Edward the Emu – Happy Thanksgiving!

Edward the Emu – Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi-Ho Book Buddy and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

This holiday seems to be all about the birds, so here is EDWARD THE EMU by Sheena Knowles. Illustrated by the marvelous Rod Clement.

Edward is bored with being himself. When he hears visitors say their favorite animal, Edward decides he wants to be that animal too! For an entire day he becomes a seal, then a lion, then a snake. When a guest finally says the emus are the best, Edward is in for a big surprise when he gets back to his home!

The close-up illustrations are bold, detailed and really add a sense of humor as Edward pretends to be something he’s not. And if you love this book, check out Sheena Knowles other emu book, Edwina the Emu. 
They are both charming and delightful and will have your kids smitten with the world’s second largest bird in no time!

If you’re the visual type, here’s the video of Edward the Emu.
But I encourage you to support your local library and check it out.
Or buy a copy for your bookshelf here.

Happy Emu — err…Turkey Day!

Activity Guides for Edward the Emu

Paper Plate Emu:
Make a paper plate emu like the one shown HERE.
All you need are:
Paper plates
Scissors
Markers
Construction paper for legs
Glue Stick
Tissue paper (optional)
Cut the paper plate into a cloud shape for the emu’s body. Cut out a head. Cut construction paper into thin, long rectangles for the neck and legs. Glue the head to the neck. Glue the neck to the paper plate body. Glue the legs to the back of the paper plate body.  Decorate your emu with the markers. Glue on colored tissue paper or decorate any way you’d like!

Or if you have a small child at home, they can color in the emu on this worksheet with crayons or markers!

But I’m not done yet, let’s get comprehensive. This worksheet will have your child thinking deeper about the context of the story and will develop critical thinking skills.

Hope your hearts and tummies are always full of happiness!

Happy Reading,
Birdy

HAPPY HALLOWEEN Activity Time!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN Activity Time!

Hi-Ho Book Buddy!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

I just love Halloween. The costumes, the trickery, the treats, the music and movies (can I get a hi-five that it’s time to watch Hocus Pocus again?!)

Halloween should be spooky, but it should also be…silly! GOODNIGHT GOON: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex, is a halloweeny alternative to Goodnight Moon that your kids will recognize, while being delightfully entertained. It’s super cartoony, matches the pacing and structure of the original classic, but also offers a big dose of Halloween without all the horror. Sure, there are images of monsters and skeletons and bats, but they are campy images that can’t be taken too seriously.

With that being said, EVERY CHILD IS DIFFERENT, especially when it comes to scary stuff, so please watch the youtube video below to determine whether this book is appropriate for your little ones. Watch here.

This book helped my son learn some of the fun Halloween creatures like vampire, werewolf, witch, Frankenstein’s Monster, and of course, goon!

Have a fun and safe holiday, everyone! I hope you all get lots of treats and very little tricks!

Activity Guide for Goodnight Goon:
What is the same about Goodnight Goon vs. Goodnight Moon and what are the differences? This will help your child with reading comprehension as well as distinguishing matches and mismatches. Download the circle chart HERE.

Happy Reading!
Birdy

It’s…SUPERWORM! Oct. Fiction Review + Activity!

It’s…SUPERWORM! Oct. Fiction Review + Activity!

Hi-Ho Book Buddy!

It’s OCTOBER! Time for ghouls, ghosts, and goblins. If you are scared or feel like you’re in danger, NEVER FEAR! SUPERWORM IS HERE!

Superworm by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler is a rhymer that tells the story of the brave Superworm, who helps his animal friends daily with life’s big problems. But OH NO! The evil Wizard Lizard (with help of his servant’s crow) kidnaps our hero and puts him under the spell of a magical flower. Cute, I know!

What is Superworm going to to? How will he get out of this hot mess? Well…that’s what friends are for!

The subtext of this book is equally charming: you get back in this world what you put into it. It’s a valuable moral camouflaged as a quirky action-packed tale. You don’t want to miss this one!

The bold illustrations and the bouncing, fast-paced rhymes in this story will have your kids cheering Hip! Hip! Hooray for Superworm!

Activity Guide for Superworm by Julia Donaldson:

If you have very young children, have them color in these cool Superworm pages.
Superworm Color Me #1
Superworm Color Me #2

If your kids are older, check out this whole list of SUPER fun wormy activities! Click HERE.

You can get Superworm from your local library for free, or you can purchase it here.

Happy Reading!
Birdy

 

Artist to Know: Pamela Zagarenski – Sleep Like A Tiger

Artist to Know: Pamela Zagarenski – Sleep Like A Tiger

Hi-Ho Book Buddy!

Oh yummy, yum! The reason I love picture books SO MUCH is because you get art as well as story. ART, PEOPLE! And I’m so excited because I tripped over this beautiful gem last week. Now it’s your Artist to Know.
Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski and written by Mary Logue.

Just look at these illustrations. It’s like Gustav Klimt decided to become a whimsical, dream-like picture book artist:

I know, right! GORGEOUS!
Sleep Like A Tiger is about a little girl who doesn’t want to go to sleep, so she asks her parents if other types of animals sleep. We’re whisked away through the beautiful illustrations that will lull your child into a peaceful (and fanciful) dreamlike state. Sleep is a beautiful thing, especially if you have a kiddo who likes to resist the bliss!

This book has rightfully won the 2013 Randolph Caldecott Honor Award. That’s the award for prestigious images in children’s stories. So head over to your local library and get this beautiful book, or click HERE to buy it. It definitely belongs on your bookshelf.

Now that everyone’s eyeballs are delighted, let’s get to some activity-time!

Activity for Sleep Like A Tiger: 
Let’s cut out and color a sweet, sleeping fox. Download the PDF HERE. 
Next, talk to your kids about different animals and how they sleep. Every living animal must take time to sleep. A horse locks out its knees and sleeps standing up! A sea otter floats on its back. Leopards can sleep on a tree limb without falling off! Remember to use rich language when discussing this topic with your child. Don’t edit your vocabulary!

Use this article link to gather more ideas and to WATCH a video of resting animals:

Happy reading and nighty-night!
Birdy

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It’s Only Stanley – Sept. Fiction/Activity

It’s Only Stanley – Sept. Fiction/Activity

Hi-Ho Book Buddy!

This month we’re starting off kooky with “It’s Only Stanley” by Jon Agee. 
Now, I don’t know if you’ve been following Mr. Agee’s books, but they are AH-MAZE-ING! He has a way of twisting the absurd into heartwarming tales. It’s like watching Weird Science where you’re like, “What is going on???” But then you find yourself smiling as you take the journey.

It’s Only Stanley is about a family that just wants a little shut-eye but their dog, Stanley, keeps doing weird stuff that keeps them awake. What is he up to? Why is he acting so strange? Why does the family cat, Max, keep getting the brunt of Stanley’s episodes? (Add bizarre techo-music here). The ending is totally not what you expect!

I really dig Mr. Agee’s illustration style, too. It’s simple, bold, and he’s not afraid to let the pictures tell you the rest of the story.
This is a perfect rhyming read-aloud for fans of the little strange.

This book has been recognized by all the bigs:

Booklist Editor’s Choice 2015
Washington Post Best of 2015
Miami Herald Best Books of 2015
Kansas City Star Best Books of 2015
Huffington Post Best Picture Books of 2015
News Tribune Best Books of 2015
News Observer Best Books of 2015
Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book
The 2016 Irma Black Award
Junior Library Guild Selection

So head to your library or HERE to see what the heck Stanley is up to at all hours of the night! And head over to Jon Agee’s website to learn more about his works. You won’t be sorry!

And now we are gonna get ALL UP IN SCIENCE with this next activity that will have your kids remembering Stanley’s shenanigans!

Activity for It’s Only Stanley:

Let’s make our own rocket-ship toy out of cardboard!
Click HERE for the full details and pictures of how your rocket ship should look.

Here’s the materials you will need:

Materials:

  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Paint and paint brushes
  • Mod Podge and brush (to protect your paint job)
  • Packing tape
  • Straw

Directions:
This was a really quick and simple toy to make.
1.  Cut out your spaceship, moon, and two small rectangular stopper pieces out of cardboard.
2.  Paint your spaceship and moon.
3.  Once the paint dries, protect your paint job with Mod Podge.
4.  Cut your straw in half.  Tape it to the back of your spaceship.
5.  Fold your long piece of string in half.  Tape the middle of the string to the back of your moon.  Then, string your two strands through the two straws.  Tape the ends of  string to your cardboard rectangles so that the spaceship doesn’t fall off.

Happy Reading!
Birdy

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