"Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them."
- Arnold Lobel


Every Tuesday is Book Review Day, where I review and recommend a children's book.

Every Wednesday is Wise Owl Wednesday, where you can butter up your brain with some children's literature facts - history, milestones, trivia ... stop by here to learn a little something about the amazing world of books for the young!

Every Thursday is Literacy Tip Day, where I offer literacy suggestions for your children based upon my teaching and parenting experience.

Keep cozy this fall with a good book!

18 June 2010

Mystery Friend Friday - Meet Brandon Mull!

This Friday's Mystery Friend is none other than Brandon Mull, author of the incredibly popular fantasy series, Fablehaven.

FablehavenRise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven)Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven)Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Fablehaven)Fablehaven, Book 5:Keys to the Demon Prison

Mr. Mull is also the author of The Candy Shop War and Pingo...have you read these books yet?

The Candy Shop WarPingo

Be sure to visit Mr. Mull's magical website to find out all about this exciting author, a father of three children, who says that he always secretly wanted to write books! Well, now he's doing that fabulously, isn't he?

His enchanting website invites readers to explore the Fablehaven preserve, learn all about his work, and follow his upcoming book releases and tours.  He even offers his book recommendations!! Wow!! Check it out!!

**For the comments section :: Have you or your children read the Fablehaven series? If so, what did you think of it?**

17 June 2010

Literacy Tip #8 - Help Your Child Find a Favorite Author and Illustrator :: AND A GIVEAWAY!!!

I began a weekly feature on this blog a few weeks ago that showcases a different childrens' author or illustrator each Friday. 

Have you noticed it?

I call it "Mystery Friend Friday," and I give clues throughout the week to pique your (and, hopefully, your children's) interest in who the special author or illustrator will be.  I began this feature for a specific reason...and that leads me to today's literacy tip!

We all have our favorite authors, book and movie genres, actors and actresses (the list goes on and on)...and our children are no different! I, personally, have a repertoire of certain children's authors and illustrators whose writing and artwork, respectively, I enjoy to such degree that I will read anything and everything they write and/or illustrate.  How about you

For example, I will read anything written by Margaret Wise Brown, Cynthia Rylant, Lemony Snicket, Cornelia Funke, Andrew Clements, E.L. Konigsburg, Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, and Avi...just to name a few! Children's illustrators whose work I adore include:  Lois Ehlert, Tomie dePaola, Rosemary Wells, Melissa Sweet, Maurice Sendak, Carin Berger, Arnold Lobel, and Eric Carle (again, I have to stop myself here!).

The sheer thrill I experience from picking up new or undiscovered books from the aforementioned authors and illustrators is incredibly exciting and fulfilling, and seeing my own children experience this type of enjoyment is amazing.  

If your child has not found a favorite author or illustrator yet, introduce him or her to some of your favorites in the world of children's literature! Point out the similiarities in the prose, writing style, patterns, and illustrations of a certain author or illustrator, and he or she will eventually find a favorite! Consequently, this expands your child's thirst and excitement of reading.  What a positive way to build your child's love of literature!

Now, how about this week's final clue for Mystery Friend Friday? It is...Seth.


It's time for another giveaway here at A Novel Idea!!!

One lucky reader will win a Boy's Book Pack in honor of Father's Day...since all fathers were once boys! The pack includes the following four brand-new, paperback books from Scholastic:

Jacob Ladder
Ghosthunters And The Totally Moldy Baroness!
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
and Superfudge by Judy Blume (same edition as above).

You must be a follower of this blog to enter this giveaway.  Additional entries may be obtained by doing the following:
  • Become a follower of my other blog, Ten Thousand Hugs.
  • Leave a comment that shares your favorite children's author and/or illustrator.
  • Grab my button and place it on your blog!

Please leave a comment on this post for each entry, including your e-mail address with each one!
This giveaway is open until Friday, June 25th at 11:59 pm CST.  Open only to U.S. residents.

Best of luck!

Friday has some awesome link parties and memes!
Join the fun below...


The Girl Creative

16 June 2010

Father's Day Special Feature :: Interview with My Hubby, Jeremy!!!

In honor of Father's Day 2010 this coming Sunday, I have been devoting this week's blog posts to all things fatherly!!! Why?? Because FATHERS ROCK!!!

I wanted to showcase the most important man in my life ... my wonderful husband, Jeremy - the father of our four little blessings - Elijah, Callan, Aedan, and Naomi. 

Enjoy getting to know him - he is truly incredible!

(Isn't he cute handsome gorgeous???)

I had so much fun interviewing my own husband about his experiences with literature!! He enjoyed it, too!!

Q.  What was your favorite children's picture book as a child ... and why?

How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head (Sandpiper Books)

My favorite picture book was (and still is) How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head by Bill Peet.  I felt that it was very innocent, kind, and showed understanding.  I appreciated the fact that the book demonstrated the value of life in animals.

Q.  What was your favorite children's chapter book as a child ... and why?

The Chronicles of Narnia Movie Tie-in Box Set Prince Caspian (rack)

It was definitely The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.  I liked the Christian values exhibited in the books, specifically, respect for the reader's own manner of worship. 

Q.  How has being a father affected your attitude towards reading and/or literacy?

It has refocused the importance of literacy to me.  Since my wife [that's me, Mary Elizabeth!] was a teacher before staying home with our children, she has always communicated the importance of literature to me in regards to learning, self-esteem, and future potential in our children.  The free-thinking and creative ideas that only books can introduce to our children is invaluable!

Q.  As an adult, do you have any new favorite children's books?

The Fablehaven Series by Brandon Mull
The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
The Tunnels Series by Brian Williams and Roderick Gordon
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Fablehaven (Boxed Set): Fablehaven; Rise of the Evening Star; Grip of the Shadow PlagueThe Spiderwick Chronicles (Boxed Set): The Field Guide; The Seeing Stone; Lucinda's Secret; The Ironwood Tree; The Wrath of MulgrathTunnelsHarry Potter Box Set

Q.  When did you develop a love for reading?

I developed a love for reading in college, when I began taking courses related to my areas of study, specifically history.  World history, religious history, and religion most interested me in my reading endeavours. I also developed an interest in children's literature through my wife as she studied Elementary Education.

Q.  What is your favorite thing about reading to your children?

I love their enthusiasm for reading! I especially love hearing them say, "Daddy, read me a book!" and having them bring it [the book] to me.

Q.  And just for fun...please describe yourself in six words!







**Thank you so much, Jeremy, for sharing a part of yourself with my readers!!! I love you!!**

Clue #2 for Mystery Friend Friday:  The mystery author / illustrator can be found in this interview!!

Come back tomorrow for a special Father's Day Giveaway!!!

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