Kids and Teen Blog
Easter is just around the corner... Walking into a pharmacy or grocery store this time of year almost makes you fall over from all the chocolcolatey sugary goodness wafting from the 'seasonal' aisle (not to mention all the bright pink, purple and yellow everywhere!).
This weekend, after you've worn yourselve out hunting down all those pesky eggs, and eaten your way into a pleasant sugar coma, why not curl up on the couch with a great book? Sounds pretty sweet to me.
Here are a few of our favourite Easter books for kids. Click on the covers below for more info about each book.
This week the American Booksellers Association announced the winners of the 2011 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, as chosen by booksellers across the country.
We're really excited to see Chicken Big by Keith Graves on the list, winning an E.B. White Read-Aloud Picture Book Honor Award!
Here's what people have been squawking, sorry, saying, about Chicken Big...
"This will be a winner for reading aloud - prepare your best chicken sounds." —The Chicago Tribune
"Really, just try not to laugh at the BIG chicken's facial expressions as the story progresses from one crazy fun idea to another." —Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers Blog
"Young children will delight in this zany rendition, in which humorous dialogue is enhanced by the opportunity for adult readers to add a chorus of chicken squawks. Pencil line drawings with muted colors make an exception for the bright yellow main character who makes a bold statement throughout the tale. Like all fables, Chicken Big is at its best when the moral emerges. Regardless of our appearance, we all long to be accepted, and readers will be touched that Chicken Big finds a flock of friends willing to make room for him in the coop." —BookPage
Have a look for yourself; here's a preview of Chicken Big:
Congratulations to Owlkids author Elin Kelsey and illustrator Clayton Hanmer! Their book, Not Your Typical Book about the Environment has been chosen as the winner of this year’s Newton Marasco Foundation Green Earth Book Award!
The award recognizes authors and illustrators whose books inspire young readers to appreciate and care for the environment. "Taking time to read to our kids is time well spent. The 2011 award winning books will open the minds and hearts of children and young adults about the beauty of nature and I hope will help them to embrace the ideas of stewardship,” said NMF President Amy Marasco Newton.
Share your love with your little ones this Valentine's Day... combine that with a story and a snuggle, and what could be better?
Here are a few gift ideas that make us feel all warm and fuzzy...
Included in the segment were three of my favorite books: Alphabeasties, Creature ABC and Ivy and Bean. My favorite moment? When a member of the crew piped up from behind camera to interject that his girls were huge fans of Ivy and Bean.
Check out the video here at Breakfast Television.
Are you looking for a new series that you can sink your teeth into — a series that will also twist your tongue and tickle your funny bone? Check out the first book in a series by Richard Thake, Sir Seth Thistlethwaite and the Soothsayer's Shoes. Yeah, try saying that five times fast.
This animated, alliterative series debut introduces young readers to Sir Seth Thistlethwaite and his buddy Sir Ollie Everghettz, leaders of the Mighty Knights of Right & Honor, and the made-up world of Thatchwych, where our gallant adventurers embark on their first quest. With the help of their horse (who’s really a dog named Shasta) and the saber-toothed sloth Edith-Anne, the boys must avoid the dangers of dog-eating bog frogs, fire-breathing bats, elephant ants, and invisible voices to save the day and return the stolen pair of soothsaying shoes to their rightful owner.
Here's a clip of Richard Thake reading from Sir Seth Thistlethwaite and the Soothsayer's Shoes.
As Siobhan mentioned yesterday, 12-year-old author Bindi Irwin and her family were guests on the Oprah Winfrey show this week.
You can see a clip of mom Terri Irwin talking about moving forward after losing her husband, the famous "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, and about her amazing children Bindi and 7-year-old Robert on Oprah's website.
The first book in Bindi's Wildlife Adventures series, Trouble at the Zoo, is available now.
Tune in to Oprah today to watch one of our newest (and youngest) authors!
On Thursday, January 20, Bindi Irwin, mom, Terri, and brother, Robert, will appear on Part 3 of Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure! The show is paying special tribute to Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, including how the family has continued conservation efforts, and how Bindi is now spreading messages of wildlife conservation and kid empowerment through her new chapter book series, Bindi Wildlife Adventures.
Bindi Wildlife Adventures (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; Juvenile Fiction/Chapter Book; Ages 7–10) is a fast-paced series featuring Bindi herself! The stories are inspired and co-created by Bindi and also feature the characters of Robert, Terri, and the Australia Zoo. The first book in the series, Trouble at the Zoo, is available now. Rescue! will be released in April, followed by Bushfire! and Camouflage in June, and two more titles in fall 2011.
Annie Barrows the author of the bestselling children's series Ivy and Bean is going to be in Vancouver on Thursday! She will be doing two events that are open to the public- One in Vancouver and one in North Vancouver.
I have been re-reading this series over the past week and I am just so head over heels in love with these books. The story of the friendship between Ivy and Bean and all the mischief and fun they get into takes me right back to childhood. For parents that love the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary I highly suggest picking the Ivy and Bean Series up to read to your little ones. Each event ticket that you purchase comes with a $5.00 credit to be used towards one of the books.
Purchase your tickets from Kidsbooks today!
Two great events to choose from:
In North Vancouver:
Thursday November 4th
at 4:00 pm
Please note offsite venue:
North Van District Library,
Lynn Valley Branch
Community Meeting Room 1277
Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
For more information, call Kidsbooks in the Village at 604-986-6190
Thursday November 4th
at 7:00 pm
Please note offsite venue:
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Gym
2550 Camosun Street (at W.10th Ave.)
For more information, call 604-738-5335
Our Halloween potluck is fast approaching, and I have yet to figure out what spooky snack to serve... Luckily, the Little Monsters Cookbook is full of monstrous munchies, haunted hors d'oeuvres and terrifying treats...
Why not try some Coffin Crunchers, Full-Moon Howlers, Swampy Dip or Frankenfeet?
Start making your kitchen creepy with this recipe for Trifle with Death on Canadian Family Magazine's website.
Here's a video of author showing off some of his creations: