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Sweet Dreams for You!

6 Dec

One of our favorite subjects for our little readers (and their parents!) is bedtime. And we’ve got quite a few bedtime books for you this winter, so there’s sure to be something for every kind of sleeper!

Twinkle, Twinkle, Time for Bed

A twist on the classic lullaby, this version of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” shows that even toys need to be tucked into bed. With its adorable illustrations and story-time tips for parents, this bedtime book is perfect for reading and being read to! You can find it on Honeybee this December.

I Love You, Stinky Face

While settling down to bed, Stinky Face has just a few questions for his mom. No matter who he is, whether he’s an alligator or a gross, smelly skunk, Stinky Face’s mommy will always love him. I Love You, Stinky Face is available on Honeybee December.

Little Critter: Just Go to Bed

We all know and love Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter. He’s just as precocious as ever in this great installment of the series. Little Critter does not want to go to bed, and he will do anything to get out of it! Just Go to Bed is on Honeybee December.

Bedtime for Little Bears!

Enjoy the season and bedtime by saying good night to all sorts of arctic animals in this adorable picture book. Bedtime for Little Bears! is on Firefly’s cover this December!

If Animals Kissed Good Night

Here’s the perfect book for you if you want to say good night to the rest of the animal kingdom! Told in rhyme, If Animals Kissed Good Night shows us all the different ways that animals say good night. Find it on Firefly December!

Happy Hanukkah, Everyone…and Happy Reading!

3 Dec

I love Hanukkah. I love the latkes (potato pancakes), the applesauce, the jelly doughnuts, the dreidels (spinning tops), and the gelt (chocolate candy coins). I love lighting the shamash on my menorah and the way my windowsill looks with the soft lights from the candles.

It’s really important to learn about the reasons we all partake in these traditions, as the holiday is about a really important time in Jewish History, one that can be shared by some of my favorite (yes, you guessed it) books.

Here are a few wonderful titles that can help you teach your class or family about these eight candle-latke-dreidel-filled nights:

Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah Tale. This Lucky November title by Brian P. Cleary showcases the wonders and traditions of the Hanukkah season in an amusing rhythmic text and brought to life with rich, colorful illustrations. This funny holiday read is sure to get each and every member of the family laughing! It even includes a paragraph summarizing the holiday.

Dreidel, Dreidel, Driedel, with pictures by Amy Cartwright, will help young kids sing and read the familiar words to the Hanukkah song. Featuring sparkly (and sturdy) pages and a pop-up dreidel that really spins, this book is an excellent Honeybee November choice for holiday celebrations that is sure to delight!

Hoppy Hanukkah is my new favorite title Hanukkah title. November Firefly showcases the talent of Linda Glaser, who has crafted as story about two little bunnies want to light all the candles and blow them out! But Mama and Papa explain to them how the candles are lit each night and the menorah is placed in the window for all to see. Grandpa and Grandma come over, too, and there are latkes (potato pancakes) to eat, presents to open, and a dreidel (spinning top) to play with.

What’s your favorite part about the holiday season?

December Dollar Books!

24 Nov

Hey BookTalkers, we have a special Thanksgiving eve treat for you and just in time for the holidays…it’s the December $1 books! Click through for more! Continue reading

Thanksgiving!

23 Nov

It’s almost here, everyone–Thanksgiving is just around the bend. To celebrate, we thought we’d talk about some of our favorite books for this Thanksgiving!

Thank You Bear

Though not a traditional Thanksgiving picture book, Greg Foley’s Thank You Bear is a beautiful story about recognizing the value of thoughtfulness. Some of the other animals may not think that Bear’s gift for Mouse is anything special, but Bear’s doubts are laid to rest with Mouse’s exclamation that his present is the “greatest thing ever!” The soft illustrations and moving story make this a perfect book for younger and older readers alike. You can find Thank You Bear on Firefly this November!

I SPY Thanksgiving

On SeeSaw this November we have a brand new I SPY reader from Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick: I SPY Thanksgiving! This is a wonderful way to help your kids gain reading confidence and get them excited about all the traditional trappings of Thanksgiving!

 

Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George

What can we say? It’s Curious George and Thanksgiving, so you can be sure there are a lot of laughs and heartfelt moments. George is so excited about Thanksgiving, he loves everything: the food, the parade, and especially his family and friends. Told through a series of fun, rhyming poems, this tabbed board book is perfect for little fingers. Find it on November’s Honeybee!

November’s Bestsellers

16 Nov

Picture Books

 

1. Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner ($2.00 in the Holiday Gift Books Special Offer)
2. Llama, Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney ($10.00 in Firefly)
3. Corduroy’s Christmas Surprise by Lisa McCue ($2.00 in Honeybee)
4. Merry Christmas, Splat by Rob Scotton ($4.00 in SeeSaw)
5. Little Engine That Could and the Snowy Blowy Christmas by Watty Piper ($2.00 in Honeybee)


Transitional Readers

1. I SPY Thanksgiving riddles by Jean Marzolla ($2.00 in SeeSaw)
2. Pinkalicious: Pink Around the Rink by Victoria Kann ($3.00 in SeeSaw)
3. Little Critter: Snowball Soup by Mercer Mayer ($2.00 in Honeybee and SeeSaw)
4. Biscuit Meets the Class Pet by Alyssa Satin Capucilli ($2.00 in SeeSaw)
5. How to Train Your Dragon: Hiccup the Hero ($3.00 in SeeSaw)
Early Chapter Books

1. The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling ($3.00 in Lucky)
2. The Author Visit from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler ($3.00 in Lucky)
3. Sophie the Chatterbox by Lara Bergen ($2.00 in Lucky)
4. The Puppy Place: Ziggy by Ellen Miles ($3.00 in Lucky)
5. Phineas and Ferb: Freeze Frame ($4.00 in Lucky)


Chapter Books

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney ($7.00 in Lucky, Arrow, and TAB)
2. Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson ($2.00 in the Holiday Gift Books Special Offer and Arrow)
3. No Such Thing as Dragons by Philip Reeve ($3.00 in Arrow)
4. Now You See Me… (A Poison Apple Book) by Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines Stephens ($3.00 in Arrow)
5. I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis ($3.00 in Arrow)


Middle Grade

1. The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan ($12.00 in Arrow and TAB)
2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens ($2.00 in TAB)
3. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron ($5.00 in TAB)
4. Dark Fire by Chris D’Lacey ($6.00 in Arrow)
5. Immortal by Gillian Shields ($6.00 in TAB)


Nonfiction

1. Justin Bieber Quiz Book ($3.00 in the Holiday Gift Books Special Offer and Arrow)
2. Your Body (Usborne Beginners) ($3.00 in Firefly)
3. Scholastic Book of World Records 2011 ($9.00 in Arrow)
4. National Geographic Kids: Penguins! by Anne Schreiber ($3.00 in SeeSaw)
5. Bears (Usborne Beginners) ($2.00 in Lucky)

 

Scholastic Book Clubs’ Bestsellers are the most popular books offered across all age groups (PreK–8) each month. The ranking is based on the unit sales of titles available at the time through Scholastic Book Clubs. Books available each month for $1 are not included.

Teachable Moment: Saying Sorry

12 Nov

Firefly’s November featured book is Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry! by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Bruce Whatley. Laura, Firefly’s editor, had the following to say about the lovable Martha:

Martha is a well behaved little otter—most of the time. After all, she does give hugs, shares her snacks, and makes presents for her family. But there’s one thing Martha doesn’t do very well—apologize. When Martha does something “not so nice” to her mother…and father…and baby brother, she gets a time-out to “think.”  Will this stubborn otter learn to say “I’m sorry”? Featuring simple text with charming illustrations, this is a perfect story (and gentle lesson) to share with young children. Find this sweet and humorous book on Firefly November!

Now, Martha is a cute little otter who does some very nice things, but she has one teeny tiny issue: She doesn’t like to apologize for those small occasions (such as kicking, throwing, or acting rudely) when she hasn’t been very nice. But saying you’re sorry isn’t that important, is it?

As it turns out, it is—after all, you can’t get cookies, hugs, or piggyback rides if you haven’t learned to apologize! Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry! is an excellent way to teach kids the importance of apologizing. With the help of her family, Martha learns that even though we’re sure to make mistakes, using a little “sorry” can turn things around for the better. This fun and humorous story provides a great lesson for those preparing for the holiday season or anytime!

What are some ways you teach your children about the importance of apologizing?

Who’s Ready For The Snowy Day?

10 Nov

Here in New York City, we’re still weeks away from the first snow (we hope!), but that chill is certainly in the air. I try not to let the nippy weather get me down—instead, I see it as the chance to curl up with a blanket, a mug of hot chocolate, and a copy of Ezra Jack Keats’s 1963 Caldecott Medal–winner, The Snowy Day.

Keats’s gorgeous illustrations and simple, quiet text tell the story of Peter (you remember—he’s wearing that awesome red snowsuit), a boy who wakes up to find the first snowy day of winter. He spends his day adventuring in the snow, making tracks, building snowmen, crafting snow angels. Peter even tries to store a snowball in his pocket for the next day. Oh well—you gotta learn somehow!

On October 7, kids (and adults) all across the country read The Snowy Day to support Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a campaign dedicated to promoting literacy from an early age. You can read more about the event here. Missed out, or just need some more Peter in your life? Look out for The Snowy Day in the upcoming catalogs and online*, or find it in the “Award Winners” section of Club Shop all year long!

* The Snowy Day is available in SeeSaw December!  Teachers, you can also find The Snowy Day big books and packs in November’s SeeSaw and Firefly.

This post was brought to you by Liz, guest blogger who is not afraid of the cold!