Thursday, March 23, 2017

"The Love of Reading: Advice for Young Parents - an info wrap







For the love of reading...
































From time to time I will be posting some very informative and valuable articles from the Cricket Media website.  (www.cricketmedia.com).  

About
Cricket Media

"We believe that challenging children’s minds and connecting them to learn together does wonders for their confidence, creativity and curiosity."


I know you will find these submissions not only very interesting but helpful in understanding the reading process your child is going through to become an avid, lifelong reader.



“If children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old,
they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight.”

—Mem Fox





One of the greatest gifts you can share with your babies and toddlers is your love of learning. That love often begins with the love of books shared during those quiet, precious moments reading to your child. When you open a book, you open the door to a lifelong love of learning.


Writing is also an integral part of a child’s early learning process. Showing your child how much fun it is to turn their spoken words into written words is a joy shared by the child and the parent. Reading and writing help children:

1 Realize that the written word is as natural as the spoken word.
2 Identify their thoughts and put them into more logical sequences.
3 Think about things in new and imaginative ways.
4 Discover themselves and the world around them.
5 “See” their world more clearly and closely.
6 Peak their interest and curiosity.
7 Appreciate the written word not only of their own making, but of the writings of others in books and magazines.
8 Build self-confidence in expressing themselves.
Children who learn to express themselves in clear and meaningful ways are more likely to interact with their peers and adults. It all begins with the joy of reading!
  
- Charles Ghigna




A great place to start sharing your love of reading with your babies and toddlers is with the award-winning magazines from Cricket Media: Babybug, Ladybug, Spider, and Cricket!










Introducing and featuring...



“My Quiet Time” by Charles Ghigna from LADYBUG, Jan. 2016








I pick a book
from my shelf. 
I read. I dream
all by myself.

my quiet time
to think about
all the world
from inside out.








Charles Ghigna – Father Goose® lives in a tree house in the middle of Alabama.

He is the author of more than 100 award-winning books from Random House, Disney,
Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Abrams, Charlesbridge, Orca and Capstone.
His poems appear in magazines from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Cricket and Highlights.
For more information, please visit: FatherGoose.com





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Read on and read always!
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Harper & the Scarlet Umbrella - a bookwrap

















Fly away with English actress Carrie Burnell's newest title and help Harper search for the city's missing cats! 




 Reviews...


“This lushly-written, enchanting salute to magic, music and adventure is so intriguing that even this confirmed dog lover was rooting for Harper to be reunited with her beloved cat. I suspect readers of Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella will be left thinking about their own umbrellas in a whole new way.” –Nancy Krulik, New York Times bestselling author of Katie Kazoo and Project Droid


Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella is a magical, musical tale that sings with whimsy and charm! There's not a wrong note to be found in this boisterous adventure, as children save the day as only children can. Fantastical, effervescent, and fun!” –Micol Ostow, author of the Louise Trapeze series



Unwrapping...






"Harper And The Scarlet Umbrella"

Authored by Carrie Burnell
Illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson

Ages  7-12



Some awesome illustrations to take a peek at...
















About the book...




Harper lives in an apartment block, in the City of Clouds, where it rains every single day.  She is a very talented little girl.  She has a special gift of being able to play any instrument perfectly without one lesson. 


Once there was a girl called Harper who had a rare musical gift. She heard songs on the wind, rhythms on the rain and hope in the beat of a butterfly’s wing.’


One day her cat Midnight goes missing.  Harper goes around to the adjoining apartments to ask if anyone has seen her beloved pet.  To her astonishment she discovers that all the cats in the neighbourhood  have mysteriously vanished.  All the kids in the block team up to help solve the mystery of the disappearing felines.  With the help of a her Great Aunt Sassy's magical umbrella and the collaborative help of her friends they solve the mystery.

I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end.  The writing is beautiful.  It's a lyrical tale filled with many diverse and adorable characters that kids will relate to.  I especially liked the fact that Harper connected so well to Nate, who is visually impaired, and to his wolf companion Smoke.  The story weaves together the elements of friendship, music, magic and the celebration of the love of cats.  Other books to check out by the author are:  "Harper and the Sea of Secrets", and the next book in the series,"Harper and the Circus of Dreams".   If I was still actively teaching I would definitely have this book in my classroom and in the school library. I highly, highly recommend this book.  It's a winner. 




Storywraps rating... 5 Hugs!!!!!... and beyond...










About the author...






Claire “Cerrie” Burnell (born 30 August 1979) in Petts Wood, London, is an English actress, singer, playwright, Children’s author and television presen7-12ter for the BBC children’s channel CBeebies. Her mother is a dance teacher, and her father a telecoms manager. She has one younger brother. She was originally named “Claire” but started asking people to call her “Cerrie” at the age of ten.
Burnell was born with her right arm ending slightly below the elbow. Her parents encouraged her to wear a prosthetic arm, but she resisted from the start, and stopped wearing one entirely when she was nine. She says her disability did not hinder her from doing what she wanted, including “sports, swimming, windsurfing, singing in the choice or joining the Army cadets. Burnell also suffered from dyslexia, which left her unable to read until the age of ten. She learned with extra tuition and the Letterland system. As a teenager, she worked as a hotel chambermaid during summers, and travelled widely, working in a leprosy clinic in India, and volunteering in Brazil.

Burnell has a daughter, Amelie, born in 2008.







About the illustrator...






When she's not trying to take over the world or fighting sock-stealing monsters, Laura Ellen Anderson is a professional children's book author & illustrator, with an increasing addiction to coffee. She spends every waking hour creating & drawing and would quite like to live on the Moon when humans finally make it possible.  

Laura's clients include: National Geographic, Boxer Books, Bloomsbury Publishing, Scholastic Children's Books, The Phoenix! Comics, Orchard Books, Random House and Candlewick.












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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"I've Got to Go" - a bookwrap










You are going to love this little gem..

Tinkle, tinkle little star (in the potty please)





Unwrapping...






"I've Got to Go"

Created by Guido van Genechtan
Age Range: 3 and up 
Grade Level: Preschool and up



"A fun story with cute illustrations that will be a hit at storytime.” ― Ryan Franklin, librarian



Unwrapping some illustrations you are going to love...































About the book...



      Every child on the planet loves potty humour and this potty humour is best because it really is about going to the potty.  

      Oh my!  Little Doggy has got a huge problem.  He has to use his potty... NOW!    His problem?  Sis is using his potty. Oh dear! She's on his potty because Mouse is on her potty... Frog is having a wee in Mouse's potty... Zeba is doing his business around Frog's potty... Giraffe perches on Zebra's potty reading a book... Elephant crushes his potty so that's why he  has to borrow Zebra's... ooohhh my goodness, this is all too much for Doggy!! He has to GO..............but where?

      Doggy's in trouble.  His need is VERRRRRY URGENT NOW!!!! Do you think he can find a solution before he has an accident in his pants?  Has he run out of options or is there still hope that all will turn out well? 

      Both kids and adults will  be laughing their heads off as they discover how Doggy finally finds relief and just in the nick of time I must say.  

     This funny and charming book is one that everyone can relate to and will be a perfect read aloud to share.  The illustrations are such a delight and you will be cheering little Doggy on as things intensify until finally he experiences the relief he so needs.  AHHHHHHHHHHHHH! FLUSH!!!!!

Storywraps rating... 5 Hugs!!!!!







About the author...


Guido van Genechten is the author-illustrator of several bestselling children's books including The Big Baby Book, Mommies and Their Babies and No Ghost Under My Bed. He is the winner of the Reader's Digest Award for Best Children's Books Illustrator and the Picture Book of the Year in Holland.





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I put hours of work finding the best kid's books to review for you each day.  If you enjoy visiting Storywraps and would like to donate something for my time and effort I would greatly appreciate it.
Go to the top of my blog at the right hand corner (below my photo) and please donate what you feel lead to give.  The amount you donate and the frequency you donate is totally up to you.  I thank you in advance for your support.  I love what I do and appreciate any amount that you may give so I can make our community even better.  Thanks a million! 


Read on and read always!

It's a wrap.