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Bunny Books!

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

In our September 2012 issue, we wrote about bunny-themed picture books that we noticed were multiplying like, well, rabbits. Seems like a good time to feature them again as folks get ready for the Easter Bunny to hop along on Sunday.

With four simple words—Good News, Bad News—and humorous illustrations, Jeff Mack tells the story of friends with two very different world views.

The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare, a collection of four bedtime tales, features the beloved characters from Sam McBratney’s Guess How Much I Love You.

Chloe, the heroine of author-illustrator Peter McCarty’s book, loves being the middle child, but her special position is threatened when her dad brings home a surprise.

Katherine Battersby’s expressive line drawings perfectly illustrate Brave Squish Rabbit, a sweet story of a bunny overcoming his fears.

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Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Voting for The Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards is now open! Through May 9, kids can vote for their favorite page turners from 2012. Voting is by age group and includes categories such as Book of the Year and Illustrator of the Year.




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Kids’ Boredom Busters: Art Supplies

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Looking for something to keep the kids entertained for a few hours? Maybe it’s Spring Break, maybe it’s yet another snow day (as we’re expecting here tomorrow, ugh!), or maybe you’re just simply looking for something new. For this week’s blog posts, I’ll be featuring great boredom busters I’ve recently found.

Art supplies are always on the go-to boredom buster list. But finding good quality materials in a kit for a reasonable price can sometimes be harder than, well, drawing a family of stick figures. The Do Art: Art Collage kit from Faber-Castell has everything I look for in a craft kit—and then some. Sixty sheets of colorful, good-quality paper; a few textural elements such as lace and burlap; two types of glue; and—wait for it—scissors that actually cut! (For those of you who purchased lots of craft kits, you know that can be a rare thing!) But maybe what I like best is the instruction book, which really doesn’t include instructions at all. Rather, it introduces kids to collage, talks about materials they can use (both from the kit and found items), gives examples of types of collage, and then turns them loose to use their imagination and creativity. Perfect.

You can also check out our picks for great educational toys.

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Funny Bedtime Storybook

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Has the switch to daylight Saving time wreaked havoc in your house? I know my  boys and I are sure feeling it. Everyone is t-i-r-e-d! That’s why I had to laugh when I saw the new book, I Dare You Not to Yawn, sitting on my shelf this morning. And, reading the book, I continued to chuckle. Author Helene Boudreau’s title is an amusingly sweet take on the classic I-don’t-want-to-go-to-bed tale. The big-eyed narrator, illustrated by Serge Bloch, gives a plethora of tips on things to avoid when you’re trying not to yawn: huggable stuffed animals, cozy pjs, sleepy-time songs, and more (note there’s no mention of time changes!). Because yawning leads to being tucked in to bed. And we all know we don’t want that—unless it’s the week after daylight saving time.

For more great bedtime books, see the list from our sister magazine, Parents.

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A New Book Series From a Popular Comic Strip Author

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Assistant Researcher Krista Hojnowski recently found a great new chapter book series for kids. She writes:

Being a huge fan of the comic Pearls Before Swine and its creator Stephan Pastis, I had super-high hopes for Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made. And, right from the opening lines, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed: “It’s harder to drive a polar bear into somebody’s living room than you’d think. You need a living-room window that’s big enough to fit a car. You need a car that’s big enough to fit a polar bear. And you need a polar bear that’s big enough to not point out your errors.”

Readers follow Timmy and his sidekick/business partner, Total ( a very lazy, very hungry Polar bear—just go with it) through the daily ins and outs of running their detective agency, Total Failure, Inc. They have big plans to take take the agency worldwide, but first they need to hone their skills on a more local level. Cruising around town in the Failuremobile (a Segway—again, just go with it) to investigate cases, Timmy and Total run into people and situations that may delay their business scheme for global dominance. Black and white illustrations appear throughout the pages and give the book a comic strip feel, but it’s best for kids in the 8+ age range.

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