Archive for March, 2017

Marvelous Machines in Real Life and in Brian Selznick Books

Marvelous Machines in Real Life and in Brian Selznick Books

Did you know that Brian Selznick’s grandfather’s cousin is the storied Hollywood producer and screen writer David O. Selznick, best known for producing Gone with the Wind (1939) and Rebecca (1940)? I only bring that up because Brian Selznick’s books have that same old-timey film quality despite being books. It’s like Brian Selznick himself is out of time; in our timeline but really from the past.

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

It’s Brian’s storyline as well as his illustrations that look like storyboards for a movie that give that same old Hollywood film glamour to his books. It should be noted that his books look deceptively long, but three fourth of the book is illustrations (without words). In a future world where books are a multimedia event, I would like to see his illustrations made into stop motion animated movie to accompany the text. That would bring his book down to a slim volume, enticing even the most reluctant of readers. Read more…

Great Backyard Bird Count 4 Book GIVEAWAY

Great Backyard Bird Count 4 Book GIVEAWAY

The 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count just finished up and the next one is Feb 16 to Feb 19, 2018. Birding is a fantastic reason for families to get outdoors and observe nature—and to read nature books together!

I’m teaming up with Downtown Bookworks for a birding for kids book giveaway that can help prepare any child for the Great Backyard Bird Count—or any day of birding! Awaken the budding naturalists and ornithologists in your child, or just use these books as an excuse to get outside!

p.s. Doodles and Jots has a free printable Bird Journal for kids to track the birds they find!

doodles and jots bird journal

Great Backyard Bird Count 4 Book GIVEAWAY

PBS KIDS Look and Learn Birds by Sarah Parvis
Young birders  will get everything they need to get started with this kit that comes with a book, binoculars, and more.

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Diverse Children's Books

#DiverseKidLit & The Changing Seasons

Our theme for #DiverseKidLit in March is the Changing Seasons. Please consider sharing diverse books and resources that support love and families. (As always, the theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)

I chose two nonfiction books today that show the biodiversity of the world we live in. I hope these books encourage kids to explore other countries and cultures.

Strange Trees and the Stories Behind Them by Bernadette Purquié and Cécile Gambini

Learn about sixteen real but unusual trees like the chocolate tree, the upside-down tree, the rain tree, the chewing gym tree, and the ghost tree. Each tree is described in an intriguing way from the tree’s point of view, inviting readers to learn more. Use the maps on the end papers to find each tree. The beautiful illustrations ignite the imagination! [nonfiction picture book, ages 6 and up]

Things That Grow by Libby Walden, illustrated by Becca Stadlander

The life cycles of plants, animals, and the universe are explored in this pocket sized book. With postcard sized pages, this book offers short tidbits of information with beautifully designed pages. [nonfiction picture book, ages 6 and up]


What Is #DiverseKidLit?

Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote the reading and writing of children’s books that feature diverse characters. This community embraces all kinds of diversity including (and certainly not limited to) diverse, inclusive, multicultural, and global books for children of all backgrounds.

We encourage everyone who shares to support this blogging community by visiting and leaving comments for at least three others. Please also consider following the hosts on at least one of their social media outlets. Spread the word using #diversekidlit and/or adding our button to your site and your diverse posts.


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Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children's Books for Parents and Educators

Join Us for Read an eBook Week!

March 5-11 is Read an eBook Week! First conceived by author Rita Toews more than nine years ago as a response to the stagnant acceptance of electronic reading, Read An E-Book Week has slowly built a strong international following among digitally published authors and readers alike.

Read an ebook week

This year’s event, which began March 5th and carried through to March 11th, brought authors from eleven countries together for a week of e-reading. Read more about the history of this event and the history of e-books HERE.

What better ebook to share than the one myself, my team members and MCBD Co-Founders (along with some pretty amazing bloggers and children’s literacy advocates) created ourselves?!

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The Rock Maiden by Natasha Yim

The Rock Maiden Chinese Folk Tale GIVEAWAY

I’m part of The Rock Maiden‘s blog tour, Natasha Yim’s Chinese folk tale about love and loyalty. She was inspired by an interesting natural rock formation found in Hong Kong, and the ancient Chinese legend that explained how that came to be.

I’m also giving away a copy of The Rock Maiden AND a Skype author visit with Natasha Yim! To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom.

The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty by Natasha Yim, illustrated by Pirkko Vainio

Amah Rock

Amah Rock in Sha Tan, Hong Kong, from I Love Hong Kong.

Ling Lee lived in a fishing village in Hong Kong and fell in love with a kind, young fisherman. When he was lost at sea, she never gave up hope of her return, climbing to the top of a cliff overlooking the sea to watch for him. Her lonely figure was noticed by a god who turned her and her baby into stone. About a year later, her husband returns and discovers what has happened. Tin Hau, the patron god of fisherman, again intervenes, rewarding true love. Read more…