November 2014

If you like the Boxcar Children, you’ll like the Cascade Mountain Railroad Mysteries

by On November 21, 2014 in General

Bookboard has just gotten a new series of mysteries called the Cascade Mountain Railroad Mysteries. These four books detail the adventures of Finn Mackenzie, Billy Cole and Dannie Renwick

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Juxtaposition in Children’s Books

by On November 21, 2014 in General

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<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://bookboard.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Screen-Shot-2014-01-02-at-4.53.18-PM.png"><img class="size-full wp-image-5696 aligncenter" alt="Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 4.53.18 PM" src="http://bookboard.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Screen-Shot-2014-01-02-at-4.53.18-PM.png" width="541" height="152" /></a>I have a?thing for juxtaposition, much to the horror of my ever-patient husband (girly dresses with big stompy boots are the worst offenders, apparently) but when I see well-executed juxtaposition in children’s books… well, that just thrills me to no end. A great example of this is in a new book we have in the Bookboard collection, the aptly-named Pirate Bob. Which is a book about a pirate named Bob.</p>
<p style="text-align: left;">Here is Bob, with his friend Yellow Jack. Quite a dastardly pair, aren’t they? The illustrations are high quality, but they’re comical, gritty, and the characters looks rough and, well, pirateish.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://bookboard.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/bob.jpg"><img class="wp-image-5699 aligncenter" alt="bob" src="http://bookboard.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/bob-1024×879.jpg" width="614" height="527" /></a></p>
<p style="text-align: left;">But now check this out. This is one of the gorgeous full-page spreads that looks vibrant and nuanced enough to be framed and put up on the wall. The moon is eerie, the ship detailed and the mood ominous. <a TITLE="ipadr" href="http://www.ipadr.xyz/">whats my ip</a> This landscape doesn’t have the same cartoonish, self deprecating demeanor as the characters, but for some reason, the two seemingly different styles flow together gorgeously. I love finding beautiful spreads like this hidden in the middle of children’s books, especially ones that are goofy and unpretentious like this one.
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Take a peek at Pirate Bob and some other pretty books below.

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Early Literacy Skills: Developing Your Child’s Vocabulary

by On November 21, 2014 in General

Vocabulary (knowing the names of things) is an extremely important skill for children to have when they are learning to read.

Most children enter school knowing between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Help develop your child’s vocabulary by reading a variety of books together, both fiction and nonfiction, and by naming all the objects in your child’s world. Check out the Suffolk Public Library System for more information for developing your child’s vocabulary!

For more information about how early childhood educators and literacy experts view the importance of vocabulary, listen to this webinar by Susan B. Neuman: Improving vocabulary in the age of Common Core standards, and enjoy some of the vocabulary-rich books in the Bookboard library!

 

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I Dare You to Try to Read this Book Without Getting This Song Stuck in Your Head

by On November 21, 2014 in General

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Step 2: Read Dancing on the Sand with your favorite little (or big) person (or people)

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