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  • If you Were Me and Lived In…

    If you Were Me and Lived In…

    Continuing with coverage of amazing children’s books and authors, we are looking at the “If You Were Me and Lived in…” series by Carole P. Roman.

    This exciting and informative new children’s series takes young readers on worldwide tours of different countries and cultures.  This week we are sharing her  book on Italy.  In the weeks to come we will be sharing her books about China, Scotland, Hungary and so many more exciting places.

    if you were me italy

    Join Carole P. Roman as she visits the Republic of Italy.  Learn what it is like to live in Rome, see the famous architecture, celebrate a favorite holiday and discover popular names for both boys and girls.  Be fascinated with it’s diverse and rich history and colorful tradition.s  On the way, you might learn a word or tow in Italian!

    Here’s why we loved these books:  They are full of fun and exciting facts about countries around the world.  They include culturally rich facts and even teach you about the language.  This book is appropriate for any age and while parents and children read it together, it is educational for both.  The illustrations are colorful and help show the concepts being taught.

    About the Author:

    Her new non fiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca’s Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in …France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in…France for best in children’s non fiction literature 2013.

    Carole’s series currently contains 16 books.  Watch each week as we feature another book from this series.  To purchase any of the books from this series, visit www.caroleproman.com or www.amazon.com

     

  • Good Morning City

    Good Morning City

    Good Morning City by Pat KiernanIt’s dark and quiet.
    The moon still glimmers in the sky.

    From the popular NY1 morning news anchor Pat Kiernan, comes a picture book about how the different city-dwellers wake up and start their day.

    While the baker, the ferry boat captain, and the TV anchorman are busy at work, most people are cozily snuggled in bed. Then dawn’s first light peeks through the tree branches. Wake up, city! There is much to be done in neighborhoods all across the metropolis. As the morning gets brighter, the city streets bustle with people ready to begin the day.

    Recommended for ages 2-6

    Pat Kiernan has been waking up before dawn since 1997.  He’s become a fixture on New York City televisions as the morning news anchor for NY1.  He’s hosted nationally televised game shows and has appeared as himself in dozens of movies and tv shows.  He lives with his wife and daughters in Brooklyn, New York.

    Why we LOVE this book:

    • Perfect to be read one-on-one or aloud to a small group
    • Illustrations fill up the entire two-page spread in the book
    • Explores different routines and how we are the same and different
    • Great fit for holidays and other gift giving occasions
  • Sir Cumference and the Fracton Fair #STEM

    Sir Cumference and the Fracton Fair #STEM

    Sir Cumference and the Fracton FairWe first Met Sir Cumference at the First Round Table and couldn’t get enough of him.  He’s off on a new math adventure and this time it’s at the Fracton Fair.

    Sir Cumference and Lady Di discover “Fracton numbers” while purchasing cloth and cheese at the Fracton Faire. While twofourths may seem like the same as one-half, in truth it denotes two parts of one-half, or two quarters of the whole. But the real mystery is the fact that items at the fair keep disappearing, and Sir C, Lady Di, and the Earl of Fracton must set a numeric trap for the thief, teaching an important lesson along the way about the comparative size of fractions.

    Puns—both literal and visual—abound in this fun adventure story with beloved characters and a solid pedagogical foundation.

    Age Range: 7 – 10 years
    Grade Level: 2 – 5

    About the Author

    Cindy Neuschwander is a retired elementary school teacher who was inspired to write the Sir Cumference series while visiting medieval castles in England. She now works at California Polytechnic State University. She lives in San Luis Obispo, California.

    Wayne Geehan is the illustrator of Multiplying Menace, Cut Down to Size at High Noon, and the Sir Cumference series. He lives in Acton, Massachusetts.

  • Family Game Night with Bananagrams

    Family Game Night with Bananagrams

    Family game night in our house is epic.  It’s every Friday night and it comes fully loaded with pizza, popcorn and a lot of fun.  We started when I was a kid and it’s continued now that I have kids.  My mom gets involved as does my brother and there is never a lack of competition.  One of our favorite games is Bananagrams.  I have to say, this game lets you start the kids early – as in Kindergarten early!

    BananagramsMy First Bananagrams  is the perfect first word game for preschoolers and early readers! My First BANANAGRAMS utilizes lowercase letters and word-building, combo letter tiles to help nurture your child’s love for wordplay and word games. This game features lower letters, combo-letter tiles for early readers, and mini games to progress skills. With multiple activities and mini games, they’ll enjoy a play-progression towards  the original BANANAGRAMS experience!

    This is more of a phonics version of bananagrams. There are pieces that have the combinations TH and PH and other double letter bricks like OO and IG that help the players work on correct spellings of words where phonics are involved! It is a fun game for newer spellers and readers.

    As the kids get older, they can graduate to the full version of Bananagrams.  The Anagram game that will drive you bananas. The award-winning word game that needs no pencil, paper, or board. Fast and fun. Players race against each other to build crossword grids and use all their letter tiles first.

    These games come in a smaller bag that looks like a banana, so it’s easy and convenient to have in the car when you are on the go.  Great for travel.

  • The Sir Pigglesworth Adventure Continues

    The Sir Pigglesworth Adventure Continues

    Sir Pigglesworth's Adventures in New York CityLast week we introduced you to Sir Pigglesworth and his first adventure in London and his second adventure in Vancouver. This week we bring you the next two books in the series.

    Sir Pigglesworth’s Adventures in New York City

    The City That Never Sleeps is in for a Rude Awakening!

    The lovable master of mischief and mayhem takes on the Big Apple in this latest chapter of his adventure series. Our rambunctious hero doesn’t fail to entertain us and teach us valuable life lessions as he takes us on an educational tour of New York City that will make you laugh and cry.

    When we left Sir Pigglesworth, he was in Vancouver, BC, Canada with his friend, JoAnn, trying to find his mom and dad. But when he finally had them in his sight, he was unable to catch up with them in time. They were already on their way to another city.

    But all was not lost! Our hoofed hero never gave up and finally found a clue that had him and JoAnn following the trail of the royal parents to New York City.

    Will he find them there?

    Sir Pigglesworth's Adventures in Pigonia

    Sir Pigglesworth’s Adventures in Pigonia

    Learn how the royal scamp, Sir Pigglesworth, was thrust into the spotlight. The Queen only knights someone who has performed an act of bravery. What did Sir Pigglesworth do to earn that honor? Why did Queen Alexandra commission Sir Pigglesworth to be her emissary to the world? Why does he always wear goggles and a white scarf? What is his ancestry…where does his family come from?

    You will learn all the answers in Sir Pigglesworth’s Adventures in Pigonia. The story begins long, long ago…in 1802 when his great-great-great-great grandfather, the Grand Duke of Pigglesworth, was sent by the King to Pigonia, an island 3000 miles from London. After establishing a thriving colony on Pigonia, the Grand Duke left to move to New York.

    All of the pigs on Pigonia lived peacefully for the next 200 years…this is where our story really begins. Children will be delighted by this story that has pirates, mud monsters, turtle hopping on the beach and many more exciting adventures! They will especially love the colorful full-page illustrations in the book.

  • Best of Hullabaloo

    Best of Hullabaloo

    Best of Hullabaloo Volume TwoAs a prelude to their 3,000th show and to celebrate thirteen years of glowing critical acclaim, the beloved “free-range, organic kid-folk” duo Hullabaloo has compiled a sparkling new collection of Hullabaloo favorites for kids and families.  Their 13th album, Best of Hullabaloo: Volume Two, is set for release on February 24, 2017.

    Over the past thirteen years, Hullabaloo has created a foot-stomping, wing-flapping career performing their trademark blend of American folk and roots music with a kid-friendly angle.  For their “lucky 13” release, Hullabaloo’s Steve Denyes and Brendan Kremer decided to feature three favorite songs from each of the past five Hullabaloo albums.

    Explains Steve Denyes, “We released Best of Hullabaloo: Volume One in 2009, followed by five new albums.  To establish a milepost for our 3,000th live show, we wanted to bring out another ‘Best of’ album.  Of course, the hardest part was choosing the songs, an impossible task, really.  In the end, we chose a balance that reflected ‘fan favorites’ as well as our own favorite songs that we play live on a daily basis.”

    Best of Hullabaloo: Volume Two kicks off with “Sleep Well Tonight,” featuring Hullabaloo’s signature updated country/bluegrass sound, this time floating on a cushion of hambone, Bo Diddley rhythm.  With country charm and irrepressible silliness, “Dog Song,” a loping ode to man’s best friend written by the late, great Steve White, has a visceral appeal that reflects a combination of Woody Guthrie, Jimmie Rodgers, and re-runs of Hee Haw.

    “I Wear Pink” is based on Steve Denyes’ real-life experience as a boy who mostly learned about life playing with his older sisters and other kids in his neighborhood who happened to be of the girl variety.  Predictably, he wound up wearing a lot of pink and playing with dolls, that is, when he wasn’t surfing, skateboarding, and playing soccer and basketball with one of his best friends, Eileen, the neighborhood tomboy.  Guest artists heard on “I Wear Pink” include kindie music luminaries Peter Alsop, Jim Cosgrove, Papa Crow, Laura Doherty, Dean Jones, The Singing Lizard, Red Yarn, Randy Kaplan, Pointed Man Band, and Mista Cookie Jar.

    “Raise a Ruckus” –in the old days, a real “get down and boogie” staple on Louisiana Hayride and The Grand Ole Opry — has been given new, kid-friendly lyrics and updated energy.  The evocatively colorful “Favorite Day” calls upon Lunch Money’s Molly Ledford to blend her vocal and xylophone talents with those of Dennis Caplinger on ukulele and dobro, supported by the great sound of Gunnar Biggs‘ slap bass.

    Hullabaloo

    Steve Denyes and Brendan Kremer met in kindergarten and have been friends ever since.  Together they started playing music in the 5th grade band, where they vigorously exhibited their burgeoning talents on “Old MacDonald” and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”  Little did they suspect that, decades later, these songs would still be among their biggest hits!

    Best of Hullabaloo: Volume Two will be available at hullabalooband.com, cdbaby.com, and iTunes.