Air Show

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Air Show
by Anastasia Suen (Author) and Cecco Mariniello (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Cougars, Panthers, Camels, and Mosquitos. What do these animals have in common? Their names identify the historic airplanes that take flight at this spectacular air show event. In simple, poetic words and skillfully rendered illustrations, Anastasia Suen and Cecco Mariniello introduce the world of flight to children.

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Author’s Note:
Thanks to StarWalk KidsMedia, my picture book Air Show is now an e-book and it has come out just in time for the July PopUp Library! Hooray! (During the the month of July all children can read as many books as they want for free!) Later in the year, narration will be added to the e-book.

Air Show was my first book and although it has been out of print for many years, it is a book that is close to my heart. My father’s parents built P-51 Mustangs during World War II. Yes, my grandmother was a Rosie the Riveter lady! (When you read the book, look for my grandparent’s plane on page 11. Mustangs leap . . .)

See P-51 Mustangs in the air.

STEM + the Arts = STEAM

STEAM DIY Activity

Design and test your own plane with the online Paper Airplane Creator.

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Red Light, Green Light

Red Light, Green Light

Red Light, Green Light e-book
by Anastasia Suen (Author) and Ken Wilson-Max (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Roll into one little boy’s make-believe traffic world, filled with flashing lights, zooming cars, whirring helicopters, and racing fire engines. He’s turned records into rotaries, shoe boxes and books into highway ramps, crayons into lane markers, and dandelions into trees. It’s a world where imagination rules and creativity abounds.

Snippet:
Red light, stop.
Green light, go.

Cars and trucks
drive to and fro.

Author’s Note:
It’s the 10th anniversary of my picture book, Red Light, Green Light and the e-book has just been updated! Hooray!

Here’s the short version of the long story…

I sold this book in 1999 and it came out in 2005. It was on the final Gulliver Books list and then that imprint of Harcourt was closed. A few years later, Harcourt was sold and then the company that bought them, Houghton Mifflin, went into bankruptcy. After the new Houghton Mifflin Harcourt came out on the other side, they re-organized several times.

In the middle of all this change, Red Light, Green Light was converted to an e-book. It was still the early days of e-books and I’m sorry to say that the conversion was not a success. There were extra words on top of the art and the art itself moved up and down as you “turned” the pages. But all of the people that I worked with on this book were long gone, so my efforts to get the e-book fixed went nowhere for a long time. In May I tried again and a very friendly customer service representative said she would talk to her manager…and it worked! On June 1st an email came saying that the book was being remade. Three weeks later, the e-book files were updated on Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes!

For me, this is a summer book because of driver’s ed. That’s when my two teens took it (and so did I, lo-o-o-o-ng ago.) I wrote this book because of the 100 hours of required driving practice. I was sitting on the passenger’s side of the car pressing my foot on that imaginary brake at each intersection…making my new drivers crazy! (Mom!!!) The book dedication reads: “For my two new drivers, it feels like just minutes ago that you were driving toy cars.”

STEM + the Arts = STEAM

STEAM DIY Activity

Make my Traffic Light Necklace Craft.

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Materials:
red, green, and yellow yarn
black construction paper
red, green, and yellow dots (I used 3/4″ dots from Office Depot)
scissors
glue stick

Directions (before the kids arrive):

1) Cut the yarn in to 36″ lengths.

2) Gather the yarn into triple strands (one red, one yellow and one green for each child.)

3) Cut the black construction paper in strips. (I used 9×12″ paper so I cut the 12″ side into 2″ strips. Each strip was the 2″ wide and 9″ long.

4) Fold each black strip in half to make a tent. (Now it’s 2″ wide and 4 1/2″ tall.)

Directions (after the kids arrive):

5) Put the yarn inside the black paper “tent” and center it so approximately 18″ of yarn extends out on each side.

6) Rub glue on the inside of the tent. Then press the paper tight so the glue holds.

7) Place a green dot, a yellow dot, and a green dot on the black paper. Green is Go! Yellow is Slow! Red is Stop! Now you have a traffic light!

8) Tie the ends of the yarn into a bow. Now put the bow over the child’s head. It’s a traffic light necklace!

poetry friday

This week’s Poetry Friday Round-up is hosted by Mainely Write.

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Girl’s Guide to Volleyball

My Book of the Week

Girl’s Guide to Volleyball
by Anastasia Suen

I grew up in Florida and California, where the volleyball nets are up at the beach year round. We played volleyball in school, too. Unlike many other sports where you only play one position, in volleyball, you move around the court and play every position. Pass-set-spike!

Booktalk:
Are you a girl who loves to nail the perfect spike? Get in the game! Take your knowledge of volleyball to the next level. Learn the positions, skills, tips and tricks that will help you stay sharp on and off the field.

The ultimate guide to being the ultimate player or fan! Whether competing on the field or cheering from the stands, readers get the inside scoop on all the rules and key strategies of their favorite sports. Plus, find recipes, crafts, and activities to show your team spirit!

Save the date! June 23, 2012 Nonfiction Book Blast 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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Picture Book of the Day

The Umbrella
by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert (Illustrators)

Booktalk: A little dog finds an umbrella in the garden on a windy day. The moment the dog picks up the umbrella, it catches the wind and pulls the dog skywards. This is the start to fantastic journey around the world. The wind carries the umbrellas and the dog all over the world, from the desert to the sea, from the jungle to the north pole. A wordless picture book that tells a thousand stories.
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Chapter Book of the Day

Missing: A Liv & Death Novel
by Madeline Smoot (Author)
176 pages

Booktalk: Just like their names, Liv and Morte have always been opposites. The two can barely be in the same room together for more than a moment before all conversations turn into fights. It’s not until Morte disappears after a typical field party that Liv even realizes that she might actually love her brother after all. Missing is the tale of Liv’s journey to find out what happened to her brother the night he disappeared — to discover if everyone at the field party had really been typical.

Snippet: My mother named my brother. Most people assumed that his name was short for Mortimer or Morton or something, but this being my mom, it was just the Latin word for death. My father pretended that he had agreed to the name so my mother could have her little joke. “My little life and death,” she called us. In reality, Dad had no say in Morte’s name. It was one thing to name me, his baby girl, his first-born, the Norwegian word for life. It was quite another to name his son Death.
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March 2012 Online Workshops

The March 2012 workshops will begin tomorrow Wednesday, March 7th.

Which workshop is best for you?

New to children’s books?
Learn about the different types of children’s books in the Children’s Book Genres Workshop.

Passionate about literacy?
Find out how you can write for children learning to read in the Children’s Literacy Workshop (for Writers).

Ready to write?
Write and edit your book in the

After you finish a writing workshop you can work through two more edits in a “work-in-progress” workshop, by rewriting your picture book or easy reader or working on the next chapter of your children’s chapter book or children’s novel.

The January workshop dates are March 7-April 25, 2012.

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Literary Link

Apple Won’t Sell Seth Godin’s Book With Amazon Links (via @eBookNewser)
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Nonfiction Monday

Picture Book of the Day

Underground
by Shane W. Evans (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: A family silently crawls along the ground. They run barefoot through unlit woods, sleep beneath bushes, take shelter in a kind stranger’s home. Where are they heading? They are heading for Freedom by way of the Underground Railroad.

Snippet: We are quiet.
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Chapter Book of the Day

Fort Mose: And the Story of the Man Who Built the First Free Black Settlement in Colonial America
by Glennette Tilley Turner (Author)
48 pages

Booktalk: Fort Mose in St. Augustine, Florida, was the first free African settlement to legally exist in what later became the United States. It was also the most southern link of the Underground Railroad.

Snippet: For Francisco Menendez, the story started in the Senegambia region of West Africa, where he was born into the Mandingo tribe around 1700.
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Nonfiction Monday

Nonfiction Monday

This week’s Nonfiction Monday Round-up host is The Childrens War

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Literary Links

Tom Greve booktalks his forthcoming book on plate tectonics at Nonfiction Book Blast

When The Project Is Over Getting Organized (via @freelancesw)

Amazon removes IPG Kindle books (@ebooknewser)
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Great Books

Picture Book of the Day

Me . . . Jane
by Patrick McDonnell (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: Here is the story of a little girl named Jane who dreamed of a life helping animals and grew up to help change the world. (Childhood drawings of Dr. Jane Goodall are included in this biography.)

Snippet: Jane had a stuffed toy chimpanzee named Jubilee.

BONUS! See the video and hear the story behind the book!

The 2011 Cybils picture book fiction winner!

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Chapter Book of the Day

Stupid Fast
by Geoff Herbach (Author)
320 pages

Booktalk: My name is Felton Reinstein, which is not a fast name. But last November, my voice finally dropped and I grew all this hair and then I got stupid fast. Fast like a donkey. Zing!

Now they want me, the guy they used to call Squirrel Nut, to try out for the football team. With the jocks. But will that fix my mom? Make my brother stop dressing like a pirate? Most important, will it get me girls–especially Aleah?

So I train. And I run. And I sneak off to Aleah’s house in the night. But deep down I know I can’t run forever. And I wonder what will happen when I finally have to stop.

Snippet:
This could be a dark tale!
It’s not.
I don’t think so.
Maybe.
I can’t sleep. It’s 1:03 a.m. Almost September. The weather is warm, even though it’s football season. There’s a huge moon in the sky, but I can’t see it from the basement, where my bedroom is. I saw plenty.
Tonight.
Dark tale? My dad did commit suicide.
Not so dark? It’s me. I hop up and down.

BONUS! See the video!

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The 2011 Cybils young adult book fiction winner!

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5 MORE Great Books About Presidents

Abe Lincoln and the Muddy Pig
by Stephen Krensky (Author) and Greshom Griffith (Illustrator)
Abe Lincoln is on his way to give an important speech when he comes across a pig stuck in the mud. What will he do? Level 2 easy reader

Abe Lincoln’s Hat
by Martha Brenner (Author) and Donald Cook (Author)
Abe Lincoln keeps all of his papers in his hat! Level 2 easy reader

Barack Obama: Out of Many, One
by Shana Corey (Author) and James Bernardin (Illustrator)
A skinny little boy with a funny name grew up to be President. Level 3 easy reader

George Washington and the General’s Dog
by Frank Murphy (Author) and Richard Walz (Illustrator)
George Washington is fighting in the American Revolution when he sees a lost dog on the battlefield. Level 3 easy reader

Thomas Jefferson and the Ghostriders
by Howard Goldsmith (Author) and Drew Rose (Illustrator)
One night young Thomas Jefferson visits the Native American burial mound near his house and thinks he hears ghosts. Level 2 easy reader
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February 2012 Carnival Of Children’s Literature

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Literary Link

Inkling’s new iPad pub platform is software based instead of page based (via @ebooknewser)
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Great Books

Picture Book of the Day

Prairie Storms
by Darcy Pattison (Author) and Kathleen Rietz (Illustrator)

Booktalk: See a year on the prairie. (Did you know that ground hogs live on the prairie, too? Tomorrow is their big day!)

Snippet:
The hibernating groundhog stirs,
awakes. It unplugs the door to its den
and peers out. Soft billows of fog blot
out the sun.

BONUS! See the video and download the ground hog coloring page

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Chapter Book of the Day

Attack of the Shark-Headed Zombie
by Bill Doyle (Author) and Scott Altman (Illustrator)
112 pages

Booktalk: After Keats and Henry lose their bikes, they need money—fast. So the help-wanted ad at the supermarket seems ideal for them. All they have to do is weed Hallway House’s garden, find some lightbulbs in the attic, sweep the garage . . . and battle a shark-headed zombie. That last job is a joke…isn’t it?

Snippet: “Shark-headed zombie?” Henry said.

“Extra wand?” said Keats.

Henry laughed, and then Keats did, too.

BONUS! See the video!

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5 MORE Great Books About Valentines

Big Heart!: A Valentine’s Day Tale
by Joan Holub (Author) and Will Terry (Illustrator)
The ant class makes a big Valentine. Who is it for? Pre-Level 1 easy reader

Melvin’s Valentine
by Jon Scieszka (Author), David Shannon (Illustrator), Loren Long (Illustrator) and David Gordon (Illustrator)
Who gave Melvin a Valentine? Level 1 easy reader

No Valentines for Katie
by Fran Manushkin (Author) and Tammie Lyon (Illustrator)
Uh-oh! No one gave Katie Woo a Valentine. Easy reader with chapters

Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (Author) and Marc Simont (Illustrator)
Who gave Sludge the dog a Valentine? Easy reader.

Valentine’s Day in Vicarstown
by Rev. W. Awdry (Author)
What will Thomas do about Valentine’s Day when the blizzard comes? Easy reader
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Literary Links

New Stats: Kids Find E-Books ‘Fun And Cool,’ But Teens Are Still Reluctant

Pinterest Tips for Writers (via @GalleyCat)
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Golden Dragon Parade

My Book of the Week

Golden Dragon Parade by Anastasia Suen
Holiday easy reader

Chinese New Year is here.
Come along to the Golden Dragon Parade.

  • Copyright: 2011
  • Guided Reading level: B
  • Intervention Level: 2
  • DRA Level: 2
  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Bebop Books

Book Activities:

Welcome in the Year of the Dragon on January 23rd with stories and games.

Enjoy these Chinese New Year crafts, puzzles and games.

Make a Chinese New Year Dragon.

Use these Golden Dragon Parade lesson plans with your class.

Also available in Spanish

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Picture Book of the Day

The Very Fairy Princess
by Julie Andrews (Author), Emma Walton Hamilton (Author) and Christine Davenier (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Her friends and family may not believe in fairies, but Geraldine knows, deep down, that she is a VERY fairy princess. From morning to night, Gerry does everything that fairy princesses do…

Snippet: The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is put on my crown.
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Chapter Book of the Day

Calvin Coconut: Kung Fooey
by Graham Salisbury (Author) and Jacqueline Rogers (Illustrator)
144 pages

Booktalk: Calvin Coconut’s fourth grade class meets Benni Obi, a weird and likable new kid. Benny brags about knowing kung fu, wears mirrored sunglasses, eats worms, crickets, and chocolate-covered scorpions, and says all the wrong things to bully Tito. Uh-oh. Meanwhile, the neighborhood kids and pets clear the road—Calvin’s babysitter Stella is learning how to drive. She’s got a lead foot.

Snippet:
Before lunch at school that day, right in the middle of our silent reading time, in Mr. Purdy’s class, this new kid walked in with Mrs. Leonard, the principal.
I looked up.
Whoa!
I stopped breathing.
The whole class did.
The new kid looked us over, his eyes scrunched.
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Literary Links

Study: Children Prefer eBooks (but remember less with “enhanced” ebooks) (via @eBookNewser)

Peskin to Head FSG Books for Young Readers (via @publisherswkly)
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November 15, 2011

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Nonfiction Monday

Picture Book of the Day

If the World Were a Village – Second Edition: A Book about the World’s People (CitizenKid)

by David J Smith (Author) and Shelagh Armstrong (Illustrator)

Booktalk: If the World Were a Village has been newly revised with updated statistics, several new activities and completely new material on food security, energy and health. By exploring the lives of the 100 villagers, children will discover that life in other nations is often very different from their own.

Snippet:

Welcome to the global village

…what if we imagined that the whole population of the world as a village of just 100 people? In this imaginary village, each person would represent 69 million (69 000 000) people from the real world.

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Chapter Book of the Day

Haunted Houses The Unsolved Mystery

by Lisa Wade Mccormick (Author)

32 pages

Booktalk: Footsteps echo down empty hallways. Ghostly shadows float across rooms. Are ghosts real? Do they haunt houses and other places? Find out about haunted houses and how science is trying to solve this mystery.

Snippet:

Haunted Fact

One of the earliest ghost stories comes from Ancient Greece. In this story, a ghost in chains walks through a house at night.

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Nonfiction Monday

Nonfiction Monday

This week’s Nonfiction Monday Round-up host is Apple with Many Seeds

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Literary Links

Lerner Publishing’s New iPad App Offers Access to 1,800 eBooks (via @eBookNewser)

My secret for battling procrastination (it’s a 2-step plan!) (via @JaneFriedman)

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