I’m celebrating Maria Gianferrari’s new sequel to Penny and Jelly today by doing a three picture book giveaway! Penny and Jelly Slumber Under the Stars celebrates the pleasure of the great outdoors in the company of our favorite animal friends..
We have a fair amount of light pollution where I live, but sometimes on vacation when we can look up at the sky and see the stars and moon, we marvel at what we can see. My kids learned about the phases of the moon in 4th grade where they used Oreo cookies to recreate the moon phases. We read about the moon in picture books too. And we watched the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse in Boston. The skies are amazing, aren’t they?
Image of moon view by Niko Grigorieff
In the spirit of making learning fun, I found this rap video that explains the Phases of the Moon. Pair it with the Oreo Phases of the Moon science project for summer learning fun!
I want to remind myself to look up at the night sky. There’s wonder all around us. Just look at these amazing photos from the Hubble Space Telescope. The photos below are from the Hubble site.
Penny and Jelly Constellation
For a fun activity, try this Penny and Jelly constellation project:
Penny and Jelly Slumber Under the Stars by Maria Gianferrari
Penny is excited for a sleepover under the stars except for one thing: no pets allowed. She tries and tries to make a facsimile of Jelly out of various materials. Nothing turns out right. But then she has a great idea of how to include Jelly!
Penny and Jelly learn about constellations for their outdoor sleepover. This picture book lends itself to learning about the night sky as well as trying to make a dog using all kinds of materials including marshmallows, yarn and paper. This is a great picture book for a book club for kids as it lends itself to all kinds of fun activities. Or, just enjoy it as a bedtime story and look out at the night sky! [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Penny & Jelly: 3 Picture Book GIVEAWAY!
To win one of three copies of picture book, Penny and Jelly Slumber Under the Stars, please fill out the Rafflecopter below.
Maria writes both fiction and nonfiction picture books from her sunny, book-lined study in northern Virginia, with dog, Becca as her muse. Maria’s debut picture book, Penny & Jelly: The School Show, illustrated by Thyra Heder, was released in July 2015 (HMH Books for Young Readers); a companion book, Penny & Jelly Slumber Under the Stars, will be released in June. Her debut nonfiction book, Coyote Moon, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, will be published by Roaring Brook Press in July, and Aladdin Books for Young Readers will publish Officer Katz & Houndini: A Tale of Two Tails in October. Maria has five additional books forthcoming from Roaring Brook Press, Boyds Mills Press and GP Putnam’s Sons. To learn more about Maria, visit her website and on Facebook.
And you can visit Penny & Jelly at their website.
I’m part of the Penny & Jelly blog tour. Check out the other stops:
PENNY & JELLY SLUMBER UNDER THE STARS BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAYS EVERY DAY:
June 9th: Pragmatic Mom + Three Book Giveaway!
June 10th: Mamabelly’s Lunches with Love
June 14th: Kid Lit Frenzy
June 15th: Miss Marple’s Musings
June 16th: Bildebok
June 17th: Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) + Three Book Giveaway!
June 24th: Picture Book Builders
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