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Picture Books That Celebrate Working Together & 2 Signed Book GIVEAWAY!

Picture Books That Celebrate Working Together & 2 Signed Book GIVEAWAY!

I fell in love with Finding Wild when I first read it. It was lauded by a lot of picture book bloggers and Instagramers that I follow, so it caught my eye. I hunted it down at my local book store, and I thought it was such a gem. It captured childhood and adventuring in a sweet, gentle way. It’s the idyllic childhood that we all dream about.

Now, the author and illustrator of Finding Wild are back with another picture books that captures the small joys and adventures of childhood: fort-building. I haven’t read it yet, but I am looking forward to it.

 

Fort-Building Time by Megan Wagner Lloyd, illustrated by Abigail Halpin

From the creators of Finding Wild, a new picture book that follows the changing of the seasons and is as cozy as a fort.

Author Megan Wagner Lloyd is here today, sharing her 10 favorite picture books that celebrate working together. It won’t surprise you that her list includes other sweet and gentle adventures of friendships both new and old.

We are giving away 2 signed copies of Fort-Building Time! Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.

10 Picture Books That Celebrate Working Together

10. Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran, illustrated by Barbara Cooney

In this classic picture book, kids build their own pretend town called Roxaboxen. One thing I love about this story is that it shows how the line between work and play can be so fine for kids. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

9. Colette’s Lost Pet by Isabelle Arsenault

This sweet new picture book shows a group of neighborhood kids coming together to help Colette find her lost pet. In a darling twist, it doesn’t seem to matter to the kids that Colette never had a pet to begin with—they’re ready to be her friends! [picture book, ages 3 and up]

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6 Picture Books That Teach Word Concepts & GIVEAWAY

6 Picture Books That Teach Word Concepts & GIVEAWAY

I love picture books that teach and these 6 books do not disappoint. From compound words to alliteration to literacy, these books are a fun way to get kids exposed to word concepts.

I’m giving away four of these picture books to four winners. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.

Picture Books That Teach Word Concepts

Halloween ABC by Jannie Ho

I met Jannie Ho in my Community Education Children’s Writing class and she’s the nicest person ever! Her Halloween alphabet book is a not-scary way to learn the letters! [board book, ages 1 and up]

Betty’s Burgled Bakery: An Alliteration Adventure by Travis Nichols

My counters and cupboards were completely cleared of carrot cake, cornbread, and crackers.

This is a considerably crummy crime.

This is a fun adventure that introduces kids to alliteration. The story is told sequentially through alliteration in each alphabet letter. Gumshoe Zoo is the detective of this animal caper. The format of a graphic novel makes this especially engaging to read. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

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10 Picture Books Celebrating Korean Culture & 3 Signed Book GIVEAWAY!

10 Picture Books Celebrating Korean Culture & 3 Signed Book GIVEAWAY!

Please welcome my guest blogger today, author and illustrator Aram Kim! Her newest book, No Kimchi for Me! is something that I can relate to as this is exactly how my oldest daughter, now 17, learned to love kimchi!

No Kimchi for Me! by Aram Kim

Yoomi hates stinky, spicy kimchi―the pickled cabbage condiment served at Korean meals. So her brothers call her a baby and refuse to play with her. Yoomi is determined to eat kimchi. She tries to disguise it by eating it on a cookie, on pizza, and in ice cream. But that doesn’t work. Then Grandma shows Yoomi how to make kimchi pancakes.

This story about family, food, and a six-year-old “coming of age” has universal themes, and at the same time celebrates Korean culture. A kimchi pancake recipe and other back matter are included. [picture book, ages 3 and up]

As for me, I’m half Japanese and half Chinese American but I married an Korean American. I was introduced to Korean food in college, including kimchi which I really enjoy, to the great amusement of my Korean mother-in-law!

Aram has created a picture book list for anyone who wants to celebrate or learn about Korean culture. I was thrilled that there are actually ten picture books on this topic!

Aram and I are giving away 3 SIGNED copies of No Kimchi for Me! Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.

p.s. I have a few Korean American book lists here:

Top 10 Korean American Books for Kids

15 Great Korean Folk Tales for Kids

10 Wonderful Picture Books Celebrating Korean Culture

1. My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska

The story shows how a little Korean girl who moved to America slowly and gradually opens up and embraces her new home. Narrated by the little girl Yoon, readers can see how she sees and feels the world around her. Gorgeous, and somewhat surreal illustrations are icing on the cake. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

2. Junas Jar by Jane Bahk, illustrated by Felicia Hoshino

Very sweet and charming story of a girl who deals with her best friend’s sudden departure by going on various imaginary adventures. Soft and beautiful illustrations accompany the text seamlessly. Very heartwarming and satisfying ending. [picture book, ages 5 and up]

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6 Halloween Picture Books & 4 Book GIVEAWAY

7 Halloween Picture Books & 4 Book GIVEAWAY

Halloween is around the corner! I’m getting ready by giving away four of these fun Halloween picture books to four winners. Please fill out Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.

What are you favorite Halloween books to read with your kids? Thanks for sharing!

7 Fun Halloween Picture Books

Halloween ABC by Jannie Ho

An alphabet book with Jannie Ho’s charming and not scary illustrations. Use this board book to introduce toddlers to the concept of Halloween. You might get costume ideas from this book too! [board book, ages 1 and up]

Fingers for Halloween by Brandt Lewis, illustrated by Cori Doerrfield

I’ve always loved reading this kind of finger wiggling interactive board book to my kids when they were little. They delighted in getting physically involved with a book. The rhyming text makes this a fun way to teach kids counting from one to five. [interactive board book, ages 1 and up]

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Josh Funk’s Top 10 Fractured Fairy Tales & GIVEAWAY

Josh Funk’s Top 10 Fractured Fairy Tales & GIVEAWAY

Please welcome my guest author today, Josh Funk! We are are giving away his newest picture book, It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk, and … surprise! This is his FIRST non-rhyming picture book. I mention that because Josh is gifted in the art of rhyming. I learned that when I attended his seminar at The Writer’s Loft: To Rhyme or Not Rhyme.

It was hugely helpful as my first book coming out through Lee and Low Books is a rhyming picture book. As I struggled over the edits, I remembered Josh Funk’s advice: the meter or stressed syllables are more important than keeping the exact count of syllables consistent. It’s about how easy the book is to read aloud!

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10 Books for Kids with Supportive Families & 10 Book GIVEAWAY!

10 Books for Kids with Supportive Families & 10 Signed Book GIVEAWAY!

Please welcome Judy Newman today. She’s the President of Scholastic Book Clubs and is sharing her list of 10 Books for Kids with Supportive Families. We are also giving away 10 signed copies of Bobs and Tweets: Perfecto Pet Show. I’m giving away 5 copies on my Instagram (@PragmaticMom), and 5 copies here. Feel free to enter both giveaways to increase your chance of winning. Please fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter.

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Family Matters by Judy Newman

There is so much I want to tell you about the Bobs and Tweets and I am so grateful to Mia for this opportunity to speak to her wonderful community—you!—people who care passionately about getting a wide range of diverse books into the hands of all children.

Bobs and Tweets: Perfecto Pet Show by Pepper Springfield, illustrated by Kristy Caldwell

This is an interesting concept: a rhyming early chapter book! In this story, the Bobs and Tweets, two very different kinds of kids, help each other out in order to get to their school pet show on time. Differences can be helpful, the Bobs and Tweets learn, when it comes to fixing a disaster. [early chapter book, ages 5 and up]

That’s been my day job too. My career, as President of Scholastic Book Clubs, has been devoted to making sure all children have easy access to top quality, affordable books in which they can see themselves and others—and help them make sense of the world around them.  And…have fun, be entertained, and learn to love to read! It’s a tall order, but great children’s books are uniquely able to do all that hard work.

In the Bobs and Tweets series, Kristy Caldwell, the illustrator, and I are creating a big world on Bonefish Street (where our characters live) and populating the community with interesting, imperfect, relatable characters—all kinds of kids and families—from many diverse backgrounds with different world views.Read more…

31+ STEM Books to Inspire Girls

31+ STEM Books to Inspire Girls

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Tuesday, which found that 15-year-old girls around the world, outperform boys in science – except for in the United States, Britain and Canada. via The Guardian

Breaking down theNational Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores by gender, girls averaged 151 points (out of a possible 300), three points higher than for boys in the first-ever Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) assessment was given in 2014. via The Atlantic

So what is it? Girls are better than boys at science? Or girls are worse at science? Or girls in higher socio-economic brackets outperform boys?

What’s the end goal? Karen Peterson, the chief executive of the National Girls Collaborative Project, says  it’s to “increase their persistence and resilience in STEM studies so that those early kernels of interest translate into meaningful careers.”

As a mom of two girls, I am of the opinion that it’s the parents’ job to pay attention to where the child leads you. For my oldest, her path is towards art school. For my middle daughter, a STEM career mixed with an entrepreneur’s drive seems likely. And yet, the big thinkers at RISD think they very well will end up at the same place. For what is STEM without creativity?

If you peruse the timeline of female scientists and their picture book biographies, one thing is clear. If someone really wants a career in science, she’s not going to let anything stop her. Here’s to the progress women have made in science, and here’s to supporting all girls as they find their passion in life.

What are your favorite STEM books that inspire girls? Thanks for sharing!

STEM Picture Books for Girls

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Life might have its failures, but this was not it.

The only true failure can come if you quit.

Rosie is an closet inventor after she thought her cheese hat python deterrent hat was ridiculed. She uses the hat with some tweaks into a flying contraption for her aunt and learns that failure is the problem solving tool of an engineer. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts

Ada didn’t speak until she turned three, but when she did, she was full of questions, especially about why? Turns out, she has all the traits and the heart of a great scientist (though she’s also an exhausting kid to raise!). [picture book, ages 4 and up]

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

A little girl has an amazing idea that she’s going to make the most magnificent thing! All she has to do is make it. But making her magnificent thing leads down a frustrating path of trial and error. This book best reflects–Inspiration + motivation + passion = Endless possibilities. The girl’s emotional journey reminds a child not to quit. [picture book ages 3 and up]

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New Back to School Picture Books GIVEAWAY!

New Back to School Picture Books GIVEAWAY!

Is it time to get back into the swing of school? Hopefully, not just yet! We have a few more weeks of summer and I hope you do too. But, it’s IS a good time to talk about school starting to ease any anxieties. These five books do the trick.

How about you? What are your favorite back to school traditions or books? Thanks for sharing!

p.s. A few more Back to School book lists here:

Top 10 Diversity Starting School Books

Top 10 Starting School Picture Books

Books for Back to School Issues

 

New Back to School Picture Books GIVEAWAY!

A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices by Sally Derby, illustrated by Mika Song

Six kids in grades kindergarten through fifth grade start school with anxieties and fears. Ethan, a kindergartener, hides something in his pocket for comfort. Zach in first grade worries about learning everything over again. Katie frets that her new teacher in second grade isn’t her old teacher in first grade. Jackie isn’t the only third grader to get dropped off early. Fourth grader Carlos wonders if he will make new friends. Fifth grade Mia has hearing aids that almost make her late. As each child navigates the first day of school, their free verse poems show how everything turns out fine. [free verse poetry picture book, ages 5 and up]

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Ten Picture Books That Spark Courage & 3 Book GIVEAWAY!

Ten Picture Books That Spark Courage & 3 Book GIVEAWAY!

Please welcome author and illustrator Gaia Cornwall with her list of ten picture books that spark courage. She took the jump from illustrator to author with her first picture book, Jabari Jumps, a charming story about a boy who wants to dive for the first time, but finds it a little scary.

We are giving away 3 copies of Jabari Jumps! Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter. How about you? What picture books that spark courage do you recommend? Thanks for sharing!

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Jabari is ready to jump off the diving board for the first time!… Right after he does some stretches. And thinks about what kind of jump to do. Actually, everyone else can go first… With the help of his supportive dad, Jabari figures out how to deal with his fear and tackle a new challenge. [ages 2 and up]

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