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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

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope Santa Brings Me

19 Dec

I’m usually very specific about what I add to my personal library – limited space and a love of reading don’t usually go hand-in-hand. I often will only add titles to my own collection that have already been read as a library book and vetted to my personal taste. But, I took a risk and created a list that I would love to get (even though I haven’t read them yet)!

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  1. Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers, illustrated by Shawn Harris
  2. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

  3. Flying Lessons and Other Stories by Ellen Oh
  4. Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter

  5. The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

  6. Geekerella by Ashley Poston

  7. The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
  8. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  9. Renegades by Marissa Meyer
  10. I’d Rather Be Reading: A Library of Art for Book Lovers by Guinevere de la Mare, Maura Kelly, and Gretchen Rubin

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

NPR’s Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2017’s Great Reads

8 Dec

npr booksI’ve posted about NPR’s Book Concierge over the past few years and am always interested in seeing what kind of titles NPR chooses to highlight. Just a few things to point out this year (and I’m focusing on the kid/teen titles) – I think NPR focused on providing a diverse list of titles from different perspectives this year with a lot of great titles that I’m seeing on many other lists as well as few titles I’ll have to get my hands on (I haven’t heard about them yet!).

Take the organizing tool with a grain of salt because I first assumed that NPR hadn’t chosen and graphic novels for kids (because you couldn’t pick that format in the concierge tool), but I did find a title on the list, if you just pick Kids’ Books. Other issues I’ve found include titles being only available in a few genres, rather than crossing over to all genres that fit that title.

Regardless, I love checking out the titles that different organizations choose to promote that have been published over the past year – allowing me to catch up with titles that I haven’t gotten to yet or opening my eyes to new titles that I haven’t heard about in blogs, on Twitter or in reviews.

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