Monday, April 23, 2018

Storyline Online - an infowrap
















"Quackenstein Hatches a Family" 

read by Kristen Bell



Today I want to give a shout out to the fabulous website "Storyline Online" 


*Visit online at storylineonline.net

*On YouTube

* Its very own app...







What it's all about - FYI



The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
Storyline Online receives over 100 million views annually from children all over the world.
Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading. Teachers use Storyline Online in their classrooms, and doctors and nurses play Storyline Online in children’s hospitals.
Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.
Storyline Online is a program of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization that relies entirely on gifts, grants and donations to fund Storyline Online and produce all of its videos. 

You can help the SAG-AFTRA Foundation create more Storyline Online videos and new content, so that we can read to millions more children every month. By giving a gift to Storyline Online, you can help advance children’s literacy, and improve children’s lives. Your support makes a world of difference.



 Well-deserved awards





Parent’s Choice Award 2016





Telly Award 2017





Communicator Award 2017





MobileWebAward 2017





NOMINATED for a Daytime Emmy® Award 2017








Contact:

Adam Huss, Chief of Staff, 323-549-6862
Interested in having your book(s) considered for our program? 






Storywraps Rating - 5+++++HUGS!!!!!
(truly excellent)







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Saturday, April 21, 2018

"Sometimes You Fly" - a bookwrap











Today's book is a joyous celebration of the trials and errors of growing up.



Unwrapping







"Sometimes You Fly": A Celebration of Babies, Graduates, and Everyone in Between


Authored by Katherine Applegate
 Illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt

Ages: 4+
Publisher: Clarion Books
Pub. Date: April 3, 2018
Available on:  Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
(40p) ISBN 978-0-547-63390-9



What others are saying...



This charming and engaging celebration of life is a must-read and a must-have. A natural successor to Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go! that deals with navigating life's ups and downs." - Booklist, starred review

"Exuberant and loving; sure to incite giggles from kids and teary smiles from adults and possibly to unseat Oh, the Places You'll Go! as a perennial graduation gift." - Kirkus, review

"With a cast that ranges across the span of childhood, this book seems destined to be given at milestone moments." - Publishers Weekly 




Unwrapping some illustrations for you to enjoy






















Unwrapping an excerpt from commonsensemedia.org
(by Regan McMahon)


The book is educational, has a positive message, highlights great role models of both boys and girls, has no violence or bad language.  


WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW


Parents need to know that Sometimes You Fly, by Newbery Medal-winner Katherine Applegate (The One and Only Ivan), is a charming, wonderfully illustrated picture book with a simple, wise message that growing up involves a lot of trial and error. Using a baking metaphor, Applegate writes, "Each recipe we undertake/ can rise or fall,/ can burn or bake." And she concludes, "Remember, then/ with every try,/ sometimes you fail,/ sometimes you fly./ What matters most/ is what you take/ from all you learn/ before the cake." Showing diverse kids from a food-smeared baby to a student driver to a black-robed graduate throwing his mortarboard up into the sky, Sometimes You Fly highlights both goofs and accomplishments with warmth and humor. 


WHAT'S THE STORY?


The messy hard work of childhood (and parenthood) is on full display in SOMETIMES YOU FLY. Kids are pictured at various stages, from infancy through graduation, achieving milestones including eating the first solid food, learning to swim, growing tall enough to ride the roller coaster, making friends, learning to hit a baseball, learning to drive, first love, the grief of burying a pet, earning a diploma in cap and gown. 



IS IT ANY GOOD?






This capsule view of growing up uses irresistible art and spare rhythmic text to convey a message to keep trying and learn from your mistakes and disappointments. Young readers will enjoy the funny kids and familiar situations portrayed -- such as a boy stubbornly refusing to get in the wading pool on one page but ready to dive in the ocean waves on the next; or a girl struggling to hit a baseball on one page then leaping for joy at making the softball team on the next. But Sometimes You Fly may also have appeal as a graduation gift, like Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go! It's delightful whether the reader is looking forward or back.  

Reinhardt's water-colour-and-ink portraits have a marvelous specificity that invites readers to connect more deeply with the diverse characters as they struggle, grow and "sometimes ... fly." This gorgeous gift book, equally perfect for preschool graduations or college commencements, baby showers or birthdays, is an inspirational tribute to the universal struggles and achievements of childhood.  I highly recommend it. 




Storywraps Rating - 5+++Hugs!!!!!






    Meet the author




Katherine Applegate 's many children's books include the Newbery Award-winning novel The One and Only Ivan, the bestselling novels Wishtree and Crenshaw, the bestselling Animorphs series, and the picture books Ivan and The Buffalo Storm. She lives in California. Visit her online at katherineapplegate.com and on Twitter at @kaauthor.






About the illustrator







When her elementary school classmates said they wanted to be firemen, doctors, and vets, Jennifer Black Reinhardt declared she wanted to draw the picture on greeting cards. Today her diverse body of work includes not only greeting cards but chapter books and picture books, including Yaks Yak by Linda Sue Park and Sometimes You Fly by Katherine Applegate. Jennifer lives with her family in Iowa City, Iowa. Visit her online at jbreinhardt.com, on Twitter @jblackreinhardt, and on Instagram @JenniferBlackReinhardt.








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Friday, April 20, 2018

"This Is a Taco" - a bookwrap









Unwrapping





"This s a Taco" 

by Andrew Cangelose
 with illustrations by Josh Shipley



* Ages: 4-8
* Grade Level: 1-2
* Publisher: Lion Forge
* Pub. Date: May 1, 2018




Unwrapping some fabulous illustrations for you







































About the book






This is a really fun book that I know kids will just love.  A little squirrel named Taco, because he loves tacos, narrates the story and speaks directly to the reader.  

The book begins by acquainting the young audience with realistic facts about squirrels, like how they are the cleanest rodents in the wild, are known for their silky fur, and how they love to eat nuts, acorns, and even tree bark.  Hey wait!!! Where are the tacos that Taco was told would be available.  Tree bark?  You've got to be kidding....ya right... how could anyone eat that?   After the fun facts of diet... (not)...  Taco feels he has no choice but to step into the storyline and change the whole narrative in his favour. If he does then perhaps that might steer him towards getting the tacos that he was promised. Tree bark?  Really?  Yuk!!!!!  

The hilarious expressions that this adorable squirrel exhibits are truly uproarious.  Taco steps into the writing process and takes charge. He swashbuckles a bright red pen and changes start to  appear.  He appoints himself his own  editor-in-chief.  Taco crosses out words and re-directs the story to be all about...him...TACO.  Now he is satisfied with the plot and feels vidicated.  

He encounters a giant taco who is hungry for tacos too and wants to swoop in and gobble them all up.  Not on Taco's watch.  He decides the story needs one more correction to make it perfect. With a swoosh of his red pen he declares:

"Taco, the squirrel 
(and not an actual giant, talking taco),
is the natural predator
of tacos."

The moral of the story?  If you want anything done right, do it yourself and most importantly the best story of all is the one you write yourself.... especially if you are the star. 

I highly recommend this book and I am sure kids will love it and want to read it again and again.  Taco 'bout cute?  This story's got it going on!    




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!






Publisher's Synopsis

( In a nutshell although Taco would prefer it  wrapped in a taco shell) 


This is a squirrel . . . "Hey, I may be a squirrel, but my name is Taco! And I don't eat nuts and tree bark—blech—I prefer tacos!" The natural predator of squirrels is . . . "Whoa, whoa, whoa! Who is writing this book? I do not like where this is going." This hilarious send-up of a children's nature primer teaches kids that the most important story is the one you write yourself.



FYI


 * Themes: Take Charge, Write Your Own Story, Persistence

* Character Development: All about our protagonist hero: Taco

* Plot Engagement: Begins as a standard "this is a" nature examination and turns into something quite different
 * Originality: Although it is becoming more common in children's books to have the protagonist address the audience in some way, the mixture of Taco's personality, squirrel facts and the popularity of tacos (the food) make this title rather unique.
* Believability: Humor allows for our suspension of disbelief, even when the giant taco shows up due to Taco's poor word choices.
* Thank You to publisher Lion Forge for my digital copy on NetGalley
* Date: Available May 1, 2018 ( you can get it on April 18th at comic stores)
* ISBN: 978-1941302729 




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