From England comes I Wonder Who? by Anton Poitier with illustrations by Sophia Touliatou (Kane Miller, $12.99, Ages 3-7).
Part lift-the-flap, part pop-up and part die cut, this colorful interactive animal concept book will engage your youngsters and be just as enjoyable for you to share with them.
The playful depiction of animals from caterpillars to whales complements the questions:
“I wonder who has eaten the page?”
“I wonder who has made a big splash?”
Though little ones may not be able to read the replies, they’ll use the clues and discuss with parents who could possibly be hiding behind each flap and not even realize the pre-literacy and language skills they’ll be developing. Being a cat owner, my favorite scene is the one with a ripped page. Which one will be your child’s favorite?
Another treat: In every scene there are some cute birds to be found, adding yet another activity to this fun busy book.
NOTE: Since the book is from England, in one scene with an elephant, “currant buns” are mentioned, so it would be helpful for parents/caregivers to know that a currant bun is sweet and full of raisin-like berries.
BE A READER AND BE A WINNER! ENTER OUR PEACHTREE PUBLISHERS GIVEAWAY TODAY!
We’re celebrating Children’s Book Week, “the longest-running children’s literacy initiative in the country” with a wonderful picture book giveaway courtesy of Peachtree Publishers. To find out more about Children’s Book Week, please visit their website here.
Here’s the beautiful poster that FANCY NANCY illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser, designed for the 2014 Children’s Book Week.
Today, May 12th, is the last day to enter your vote for favorite book, author and illustrator. Visit the voting page for the Children’s Choice Book Awards and the Teen Choice Book Awards to make your voice heard. Click here to vote.
WIN THREE FABULOUS PICTURE BOOKS!
Here’s a list of the three terrific picture books (worth a total of $49.50) from Peachtree Publishers that we’ll be giving away to one lucky winner. We’ve reviewed two of the three books on the blog so you’re likely to be familiar with the stories.
1. First, to be eligible, all entrants must first LIKE Good Reads With Ronna on either Facebook or Twitter. 2. Use the COMMENT box below to send your email entry privately. 3. Please include your contact info. No P.O. Boxes, and U.S. only. Good luck!
NOTE: This giveaway ends at midnight on Monday, May 26, 2014. One winner will be selected by Random.org and notified on Tuesday, May 27th.
Sesame Street’s Walkabout Cookie Monster showed up, stealing both the show and lots of little hearts (yes, and mine, too!). The event featured interactive reading/writing activities for the more than 100 children and parents who attended. There were volunteers from several insurance companies on hand in addition to the caring Children’s Bureau staff, all there to help youngsters make books, color pictures and design bookmarks.
The interest in Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day was evident in the smiling faces filling the room. Dads sat with babies and toddlers on their laps as they tried out interactive computer games, moms encouraged pre-schoolers to participate in preparing the books made from those versatile brown school lunch bags, and volunteers helped explain how everything worked.
This totally free program, both in English and Spanish, targets kids from birth to age five with an emphasis on getting parents to start the conversation at home to get youngsters interested in reading and writing. “Just by taking little incremental steps,” said Alex Ben Morales, L.C.S.W., President & CEO, Children’s Bureau-Southern California, “parents can start their children on the path to becoming well-rounded individuals by the time they begin Kindergarten.”
William E. Ross, CEO of IICF spoke about how important early literacy was in children’s development and stressed the need to read to them every day. The idea to partner with Sesame Workshop arose out of the need for business and community to come together Ross said. Since both organizations believe our children are the future, their commitment to bringing these types of opportunities to those underserved in L.A. and other major U.S. cities is commendable. The initiative first launched in New York on October 11 with Los Angeles being the first regional launch. Chicago and Dallas are next in line.
About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the landmark television program that reaches millions of children every day in more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. Delivered through a variety of platforms, Sesame Workshop develops research-based content – including television programs, books, games, mobile apps and community engagement initiatives – that supports early childhood learning, helps prepare children for school, and addresses developmental needs. The Workshop’s programs are tailored to the needs of specific regions and focus on topics that help young children and families develop critical skills for lifelong learning. For more information, visit us at www.sesameworkshop.org.
About the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF)
The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation was established in 1994 and is completely directed and funded by the insurance industry. The foundation helps communities and enriches lives by uniting the collective strengths of the industry to provide grants, volunteer service and leadership. Since its inception in 1994, IICF has contributed more than $20 million in grants to charities and 166,000 volunteer hours to hundreds of community nonprofit organizations. IICF is a registered not-for-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Learn more at about the IICF at www.iicf.org.
“Happiness is having your own library card.” – Charles M. Schulz
This fall, a collaborative campaign between Peanuts and the American Library Association introduces Peanuts to a whole new generation of readers throughout school and public libraries.
In September—the American Library Association’s “Library Card Sign-up Month”—Peanuts is teaming up with the ALA to promote reading and literacy. The Peanuts gang will appear on:
a new Peanuts READ poster
reward stickers for young readers
And for the first time, a Peanuts book—Snoopy Cowabunga— has been added to Andrews McMeel’s “Comics for Kids” program: As part of the READ campaign, AM creates companion reading/teaching guides that help parents, librarians, and educators teach with comics and illustrated novels—a relatively new classroom concept that has been recognized and embraced as an effective teaching tool. Studies have shown that comics can improve educational outcomes for all students and are especially effective in meeting the needs of struggling readers, special needs students, and English-language learners. Comics for Kids from AM strictly adhere to the Common Core Standards.
Snoopy Cowabunga features a collection of Peanuts strips that focus on Snoopy’s adventures and his hilarious interactions with the kids in Charlie Brown’s gang. Watch out for the new animated Peanutsmovie, coming to theaters in 2015!
“My husband, Sparky, was a huge supporter of reading, literacy and libraries,” says Jeannie Schulz, widow of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz. “He would be thrilled to know that Snoopy—who is the master of adventure, after all!—is helping introduce children and adults to the greatest adventure: reading.”
To further mark the occasion, Jeannie Schulz has recruited her resident Vine animator Khoa Phan to create a special six-second Peanuts READ video using the Vine app. The video debuted earlier this month on @Snoopy.