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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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Setting Back to Zero: NYC Removes All Fines From Youth Cards

20 Oct

This is a really cool story! As of yesterday, Thursday, October 19th the New York City Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Library have reset all youth library cards to $0.00. So, if any child had a fine or fee for overdue or lost material – they’re library account is cleared and they are now able to check out materials again.

This is huge because 20% of youth cards for these three library systems currently have blocks on them – fines or fees too high to be allowed to check out materials. Plus, almost half of those children live in high-need neighborhoods where it is more likely that it would be more difficult to pay those fines. This is so awesome because so many kids can’t use the libraries with these blocks, but the library can offer so much for them.

What’s even better is that the JPB Foundation, a philanthropy focused on working in low-income neighborhoods, has pledged to help with the revenue loss of clearing these cards which is $2.25 million. Without this assistance, the library would have a much more difficult time removing these fees as that much revenue is hard to replace. Check out this story from the library systems!

Sophia’s War

21 Jan

Sophias-WarThe year is 1776 and as Sophia Calderwood and her mother return to their homes in New York City, they witness the hanging of Nathan Hale and Sophia vows to do all she can for the American cause.  Little does she know, that she will become a maid and spy in the British General Clinton’s headquarters and learns of a traitorous plot to overturn the American army to the British.  On her own, as her contact has gone underground, Sophia must make a choice – protect herself from certain death of hanging if she gets caught or protect her country’s troops from failure and the end of their fight for freedom?

I really enjoy reading historical fiction, stories like this where strong female characters must step out of their stereotypical role of the time period and make a choice to make a difference.  Avi has created a strong, yet realistic character in Sophia Calderwood.  A girl who is not afraid to speak her mind and stand up for her beliefs, while at times still succumbing to thoughts typical of a young lady, like how attractive a certain, British officer is.  What’s even more interesting is the true story that Avi uses as a jumping off point for his own.  Everyone learns in school that Benedict Arnold betrayed America, but the story is fascinating and Avi uses just the right language to portray the suspense, drama, and intrigue of this time period in American history.

For more about Avi and other books he has written, check out his website.

Title: Sophia’s War
Author: Avi
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Publication Date: 2012
Page Number: 320 pgs.

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