Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Buddy and the Bunnies in Don't Play With Your Food

Bob Shea has created some of my of all-time-in-recent-years-favorite picture books - which I know makes little sense, but I have so many favorite picture books, his along with many from Mo Willems and Emily Gravett and Rob Scotton... and well, ok, many others, are recent favorites.   In any case, Bob Shea has create many must-read-share-enjoy books for the younger crowd such as Dinosaur vs. Bedtime , I'm a Shark , Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great , and the newest title, Buddy and the Bunnies in: Don't Play with Your Food! .

Buddy is a big, orange stripped monster who really wants to eat these cute little bunnies, yet they keep distracting him with things like baking and eating cupcakes, going swimming, and visiting a carnival.  These are fun things - playful things - and as everyone knows, you don't play with your food!   Buddy can't eat the bunnies - no matter how cute they are - because they are friends.

A cute story (I can really see someone getting into the different voices and making this an awesome read-aloud), with Shea's characteristic bold, lively, comical illustrations.   Note - you are not seeing things; the bunnies do multiply!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What Does the Fox Say?

Yes, the song is in book form.   First published in Norwegian, the lyrics of Ylvis’s YouTube world wide hit “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say? )” meet Svein Nyhus’s playful illustrations in this crazy book which should not be read at bedtime... unless you want your child up most of the night singing "What does the fox say?"

Monday, February 17, 2014

Free Sites To Help Your Child Learn

I wanted to find some education sites that my young son could go to on the internet and learn something - reading, math, science - anything!   Yes, I am all for play and there are fun games he already miraculously learned to find, but I wanted something like ABC Mouse, which seems to be advertised all the time on the TV. 

In any case, I did a bit of searching and found this website called "Similar Site Search".   You type in the URL and it gives you a list of sites that are similar.   There are ads all over the site, but the search results were good.  Here are some suggestions I found:

Starfall's Learn to Read with phonics
A free website to teach children to read with phonics. For preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. Exciting phonics games and online interactive books.

Practice reading skills this summer with PBS KIDS reading games, Super Why video and more.
Sesame Street has free online educational games for toddlers and children! Learn about letters, numbers, shapes, music and art with all your favorite muppets, including Elmo, Abby, Grover, Big Bird and Bert & Ernie!
Cookie offers a wide variety of online educational games and activities for kids, which stimulate their senses and add to their knowledge, and at the same time, make learning a fun activity. Some of the cookie games categories include Math Games, ...
FunBrain is the #1 site for online educational games for kids of all ages. (math, grammar, science, spelling, history)
Different types of kids educational preschool learning activities for kids through free printable kids coloring pages, kids online educational learning, activities for kids printable, free printable preschool worksheets for kids, and printable for...
The Stacks for Kids, the new destination about books, reading, authors, games. Kids connect to books through online friends in their community profiles.
Play educational kids games, computer games, printable worksheets and learning games online at Learn and play Free Games for Kids Online!
Kids Web site with lots of activities, kids crafts, birthday party ideas, playwords and kids online games, and coloring and stories for even babies and preschoolers.
Reading Eggs teaches children aged 3-13 how to read with fun and motivational online reading lessons and phonics games. A free 14 day trial!

Monday, January 27, 2014

ALA Youth Book Awards

It is award season!  The ALA Youth Media Awards were announced today.  If you're looking for a great book, check out one of these:

Geisel Award (Beginning Readers):  The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
Printz (Young Adult):  Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Caldecott (picture book):  Locomotive by Brian Floca
Newbery (chapter book):  Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Monday, December 30, 2013

Recycle Those Christmas Cards

Christmas is behind us (WOW - didn't that go by fast?!) and we are in the midst of cleaning up.  If you have kids, they probably still have a week off of school due to the New Year holiday.  So, what can you do to keep them busy?   If it is too cold to play outside, or if you all are running low on ideas, try getting crafty recycling old Christmas cards!  (or any greeting cards, really...)   Here are some ideas for a few crafts that you can use to decorate next year!
Christmas Card Tree - this fabulous tree is made from greeting cards.  So adorable and easy to make with only a few supplies.

Gift Tags - Such a cute idea - use the picture from the card to make a cute gift tag for Christmas or anytime.  Unique, colorful and easy to create!

Thank you or Greeting Cards - Sit down with your kids and create thank you cards for all those Christmas pressies using the cards you received!  A fun craft and an important lesson for your kids.

Cookie Cutter Ornaments - the ornaments are adorable!  Use old photos or Christmas cards!  Perhaps use a photo received in a Christmas card!

Folded Gift Boxes - Such a great idea year round.  Turn those greeting cards into gift boxes you can reuse!

Wreath Decoration - Circles in varying sizes glued together on a circle frame make an adorable wreath for Christmas and through the winter months (see picture).

A 2-ring Book - This is a fantasitc idea, especially for all of those photo cards.   Punch a couple of holds along the crease, add cards to clip rings and TA DAA!  You have an organized way to keep all of your cards together!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Children's Non-Fiction Perfect for Gift-Giving

If you're looking for a last minute present, don't discount the power of a non-fiction book!  The popularity of "real" information is high, even with the very young.  They love learning about the world around them.  Here are a few new titles that might be interesting to your child:

There's a T-Rex in Town! (What if a Dinosaur...) by Aleksei Bitskoff
Introduces the size, diet, and physical characteristics of the Tyrannosaurus rex by placing the dinosaur in whimsical modern-day scenarios.

How to Make a Universe with 92 Ingredients: An Electrifying Guide to the Elements by Adrian Dingle
What do cars, stars, skyscrapers, and ice cream all have in common? They're all made from the same 92 ingredients... and so are we. And so is everything in the entire universe! How to Make a Universe with 92 Ingredients presents a unique and imaginative way for young readers to connect chemistry and science with their daily lives.

TIME for Kids BIG Book of Why: 1,001 Facts Kids Want to Know by Mark Shulman and James Buckley Jr.
Provides trivia questions and answers on a wide variety of topics, including emotions, sea life, disasters, and the globe.

Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella by Jan Brett
Cinders, the most picked upon hen in the flock, becomes the most loved by Prince Cockerel when she arrives at his ball looking so beautiful that even her bossy sisters do not recognize her.

Finding Bigfoot: Everything You Need to Know (Animal Planet) by Martha Brockenbrough
Presents information about Bigfoot, covering details about sightings and evidence for the existence of the controversial animal, as well as viewpoints of skeptics and scientists on the subject.

Ouch!: The Weird & Wild Ways Your Body Deals With Agonizing Aches, Ferocious Fevers, Lousy Lumps, Crummy Colds, Bothersome Bites, Breaks, Bruises, & Burns & Makes Them Feel Better! by Joe Rhatigan
Explores the causes of pain in the human body, and reveals how to ease various types of pain, including bee stings, pulled muscles, sore throats, and headaches.

Angry Birds Playground: Animals: An Around-the-World Habitat Adventure by Jill Esbaum
Readers are invited to join the Angry Birds on an around-the-world habitat adventure in search of their stolen eggs. Includes learning exercises and activities.

The Folk Tale Classics Treasury with downloadable audio : six cherished stories in one keepsake volume by Paul Galdone

Presents an illustrated collection of six classic folk tales, including "The Little Red Hen," "The Three Little Pigs," and "The Gingerbread Boy."
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