Filipino Folk Tales & 2 Book Bundle GIVEAWAY!

Filipino Folk Tales & 2 Book Bundle GIVEAWAY!

It’s interesting how few Filipino children’s books are available in the United States, despite being 1.1% of the population, numbering 4 million. Filipinos are the second largest self-reported Asian ancestry group after Chinese Americans according to 2010 American Community Survey.

I have a list of Filipino picture books created by illustrator Mika Song to complement this list of Filipino Folk Tales. Am I missing any? Thanks for your help!

Thank you to Tuttle Publishing for their generous giveaway of these six Filipino books! We are giving away two packages of wonderful Filipino books for kids! Please use the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.

Filipino Folk Tales

Rockabye Crocodile: A Folktale from the Philippines by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey

This is a very sweet story of the importance of kindness and the rewards that it brings. Two boars are neighbors. Anabel is kind and cheerful. Nettie is mean and selfish. When Anabel encounters a crocodile, her kindness is rewarded by an abundance of fish that the crocodile supplies in return for taking care of its crying baby. Nettie wants the same reward, but because she goes about it in a selfish way, her payment is quite different. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

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Lego STEM Creativity: Building Lego Models

Lego STEM Creativity: Building Lego Models

My son thinks one of the best jobs in the world would be designing lego models. That would be the perfect STEM/STEAM job!

my son and legos

I’ve been collecting LEGO videos for my son on some of the coolest things built from LEGOs. Hope you like them too!

lego kit that shoots things

Lego STEM Creativity: Building Lego Models

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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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Beatrice Zinker prize pack

#BeatriceZinker #UpsideDownThinker GIVEAWAY

Disney-Hyperion sent me a copy to check out, and is partnering with me for a giveaway!

I’m giving away a prize pack in celebration of Shelley Johannes’ debut chapter book, Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker, in collaboration with Disney Hyperion. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom. It’s in stores now!

Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes

Beatrice does her best thinking upside down.

Hanging from trees by her knees, doing handstands . . . for Beatrice Zinker, upside down works every time. She was definitely upside down when she and her best friend, Lenny, agreed to wear matching ninja suits on the first day of third grade. But when Beatrice shows up at school dressed in black, Lenny arrives with a cool new outfit and a cool new friend. Even worse, she seems to have forgotten all about the top-secret operation they planned!

Can Beatrice use her topsy-turvy way of thinking to save the mission, mend their friendship, and flip things sunny-side up? [chapter book, ages 9 and up]

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WBUR’s Circle Round

New Storytelling Podcast: #circleround

Circle Round is that rare unicorn in kids’ entertainment in that it’s actually entertaining for parents too! Episodes are narrated by theatre, film, and TV actors that parents will no doubt identify with. I’m proud to partner with WBUR.

For my friends in Boston, WBUR is hosting a free, interactive launch party for Circle Round at the Boston Children’s Museum on Sunday, September 24 at 2 p.m.

Circle Round is a new storytelling podcast for kids ages 4-10, and comes from the WBUR producing team behind the popular podcast Modern Love.

WBUR’s Circle Round

image: WBUR’s Circle Round

And guess what? FOLK TALES!

Circle Round provides global perspectives with voices representing cultures from around the world. Episodes include prompts for discussion, giving children and their caregivers plenty of food for thought long after the story ends. Stories delve into diverse and accessible topics such as kindness, persistence, and generosity. Read more…

Everyday Birds

Please Help Us Celebrate #peaceday Today!

Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle and Amy Ludwig VanDerwater are championing  the United Nations International Day of Peace which is today, September 21.

They are hoping that our educator and author and illustrator friends will flood the internet with images, poems, books, and ideas of peace on this day (9/21) along with the UN hashtag #peaceday.

Please Help Us Celebrate #peaceday Today!

Dylan Metrano (illustrator of Every Day Birds) made this image to share and use as a profile picture.

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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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Click'd by Tamara Ireland Stone

#ClickdBook Prize Package GIVEAWAY!

I’m thrilled to giveaway Tamara Ireland Stone’s latest book, Click’d. I loved her last book, Every Last Word, about a high school girl who suffered from OCD. I have a book list about OCD coming out soon inspired by this book.

I’m actually giving away a prize package, courtesy of Disney Hyperion. Please fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter.

 

Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone

Allie Navarro can’t wait to show her best friends the app she built at CodeGirls summer camp.

Watching her app go viral is amazing. Leaderboards are filling up! Everyone’s making new friends. And with all the data Allie is collecting, she has an even better shot at beating her archenemy, Nathan, at the upcoming youth coding competition. But when Allie discovers a glitch that threatens to expose everyone’s secrets, she has to figure out how to make things right, even if that means sharing the computer lab with Nathan. Can Allie fix her app, stop it from doing any more damage, and win back the friends it hurt—all before she steps on stage to present Click’d to the judges? [chapter book, ages 9 and up]

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6 New Advances in Dentistry You Need To Know About

6 New Advances in Dentistry You Need To Know About

Are you taking good care of your teeth? Believe it or not, good oral care can have major implications for all sorts of aspects of your health, and dental problems that are left untreated can turn into serious complications that can even be life-threatening in some situations. Even if a dentist appointment is one of the last things you want to see on your calendar, you have to know that maintaining clean and healthy teeth needs to be a huge priority for you and your family. Fortunately, the science and technology of dental care is constantly changing and advancing. It’s just drills, gold fillings, and dentures anymore. If you’ve got cavities, periodontal disease, broken or missing teeth, or anything else that necessitates a trip to the dentist’s office, you should read up on some of the amazing new things dentists can do for you these days. Here’s a few that you might have missed hearing about if it’s been awhile since you lowered yourself into a dentist’s chair.

  1. Sedation dentistry

Getting sedated isn’t just for major procedures like wisdom tooth extraction anymore. For people who have high levels of anxiety about getting their teeth worked on, there are a variety of medication options dentists can use to put you in a state where you can comfortably get through the procedure—even if it’s just a cleaning. Dentists trained in sedation dentistry practices can help you safely reach the right state of relaxation and awareness you need. Read more…