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Maybe Later & Today, Maybe

by On May 5, 2014 in Childrens Books, Reading

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Librarians have a thing for pairing up books with similar themes, and we have two gorgeous books in our collection with very similar titles: <a href="http://share.bookboard.com/shelves/bb_545b0a5b1460995ac9baf/index.html?selectedBookID=467">Maybe Later</a>, and <a href="http://share.bookboard.com/shelves/bb_545b0a5b1460995ac9baf/index.html?selectedBookID=79">Today, Maybe</a>. The titles are not all that these two books share (keep in mind that <a href="http://share.bookboard.com/shelves/bb_545b0a5b1460995ac9baf/index.html?selectedBookID=467">Maybe Later</a> is a chapter book and <a href="http://share.bookboard.com/shelves/bb_545b0a5b1460995ac9baf/index.html?selectedBookID=79">Today, Maybe</a>, is a picture book). They both effectively capture a sense of mystery and magic, and recall the dreamlike joy of a child’s imagination. Sometimes, it’s better for a mystery to remain a mystery. Or is it?<!–more–>

<a href="http://share.bookboard.com/shelves/bb_545b0a5b1460995ac9baf/index.html?selectedBookID=467">Maybe Later</a> is a story about a mysterious bottle that Johnny finds in his grandpa’s closet. Johnny can’t see inside it, and the top is stopped up with a cork.
<blockquote>Johnny took the bottle to the sunroom where his grandpa was snoozing. He jumped on the sofa.

"What’s in this bottle?" he demanded.

"Well now, that’s a puzzle," his grandpa said. "I never did figure that out."</blockquote>
I’ll leave it up to you to find out if Johnny ever finds out what’s inside.

<a href="http://share.bookboard.com/shelves/bb_545b0a5b1460995ac9baf/index.html?selectedBookID=79">Today, Maybe</a>, is a story about a little girl who lives in a cottage in the woods and is visited by a number of strangers. Many of these strangers try to lure, scare or cajole her away, but she is waiting for someone special. I wonder who it is?

Both of these books are worthy reads, so I’ve put them on a shelf with some other great books from the collection.

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Kid-to-Kid: Keep Believing You Can Read!

by On April 21, 2014 in Childrens Books, Reading

There are so many books I want to read!

There are so many books I want to read!
Photos: Diana Dull Akers

Parent’s note: In past blogs, I’ve described our 6-year old daughter Hope as a child?who “loves books but struggles mightily with reading.” We continue to work in partnership with her teacher and school reading specialists, using library books and Bookboard as engaging resources.

Hope still gets frustrated with reading, but she is more determined than ever to read books on her own.

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Spring Break versus a Giant Squirrel

by On April 8, 2014 in General, Reading

Super Squirrel (aka John Triska, Principal, Brittan Acres Elementary School)

Super Squirrel (aka John Triska, Principal, Brittan Acres School, San Carlos School District. (Credit: Diana Dull Akers)

It’s that time of year when many parents are watching their kids hitting a wall with the school-year routine. So it isn’t surprising with various weeks off from school in the mix (President’s week, ski week/spring break) that kids are issuing declarations: “there is no way am I doing ANY school work on break.”

Parents and educators often strive for a message encouraging balance over school breaks, something like “have fun on your break, and don’t forget that can include reading cool books!”? And if you’re a really clever school principal like the one at my daughter’s elementary school, you issue the kids a really clever read-a-thon challenge they can’t resist:

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Bringing Books to Life: Watercolor Painting with Monet

by On March 11, 2014 in Childrens Books, Reading

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There’s a beautiful book in the Bookboard collection called <a href="http://share.bookboard.com/shelves/bb_ebd7f5d4146098faa8b09/index.html?selectedBookID=470">Monet Paints a Day</a>. When the new books come in, I often read them over with my little boy, Jude, before processing them and getting them ready to be launched for everyone else to read too. When we saw this book, Jude and I were inspired to do some of our own painting.<!–more–> Here’s Jude rocking his watercolors on some wooden beads, his hands, the paper and the table. Is this life imitating art, or is art imitating life?

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Here are some other artistically inspiring books from our collection that you might also enjoy!

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Who Doesn’t Love Animals?

by On February 28, 2014 in Childrens Books, Reading

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This week’s fresh crop of books features stories about animals. In no particular order, we’ve got horses, sea otters, roosters, penguins, bunnies, dogs and dragons (ok, maybe dragons aren’t real, but neither are talking bunnies). We think the illustrations in this week’s set are particularly great; we hope you enjoy them too!

Lastly, don’t forget, March is <a href="http://www.nea.org/grants/886.htm">National Reading Month</a> — so cuddle up with your little ones and read!

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4 Reasons Why Mystery Readers Rock

by On February 19, 2014 in Childrens Books, General, Reading

Can kids guess the mystery reader?  Credit: wintersixfour@morguefile.com

Can kids guess the mystery reader?
Credit: [email protected]

Last week, I stood with my daughter outside her first-grade classroom, waiting with other kids and parents for the door to open.  But since it was Mystery Reader Friday, the kids were also busy staring at parents, giggling and speculating. Which parent was going to secretly wait outside while the kids settled in, then reappear at the door as The Mystery Reader?

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Parent Spotlight: Jay and Scott

by On February 12, 2014 in General, Reading

Jay and Scott, parents of two Bookboard fans

Jay and Scott, parents of two Bookboard fans

Meet San Francisco Bay Area parents Jay and Scott! They kindly agreed to share some of their family reading experiences with daughter Gracie, age 5 and son Austin, age 3.

 

Q: Help us picture the reading scene in your home.?

Jay:? Scott does the nightly reading with both kids. Gracie likes to do daily reading as well. When she was little, she always loved to read. With Austin, not so much yet, but we have a routine; at nighttime, he lets us read to him.

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Cheetah Love: More Than Critter Couture

by On February 4, 2014 in Childrens Books, General, Holidays, Reading

She loves cheetah prints for a reason! Credit: Diana Dull Akers

She loves cheetah prints for a reason!
Credit: Diana Dull Akers

If you’re the parent of a young girl, you’ve probably noticed that cheetah, leopard and zebra print designs are everywhere on kids’ clothing, backpack and shoes. I’ve never been a fan of the animal print look, but my 6-year old Hope assures me it is “definitely cool” to be sporting spots and stripes at school. And for her, the cheetah print reigns supreme.

What makes me smile is that my kid’s love for cheetah couture is not fueled by a goal of being cool or fashion forward. Nope, Hope’s inspiration comes from her love of actual cheetahs, a passion inspired by books and educational programming.

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Celebrate Chinese New Year

by On January 29, 2014 in Childrens Books, Holidays, Reading, Recipes

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<a href="http://www.infoplease.com/spot/chinesenewyear1.html" target="_blank">Chinese New Year</a> is celebrated on January 31 this year, and marks the beginning of the Chinese year 4712. The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar calendar, with the new year beginning on the darkest day of the month. New years celebrations often go as long as two weeks, until the next full moon. And a celebratory holiday it is, with red decorations, good-luck gifts of oranges and money, parades with dragon dances and firecrackers, and special foods.

<a href="http://bookboard.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Chinese1.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-5825 " alt="Chinese New Year" src="http://bookboard.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Chinese1-300×197.jpg" width="300" height="197" /></a> Credit: Wikimedia Commons

This year is the Year of the Horse. See a <a href="http://www.chinesenewyears.info/chinese-new-year-calendar.php" target="_blank">Chinese zodiac calendar</a>.? Try one of these fun Chinese New Year crafts or activities:<!–more–>
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<li><a href="http://artchoo.com/chinese-new-year-activities/" target="_blank">Chinese horse character writing and painting</a> from Artchoo</li>
<li><a href="http://www.craftiments.com/2014/01/chinese-new-year-paper-cutting-for-kids.html" target="_blank">Year of the Horse paper cutting</a> from Craftiments</li>
<li><a href="http://www.teachkidsart.net/gung-hey-fat-choy-happy-chinese-new/" target="_blank">Paper dragon</a> from Kids Teach Art</li>
<li><a href="http://craftsandartforchildren.blogspot.com/2012/01/chinese-new-year-party-crafts-for-kids.html" target="_blank">Paper Plate drums</a> from Crafts and Art for Children</li>
<li><a href="http://www.slowfamilyonline.com/2014/01/gung-hay-fat-choy-happy-chinese-new-year" target="_blank">Paper lanterns</a> from Slow Family Online</li>
<li><a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gale-gand/fortune-cookies-recipe/index.html" target="_blank">Homemade fortune cookies</a> from Food Network</li>
<li><a href="http://www.recipebyphoto.com/fruit-roll-up-fortune-cookies/" target="_blank">Fruit roll-up fortune cookies</a> from Recipe by Photo</li>
<li><a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/273591/felt-fortune-cookies" target="_blank">Felt fortune cookies</a> from Martha Stewart</li>
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Of course, there are plenty of books to help you celebrate and learn about Chinese New Year and other cultural holidays from around the world.

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy New Year!

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New Year? New Books!

by On January 17, 2014 in Childrens Books, Reading

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We know the New Year is a time to do a little searching and self-inventory. Our latest crop of new books is themed around that search:

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<li><a href="http://share.bookboard.com/shelves/bb_b227a7b5170558e0756f0/index.html?selectedBookID=487">The Making of a Knight</a> gives a glimpse into the life of a young paige on his way to becoming a knight.</li>
<li><a href="http://share.bookboard.com/shelves/bb_b227a7b5170558e0756f0/index.html?selectedBookID=486">Pirate Bob</a> contemplates the meaning of happiness.</li>
<li><a href="http://share.bookboard.com/shelves/bb_b227a7b5170558e0756f0/index.html?selectedBookID=489">Forward Shakespeare</a> tells the story of a teenager who loses his sight, but learns to live a new kind of life with the help of his seeing-eye dog.</li>
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We’ve also included a new crop of Smithsonian nature books for all the animal lovers out there. There’s plenty to unlock and explore, so get your kids’ years started with a resolution to keep reading!

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