Empowering story about conquering fear – The Dark

The Dark

Lemony Snicket

The Dark

With emotional insight and poetic economy, Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen bring to light a universal and empowering story about conquering fear. Join a brave boy on his journey to meet the dark, and see why it will never bother him again.

Lemony Snicket

With emotional insight and poetic economy, Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen bring to light a universal and empowering story about conquering fear. Join a brave boy on his journey to meet the dark, and see why it will never bother him again. => http://ind.pn/ZCbyYh

Lemony Snicket – discussion questions, vocabulary activities, writing activities, character studies, and cross-curricular activities

Lemony Snicket is the pen name of American novelist Daniel Handler. Snicket is the author of several children’s books, serving as the narrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events (his best-known work) and appearing as a character within the series.

Even reluctant readers find all of the books fun to read. They are told with such an offbeat sense of humour. The stories are mysterious, but they are soothing in that the plot is predictable, the writing is informal and the characters are very simple. Lemony Snicket has very cleverly titled his books using alliteration: There is a wonderful use of language, and the books are a pleasure to read aloud.

Incorporate the books into your classroom curriculum with these discussion questions, vocabulary activities, writing activities, character studies, and cross-curricular activities to supplement and enhance your teaching.  => http://bit.ly/14iVsUE

Explore the family of primates and learn to count with One Gorilla by Anthony Browne

One Gorilla

One Gorilla: A Counting Book

Anthony Browne

Count from one to 10 with apes and primates. One gorilla, two orangutans, and three chimpanzees. Explore the family of primates and learn to count with former Children’s Laureate and primate artist Browne in this exquisite picture book for the youngest of children. Full color. => http://bit.ly/13zqko3

Seven Wonders. Four friends. One mission. The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis

Seven Wonders.  The Colossus rises

Seven Wonders. One – The Colossus rises
Peter Lerangis

Jack McKinley is an ordinary boy with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die. Jack needs to find seven magic orbs that, when combined, have the power to cure him. The orbs are the relics of a lost civilization and haven’t been seen in thousands of years… because they’re hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The thrills begin in THE COLOSSUS RISES, the first book in the epic Seven Wonders Series. => http://bit.ly/13zoCCX

Ron Howard in Talks to Direct Disney’s ‘Graveyard Book’

The move will breathe new life into the adaptation of the Neil Gaiman children’s book.

The Graveyard Book is coming back to life.

Disney’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed 2008 kids novel was being developed as a stop-motion project to be directed by Henry Selick. It even had an October 2013 release date. But the project was put six feet under last summer when the studio and Selick parted ways over scheduling and development.
In a new twist, Graveyard now has been reconfigured as a live-action movie, and sources say Ron Howard is in negotiations to direct. => http://bit.ly/TLiCnO

Reading app – The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins


King Derwin of Didd demands “hats off to the King” when he passes by his citizens. But poor young Bartholomew Cubbins has a problem. Every time he removes his hat, another hat appears atop his head! Come along for the ride, as Bartholomew is whisked off to the royal throne room, summoned to the wise men, brought before the King’s magicians and even shot at by bow and arrow. As the number of hats reaches 200…300…400, what will happen to Bartholomew at hat number 500?
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Award winner – Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray
Winner – Fiction – 2012 Golden Kite Awards for Children’s Books


Ruta Sepetys
Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl, in 1941. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Between Shades of Gray is a riveting novel that steals your breath, captures your heart, and reveals the miraculous nature of the human spirit.
Includes discussion questions and a free excerpt … => http://bit.ly/S31j0u

An Investment in Children’s Books Is an Investment in Their Future

There are a myriad reasons why an investment in children’s books really is an investment in their future learning and development.

Reading books can stimulate children of all ages, in highly different ways. For kids aged zero to two years, effectively babies and young toddlers, it’s more about the visual stimulation, touch and bonding between parent and child that is most important.

Typically, baby books are brightly coloured, textured and chunky – making them perfect for getting baby’s senses going. As they get older, they are more excited by books with button-activated noises, lights and lift-flaps, as different areas of their brain begin to develop and pay attention to what’s going on in front of their eyes.

Two to three-year-olds become more interested in the actual words, as they explore the world of talking. They tend to find one page or book and focus on it, asking their mums and dads to read it over and over again – frustrating for adults but great for kiddies’ memory skills! Their favourite characters, such as those from movies, are a particular favourite at this age, as they really feel they are engaging with the character’s ‘life’.

As your little ones grow and begin to reach the ripe old age of five, they can handle slightly more complex texts and character stories. By this stage, they can predict what might happen, repeat the words they hear and learn about the subjects portrayed in books. For this reason, it is crucial to introduce not only works of fiction, but perhaps creative non-fiction, allowing them to learn about subjects like animals, history and fantasies such as pirates and mermaids.

When children begin to get older, they can really expand their vocabulary and knowledge by reading aloud from books, rather than just to themselves. This is also an excellent way for them to feel more grown-up, particularly if you are pro-active in asking them to read you a bedtime story!

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Louis Sharman is a freelance author writes article on various topics. To learn more about various bookstores and Online Bookshops he recommends you to visit http://www.foyles.co.uk

Author of the Month – Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff says that when she gets bored she gets silly. And when she gets silly, she gets creative. It was on a rather long roadtrip from San Francisco to Oregon that she came up with the idea for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the first installment in what would become a wildly popular series. Read more about this author, her cat, her writing and her books at our Author of the Month page

6 Practical Ways to Encourage Young Kids to Read More

Reading is a good habit. Young children should be encouraged to read more at early stage. Some parents find it hard to get their children to read because their children are attracted by the television programs and computers.

I am here to share with you some practical tips which you can apply so that you can get your young children to read more.

• First thing first, being parents, you are “responsible” to read with your children at least once every day. You should accompany them when they are reading. Don’t just give instructions to them. If your kids do not like a book you are reading together with them, you should put it aside. Don’t force your kids to accept the book.

• Besides accompanying them, you should be a reading role model to your kids. Let them see that you always read. It will be better if you can share some interesting things with them. Tell them what you have read from the books, magazines or newspapers.

• Young children enjoy reading books which come with colorful pictures and simple words. Hence, you are reminded to select the right reading materials for them. You should take note about your children’s interests. At the same time, you must make sure that you children have plenty to read at home. It is important for you to keep books and other reading materials in their reach.

• In order to encourage your kids to read, you must respect their choices. Do not set any limitation to them. Let them choose their own books based on their preferences. At the same time, you should take the opportunity to encourage your kids to try different kinds of books such as fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, biographies, etc. If possible, you should choose books that provide new experiences about different countries and cultures for them.

• You should find ways to motivate your children by praising them for their efforts. You are advised to listen to your children when they are reading. You can encourage them to read aloud. Then, you should start praising them for the newly acquired skills.

• Some young children refuse to read at the beginning stage. What you can do is to tell interesting stories to them. You are advised to look for creative ways to teach them good values so that you can help them to develop listening and thinking skills easily.

You love your children. You want them to have better future. Cultivating a lifetime reading habit will be the best gift you can provide for your beloved children.

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Jesslyn Jessy  A blogger with wide interest in training and personal development. She strongly believes that competency skills are essential for a fast changing world. Besides, she also focuses on human health which is inter related to working performance.  http://jessyanglo.blogspot.com/