Friday, January 21, 2022

Books Can Be Entertaining - an infowrap

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Bookish Ways to Keep Your
Kids Entertained

by Miranda Rosbach








Miranda Rosbach is a librarian turned children’s book reviewer and freelance writer. In her spare time she likes scouting new restaurants and colorful murals. She loves reading middle grade novels and memoirs. She lives in St.Louis with her husband and two daughters. You can find her book reviews on her blog or as @bookbloom on Instagram.


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No matter the reason, when the kids are home they’re going to need to be entertained. Which means it’s helpful to have an arsenal of activities at the ready that can engage kids both physically and mentally. Luckily, there are dozens of book-related activities to keep kids entertained for at least a little while! If nothing else, it will certainly demonstrate to your kids how much you value books and the myriad of ways they can entertain and inspire.

We’ve put many of these eight activities to the test in our home and they’ve been fun to tweak over the years. They are designed to be used over and over, and will require some degree of flexibility in viewing books as objects with purposes beyond just reading. Perhaps your kids will come up with a few bookish activities on their own after seeing what you can do with a book!


#BookFaceFriday

This beloved hashtag has taken the social media world by storm — and for good reason, too. This activity is simple and can be done with a variety of backgrounds, so get creative and find a colorful mural or other landscape in your community to make a picturesque backdrop. Gather a few favorite picture books that feature character faces prominently on either the cover or one of the interior pages. Try to match your outfit to what the characters are wearing and have either the child or an adult hold the book up to create a book face image. This can be done standing up, sitting, lying down, or in a number of other positions. Snap a photo and have fun creating something new. If you want to share it online, be sure to tag it with #bookfacefriday so that others can see your creation.





Create Color-Coded Shelves

This rainbow book-themed activity coincides nicely with spring cleaning. Simply clear off your children’s book shelves (and maybe dust while the shelves are empty), and start piling the books into color-coded columns. Once the books have been sorted, put them back on the bookshelf in rainbow order. If you have an outward facing book display in your home (like a picture ledge), this is a great time to highlight books that have similarly colored covers. Often, you’ll be surprised how the spine color doesn’t necessarily match the book cover.

Read-A-Thon

One of my fondest memories from elementary school is having a designated read-a-thon a couple times a year. This is easily recreated at home with a pile of cozy sleeping bags, couch cushions, or a tent. Gather some beloved books to read together and individually. Just make certain to stock up on special snacks for the duration of the read-a-thon and spell out the expectations of the time you’ll be doing this activity as a family (2-3 hours perhaps, or longer). Audiobooks are also great for this, as is reading a book together that has a movie adaptation you can watch later (Roald Dahl books come to mind!). Build a craft into the day with a bookmark-making station or a book-themed tasty treat. Whatever you do, make it fun and your kids will beg for another read-a-thon soon.

Turn an Old Book Into a Hidden Treasure Box

This age-old activity is great for older children and takes a couple days from start to finish. Find an old book that you’re okay parting with (preferably one that has a thick spine) and simply glue the pages together using Mod Podge. Hold the pages together with clamps or rubber bands while the book dries. The next day, trace a rectangle on the first interior page of the book and use a utility knife to slice through the pages to create a hollowed-out nook. Sneak some hidden treasures inside to hide in plain sight.

Make a Book Store Using Old Dust Jackets

Trade in the idea of a lemonade stand for a custom-built indie bookstore of your own. A couple summers ago, my husband got a new lawnmower and we had a large box at the ready just begging to be made over into something magnificent. Taking the hundreds of dust jackets I’d saved over the years, we spray-glued them to the exterior of the box after we’d made a sizable window for my daughter to “sell” books from. The best part was that the packaging of the lawnmower came with some sturdy cardboard pieces that worked perfect for book ledges. If your box doesn’t come with this, it’s easy to instal acrylic or other lightweight bookshelves through the box into a piece of wood on the exterior. Make it your own and maybe hang a few twinkle lights inside to heighten the overall ambiance

Stock Little Free Libraries

You’ve likely seen a little free library at your neighborhood park or somewhere on your morning jog. Over the past decade they have proliferated across the globe, making books accessible to people the world over. Whenever we pass a little free library we can’t help taking a peek inside. Since most of them are crammed with adult books, it’s fun to mix things up and stock them with children’s books. Simply gather together books that your kids are ready to donate and map out a route of some little free libraries nearby. This is also something fun and affordable to do while on a road trip.



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Create a Hanging Bookshelf with Books

Find three similarly sized books (we’ve found Yuval Zommer’s Big Book series to work great for this) and drill holes into the four corners of all three books (about 1 ¼ inches in from the corner). Using any color nylon cord or rope, pull the rope up from the bottom of the pile, knotting the cord both underneath and on top of each hole. String the cord the length you want to separate each “shelf” from the others (generally 12-16 inches apart). At the last book bring the cords together to create a looped and knotted place to hang the shelf. Insert a small hook into the ceiling using the width of the book as a measuring guide and then hang your new “book shelves.” Place toys or other objects on the shelves.


Play a Card Game Based on a Book

Books inspire many different companion items these days, and one that’s great for an at-home activity is card games. From Go Fish: A 3-in-1 Card Deck, illustrated by popular children’s book author Oliver Jeffers, to the Duck & Goose Matching Game, inspired by Tad Hills’ beloved series, little readers will delight in seeing their favourite characters within the cards. 



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Marilyn here...

Hello everyone!  Welcome to Storywrap's blog, so glad you are here.  I hope the above activities will give more credence to the importance of books and how fun they can be when you go beyond what they traditionally are used for.  These suggested activities will engage kids in some physical projects all using books as the main characters. Together let's ignite interest in books as they are highlighted in many different ways.  Have a beautiful weekend and be sure to join me again on Monday as I unwrap more fantastic books for your kids to enjoy!   You can follow me on: 


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Thursday, January 20, 2022

"Scaredy Squirrel Gets a Surprise" - a bookwrap

 

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Scaredy Squirrel Gets a Surprise

By MΓ©lanie Watt



Specs


* Reading Age:  6-9

* Grade Level:  1-4

* Hardcover:  84 pages

* Publisher:  Random House Books for Young Readers

* Pub. Date:  May 3, 2022

* Language:  English 



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The Book




Scardey Squirrel is once again full of anxiety and fear in this second book in the new graphic novel series by MΓ©lanie Watt.  He makes it clear that he is not a fan of surprises but rather likes to be in control of what's happening at all times.  


He discovers a huge mysterious crate outside his tree home and he cautiously needs to seek out its content. He finds out that it's a pool and once again Scaredy's imagination takes over as he envisions perhaps it may contain sharks, eels, and algae!  Oh my!  


His friends Ivy, Timber, and Rash finally convince Scaredy that all his fretting and inward turmoil can be counter-productive.  They encourage him to let those feelings go, relax, and just have some good old-fashion fun with his friends!  Will Scaredy take their advice and allow himself to enjoy all the benefits and happy adventures that the new pool is able to provide for himself and everyone else?  


The author does a stunning job of creating detailed illustrations and penning playful humour scenarios throughout the book.  The comic book/ graphic novel format will be a hit with kids and the characters involved are adorable. Scaredy learns a very valuable life lesson... that it's okay to step out and try something new.  I love the book and recommend it for classrooms and elementary school libraries.  Both young and old will be delighted with the book and I am looking forward to book #3 in this series. 


Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


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Meet the Author/the Illustrator





Author and illustrator Melanie Watt is the bestselling creative genius behind many beloved picture books for children, including the Scaredy Squirrel series, the Chester series, Bug in a Vacuum, You're Finally Here!, Have I Got a Book for You! and Augustine. Melanie's books have received numerous starred reviews from journals including Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and have won many state awards, including the Virginia Readers' Choice Award, North Carolina's Children's Book Award and Maryland's Black-Eyed Susan Award. The Scaredy Squirrel animated television series airs on the Cartoon Network in the US and YTV in Canada.



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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Sharon, Lois and Bram's One Elephant Went Out to Play - a bookwrap

 

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Sharon, Lois and Bram's One Elephant Went Out to Play

Authored by:  Sharon Hampson,  the late Lois Lilienstein, Bram Morrison, Randi Hampson
Illustrated by:  Qin Leng


Specs


 * Ages:  3-7 years

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Tundra Books

* Pub. Date:  August 9, 2022

* Language:  English


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The Book




This is a delightful counting book from the creators of Skinnamarink.  These icon childrens' entertainers have made another winning contribution to the picture-book world that kids will love.  

"One elephant went out to play upon a spider's web one day. 

She had such enormous fun, that she called for her baby elephant to come."


This imaginative book spun from the talented trio's songbook is mesmerizing.  A diverse crowd joins the spider on his web... one by one.   When number ten climbs aboard everyone is having so much fun that they call for EVERYONE to come play with them.  ALL the jungle friends respond and climb aboard to have a blast.   Oh my!  Is that a good idea?  How strong is that spider web anyway?  


"Uh-Oh! SPLASH!"


Kids will not be disappointed because the mishap turns into a celebration with EVERYONE invited to a party after the spider spins his magic and rebuilds his web once again!  


The whimsical illustrations are extraordinary.  They are full of action, happiness and delicious detail. Kids will go back again and again to enjoy this fun book.  I highly recommend "Sharon, Lois and Bram's One Elephant Went Out to Play!"



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 



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Meet the Authors










SHARON HAMPSON, the late LOIS LILLENSTEIN (d. 2015) and BRAM MORRISON are some of Canada's most famous children's performers, with fans across North America and around the world. The trio, known simply as Sharon, Lois and Bram, formed in Toronto in 1978 and went on to create two top-rated children's television shows, The Elephant Show (CBC/Nickelodeon, 1984-88) and Skinnamarink TV (CBC/TLC, 1997-98), and to release 21 full-length albums (many of which reached gold, platinum, double platinum and triple platinum). They have won countless awards and were appointed to the Order of Canada in 2002. In 1998 they performed at the UN General Assembly and in 1994 they performed at the White House Annual Easter Egg Roll and Hunt. They also performed a run at the renowned Palace Theater on Broadway. In 2018, Sharon and Bram celebrated their 40th anniversary. After Bram's retirement in 2019, Sharon and her daughter, Randi, continue to entertain children and share their message of love. Their first picture book, Sharon, Lois and Bram's Skinnamarink was a national bestseller. 



About the Illustrator





Throughout her career, QIN LENG has illustrated picture books, magazines and book covers with publishers from around the world. Recent picture books include her author/illustrator debut I Am Small; Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen written by Deborah Hopkinson; and A Family Is a Family Is a Family written by Sara O'Leary. Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, written by Chieri Uegaki, was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award, and received the APALA Award for best picture book. She lives in Toronto, with her husband and her son.



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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

"My Best Friend" - a bookwrap

 

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My Best Friend

By Miquel Tanco


Specs


* Reading Age:  3-7 years

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Hardcover:  40 pages

* Publisher:  Tundra Books

* Pub. Date:  April 12, 2022

*Language:  English


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The Book



This book is a celebration of owning and loving a dog unconditionally.  It shares the reciprocal love between small humans and their faithful doggie friends.  "My Best Friend"  labels a dog as a BFF.  Dogs are soft, cuddly, warm and always there for you.  They are loyal,  constantly love your company, and happily follow you everywhere you go.  

This heartwarming story is a reminder to revere your pet when they are showing you affection or even when they are being a bit naughty as most dogs are from time-to-time.  Dog lovers both young and old will identify and confirm what a wonderful contribution a dog makes in their lives. 

The watercolour illustrations are wonderful and draw you into the narrative.  The diverse array of dogs and kids portrayed are a joy to behold.   I love the book and highly recommend it.  



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!


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Meet the Author/Illustrator






Miguel Tanco is a children's book author and illustrator born in Extremadura (Spain). He teaches illustration and organizes creative workshops with children and illustrators around Europe and has published over 40 children's books including the trilogy "You and Me, Me and You" (chronicle Books 2017-18-19), Les Farfelus (Les Fourmis Rouges 2016) or Count on me (Tundra Books 2019) , his sixth book as an author and illustrator.

He's received awards including the Bologna Book Fair Mention, 2010-2012, Children's Show N.o 9 of 3x3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration 2014 and 2016 ,The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles West 51, 55 Mention and gold award , The AOI mention of Illustration 2016 or Biennale Ilustrarte 2018

Miguel lives in Milan with his wife Federica and their two sons, Pablo and Javier.



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Monday, January 17, 2022

Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers - a bookwrap








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Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers: A Story Inspired by Loujain AlHathloul

By UMA MISHRA-NEWBERY and LINA AL-HATHLOUL
Illustrated by REBECCA GREEN


Specs


* Ages:  4-8

* Grade Level:  PS-3

* Hardcover:  40 pages

*Publisher:  mineditionUS

* Pub. Date:  Mar. 1, 2022

* Language:  English


Editorial Reviews 




“Beautiful and powerful and moving. A must-read.” — The Conscious Kid


"Poetic, moving, and empowering.” Kirkus Reviews


“Successfully makes a real-life issue accessible for the youngest audiences.” Publishers Weekly


"One of the Most Anticipated Picture Books of 2022" — Mutually Inclusive



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The Book



This book is inspirational and wonderfully written.  Loujain is a feisty determined little girl who believes she can accomplish anything but being a girl in her country puts limitations on her dreams.  She proclaims that ever little girls should have the opportunity to aim for the moon and fly to the sunflowers.  She focuses on her goals and determines that nothing is going to deter her from making them happen.  


This book will encourage girls ( both young and old worldwide ),  to never give up,  to set the bar high, and to keep their eyes fixed on the prize.... successfully achieving their dreams.  It is about dreaming big,  being brave, and overcoming fears and challenges they will face along the way.  


The book is based upon the life and experiences of co-author Lina AlHathloul's sister, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Loujain AlHathloul, who championed the campaign to dissolve the ban in Saudi Arabia where women were not allowed to drive.  The illustrations are beautiful and the heartfelt story is timeless.  I highly recommend this book. 



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!


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Meet the Author



Uma Mishra-Newbery and Lina AlHathloul are human rights activists. Lina is the sister of Loujain AlHathloul, the women's rights activist currently imprisoned by the Saudi government. Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers is their debut book


About the Illustrator


Rebecca Green is the illustrator of picture books including 

the New York Times best-selling BECOMING A GOOD CREATURE, written by Sy Montgomery and the author/illustrator of

Illustrator site: rebeccagreenillustration.com



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I thank you in advance for your support.  I adore what I do and would appreciate any amount that you may give so that I can make our Storywrap's community more thriving and exciting.  Thanks a million!  Books bind us together.   


Read on...Read Always! 

It's a wrap! 


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