Always on the hunt for new fabulous reads, we found many good recommendations here on the Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s Fiction of 2012! Check the PW website for full reviews and links to author pages and extra bonuses.
Category: books / stories
This is a great rainy day project, if you have already collected some toilet paper and paper towel rolls and various small cardboard boxes.
Most of the cardboard is thin enough for a child to cut. I dismantled all the boxes and turned them inside out to hide the labels, but I think a colorful castle would be nice, too. See the little round tower on the corner? That is called a bartizan. We cut slits in a toilet paper roll to stick it onto the wall. The skinny white tower to the left is a garderobe….a latrine. It hangs over the outside wall and empties into the moat, or in this case, into the lake. The tall towers have merlons, (square blocks which defenders could hide behind,) and crenels, the spaces in between, for shooting at the enemy.
Current events and kids old enough to ask about history and interested in the world around them, leads to interesting dinner conversations in our house about ALL the presidents not just the ones running in the 2012 election. A trip to the library fills our house with books about past presidents with interesting facts about their pets, their running mates, the issues of the time, term lengths and new vocabulary words like electoral college, confederates, federalist, incumbent, underground railroad, and civil (when it refers to a war which my questioned how a war can be “civil”?
A few friends and I started a Mother-Son Bookclub about a year ago as a way to challenge our boys to read more, teach them to articulate their thoughts, and encourage them to discuss books in a fun atmosphere outside the classroom. We hope this Bookclub inspires our boys to become lifelong readers and continues to be a positive way for us to connect with our sons as they get older.
We came up with a few loose rules, to get started.
RI Festival of Children’s Books & Authors at the Lincoln School in Providence and the Central Falls Library Unite to Inspire Local Youth
We are a book loving familyâ€”at home and at Kidoinfo. We look froward to The Rhode Island Festival of Childrenâ€™s Books and Authors every year. This year’s festival takes place Saturday, October 13th from 9 am – 5:30 pm at the Lincoln School in Providence.
New this year, through a collaboration with the Central Falls Library, a Book Festival author will host a childrenâ€™s event at the Central Falls Library. In addition, Lincoln School students will organize a used book drive for the library. The goals are to introduce children to the library who have never been there before, and to collect as many books as possible for the Central Falls community.
We are giving away tickets to the festival. Want to win?
With the upcoming primary election on Tuesday, September 11th and the general election on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, that will determine who leads our country for the next four years, we are surrounded with news, sound bites, posters, fliers, and roaming politicians vying for our attention. Through the eyes and mind of a child, this all must seem absurd. One of my sons recently asked, â€œIt seems like everyone spends so much time trying to get elected or re-elected, who is actually doing their job and why canâ€™t we use the money spent on campaign promotions for something more important? (Like pencil sharpeners or school field trips.)â€ Well said.
Teaching children the meaning and importance of voting â€” on the playground, in the classroom, at home, and for the national government â€” are important life skills for kids to learn at any age.
Jay Bushara is the founder of onepotato.net, an online childrenâ€™s bookstore specializing in lost and lesser-known titles. Since the Kidoinfo family also loves beautiful and unusual picture books we’re delighted for Jay to share some of his favorites. My son adored “The Yellow Balloon” by Charlotte Dematons when he was younger. Thanks Jay for the reminder â€” we’ll add this book along with some of the others to our permanent collection. – Anisa
Looking for good books to share with your children? Kidoinfo partners with Greater Kennedy Plaza to create Kidoinfo Providence Storytime every Thursday during the summer in Burnside Park. Here’s what Rhode Island author/illustrator Alison Paul read on June 28, 2012.
Special Safety Theme Day: Stop, Drop, and Read. Alison Paul’s book selection.
Looking for good books to share with your children? Kidoinfo partners with Greater Kennedy Plaza to create Kidoinfo Providence Storytime every Thursday during the summer in Burnside Park. Here’s what Rhode Island illustrator Jen Corace and author/illustrator Alison Paul read on July 12, 2012.
Weâ€™re familiar with the current, most popular books for American tweens and teens (Twilight, The Hunger Games, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and The Lightning Thief, for example). This summer, discover some lesser-known titles â€” true stories hiding deep in the nonfiction stacks, and old favorites passed over for the latest craze.
For readers interested in the turbulent lives of literary trailblazers: Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath, by Stephanie Hemphill