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The Milkman – August Fiction Review & Activity!

Hi-Ho Book Buddy! This month I have a fun, reminiscent book for your littles! THE MILKMAN by Carol Foskett Cordsen, art by Douglas B. Jones. Now before you start inserting "adult" jokes about milkmen, hear me out! (I was totally guilty of this...) This book has such...

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July Non-Fiction: Henri Matisse!

It will also teach you how to spell iridescence... Non-Fiction Review & Guide: The Iridescence of Birds by Patricia MacLachlan. Pictures by Hadley Hooper Hi-ho Book Buddy! Time for a little non-fiction action on your reading list! "The Iridescence of Birds"is such...

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Nino Wrestles the WORLD!

Get ready for out-of-this-world contenders! Fiction Review & Guide: Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales Hi-ho Book Buddy! Get into the ring and read this fun, explosive, dive-into-another-culture picture book about Lucha Libre! Lucha Libre is a form of...

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STAND BACK! I’m Going to SNEEZE!

This elephant really packs a sneeze! Fiction Review & Guide: "Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze!" by Patricia Thomas. Pics by Wallace Tripp Hi-ho Book Buddy! We're going to jump back in time and review this Seussian classic, "Stand Back," Said...

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Sly Like A Fox – PBs Into Movies!

Hi-Ho Book Buddy! It's MOVIE TIME! Once a month, I've been highlighting picture books that have been turned into movies and posting the review of that film (whether good or bad). If you've seen the movie, perhaps it's time for a re-watch! If not, make it a movie night...

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Picture Books As Motion Pictures – Curious George

Hi-ho Book Buddy! I was having such a wonderful conversation with a fellow picture book author about the impact picture books have on kids, artists, and culture (in general) and we somehow got onto the subject of PBs as movies. You know the conversation: Which ones...

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Artist Spotlight – Ed Young!

Let's talk about ART baby! Artist Spotlight: Ed Young Hi-ho Book Buddy! I wanted to try something a little different this month. Usually, I do an "Author Spotlight" and I realized I'm leaving something VERY important out...THE ART! The illustrations in a picture book...

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May Fiction Review/Activity – BEAR HUNT!

Was That a b-b-b-BEAR?! Fiction Review & Guide: We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. Illo: Helen Oxenbury Hi-ho Book Buddy! Today, I'm reviewing a classic oldie-but-goodie "We're Going on a Bear Hunt," about a seemingly naive family headed in search for a...

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Ada’s Violin – April Non-fic and guide!

Hi-Ho Book Buddy! I've got an amazing non-fiction rec for you this month. If you love music, recycling, morals, tribe-mentality, teamwork and everything good on this earth, this book is for you and your littles! (And the activity guide will have you on all the high...

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It’s TJ’s Birthday!

It's Thomas Jefferson's 274th Birthday Today! Yep, you read THAT RIGHT. He's one old dude! Happy Birthday to our 3rd Prez. But I wouldn't be Birdy if I didn't lay a little book recommendation on ya! Did you know that Thomas Jefferson had a HUGE library collection? It...

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Some BIRDY NEWS to share!

Hi-Ho Book Buddies! I HAVE SUCH EXCITING NEWS! I've been invited to Book Expo 2017 in NYC to sign copies of my newest book, BLOSSOM PLAYS POSSUM (out in June 2017). If you happen to live in the city, swing by the Magination Press booth and shake my hand. I'd love to...

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BLOSSOM is now available for PRE-ORDER! YAAAY!

SHE'S HERE! BLOSSOM PLAYS POSSUM! Hi-ho Book Buddy! I'm so excited to announce that my newest book, BLOSSOM PLAYS POSSUM (Because She's Shy) is now available for PRE-ORDER!  I'm super happy about this one - it's like letting your baby go off to college. *grabs tissue....

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POP! The History of Dubble Bubble Gum

Non-fiction Review for "POP! The Invention of Bubble Gum" by Meghan McCarthy Ever wonder how the delicious, hot pink bubbles of yumminess got started? As an avid childhood gum chewer, I had to know! "POP! The Invention of Bubble Gum" by Meghan McCarthy reveals how a...

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Author Spotlight – Jorey Hurley!

Jorey Hurley writes picture books that help kids learn to read small, simple words paired with GORGEOUS art. I particularly love the bold colors of the graphic design and the action words that are called to attention. The illos have a very cool 60’s art vibe! Hop,...

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day To Ya!

I hope you find me pot of gold! Just some Birdy-Love to let you know I'm thinking of you and wishing lots o' good fortune to your family this year! Of course, I wouldn't be me if I didn't drop a few lucky book recommendations: 1. The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever!...

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A Story of Mystery, Revenge and…POO!

March Fiction and Activity Guide for "The Story of the Little Mole in Search of Whodunit" by Werner Holzwarth I’ve never heard my two year old laugh so hard. “SWUSH DUP-DUP! Did you do this on my head?” The little mole accusingly asks several animals if they were the...

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Hi-ya Peeps! I'm Birdy.

Hi-ya Peeps! I'm Birdy.

And I’m on a mission to make sure kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE (times infinity) to read! This mission starts with the people they see everyday. (Psst…that’s YOU!) So enjoy this one-stop-shop for book recommendations & activity guides that help you engage with your littles on the daily! Welcome to the Birdy Blog. 😀

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