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Happy 50th Birthday, Clifford the Big Red Dog!

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Clifford the Big Red DogAmelia Bedelia isn’t the only beloved children’s book character turning 50 this year — Clifford the Big Red Dog, born on February 14, is also celebrating his golden years.

Created by author Norman Bridwell and published by Scholastic, Clifford was once the runt of his litter but he grew and transformed through the love of his owner, 8-year-old Emily Elizabeth.  Since 1963, over 70 Clifford books have sold 126 million copies and been published in 13 languages.

On Scholastic’s site, you can send a “Happy Birthday Clifford!” eCard, download the Clifford’s Big Birthday app ($0.99), watch a video of author Norman Bridwell talking about Clifford, and even get birthday party printables.  You can also watch cartoon episodes of Clifford the Big Red Dog on your local PBS station.

Join in on the birthday fun by making a Clifford birthday party hat!

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Bunch of Baby Books!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Happy New Year! We’ll help you get off to a happy start by giving away 11 new baby books for your child’s library. I feel like I can never have enough books for my two kids; they want a story (or two, or three) a night and it gets tough being the narrator if you have to keep going over the same tales. 

We like to compare favorite books here in the office. Our executive editor tipped me off to Little Fur Family, which is by the classic children’s author Margaret Wise Brown. She wrote Goodnight Moon and one of my other favorites, Big Red Barn. Her books are sweet and poetic and make you want to drift off alongside your baby! But the book that became my goodnight song to my kids is If You Were My Bunny. My 10- and 7-year-old still go to sleep only after I recite the whole thing in song!

The eleven books we’re giving away are all new, recent titles, and include both board books and paper pages. Maybe one will become a favorite! In total they’re worth about $110. To be entered to win, leave a comment below between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, January 9. For the full rules, read here. Goody luck!

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Behind the Scenes: “Book People Unite” Video

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Back in April, I blogged about the deliciously funny and clever “Book People Unite” video from Reading Is Fundamental (RIF). The video showcased various literary characters (Pinocchio, Curious George, Humpty Dumpty) along with media and music celebrities (Jack Black, Regina Spektor, LeVar Burton).

Reading Is Fundamental sent me the follow-up video below, an equally fun behind-the-scenes look at the making of the original. Several cast members are interviewed, including Raggedy Andrew and a very funny Big Bad Wolf, and there are snapshots of how the magical elements came together.

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Children’s Book Ten Tiny Toes Is On Sale Today!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

We are happy to announce that our very own Todd Tarpley, general manager for Parents.com, released Ten Tiny Toes, his latest children’s book.

The book celebrates the most memorable moments parents can experience with their little ones, and it revolves around an appreciation for cute baby feet!

Reading to kids is a great way for parents to enrich their children’s minds and show how much they care; Ten Tiny Toes’ combination of an endearing storyline with cute illustrations makes this book fun to read.

Ten Tiny Toes is available here.

Tarpley lives in New York City with his wife and two sons. His first children’s book, How About a Kiss For Me?, was released in 2010.

Marc Brown, illustrator of Ten Tiny Toes is also a children’s book author; he is the creator of the best-selling Arthur Adventure book series and creative producer of the PBS Kids television series, Arthur

Image via Hachette Book Group, LB Kids

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Keep on Reading! Children’s Book Week (May 7-13)

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Children's Book Week 2012 poster David WeisnerIt’s Children’s Book Week, which means this week is another special reason to encourage your kids to read!  This celebration of books (sponsored by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader) officially began in 1919, though the idea was originally formulated in 1913 by Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America.  To date, this week is considered the longest-running literacy program in the U.S. (Read more about the history at bookweekonline.com)

Each year, events with children’s book authors and illustrators are also sponsored across the country.  Find a 2012 event at a city near you.  You can also request a free copy of this year’s Children’s Book Week poster by David Wiesner (“Art & Max,” “Flotsam,” and “The Three Pigs”) and download a free Children’s Book Week bookmark by Lane Smith (“It’s a Book,” “Grandpa Green,” and “Madam President”).

Since spring and rain are on my mind (it’s been endless wet weather in New York), here are some new and old spring-related books that are perfect for the season:

Gem by Holly Hobbie – The author/illustrator of the “Toot and Puddle” series showcases her superb watercolors in this (mostly) wordless book about a frog and a young girl’s discovery of the world.

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano – Spare and poetic as a haiku, this first-time author focuses on a boy waiting for his garden to bloom.  Subdued illustrations by Erin E. Stead, who won the 2011 Caldecott Medal for “A Sick Day for Amos McGee,” are a perfect accompaniment.

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger – A tribute to nature and the environment, Seeger shares the different  shades of green that exist in the world, along with scenes of what a world would be like without green.  Strategic cut-outs on each page also give a hint of what will come next.

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown – Inspired by the High Line in New York City, this story follows a little boy as he plants a rooftop garden with the hope of transforming a dark and dreary world into something bright and bold. (Brown’s signature drawings are detailed, lush, and vibrant.)

Yellow Umbrella by Dong Il Sheen and Jae-Soo Liu – Gentle sounds of rain from the accompanying CD pulls you through this wordless book, which follows a yellow umbrella as it travels through a sea of dark and colorful umbrellas.

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Watch a Book Trailer: Revenge of the Dinotrux by Chris Gall

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

It’s no secret I love children’s picture books (and collecting them), so I’m excited to present this fun book trailer for Revenge of the Dinotrux by Chris Gall, a sequel to Dinotrux (imagine Transformers meets dinosaurs).  Gall writes and illustrates his own books, combining clever ideas (dinosaur-like trucks!) with colorful and bold illustrations.  In fact, I own one of Gall’s earlier books, Dear Fish, which is about what happens after a young boy writes a letter to all the fish in the sea, inviting them to visit him on land!

In this Dinotrux sequel, watch out as Garbageadon, Craneosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus Trux try to take over the world!

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“Book People Unite” — Pinocchio and Jack Black Want You to Support Reading

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

This cute and catchy music video came across my inbox yesterday and I’ve watched it at least three times.  If you love books and reading as much as I do, you will also love this video from Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the largest non-profit children’s literacy organization.  RIF just launched the national ”Book People Unite” campaign to encourage book lovers to band together, and this Public Service Announcement features an original song produced by The Roots.

A montage of assorted puppets (by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop) and animations (by Curious Pictures) of beloved book characters (Pinocchio, Curious George, Babar, Humpty Dumpty, Clifford, Raggedy Ann and Andy, and Madeline) are all seen or heard singing ”Book People Unite.”  Famous musicians and celebrities such as Chris Martin from “Coldplay,” John Legend, Regina Spektor, and Jack Black also contribute vocals for the characters or make appearances alongside them. LeVar Burton, who hosted “Reading Rainbow,” also makes a cameo. (NYTimes.com also has a feature-length piece about the video.)

Last year, RIF provided 14 million books to 4 million children, and the non-profit hopes to give more books to the 16 million children living in poverty in our country.  To show your support for literacy, sign the “Book People Unite” reading pledge and receive a free download of the song.

Can you spot all the book characters or match them to the celeb voices?

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Celebrate National Reading Month with Cheerios

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Cheerios Spoonsful of StoriesBefore March ends, make sure to encourage bring your little bookworm to the library since March is National Reading Month.

To help promote a love for reading, Cheerios is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its Spoonfuls of Stories program, which places one free book written by award-winning authors inside specially-marked cereal boxes.  This year, six different books (with English and Spanish versions) will be distributed together:

  • Peeny Butter Fudge, by Toni and Slade Morrison and illustrated by Joe Cepeda
  • Mostly Monsterly, by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Scott Magoon
  • Noodle & Lou, by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Arthur Howard
  • If I Were a Jungle Animal, by Amanda Ellery and illustrated by Tom Ellery
  • Hello Baby, by Mem Fox and illustrated by Steve Jenkins
  • Can I Just Take a Nap?, by Ron Rauss and illustrated by Rob Shepperson

Since 2002, Cheerios has distributed 60 million books in boxes and donated $3.8 million to First Book, a non-profit dedicated to improving literacy for low-include families by providing them their first new books.  This year, Cheerios will  be giving 50,000 children’s books and $300,000 to First Book.

You can also donate to First Book through your mobile phones by using short code 20222 and texting Books2Kids.  By doing so, a $5 donation will be made  that will provide two new books to a child in need.  Standard messaging rates apply, and the donation amount will appear on your cell phone bill. Parents can also find other book-related events sponsored by Cheerios near you.

Happy reading!

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