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1. CBC Children’s Choice, Vote Polar Bear

KaliChildrensChoiceIt is such an honor to have Kali’s Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue selected as a finalist for the CBC Children’s Choice Awards! But kids, now we need your help!

Vote for Kali!!


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2. #562 – Bear’s Big Bottom by Steve Stallman & Emma Yarlett

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Welcome to day 7. For this last day of Children’s Book Week 2014, Kid Lit Reviews presents Capstone, a dynamic publisher well-known for their children’s books. Yesterday, Chronicle Books sponsored Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl. There is still time to win Lately Lily, or any of the other prizes showcased this week.. Today, Capstone presents Bear’s Big Bottom by Steve Smallman & Emma Yarlett. To WIN this hilarious new picture book LEAVE A COMMENT! Then, CLICK HERE for EXTRA ENTRIES!   And as an extra bonus, Capstone is offering Lost Little Penguin to three winners! Kidlit is such a generous genre. 

Now, KLR present’s Bear’s Big Bottom!


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Bear’s Big Bottom

by Steve Stallman & Emma Yarlett

Capstone Young Readers           2/1/2014


Age 4 to 8          32 pages


“Bear was friendly / Bear was sweet / The nicest bear you’d ever meet! / With little paws and little feet / And a very BIG bear bottom!

Poor Bear! His bottom is causing chaos…Bump! Crash! Splat! Soon Bear is in great big trouble! Can he ever make it up to his friends? A hilarious story of bottoms, bears, and animal friends that will have children giggling at Bear’s bottom-based mishaps. From children’s favourite Steve Smallman, author of Smelly Peter, the Great Pea Eater and The Monkey with A Bright Blue Bottom.”

The Story

Bear was your average bear. He was big and his friends could find him most anywhere. The only thing unusual about Bear was the size of his bottom. Bear’s bottom was so BIG . . . he completely filed the couch, squishing his friends. Bear’s bottom was so BIG . . . he jumped into the pool and the water all flew out. Then one day, Bear’s bottom was so BIG . . . it smashed a birthday cake and ruined the day. Bear felt so sad he ran away. Bear wouldn’t ruin anything else. Bear’s friends tried to find him, but all they found was a very hungry fox. If they didn’t find Bear soon, the fox would eat all of their bottoms.


I like Bear’s Big Bottom. Bear is a nice bear and has some nice friends who are tolerant of his big bottom, until his big bottom breaks the camel’s birthday cake. It was actually squirrel’s cake, but the point is, they couldn’t take Bear’s big bottom anymore and told his just that. Not exactly nice of Bear’s friends to say what they said, but sometimes patience runs thin. Any kid who is different, for any reason, understands Bear’s plight. Good friends will tolerate your differences, but even good friends have a breaking point, not usually all at the same time, which is what helps keep a group of friends together.

I like that the group conscious got the better of Bear’s friends and they went looking for him. Conflict must ensue in a good story and so enters the fox, ready to eat their bottoms. The group of friends need Bear’s help. Do you think bear went to help? Bear is a good friend. Good friends stick up for each other, especially if picked on by someone outside of their group.

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Originally published in Great Britain by Little Tiger Press (2013), Bear’s Big Bottom came to America and Capstone written in English. I was surprised to learn that an entire verse was changed. In the U.S. the verse reads:

In fact, Bear’s bottom was so wide

it filled the couch from side to side!

“We’re getting squished!” Bear’s friends all cried.

“Because of Bear’s big bottom!”

The original verse, as written by Steve Smallman, the author, reads:

“But when they tried to watch TV

Bear’s bottom filled the whole settee

And no one could sit comfortably

Because of Bear’s big bottom!”

I’m guessing the problem word is “settee,” meaning a sofa. It’s too bad those who made this decision where shortsighted in thinking no one would understand a settee is a sofa, upon which one sets their bottom. What happened to looking up unknown words, expanding one’s vocabulary, using a dictionary? Do kids no longer do any of those things? Beside the change for settee’s sake, the verse went from an original rhyme scheme (TV, settee, comfortably), to an easy scheme (wide, side, cried). Personally, I much prefer the original verse. The words are punchy (“pop-pop-pop-pop!”), like all the other verses.

Bear’s Big Bottom is a terrific book for anyone who is different or has a “different” friend. Some differences, like a big bottom, should not make friends go away. Everyone is different in some way; just not all are as obvious, or as intrusive, as Bear’s BIG bottom. Most people like being around others like themselves, not someone who is different. The animals show that being with someone different may, one day, save your bottom. This hilarious, brightly illustrations show wide-eyed animals often in spreads running full width. The cockeyed ending will tickle funny bones. Your little one may want you to reread Bear’s Big Bottom from the top. Let the author help. His reading of Bear’s Big Bottom is hilariously entertaining, but then, these are his characters.

BEAR’S BIG BOTTOM. Tex copyright © 2013 by Steve Smallman. Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Emma Yarlett. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Capstone Young Readers, North Mankato, MN.

Buy Bear’s Big Bottom at AmazonB&NCapstoneyour local bookstore.

Learn more about Bear’s Big Bottom HERE

Meet the author, Steve Smallman, at his website:

Meet the illustrator, Emma Yarlett, at her website:   http://www.emmayarlett.com/

Find more books at the Capstone website:   http://www.capstoneyoungreaders.com/

Capstone Young Readers is an imprint of Capstone.


Also by Steve Smallman

Big, Bad Owl

Big, Bad Owl

Dr Duck

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Also by Emma Yarlett

Orion and the Dark

Orion and the Dark

My Daddy's Going Away

My Daddy’s Going Away






This is it. The LAST DAY you can ENTER TO WIN Bear’s Big Bottom or any of the other prizes seen this week, by LEAVING A COMMENT. In addition to all the those prizes, Capstone is also giving away Lost Little Penguin by Tracey Corderoy –

“When Plip the penguin loses his favorite toy, it seems like the end of the world! As the sky grows dark, Plip runs off to find it, all on his own. What will become of poor little Plip, out in the snowy storm?”

 So let’s recap one final time. Here is what YOU CAN WIN!How to Enter? LEAVE A COMMENT and then  CLICK HERE for EXTRA  ENTRIES!

  • A 3-month subscription to Farfaria – online library of children’s books.
  • The Monster Needs His Sleep – from Scarletta Kids, by Paul Czajak, illustrated by Wendy Grieb
  • Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew: The Super-Secret – from Melissa Productions, by Melissa Perry Moraja
  • Lately Lily, the Adventures of a Traveling Girl – from Chronicle Books, by Micah Player
  • Bear’s Big Bottom – from Capstone Books, by Steve Smallman, illustrated by Emma Yarlett
  • The Shark Whisperer – from Scarletta Junior Readers, by Dr. Ellen Prager, illustrations by Antonio Javier Caparo

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Lost Little Penguin – from Capstone Books, by Tracey Corderoy.

WIN Bear’s Big Bottom by LEAVING A COMMENT below this review. For additional entries, and MORE CHANCES TO WIN Lost Little Penguin, and other wonderful children’s books, CLICK HERE TO WIN!
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3. Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: May 16

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. There are lots of book lists this week, as well as several links that reflect the continuation of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks conversation. 

Book Lists and Awards

Some fine titles: 2014 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Nominees @tashrow http://ow.ly/wReZE #yalit

New Stacked #booklist: Get Genrefied: Historical Fantasy http://ow.ly/wRf90 #yalit @catagator

So You Want To Read Middle Grade: More 2014 Titles to Look Forward To from @greenbeanblog #kidlit http://ow.ly/wOg7s

Fun! Top Ten Books to Get Kids Moving by Annie Orsini and Kendra Limback | @NerdyBookClub http://ow.ly/wLy3s #booklist

Nonfiction Summer Reading List from @momandkiddo http://ow.ly/wLwMn #booklist

May 12: International Nurses' Day, three book suggestions from @bkshelvesofdoom http://ow.ly/wLv3x

10 to Note: Summer #kidlit Preview 2014 — @100scopenotes http://ow.ly/wGofZ

Stacked: A Look at YA Horror in 2014 #yalit @catagator http://ow.ly/wGo7U

For Mother's Day, 5 Awesome Moms in #KidLit {Friday’s Five} @5M4B http://ow.ly/wGn7i

The 2014 Locus Awards Finalists have been announced #yalit #kidlit http://ow.ly/wGnRz @bkshelvesofdoom

From Jewish (Muslim) to Ms. Marvel: A Brief Survey of YA with Muslim Characters @yahighway http://ow.ly/wGnIp via @CynLeitichSmith

UK Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2014 Shortlist (for #kidlit that communicates science) @tashrow http://ow.ly/wGmXa

Great Kid Books: #CommonCore IRL: In Real Libraries -- Baseball LineUp (ages 5-13) @MaryAnnScheuer http://ow.ly/wLxRD #kidlit


The #48HBC is Nigh! and a Sobering Realization on the challenge of finding #diverse books from @mosylu http://ow.ly/wOh0w

How reading Cross-Racial Scenes in Picture Books Build Acceptance as kids play together | @sljournal http://ow.ly/wOjyh

An Expanded Cultural #Diversity Booklist: SLJ Readers Respond | @sljournal http://ow.ly/wOj93 #kidlit

Great stuff! @FirstBook Pledges to Buy #Diverse Books reports @PublishersWkly http://ow.ly/wOhs0

A Little Bit More on Diversity, link roundup and reading plans from Becky Levine http://ow.ly/wOgFY #WeNeedDiverseBooks

MAKING OUR OWN MARKET, new series at The Brown Bookshelf: Creating Our Own Publishing Houses | http://ow.ly/wLxKK #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Important post | We Need #Diverse Books . . . But Are We Willing to Discuss Them With Our Kids? — @fuseeight http://ow.ly/wLxs6

Talking #Diversity With Young Children | @medinger responds to @FuseEight post, from a teacher's perspective http://ow.ly/wLxAV

The timely theme for #KidLitCon14 is Blogging #Diversity in Young Adult and Children’s Lit: What’s Next? http://www.kidlitosphere.org/kidlitcon/


2014 Children's Book Week Celebrations Begin Today! Are you a children's book champion? @randomlyreading http://ow.ly/wLuIP

CBW_Poster-smallCelebrate children's books and reading with @CBCBook May 12-18, 2014! http://bookweekonline.com #CBW14

Growing Bookworms

Read, Kids, Read! Strong op-ed by Frank Brunl in @NYTimes about the benefits of reading http://ow.ly/wOi0L via @PWKidsBookshelf

I could relate to Being a Mom of Growing Readers @growingbbb http://ow.ly/wIHKf | Happy Mother's Day, all!

Lovely! Heartwarming Story of the Day: Book 'Em Cops and Kids #Literacy Initiative from @bkshelvesofdoom http://ow.ly/wOgl7


RT @MitaliPerkins I get to talk about kids on the margins, books, *and* blogs? How fun. MT @JensBookPage Announcing #KidLitCon14 http://bit.ly/1iL7gKg

2014KidLitConLogoLeila @bkshelvesofdoom is in for Kidlitosphere Conference 2014 in Sacramento. Are you? http://ow.ly/wO3qc #kidlitcon14

Ninth Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge FAQ's @MotherReader http://ow.ly/wLufR #diversity #48hbc

On Reading, Writing, and Publishing

Pioneers in Pigtails: Remembering the First Heroines Who Made Us Mighty @MeganJeanSovern @HuffPostBooks http://ow.ly/wGnnM via @tashrow

Take Some Cues from Gilligan: Build a Nation of Readers, Not an Island by Naomi @yabooksandmore @NerdyBookClub http://ow.ly/wGo2v


It’s an #Ebook World for Young Readers 13 and Under Says PlayCollective Report | @sljournal http://ow.ly/wRe4e

This is depressing! Teen Reading Declining & Racial Reading Gaps Continue | @tashrow at Waking Brain Cells http://ow.ly/wLu9x

Schools and Libraries

I do love these: Little Free Libraries take off in the East Bay - Oakland Magazine http://ow.ly/wOk6avia Sharon Levin

Summer Reading

Nice resource: 2014 #SummerReading Recommendations, organized lists from picture book through YA from @HornBook http://ow.ly/wOjKo

Invitations to Imagination | #SummerReading ideas for K-3 | Jennifer M. Brown @sljournal http://ow.ly/wOiW9 #kidlit

Creep around Graveyards, Search for Spies | #SummerReading for Grades 4-8 | Elisabeth G. Marrocolla @sljournal http://ow.ly/wOiPi

Classics are Cool, But… | #SummerReading suggestions for Grades 9-12 | Jennifer Hubert Swan @sljournal http://ow.ly/wOiET

© 2014 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage or at my Growing Bookworms page on Facebook.

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4. Be Honest: Do You Like This Post? Gut Level Truth In Poetry...and in Life

Howdy, Campers!

Note the four exciting announcements at the bottom of this post (including this: today's the last day to enter our current book giveaway.)

Thank you, Elizabeth Steinglass, for hosting Poetry Friday today!

I had a wonderful poetry teacher, Tony Lee, who taught us about voice.

Describing something, as a journalist does, Tony said, is the reporting voice.
  That voice comes from the lips, the mouth, the throat.
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Writing about feelings comes from the gut, a lower, truer, sometimes scarier place, he said.  

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This is the deep voice.  The deep voice attracts readers.  It connects them to your story.  Be brave, he told us. Find the feelings. Go there.

So why do some blog and FaceBook posts get nine kazillion comments (not mine!) and some get zip?
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12,341,889 likes ~ 58,962 talking about this

Putting aside JoAnn's terrific post about social media and the perfect lengths for poems, posts, headings, etc. in various online media...

it seems to me that getting your work read (or, more to the point, getting your work read and passed on) is about superficial vs. deep.

Just like a book in which the author rips off her shirt and shows us her scars (as Anne Lamott does), FaceBook and blog posts that come from the gut are the ones that resonate.

I was at a meeting the other day; each of us had three minutes to talk about anything we wanted.  The first two minutes and 30 seconds I talked about some success I had had.  In the last 30 seconds, my mouth opened and an embarrassing truth popped out.  I said that Robyn Hood Black had very kindly gifted me homemade granola.  It was especially touching because Robyn knows I can't eat sugar, so she made it with sugar-free maple syrup.  I could actually have it.  Delighted, I sat down for lunch, thinking I'd taste just a spoonful, just to see what it was like.

Good granola is dense, so you don't need much.  And you and I know that you're supposed to eat two cups of granola over a period of several days--with fresh blueberries and your pinky finger raised, right?

Not me... immediately my mouth opened, a vacuum turned on, my brain turned off, and nearly two cups of absolutely delicious granola were gone.  Gone!
This isn't Robyn's granola.
Hers had yummy bits of coconut in it.
But...um...I didn't have time to take a picture of hers.
So this is from morguefile.com
As we went around the room sharing, do you think others in the group commented on the nicely packaged pithy wisdom in my first two minutes and thirty seconds?  Nope.  Nearly ALL of them talked about my granola adventure.  It hit a familiar nerve. We've all been there.

It was no longer mine...it was all of ours.  

During Poetry Month this year, I had what I called a metaphoraffair--I practiced finding metaphors, posting one each day, both on my website (where, it turned out, the comment mechanism was broken) and on FaceBook and Twitter.

The metaphor which drew the most interest was my final post for Poetry Month 2014, written with and about my mother, who is 91 and not doing great.  It was hard for me to post; it was true. It was from my gut.

I drew this in November, 2010, after Mom and I walked around a park in Malibu...and suddenly I was the parent
I drew this in November, 2010, after Mom and I walked around a park in Malibu…suddenly I was the parent
The point is, be brave, cut deep beneath the skin, share from the gut, share your humaness. That's all we have.
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LAST CALL! If you haven't entered our current giveaway, it ends today!  To enter, go to Jill Esbaum's post to win your very own autographed copy of Jill's Angry Birds Playground: Rain Forest (National Geographic Books)!

Will you be in New York on May 18th? I'll be speaking on the Children's Books Panel of the Seminar on Jewish Story in New York City on Sunday, May 18th.  Here's my interview the seminar organizer, Barbara Krasner published on her blog.

For an example of a beautifully written post which hits a nerve, read Jama Rattigan's gorgeous and heartfelt Mother's Day post.

And, last but not least, happy Children's Book Week!  Be brave. Go forth and share the very thing that hard to share.

posted with love by April Halprin Wayland...but you knew that, right?

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5. Children’s Book Week Prizes – a Recap

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Welcome to day 5 of Children’s Book Week. There are only two days left in this year’s Children’s Book Week and two wonderful companies sponsoring giveaways: Chronicle Books and Capstone. The featured books are all new this year, coming direct from the publisher.

No review today, just a recap of all you can win this week.

Here are the prizes you can win CLICK HERE TO ENTER

** 3-month subscription to Farfaria, unlimited stories for your child.

** The Shark Whisperer #1: Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians, the new series from Scarletta Press by Dr. Ellen Prager,

** Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew: the Super-Secret , the new addition to The Wunderkind Family Series by Melissa Perry Moraja,  

** Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl, the new book from Chronicle Books by Micah Player

** Bear’s Big Bottom, an hilarious new picture book from Capstone by Steve Smallman & Emma Yarlett,

** Lost Little Penguin, a cute picture book from Capstone by Tracey Corderoy & Gavin Scott


The best and easiest way to enter is by leaving a comment below. You can earn one entry each day with a comment.

To earn more entries, CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Terms and Conditions HERE

Lost Little Penguin

Lost Little Penguin

Bear’s Big Bottom

Bear’s Big Bottom

Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl

Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl

Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew: the Super-Secret

Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew: the Super-Secret

The Shark Whisperer #1: Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians

The Shark Whisperer #1: Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians





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6. It’s a Great Time of Year to Be a Reader!

Celebrate Children’s Book Week – May 12- May 18, 2014


Calling all readers!! It’s the 95th annual celebration of Children’s Book Week and 95 years of anything today is pretty impressive where the shelf life of most things has an expiration date; but not so with books. They go on forever as long as there are young readers with imaginations that fuels the desire for the longevity of children’s books, and these young readers ARE out there, trust me.

Children’s Book Week is the longest running national literacy initiative in the country. I think part of the reason for its popularity is that young readers of all ages get to vote for THEIR favorites. The voting started on March 25 and ends May 12.

For a list of the booksand their age categories, I have provided alink to the books in the running. One of my particular favorites is in contention in the young children’s category this year. It’s called “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Oliver Jeffers and it is both humorous AND human if you stop to think that a box of individual crayons have FEELINGS just like you and me! Some of them are just plain tired of being sort of “type cast”; that is used for only certain holidays. Take the red crayon. Even I would get tired of coloring Santa suits and Valentine’s Day cards. Others, such as beige are tired of not being more VIBRANT and well, the crayon pink challenges the male contingent to use the color more liberally. It’s not just a “girly” color, for heaven’s sake. And black is weary of being used as an outline. Each makes its plea in a perfectly logically worded letter posted on plain paper tied with string and put atop the child’s crayon box! They want their users to try thinking outside the box as far as color goes!

Maybe we will be seeing more inventive use of color from the reading of this wonderful picture book!

Both Oliver Jeffers for “The Day the Crayons Quit” and Anna Dewdney for Llama Llama and the Bully Goat are named as nominees as Best Illustrators of the Year in the Children’s Book Week voting. Robin Preiss Glasser is the designer of the Children’s Book Week poster this year and the Children’s Choice Illustrator of the Year in 2013 for her illustrations in Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet.

Please visit the site for Children’s Book Week and take a look at the books in contention in each age category. Maybe some of YOUR favorites are there, and even if not, there’s a listing of great books just waiting to be discovered by your young reader for summer reading and NOW!

For more information on the events, go to www.bookweekonline.com. Happy Children’s Book Week from The Snuggery!


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7. Let’s Celebrate Children’s Book Week! {Linky Party}

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It’s Children’s Book Week!! — {May 12-18, 2014}

Children's Book Week!

Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect!

Children’s Book Week originated in the belief that children’s books and literacy are life-changers. In 1913, Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the country to promote higher standards in children’s books. He proposed creating a Children’s Book Week, which would be supported by all interested groups: publishers, booksellers, and librarians.

The need for Children’s Book Week today is as essential as it was in 1919, and the task remains the realization of Frederic Melcher’s fundamental declaration: “A great nation is a reading nation.”

To read more about the history of this event that is celebrating is 95th Anniversary, go here.

Here’s something fun. Show your support by creating a CBW Twibbon! Create your own Twibbon here.


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8. Children's Book Week, Day 5: Interview with Pam Allyn, Executive Director of LitLife and LitWorld

Interview by Marcela Landres, editor of Latinidad

Pam Allyn is the executive director of LitLife and LitWorld, national and 
global literacy organizations. She is a nationally recognized expert on 
children's reading and writing development. Her books and work have 
received numerous awards, including the National Parenting Magazine and 
Mom's Choice awards. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. For 
more information, visit http://pamallyn.com/ 

Q: Many parents know the advantages of reading to their children, but why 
is it important for children to also write?

A: I see reading as breathing in, and writing as breathing out. They go 
together as beautifully as that. A growing child is busy creating all the time, 
whether through play or through conversation, and writing is a way for the 
child to begin to put ideas out into the world. In writing, the child practices 
what they are absorbing through reading and being read to. The beauty of 
language, the pleasure of a rhyme, the lovely choice of the perfect word. 
When the child goes to his own page or screen, he then makes decisions 
based on what he's heard and read. What moved him in his reading life will 
propel him towards a writing life. Also, the child who writes is learni

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9. 2013 Children's Book Week Poster and Bookmark with a Puzzle

The poster and bookmark for this year's Children's Book Week (May 12-19, 2013) has been released and they are, as always, wonderful.  The poster was done by Brian Selznick, author/illustrator of  The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck.

The poster very cleverly pays homage to two of Selznick's fellow author/illustrators and legends in their own right - Remy Charlip and Maurice Sendak - both of whom we lost in 2012.  The little parachuting boy reminds us of the cover of Charlip's classic book Fortunately, a story about the good and bad things that happen on a young boy's trip to a surprise party in Florida.

And of course, if you look closely, you can see that the boy is holding a copy of Sendak's Where the Wild Thing Are.

The accompanying bookmark this year was done by fellow author/illustrator Grace Lin, whose wonderful work Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was a 2010 Newbery Honor book.  The bookmark has the same sense of Chinese tradition that pervades Lin's work and makes it so awesome.  What is really special about this bookmark is that it comes with instructions for drawing a dragon's face using letters of the alphabet.  AND along the same line, the face of the bookmark contains a puzzle - finding the hidden letters in the image.

Can you find the letters?  Click to enlarge

You can download and print Grace's lovely bookmark (and the answer to the puzzle) here 

I used to love Hidden Object Puzzles when I was a kid.  They always came in some comic books, or kid's magazines like Highlights, Jack and Jill, or Children's Playmate, and in our Weekly Reader.  Thinking about this, I remembered I have a few issues of Child Life that were published during the war and sure enough, they all contained the Hidden Object Puzzle.  Here, then, are three puzzles for your solving enjoyment (click each one to enlarge it).

This one is pretty easy - from February 1943

This was a little harder - from January 1943
I found this one more difficult - from July 1943 (OK, I confess
this had me stumped for a long time)
To see posters Children's Book Week from1939 to 1945 see my previous post here

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10. Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop (INTL ends 3/19)

Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop is hosted by Alyson from Kid Lit Frenzy with Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, and Ella from Mymcbooks

What is Children's Book Week? 

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative in the country. Each year, books for young people and the joy of reading are feted for a full week with author and illustrator appearances, storytelling, parties, and other book-related events at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, and homes from coast to coast!

The theme for this year's Children's Book Week is "books can take you anywhere". I remember my grandpa buying me the first non-picture books that really jump-started my imagination: Robinson Crusoe,  Treasure Island, Swiss Family Robinson (hey, what was with the stranded on desert island motif? I may never know), Heidi, Little Women. I lived in a pretty modern but still third-world city on an island, and none of these books had anything to do with that. It's what I loved so much about them! They transported me to times and places I had never been and might never be. I hope you take this week to show a young person in your life how books can take you to worlds far away as well as help you journey into your own soul.

For our giveaway, you can win a picture, juvenile fiction, middle grade, or young adult book of your choice worth up to $15 from bookdepository.com. Good luck, and make sure you hit up all the other awesome blog giveaways!

Giveaway Rules:
  1. Open internationally.
  2. We are not responsible for items lost in the mail.
  3. One set of entries per household, please.
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11. Happy Children's Book Week To You!

In the Ford household, we've celebrated three birthdays, one First Communion, and Mother's Day (happy, happy!) all within the last month.  Heaven forbid we should rest on our laurels, so let's keep the party going with Children's Book Week!

In our next series of posts, the Teaching Authors are planning to share titles of beloved childhood books that have sadly been lost to the ages (loaned, tossed, or otherwise lost).  This is a timely topic for me, as my newly minted eight-year-old asked me last week for new reading suggestions.  We trekked together to the attic, where my childhood books are stored.  As an Army brat with at least 25 moves under my belt, I possess very few relics of my childhood -- toys, treasures, clothes, memorabilia.  But books, I was smart enough to schlep and save. 

I've got Charlie Brown's Super Book of Questions and Answers and the complete Bobbsey Twins (which, alas, I do not feel I can share with my daughter today, what with  Dinah and Sam and Flossie, her father's "little fat fairy" (goodness!)).  However,I pulled together a pile of about 12 books, old and new, that I think she will love.  I also did a quick and painful assessment of what I thought I had that I do not:
The Moffatts series by Eleanor Estes
Figgs and Phantoms and The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues by Ellen Raskin
Most of the All-of-A-Kind family series
Anything by E.B. White (!)
And, for when my daughter is older:
Waiting for Johnny Miracle by Alice Bach
A House Like a Lotus by Madeleine L'Engle

I am thankful that old and/or out-of-print books are now typically available on the Internet, though I suspect some of these will be hard to find.  I plan to get these books into my daughter's hands or die trying.

Happy Children's Book Week (and month and year) to all!  And if you haven't already done so, it's not too late to enter our Blogiversary Contest to win one of four gift certificates to Anderson's Bookstore.  Happy Book Buying to All! --Jeanne Marie

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12. Children’s Book Week

There are several ways to celebrate Children’s Book Week – May 13-18 2013.

1. Take the children to your local library for story hour.  Check the library to see what special programs are available during this special week.

2. Visit a local independent bookstore and browse the racks for the latest children’s books.  Call ahead to see if you can co-ordinate your visit with those of authors who might be signing books.

3. Read, read, read your favorite children’s stories as well as some new ones you’ve never read.  There are so many wonderful authors and picture books.  Looking for a place to start? Try the Newbery and Caldacott winners for the best in writing and illustrating for children.

4. Have a book trading party.  Bring books you’ve had for awhile and trade with other parents or children for some new stories. It’s a great way to expand your child’s reading on a tight budget.

4. Dress up as your favorite character from a book and spend the day pretending to BE that character.  What would he/she/it eat, play with, etc?

Happy Book Week!

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13. Children's Book Week

It's Children's Books Week!  Kids' books are awesome.  Go to the Children's Book Week Kids site.  There is a project there where you can print out the stories started by excellent children's book authors and you get to finish the story!!  This is a great classroom activity and a fun activity for story-minded children everywhere.

Vote on your favorite children's books.  Check out Children's Book Week events around the country.  Print out bookmarks.  Check out the latest list of Best Books. 

Go to your local library and check out some books!  Children's Books are for every day, not just one week a year.

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14. For Children's Book Week, check out the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop (with cool giveaways and prizes)

Happy Children's Book Week, all! I'm a little late to the party, but then for me every week is children's book week.

All the same, I thought I should point you to this cool event over at Mother Daughter Book Reviews: a kid lit giveaway connecting to all kinds of other blogs, with great prizes. It's like a giant virtual book party where you can win stuff--now what's better than that, right?

Read on, YA Sleutheri... And consider making it a children's book this week.

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15. Now Where Did Those Books Go?

Last week, Jeanne Marie kicked off Children's Book Week by introducing our series of posts about beloved children's books we've lost and miss. Before I share my own lost-book story, I want to congratulate the winners of the Sixth Annual Children's Choice Book Awards. According to this press release, over 1,000,000 votes were cast! How cool is that? You can see the list of finalists and winners here.

Now my lost-book story is nowhere near as intriguing as April's. (If you haven't read her post yet, go do so now. I'll wait.) My story starts some years back, when I created a new one-day workshop for College of DuPage called "Writing for Children and Young Adults: From Goodnight Moon to Harry Potter," designed to introduce students to the field of writing for children and teens. As part of the class, I planned to give an overview of the "ages and stages" of children's literature, sharing examples of a variety of genres and formats, classics and contemporary works.

Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon was one of my son's favorite picture books as a child, especially at bedtime. We read the marvelously lyrical, calming text so many times that I memorized it. But when I went to prepare for the class, I couldn't find our copy anywhere. It wasn't in my son's bookcase (he was away at college); it wasn't in his closet; it wasn't in my office. I finally gave up and borrowed a copy from the public library to use in my class.

I taught the class multiple times, and each time I looked for our copy of Goodnight Moon. No luck. Finally, my husband reminded me that I had packed away some of my son's books and baby things in a box that sits in the attic of our garage. Not wanting to ask my husband to drag out the box, I bought a used, paperback copy of Goodnight Moon for class. If my son eventually has children of his own, we'll get that box down from the attic. When we do, I'm hoping to find that it contains not only Goodnight Moon, but also another Margaret Wise Brown/Clement Hurd classic I've been missing for many years--The Runaway Bunny, the story of "a bunny's imaginary game of hide-and-seek and the lovingly steadfast mother who finds him every time." As a first-time mom, reading that book to my son was my way of saying that I would always be there for him. But even now I'm not sure who found the book more comforting, my son or me.

By the way, in case any of you who live in the Chicago area are interested, I'll be teaching my workshop "Writing for Children and Young Adults: From Goodnight Moon to Harry Potter" at College of DuPage again this summer. See my website for details.  And I'm thinking it may be time to update the class name, perhaps to "Writing for Children and Young Adults: From Goodnight Moon to Hunger Games." Or if you have any other suggestions, let me know. :-)

And don't forget to enter our current giveaway for a chance to win an autographed copy of Nancy Cavanaugh's debut novel for middle-graders, This Journal Belongs to Ratchet (Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky). See Esther's Student Success Story interview with Nancy for details.

When you're done, head on over to Jama's Alphabet Soup for today's Poetry Friday round-up.

Happy writing!

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16. The Children's & Teen Choice Book Award

This will be the seventh year in which you can choose a favorite book to win the CHILDREN'S CHOICE BOOK AWARD. The award is given by the Children's Book Council.

You'll find the list of books in the running for the award at the link above. The voting continues into May, so you have plenty of time to read all of the books in your age bracket. The winners will be announced during Children's Book Week, May 12-18. When you visit the Children's Book Week site, you'll find cool freebies:

the official bookmark you can print out by nonfiction illustrator, Steve Jenkins

the official poster by Fancy Nancy artist, Robin Priess Glasser. You can request as many of these as you need.

 You can also find out above local events that you can participate in. Most likely your school or a local library will be planning something special during Children's Book Week--because we all know how very special both books and children are!

And books for kids are the absolute best!!!

Happy reading. :)

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17. Children’s Book Week: What’s in Store for 2014

Monday kicks off this year’s Children’s Book Week, May 12 to 18, 2014.


Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect! Children’s Book Week is administered by Every Child a Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy organization dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children. The Children’s Book Council, the national non-profit trade association for children’s book publishers, is an anchor sponsor.”

2fb43aa5-7af0-49ac-b500-81abf2c573bbIn conjunction with the Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop 2014, hosted by Youth Literature Reviews and Mother Daughter [and Son] Book Reviews, Kid Lit Reviews is once again celebrating children’s books and the reading of children’s books. The Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop 2014, features links to giveaways for fabulous children/teen’s books, gift cards, cash, and other prizes. What better way to celebrate Children’s Book Week? Enter for these prizes using the linky at the end of this post. It can also be found on both host sites.

Just like last year, KLR has some terrific giveaways, one for each day, but you don’t have to wait to find out what they are.

  • From FarFaria – A 3-month subscription to this online library of children’s books.
  • From Scarletta Kids: The Monster Needs His Sleep by Paul Czajak, illustrated by Wendy Grieb
  • From Chronicle Books:  Lately Lily, the Adventures of a Traveling Girl by Micah Player
  • From Capstone Books:  TBA
  • From Scarletta Junior Readers: The Shark Whisperer by Dr. Ellen Prager, illustrations by Antonio Javier Caparo
  • From Kid Lit Reviews:  A Special Prize Pack – who knows what it could be?

How do You Win a Prize?

Each day a Rafflecopter Entry System will be on the post. There you can “earn” entries by following the directions at each level. Some levels will be worth more entries than others will. A few entries will be daily, while others are a one-time deal. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received by Sunday, May 18, at midnight EST. Only one prize per entrant.

Each day, an additional entry can earn by leaving a comment below that day’s post. All comments must be posted by Sunday the 18th at midnight, EST to count as an entry. See below for Special Entries. Only one comment per post equals an entry, but additional comments are always welcome.

*** Special Entries ***

For every Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop 2014 blog site you visit and comment on, you will also earn you one entry per day. In the comment area below the KLR post of that day, leave the website name and the Blog Hop # for verification. This is a MUST! (this does not count as an entry comment on KLR). Sites and numbers can be found at:

Youth Literature Reviewshttp://youthlitreviews.com and Mother Daughter & Son Book Reviews http://motherdaughterbookreviews.com, or use the Linky Tool:  Click here to view the complete list of participating bloggers and authors.

Children’s Book Week is more than our Giveaway Hop. That is our way of expressing our interest in kid’s books, our desire that every child learn to read and enjoy reading, and our gratitude to be involved as authors, illustrators, reviewers, readers, and parents. To help the Hop have a great week, please tweet about it and your activities for Children’s Book Week using the hashtag #KidLitGH


  • Open only to those living in the United States.
  • Kids may enter but if they win, a parent or guardian must accept the prize.
  • Winners will be notified by email and have 48 hours to verify their information.
  • Unclaimed prizes will be re-drawn from non-winning entries until a winner is established.


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18. Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop


We have joined the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews again this year to celebrate children’s book week and give away some awesome prizes.  This year we are giving away two great prize packs containing four children’s paperbacks and a $10 Amazon gift card to each winner.



You can enter by going to our Facebook page and entering during May 12-18.  There are over 80 other bloggers participating with lots of other prizes that include children/teen’s books, gift cards, cash and other prizes so check out the list and get your entries in.

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19. Children's Book Week Kid Lit Giveaway Hop

I'm so excited to be part of the Children's Book Week Kid Lit Giveaway Hop. Reading books with my kids has always been a special part of our time spent together. I hope WISH YOU WEREN'T will become one of those books that parents and kids enjoy reading together, that kids enjoy reading under the covers and that people enjoy enough to share with each other. Want to check it out for yourself? You can enter to win a copy below!

Marten doesn't believe in the power of wishes. None of his have ever come true. His parents ignore him, his little brother is a pain and his family is talking about moving to Texas. Not cool. So when he makes an impulsive wish during a meteor shower, he doesn't expect it to make any difference.

Until his annoying brother disappears.

With the present uncertain and his brother’s future in limbo, Marten finds himself stuck in his past. And if he runs out of time, even wishes might not be enough to save the ones he loves.

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Are you a children's book or teen literature blogger, an author, a publisher, or a publicist looking to share copies of a fabulous book?  Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews are joining forces to provide you with the opportunity to take part in the Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop 2014, featuring links to giveaways for fabulous children/teen's books, gift cards, cash, or other prizes.  What better way to celebrate Children's Book Week?

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20. Children's Book Week!

Happy Monday! My clippings all have to do with this being the start of Children's Book Week.

It's not too late to make it a big deal for your kids/students. How? Check out these websites:

What is Children's Book Week?  http://www.bookweekonline.com

From the Pennsylvania School Library Association – Top 10 Ideas for Celebrating Children's Book Week:  http://www.psla.org/assets/Documents/Advocacy/Top-Ten-List/Childrens-Book-Week.pdf

Fabulous ways to celebrate CBW from Smore.com:

My favorite from the site above? Take a pic of yourself with your favorite children's book, then share it on Twitter using the hashtags #plaea #cbw14. Fun!

From Colorado Parent, 5 ways to celebrate CBW:

And all the way from Australia, here are easy book-related costumes:


Also, if you happen to be in a bookstore this week, my newest picture book debuts Thursday (we'll have a book giveaway sometime this fall). Keep your eyes peeled for I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo!

Or the Australia/New Zealand edition:

Jill Esbaum

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21. Weekend Links: Tons of Wonderful Children’s Reading Links!

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Oh my! What a fun Weekend Links this will be! I don’t know if it’s because Spring is in the air and the flowers are a bloomin’ here in TN, but this week has been chocked full of amazing information concerning summer reading, multicultural books and great reading lists for kids. So exciting!

As always, I’ve combed through the hundreds of amazing articles out there and brought you the best of the best (in my opinion). So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for some great kidlit-inspired reading ideas for kids!


The Multiracial Population Is Growing, But Kid Lit Isn’t Keeping Up: School Library Journal

2014 Books from Caldecott Winners: 100ScopeNotes


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Middle Reader Summer Reading List from PrettyOpinionated

Middle grade summer reading

22 Awesome Submissions From The #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign



@KCEdventures 15 Amazing Vintage Summer Reads for Kids -Encourage Learning with Kids

15 Vintage Summer Books for Kids

From My Backyard Summer Reading List: Reading Rockets

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss


Needs some summer reading ideas?  10 to Note: Summer Preview 2014 from 100 ScopeNotes

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What great kid-reading inspired links did YOU find this week?

**Don’t Forget! Children’s Book Week starts May 12th!


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22. Kick Off Children’s Book Week With FREE eBooks!

Children’s Book Week 2012, sponsored by the Children’s Book Council, runs from May 7th through May 14th.  In honor of this special week, Sylvan Dell will be offering our full eBook site license FREE on our website the entire week.  Use this as a great opportunity to kick off a summer reading program for your students or children! Plus, the free teaching activities and quizzes included with every Sylvan Dell book make it an even better option for kick-starting a great summer!  To participate, simply visit www.sylvandellpublishing.com from May 7th through May 13th, and click on the “Children’s Book Week” icon in the upper-right hand corner.

Many Sylvan Dell authors and illustrators are also participating in Children’s Book Week including:

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Day 2 of CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK - With Margot Finke

Seven Guardian Angel Publishing Authors
( affectionately known as GAP )

Are individually Blogging ALL 7 days of 
Children's Book Week

Beginning May 7th - 13th, 2012

(See list of other GAP bloggers below).

We are BLOGGING about our passion:

Books for Children

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24. Children's Book Week, Day 3: New YA paranormal romance series by Latina author Alisa Valdes

Children's Book Week continues with Alisa Valdes...

Bestselling author Alisa Valdes Rodriguez is best known for her women's fiction. Now she's also dabbling into the young adult market with this her new paranormal romance series, The Kindred. The first book, Temptation, hit the shelves on April 24th. I read the first three chapters free on Kindle and I have to say, the story is quite engrossing. I plan to download the complete book soon. 

Let's support this talented Latina author! Be sure to check out her website and blog and read an excerpt of her newest novel, Temptation

About Alisa Valdes:

Alisa Valdes is a New York Times and USA Today best­selling author of six commercial women's fiction novels, including the dirty girls social club. She has a Masters in journalism from Columbia and is a Pulitzer-nominated, award-winning former staff writer for the Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times. Alisa has written and sold pilot scripts to Nickelodeon, NBC, and Lifetime Television, as well as a teen crossover feature film based on The Kindred.
Book description:

His touch was electric.
His eyes were magnetic.
His lips were a temptation. . . .
But was he real?
Shane is near death after crashing her car on a long stretch of empty highway in rural New Mexico when she is miraculously saved by a mysterious young man who walks out of nowhere. She feels an instant energy between them, both a warmth that fills her soul and a tingle that makes her shiver. But who, or what, is he? For the first time in her life, she believes in the term "soul mates"Travis is her destiny, and she is his. But she soon discovers that Travis is dead and strict rules govern kindred spirits of different dimensions. Even a kiss could destroy both their souls. And while Travis is almost impossible to resist, temptation proves to be the kindest enemy they encounter.
In this part romance, part supernatural thriller, true love discovers it may not be able to surpass all—especially the power of pure evil.

Don't forget to visit the other participating Guardian Angel Publishing authors:
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25. Since It's Children's Book Week, Tell Me: What's Your Favorite Children's Book?

For me, it's Pippi. As a redheaded freckly girl who liked to daydream, I loved this book. I slept upside-down in my bed, and dreamed of living in a house with a veranda (that's a porch). This book is still The Book for me.

Interesting story: my mom loaned it to someone who forgot to return it. My mom was frustrated (see my love for said book above), and always hoped she'd find it.

Years later, she found it at the local secondhand bookstore--no lie. It was 25 cents. My name is still written inside, in careful cursive letters, including my old address. Fate boomeranged this book back, and Pippi sits on my shelf again. And I still hope to have a veranda one day...

How about you? What's your favorite children's book?

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