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Spy on History: Victor Dowd and the World War II Ghost Army

24 Jan

1.jpgSynopsis: Did you know the Allied army used blow-up tanks, guns and special sound effects to trick the German army into thinking they were in one place, when they were actually somewhere else? Well it happened and if you want to learn more, check out this title.

The Ghost Army landed on the beach in Normandy after D-Day and then proceeded to cross France helping to push the Germans back and eventually helping to cross the Rhine River into Germany where they found a confused and disorganized German army (because the majority of the army was 10 miles south keeping an eye on the Ghost Army which they thought was where the Allied forces would cross the Rhine. These are the types of nonfiction titles I enjoy, books that share little known stories of real people in history just doing their job, but also doing amazing things at the same time!

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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.

 

Picture Book Month: Monkeys

4 Nov

4.jpgI grabbed the book Tall by Jez Alborough and then I opened it up and realized that the character was in fact a chimpanzee, not a monkey. But, then I remembered Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt and Matthew Forsythe and all was right with the world. This story is very interactive with a narrator, who at times, is very bossy, but as the reader continues turning pages, the narrator directs the reader to create a plan to trap all the monkeys (and toucans and the alligator) back inside the story. But, are you brave enough to set the trap? Read this giggle-inducing story to find out!
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Go Camping with Picture Books

4 Aug

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My parents were (and still are) pretty cool – they’d pack all four of us up (with the dog), maybe some cousins and we’d go camping all around western PA in the summer. We had a small pop-up camper and I absolutely loved every minute of it! So I’ve created a short list of picture books about enjoying the outdoors and going camping!

  1. Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Kate Kiesler
  2. Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
  3. Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Mélanie Watt
  4. Maisy Goes Camping by Lucy Cousins
  5. S is for S’Mores: A Camping Alphabet by Helen Foster James
  6. Duck Tents by Lynne Berry, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata
  7. Yes, Let’s by Galen Goodwin Longstreth, illustrated by Maris Wicks
  8. Camp Rex by Molly Idle
  9. A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
  10. The Camping Trip That Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and the National Parks by Bob Rosenstock, illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
  11. Bailey Goes Camping by Kevin Henkes
  12. The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventures and Connect Kids to Nature by Helen Olsson

(Unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday: Picture Book Sequels

1 Aug

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I love to share my book knowledge with families at the library – especially when I get to tell them their favorite stories are part of a series! Check out these great sequels (and trilogies!)

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk, illustrated by Brendan Kearney
The Case of the Stinky Stench by Josh Funk, illustrated by Brendan Kearney

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

Max the Brave by Ed Vere
Max at Night
by Ed Vere
Max and Bird
by Ed Vere

I Want My Hat Back  by Jon Klassen
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

Press Here by Hervé Tullet
Mix It Up! by Hervé Tullet
Let’s Play by Hervé Tullet

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