"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

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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!

22 July 2010

Got Books? is Here!! Awesome Giveaway Time!!!

http://gotbooksevent.blogspot.com 
 
 
I have two brand-new, hardcover children's books to give away!!
 
Duck! Rabbit!
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Owen & Mzee: Language Of Friendship
by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Dr. Paula Kahumbu
 
 
Both are published by Scholastic ... and both would make great additions to your home library!! I am giving them away as one package.
 
 
To enter this giveaway, please follow the guidelines below!!! Best of luck to all!!!
  1. You MUST be a follower of A Novel Idea AND you must leave a comment about anything bookish on this post with your e-mail address.
  2. For an additional entry, please leave an additional comment (with your e-mail address) telling me what your favorite children's picture book is and why.
  3. This giveaway will run through Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 11:59 pm, CST.

** I also have another giveaway going on now that ends tonight ... click here for details and how to enter! **

Book Review #15 :: The Handiest Things in the World ::

The Handiest Things in the World

The Handiest Things in the World
by Andrew Clements
Photographs by Raquel Jaramillo
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division
Copyright 2010


"Of all the handy things there are,
the hand itself is best by far.
To grab, to hold, to pull or twist -
the hand itself is handiest."


Publisher's Summary:  Eight fingers.  Two thumbs.  Two flat palms.  And all those knuckles.  But our hands are so much more than that.  They were once the first pair of earmuffs, a primitive visor, and a convenient set of chopsticks.  The work done by hands centuries and centuries ago paved the way for many of our favorite and most useful tools.  The always-clever Andrew Clements reminds us all that the mother of much invention is right at our fingertips!

Mary Elizabeth's Musings:  Delightful, colorful photographs combined with Mr. Clements' poetic verse make this book a gem to share with your little ones! Reminding us how truly spectacular our hands are, this book will inspire children to recognize the special work their hands do every day.  Digging in the dirt, feeling the rain, counting, and reaching out to one another are just a "handful" of ways our hands bring us through each day.  

I recommend this book for ages 2-6 years.


Other picture books by this author:

A Million Dots Dogku



Some of Mr. Clements' AMAZING Chapter Books:

Frindle
A Classic!
A Week in the Woods
Not quite as well-known as Frindle, but one of my favorites by him!



And a few more of my personal recommendations by Mr. Clements ...
The Janitor's BoyRoom One: A Mystery or TwoThe School Story



Clue #2 for Mystery Friend Friday :: Moose ::


19 July 2010

"Got Books?" Event AND a Special Giveaway!!

http://gotbooksevent.blogspot.com 
 
 
Got Books?, the long-anticipated book blogger event, is only a few days away!!!!
 
What is this event all about, anyway??
 

As the official "Got Books?" website explains:  "[It] is to celebrate book bloggers round the world by shining a light on their efforts, spreading the word about their sites for future follows on ... reading rounds, and have a little contest fun along the way!"

To celebrate the excitement, I would like to have a little "pre-giveaway" here this week at A Novel Idea!
To spotlight my latest literacy tips involving very, very early readers, I would like to give away my absolute favorite Eric Carle book, The Tiny Seed

The Tiny Seed (Classic Board Books)

I have one board book copy, published by Scholastic, to give away to one lucky reader for their little "seed" who is learning to read!!

To enter this giveaway, please follow the guidelines below!!! Best of luck to all!!!
  1. You MUST be a follower of A Novel Idea AND you must leave a comment about anything bookish on this post with your e-mail address.
  2. For an additional entry, please leave an additional comment (with your e-mail address) telling me what your favorite Eric Carle book is and why.
  3. This giveaway will run through Friday, July 23, 2010 at 11:59 pm, CST.

Clue #1 for Mystery Friend Friday :: Mouse ::
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