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Play With Stickers & Learn Cool Facts with Sticky Facts (What Will You Find?)

11 Jan

sticky factsIf you’re looking for something really interactive and interesting to give to your favorite 6-10 year old, look no further that Workman Publishing’s new series – Sticky Facts: What Will You Find? With three titles already available and more on the way, these are great nonfiction titles that really get kids involved in their reading!

Workman Publishing sent me the first three titles to review and I must say, I was having an awesome time learning really cool facts and could totally see some of the kids I know really gravitating towards these activity books.

The basic concept is pretty easy:

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Read a question, then peel the sticker to reveal the answer.

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Sticker and draw on the activity pages to make them your own!

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Once all the stickers have been peeled, remove the backing to uncover even more fun facts!

What I really liked about these books was that it was both a way for kids to learn new facts about the world around, but it also reinforced the ideas they already had by allowing kids to draw and add stickers to pages that had basic prompts to interact with. Placing stickers onto the same sticker-shaped-space on a page is great for really little kids, but these titles allow kids to interact more with the variety of stickers, the facts that go allow with them and by allowing them to create their own narrative for each prompt.

I loved the activity book about animals – no matter how many animal facts I learn, I always like learning more! The construction book would be great for a rough and tumble kid who might not be the biggest fan of reading – with lots of great tools and trades and bright construction-orange pages you can’t go wrong. As for the book about New York City – the perfect way to introduce a city before visiting – with landmarks, museums, food and more, this would make a perfect sightseeing guide for kids!

These are awesome titles published by Workman Publishing and would make great gifts for kids from age 6-10, but I really think the 6-8 year old crowd would be absolutely perfect! If you’re looking to buy these titles check out Indiebound which will connect you with local independent bookstores in your area. Otherwise, you can find it at other major book retailers.

 

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20 Titles for National Foster Care Month

5 May

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I’m always looking for ways to create book lists that I think are needed by people around the world, so when I saw that May is National Foster Care Month, I knew it would be a great time to gather some titles that show kids in foster care. I tried to provide some picture books, early chapter books, middle grade novels and teen novels – mainly focused on a story where foster care is part of a character’s life rather than focusing on too many “issue” type books where the book was written specifically to address the issue. I did include a few, that I found multiple times on other reading lists and didn’t think I should ignore. Now a quick caveat, there are as many different types of foster care situations as there are people, so even though I tried to provide a diverse list, the number of books about foster care are slim. I also tried very hard to focus on foster care, rather than adoption because (although some stories end with adoption) not all stories end that way and I wanted to be able to offer some kids mirrors for what their own lives look like right now. So, if I missed something that you think should be on the list, please share it, so that others will get your recommendations as well!

  1. Murphy’s Three Homes: A Story for Children in Foster Care by Jan Levinson Gilman, illustrated by Kathy O’Malley
  2. Stellaluna by Jannell Cannon
  3. Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care by Jennifer Wilgocki and Marcia Kahn Wright, illustrated by Alissa Imre Geis
  4. A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
  5. The Family Book by Todd Parr
  6. Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley
  7. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  8. Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can’t Live with Their Parents by Janice Levy, illustrated by Whitney Martin
  9. Summer of the Gypsy Months by Sara Pennypacker
  10. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  11. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  12. Pictures of Hollis Woods Patricia Reilly Giff
  13. Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
  14. Pax by Sara Pennypacker
  15. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
  16. One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  17. Waiting to Forget by Sheila Kelly Welch
  18. Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
  19. Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
  20. Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth edited by Diane René Christian and Mei-Mei Akwai Ellerman

30 Chapter Books Featuring Black Protagonists

11 Mar

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I started this just as a middle grade list, but didn’t want to ignore the littles who are just starting out in the chapter books world, so I featured books for kids from about 1st/2nd grade to 8th grade.  Of course, you don’t have to be in elementary or middle school to enjoy these books! I also included some books featuring biracial characters and characters from the Caribbean – specifically trying to promote as many different types of books as possible.  If I’ve offended anyone, this is not my intent! Some of these books deal with being different, because of the character’s skin color, while others are realistic fiction about everyday life and still others are historical fiction or fantasy.  Also, if you have other books that I missed (because 30 just isn’t enough) please let me know!

  1. EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken by Sally Warner
  2. Lulu and the Duck In the Park by Hilary McKay
  3. Nikki and Deja by Karen English
  4. Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel by Nikki Grimes
  5. Keena Ford and the Second Grade Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson
  6. The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron
  7. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods
  8. Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  9. Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
  10. The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island by Dana Alison Levy
  11. The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
  12. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav Pilkey
  13. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
  14. Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  15. Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  16. As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
  17. Kickoff! by Tiki and Ronde Barber
  18. Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith
  19. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  20. Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg
  21. Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  22. This Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  23. The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  24. The Great Cake Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith
  25. The Buried Boxes Mystery by Sharon M. Draper
  26. Brand New School, Brave New Ruby by Derrick Barnes
  27. Miami Jackson Gets It Straight by Patricia C. McKissack
  28. Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon G. Flake
  29. Hold Fast by Blue Balliett
  30. Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke

Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards

7 Mar

AWARD-SEAL-2017-combinedThe 2017 Children’ & Teen Choice Book Awards are ready to be voted on from March 3 – May 7. This is the only national book award that is voted on only by kids and teens.  A number of schools and states have their own awards, but this is the only national award.  To vote, head over to the Every Child A Reader website, where kids can vote or teachers and librarians and place a group ballot for classes and schools. The website also has printable ballots, I voted stickers and more!

The Awards are broken down into four categories with seven finalists in each category. The finalist are:

K – 2nd Grade BOOK OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

  • DON’T WAKE UP THE TIGER, by Britta Teckentrup (Candlewick/Nosy Crow)
  • FRANKENCRAYON, by Michael Hall (HarperCollins/Greenwillow)
  • KING BABY, by Kate Beaton (Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books)
  • MADELINE FINN AND THE LIBRARY DOG, by Lisa Papp (Peachtree Publishers)
  • NANOBOTS, by Chris Gall (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • PEEP AND EGG: I’M NOT HATCHING, by Laura Gehl; illus. by Joyce Wan (Macmillan/Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers)
  • THE THANK YOU BOOK, by Mo Willems (Disney-Hyperion)

3rd – 4th Grade BOOK OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

  • THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER, by Carl Sommer; illus. by Ignacio Noe (Advance Publishing)
  • DUCK ON A TRACTOR, by David Shannon (Scholastic/Blue Sky)
  • THE HOLE STORY OF THE DOUGHNUT, by Pat Miller; illus. by Vincent Kirsch (HMH Books for Young Readers)
  • NOODLEHEAD NIGHTMARES, by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton, and Mitch Weiss; illus. by Tedd Arnold (Holiday House)
  • ONCE UPON AN ELEPHANT by Linda Stanek; illus. by Shennen Bersani (Arbordale Publishing)
  • WHOOSH!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream Of Inventions, by Chris Barton; illus. by Don Tate (Charlesbridge)
  • WOLF CAMP, by Andrea Zuill (Random House/ Schwartz & Wade)

5th – 6th Grade BOOK OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

  • BOOKED, by Kwame Alexander (HMH Books for Young Readers)
  • FUZZY, by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger (ABRAMS/Amulet)
  • GARVEY’S CHOICE, by Nikki Grimes (Boyds Mills Press/WordSong)
  • HILO BOOK 2: Saving the Whole Wide World, by Judd Winick (Random House/Random House Books for Young Readers)
  • MAKER LAB, by Jack Challoner (DK)
  • THE MISADVENTURES OF MAX CRUMBLY 1: Locker Hero, by Rachel Renée Russell (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin)
  • WET CEMENT, by Bob Raczka (Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press)

TEEN BOOK OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

  • A COURT OF MIST AND FURY, by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • CROOKED KINGDOM, by Leigh Bardugo (Macmillan/Henry Holt Books)
  • THE CROWN, by Kiera Cass (HarperCollins)
  • HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script, by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany (Scholastic)
  • THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, by Nicola Yoon (Random House)
  • THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, by Marieke Nijkamp (Sourcebooks Fire)
  • A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT, by Sabaa Tahir (Penguin Young Readers)

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (Graphic Novel style)

10 Jan

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So I took this topic and focused solely on the graphic novels I want to read.  I’ve got a HUGE list of titles from the Nerdies Awards that I’d like to get to so I wanted to narrow my list a little and focus just on graphic novels.  As you can see there are titles for early elementary school age, middle grade and young adults – all on my TBR list!

  1. The Great Pet Escape by Victoria Jamieson
  2. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
  3. Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton
  4. Compass South by Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock
  5. Lowriders to the Center of the Earth by Cathy Camper and Raul the Third
  6. Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
  7. Snow White by Matt Phelan
  8. Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
  9. HiLo 2: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick
  10. The Imitation Game: Alan Turig Decoded by Jim Ottaviani

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created byThe Broke and the Bookish

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