Monthly Archives: May 2008

review of board book My First Flip-Flap Book of Numbers

My First Flip-Flap Book of Numbers illustrated by Robert Salanitro Educational Publishing (June 2008)) ISBN-10: 1604360070, ISBN-13: 978-1604360073 My rating: 4 out of 5 stars The Early Start series helps parents, caregivers, and educators create discussions with a young child … Continue reading

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Children’s author sends message in a bottle for a real-life treasure hunt

Photo: Ira Reer @ Flickr Children’s author Max Elliot Anderson (Secret of Abbott’s Cave, Mountain Cabin Mystery) released a bottle with a message in it into Rock River, Illinois. The clear plastic bottle is decorated with blue tape–perhaps to make … Continue reading

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a creative approach to making poetry – Newspaper Blackout Poetry

Austin Kleon makes poetry by blacking out words on a newspaper except the words he wants to link into poetry. He calls it Newspaper Blackout Poems. This is an interesting and creative approach to writing poetry, almost like found objects … Continue reading

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Typo Eradication – fixing public typos, grammar mistakes and spelling mistakes

Do you ever want to fix typos or grammar and punctuation mistakes when you see them on public signs, menus, etc.? Sometimes I can just let them pass me by, but sometimes they grate on me. Well, you’re not alone! … Continue reading

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Special Harry Potter anniversary edition book will be published

Harry Potter fans will be interested in knowing that a special Harry Potter anniversary edition of the first Harry Potter book–Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone–is going to be published by Scholastic and Arthur A. Levine. The book will include … Continue reading

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review of picture book My Favorite Sounds from A to Z

My Favorite Sounds from A to Z by Peggy Snow, illustrated by Brian Barber Maren Green (June 2007) ISBN-10: 1934277029, ISBN-13: 978-1934277027 My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars A a Acorns Cracking The oak tree spreads its branches over … Continue reading

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Angelina Ballerina being made into a TV series

Angelina Ballerina, a picture book that has been loved by children for more than 20 years, is being drawn from as Hit Entertainment and WNET produce Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps, a new CGI series that introduces Angelina Ballerina as … Continue reading

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Procrastination – a funny animated short

Many of us understand procrastination. Writers, artists, editors, students before an essay or test…. Procrastination often comes up. Johnny Kelly created an entertaining, funny short animated film on procrastination when he was a student at the Royal College of Art. … Continue reading

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Melanie Watt’s Scaredy Squirrel is coming to TV

I *love* Melanie Watt’s Chester–that book made me a fan. I’m not quite as wild about Scaredy Squirrel, but I still like the idea that it’s going to be made into a 26-episodeTV series, as well as some animated shorts. … Continue reading

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After a rough day – a poem about the way books help us

BrittneyBush / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND The roughness of the day has battered at me, until I feel raw. I reach over and pull down a book from my shelf– an old favorite– and feel my body relax, comfort pour … Continue reading

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