My son learned to love reading because of graphic novels so they will always have a place in my heart. He’s reading chapter books now, but he still enjoys a funny notebook novel. I’m excited to share some newly published ones, and I’m giving away a few them as well (at the bottom of the page).
How about you? What graphic novels or notebook novels have your kids been enjoying? Please share!
Doodle Adventures: You Draw the Story
This is a fun concept, particularly for summer reading. It’s a doodle book combined with a graphic novel. The reader gets to decide the story by drawing it in and you don’t necessarily have to be an artist.
The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs by Mike Lowery
I wasn’t sure how my son would react to this doodle graphic novel since it looked a little easy for him, but he raced through it and enjoyed doodling along to create his own adventure. Since we had an ARC (advanced release copy), I’ve giving away this brand spanking new hardcover book! [doodle graphic novel, ages 6 and up]
Please welcome Ashley who blogs at Booktomato as my guest author. She’s sharing her favorite Shakespeare books for kids.
My 10th grader, Grasshopper and Sensei, is studying Shakespeare in English class. She has a very bad concussion (her 4th, all from volleyball), and she couldn’t read Shakespeare without getting a headache flare up. I used an early chapter book series, Tales from Shakespeare, to help her understand the storyline and it really helped. While some of my fellow Cybils Early Chapter Book judges preferred the original, I like how this series makes Shakespeare more accessible.
Tales from Shakespeare: Hamlet by Timothy Knapman, illustrated by Yaniv Shimony
Hamlet as an early chapter book retold in modern day English with illustrations on every page. At just 47 pages, this is a quick read that focuses on conveying the plot. Quotes from the original work are pulled out as well. [early chapter book, ages 8 and up]
Tales from Shakespeare: MacBeth by Timothy Knapman, illustrated by Yaniv Shimony
The format of this early chapter book is the same as above, but about MacBeth. We used this for my daughter’s 10th grade English class instead of Spark Notes to understand the plot. [early chapter book, ages 8 and up]
How about you? Are your kids reading simpler versions of Shakespeare and how do they like it? Thanks for sharing! Read more…
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Nature is often a theme of Japanese art. Today, I am giving away two Japanese art coloring books and sharing some Japanese art by Hokusai from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. I hope this helps to entertain your kids this summer.
p.s. More art posts for kids:
45 Art Gifts for Seriously Arty Kids by my daughter
10 Inspirational Art Books for Arty Kids
Gifts for Kids Who Hate Art and Reading
Our Art Gift Kits for Arty Kids
Let’s learn about Ukiyo-e!
The ukiyo-e genre of art flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries The term ukiyo-e translates as ‘pictures of the floating world’.
Some ukiyo-e artists specialized in making paintings, but most works were prints. Artists rarely carved their own woodblocks for printing; rather, production was divided between the artist, who designed the prints; the carver, who cut the woodblocks; the printer, who inked and pressed the woodblocks onto hand-made paper; and the publisher, who financed, promoted, and distributed the works.
Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai
Please welcome my guest author today, Geoff Griffin, who wrote a Jackie Robinson story that my son and I really connected to, Brooklyn Bat Boy. Told from the point of view of a fictional bat boy, it’s the story of Jackie Robinson’s first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
What struck me was the reaction of his teammates reflected the world around him during this time of segregation and Jim Crow laws. Eddie Stansky did not being on an integrated team, but when a rival team harassed Jackie, he was the first to stick up for him. Pee Wee Reese, on the other hand, harbored no such racism. His support may have been the difference between success and failure of this social experiment? Who knows? Please read on for Geoff’s post …
The Inside Scoop on Jackie Robinson and His Teammates
While doing research for my book Brooklyn Bat Boy, the fictional story of the bat boy for the Dodgers during Jackie Robinson’s 1947 rookie season, one thing that struck me was how much the attitudes of Robinson’s teammates changed as spring turned to fall that season.
I thought I’d combine activities and books for some summer activity ideas. Today’s activity is about flying as in: aviation, female pilots, and pioneering aviators!
First some aviation book ideas for both boys and girls …
Fabulous Flying Females: Women Aviator Books for Kids
10 Books for Kids Who Dream of Flying
And now the activity … making really cool paper airplanes. My thanks to Tuttle Publishing for generously donating this giveaway!
Origami Airplane GIVEAWAY
PickyKidPix came up with the idea to turn our Golden Retriever into a therapy dog. Her initial reason was sneaky. She wanted to bring him into grocery stores and on airplanes. A therapy dog certification is not enough for this, so she decided that this would be one way that she would do service work. I thought it was a great idea. I told her that I would drive her, but she would have to figure it all out herself.
She researched and found a place in the Berkshires, two and a half hours from us where we could bring him to be certified. I thought that they would just check to make sure he was a friendly dog but, boy, was I wrong.
My neighbor’s best friend is none other than Robert Sabuda. They went to art school together. We discovered him long before our neighbor moved in across the street. It was at a museum store that my husband could not resist Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs : The Definitive Pop-Up for our dinosaur obsessed three year old son.
Our collection grew to include his shark and mythology pop up books. I think my husband and I enjoyed them as much as our children did. And we kept them in pristine shape by reading them very carefully, savoring each magical pop up. We still have them in a special section of a bookcase where our son takes them out from time to time.
Today, Robert Sabuda is guest posting about his latest endeavor. It sounds really cool. My dinosaur obsessed son is now 11 years old and I think he will love this too. Read more…
Grasshopper and Sensei‘s good friend, Sarah
Image, KylaBorg on Flickr, under Creative Commons
It’s Not Easy Being a Girl
You are female.
You wake up in the morning and get ready to go to school. Picking out clothes can sometimes be a little emotional for you. Like 91 percent of other girls, you are unhappy with the way you look. Doing your makeup isn’t easy either. The day that you ran out of time to put any on, someone called your skin gross. A few days later, your friend tells you you’d be prettier if you just didn’t wear so much makeup. You glance at the fashion magazines on your nightstand, where Kerry Washington or Emma Watson or it doesn’t really matter who is laughing at you with a frozen, glossy smile. They never had to worry about this, did they?
You arrive at school. Your first class is calculus. The class has more girls than boys, so you have some close friends in the class who have been helping you with your homework the past few days. This unit has been particularly challenging. At the end of class, you walk over to the teacher’s desk to grab some extra review sheets. A male classmate of yours is trying to argue his way into a C- on a recent test; he is doing far worse than you are. Before you make it to the door the teacher catches you and says, “I see you’ve been having some trouble lately. Are you sure this class is the right place for you? You may want to think about switching down a level.” You politely assure him you’ll stay where you are. Read more…