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Lynda Mullaly Hunt Author Visit: Fish in a Tree

Lynda Mullaly Hunt Author Visit: Fish in a Tree

PickyKidPix skipped her club soccer practice so we could see Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s author visit for Understanding Our Differences. Her sister, Grasshopper and Sensei, had the pleasure of hearing Lynda Mullaly Hunt speak to her middle school two years ago. She hadn’t even read her book but she raved about how Lynda was a  inspiring and down to earth speaker who overcame a tough childhood.

Fish is a Tree is a story of dyslexia through the eyes of a girl named Ally and how a middle school teacher changed her life.

Lynda Mullaly Hunt Author Visit: Fish in a Tree

PickyKidPix, however, read both One for the Murphys and Fish in a Tree so I thought she would enjoy meeting the author. She hates being left out so it was her chance to meet the author her sister had. Both chapter books are realistic fiction for ages 9 and up.

One for the Murphys is a powerful story about a foster child in the loving care of a family for the first time and how that experience changes her life.

I like to give my readers a sense of being there as well, so I taped Lynda’s presentation and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Do you have questions for Lynda? Let me know and we can email her! Read more…

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland's Good Fortune

Thanksgiving Picture Book

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland's Good FortuneI was thrilled to be invited to a lunch hosted by Candlewick Press to meet author and illustrator P. J. Lynch who was here all the way from Ireland for the release of his first advanced picture book. He has illustrated more than 26 picture books over his 30 year career and this is the very first book he’s written!

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland's Good Fortune

Is it me or are all Irish authors charming and funny? Eoin Colfer comes to mind and now P. J. Lynch as well! After thirty years as a children’s book illustrator, P. J. reveals how this story about John Howland hooked him and converted him into an author:

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland’s Good Fortune by P. J. Lynch

Told in fascincating first person, P. J. Lynch tells the Mayflower story from the perspective of an indentured servant, young John Howell who actually fell off the ship during a storm and survived! John’s story begins from the perils of escape from England to the difficult voyage on the Mayflower and continues through the winter in the New World in which only half their party survive. John meets Massasaoit and Squanto who are instrumental in keeping the remaining settlers alive. By the end of his first year, John faces a difficult decision to stay or return home.

This is a picture book that begs to be read aloud. It’s also a great way for kids to feel like they are experiencing the Mayflower journey alongside John Howell. The gorgeous watercolor artwork reminiscent of old world Renaissance masters illuminates the story. [advanced picture book, ages 8 and up]

I interviewed P. J. Lynch in four parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Each video is about 3 minutes

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Hello! Welcome to the November 2015 Kid Lit Blog Hop. This exciting, now monthly hop,  is where we develop an engaged group of people who love everything that has to do with children’s literature. Everyone is welcome to join us: bloggers, authors, publicist, and publishers!

Simply create a post and add it to the linky. (Please make sure to add your direct post only) 
Once you are done, then hop around to visit others. Please visit at least the two people above your link. Please leave a comment when you do visit, we all like those.
Also, it would be appreciated if you grab the Kid Lit Blog Hop Badge and display it on your blog and/or your post.

The hostess will be around to see you. It would be nice if you followed all of them. Happy Hopping!

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Raising a Rock-Star Reader: 75 Quick Tips to Help Your Child Develop a Lifelong Love of Reading

Raising A Rock-Star Reader

I’m so excited about a new book by two of my favorite bloggers: Alison McDonald of No Time for Flashcards and Amy Mascott of Teach Mama! If you follow me via social media, you might have noticed that I tend to tweet, pin and share pretty much everything these ladies create on their blogs. They are experts at making learning fun and they have been testing out their ideas for years and years on their blogs.

Raising A Rock-Star Reader

Now, their book brings the best of the best of their tried and true tips to get your child to love reading. It’s not just books and apps, but easy (and sneaky) ways to make literacy a fun game that slides into a lifelong love of books.

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Caught in the Act ... of READING!

Kids Caught in the Act … of READING!

Ugh, I’ve been so behind that I’m finally now posting on Caught in the Act … of READING for the summer, now that the summer is almost over! Sorry about that! I’m not sure where the time went!

I’ll keep my book offer open for the rest of 2015: send me a photo of your child caught in the act of reading and I’ll send you a book. It’s my way to encourage reading! Read more…

An Author Interviews Her Editor

An Author Interviews Her Editor & #GIVEAWAY

An Author Interviews Her Editor, Karen Chaplin at HarperCollins Children’s Books

Hi there, I’m Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, author of the tween animal fantasy series, The Guardian Herd. Before I signed my publishing contract, I had never worked with an editor. I believed that book editors corrected grammar, but I soon learned that is the specific job of a copy editor.

The Guardian Herd

As Senior Editor Karen Chaplin and I began working together, I became fascinated with her job. She manages every aspect of my book series from content editing of the manuscript, cover design, marketing copy, and the promotional materials.

When she’s not working on my series, she’s acquiring new authors, attending meetings and conferences, and working on other projects. It’s an exciting job, and so I decided to interview her about it and about her work on the Guardian Herd series. Today I’m happy to share this exclusive interview with the book lovers over here at Pragmatic Mom. Read more…

Finding More Great Graphic Novels for Kids GIVEAWAY

Finding More Great Graphic Novels for Kids GIVEAWAY

Graphic novels are my secret weapon for reluctant readers, both boys and girls, but they are also the slippery slope for newly independent readers to develop a love of reading. I became a huge fan of graphic novels when my son learned to read in first grade. Not only did graphic novels get him asking to go to the library in search of books, but it also helped him with reading comprehension. YES, graphic novels support reading comprehension strategy development in children!

It’s the magic of pictures and words. Words + Pictures = A Game Changer for Reading Comprehension. Not only do kids love graphic novels and notebook novels and will eagerly devour them, but having to figure out the story from the words and the images helps kids develop critical reading comprehension strategies that they will need to employ for school, for life and certainly, for Common Core standardized testing. This kind of reading comprehension strategies transfers to chapter books, non-fiction and all other genres.

To celebrate the educational value + sheer pleasure of graphic novels/notebook novels = reading nirvana, I have a book list below to help you find more graphic novels for your kids based on other books that you might know.


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Explore Ocean Forests with Non Fiction eBook

Explore Ocean Forests with Non Fiction eBook

Do your kids like non fiction? Do they like apps? Here’s a marriage made in heaven for them: Ocean Forests eBook from Bright World — their first app after successfully self funding on Kickstarter! — that reads like a non fiction, has exploring opportunities to dig deeper in what interests your child, with gaming to get them to come back! I think this is perfect for my son’s summer learning!

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Top 10 Books for Struggling Teen Readers

Top 10 Books for Struggling Teen Readers

Please welcome author Jim Westcott who is a literacy specialist as well. Today, he shares his favorite young adult books for teen struggling readers. These books are high interest with a lower reader level to draw in reluctant teen readers, both boys and girls.

We’d love your suggestions as well! Please share!

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Kobo Glo HD : Read Anywhere Anytime!

#KoboGloHD : Read Anywhere Anytime! Giveaway!

I received a Kobo Glo HD to review and it immediately disappeared, snatched up by my kids. We have other eReaders in the house but I had loaded this one with the new Rick Riordan ebook, The Crown of Ptolomy, and more Wonder stories by R. J. Palacio.

My son has been waiting for the newest Riordan book and he took theKobo Glo HD and went off to read it, despite being in the middle of three other books. Read more…