Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop!

It's time for another giveaway hop! Thanks very much I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Jinky Is Reading!

Kristi's Book Nook will be giving away two wonderful books. Each book will be a separate giveaway. For a chance to win all you will have to do is fill out the form below.

Title: Stormin Norman the Soggy Doggy
Author:Andy Allen
Publisher:Beavers Pond Press

A young boy sits down by his dad one sunny day and listens to a tale about a boy named Andy and his dog Norm. Andy and Norm went for a walk after the flood of 2008 in the Hawkeye state. Norm being the happy dog he was couldn't resist exploring near a stream. Norm found a floating stick and nibbled at it. He tugged at it and yanked it. But, to Norms surprise the log is bigger than he thought. Ultimately, Norm is pulled into the water and his adventure begins. Unable to swim, Andy soon jumps in. The high rushing water carries the two down the stream. What will happen to Norm and Andy? Will these adventurers ever make it to dry land? You'll have to read it to find out.

Stormin Norman is a wonderful story for kids. The funny rhyming tale will roll off of a child's tongue and fill his day with joy. Brightly colored illustrations bring to the life the adventure of Norm and Andy. Any pet lover will get a kick out of this very curious pup. What's even better is the story is based off of a true even that took place in Iowa in 2008. Allen shows kids friendship in the face of danger. In the flood many homes were destroyed and lives were changed forever. Parents and teachers can utilize this story to open dialogue about weather, floods and how communities are affected by these drastic changes in climate.

Andy Allen will forever be an Iowan at heart. He has been teaching kindergarten for seven years and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in early childhood education. When he is not composing new rhymes for his Norm stories, coaches basketball and enjoys a good crossword puzzle. Andy lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with his family. Follow the adventures of Andy and Norm at www.andyandnorm.com.

Brian Barber lives in the neighboring state of Minnesota at the tip of Lake Superior in Duluth. Brian is an illustrator and animator who has illustrated several children's books and animated short films and TV commercials. See more of Brian's work at www.brianbarber.com.

Title: In The Indian Night Sky
Author:Reshma Sapre
Publisher:Hathi Chiti Books for Kids

Size Medium T-Shirt included for the giveaway

It is time for the great feast. Mother, the Star of the North Sky, is lighting the way for her children, Sun, Moon and Wind. All that she asks is that they bring her something back from the feast. At the feast, Sun shone very bright, Moon glided on the Wind's cool breeze. They met other stars and danced with the rains. But it was Moon who remembered to bring Mother something from the feast. His reward was that he would be blessed. Moon will always be cool and light and calm the night sky. Sun, will be the brightest but people will cover their heads because he is bright and hot. Wind, will be strong but whip the rains, all creatures will hide from him.

This delightful Indian Folktale will teach a whimsical story about why the moon shines so bright in the night. Young readers will appreciate the heat of the sun, and the treachery of the wind. This is a wonderful story parents will love to read to their children before bedtime. This book is also a great tool for teachers to introduce folk tales in the classroom and have children make up their own stories about the sun, moon and wind.

Hathi and Chiti is an emerging new global children's brand for all ages, that uses eastern-themed characters and concepts as a gateway to educate little ones about different cultures around the world. Hathi and Chiti are the Indian words for elephant and ant. Hathi, an elephant, and Chiti, an ant, are best friends from India folklore whose adventures together are of legendary proportion. Hathi Chiti uses folklore as a backdrop for modern day storytelling as a way of explaining the world and sharing life lessons.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Book Review: Making Beautiful Music

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Teaching kids the importance of tolerance can be a little tricky. We are all so different and embracing our differences will allow all of us to appreciate each other. Norma Minturn Stilwell does a wonderful job of teaching kids how to get along.

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Title:Making Beautiful Music
Author:Norma Minturn Stilwell
Publisher:Peppertree Press

The orchestra is preparing for the Presidential Ball. Everyone is tuning up so the dress rehearsal can go on without a hitch. When the conductor raises his baton and the lights go dim, he bass and the cello begin to fight. The violin and viola take sides. The English horn and oboe made faces at the flute. The clarinet and piccolo don't give a toot. It wasn't until the bass drum boomed, that everyone got quiet. The conductor asked everyone to put their differences aside. Each instrument is no better than the other. The conductor calmly states that if the instruments can't get along then there will be no harmony. Will the instruments ever come to an understanding? You'll have to buy the book to see.

Making Beautiful Music is the second of the “Let's Get Along” series of books produced by Poet Norma Minturn Stilwell. Her first book “A Thought for Thanksgiving” conveys a message of looking beyond our judgments of those with differences, wrapped up in the classic tale of the first Thanksgiving. Both books lean towards tolerance. These books will teach young readers how to accept and appreciate how we are all different but yet how all of us can still work and live together in unity.

The large and bold pictures and easy rhyming verse make for a good start up book for young readers. The simplistic illustrations make it easy for any beginning reader to comprehend the emotion of each instrument. This wonderful book was dedicated to Mattie J.T. Stepanik. Mattie was a young poet with muscular dystrophy who died at the tender age of 13. His book “Heart Song” was a New York Times bestseller. His message of peace will continue on within all of these books.

Stilwell was born in Albany, N.Y., and was raised in Rutherford, N.J. After attending St. Elizabeth's College in convent Station, N.J., and the Universitaria per Stranieri in Florence, Italy, she was an administrative assistant for Tamblyn and Brown, which raised funds to build a facility for Seton Hall University's School of Medicine and Dentistry. She also perfomred administrative work for the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C. A mother of four children and grandmother of 10, Stilwell and her husband James relocated from Ocean City, N.J., to Sarasota, FL, in 2001 where she continues to write poetry, create low-fire ceramics and enjoy gardening and the arts.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Projects For Kids: Make A Book

Kid's Table
Image by Maker Mama via Flickr

Does your child like to doodle, write poetry or make up stories? If so, have them make an actual book of their very own.

All you will need is:
Cardboard: two pieces of 6 1/4” x 9 1/4”, one piece of 1/2” x 9 1/4”
Fabric: 11” x 15 1/2”
Typing paper: 25 sheets
Special gift wrap paper for the inside cover (optional)
White glue
 Lay the fabric on a flat surface with the good side facing up. Place the cardboard pieces on the fabric and the small piece should be centered between the larger pieces. The small piece is the book’s spine. Leave a 1/8′ space between them. The spine and the other pieces of cardboard make it easy to turn the pages.
Place the glue on the back of the cardboard and place back on the fabric. Press down and wait for it to dry. Turn the fabric up over the cardboard edges and glue them down. Fold up the corners and glue them down and let dry.
 Fold the 25 pieces of paper in half. Only fold 5 pieces at a time. Stitch them all together with the needle and thread on the crease. Glue the stitched spine of the pages to the spine of your book and let dry by placing a heavy weight on them. You can use a telephone book.
 Cover the inside of the book with special gift wrap paper for decoration. Cut two pieces in 8” x 11” and glue to the front and back of your book inside part and allow to dry. When it’s dry your book is done and you can begin writing.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Celebrate Presidents Day

Kristi's Book Nook is celebrating Presidents Day and Black History Month all rolled up into one!

Barack H. Obama is the 44th President of the United States.
His story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others.
With a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas, President Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. He was raised with help from his grandfather, who served in Patton's army, and his grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle management at a bank.
After working his way through college with the help of scholarships and student loans, President Obama moved to Chicago, where he worked with a group of churches to help rebuild communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants.
He went on to attend law school, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, he returned to Chicago to help lead a voter registration drive, teach constitutional law at the University of Chicago, and remain active in his community.
President Obama's years of public service are based around his unwavering belief in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose. In the Illinois State Senate, he passed the first major ethics reform in 25 years, cut taxes for working families, and expanded health care for children and their parents. As a United States Senator, he reached across the aisle to pass groundbreaking lobbying reform, lock up the world's most dangerous weapons, and bring transparency to government by putting federal spending online.
He was elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008, and sworn in on January 20, 2009. He and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of two daughters, Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10.

Book Review: Record Breaking Earth

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Kids can discover some of the most amazing places on the planet. Kids can find out which volcano erupts more than any other; where the coldest place on Earth is; which lake is up so high, it's in the mountains! For a chance to win all you have to do is:

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Record Breaking Earth
Anita Ganeri

Planet earth is an amazing world. Grassy plains, icy tundras and beautiful blue waters abundant with life are just a few of the wondrous places found on our very special planet. Ganeri has chosen twelve exciting places for young readers to explore. Travelers tips give readers insight on what preparations you will need to take and things you can do. While the fact zone gives young readers a few amazing facts about each place. Young readers will look at wonderful photography of Mount Everest,The Amazon Rain Forest, Lake Titicaca and much more. Greenland is mostly covered by a sheet of ice and in some spots the ice is 2.5 miles thick. The Nile river is the longest river in the world. The Sahara Desert has sand dunes as tall as 60-story buildings. Ganeri's twelve amazing places shares information about animals too. The back of the book has a glossary and websites so readers can learn more. Teachers and parents will love this guide for reference in regards to school projects and families learning about our beautiful planet together.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison & Slade Morrison

Celebrating Black History Month! 
Toni Morrison

Peeny Butter Fudge is a real treat! There is even a recipe in the back. This wonderful rhyming story is a real tongue twister of fun. Nana takes care of the kids while mom goes to work. But they have to follow the list she leaves on the fridge. Take a peak to see how adventurous their day was.

The illustrations  by Joe Cepeda are oil paintings. And the color choices are fantastic. If you would like to more about authors Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison please visit http://www.simonandschuster.com/

If you would like to purchase this book and have it delivered straight to your home, click on the My Amazon link on the sidebar. As always, Happy Reading.

Monday, February 13, 2012

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Celebrate Black Authors All Year Round!

Kristi's Book Nook is celebrating Black History Month. Check out these wonderful authors.

Title: Safari Through The Land of Landu
Author: Angela Karanja
Soft Cover: 24 pages 
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation 
ISBN: 1-88-795-4274
Ages: 5 & up


Nicole weaver was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti. She came to the United States when she was ten years old. She is fluent in Creole, French, Spanish and English. She is a veteran teacher of French and Spanish. 

Gwendolyn Hooks has written eleven books and several magazine articles for 
children. She writes in a variety of genres including eight fiction easy readers and three nonfiction books and sells articles to magazines such as Highlights for Children and JAKES. In 2011, Stone Arch Books, Red Chair Press, and Bebop Books will publish seven more of her easy readers. Her Mystery of the Missing Dog, Three's A Crowd (Scholastic Book Fair selections) and Can I Have a Pet (Bebop Books) have sold over 230,000 copies. Gwendolyn lives in Oklahoma City. She writes to encourage young readers to explore their world.

Title: I Love & I Am
Author: Nadine Johnson
Illustrator: Nadine Johnson
Hardback: 28 pages 
Publisher: 123 Mango Tree LLC 
ISBN: 978-0-9814874-3-4
ISBN: 978-0-9814874-4-1
Ages: 5 and up

Title: Labyrinth's Door: Anyia “Dream Of A Warrior”
Author: Jacquitta A. McManus
Illustrator:Toujour Byrd
MagBook: 64 pages
Publisher: Worlds To Discover, LLC
ISBN-13: 978-0-9828027-0-0
Ages: 6-12 yrs