaxing and educational. Build strong family values.

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Book Reviews – What are moms saying about these books?

  Hannah’s Winter – Kane Miller (My Japan)

This is an appropriate book for an average middle school level child in terms of content and vocabulary.  I do warn those thinking of purchasing this book that it requires some background knowledge in order to be able to follow along.  If they are not familiar with Japanese (or Australian for that matter) culture, then I suggest they pair this purchase with My Japan.  I would NOT allow this book to be read silently by a reluctant reader BUT this would be a fabulous read-a-loud for a classroom of such students, as most of my classes were.  As a teacher, I could be certain that the background knowledge that was needed to understand, and enjoy, a book like this would be taught before or along side the text.  The characters are very likable and the ghost story aspect is engaging.  My Japan, as an accompaniment, shows pictures of concepts that might be difficult to visualize (bathrooms, classrooms, etc.).

 

 

  True Adventure Collection –

This is a fantastic book as a read-a-loud or silent reading for children of a variety of reading levels at the middle school age.  The stories are intriguing, real-life, and can be researched by those students who want more knowledge about the topic.  I believe that the lack of difficulty, I do not mean that in a bad way, and the shortness of the stories entices students who might not normally pick up a book.  I would be certain to have multiple copies of this in a classroom.

Jessica

 

 

  Why by Lila Prap (Kane/Miller)

This book from Slovenia is geared for ages four through eight.  It is a fun book to help children answer some of their questions about why certain animals do certain things.  What I like about this book is that it not only gives the real answer, it gives many fun, silly, possible answers.  The illustrations make the children want to continue to read the book.  I am glad to have this in my collection! – Angie’

 

 

   Andie’s Moon by Linda Newberry (Usborne, part of the Historical House collection)

While the Kane/Miller series Conspiracy 365 is enjoyed by both boys and girls, its protagonist is a boy.  I suggested we begin collecting the Historical House series so we would have a series especially for pre-teen girls.  Since I am enchanted by space, and especially the Apollo Lunar Missions, I selected Andie’s Moon. For those who may not be familiar with the Historical House collection, each book is a story which centers around a girl who lives at No. 6 Chelsea Walk in Chelsea, England.  Each book takes place in a different period in history, from 1764 (Mary Ann & Miss Mozart) to 1969 (Andie’s Moon).

Andrea is a young girl who loves to paint.  She especially enjoys painting imaginative scenes, like moonscapes.  At the start of the book, no one has ever been to the moon, and Andrea (Andie) is free to paint whatever she imagines the moon to look like.  But the Americans are planning to send men to the moon!  Suddenly, people will know what the moon looks like, and Andie fears her paintings will seem silly.  She also fears that she is not talented enough to become a professional artist, and although an artist is currently renting rooms at No. 6 Chelsea Walk, Andie is reluctant to show him her work.  Andie’s older sister Prudence (Prue, or as Andie calls her Prune) loves fashion, and wants to be a model, although Andie has noticed Prune is neither as pretty nor as skinny as Twiggy.

The Apollo 11 mission is not the only historic event which serves as a background for Andie’s Moon.  The Rolling Stones concert in Hyde Park is also in evidence, as is a genuine sense of 1969 in general.

Of course, the American astronauts do land on the moon, and England, like most of the world, watched the event on television.  Of course, in England it was after 3 a.m. when Neil Armstrong uttered his famous words, the first ever spoken from the surface of the moon itself.

Ultimately, both Andie and Prune are inspired by the Apollo mission:  sending men to the moon and bringing them back to Earth had seemed impossible just a few years earlier!  And the sisters discover (each in her own way) that they can pursue their dreams — they, too, can do the impossible! I would highly recommend Andie’s Moon to the parent of any pre-teen girl who feels her talents are not “good enough.”  (And, if we’re being honest, what pre-teen doesn’t feel inadaquate?)  Quoting from the last page:

“But lots of things seemed impossible, and not all of them were.  Humans had been to the moon, had left footprints, and come back again.  There were two people alive who had stood on another world.

If that was possible, who could say what wasn’t?”

-Bruce

 

 

  This is The Tree  By Miriam Moss and Adrianne Kennaway

A wonderfully, descriptive story of the Baobob tree and the African plain on which it can be found.  The book paints a clear, engaging and inviting picture of the tree and the animals as well as people who are drawn to it.  The story as well as the illustrations are so vivid that they transport you to the African Plains and allow you to feel as if you are there.  The book informs you of the uniqueness of the Baobob tree and enables you to see how integral this tree is to life on the African plain.

Alicia

 

 

  The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness 

This is an excellent book for children of many ages.  Read aloud ages 3-7.  Read on your own ages 8-10.

This book is a charming and heart warming story of a young boy who goes to visit the animal pound looking for a new pet.  As he looks at each animal in their cage, they are jumping and wagging tails- surely this would be the type of pet this boy would chose.  As he gets nearer to the back, he spots this scraggly, little dog with only 3 legs.  He inquires about this dog and is told the closer they get to back door, the closer to heaven they are……the young man looks intently at the dog as he wags his forlorn tail and the boy runs home to his grandma to tell him of the perfect pet he found.  The grandma agrees to take the dog in and the story shows all of the fun and laughter they all have.  The boy even “builds” the dog a wooden leg and the adventures are endless!  This story is about love and looking beyond what we first see in something.  A must have for any child who loves animals!

Christina

 

 

    Are We There Yet?

This is one of my favorites from the Kane Miller line. Written from a pre-teen girl’s viewpoint, it reads like a diary of her family’s trip the whole way around Australia. With the continent’s various rock formations (like the Twelve Apostles), and other landmarks, included in the story, it’s an easy geography lesson! At the bottom of every other page little brother, Billy, asks the familiar question, “Are we there Yet?”

 

 

  The Usborne Little Book of Flowers

This adorable purple volume is packed with information for flower lovers. It’s small size is misleading…there are stories about flowers, what different flowers communicate when you give them, and so many different crafts and activities! Just a few are: “Growing a Miniature Garden”, “Pressing Flowers & How to Use Them”, and “Making Paper Roses”.

Darlene

 

 

   “Wind-Up Plane Book”

Abram turned 4 on Sunday and was thrilled to get this book, Wind-up Plane Book, as one of his gifts.  He actually received 4 books (2 Usborne, 2 non-Usborne) and he didn’t even look at the non-Usborne books, but the plane book had him squealing with delight.

This book has a double page spread of information and adorable illustrations and then a double page spread with a track for the airplane to travel on. it alternates in this format and there are three tracks in this book. Two are the runways and one is a world map which has the time and distance from different international airports..

One other note about this book, the Tractor book had pop-up people that you could use to decorate the scene, but my kids just lost those people. The airport book does not have those pop-ups and so I think that makes this book even better than tractors.

Emily

 

 

   The Complete Book of First Experiences

A book about the first experiences of young children. It covers subjects like moving, going to the doctor, going to the dentist etc… It has brightly colored illustrations with a duck hidden on each picture. I feel like the book helps to prepare children for new experiences, and I highly recommend it.

Cheryl  

 

 

   “Fix-It Duck”  by Jez Alborough

Want a book with humor, rhyming words, and colorful pictures for children? This has those and more. This sturdy board book is great for a child aged 1and a half to 6 years old. Older children will enjoy reading it to their younger siblings.  For very young children, talking about what they see in the pictures is a good start to telling the story.  Ask them questions about what they see, what is the duck doing, what is going to happen next.  Talking about the title page is very important.  It starts out with Fix-It duck running water for his bath. He decides to go have some tea. Then he hears the drip that drops into his tea and thinks that he has a leak in his roof. So, Fix-It Duck has to go borrow a ladder from Sheep. While at Sheeps, he decides to fix Sheeps window.  That is the start of his great adventure. It is a must read.  It is simply hilarious. The pictures tell the story.  Children love to see the chain of events and hear the rhyming easy sounds.  If they are starting to read, they love being able to add the “Fix-It Duck” part.  This is a book that they will ask to read over and over again.

 

 

  “Entertaining and Educating  Babies and Toddlers”, a Parent’s Guide by Carolina Young.

Looking for a great baby shower gift or gift for a new mom? Look no further.  This is a book that will calm a new parent who does not know what to expect.  It discusses the different stages of a baby’s life from the first 3 months up to the age of 2 and a half.  This book goes into what they are able do at each interval, gives suggestions for toys, books and activities that will be great to do at each stage.  There are over 100 easy fun activities, games, and things to do with them and at what stage to do them.  This includes rhymes, songs, and other educational fun things.  Packed with great tips.  You will look forward to being able to do these with your child.  Enjoy!

Sue

 

 

   “Will You Carry Me?” 

I love this book because my little ones are always asking me to carry them.  In this book, Thomas has been playing at the park and when it is time to go home, he is too tired to walk so he asks his mom to carry him.  Rather than just telling him no and making him walk or picking him up, she says “well, if you’re too tire to walk, maybe we should try…” and she comes up with all these different ways of traveling such as jumping, swimming and flying and before Thomas knows it, they are back home and he got there on his own two feet.  The illustrations are very cute in this book and the kids just love it.

Lisa

 

 

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Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord

Conspiracy 365” is in stock!  All 13  months are available separately or in sets of 4.

Reviews:

Publishers Weekly (Dec 1, 2009)

Australian crime novelist Lord launches a gripping new series that should have clear appeal for thriller fans.  Australian teenager Cal is approached by a strange man who warns him that he has 365 days to survive and suggests that the recent death of Cal’s father wasn’t a strange illness, but murder.  Soon enough, strange events as boating accident that appears to be sabotage, a break-in, and a mysterious call from a nurse who cared for Cal’s dad raise his suspicions even more.  When he investigates a package his uncle Rafe has hidden away, he quickly gets drawn into a conspiracy involving his family, mysterious drawings, and violent kidnappers, and finds himself on the run from the police.  Lord creates a tense environment, and although the action can occasionally get-over-the-top, the villains are suitably vile and entertaining, and Cal makes for an affable hero.  Readers should be warned that, true to the nature of the planned series (11 subsequent books will follow throughout 2010), the book ends very much on a cliffhanger.  Ages 10-up.

Booklist (Dec 1, 2009)

As gimmicks go, it’s a good one: each month of 2010, one title in the 12-book Conspiracy 365 series will be released.  The ticking clock (or calendar, in this case) is introduced immediately when a strange man accosts 15-year-old Callum Ormond on the street, shouting, “Get away! Hide and lay low until midnight December 31st of next year.”  It’s good advice, because the following day, January 1st, includes a boat wreck, shark attack, and helicopter rescue and that’s just for starters.  Soon Callum is fleeing unknown assailants who are framing him for the attack of his little sister and uncle Rafe (a shady character himself).  It all has to do with something called the Ormond Singularity and a group of sketches Callum’s father gave him before dying of a mysterious illness.  This is the kind of stuff that stretches credibility with every page, but continual time updates (“12:00 a.m.” 12:13 a.m.” etc.) at least create a sense of continual motion.  The conclusion offers no answers, just the requisite cliff-hanger.

Kirkus Reviews (Dec 1, 2009)

Callum Ormond is a wanted teen.  One New Year’s Eve, he is stopped by a strange man in a cloak who tells him to go into hiding for the next 365 days.  Callum believes that his father died of illness, but it turns out he was murdered.  Now the murderers are after Callum’s knowledge of something called the Ormond Singularity, but the only clues he has to its meaning are some drawings left to him by his father.  When Callum’s family is attached and left for dead, the only person who believes in his innocence is his best friend, Boges.  Kidnapped and beaten, Callum faces what might be his last minutes in a cliffhanger ending.  Several factors make this book a top choice for reluctant readers, including the nonstop action, the small trim, the short length and the amount of white space on the pages.  The character development is minimal, but that shouldn’t affect readers who are in it for the action scenes.  This is the first of a planned 12-book series, one book for each month of the year Callum must survive.  (Thriller, YA)

Boys will love this book.  Do you have a reluctant reader?  They will definitely read this one.

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Awards – Reviews

The Big Book of Happy Sadness by Colin Thompson

The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness”    by Colin Thompson

“…Both the text and illustrations are quirky in such a wonderful way. The text laments that dogs can’t smile, emphasizes the hopelessness of George and the dogs at the pound, and explains the ugliness of the dog in a vivid way:  “Why would you want him?  We’ve got 87 other dogs here. They’ve all got four legs and bright eyes and a coat that doesn’t look like it’s covered in lard.”

The illustrations have depth, character and their own style.  There are so many small touches that surprise but offer a new take on life.  The grandmother’s face has some wrinkles, but the best part is that her skin is done in a cracled glaze so she looks like her paint is about to chip off.  The wallpaper at their home is not dingy, the counter at the pound covered in a lifetime of paw prints, and small pieces of newspaper go everywhere during a papier-mache project.” ~~ Kidslit Tasha Saecher

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Hannah's Winter by Kierin Meehan

Hannah’s Winter by Kierin Meehan

Hannah’s Winter by Kierin Meehan

“Gr 5-8- When Hannah’s writer mother travels from Australia to Japan to do research for a new book, she takes her reluctant daughter with her.  While Liana travels throughout the country, the 12-year-old stays with her mother’s friends, the Maekawa. Opening an old toy box, the family finds a riddle that appears to be an appeal for help from “the ocean boy,” a lost soul seeking peace.  the girls and their friend Hiro set out to solve the riddle, traveling to markets, temples, shrines, and an ancient castle and meeting people from the past who aid or hinder their quest.  Following the realistic and likable characters in their journey gives insight into the beauty of Japanese culture and tradition, and the fast-paced action as the children figure out the clues will appeal to many readers.” ~~ School Library Journal

 

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Minji's Salon by Eun-hee-Choung

Minji’s Salon by Eun-hee-Choung

“Minji’s Salon by Eun-hee-Choung

Minji’s Salon named a 2009 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts by the National Council of Teacher’s of English!

The complete list of thirty books selected will be presented at the 2009 National Council of Teachers of English and the 2010 International Reading Association conventions as well as featured in the Fall 2009 Journal of Children’s Literature Assembly website, posted on notable list serves such as ccbc-net and child_lit on blogs and otherwise promoted by members of NCTE’s ~~Children’s Literature Assembly.

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No! That's Wrong by Zhaohua Ji and Cui Xu
No! That’s Wrong by Zhaohua Ji and Cui Xu

 “No!”  That’s Wrong!  by Zhaohua Ji and Cui Xu

This book is an absolute delight to read.  It is funny and entertaining, silly yet holding a good message- that you can believe in yourself and stick to it, and find your own personal happiness, no matter what others think or what the conventions are.  And in so doing, you might even set a trend!  If you’re looking for a picture book to bring good feeling and laughter, or to encourage readers to be themselves,  this is it.  Get a copy for anyone who’s been down in the dumps and needs cheering up.  Highly recommended! ~~CherylRainfield, com

 

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Sophie's Big Bed by tina Burke
Sophie’s Big Bed by tina Burke

Sophie’s Big Bed by Tina Burke

“What makes this book so sweet to read to your toddler is Sophie, a strong little character who does not throw a fit about her choice.  She just does it.  The smile on her face is always one of pure happiness and her fearful looks are the same queasy ones adults never let out.

By using a bright pastel color pallet, writer/ illustrator Tina Burke is allowing Sophie to express herself in a safe environment.  The pictures are instantly identifiable, instantly connective.  Kids will see themselves in Sophie and her animals, even if their rooms do not look like hers.

Moreover, young children will identify with her situation of changing in a new gad.  Few children really want to do it.  But with Sophie as an example that perhaps, perhaps, transition can be easier.” ~~Family Time Magazine.

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Super Duck by Jez Alborough
Super Duck by Jez Alborough

Super Duck”  by Jez Alborough

“K-Gr 2 – After reading Super Duck, Duck dons a cape and mask and tries a variety of ways to get Goat’s kite up in the air.  His friends patiently let him try his own ideas, like using a truck to fly the kite, before coming up with their own conventional solutions.  Finally the superhero comes through with an unexpected maneuver.  Alborough’s short, amusing rhyming couplets keep the text moving along fluidly, making the book a good choice for storytimes.  Each spread has several panels of illustrations, which will remind readers of other, more successful superheroes.  The characters’ movements and energy sometimes cause them to break out of the boundaries of their panels, creating a dynamic feel.  All in all, this funny book is about friendship- the protagonist is allowed his individuality, but is supported when things don’t work out.  A gem.” ~~School Library Journal

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The Wickit Chronicles, Book 1, Ely Plot by Joan Lennon
The Wickit Chronicles, Book 1, Ely Plot by Joan Lennon

The Wickit Chronicles, Book 1, Ely Plot  by Joan Lennon

      “Ely Plot” is the first book in The Wickit Chronicles.   Book Two in the series is listed as Fen gold.  Pip is an orphan who has lived at Wickit Monastery since he was a baby.  As the book begins, he meets a gargoyle named Perfect on the roof of the monastery and snuggles him down from the roof and into his room.  In London, at the same time, King Arnald, 14, has ascended to the throne upon the death of his father.  But some nobles want to put his cousin Frederick on the throne and are scheming to kill Arnald.  When Perfect and Pig learn of the plot, they try to save the king and bring him to safety.

The front of the book shows a list and line drawings of the people at Wickit Monastery, in London, and in Ely (where the plot to kill the king is set into motion).  In the back of the book are 16 pages called The World of Wickit, which pose questions and then answer them.  Some of the questions are.  Why is Ely called Ely?  and What’s a posset?

…Children who like the Spiderwick Chronicles would enjoy this, too.  Recommended for Grades 3-5.” ~~Catholic Library World

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Parents – Raising a Reader

Raising a Reader

When is that magic moment when all of a sudden your child is ready to enjoy books?  Well, of course, there is no magic moment, children should be introduced to books at the earliest possible moment.  We want our infants to experience the pleasure and comfort of snuggling with a parent and a book.  Surrounded by the warmth of their voice, exploring, seeing, touching, learning in the safety of their arms.

Tips to Get Your Child Off to a Good Reading Start…

1. Read to Your Baby – It’s never too early to introduce your child to books.  “Read” board books  SHOP by age levels (including these  titles and much more:

Baby’s Very First Little Book of Bunnies

Baby’s Very First Black and White Book

Baby’s Very First Bus Book

Baby’s Very First Little Book of Kittens

Baby’s Very First Little Library

Baby’s Very First Little Touchy-Feely Play Book

Baby’s Very First Noisy Nursery Rhymes

Baby’s Very First Little Book of Little Puppies

Baby’s Very First Mealtime Book

Baby’s Very First Outdoors Book

Baby’s Very First Touchy- Feely

Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely Animals Book

Baby’s Very First Toys Book

and more to your infant, put stroller books  (examples: Baby’s Very First Stroller Jungle Book  babys_very_first_stroller_book_animals_300        babys_very_first_stroller_book_jungle_300

Baby’s Very First Stroller Book Animals 

on the stroller.  Your kids will grow up with the idea that books are an integral part of their lives.

2.     Make Time For Books – Set aside a specific time to read to your child everyday.  Naptime and bedtime are obvious opportunities, but some busy families find that a story over breakfast or while lounging in the tub works best for them.

3.     Keep Books Available – Make it easy to read.  Keep a sack of books in the car to divert kids while you’re running errands and on the nightstand to amuse early risers.  Pack a variety of books when traveling.

4.     Be a Reading Role Model – Show your kids that you value reading.  Let them see that you are reading for pleasure, and tell them how much you enjoy reading with them.  Take them along on trips to the library and bookstore.

5.    Make Your Own Books – Preschoolers can dictate their own stories and then add illustrations.  Other ideas?  Make a holiday book that shows your family traditions, a birthday book recording party memories, or a travel diary about the family vacation.

6.    Read Anything and Everything – On the road, encourage your child to read the Stop, Yield, and Walk signs.  In the grocery store, ask the kids to find the juice or cereal they want.  Learning to differentiate among packages and to recognize common road signs is a great beginning step in learning to read.

7.     Play with Letters – Magnetic letters allow children to spell their name on the refrigerator.  Letter blocks combine stacking and spelling for double the fun.

8.     Read it Again and Again – Parents may get tired of reading the same favorite book over and over, but repetition is an important developmental step in learning to read.  As they repeat the familiar refrains with you, children begin to associate the words they say with the words on the page.  Soon they will be recognizing and reading the words on their own.

*The above information is excerpts from a Guide For Grown-Ups by Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Magazine.

Creating a Child’s Very Own Reading Oasis

A Parent’s Guide to Selecting Books for an At-Home Library

One of the most important things you can do for your child is build a love of reading.  By surrounding your child with books, you are planting a love of reading in them and teaching them to return to books for pleasure and knowledge.  We want our kids to grow up with the idea that books are an integral part of their lives.  With millions of books at a parent’s fingertips, how’s a parent to choose the right “investments” for their child’s library?  Below is a list of questions and suggestions to help you choose just the right books for your child.

Choosing Books

*     Look for books based on your child’s interest.  What are your child’s favorite things or activities?  What does he/she talk about?

*     Choose books that relate to what’s happening in your family.  Are you going to the beach this summer?  Visiting the mountains?  Visiting grandma?

*     Use books to learn about and “celebrate” special events.  Is it the first day of school?  Are you having a new baby?  Or celebrating a special holiday- Birthday, Easter, Passover, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s Day or Fourth of July?

*     Is the book appropriate to your child’s physical development?  Can he/she easily handle it, touch it, and mouth it?  Are the pictures bright and attractive?  Can he/she relate the “stories” to his/her own life?”

*     Look for books that initiate independent reading.  Wordless picture books, where the child can “read” the pictures and follow the story.  Also, simple stories, with engaging characters that they can memorize and then later “read” on their own.

*If your child is reading:  Can they easily read the book by themselves?  Is the book one that a sibling can read to a younger child?  Look for series of books.  Children  love to read about favorite characters in new and exciting situations.

Every child’s development time line is unique.  As children grow, so do their attention spans and their bedtime reading ritual and reading habits need to grow with them.  While you can’t push a child to learn to read, you can help your children love what comes out of books and provide lots of opportunities for them to explore them.

*Taken from an article by the National Center for Family Literacy

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“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island…and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.” ~~Walt Disney

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My Father's Shop

My Father’s Shop

My Father’s Shop

“My Father’s Shop is a lighthearted and richly illustrated story which celebrates friendship – old and new – and the delightful possibilities that come from sharing culture and language.  The spirited Mustafa is a lovable character who shows readers that having fun can be productive and educational.” ~~ Abigail Sawyer, Paper Tigers, May 2009.

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My Japan by Etsuko Watanabe

My Japan by Etsuko Watanabe

My Japan by Etsuko Watanabe

“Watanabe does an excellent job of showing how similar we are and yet allowing readers to really see the difference in the societies we live in.  The illustrations are done in a very welcoming style that invites readers to look closely at the details.  This is a very nice introduction to Japan and its modern culture through the eyes of a child.

Recommended for children studying Japan or Japanese as well as children who are interested in other cultures.  With its friendly, inviting style, this book is a welcome addition to any library.”

Kids Lit, May, 2009

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Norman and Brenda by Colin Thompson

Norman and Brenda by Colin Thompson

Norman and Brenda by Colin Thompson and Amy Lissiat

“The Plot: Norman and Brenda live their own lives, waiting for life to begin, waiting for that someone.  Will their paths ever cross?

The Good:  I wanted to read this after reading Betsy’s review:  “Norman and Brenda ain’t sexy, but they’re hopeful.”

Norman and Brenda’s stories are told at the same time; Norman on the top of the page, Brenda on the bottom.  Both alone; both waiting; both yearning.  Norman felt as if life had started without him.  “Everyone else was having theirs, but his hadn’t arrived yet.”  Meanwhile, “Brenda felt as if life was always going on in the next room.  If she went into the next room, it moved out into the garden.”

Their paths always almost cross.  Will these two ever find each other?

Like Betsy said, this is a book to give as a gift to grown-ups; especially grown-ups who need a little hope in their life; a reminder that happiness comes, just at different times for different people.” ~~A Chair, A Fireplace and a Tea Cozy, June 2009                   

                     

 
Not All Animals Are Blue by Beatrice Boutignon

Not All Animals Are Blue by Beatrice Boutignon

Not All Animals Are Blue

by Beatrice Boutignon

“French author/illustrator Beatrice Boutignon has created a wonderful picture book for the preschooler.  This is a book that requires the child to make connections between the sentences on the left hand page witht the pictures on the right.  Each right hand page pictures five animals doing different things or attired differently.  The five statements on the left are one to one matches the child must make.  Clues inclued enlarged, colored words in the sentences plus easily identifiable clothing or body posture on the animals.

For instance, opposite the picture page of “Five Raccoons Making Mischief” are such questions as “Who has the best balance?”  The word balance is larger and is blue; the statement matches a raccoon doing a hand stand and wearing a blue shirt.  He’s just relaxing…” matches the raccoon propped up on his elbows with one knee up and wearing red shorts.

This very clean, crisp looking book will be delight for interactive reading with youngsters.  I took it home for a grandchild’s visit where it was a favorite.  Let’s hope for more from this new contributor to children’s books.” ~~Education Resource Center, University of Delaware, June 1, 2009

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Sosu's Call by Meshack Asare
Sosu’s Call by Meshack Asare

Sosu’s Call by Meshack Asare

“…The illustrious Ghanaian Meshack Asare, who has been winning international awards for his picture books since before many of today’s parents were born, combines his talents and education in art, educational psychology, and social anthropology to give readers a well-conceived story that will touch the hearts of people from many backgrounds.  This beautifully illustrated book featuring a protagonist who refuses to be defined by his disability reminds us of the value in every person and all that can be lost if we fail to recognize it.” ~~ Abigail Sawyer, Paper Tigers, May 2009

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