Monday, June 27, 2016

On Bird Hill Blog Tour

Welcome to Day #6 of the On Bird Hill Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of On Bird Hill by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Bob Marstall (5/10/16), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Jane, Bob, and Brian Sockin (CEO and Publisher of Cornell Lab Publishing Group), plus 10 chances to win a copy of On Bird Hill and a window bird feeder!
The Future of On Bird Hill by Brian Scott Sockin
On Bird Hill, by bestselling children’s author Jane Yolen, illustrated by award-winning artist Bob Marstall, was the very first book signed to the new Cornell Lab Publishing Group. The imprint was founded during the Cornell Lab’s centennial celebration in 2015, with the goal of sharing its knowledge and passion for birds in order to inspire people everywhere to appreciate and care for birds, and their environments. More than 50 million people in the U.S. observe and care for birds each year. And it’s no wonder: birds are a portal to the natural world and conservation, readily accessible everywhere, beautiful and wondrous. When we first read On Bird Hill, it inspired us in two ways. First, On Bird Hill is a story of what’s possible to discover in everyday life, if we stop and take notice of our natural surroundings. And second, the story is about the miraculous spark of new life and that new life’s own experience of discovery, conveying a subtle but deeply emotional link with the very essence of nature, even in the simplest of things we take for granted. It is for this reason that On Bird Hill is fantastical in its beautifully-constructed and stunning illustrations by Bob Marstall, called “Seussian” by several reviewers (oh yes, we took that as a big compliment!). Bob’s flowing scenes lead us through the story so effortlessly, like the simple saunter on Bird Hill itself. What’s next? Lots. On Bird Hill is the first in a planned series that takes us from this imaginary world to real ones, but using the same tone and manner of the first. On Duck Pond, which releases next Spring, will take readers to a serene and misty pond, calmly filled with creatures large and small in that habitat. Suddenly, humans happen on their path to the pond and it comes alive in a cascading cacophony of sound and frenetic movement...until they pass and all simmers back to stasis. In this, and future series titles, we will bridge the world of real creatures in real habitats, but still convey the same sense of wonderment that was established with On Bird Hill. The third title, debuting Spring 2018, is On Gull Beach. Here, readers are taken to the shoreline, which abounds with land, air and sea creatures alike. Future titles will cover the other habitats such as mountains, marshlands, urban, and other landscapes, covering all the major habitats in the U.S. where birds live and thrive. So how does a children’s picture book support the mission of a science organization? Just like our live bird cams, our website (the #1 birding website), or our YouTube videos, all of which engage tens of millions; it’s about engagement. When we create an emotional connection between a reader and a bird, something magical happens. Whether it leads to simple appreciation or a strong desire to be a conservationist, every connection matters. It is our goal with our picture books to inspire children at a young age, to help raise a new generation of bird lovers and future caretakers of our environment. About the CEO and Publisher: Brian Scott Sockin has authored 7 books, including the children’s title C.A.R.E. Treasury of Children’s Folklore. Brian has a B.A. in Psychology from Binghamton University and M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business. Brian is CEO and Publisher of the Cornell Lab Publishing Group, which has afforded him the rare opportunity to pair his passion for nature and writing, with his business career. Brian is a native of upstate NY and now lives in Cary, NC with his family.
Stop by Books My Kids Read tomorrow for Day #7 of the tour!
Blog Tour Schedule:
June 20th – The O.W.L.
June 21st — The Book Monsters
June 23rd  — MamaPapaBarn
June 24th — Rockin' Book Reviews June 27th — Kristi's Book Nook
June 28th — Books My Kids Read
June 29th — Word Spelunking
June 30th — Cracking the Cover
Loosely based on the old cumulative nursery rhyme/song “The Green Grass Grew All Around,” a nursery rhyme first published as a song in 1912. But in this version, it’s a boy and his dog who find the bird in a nest on a hill in a strange valley. Following in the footsteps of Jane’s highly acclaimed Owl Moon, winner of the prestigious Caldecott Award, On Bird Hill is a beautiful picture book with an enchanting story, fancifully illustrated by renowned artist Bob Marstall. On Bird Hill is sure to attract interest from millions of readers and fans of Jane’s popular classics.
About the Author: Jane Yolen has authored more than 350 books, including the Caldecott-winning Owl Moon, which every budding young ornithologist owns, You Nest Here With Me, which is a popular new favorite, and the New York Times bestselling series How Do Dinosaurs. Jane Yolen’s books have been translated into over 20 languages and are popular around the world. Janes husband, David Stemple, was both a well known bird recordist and a professor of computer science and he taught the entire family how to identify birds. Many of Jane’s books are about wildlife subjects, especially the winged kind. Jane lives in Easthampton, MA. Visit her online at
About the Illustrator: Bob Marstall is the illustrator of nine nonfiction children’s books, including the The Lady and the Spider, which sold over a quarter-of-a-million copies and was a Reading Rainbow selection. Bob has also been honored with an ALA Notable; an IRA Teachers’ Choice; a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children; and three John Burroughs selections.
In addition, two of Bob’s books are included in the New York Times Parent’s Guide’s “1001 Best Books of the Twentieth Century.” Bob Lives in Easthamton, MA. Visit him online at
About the Cornell Lab: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. Our hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet.

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Offer expires July 10th
  • One (1) winner will receive a copy of On Bird Hill and a Window Bird Feeder ($28.99) to get up close and personal with the birds in your backyard! Great for blends, peanuts and safflower, this durable feeder attaches right to your window pane with suction cups, allowing you to see every bird detail. It's easy to fill and easy to clean.
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Friday, June 24, 2016

Book Review: I Love You More

Tiger Tales Books Presents: I Love You More!

Parents can share a tender story with their little ones that shows how much they care.

Title: I Love You More
Author: Sebastien Braun
Illustrator: Sebastien Braun
Publisher: Tiger Tales Books
ISBN: 9781589256200

This wonderful padded board book shows the love of a father for his son. Simple colorful illustrations show readers how simple and wonderful love can be. Papa bear and baby bear are having a wonderful day. They love each other very much and play a game to say how much.

I love you more than sunshine. I love you more than rain. I love it when you swoop me high, then twirl me back again.

Parents can have fun discussing the pictures and all of the great activities that the bears spend time doing together. The playful rhyme depicts exactly what the illustrator shares on the pages. This is a great tool for toddlers to explore and play by themselves or with a parent. Pointing and naming can become enjoyable as toddlers learn to turn the sturdy pages and also learn the mechanics of a book.

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Book Review: A Bedtime Prayer and Bedtime In The Meadow

It's a Tiger Tales Books Review!

Title: A Bedtime Prayer
Author: Misc Authors
Illustrator:Sanja Rescek
Publisher: Tiger Tales Books
ISBN: 9781589256064


Little ones can learn to be thankful and tell God in their prayers. Parents can teach and share with their toddlers these simple but meaningful prayers meant for bedtime, morning time, meal time and family time. Soft cuddly animals show children how they are thankful. Toddlers will learn to recognize familiar every day things. The illustrations are clear and simple with soft pastel colors which make the pictures warm and inviting to view. The soft rhyme and rhythm are soothing for little ears.

Thank You, God in heaven,
For all Your love and care.
Thank You for Your wisdom,
And the precious times we share.
You teach me to be kind,
To be patient, good and strong.
You guide me on the path
To know what's right from wrong.

This little treasure will encourage sound making with the repetition of word sounds which will get and keep a toddlers attention. Toddlers will learn to be interactive and overall enjoy their reading time with you.

Title: Bedtime in the Meadow
Author: Stephanie Shaw
Illustrator:Laura Watkins
Publisher: Tiger Tales Books
ISBN: 9781589256286


Where do sleepy animals go to rest in the meadow after a busy day? Beautiful butterflies sleep on brown cattail pillows, while Meadowlark birds rest on a branch of a willow. Dragonflies drift in maple leaf canoes while bees in their honey hive hum as they snooze.

Toddlers might be surprised as they learn how these little critters get ready for bed at night. They will learn that animals and insects have to wind down without potty breaks, snacks or chatting it up. They have to snuggle up and rest their weary heads for the night.

Dark swirls with brightly colored animals and insects represent what a sleepy meadow must be like. Soft rhyme sounds like a whisper as it rolls off the tongue. The subtle details of the meadow will have toddlers learning new objects, animals and insects each time the story is read. This is also a great story for bonding between parent and child.

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Book Review: I Don't Want to go to bed!

Tiger Tales Books Presents:

A great story to convince your little readers that nothing much happens after they go to bed.

Most kids get a little restless and don't want to go to bed at night. During this time little ones think that there are lots of cool and interesting things that happen after they go to bed. But is that true?

Title: I Don't Want to go to Bed!
Author: Julie Sykes
Illustrator: Tim Warnes
Publisher: Tiger Tales Books
Ages: 3 to 7
ISBN: 9781589251489


Little tiger does not want to go to bed. Every night Mommy Tiger has to talk him down for the night. One night she says, “All right! You can stay up all night long.” Of course Little Tiger goes out to see what happens after bedtime. What he learns is that lots of animals are going to bed and want him to go away.

Little Tiger went to visit Little Elephant. “Why are you still up?” Trumpeted Mommy Elephant. “I don't want to go to bed!” said Little Tiger, and he bounced off before Mommy Elephant could put him to bed, too!

Not all animals are going to bed, some are just getting out and about. They don't want Little Tiger around either just in case Mommy Tiger tries to put them to bed. What will Little Tiger discover as the dark night settles in? You will have to read the story to see.

Parents and teachers will have fun sharing this story with little ones who find it hard to go to bed. The bright colorful pictures are a great tool for sharing animal types, colors, shapes and big bold words that make learning to read fun and easy. This story is also interactive as toddlers can repeat Little Tigers famous line. 

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