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Baby Cakes by Karma Wilson is an energetic text about the sweetest little babies and their adorable teddy bears coupled with enchanting illustrations by Sam Williams. This interactive board book is the perfect choice for little ones who have a hard time sitting through a book. A delightful baby game, the book starts with a kiss on the nose and a smooch on the toes and ends with a tight hug night – night.
Parenting Magazine states: “Baby Cakes is an interactive board book that is designed to keep a baby’s interest by making every page a special interaction between reader and baby. Kiss, smooch, nibble, tickle, sing to and hug your own special little ‘Baby Cakes’. Sam William’s colorful illustrations of various babies playing with their own ‘baby cakes’ (a teddy bear) are sure to catch the eye of baby, while Karma Wilson’s catchy rhymes keep their attention and help set language patterns.”
Karma states about the book: “One day the words, ‘Baby Cakes, Baby Cakes, I love you’ just popped into my mind and the rest of the poem quickly followed. I envisioned a book that parents could sing to their babies throughout the day, a book that wouldn’t just be read but would be shared with baby and performed. Parents tell me that’s just what it has become, and I’m most proud that it’s one of my agent’s little nephew’s favorite.”
Books specifically for children existed by the 17th century. Before that, books were written mainly for adults – although some later became popular with children. One can trace children’s literature back to the stories and songs, part of a wider oral tradition, that adults shared with children before publishing existed. Most printed works were hard to come by due to their cost and were mostly available for purchase only by upper class society.
The development of early children’s literature (before printing was invented) is difficult to trace. Even after printing became widespread, many classic “children’s” tales were originally created for adults and later adapted for a younger audience. On the other hand, since the 1400s, a large quantity of literature, often with a moral or religious message, has been aimed specifically at children. The late nineteenth and early twentieth century became known as the Golden Age of Children’s Literature since it included the publication of many books acknowledged today as classics.
Certain books books stand the test of time. They have become true classics book friends. They are enjoyed by each new generation of young readers. Some have been revamped with new covers or retooled for new platforms as e-books or interactive book apps. Others have been made into movies or TV shows. From adventure tales to poignant dramas to funny-bone-tickling comedies, there is an ultimate classic kids’ library for every age.
Storybooks are fun, but so are nonfiction books for children that present facts about subjects, like real people, places, and events. Biographies, autobiographies, newspaper and magazine articles, personal and persuasive essays, histories, and textbooks are just a few examples of nonfiction writing. Many of the books your children will encounter during his or her education will be nonfiction.
More experts have noted the importance of providing children with access to nonfiction books. Some reasons for including such books in your child’s library are:
• they invite browsing, spark curiosity, and promote inquiry;
• they create a sense of wonder by building interest in the world of nature;
• they provide reading experiences that connect to their lives;
• they motivate reluctant readers by engaging them with visual supports and attractive formats;
• they develop critical reading skills and strategies while extending content area knowledge;
• they prepare students for the future by contributing to the development of information literacy;
• they combine reading for pleasure with reading for information;
Children learn by taking in bits of information and storing them. They do this all through their adolescent years. When they reach puberty they begin to take this information, sort it, and think critically with it. They take what they know, add more information to it to draw conclusions, problem solve or create new ideas.
Why buy a cookbook for kids? Parents, grandparents, and kids cooking together in the kitchen is a lost art in many homes across America. Busy parents find it hard to take time out to teach their kids basic cooking techniques. Including the kids in cooking meals requires time, patience, and some extra clean-up, especially when the children are younger. Many experts think it is worth the effort. For one thing, cooking with your kids can help get them interested in trying healthy foods to which they might normally turn up their noses.
Cooking with your kids can be the gift that keeps on giving; it has both short-term and long-term benefits. Some of the short-term benefits are: 1) It encourages kids to try healthy foods. 2) Kids feel like they are accomplishing something and contributing to the family meal. 3) Kids are more likely to sit down to a family meal which they helped to prepare. 4) Parents get to spend quality time with their kids.
Some long-term benefits of cooking with your kids are: 1) Learning to cook is a skill your kids can use for the rest of their lives. 2) Kids who learn to eat well may be more likely to eat healthy when they are older. 3) A positive cooking experiences can help build self-confidence.
The Caldecott Award was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The medal awards began in 1938 and this is its 75th anniversary celebration year.
This year’s, 2013, Caldecott Awardl winner is This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen, published by Candlewick Press. Klassen’s controlled palette, opposing narratives and subtle cues compel readers to follow the fish and imagine the consequence. From the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling and award-winning I Want My Hat Back comes a second wry tale.
In this darkly humorous tale, a tiny fish knows it’s wrong to steal a hat. It fits him just right, but the big fish wants his hat back. A tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly). Trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened.
Signs of readiness for a toddler reading books- Alice Sterling Honig, Ph.D., professor emerita of child development at Syracuse University has written the following: “If you have been snuggling and reading picture books to your little one regularly since she was a baby, she may well have picked up some emergent literacy skills already. Here are 11 signs you will want to look for and encourage. Your child is emergent literate if she knows the following:”
1. A book needs to be right side up.
2. Each book has a title and an author.
3. A book is opened at the front, pages are turned, and the story is read until you come to the end.
4. There is a difference between the pictures and the printed words.
5. Words are read starting at the top of the page and ending at the bottom.
6. Words are read from left to right.
7. Letters are familiar.
8. There is a correspondence between a sound and a letter.
9. Enjoy “pretend” reading a picture book.
l0. Repeat a story she has heard many times.
11. Adopt favorite storybooks.
“If your child displays several of these abilities, she may be well on the way to becoming an enthusiastic reader and book lover! If she doesn’t, please don’t worry. Continue to read and enjoy books together, and share words and letters in other ways too: through songs, ABC blocks and magnets, and most importantly through everyday conversations about the world around you.”
1) In the book, Gale Hawthorne is Katniss Everdeen’s best friend in District 12, the coal mining district on the outskirts of the country. The two hunt together and divide up the game that they catch. While Katniss thinks about him during the games, the story never shows him after the games begin.
In the film, however, the first-person narrative is changed to a third-person narrative so viewers will see what Gale is doing as his friend competes in the games. We watch as he desperately longs for Katniss and notices that she’s developing an relationship with fellow tribute, Peeta Mellark.
2) As the story progresses, many youngsters inevitably die in The Hunger Games. In the book, some of these deaths are prolonged, showing the perseverance some of these characters have in their final moments
In the movie, however, these deaths are done quickly. It’s possible that the deaths are abbreviated in order for the film to earn it PG-13 rating.
3) Before she is sent to the Capitol to fight in the games, Katniss is visited by several of her loved ones. Gale, her mother and her younger sister come say good-bye to her. Surprisingly, Peeta’s father comes to visit as well and offers Katniss cookies.
The film doesn’t include these scenes at all. Most readers might not care about this exclusion but it stood out because these short sequences show a connection between Peeta’s family and Katniss.
Fans of P. D. Eastman and fans of dogs will want to get their paws on this classic beginning reader. A vocabulary-building story about dogs engaged in every imaginable type of activity. Using only 75 different words, Go, Dog. Go!, features red dogs, blue dogs, big dogs, and little dogs. There are all kinds of wonderful dogs. Some riding bicycles, or scooters, or skis, and roller skates and others driving all sorts of vehicles on their way to a big dog party held on top of a tree!
Written over 50 years ago and edited by Dr. Seuss himself, this funny dog book is a great idea for a birthday gifts and other celebrations. The book will prove to you and your child that reading has not gone to the dogs!
One mother has this to say about the book: “I swear I know half this book by heart, and my kids know the entire thing that way. This a book that little ones ask to be read over and over and over again, and one of the first they pick up to read themselves once they master the most beginning readers. Go, Dog, Go is a timeless classic.”
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a 2009 American computer animated family comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation, distributed by Columbia Pictures, and released on September 18, 2009. The film is 90 minutes and is loosely based on the children’s book by the same name by Judi and Rom Barrett.
The film features the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Bruce Campbell, James Caan, Bobb’e J. Thompson, Andy Samberg, Mr. T, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, All Roker, Lauren Graham and Will Forte. It was written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who both are best known for the animated TV series Clone High, which starred Forte.
The film received very positive reviews, and was a modest box office success, earning $243 million worldwide. A sequel, titled Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, is in production for a September 27, 2013 release. It is being directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, and will be based the original idea that Flint and his friends must save the world from the food machine by producing living food beasts. Most of the main cast will reprise their roles, with Terry Crews replacing Mr. T. The new cast also includes Kristen Schaal as orangutan Barb and Will Forte in his new role of Chester V.
Angelfire was written by Courtney Allison Moulton and published in February 2011. Its sequels Wings of the Wicked and Shadows in the Silence were published in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Angelfire was her debut novel.
Every night Ellie had nightmares. She is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her. When Ellie meets Will, she feels on the verge of remembering something just beyond her grasp. His attention is intense and romantic, and Ellie feels like her soul has known him for centuries. On her seventeenth birthday, on a dark street at midnight, Will awakens Ellie’s power, and she knows that she can fight the creatures that stalk her in the grim darkness.
Only Will holds the key to Ellie’s memories, whole lifetimes of them, and when she looks at him, she can no longer pretend anything was just a dream. Now she must hunt. Ellie has power that no one can match, and her role is to hunt and kill the reapers that prey on human souls. But in order to survive the dangerous and ancient battle of the angels and the Fallen, she must also hunt for the secrets of her past lives and truths that may be too frightening to remember.