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1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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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6. CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK - a Prequel.

Woo Hoo

Guardian Angel Publishing Authors
Will blog the 7 days of  Children's Book Week

May 7th - 13th, 2012 

as advertised on


A selection of Guardian Angel Publishing authors
will blog about all aspects of writing books for children -
Beginning with that first idea . . .
to HOT off the press!
Here is the line up of talent:

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7. Last Chance to Vote for the Children’s Choice Awards

Only one week left to vote for the Children's Choice Book Awards and over 500,000 votes are in but some of the finalists are neck and neck.   If you haven't voted yet, there is still have time to finish that last nominee on the nightstand and help pick the winnners of 2012--just get your vote in by May 3rd. 

Check back after the awards gala on May 7th, the kick off to Children's Book Week,  to find out who won.  Below is a refresher on the categories and finalists--which book will you vote for?

Kindergarten - Grade 2:

Grade 3 - Grade 4:

Grade 5 - Grade 6:


And don't forget to vote on the

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8. 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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10. 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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11. 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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12. 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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13. 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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14. 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!

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  5. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends. 
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15. 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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16. My First Book Trailer - ouch!

It started when I was with the Random House folk at Supanova. They told me about a book trailer competition they're running for teenagers. It wasn't yet up - and when it is up, they will be giving some firm conditions, which are necessary because they'll be putting it up on-line. It has to be copyright-free material. Obviously, I suspect, there will be limitations even on such things as filming your young brother or sister, because of regulations about that (I saw the ladies taking a photo of a costumed con attendee for the RH blog, but not her small daughter). The copyright-free web site they gave me turned out to be copyright-free but not money-free. You have to pay for use of images from the site. While trying to work out if I could maybe put in a school subscription for the purpose, and because the information is STILL not up on the web site (something on YouTube, but not all the information), I surfed for genuinely free sites, but the few I found were limited in what they had.

I realised that I could use some public domain images and music, although the students might not find that of much interest, but I did have to have a sample - and I thought that perhaps we could have a book trailer competition for Children's Book Week, with a lunchtime festival. The trailers wouldn't go on-line, but we could show them at lunchtime and maybe burn a DVD for the library, to show next year's students. That way, we could use what we want and have fun.

As I haven't yet worked out the mysteries of iMovie, apart from dumping existing films on it, and I go back to work tomorrow, I have spent most of my post-Swancon time today putting together a basic PowerPoint book trailer for Wolfborn. It's very crude, but I've learned some things by experimenting and will learn more as soon as I can get someone to sit with me and explain.

Meanwhile, my class can have a huge laugh at my expense and go do something much better, once they work out which book they'd like to use. It's a nice way of making them think about a book they like - and one girl in my class was asking if she could do an animated piece for her assignment last time (too late, alas, or I'd know just how good she is).

I actually found a picture of a wolf howling under TWO moons (there are three in my world, but maybe the third isn't up yet), a Breton castle, some Arthur Rackham fairies (public domain), a dark forest, a bas-relief of Cernunnos, a wolfhound and a - hopefully - public domain portrait of Attila the Hun to go with the "Ruthless villains!" slide.

I'd like to come up with something a bit speedier than the score I used in the end, but I managed to get the right timing for the second half of "The Ring Goes South" from the FOTR score and it kind of worked. There was a nice dramatic flourish during the "Wild Hunt" slide.

Awful as it is, I'm kind of proud at having given it a go. It's an achievement, doing something I haven't tried before (well, PowerPoints, yes, but not with a story, music and theme).

Because of copyright I can't put it up on-line, but if anyone wants to have a look and a giggle, ask me privately and I'll see if i can share the file with you.

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17. 75 Years of Children’s Book Week Posters: celebrating great illustrators of American children’s books, introduction and text by Leonard S. Marcus, sponsored by the Children’s Book Council

Books, especially for young readers, have always been considered to be a weapon during wars because of the influence they can have on the reader. This was as true for the Allied Powers as much as it was for the Axis Powers during World War II. Despite paper shortages everywhere, a good number of children’s books were still written and published between 1939 and 1945.

Children’s Book Week, sponsored by the Children’s Book Council, has been celebrating books and reading and encouraging youthful readers since 1919. Each year the Council commissions a poster by a well-known illustrator of children’s books for the purpose of commemorating this week.

75 Years of Children’s Book Week Posters contains the first 69 posters for Children’s Book Week. This is a book well worth close examination if you are a reader who really appreciates the work of each illustrator in the books you read. According to the publisher’s description of the book, these posters are not only first rate illustrations, but the also reflect the history, social climate and wider concerns of the country at the time each was created.

This made me think of one of my favorite quotes about children’s books by A.S.W. Rosenbach, who was a famous rare book seller and collector of children’s book. In 1933, in the introduction to his own book Early American Children’s Books, Rosenbach wrote:

“…more than any other class of literature, [children’s books] reflect the minds of the generation that produced them. Hence no better guide to the history and development of any country can be found than its juvenile literature.” (pg xxvii)

I think about this quote each time I read a kidlit book.

Since this is Children’s Book Week at the Children’s Book Council, I thought it would be interesting to look at some of the posters that were created for it during World War II.

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18. Celebrating Children’s Book Week – a free family film showing

Yesterday I wrote about one way we’re hoping that Children’s Book Week will get families at school talking about books and the reading they enjoy. Another activity we’ve got planned to bring people together to celebrate the pleasure of reading is a free family showing of the beautiful animation Eleanor’s Secret (which I reviewed here).

Photo: sugu

The film will be shown in the school gym one afternoon after the end of the school day and children are being invited to attend with all the family. We’ll have a mixture of seats and mats, so the atmosphere should be rather informal and fun.

There are some licensing issues surrounding showing films at school (Thanks to twitter user @JfB57 for pointing me to this information) and so we have had to apply for a special licence to show the film. This has been made possible by sponsorship from Tidy Books, for which we are most grateful.

Eleanor’s Secret is all about the power of reading, the life storybook characters can lead and the fun that can be had when you share your life with them so it makes for a perfect film for Children’s Book Week, but you could instead choose to show a film adaptation of a book or any of these films which share a theme of reading, stories and literacy.


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19. Celebrating Children’s Book Week – Ourselves

Here are our plans for Foundation Stage (3-5 year olds) on our special Book Day, as part of Children’s Book Week. Foundation stage’s theme is “Ourselves”. Please feel free to reuse, adapt and share any of the resources on this page.

Session 1

Book: The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith
Follow up book: Kids by Laurence and Catherine Anholt
Focus activity: (Group) collage with images of children and families
Resources required: pre-cut-out images of people from magazines, either paper and glue or contact paper
Additional Books: Big Book of Families by Laurence and Catherine Anholt, So Much by Trish Cooke and Helen Oxenbury.

A cautionary note: When we chose this activity we didn’t realise how difficult it would be to find plenty of images of non-white people in magazines. Although maybe it shouldn’t have been a surprise it was still a shock to realise how rarely non-white faces feature in “general interest” magazines. I found the best source of inclusive images was council publications! Finding photos of disabled people doing normal every day activities was even more difficult.

Session 2

Book: Wake Up! by Katie Cleminson (which I reviewed here)
Follow up book: Tuck me in! by Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt (which I reviewed here)
Focus activity: “Dressing” dolls with a collage made from fabric squares
Resources required: “Dolls” (we’re using this image and printing it on A4 paper), lots of small fabric squares (I cut up some of my remnants I’ve been hanging on to from various sewing projects, but you could ask children to donate old, worn clothes and cut them up if you don’t have your own fabric stash), wool cut into strips, PVA glue, pens/pencils to decorate the dolls and add faces.
Additional Books: Kiss Good Night, Sam by Amy Hest, illustrated by Anita Jeram, All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Nikki McClure

Session 3

Books: If you’re happ

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20. Celebrating Children’s Book Week – Castles

Here are our plans for Year 1 (5 and 6 year olds) on our special Book Day, as part of Children’s Book Week. Year 1′s theme is “Castles”. Please feel free to reuse, adapt and share any of the resources on this page.

Session 1

Book: Shhh! by Sally Grindley and Peter Utton
Follow up book: Castles by Colin Thompson (which I reviewed here)
Focus Activity: Make a castle pop up card
Resources required: A4 card folded in half, castle template printed on paper and then pre-cut (if working with an older group or with more time in the session, the cutting could be left for the children to do), glue, pens / crayons / pencils to decorate
Independent activities: Giant colouring-in sheets, activity sheet based on local castle (Weoley Castle, NB link is to pdf file), castle dot-to-dot sheets, one from printactivities.com and another from dottodots.net.
Additional books: Castle by David MacCauley, The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, illustrated by Michael Foreman and Freire Wright. These additional books will be available for children to read / look at during the session, and also if needed by staff to read if there is “spare” time to be filled in the session.

Click here to download the castle template (a pdf file).

To create your card, line up the central fold in the A4 card with the central fold in the precut castle template. Stick glue on castle flaps. The castle should “fit inside” your card, even when the card is folded.

For other ideas about how to use Shhh! by Sally Grindley and Peter Utton in the classroom take a look at these lessons plans from Nursery World.

Session 2

Book: Tell me a dragon by Jackie Morris (which I reviewed here)
Follow up book: There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon by Jack Kent
Focus Activity: Make an egg box dragon inspired by this idea from Nurture Store but simplified to use only 1 egg box per child.
Resources required: egg boxes, paint & a paint brush (optional) , red paper, glue / sticky tape

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21. Celebrating Children’s Book Week – Oceans and Seas

Here’s the last lot of session plans for our day off-timetable as part of Children’s Book Week next week. These sessions are for year 2 studens (6-7 year olds) and are based on their current topic “Oceans and Seas”.

Session 1

Book: The fantastic undersea life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino
Follow up book: Manfish: The Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne and Eric Puybaret
Focus activity: Watching a short video of Jacques Cousteau then creating a porthole through which creatures of the deep can be viewed.
Resources required: paper plates, strips of tissue paper in shades of blue, glue, permanent pens/crayons (make sure whatever you use does not run when glue is painted over it, and that the colours are strong enough to be visible through the tissue paper), scissors, grey paint (optional – for painting the plates to make them look more like portholes).
Independent activities: Set of ocean factfiles with colouring in and also some maths-based, ocean-themed activities all from learningpage.com (you need to sign up for access to these, but sign up is quick, easy and free)
Additional books: Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Steve Jenkins, Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish by Janet Halfmann and Joan Paley

A porthole made from paper plates

1. Take one plate and draw a creature of the deep in the centre of the plate.
2. Glue strips of tissue paper across your plate (this will look best if the tissue paper has previously been scrunched up and is then smoothed out again)
3. Take your second plate and cut out the central circle. Optionally paint this plate gray.
4. Put glue around the rim of the first plate and stick the second plate on top to create your porthole
5. Trim away any excess tissue paper left hanging out between the plates.

Random House has produced a Teacher’s Sheet for The fantastic undersea life of Jacques Cousteau which contains lots of discussion prompts (opens as a pdf document).

Session 2

Book: Immi by Ka

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22. Setting up a School Book Exchange

[Doing a little dance :-) ] Today is the start of Children’s Book Week here in the UK!

I’ll be at M and J’s school today launching a book exchange, our first big activity for Children’s Book Week.

The idea for this grew out of the fact that our local library closed 18 months ago and so I wanted to find a way to encourage the children I came into contact with through reading at my girls’ school to not lose the habit of reading new books and discovering new delights. As I thought about how I might support a mini local library through the school I first came across @BookElfLeeds and her Travelling Suitcase Library and then the utterly gorgeous Free Little Library movement. I decided to take the best from both worlds and thus the school Book Exchange was born.

The Book Exchange lives in this suitcase, which I got just a teensy bit carried away with decorating…

I used images from book catalogues, book calendars and book magazines and simply glued them on to the suitcase with PVA glue before finishing it off with a couple of layers of clear varnish. My thanks go to @redtedart and @makeitandmendit for their advice on glue and varnish!

Inside the suitcase is a wide variety of children’s books, some of which were donated by Melanie of Library Mice fame and some of which were bought with funds from Tidy Book‘s sponsorship of our book week events.

The idea of the exchange is very simple – children donate a book to the exchange library and then they can take a book from the exchange library. That’s all there is to it. If they love their new book they can keep it forever. If they don’t want to keep it they can swap it again the following week.

Because kids at M and J’s school already get reading books twice a week and school library books every week we had to find a way of identifying books that are part of the book exchange so I created a logo which we’ve printed on stickers and stuck to the exchange library stock.

Please feel free to re-use this logo if you would like to set up a book exchange (simple right click on the image of the logo and save as, or email me if you need an svg version of the image).

We sent home a letter to parents explaining what the purpose

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23. Book reviews by 6 year olds in the local bookshop

As part of the celebrations for Children’s Book Week at M and J’s school, all Year 2 children (aged 6-7) wrote a short book review for display in our local bookshop, Waterstones. The idea behind this was to encourage them to visit a book shop, to talk about their favourite books, and to give them a “real life” writing opportunity. Here’s what some of their reviews looked like:

This is M’s book review: “My favourite book is the blak book of colas because it is about colas and a blinde chiled” (To find out more about The Black Book of Colours you can read this post on Playing by the book)

Here’s part of the display with reviews and books in the bookshop:

I really hope this experience will encourage the families of the reviewers to visit the bookshop and talk about books together, as well as generating a little bit of pride and excitement amongst the six year olds!

I also have to commend the staff at Waterstones for being so open to the idea of having book reviews from the children and taking the whole idea on board with such enthusiasm. It’s been a pleasure to work with them.


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24. Vintage Children's Book Week Posters

In honor of Children's Book Week, here are some vintage posters for you to peruse. Enjoy!

Helen Sewell, Illustrator, 1941

Elizabeth Orton Jones, Illustrator

1953 Poster

Garth Williams, Illustrator, 1955

Roger Duvoisin, Illustrator, 1952
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25. Children's Book Week Twenty-Twelve

Voting for Children's Book Week "Book of The Year" Begins March 14th. Be sure to stop by and vote for your favorites! And keep an eye out for fun things that will be happening in the library the week of May 7! If you have some fun ideas, please let me know in the comments!Check out this fabulous Book Week poster by David Wiesner!

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