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Vampire Baby: Silly Story Hour “Masks” & Chance to Win Books

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in * Grades 00-02, Event Kit, Giveaway for Librarians, Grades Early Childhood Classroom, Halloween, Play Groups, Story Hour Kit | 0 comments

Vampire Baby: Silly Story Hour “Masks” & Chance to Win Books

Reader Engagement Project: Transform your Story Hour Babies & Toddlers into “Vampire Babies” with a Silly Downloadable Costume! Snap Pictures of a “Vampire Baby” and Win Books for a Library! The Book It happens overnight: little sister Tootie goes from cuddly, ga-ga-googoo, I-want-my-ba-ba baby to…vampire baby. Now she’s sinking her pointy fangs into everything — furniture, toys, and especially her big brother. Mom insists that it’s just a phase, but Tootie’s brother knows better. Just look at her hairline!...

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This Orq. (He Cave Boy.) : Mammoth Puppet

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in * Grades 00-02, Arts & Crafts, Event Kit, Grades Early Childhood Classroom, Play Groups, Puppetry, Story Hour Kit | 0 comments

This Orq.  (He Cave Boy.) : Mammoth Puppet

Reader Engagement Project: The Book Meet Orq, cave boy. And Woma, woolly mammoth. Orq love Woma. Only one problem: Mom is not a fan of Woma, who sheds and smells and is definitely not cave-trained. How can Orq convince his mother that Woma belongs with them? Orq has a plan to get Woma back in the cave…A satisfying story about friendship and loyalty, filled with humor and heart. “…it’s going to be a huge hit at storytimes in bookstores, schools, and libraries. And I’m pretty sure every family I hand it to will read this one again and again and...

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Something About America

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in * Grades 06-09, * Grades 10-12, History (US), I'm Your Neighbor, Immigration, Social Justice | 0 comments

Something About America

“Simplicity of language is a powerful counterpoint to the emotional complexity of the immigrants’ story, and classrooms of mixed reading abilities and/or second-language learners may find this an ideal vehicle.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books This isn’t supposed to happen in America. Inspired by actual events, this story starts ten years after the narrator’s family fled the fires of ethnic hatred in Kosova, Yugoslavia – long enough for the narrator to have transformed herself into a typical American schoolgirl. Her parents...

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Even Monsters: Story Hour Kit

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in * Grades 00-02, Arts & Crafts, Event Kit, Giveaway for Readers, Grades Early Childhood Classroom, Halloween, Music, Play Groups, Story Hour Kit | 0 comments

Even Monsters: Story Hour Kit

Reader Engagement Project: The Book Toddlers and young readers will discover their commonalities with monsters when you open a copy of the picture book Even Monsters… by AJ Smith (Sourcebooks) for read aloud.  Every child knows monsters can be…well, MONSTERS. But our narrator tells us that monsters can also be scared, sad, and even miss their mommies. The illustrations abound with pitch-perfect kid humor from underwear to cooties to bugs in the breakfast cereal. “The text’s cheeky humor is immediately apparent…”...

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Cub’s Big World: Story Hour Kit

Posted by on Dec 14, 2013 in * Grades 00-02, Event Kit, Kinetic Literacy, Nature & Environment, Play Groups, Story Hour Kit | 0 comments

Cub’s Big World: Story Hour Kit

Reader Engagement Project: The Book In the the picture book Cub’s Big World, a polar bear cub gets separated from her mother.  (Don’t worry, Mom is really nearby all the time.) Cub runs, pounces, and leaps after other animals, thinking each is her mom. “The suspense is toddler-perfect…”  —The Horn Book Magazine “Cub’s Big World is a big must-have.” —School Library Journal The Story Hour Kit The activity in this kit allows children to become Cub and look for four animals while mimicking the...

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Moxie Cache: Treasure Hunt for MG/YA Chapters

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in * Grades 06-09, * Grades 10-12, Audiobooks, Event Kit, Giveaway for Librarians, Giveaway for Readers, Kinetic Literacy, Library Tour, Treasure Hunt | 0 comments

Moxie Cache: Treasure Hunt for MG/YA Chapters

Reader Engagement Project: The Moxie Cache is a simple library activity to hide, geocache, or otherwise treasure hunt for 3 free chapters (as a PDF or MP3!). Those chapters open Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking: A 14 Day Mystery by Erin Dionne (Dial Books), a new novel about a pair of teens who use their geocaching and problem solving skills to hunt for the lost treasures of the infamous the Isabella Stewart Gardner art heist. “[A] breathless thrill-ride.” –SLJ The Moxie Cache kit contains: 50 Moxie Cache Cards These business...

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Here Come the Humpbacks!: Migration Game

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in * Grades 00-02, * Grades 03-06, Event Kit, Kinetic Literacy, Nature & Environment, Science, Story Hour Kit | 0 comments

Here Come the Humpbacks!: Migration Game

Reader Engagement Project: A Whale Migration Game for Classrooms, Libraries, Bookstores, & Other Mammal Loving Locales Encouraging readers (ages 5-10) to imagine both the perils and delights of being a baby humpback on its first migration through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The Book In the new non-fiction picture book Here Come the Humpbacks! by acclaimed science writer April Pulley Sayre, young readers follow along as a mother humpback whale and her calf make their annual trek from the warm waters of the Caribbean to their summer...

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Water Castle Library Scavenger Hunt

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in * Grades 06-09, * Grades 10-12, Action Adventure, Event Kit, Fantasy, Kinetic Literacy, Library Tour | 4 comments

Water Castle Library Scavenger Hunt

Reader Engagement Project: A Library Scavenger Hunt for Book Clubs, Summer Reading, Library Sleep Overs, Vacation Programs, Library Orientation, and Catalog Lessons. Do you believe in the unbelievable? The acclaimed middle grade novel, The Water Castle follows three kids as they attempt to unravel the clues that may lead to the fabled Fountain of Youth.  This event kit leads your young patrons on their own journey of discovery with a series of clues on beautifully illustrated cards.  The clues takes patrons through the shelves of your library...

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Doggone Feet! : A Listen, Sing, Search, Create, Pair, and Count Story Hour Kit

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in * Grades 00-02, * Grades 03-06, Arts & Crafts, Event Kit, Grades Early Childhood Classroom, Kinetic Literacy, Mathematics, Music, Play Groups | 0 comments

Doggone Feet! : A Listen, Sing, Search, Create, Pair, and Count Story Hour Kit

Reader Engagement Project: A Story Hour Kit with Read Aloud Activities for Libraries, Classrooms, and Families Encouraging Readers to 
Listen, Sing, Search, Create, Pair, and Count Ever wonder what’s going on in the mind of a dog? The Book The picture book Doggone Feet! written & Illustrated by Leslie Helakoski (Boyds Mill Press) is an entertaining look at life from the point of view of a family pooch.  As the dog’s “people family” grows, so does her dismay at having to share her space with so many new and noisy feet. But as she...

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So You Wanna Be a Superstar?: Audition Event Kit for Libraries

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in * Grades 06-09, * Grades 10-12, Drama, Event Kit, Music | 0 comments

So You Wanna Be a Superstar?: Audition Event Kit for Libraries

Reader Engagement Project: Building the Audition Skills of Your Talented Patrons “This is the ultimate Teen Program in a Box, highly recommended.”  –Karen Jensen, Teen Librarian’s Toolbox “This is super rad!”  –Justin Hoenke, Teen Librarian, Portland Public Library The Drama and Chorus kids often hang out in our libraries.  Whether those talented patrons are planning to try out  for the musical, glee club, chorus, or the local teen idol they need audition skills. This Event Kit connected with Ted...

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