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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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2017 Nerdies Awards

4 Jan

cropped-nerdy-bannerIf you’re looking for some wonderful suggestions for what to read next, check out the results of the 2017 Nerdies Book Awards, hosted by The Nerdy Book Club. What I love about booklists such as these, is that I rediscover the titles I loved during the past year and get a chance to pick up a few more titles that I know will be amazing reads. Plus, I get to stretch my literary wings and try out some of those genres I don’t normally get to during the year – this year it was nonfiction and poetry/novels in verse.

I’m planning on using the fiction picture book list as jumping off point for my #blogbookaday posts each day, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing some familiar titles!

 

Winter Solstice: 16 Pictures Books About Snow

21 Dec

 

Happy Winter Solstice today (if you live in the Northern Hemisphere). I’m one of those people who love the idea of snow, but if it makes it difficult for me to do anything, than I get cranky. I think it’s beautiful to look at and it’s so quiet when it’s snowing – but the reality of shoveling, clearing off the car and driving in it, makes it much less fun! Regardless, because it’s winter, I’m sharing some picture books all about snow! Enjoy!

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  1. Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen
  2. The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming
  3. Red Sled by Lita Judge
  4. No Two Alike by Keith Baker
  5. The Thing About Yetis by Vin Vogel

  6. Mouse’s First Snow by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Buket Erdogan
  7. The Mitten by Jan Brett
  8. Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

  9. Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
  10. Big Snow by Jonathan Bean
  11. Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer
  12. Snow by Manya Stojic
  13. The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson
  14. Blizzard by John Rocco
  15. Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Richard Jones
  16. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr

2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

8 Dec

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With over 3,000,000 votes cast, Goodreads has announced this year’s winner of the Choice Awards in the following categories:

  • Fiction
  • Mystery & Thriller
  • Historical Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Horror
  • Humor
  • Nonfiction
  • Memoir & Autobiography
  • History & Biography
  • Science & Technology
  • Food & Cookbooks
  • Graphic Novels & Comics
  • Poetry
  • Debut Goodreads Author
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Young Adult Fantasy
  • Middle Grade & Children’s
  • Picture Books

I would like to see a few more genres for the young adult and children’s categories – especially because Rick Riordan won both first and second place in the Middle Grade & Children’s category. But, it’s interesting to see what was voted on and how many votes each title received, plus I found a few more titles to add to my TBR list!

2017 Nerdies Nominations – open now!

7 Dec

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The 2017 Nerdies Nomination form is officially open! Make sure to nominate your favorite titles of the year in the following categories:

  • Picture Books: Fiction
  • Picture Books: Nonfiction
  • Early Readers/ Chapter Books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Poetry and Novels in Verse
  • MG/YA Nonfiction
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Young Adult Fiction

Per the Nerdy Book Club website: The 2017 Nerdies Nomination Ballot is open until December 17th at midnight Eastern Time. Nominate up to 5 books in each of the categories. You do not need to nominate books in every category or nominate a full slate of 5 nominees. All nominees must have been published in 2017 and written for children or young adults. In order to prevent ballot box stuffing for beloved titles, we have restricted the surveys to one response per computer. After tallying the ballots, we will announce the 2017 Nerdies list in daily category posts beginning December 26th.

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