"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!

15 October 2010

Giveaway Time :: Call Me Kate

Call Me Kate: Meeting the Molly Maguires - Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient

Call Me Kate
Written by Molly Roe

Gosh, I haven't had a giveaway here on A Novel Idea in ages!!! I think it's time for one, don't you??

This past Tuesday, I reviewed this amazing, young adult historical fiction novel, Call Me Kate.  You can read my review of this book here

I was generously provided an unbound copy of this fabulous novel by Tribute Books, and I would like to share it with one lucky reader!

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 / young adult historical novel is and why.

3.  This giveaway will run through Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 11:59 pm, CST.

Literacy Tip #13 :: Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy :: Part Five of Five

Today's literacy tip is part five of a five-part series on children's early interaction with books, designed to optimize your reading time with your little, little one(s). It is adapted from research provided by Reach Out and Read, an excellent resource for early literacy intervention.

** Note: Please keep in mind that every child develops at his or her own rate. This chart is simply a reference and is not intended to be a substitute for a doctor's advice. **
If your child is 3 years of age and up, here are some instrumental motor and cognitive skills he or she is capable of demonstrating from a literacy perspective:
  • handles books with competence and efficiency
  • turns paper pages one at a time
  • listens to longer stories
  • able to retell a familiar story
  • understands the concept of text
  • able to move finger along text
  • writes name
  • moves toward letter recognition

Here is what you can do to maximize reading time with your child who is 3 years and up:
  • ask "what's happening?" while reading a story
  • encourage writing and drawing
  • let the child tell the story
  • provide at least 15 minutes of reading time each day (this can be in small "pockets" of time, such as 5 minutes in the morning, afternoon, and evening)

Here are some literature suggestions for your child aged 3 years and up:

Snow book & CD setMouse SoupOwl at Home (I Can Read Book 2)A Color of His OwnIf You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give...)We're Going On A Leaf Hunt

 Enjoy this valuable reading time with your child!!!

12 October 2010

Blog Book Tour :: Call Me Kate

Call Me Kate: Meeting the Molly Maguires - Mom's Choice Awards® Silver Recipient
Call Me Kate : Meeting the Molly Maguires
Written by Molly Roe
Published by Tribute Books
Copyright 2008

"Con caught me by the elbows. His blue eyes met mine. 'The coal face your father was working collapsed. His legs are pinned.  But he’s alive, Katie!'
I broke from his grasp and dashed out of the schoolhouse into the cold gray November morning, a day as bleak as Con's news."

Publisher's Summary:  Coming of age amidst the seething unrest of the Civil War era, feisty fourteen-year-old Katie McCafferty infiltrates the Molly Maguires, a secret Irish organization, to rescue a lifelong friend. Under the guise of “Dominick,” a draft resister, Katie volunteers for a dangerous mission in hopes of preventing bloodshed. Katie risks job, family, and ultimately her very life to intervene. A series of tragedies challenge Katie’s strength and ingenuity, and she faces a crisis of conscience. Can she balance her sense of justice with the law?

Mary Elizabeth's Musings:  Riveting, exciting, romantic, and informative, Call Me Kate is an amazing addition to the genre of young adult historical fiction!  Ms. Roe brings to life the turbulent 1860s in America through the eyes of Katie, an Irish teenage girl, who has hopes and dreams like any young person, despite her war-time circumstances. 
This novel was immediately engaging from start to finish, and Ms. Roe's gift of the written Irish brogue echoed the incredible talent of Frank McCourt.  Truly, this novel is a must-read for all fans of young adult historical fiction.

**I would like to thank Tribute Books for providing me with an unbound copy of this book, as well as inviting me to participate in my very first book blog tour!!**

To learn more about author Molly Roe, visit her blog, Conversations from the Side Porch.

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