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University Games
$27.35 at Amazon

<p><b>Spinner Books Science Fair Fun 5 Book Set -- Earth Science</b></p><p>This set has easy earth science projects for kids to do... with parents, teachers or all by themselves on topics like Electronics, Geology and Magnets. University Games was founded by Bob Moog and Cris Lehman, who recognized a developing niche in social interaction and learning games for adults and children. University Games creates educational board games designed so that players won't notice how much they are learning.</p><ul><li>Product Dimensions: 9.2 (L) x 6 (W) x 2.8 (H)</li><li>Age: 10 years and up</li></ul><br><BR>Recommended Ages:3 and up Read More

The Land of Nod
$14.95 at The Land of Nod

Children's Books: My Quotable Kid Book - Outrageous, poignant, or bitingly witty, the things our children say always offer an unex...pected glimpse into a world that is all their own. Filled with roomy pages for jotting down conversations or overheard saying, this handsome keepsake journal also features a bound-in photo window for adding a unique, personal touch. Whether parents prefer safely stowing precious insights for future generations or sharing priceless quips with family and friends, My Quotable Kid will become a lasting record of a child's most memorable quotes. *Product Details* - Hardcover - 144 pages - Ribbon page marker - Interior photo window - Features two color illustrationsShipping info - Delivered lickety split in 5-7 business days Read More

Innovative Kids
$8.99 at Magic Beans

It can take all of your powers of persuasion to get your little prince to take his rightful throne. Framing potty-training as a ti...me of accomplishment and independence is the best way to get it done, and the Prince of the Potty book by Innovative Kids does a great job teaching kids how to use the potty in a way that's both playful and fun. The Prince of the Potty book uses simple language that isn't too babyish to tell the story of a proud little prince and his newly-acquired bathroom habits. We especially appreciated how the little boy in the book is depicted as the prime mover of his own story - he decides to take on the challenge of the potty, with the help of his royal parents. Writer Nora Gaydos is an elementary school teacher with tremendous expertise in pre-reading skills, so this book is also tailored to lead your child towards learning to read. And illustrator Akemi Gutierrez is a seasoned illustrator and animator, whose drawings are absolutely adorable and kid-friendly. Read More

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
$9.13 at Amazon

Navy SEAL Dogs promises to teach your children all about how the navy trains these specialist dogs for combat, the breed used and ...expectations of these dog soldiers. They will understand the background of the navy SEAL dogs, the agility of the breed and their ability to locate people, explosives and weapons with their senses of smell and hearing. This educational publication opens up a world of action adventure for kids. The ebook explains everything about helping soldiers on their missions with vivid illustrations and captivating photographs. Read it in black and white or absorbing full color on your kindle. This is a perfect ebook for kids to explore and discover the history of war dogs and the link between Belgian Malinois, working dogs and SEAL dogs. It includes explanations of: what the military has used dogs for in warfare stretching as far back as 600 BC, saving over 10,000 lives in warzones and frontlines worldwide; the close bond between these dogs and their handlers and ?Cairo? the SEAL dog who was part of the team that helped capture the terrorist Osama bin Laden. For instance did you know that there are over 2,500 war dogs in service today with about 700 deployed and serving overseas or that a daring navy seal skydiver and his dog hold the record for the highest man-dog parachute jump at an altitude of 30,100 feet? The facts, pictures and explanations in the publication will keep your child fascinated and entertained, giving fun and enjoyment whilst improving understanding and knowledge. You will understand why most of the western world?s military and law enforcement sectors choose the Malinois, whether it be for sport work, search and rescue, personal protection, detection, police or army work and how SEAL dogs are capable of working in military missions at sea, in the air and on land. You will see why these dogs are trained to detect and engage in ways that soldiers can?t such as explosive detection, reconnaissance, tracking, guarding, engaging the enemy, etc. You will discover what it is like for a soldier to take on, handle and train what will become a best friend. You will also get an understanding of some of the incredible equipment which has been developed to help these dogs perform their work; for instance, I was amazed that special dog goggles have been developed to help dogs recognize that there are people on the other side of a wall. Combat canines are elite warriors, trained fearlessly to venture into our skies by parachute jumping or rappelling down enemy structures. Imagine your heart pounding in your chest while peering out over the edge of a plane 13,000 feet above ground with your best friend harnessed to you. This book will make you understand the close bond which develops between the trainer and dogs and how both are totally reliant on each other for survival. Loss of either party has a tremendous impact on the one remaining and stories of loyalty will bring tears to your eye If you are a little bit like me, your child will be enthralled by the facts, photographs and information contained in the book. They will look at these remarkable dogs in a different light and will want to learn more about them. "We want to be in a situation under maximum pressure, maximum intensity, and maximum danger. When it's shared with others, it provides a bond which is stronger than any tie that can exist." - SEAL Team Six Officer "Anyone can just go in there and kill someone, but you can't get information from a corpse." - SEAL Motto Go ahead and get this Kindle edition by Lionel Paxton. You need download it only once and read it anytime or anywhere on your Kindle device, phones, tablets or PC. Delve into astonishing ebook features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading all about these amazing adventures of working dogs that love to work and enjoy learning and keeping busy! Read More

Scholastic
$53.42 at Amazon

<DIV>Many children can read every word of a story, yet still struggle to understand its meaning. That?s where this breakthrough se...ries comes in! These lively books contain special “think-aloud? prompts that challenge children to predict, visualize, infer, connect, question, and more deeply understand a story?s meaning. And research shows that teaching kids to reflect meaningfully on stories helps them develop instant comprehension skills they can apply to everything they read. Includes 60 full-color books (5 x 12 titles) plus a big teaching guide filled with lessons, strategies, and reproducibles to reinforce learning. A truly innovative resource!<br><br>Includes these 12 titles:<br>1. Lucy?s Lemonade Stand<br>2. Birthday Hiccups<br>3. Cody?s Lucky Cap<br>4. The Perfect Pet Owner<br>5. Mack?s Made-Up Stories<br>6. The Backyard Adventure<br>7. Snow Friends<br>8. The Itchy Scratchy Caterpillar<br>9. A Dog Named Opposite<br>10. Patty?s Pictures<br>11. The Run-Away Soccer Ball<br>12. Becca?s Bike For use with Grades K-2.</div> Read More

Ascend Books
$11.85 at Amazon

Do you know a future Jayhawk whos old enough to begin learning their alphabet and numbers?Kansas Jayhawks ABCs and 1-2-3s is an al...phabet and counting book that teaches kids ages 2-7 all about KU!The universitys well-known mascot, the Jayhawk, guides the child reader through the book, teaching numbers, letters, colors, and points of interest about KU. For example, A is for Allen Fieldhouse, KUs legendary basketball arena. B is for Blue, one of the school colors and L is for Lawrence, the Jayhawks hometown.In addition to colorful characters and interesting facts, the book features an interactive push button that plays short audio clips of the KU Fight Song, the famous Rock-Chalk chant and other well-known themes associated with the University of Kansas.Kansas Jayhawks ABCs and 1-2-3s follows in the tradition of fine KU books from Ascend Books of Overland Park, Kansas, including At Home in the Phog, Coach Bill Self; A Good Place to Stop, by broadcaster Max Falkenstien; Rising to New Heights, by former KU quarterback Todd Reesing; and Reed All About It, by Tyrel Reed, KU Basketballs winningest player.The book is richly designed by Kansas artist Rob Peters.Endorsed by early childhood development specialists, Kansas Jayhawks ABCs and 1-2-3s is a wonderful addition to any childs library, as a birthday gift, for baby showers, for Christmas, Hanukkah or just because. Kansas Jayhawks ABCs and 1-2-3s is an officially licensed book of The University of Kansas. Read More

Hunter House
$18.02 at Amazon

<DIV>With game consoles and the Internet, children are playing as much as they always have—but now, they sit still while doing it.... Kids spend as much time watching TV, using computers, and playing video games as they spend in school each week. One in every three kids in America is considered overweight or obese, and the number one concern that parents bring up to pediatricians is keeping kids fit. Half of all children are not physically active enough for the development of a healthy cardiovascular system.<br><BR><I>303 Kid-Approved Exercises and Active Games </I> helps 6-8 year old kids get off their chairs with fun and age-appropriate exercises. Exercise for children must be fun. These exercises have been used for personal training sessions, kids fitness classes, kids fitness camps, birthday parties and in schools; they have all been “Kid-Approved!?.<BR><BR>Kimberley Wechsler, a specialist in Kid?s Fitness, took into account the fundamental attributes of being a child while developing these exercises. Children have specific physiologic differences that make them unique. They grow, mature, and develop skills at different ages, so what may be skill appropriate for one child could be harmful for another child. These exercises reflect the emotional, social, physical level of this age group.<br><BR>At this age, children feel confident with the basic skill of fitness and are now ready to be challenged to more complex moves. They are now at the skill level in which physical challenges like balance, muscle building, hand-eye, hand-foot coordination, increasing challenges for their fine and gross motor skills, and functional training can be more added. They are growing in their intellectual and emotional processes as well, which now allows this age group to follow and understand simple rules of a sport. They are also introduced to the concept of friendly competition and sports fitness.<br><BR>Children also enjoy using their imagination and fantasy, so exercises require the use of their imagination. There are games and fitness challenges that require kids to take an active role in learning new skills, and there are introductions to new sports. Kids still enjoy outside participation so families, friends, educators and counselors can participate in all of the 303 activities.<BR> <br>Kids at this age can?t seem to sit still--their minds are always thinking and their bodies are always moving. Children have short attention spans, so most of the activities can be played within a 15 minute period of time and many choices are offered throughout the book. <I>303 Kid-Approved Exercises and Active Games</I> supports children?s energy and directs it in a positive way; the activities take advantage of a child's natural tendency to be active with unstructured or free play.<br><BR><I>303 Kid-Approved Exercises and Active Games</I> develops intellectual, emotional, and social skills for children, all the while promoting an active and healthy lifestyle.</div> Read More

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
$12.21 at Amazon

This book is about a little girl, Katie Ann, who celebrates Christmas and Hanukkah. Her friends tell her she can't celebrate ...both holidays, so she writes to Santa Claus to ask what she should do. After reading Katie's letter, Santa Claus decides he also needs help from someone. Who does Santa Claus need help from? Who does he call? Find out when you read, When Santa Claus Met Hanukkah Harry. This book is beautifully illustrated in vibrant colors and the entire book is done in rhyme! Although this story is about a little girl who celebrates Christmas and Hanukkah, the story line is appropriate for any child. It give you, the parent, an opportunity to discuss the basic principles of different religions such as kindness, acceptance, peace and love. Also, the similar aspects of religion such as ritual, worship and celebration. By allowing your child to learn about how different religions celebrate it will help foster a greater understanding and respect for others... Read More

Random House
$4.60 at Amazon

<p>It's a mystery every month from popular A to Z Mysteries author Ron Roy!<br><br><b>May is for Magic...<br><br></b>In the fifth ...book of the Calendar Mysteries - an early chapter book mystery series featuring the younger siblings of the A to Z Mysteries detectives - twins Bradly and Brian are celebrating Mother's Day by treating their mom to a hypnotist's show. But when the Pinto family gets home from the show, the twins' mom starts acting strange. She splashes in the bathtub for hours, she leaves corn kernels all over - she even quacks! Bradley thinks his mom has been hypnotized into believing she's a duck! Can Bradley and Brian, with help from their friends Lucy and Nate, turn their mom back into their mom?<br><br>Parents, teachers, and librarians agree that these highly collectible chapter books are perfect for emerging readers and any kid who loves mysteries!</p> Read More

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
$8.97 at Amazon

One day when Baby Hippo woke up, he was in such a rush to go and play that he forgot to give his mama a kiss... <BR> As Baby Hippo... wanders through the jungle, he hears "Kiss, kiss!" from all the other animal parents and babies. Finally he realizes what it is he forgot to do.... <BR> This adorable, loving book will be cherished on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or on any day a child wants a kiss from Mama. Read More

Brand: CCB Publishing
$9.95 at Amazon

<p>This is the fifth book in a 12 book <i>Bedside Story Collection Series</i> spanning across the 12 months of the year. Each of ...the 12 bedside stories is reprinted in color from the author's black and white third edition book <i>Twelve Upon A Time</i>. Each monthly story is unique and illustrated by the original drawings of children whose interpretation of the words can only be seen through their eyes. <br>This May bedside story is entitled <i>The Mother's Day Surprise</i>. It tells the story of how children and animals strive to surprise a special mom on Mother's Day. <br>This May bedside story and all the stories are written to further the imagination of children and to strengthen the parent and child bond through the sharing of heartwarming, silly, absurd and believably impossible tales. <br>Watch for June's bedside collection story <i>Memories in Five Balloons</i> that follows the story of how a family survives with the death of their father and how they keep his memories alive each Father's Day. <p><b><u>About the Author</u>:</b> <br>As a doctorate level practitioner serving school children for more than 35 years, Edward Galluzzi became keenly aware that children and their parents often had in short supply what families needed the most: open communication and sharing time together. The <i>Bedside Story Collection Series</i> was written to provide families a moment here and a moment there to come together and share heart warming, silly and believably unbelievable tales. <br>The stories are tied typically to the main holiday or theme of each month, more or less. The characters in the stories are based on what children relate to the most... animals and other children. There are also over 100 colored drawings sketched by children ranging from 7 months to 12 years of age. The stories from Mr. Galluzzi's imagination and the drawings from theirs come together to stimulate the imaginations of children and open a whole new world for parents and their children to share. <br>That is his gift to your family. Time for sharing... time for laughing... time for talking... time for each other. Not once upon a time, but Twelve Upon A Time.... Read More

Flagship Carpets
$399.95 at SCHOOLSin

Help kids develop a love for reading with Flagship Carpets' Circle Time Books Rug. This colorful rug features a border of smiling ...books and an optional message. The classroom rug is constructed of dense nylon fiber that's treated with Scotchguard stain protection so it looks great year after year. Edges are tightly bound and double-stitched for maximum strength. Each rug comes with a permanent antimicrobial treatment that protects against odors, mold and mildew. The skid-resistant Action Bac woven backing system prevents wrinkles and bunching. Printed with Flagship's high-tech process, the design is crisp, clean and features fade-resistant saturated color. Flagship Carpets' Circle Time Books Rug is made in the USA and backed by a lifetime abrasive wear warranty. Key Features Fun smiling book design with optional message Dense nylon fiber construction with fade-resistant color Anti-soil, antimicrobial and anti-static treatments Woven backing prevents skidding and creasing CRI Green Label Plus certified Scotchguard stain protection Action Bac backing system Meets Class I flammability standards Backed by a lifetime wear warranty Specifications Dimensions: 12' diameter Shape: Round Warranty: Lifetime limited Read More

Priddy Books
$6.92 at Amazon

<p>Help your preschooler learn how to trace, copy and write key first words with this colorful, practical and fun wipe-clean book.... The sturdy board pages are full of great exercises and activities for your child to complete, helping them to develop their letter and word formation skills. The special pen included with the book allows all the exercises to be done over and over - simply wipe away with a cloth and try again!</p> Read More

Tuttle Publishing
$16.95 at Amazon

<i>"When Fritz,<BR>the Janitor's bad kid,<BR>Went snooping in the basement,<BR>He found a rock snugly hid<BR>Beneath the window ca...sement.<BR><BR>He struck a match with one fell swoop;<BR>Then, on the concrete kneeling,<BR>he lit the rocket and?she?oop!<BR>It shot up through the ceiling."</i><BR><BR>Long before Richard Scarry or Dr. Seuss, an American artist delighted a generation of children and their parents with hilarious, topsy-turvy illustrations and slightly subversive tales told in rhyme. This was illustrator/author Peter Newell.<BR><BR>Originally published in 1912, <i>The Rocket Book</i> remains as profoundly enjoyable and incredibly popular as ever. This classic work will delight readers of all ages with the story of how a rocket launched from the basement floor of an apartment building and how it interrupts the day.<BR><BR>Peter Newell (1862-1924) began his career as an artist drawing portraits, using crayons as his medium. In his fantastic humor, many believe, is the first appearance of the gentle humor of the absurd which <i>The New Yorker</i> has subsequently developed to such a high level. Read More

Spectrum
$9.95 at Amazon

<html> <head> </head> <body> <p> Our proven <b>Spectrum Reading grade 2</b> workbook features 176 pages ... of engaging, lively passages in curriculum content areas. Recently updated to current national reading standards, including more nonfiction reading passages and activities. This workbook for children ages 7 to 8 contains proven instructional methods for developing reading proficiency. </p> <p> </p> <p> From acclaimed author and illustrator Mercer Mayer, kids will love learning to read with Little Critter and his friends! </p> <p> </p> <p> Reading skills include: </p> <p> ?Main idea </p> <p> ?Sequencing </p> <p> ?Critical thinking </p> <p> ?ABC order </p> <p> ?Facts and opinions </p> <p> ?Rhyming words </p> <p> </p> <p> Our best-selling <b><i>Spectrum Reading</i></b> series features age-appropriate workbooks for Preschool to grade 6. Developed with the latest standards-based teaching methods that provide targeted practice in reading fundamentals to ensure successful learning! </p> </body> </html> Read More

Random House
$11.69 at Amazon

<p>It's a mystery every month from popular A to Z Mysteries author Ron Roy!<br><br><b>May is for Magic...<br><br></b>In the fifth ...book of the Calendar Mysteries - an early chapter book mystery series featuring the younger siblings of the A to Z Mysteries detectives - twins Bradly and Brian are celebrating Mother's Day by treating their mom to a hypnotist's show. But when the Pinto family gets home from the show, the twins' mom starts acting strange. She splashes in the bathtub for hours, she leaves corn kernels all over - she even quacks! Bradley thinks his mom has been hypnotized into believing she's a duck! Can Bradley and Brian, with help from their friends Lucy and Nate, turn their mom back into their mom?<br><br>Parents, teachers, and librarians agree that these highly collectible chapter books are perfect for emerging readers and any kid who loves mysteries!</p><br><br><br><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i> Read More

TheWhippetyWood
$9.95 at Amazon

What will you find in the Whippety Wood? From a merry acorn fairy to Zillo the zebra unicorn, young children are certain to discov...er the magic of nature, while they also master every letter of the alphabet. With whimsy and wonder, ABC?s From The Whippety Wood is a delightful teaching tool for children ages three to six years old that vividly showcases each alphabet letter, as well as the beauty of nature. This vibrantly illustrated children?s picture book by Pamela Harden will inspire a deeper appreciation of the natural world, while it teaches children the fundamentals of language in a way that is engaging, entertaining, and enlightening. ABC?s From The Whippety Wood introduces twenty-six colorful characters, one for each letter of the alphabet. Brought to life with fanciful illustrations, these fairies, animals, and plants represented are all found in the mythical Whippety Wood of Scotland. Children will meet charming animals like Bertie Badger, who drives a new motorcar; PiiPing Panda, who has a passion for peppermint; and the regal Edmund Eagle who watches over the wood from his treetop nest. Kids will also enjoy the host of fairies in the wood, like the cheery Christmas fairy and the daring dairy fairy, and learn how other Whippety fairies travel far and wide to educate humans in the care and protection of our world. Kids will also meet Fitzgerald Fox, who is featured in a beautiful bed of foxgloves; Gwillie the Greylag Goose, who is portrayed alongside the lovely geranium fairy; and Jit the Junco, with his companion the juniper fairy. They?ll learn that Qwilliam Quail is fond of quince and Kindi Koala likes flying a kite; young readers will also hear about how Nate and Nat Nuthatch build their nest. Together, the pursuits and habits of these animals will give parents a wealth of ways to excite their children about nature at a young age. Imagine a teapot who thinks he?s a dragon, or a vole who lives in an old violin. From A to Z, the Whippety Wood is brimming over with a merry cast of creatures that will capture the imaginations of young children everywhere, and help them foster a lifelong love of reading. The book also features fun facts that will broaden a child?s understanding of each of the featured characters. Kids and adults alike are sure to cultivate a deeper appreciation for the wonder that exists in our extraordinary natural world and discover the magic of nature. Read More

Key Education Publishing
$19.99 at Amazon

<div>Teach children critical thinking and strategic planning skills as they race to be the first player with a card from all six s...tores in town. Players race around town collecting a card from each store, which they place on their store front game mats. The first player to fill the game mat with the cards they?ve collected is the winner. The game includes a game board, 4 game mats, 60 game cards, 4 markers, and directions. Perfect for up to 4 players, it also supports NAEYC standards. Key Education products are intended to engage and educate young and special learners, as well as assist teachers in building a strong and developmentally appropriate curriculum for these children. The product line—comprised of teacher/parent resource books, photographic learning cards, and other activity- and game-oriented materials—is designed to assist in Unlocking the Potential in Every Child.</div> Read More

Listening Library
$27.00 at Amazon

"National Book Award-winner Polly Horvath's latest, a rabbity romp complete with whimsical illustrations and a quirky cast of char...acters, has both the look and feel of a classic children's book," raves <i>The Washington Post</i>.<br><br>In this hilarious chapter book mystery, meet a girl whose parents have been kidnapped by disreputable foxes, and a pair of detectives that also happen to be bunnies! When Madeline gets home from school one afternoon to discover that her parents have gone missing, she sets off to find them. So begins a once-in-a-lifetime adventure involving a cast of unforgettable characters. There's Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, who drive a smart car, wear fedoras, and hate marmots; the Marmot, who loves garlic bread and is a brilliant translator; and many others. Translated from the Rabbit by Newbery Honor-winning author Polly Horvath, and beautifully illustrated by Sophie Blackall, here is a book that kids will both laugh over and love.<br><br><br><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i> Read More

Workman Publishing Company
$9.92 at Amazon

<DIV> Plant a pumpkinseed with a child, and cultivate wonder. This simple act of reconnecting with children with nature is Sharon ...Lovejoy's purpose and joy and gift. Author of <I>Sunflower Houses: Garden Discoveries for Children of All Ages </I>and <I>Hollyhock Days: Garden Adventures for the Young at Heart</I>, Sharon Lovejoy is a nationally known garden writer whose books, television specials, and projects at her learning landscape in California have introduced thousands of children to the pleasures of gardening.<br><br>In her newest book, <I>Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots</I>, she presents 12 spirited, easy-to-implement ideas for theme gardens that parents and kids can grow together. Illustrated throughout by the author's own lyrical watercolors, each garden includes a plan, the planting recipe -- seeds, seedlings, and growing instructions spelled out step-by-step -- and activities. There's the Pizza Patch , a giant-size wheel garden planted in "slices" of tomatoes, zucchini, oregano, and basil. A Flowery Maze to get lost in. A Moon Garden of night-blooming flowers, including a moonflower tent. And Mother Nature's Medicine Chest.<br><br>Discovery Walks teach kids how the gardens work, and a chapter on gardening basics includes a child-friendly 10-Minute Plan for planting and maintenance, plus a list of the top 20 plants guaranteed to make gardeners out of kids.</DIV> Read More

Oxford University Press
$59.95 at Amazon

Lawmakers and judges often enact and enforce laws and policies that impact youth. The extent to which these legal actions are sens...itive to juveniles' perspectives and experiences has changed recently. Compared to an earlier time when juvenlies were treated the same as adults, many policies are now created with the needs of juveniles in mind, thanks in part to psychological studies that have revealed that the decision making, behavior, and cognitions of children vary drastically from those of adults. <br><br>Unique in its angle and in the breadth of social issues it covers, <em>Psychology, Law, and the Wellbeing of Children</em> brings together new research and analyses to address how legal actions affect children's wellbeing. It addresses how civil and criminal law has evolved to protect, and sometimes inadvertently neglect or harm, the wellbeing and development of children. Each chapter describes a law or policy affecting children, identifies the relevant psychological issues, reviews the research that has been conducted or should be conducted, and provides recommendations for professionals in law and/or psychology. With contributions from top researchers and practitioners in the field, chapters discuss many current debates, including issues such as gender-specific programming for juvenile delinquents, interrogations of juveniles, changes in divorce and custody procedures, programs for imprisoned mothers, and legal actions adopted to protect the health of children and society (e.g., HPV vaccinations, considering child obesity to be abuse). This book will be a vital resource for those interested in protecting the wellbeing of children, including academics and researchers in psychology, criminology, and sociology; practitioners such as judges, attorneys, forensic psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers; and graduate and law students. Read More

New Holland
$7.18 at Amazon

<DIV>Now parents can find all the answers for preparing and holding memorable birthday parties for their kids! This guide takes yo...u through every planning stage step-by-step, from making the invitations to choosing a theme and providing entertainment. The 20 inspiring party ideas include Plundering Pirates, Teddy?s Picnic, Skateboard Extreme, Funky Fashion Sleepover, Tenpin Bowling, Witches and Wizards, Boys? Night Out, and Dolly?s Tea Party. Each celebration includes invitations, treat bags, food, party cake, and entertainment suggestions, and can be adapted to suit almost any age group. Many can be tailored to fit other special occasions, such as Valentine?s Day or Halloween gatherings. Illustrated throughout with full-color photographs, these creative festivities are so easy to arrange that children can be involved with many of the preparations.</DIV> Read More

St. Martin's Griffin
$14.90 at Amazon

<p>Not only are these puzzles fun but KenKen helps children improve concentration, logic and arithmetic skills. Children ages 9-12... have excelled in math and gained real-life problem solving skills all from playing a puzzle so engaging that it keeps them coming back for more. </p><p>This second volume of <i>I Can KenKen</i> features: <br>? 75 easy all multiplication puzzles to get kids excited about KenKen <br>? Introduction and how to solve instructions from Marilyn Burns <br>? "Home and Classroom Guide for Parents and Teachers" by Ms. Burns <br>? Foreword by Will Shortz</p> Read More

America Star Books
$9.95 at Amazon

Joanna's summer becomes filled with adventure and deceit when she's drawn to the house across the lake, one of the places her gran...dparents have forbidden her to go. In the vacant house, she discovers a little boy who is mute. Who is he? Where did he come from? Why is he living there? Gradually, Joanna learns the answers to these questions, and she is determined to find the child's parents before she must return to the city. Deceit grows upon deceit until both their lives are at risk. Read More

Four Panel Press
$14.75 at Amazon

<p><I>It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time</i> is the tenth collection of <I>Stone Soup</i> cartoons. <I>Stone Soup</i> is a syn...dicated comic strip that features a big, rowdy, multigenerational extended family, headed by sisters Val and Joan who live next door to each other. With precious little privacy and plenty of chaos, the Stone clan navigates life with toddlers, tomboys, and teens. Balancing work, kids, dating, step-parenting, money issues, and aging, the Stones struggle with the same issues we all face in life. <I>Stone Soup</i> is written with love and empathy for parents and kids of all ages.</p> Read More

Speedy Publishing LLC
$7.48 at Amazon

Dot to dot pictures are a right of passage in childhood. Learning to connect the dots opens up a fun and surprising new world for ...your child. It encourages number recognition, improves fine motor skills, as well as provides a fun, quiet activity for your child. Looking at the picture before the dots are connected helps your child learn to make observations and predictions about what the picture will eventually be. These critical thinking skills are important to your child's development. Read More

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
$11.07 at Amazon

Every princess deserves her pink princess party. Complete with 30 recipes for snacks as well as crafts, Barbara Beery's new cookbo...ok will give you the recipe for the perfect party. <BR><BR>With full color photographs and menu ideas for pairing the best snacks with the crafts will make this appealing to parent and child. Six menu ideas include Enchanted Pony Party, Garden Fairy Party, Mermaid Princess Party and Snowflake Princess, but there is always the option the mix and match and create your own unique princess party! Read More

Random House
$25.42 at Amazon

A perfect gift for new parents, birthday celebrations, and happy occasions of all kinds, this collection of five beloved Beginner ...Books by Dr. Seuss?<em>The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, </em>and <em>Fox in Socks</em>?will be cherished by young and old alike. Ideal for reading aloud or reading alone, they will begin a child on the adventure of a lifetime! Read More

ReadHowYouWant
$22.93 at Amazon

No wonder its called middle school. If youre in grades 69' youre not a child any more but youre not a grown - up either. You have ...more freedom but not enough. Your life is more exciting and more stressful. Youre faced with a lot of decisions but where can you turn for advice? Your friends are as confused as you are' and your parents might not understand what youre going through. Finally theres a survival guide especially for middle schoolers. Comprehensive' interactive' friendly' and fun' it addresses issues that matter to young people this age. Survival tips cover everything from the physical and emotional changes and how to cope' to dealing with family' friends' and school' to taking charge of your life through good decision making and goal setting. Packed with facts' advice' quotes from kids' and helpful tips for surviving the in - between years' this is just what boys and girls need to make the most of middle school - and beyond. Read More

Heinemann
$28.16 at Amazon

<p>Marsha Alibrandi takes us to the cutting edge of teaching social studies and environmental education using Geographic Informati...on Systems (GIS). A computer application for urban planning, weather reporting, and geological and demographic studies, GIS has been increasingly employed by teachers to help students improve their geographical and critical thinking skills. Alibrandi presents an overview of this technology and examples of how it can transform your classroom.</p> <p>Geography is everywhere and so is GIS!</p> <p>GIS is just the right tool for students to explore, question, integrate, analyze, interpret, evaluate, and act on information. Alibrandi offers stories of teachers and students from the U.S. and Canada who have harnessed the power of GIS to conduct original research. Follow these students as they employ GIS to:</p> <ul> <li>conduct water quality testing where pollution and reduced flow had impacted local shellfish beds</li> <li>develop a profile of their city during the pre- and post-Civil Rights era by interviewing African American adults who had attended their school</li> <li>address community needs, including Food Bank distribution routes and site locations for child care facilities</li>? <li>solve problems in Canada, from transportation planning for the Olympics to mapping ethnic neighborhoods.</li> </ul> <p>The companion interactive CD-ROM provides the GIS software, plus sample projects and activities for GIS integration, developed by the author and Shannon White, that are closely tied to the text.</p> <p>Learn a new tool alongside your students. Introduce them to a technology that works equally well in other classes. Integrate their knowledge framework&mdahs;and connect their learning to greater local and global communities.</p> <p><b>CD-ROM System Requirements</b></p> Windows/PC <br>Pentium Processor (233 Mhz or higher) <br>Windows 95 (or higher) <br>64 MB RAM (more recommended) <br>SVGA Color Display (or better) <br>8x CD-ROM Drive (or faster) <p>Macintosh <br>PowerPC Processor <br>System 8 (or higher) <br>64 MB RAM (more recommended) <br>SVGA Color Display (or better) <br>8x CD-ROM Drive (or faster)</p> Read More

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
$9.51 at Amazon

Going to the doctor can be frightening for children and often cause parents to feel anxious and overwhelmed. This book is intended... to help prepare kids for a routine doctor checkup that includes a vaccination and blood test. Children will have a clear understanding of what will occur and why. Coping strategies are discussed to help the child feel a sense of control and less scared. Parents will also learn how to better support their child using empathic language, play and comfort positions. This is a wonderful book that can be added to a library at home, classroom, community programs or an outpatient clinic. Read More

AuthorHouse
$20.71 at Amazon

Poppy and Puppy Are Friends is a charming and informative picture book designed to encourage safe behavior around dogs for the ent...ire family. The many responsibilities associated with having a dog are depicted throughout in an eff ort to create a general understanding of responsible dog ownership and animal husbandry at even the earliest age! Learning to "listen" to and communicate with a dog is paramount in successfully raising children and dogs within the same household. In our human world, we often forget that dogs use a nonverbal style of communication called body language to express their feelings. This lighthearted and expressively illustrated book provides children with a general introduction to identifying and respecting these nonverbal cues. Children will delight in the fun, brief text combined with the use of vivid color and grey tones, allowing them to chime in and/or anticipate what is to come for Poppy and her puppy. Parents are invited to learn along the way! Proactive education promoting respect for animals with safety as a top priority creates happy pets, safe homes, and healthy family relationships . . . ultimately keeping more dogs in their homes and out of overpopulated shelters. Join Poppy in learning how to treat Puppy! Read More

Spectrum
$5.95 at Amazon

<div>Fundamental Skills covers all the basic skills young learners are ready to discover, including the alphabet, numbers, colors,... and shapes! As children complete the fun activities in this engaging workbook, they will become more familiar with letters, sounds, counting, and number recognition! Each activity in Fundamental Skills strengthens fine motor control while also developing early critical thinking skills and encouraging children to explore creative expression with colors and shapes. --The six titles in the Basic Beginnings series are an essential and fun resource designed to nurture engaged learning for every child. Each book features 64 pages of colorful activities, mazes, and pictures, as well as three mini books to color, cut out, and share!</div> Read More

Brand: Windward Pub Co
$4.50 at Amazon

Kevin?s birthday fishing trip turns into an underwater parade when the Kingfish catches Kevin and introduces him to his exotic und...erwater companions. The delightful color illustrations of a child?s concept of catfish, kingfish, trumpetfish, balloonfish, puffer, and many more are by Kent Barton. Read More

Random House
$4.99 at Amazon

<p>It?s a red, white, and blue mystery from popular A to Z Mysteries author Ron Roy!<br> <br><b>The Election Day Disaster <br></b>... <br>In the tenth book of the Capital Mysteries?an early chapter book mystery series featuring fun facts and famous sites from Washington, D.C.?KC and her best friend, Marshall, wake up to a trick not a treat the morning after the White House Halloween costume party. With the presidential election only a week away, someone has posted damaging photos of the president on the Internet, photos that were digitally doctored! Will they ruin President Thornton's chances for a second term? Or can KC and Marshall rescue the election?<br> <br>Each book highlights one of the famous museums, buildings, or monuments from the Washington area and includes a map and a two-page fun fact spread with photographs. Parents, teachers, and librarians agree that these highly collectible chapter books are perfect for emerging readers and any kid who love mysteries!</p> Read More

Brand: Zoobooks/Wildlife Education
$15.95 at Amazon

Everything fantastical, wondrous, and strange is to be found here-fish that won't stay in the water-an insect that uses tools-frog...s that are frozen solid in winter only to hop away again in spring. Whether kids can think it up or not, it's probably here! <P>Zoobooks, the 59-book animal series - the "everything you wanted to know but didn't know who to ask" guide to the world's most fascinating creatures. Each exciting edition of Zoobooks is packed with current scientific facts, striking photography, beautiful illustrations and unique activities that teach children about animals and the habitats in which they live. With innovative publications and products, Wildlife Education, Ltd. has enriched the lives of children, parents, and educators nationwide for 20 years. All titles are offered in library-bound hardcover and soft-cover styles. Zoobooks, ideal for the knowledge-hungry 4-11 year old! Read More

Award Publications Ltd
$4.95 at Amazon

An extremely successful series of 'rebus' story books for the first steps in reading - popular with teachers, parents and children... alike. As you read the words, pause at each picture for the child to 'see and say' it with you. Helping to build confidence and develop early reading skills. For ages 4 and up. Read More

Ryland Peters & Small
$14.10 at Amazon

Quirky, colourful and fun projects for pre-school kids and their parents to make together. Small children love crafting and creati...ng, and it's educational as well as enjoyable - crafting can help develop fine motor skills and teaches small children to follow instructions and work alongside someone else. Kate Lilley's hugely popular blog, Minieco, grew out of her desire to teach her own kids to be resourceful and use what's around them for creative play. Parents and kids alike will love the 35 bold, colourful projects featured in the book and divided into sections that include Music, Nature, Sewing, Science and Recycling Bin. The final section contains a list of 50 quick boredom busters that harassed parents can pull out of the bag in an emergency! Read More

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
$6.90 at Amazon

<p><b> Word Search for Kids </b></p> <p> Our word find books for kids are a sure hit with children and parents alike. Youngsters ...love searching for the hidden words especially with the fun themes in this collection. At the same time as they enjoy the hunt, they will be expanding their vocabulary, practicing their spelling, and training their eyes. <p> Young word sleuths must look up, down, across, diagonally, and even backwards to uncover the hidden words, making for hours of entertainment and puzzling fun. Solutions are included at the back in case someone gets stuck. <p> We think you will find the book to be a perfect size: not too small to be annoying to work in, but not so big as to be cumbersome. Take it with you for a quiet activity for doctor?s visits or a welcome break from electronic diversions. The high quality paper will hold hope to lots of pencil and eraser action. It is also thick enough so that a highlighter will not bleed through. <p> Be sure to enjoy our other kids word search books, such as <i> Word Search Puzzles for Kids: 60 Fun Ways to Stretch Your Mind </i>. Read More

Brand: Heinemann
$36.25 at Amazon

<p><i>Tarry is a teacher's teacher who communicates her love of children and enthusiasm for teaching on each page of this book.</i...><br> -Margit McGuire, Past President, National Council for the Social Studies</p> <p>Margit McGuire's words are as true now as they were for the first edition of Tarry Lindquist's chronicle of 12 years of teaching, using social studies as the framework. Since that time, citizenship and decision making for the public good are topics that are more important than ever. Social studies has taken on greater significance as today's teachers and students interact with worthwhile content in a meaningful way. Tarry's new second edition describes a child-centered classroom where students can expose and explore critical content and connect their learning to the real world.</p> <p>Included among the new features are: <ul> <li>"Teacher's Notebook"-how to develop reading and writing skills using social studies resources and content</li> <li>"Tarry's Teaching Tips"-organizational decisions for building a democratic classroom</li> <li>"How It Worked for Me"-brief accounts from teachers across the country who have used Tarry's ideas</li> <li>kinesthetic organizers-imagery as well as linguistic supports that help students better recall knowledge</li> <li>standards and assessment-a new look at today's classroom</li> <li>best practices and the latest brain research applied throughout the book</li> <li>expanded and updated references.</li> </ul> <p>Whether you are an elementary, middle school, or preservice teacher, use Tarry Lindquist's strategies to make social studies concepts, issues, and themes the basis of your day.</p> Read More

Jumping Cow Press
$11.99 at Amazon

Come inside and sing, laugh and howl with the lively and diverse animals of "Cows Can't Quack". Young listeners and early readers,... ages six months to six years, will be enchanted by the bright and expressive illustrations and the rhythmic and engaging text. This companion to the highly praised "Cows Can't Jump" imparts a humorous and empowering tale of tolerance, respect and humility and is bound to become a beloved bedtime and storytime favorite for kids and parents alike. Read More

Corwin
$20.51 at Amazon

This third edition helps educators hold constructive conversations with families about making sound decisions regarding homework, ...and includes the latest research findings and updated policy guidelines. Read More

Children's Book Press
$11.46 at Amazon

In this spare, lyrically written story, we join a child on a journey of self-discovery. Finding a way to grow from the inside out,... just like a tree, the child develops as an individual comfortable in the natural world and in relationships with others. The child begins Within / The deep dark earth, like a seed, ready to grow and then dream and reach out to the world. Soon the child discovers birds and the sky and other children: Trees and trees / Just like me! Each is different too. The child embraces them all because All trees have roots/ All trees belong. Maya Christina Gonzalez once again combines her talents as an artist and a storyteller to craft a gentle, empowering story about belonging, connecting with nature, and becoming your fullest self. Young readers will be inspired to dream and reach, reach and dream . . . and to be as free and unique as trees. Read More

Scholastic
$9.17 at Amazon

Kids read, cut, paste, and draw to sequence the pages in these high-interest fiction and nonfiction mini-books that progress from ...easy to more challenging sequencing formats. As they interact with the stories to order events from beginning to end, children develop essential skills they need for understanding sequence, such as identifying context and picture clues, making predictions, drawing conclusions, and using key sequencing words. Helps boost comprehension, critical thinking, fluency, and vocabulary, too. Great for ELLs! For use with Grades K?1. Read More

Blue Apple Books
$10.36 at Amazon

<div><B><I>How does a chimp say, “Glad to meet you!??<BR><BR>Does a coyote give a high five?<BR><BR>Who hugs?</I></B><BR><BR>The m...ethods and meanings of how humans and animals communicate via facial expressions and body language are examined.<BR><BR>Each title in the twelve-book <I>Think About . . .</I> series opens with a helpful letter to parents and educators explaining ways to use the books with their kids. This title explores body and facial expressions in animals and people. Waves, smiles, frowns, hugs, kisses, handshakes, and common greeting expressions are featured.<BR></div> Read More

Hooked on Phonics
$45.89 at Amazon

Would you like to help your child go beyond singing the ABC song? When your child is three or four years old or whenever they are ...starting to realize that letters have names and sounds there is so much discovery! Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Pre-K helps you as a parent do more than just pass on a love of reading. We make it easy for you to play a role in helping your child understand the building blocks to reading itself all while having fun together! (And we ve got a new ABC song that solves the L-M-N-O-P problem...)<p><br>Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Pre-K is based on research, approved by the Children's Reading Foundation and designed in conjunction with leading educators, renowned authors and most important, parents. Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Pre-K uses engaging phonics-based activities, music videos, and online games to give your child a strong foundation in phonemic awareness. Each unit concludes with a storybook you read to your child, specially written to support what your child just learned. Each lesson takes only about 20 minutes a day. <p><br>Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Pre-K covers letter names, letter sounds, uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and blending sounds. Learn to Read Pre-K includes: <p><br>6 original storybooks written to promote the skills your child learns in the program, including 2 books by the award-winning children s book author and illustrator, David McPhail<p><br>2 reading workbooks that will guide you and your child through all of the lessons and many fun activities<p><br>2 DVDs filled with music videos and engaging, animated introductions to each lesson, where letters come to life<p><br>2 sets of stickers so a child can proudly mark their progress in the workbooks and celebrate their success<p><br>4 sets of letter and picture flashcards designed to reinforce letter names and letter sounds<p><br>Quick Start Guides<p><br>1 bonus Reading Rainbow DVD, <i>Stellaluna</i>, exclusive to Amazon customers <p><br>Now featuring a free online Learn to Read experience - In addition to what's in the box, Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Pre-K now offers unique online components to deliver a rich, multisensory learning experience for your child. Each level of Learn to Read comes with a serial number that lets you sign up for free online content. Simply register and you will be able to access online games, downloadable content, printables, and custom book recommendations. You will also be able to track your child's progress on their own personalized learning path. <p><br>Online Games - Simple and engaging online games designed specifically to reinforce the subject matter your child has just completed in the lesson. <p><br>Printables - Fun activity sheets you can download and print. Each activity is designed to reinforce the lesson your child has just completed. <p><br>Custom Book Recommendations - Customized book recommendations specifically tailored to reinforce the unit your child has just completed. All are available for purchase on Amazon.com. <p> Read More

Heinemann
$23.40 at Amazon

<p>What's the difference between a norm-referenced and a criterion-referenced test? If newspapers say only 50% of kids are reading... at grade level, should you be worried? When does getting kids ready to take tests cross the line into cheating?</p> <p>In today's educational climate, teachers have a lot of questions about where standards and tests come from, what they mean, and how they're used. Sandra Wilde packs this handy reference guide with clear and concise explanations of this convoluted, and increasingly important, world. She not only defines technical terms, she makes sense of the ethics and politics involved. </p> <p>What's more, Wilde provides the ammunition to challenge policies relating to testing and standards that aren't benefiting students. In a series of mini-essays on relevant topics, she gives you the information you need to:</p> <ul> <li>see if your state's standards and tests have been well developed</li> <li>know how passing scores for state tests are set</li> <li>determine whether schools are using unethical practices to raise test scores</li> <li>check whether your local newspaper describes test results accurately.</li> </ul> <p>Dip into Wilde's brief encyclopedia to demystify the lingo. Or read it straight through as a quick primer on the concepts and issues of testing and standards. Then understand why every educator and policy maker should be aware of their impact in real classrooms.</p> Read More

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
$15.00 at Amazon

<p>This Christmas Cassie is turning ten, old enough to have a sip of wine and take part in the dinner party talk about the univers...e. Cassie imagines the blazing birth of suns and moons and stars, but, when her father speaks of infinity and the folding of space, she decides that some things just won?t fit inside your mind. Shortly after she leaves the holiday table to nap with her cat by the fire, she notices snowflakes melting into her cocoa mug. When her cat disappears into the evergreen forest that has sprouted in the living room, Cassie?s magical journey begins.</p> <p>Searching for her cat, Cassie discovers the worlds-within-worlds that branch from her living room. She enters a frozen forest where she meets crystal sheep who echo her every word and a mad frog king who delights in silly games and rhymes but has developed a rather nasty habit of staring and something much worse. Then Cassie meets tiny Luma, who, unlike the other sheep, doesn?t repeat Cassie?s words. She is, in fact, quite brilliant and instructive in the strange physics of the forest universe. With the help of Luma and Sir Herring, a fatherly wizard of suns and moons and fish, Cassie must solve the mystery of her missing cat and the disappearing light that threatens the crystal creatures in this amazing universe of whispering flowers, talking swans, singing icicles and an indifferent French moon.</p> <p>Evoking the feeling of classic children?s literature, NIGHT LIGHTS is reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and A Wrinkle in Time. Kids, especially girls nine to twelve years old, will relate to Cassie. If the story is read to younger children, they will enjoy the magical characters, whimsical rhymes and colorful imagery. But the narrative resonates on many levels, with cross-over appeal to older children and adults. Twenty-three dreamy, full color illustrations weave through this winter night?s tale about space and time, sense and nonsense, and the power of imagination.</p> Read More

Bright Sky Press
$26.96 at Amazon

<DIV>Baby Ellis is hungry, but he can't talk, and neither can his friends BB The Black Bear and Ducky - except, that is, to each o...ther. What can they do? They say it with sign language. Ellis lets his hands do the talking, and soon all their bellies are full. Milk and More is the first Words by the Handful story. This series of children's concept/picture books teaches American Sign Language (ASL) to babies and their families through interactive and entertaining stories. Each Words by the Handful story weaves five signs into a 300 - 600 word engaging children's tale. "Baby" sign language - the use of ASL with pre-verbal babies and toddlers - is a growing phenomenon. Parents marvel when babies "talk" long before they can form words, and research confirms that the "twos" of signing infants are less terrible. Hearing babies can use signs to communicate effectively long before they can speak words. Providing a context for the introduction of each sign, these educational stories focus on communicating essential messages through repetition and reading aloud while encouraging long-term developmental benefits by stimulating early communication skills.</div> Read More

Studymates Limited
$29.50 at Amazon

Who else wants to understand and use basic algebra? This book covers the essential information needed to understand the basic conc...epts in algebra and how to use algebraic techniques to solve problems. Are you enrolled on a course where simple algebraic concepts are required? Or are you a parent struggling to keep up with your child's homework? "Algebra: Basic Algebra Explained" takes a practical rather than a theoretical approach, and explains the basic skills that all algebra users need to know. Read More

Teacher Created Resources
$6.99 at Amazon

In this fluent reader parents turn the tables on the kids by asking if they have to do chores around the house.

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
$11.99 at Amazon

The ABC Book of Rhymes for kids is a fun way for children to learn their ABCs. To facilitate the learning of the ABC, images of an...imals, plants, and other child-friendly objects appear next to a letter that represents them in the alphabet. In addition, every letter pair is coupled with a cute rhyme. For example: Aa is for APPLE, red, green and yellow Bb is for BUTTERFLY, what a wonderful fellow. The ABC book of Rhymes is a wonderfully imaginative children's book that will fuel the imagination and prompt creativity in the special children in your life. Parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and friends of the family can engage the kids in an educational but fun activity that will enhance the kids? cognitive ability and promote their creativity. Use this book as an example, encourage children to come up with more words and more fun rhymes for the letter pairs. Read More

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
$11.99 at Amazon

<H1>Enjoyed by Grownups & Children Alike<H1> There is nothing more fun for a parent or grandparent than watching their child learn... to love to read and write and at the same time banish vexing problems. That just what the combination of the two books The Monster on Top of the Bed and My Monster on Top of the Bed do. And, you can prove it yourself by buying the $2.99 Kindle edition or downloading a free .pdf review edition here: http://1drv.ms/ZMMwf8 Yes, the author lets you read the .pdf and even print the .pdf version of this book. This lets children write out their story out without buying anything. (Leave a review, please.) Buy the paperback edition so children write their story in a "real book," and put their name on the cover as the author. <h1>A Companion Book</h1> <strong><em>My</em></strong><em> Monster on Top of the Bed </em>is a companion to Alan H. Jordan's book: <strong><em>The</em></strong><em> Monster on Top of the Bed</em> comes free when you purchase the paperback edition. In this edition, children become the author by writing their own story directly on Manuela Pentangelo?s illustrations. Children glow with pride when they put their own name on the front cover and title page of this book. <p>If you?re not familiar with <em>The Monster on Top of the Bed, </em>here?s a synopsis: <p>Once upon a time there was a little girl named Suzy, who used to jump up and down on her bed having just a great time. This scared a young critter named Karrit who lived under Suzy?s bed. But, Karrit heard Suzy do all sorts of nice things for people, and he wanted her to be his friend. Still, Suzy ate strange things like cakes made out of pans (pancakes) and the toes of toemays (tomatoes) and?he couldn?t believe it?he heard her talk about eating something truly horrendous.</p> <p>One day Karrit heard Suzy tell her mother that she was lonely and needed a friend. Because of that Karrit decided to visit Suzy, and Suzy got to meet him. At first Suzy was scared of Karrit. After all, he had red, scaly legs, and a blue nose, but he seemed a little scared too. Suzy treated Karrit the way that she would want to be treated if she had gone to his house.</p> <p>Suzy figured out what was confusing Karrit, and she was sorry to have scared him. She showed him a hotdog (she didn?t eat dogs that were hot) a tomato (she didn?t eat the toes of matoes) and a carrot (she definitely didn?t eat Karrits).</p> <p>Suzy made Karrit feel that she liked him, and that she wanted him to be happy. Because of that, the two of them played. They kept getting to know each other better until one day they both realized that they didn?t have to be afraid of each other, and that it was a mistake for each of them to think the other was a ?monster.? Suzy and Karrit became best friends, and neither was afraid of monsters again.</p> <h1>Inspiration Flows</h1> The child?s own story can be written without looking at the back of the two-story book, or it can be guided by <em>The Monster on Top of the Bed,</em> a story that has delighted children for years and lets a child discover how making a best friend can go a long way to dispelling the monsters that live under, and on top, of a bed. (<em>The Monster on Top of the Bed</em> appears in the back of the two-story book?the child?s story comes first so the child?s book can take center stage. When children write their own story, they feel a sense of pride. Have you ever seen children when they are excited about a story, any story? They ask to be read the story over and over again. They are even more excited when the story is one that they wrote. <h1>Fire up children's imaginations. . .</h1> Show a child a printed or Kindle edition of <em>The Monster on Top of the Bed</em>, then, ask them to make up their own story. Not only will writing their own story help the child express his or her creativity, it will help them read better and banish monsters on demand, which will help both children <em>and </em>their parents sleep better. Read More

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