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Searching for Silverheels: Book Club Kit

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in * Grades 03-06, * Grades 06-09, Book Clubs, Cross Generational, Event Kit, History (US), Women's History | 0 comments

Searching for Silverheels: Book Club Kit

Reader Engagement Project: THE BOOK
 The political climate of 1917 Como, Colorado, churns with the declaration of war against Germany, exhibitions of patriotism and accusations of un-American behavior, and a lone cry for the women’s right to vote. Searching for Silverheels by Jeannie Mobley (Margaret K. McElderry Books) opens with 13-year-old Pearl saying that it is “strange how sometimes, even though the whole world is changing around you, everything can feel so much the same.” But, like every girl coming of age, the world starts to affect...

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Ling & Ting: Tell Me a Story

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in * Grades 00-02, * Grades 03-06, Language Arts & Writing, Student Writing | 0 comments

Ling & Ting: Tell Me a Story

Tell Me a Story…TWICE AS SILLY as Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly, the third in Grace Lin’s award-winning early reader series, has been released!  Once again the twins end their day (and the book) by telling silly stories.  This time, though, the stories are TWICE AS SILLY! Grace Lin is celebrating the new book by asking her readers to tell their own silly stories. Want to tell Grace Lin a silly story?? Whether it is something you write using the new Ling & Ting Story Starters* or something silly that...

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Ling & Ting Story Starters

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in * Grades 00-02, * Grades 03-06, Language Arts & Writing, Student Writing | 12 comments

Ling & Ting Story Starters

Reader Engagement Project: The Book The beloved twins from the Geisel Honor book Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! and Ling & Ting Share a Birthday are back to share their favorite funny stories with beginning readers in Ling & Ting: Twice As Silly. This collection of six laugh-out-loud stories is sure to tickle the funny bone of fans and new readers alike. “Fans of Ling and Ting will be delighted to see a few nods to previous adventures, while new readers will want to get to know these funny sisters better. A winning addition to...

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Baking Day at Grandma’s: Story Hour Kit

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in * Grades 00-02, Arts & Crafts, Cooking, Event Kit, Grades Early Childhood Classroom, Kinetic Literacy, Music, Story Hour Kit | 0 comments

Baking Day at Grandma’s: Story Hour Kit

Reader Engagement Project: The Book In the picture book Baking Day At Grandma’s by Anika Denise and illustrated by Christopher Denise (Philomel), three cubs join their grandmother for a day of baking. While their cake is in the oven, Grandma puts on some old-time music for “skippy notes and tapping feet.” The three cubs leave with treat bags with pieces of cake inside to share with their neighbors. “It’s perfect for individual sharing, storytime, baking time, and pretty much any time.” —School Library Journal The Story Hour Kit The...

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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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