Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day!!


Sunday, January 15, 2017

How Will You Read Your World In 2017?

The big event for Multicultural Children's Book Day is just around the corner. With the new year in progress now is as good a time as any to pick up a copy of one of the many books that features diverse characters. At the MCCBD website there is plenty of information for parents, teachers and librarians on what books are available so you can #ReadYourWorld.




Learn more about MCCBD here.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Be Your Best You For Literacy In 2017

Reading Is Fundamental has some great tips for parents in 2017. Take a moment to review these ideas and help your child be all about the books in the new year. 


RESOLVE TO BE A LITERACY CHAMPION IN 2017

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When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, we always have a few focused on our own reading habits. We tell ourselves that this year we are going to start a book club, read that book we skipped in high school, or (finally) get through Anna Karenina. But, we know that the most important reading that can be done is that which is shared with a child. To help you be the Literacy Champion in your family and encourage your child’s literacy skills and continued love of learning through 2017, we’ve compiled some of our favorite reading resolutions: 

  • I resolve… to clean out the box of board books in the attic that my child “outgrew” and decide which ones we will keep and which will be donated to the library or a family friend so they can be enjoyed by new children.
  • I resolve… to show my child that my library card is the most valuable thing in my wallet. Not only because of the books we can borrow, but because of the activities and community events of which we can be a part.
  • I resolve… that if my child comes home, raving about a book that was read at school, I will find that book and read it myself so we can have excited conversations about it together.
  • I resolve… to read a book with my child that exposes them to another culture, family structure, or struggle that will allow us to expand our empathy and understanding of the world. Read more here.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop

It's another great book giveaway! 
Following along with other participating bloggers for a chance to win cool free stuff!

Thanks Bookhounds for putting this hop together!



For a chance to win please be sure to share and leave a comment.
Comment Topic: What's your New Year's Resolution?


Shimmer
Paula Weston
BIBLIO: 2016, Tundra Books, Ages 12 to 18, $9.99.
REVIEWER: Kristi Bernard
FORMAT: Young Adult
ISBN: 9781770498488

The Rephaim are a society of half-angle and half human. Gaby who thought she was nineteen found out that she is one of them and she is one-hundred and thirty-nine years old instead. Her saga continues after a battle and Rafa was taken. The Sanctuary which is the home of the Rephaim is where they know they must form an allegiance with the Outcasts. Although, there are still secrets, Gaby slowly discovers more about her past. For now, they must focus on rescuing Rafa and Taya who have been kidnapped. Raphael has put them in an iron room at a farmland. Because of the iron no one can shift in or out. There are also too many demons for them to take on. With Gaby, Nathaniel and his followers they are the only hope for rescuing Rafa and Taya. And although Gaby is now with Jude, her twin brother, there is still a huge gap between them because of their memory loss. For now, the Outcasts and Rephaim need to stay civil and stop the arguing and bickering long enough to come up with a plan.


In this third book of the series readers will find a strengthening of old characters and some secrets revealed. There are also new and exciting characters that add to the plot twists. Author Paula Weston’s writing is spell bounding and engaging with a cliffhanger that will have readers longing for the next installment. Teens will find that they will have a love hate relationship with the characters in this fast paced read.

Book is courtesy of the CLCD


Saturday, December 17, 2016

National Geographic Kids Dining With Dinosaurs

Do you really know the food chain of the dinosaur? If you have any questions this guide is sure to answer all of your mesozoic munching questions.



Title:  Dining with Dinosaurs
Author: Hannah Bonner
Publisher: National Graphic Kids
ISBN:  9781426323393

Review:

Are you curious about the food chain of dinosaurs? With this new guide from National Geographic Kids and written by Hannah Bonner all of your questions will be answered and your curiosity squashed.

In the world of the mighty dino there are carnivores (meat eaters), insectivores (insect eaters), herbivores (plant eaters), piscivores (fish eaters) sunivores (sunlight, air, water and soil nutrient eaters), and finally trashivores who ate natures waste and recycled it. Readers will learn about all of the dinosaurs in their varying sizes and eating habits. Cool cartoons feature Ask A Scientist that provide insight as to what paleontologist know about the dinos. For example, whether or not they traveled in packs, what they ate and their digestive systems.

If you are not sure how to pronounce the names of these dinos there is a glossary in the back of the book. Illustrations provide details and help readers see these amazing creatures in action. Other tidbits and facts can be found throughout the pages highlighted in yellow for quick reference. This guide is for anyone who wants to learn everything about the dinosaur and how they lived.



Courtesy of Media Masters Publicity

National Geographic Kids Rise of the Lioness

A lioness is front and center as author Bradley Hague documents the restoring of a habitat and its pride on the Liuwa Plains.



Title:  Rise of the Lioness
Author: Bradley Hague
Publisher: National Geographic Kids
ISBN:  9781426325328

Review:

Author Bradley Hague is taking readers on a journey to the Liuwa Plains National Park in Zambia, Africa. Amazing photography of a lioness, fondly referred to as Lady, and her pride are spectacular and will amaze readers. The purpose of this guide is to educate readers of the Liuwa ecosystem and what efforts are being made to restore the population of lions, cheetahs, wildebeest and more.

There are two main seasons on these amazing plains, wet and dry. In September temperatures can get as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit. All creatures that live on the plains live by the cycle of these seasons. The Liuwa plains have been the crown jewel of the flood plains for centuries. Each animal in this ecosystem fills a special role. The decline of a species can cause major disruption in the ecosystem. In order to restore this system, researchers focused on re-creating all of the systems.

Hague shares an experience that is important. Parents, students and teachers will enjoy the visual aspects as well as learning about the complexity of an ecosystem and how we can all help. The moral is, if we help the animals we help ourselves as well. The back pages provide more information about Liuwa and its restoration in the Afterword. There is also a glossary and pictures of and brief facts of the animals who live and thrive in the  Liuwa Plains.



Courtesy of Media Masters Publicity

National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A.

In celebration of 100 years of our National Parks this guide will teach you everything you ever wanted to know.




Title: National Parks Guide U.S.A.
Publisher:  National Geographic Kids
ISBN:  9781426323140

Review:

National Geographic is celebrating 100 years of National Parks. If your family is up for a vacation that includes a great adventure this guide will show you the way. Excellent photography shows readers the best views, extreme glimpses that will have you plunging off of cliffs into sparkling waters, or running from black bears.

Readers will see maps with helpful facts and even a checklist. Throughout the page’s readers will be guided through the Grand Canyon, Everglades, The Badlands, Olympic Park and the Channel Islands to name a few. No matter where you live in the United States there is a park close to you for a great family or school outing.

Each section shares ranger tips, take it easy, be extreme, and all about animals. A welcoming introduction gives a brief synopsis of each park. The back pages show other featured parks categorized by state. Parents and teachers will love this handy guide.

  
Courtesy of Media Masters Publicity