Thursday, November 21, 2013

Classic Christmas Books for Children & Adults Alike

2013’s choices in children's Christmas books are heartfelt, sometimes classic, and beautifully written with bits of humor tossed in for good measure. And out of all of those holiday tried-and-trues, I’ve accumulated a short-list of 3 stories that are guaranteed to pluck at the heartstrings of children and adults alike.

These books are positively perfect, instilling awesome memories of candy canes, gumdrops, and green thieves tasked with stealing gifts and delicious grub of trusting townspeople. The following among the best Christmas books 2013 are ones that you’re never too old or too young to read and hear – the ones that make for a PERFECT Christmas season.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

This story is timeless! For generations, the tale of the Grinch has been told around fireplaces and holiday tables, delighting and exciting with rhymes and a lovably repulsive character. From the mind of an ever-interesting author, this book is everything that you could possibly imagine because it was made entirely from imagination.

No one knows really who Dr. Seuss modeled the well-known Grinch from, but he’s a green, furry creature with a loathing for Christmas and a stronger distaste of Who-ville. Seuss weaves a tale about the spirit of the holidays and learning how to appreciate everything you have.

“For he knew every Who down in Who-ville beneath
Was busy now, hanging a mistletoe wreath.”


Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama is a new Christmas character with a beautiful holiday spirit! He and Mama Llama share everything together, and have the greatest bond as mother and son. However, on this holiday season, Llama Llama is a little too eager, over-excited, and anxious about Christmas. When will it come? How long will he have to wait? Is Mama Llama going to help him pass the time with games, laughter, and Christmas-themed activities? You bet! Shopping, rushing, decorating – it’s all here as Llama Llama and his Mama Llama eagerly prepare for their holiday.

“The true gift is, we have each other!”


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Little Golden Book) by Rick Bunsen

Everyone knows Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! His shiny nose and sweet demeanor are legendary, as are the other reindeer that bullied Rudolph because of his special talents. In this true classic, Santa Claus recognize Rudolph’s abilities, asking him to guide the journey on Christmas Eve. To the delight of Rudolph, his problems all but disappear when he’s given an important task as fearless leader of Kris Kringle’s sleigh.

“And Santa was right, as he usually is. The fog was as thick as a soda’s white fizz.”


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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

LEGO Books For Pint-Size Builders

LEGO has come a long way in the past few decades, carving a name into toy-maker history with building sets for kids of all ages. For parents, this can be both a blessing and a curse, as there are literally hundreds of designs and structural kits that can leave gift-buyers confused. However, these popular manufacturers come to the rescue again with LEGO books for kids; an entire line of everything LEGO combined in several, easy-to-read manuals.

For example:


LEGO Minifigures: Character Encyclopedia (Daniel Lipkotwitz)

Cheerleaders! Vampires! Warriors! Space Aliens! All of these characters and 208-pages more have been packed into this book. Separated into series groups of 10, each segment features a wide variety of figurines, their character biographies, and fun facts that led to their production. Kids will be fascinated to find that each figurine has been inspired by an actual creature, person, or symbol from the real world. It's also amazing (and yet, unsurprising) to discover that the top-selling mini-figures are Santa, Pirate Captain, Clockwork Robot, and Daredevil.


LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World (DK Publishing)

This book is a must-have for any LEGO enthusiast and Harry Potter fan. An entire collection of mini-figures and accompanying play-sets were made in the style of HP movies, and these pages offer an in-depth look in a magical, miniature world. Children will be surprised to realize that Voldemort is actually the only HP "person" with a nose in the LEGO set! Plus, most copies include a Harry Potter figurine.


LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary (Simon Beecroft)

As the other books, this one features biographies, fun facts, and product information about a line of LEGO Star Wars. From Jedi Masters to the worst in super-villains, there are hundreds of photos to peruse, on weapons, vehicles, and accessories.

Colorful Books For LEGO Lovers

Kids who love building will adore LEGOs! It's a 9 out of 10 times fact, mainly because these little, colorful bricks are available in play-sets, bundles, and massive collections for all enthusiast ages. Which is why LEGO lovers galore world-wide would revel in the best LEGO books on the market. Designed to inform, entertain, and amuse, these books offer hundreds of pages on everything anyone would ever want to know about their favorite building blocks.

The following 3 are high on the preference scale:


The LEGO Ideas Book (Daniel Lipkowitz)

Have you ever been stumped on what to build, even though you're surrounded by thousands of colorful, LEGO bricks? This book is perfect for building-blocked kids and adults alike! There are 6 themed chapters on how to make everything imaginable out of any amount of LEGOs you or your kids may have collected over the years. The user-friendly, easy-to-understand guide features concepts for all ages and abilities, going from beginner to master from one page to another.


The LEGO Book (Daniel Lipkowitz)

Another favorite from LEGO lover, Lipkowitz, this book features the history and momentous achievements of the toy-making giant. There's updated information on new play-sets, information about the manufacturers, and fun facts about how each LEGO is produced. Usually, these kinds of books are boring to typical children, but this one packs a punch of colorful illustrations and fun facts to keep every page turning.


The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs, & More! (Megan H. Rothrock)

For everyone who has ever had a passion for building, this LEGO book features over 100-pages of step-by-step model ideas, and 200 examples of every adventurous, stacked creation imaginable. There are robots, trains, planes, spaceships, and so much more to keep readers well-entertained and inspired for days to come.


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Monday, July 1, 2013

Top Books For 8-Year Old Boys

The best books for 8-year olds in 2013 are riveting, engaging, and appealing to the audience of thrill-seeking little lads the world over. Friendship laced with plenty of bravery boasting moments and fast-paced action is the top plot for bookworm boys. These kids want to feel inspired and rushed with adrenaline! Plus, there's usually a vast difference between what boys will love to read and what girls will want to peruse.

For example:


The Giver (Lois Lowry)

This book is set in a futuristic world of science-fiction perfection. There's no crime, no illnesses, and everyone has a job that they can be happy with. Everyone but The Giver - a man who has, for centuries, been the keeper of memories before perfection, like true pain and heartbreak. Now he has chosen a boy to take his place; a 12-year old by the name of Jonas, who hasn't decided if he really wants this for his life. It's a tale of control and acceptance of human flaws, as Jonas discovers that being carefree isn't as easy as it seems.


Chasing the Prophecy: Beyonders (Brandon Mull)

An action-packed thrill-ride of fantasy, this is the third in a revolutionary series about battling for beliefs. Lyrian is home to oracles, wizards, and magical beings; all fighting to keep their beloved land alive. Jason and Rachael, although not Lyrian-born, have grown to love and adore the land, venturing on separate quests to secure their destinies and the town's folk they hold so dear. Friendship, courage, and valiance reign supreme!


The Third Wheel: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Jeff Kinney)

It's an upcoming school dance for "wimpy kid" Greg Heffley, and he shares all about it in this riotous new set of journal entries. Hilarious and relatable, Greg is desperate for a dance date! Unfortunately, his plans fall apart at the last minute, leaving him wondering whether he'll be another third wheel in his "group" date.


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Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Best Books For 10-Year Old Boys

The best books for 10-year olds are power-punched with imagination, doused with creativity, and sprinkled with courage. For boys, these characteristics are magnified to hold their action-loving interests, giving them more incentive to read and learn by flipping pages instead of channels. Each of the following books is rife with relatable characters, awe-inspiring material, and great plots, sure to incite a smile, several giggles, and an excited "Woohoo!"


The Boy's Body Book: Everything You Need to Know for Growing Up YOU (Kelli Dunham)

Little lads can be embarrassed when it comes to discussing emotional and bodily changes with their parents. This book can help! Encouraging boys to be more comfortable in their bodies, the illustrated guide goes through the process of puberty and growing up, both physically and psychologically. It includes tips and advice on matters concerning exercise, personal care, the importance of hygiene, sexual feelings, peer pressure, and so much more. Plus, the book recommends readers to confide in a trusted male adult to gain further insight.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (J.K. Rowling)

Perfect for kids who have ever dreamt to magic and mystery, this book is about Harry Potter -- a character that's become a household name. The books are so much better than the movies! The first in the series, Harry discovers he's a wizard, born of magic blood and destined for greatness. First, he must go to school to hone his art, making lifelong friends, and beginning a life-changing adventure to discover his birthright.

Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage (Ridley Pearson)

The sixth in a riveting saga, this book tells the tale of 5 Kingdom Keepers and a plot to destroy the world. On a Disney cruise, the Keepers discover Maleficent and her band of villains are real, planning to unleash a hell upon the Earth that begins with the cruise liner's occupants. It's a race against time as the Keepers try to thwart this infamous villain and her boat of misfits.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Colorful Stories For Adventurous Kids

The best children's picture books are full of chaotic scenarios that simply brim with humor, lighthearted life lessons, and wonderful characters. They're colorfully brilliant books for adventurous kids!

Each page is meant to transport little readers into an alternate world where anything is possible -- dragons are real (and they love tacos), books literally fly from shelves, and yarn transforms a drab world into a vibrant wonderland.

Laced with morals of kindness, generosity, and unconditional love, the following bedtime favorites are perfect for children who need need inspiration for action-packed dreams.


Extra Yarn (Mac Barnett)

Annabelle resides in a black-and-white world, surrounded by dullness. On a particularly dreary and boring day, she finds a box of yarn in every imaginable color.

She's mesmerized and puzzled all at once; her heart fills with excitement and she embarks on a mission to color her world by knitting and weaving the yarn into clothing, cozies, blankets, and other ingenious creations.

When she's done, her town is alive with brilliance!

Celebrating a child's imagination and enthusiasm, this book ends on a positive note when all of Annabelle's neighbors and friends find beauty in what she can do with just a bit of yarn.


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (William Joyce)

A literary masterpiece that inspired an equally brilliant short film, this book is about Mr. Morris Lessmore -- a man who loves his book collection more than anything in the entire world.

Until one day, when the winds of a terrible storm rips each book from his grasp. Scattered and frustrated, Mr. Lessmore finds himself drawn to the forgotten stories of an old library, where he resurrects each tale one book at a time.

Written beautifully with vibrant, detailed illustrations, this bestseller examines the beauty of a good story.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Helpful Books For 9-Year Old Girls

Books for 9-year olds in 2013 should be educational, innovative, and understanding of a child's changing mind and body. Little girls are especially influenced at this age, taking life lessons and advice from everything they read. Helpful, informative stories are 100 times better than harmful, poorly directed tabloids!

Start your youngster off on the right foot with tales that appeal to her heart, emotions, and thoughts.

For example:


The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls (Valorie Schaefer)

For girls entering their preteen years, this book is essential! It explains everything that might be brought up in personal conversation between parent-and-daughter. 3 characters lead little ladies through talks and how-tos about their changing bodies, from pimples to periods and beyond. They'll learn about the importance of excellent hygiene, as well as the management of confusing, flustering emotions; all explained in an understanding, kid-friendly way. It's an expansive view into growing up!


Wonder (R.J. Palacio)

A fiction novel that packs a powerful realistic punch, this book is about a little boy, August Pullman, born with a facial deformity. He's been homeschooled his entire life, up until the 5th grade, when he discovers that kids can be cruel and public school is a challenge. Subjected to bullying, Auggie takes a stand, gaining new friends, personal respect, and acceptance. For children who've ever dealt with the unkind words of others, this book is a beacon of hope and courage.


The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls (Cara Natterson)

The second in the duo of girls' body books, this one is geared towards 9 and olders who have already learned all they can from the first book. It's a more in-depth look at peer pressure, personal care, exercise, and dealing with the mental and emotional aspects of growing up.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Best Magazines For Kids in 2013

All trash-talking tabloids and store-front gossip columns aside (and hidden away from young eyes), the best magazines for kids in 2013 are nurturing to a child's flourishing imagination, creativity, and hobbies. These publications allow children to expand their interests with short articles, fun facts, and easy-to-understand tidbits; there are even games in many of the children's magazines available today.

With that in mind, purchasing a subscription, or simply picking up an issue or two whenever they're accessible, is a great way to keep your kids up-to-date on the latest must-have details of their favorite activities, animals, sports, and overall passions.


National Geographic Little Kids

Published every 2 months, a one year subscription to this magazine will yield 6 beautifully photographed and intriguing issues. It's specifically designed to entice and appeal to younger children, with full-colored animal layouts, cut-out keepsake cards, and glossy tear-out posters. The text is written in large, fun fonts and each of the pages is filled to brimming with animal, science, and cultural articles, arts & crafts, and cute activities for all ages to enjoy. There are also occasional writing or drawing contests with winners featured in upcoming issues.


Ranger Rick

A magazine with a vivacious raccoon narrator and his posse of animal pals, each publication is based on each critter's adventures around the world and in their natural habitats. The issues strive to teach kids how to respect nature and the Earth, as a whole. Included are games, modern news about cultures, animals, and science, riddles, contest, and constant streams of ongoing activities. There are even suggestion for outdoor arts & crafts, fit for fun and involving the entire family. Named periodical of the year in 2009, this magazine gives a whopping 10 issues in a single year, each packed with stunning pictures and cool facts.


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Top Books For 8-Year Old Girls

Their bodies are changing, their minds are becoming more unique, and girls will have an especially difficult time adjusting. Which is why some of the best books for 8-year olds are geared towards little ladies; those who need an outlet of understanding, with relatable characters, realistic situations, and good ole' fashioned fun.

For example:


The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book For Younger Girls (Revised - Valorie Schaefer)

This book is a modern solution to the question of flourishing hormone levels, questions about self-care, and growing up. Girls are presented with colorful illustrations and led through each section by a variety of characters that are making the transition from child to teen. It covers everything, from healthy eating and body changes, to periods and pimples; all in ways that youngsters will learn and understand. Facts and how-tos are coupled with lighthearted humor to keep each segment personal and friendly.


Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)

Written for all ages and genders, this book will be especially sentimental to little ladies because the protagonist is a unique, enthusiastic, and compassionate female. Heartfelt and beautiful, this classic tale is spun around a girl named Fern and her animal friends on the farm; Wilbur, a pig she's saved from certain doom, and an artistic, kindhearted spider named Charlotte. It's a generational story of friendship and enduring love!


Wonder (R.J. Palacio)

For kids, bullying is a constant fear and struggle. This book is about a little boy who teaches his classmates about compassion, acceptance, and endurance. Born with a facial deformity and homeschooled until the 5th grade, August faces daily jeers and struggles, overcoming them all to make friends and settle into his new start at a public school. It's a fresh, empathetic look at how acceptance can change everything for the better.


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The Funniest Picture Books For Kindle

Humor makes the world go around! Not literally, but in theory, as children and adults seek the funny moments in life on a daily basis. It's a little known fact that kids giggle over 200 times a day!  =)  Whereas, grown-ups laugh less often, but usually in tandem with their offspring. It's these bonding times that hold the highest places in our fondest memories. With that in mind, eReaders and hilarious antics have combined in the funniest Kindle picture books for kids. Illustrated to evoke gut-busting amusement, these reads are the glue for a happy bedtime and a stronger parent-child connection.


Ribbit! (Rodrigo Folgueria)

This story is about a boisterous little, pink piggy that has struck a chord of curiosity among the other farm and pond animals. Sitting on a rock, he elicits a very loud, very happy "RIBBIT!" The frogs can't help but feel confused and a little mocked. Why is this miniature grunt making that sound? Does he want to be a frog? Is he making fun of the frogs' sounds? Soon, all the animals get in on the chaos, listening intently and discussing the piglet in loud, confused voices. With the help of a wise beetle, the animals discover the reason behind the pig's misplaced outcries, finding friendship and acceptance along the way. A book of clever words, super-cute drawings, and hysterical speech bubbles, this tale is about the power of understanding and appreciating differences.


Those Darn Squirrels! (Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri)

Grumpy and set in his ways, Old Man Fookwire has two passionate hobbies -- feeding birds and painting pictures of them every summer. In an effort to keep the flighty critters around, Fookwire offers berries and seeds in feeders around his property, hoping to deter the birds from their wintry flights South. Instead, Fookwire is met with sneaky, devious, and chattering squirrels that plot to steel the food from the feeders, leaving the old man upset and the nests empty. Mischevious with an edge of riotous humor, this story matches the wits of human and animal in a symphony of side-splitting hilarity.


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The Best Board Books of 2013

The best board books of 2013 are interactive, colorful, and encouraging of a child's mental growth. Each story will quietly, unknowingly educate while entertaining at the same time. They're also easy to handle for little hands, with durable pages and vibrant illustrations that resist fading or tearing. These books make reading fun for all ages, even if your toddler has yet to grasp the meaning of certain words yet. Most board books, as you'll discover, feature animal characters because children love the idea of seeing and learning about different pets, insects, zoos, habitats, and farms from around the world.

For example:


The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle)

A decades-old classic, this story follows a very hungry caterpillar as he makes his way through the days of the week, munching on apples, pears, plums, and other leafy fruits as he goes. as he eats his way (literally) through the story, the caterpillar grows bigger and bigger, eventually getting an ache in his tummy from consuming so much food. The pages that follow show the caterpillar's transformation in a matter of days, from a caterpillar, to a cocoon, and finally, into a lovely, beautifully winged butterfly. An original story of transformation and metamorphosis, this tale is a bedtime tradition that still delights children and adults alike.


My Big Animal Book (Roger Priddy)

Kids love animals. It's a fact! With that in mind, this book shows brightly colored pictures of different animals that you'd see in various parts of the world. It includes high-quality images of birds, farm animals, fish, zoo animals, pets, and other animals in their natural habitats, each featuring their name underneath the image to assist in developing a child's word and picture association. Revealing and fun to read, this book is a unique way to integrate a child's love of animals with a parent's desire for reading skill development.

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Best Kindle Picture Books For Kids

Electronic readers have inspired a revolution of games and books, all designed to be viewed in a flip-page format on a backlit screen. Easier on the eyes than a traditional computer, these eReaders are compact and capable of carrying hundreds of books at one time; a perfect device for story enthusiasts and would-be bookworms. Kids especially benefit, as there are an entire line of beautifully illustrated and cleverly wordy reads available for the technological children of today.

Without further explanation, I present the best Kindle picture books for the tale-loving tots in your household.


I Scream! Ice Cream! (Amy Krouse Rosenthal)

Dubbed the "book of wordies," these 40-pages are detailed and filled with witty word weavings of all kinds. As an author of many bestselling book for children around the world, Rosenthal implements her wordplay mastery to make audiences, young and old, roar with laughter. The inside covers are doused in Neopolitan colors to represent the title; however, the story really has nothing to do with ice cream at all. Rather, this whole book is a collection of sentences and words that sound the same but have different meanings. Most of them are simply really fun to say, resulting in tongue twisters and nonsense! "Heroes. He rows."


The Great Lollipop Caper (Dan Krall)

Underappreciated and jealous, Mr. Caper is usually known for his salty and sour antics, gaining more popularity with older adults than the younger crowds. Lollipop is his biggest competitor -- loved by everyone! Dipped in sweetness is what Mr. Caper strives for, which is why he devises a plan to make his own lollipops and distribute them to kids around the world. Unfortunately, his plot goes horribly wrong. Caper, feeling guilty, decides to enlist the help of his nemesis, Lollipop, to save the day, discovering along the way that it's always best to just be who you are.


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Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Board Books of Sandra Boynton

In the world of the best board books, Sandra Boynton is synonymous with words like fantastic, amazing, talented, and successful. With a career that spans over 40 books and 4000 greeting cards, this children's author understand what it takes to write colorful, well-loved, and simple stories for the younger generation.

The following three board books are some of this author's best work, in the opinion of many parents and children around the world.

The Going-To-Bed Book

Brimming with silliness, this tale follows the animals on the well-known Noah's Ark. "The sun has set not long ago," as each animal rushes down to the boat's bedrooms to prepare for bedtime. From taking a bath to putting on pajamas and brushing their teeth, all of the Ark's animals are scrambling to get comfortable enough to sleep. There are funny illustrations of grinning elephants, happy pigs, curious hippos, and laidback lions! Written in a neater child's scrawl, the whole book is relatable, as kids will see that even their favorite characters have bedtime routines before drifting to dreamland.


Barnyard Dance!

Back with another animal theme, Boynton writes of dancing cows and waltzing chickens in this barnyard-inspired board book. "Bow to the horse! Bow to the cow! Twirl with the pig if you know how!" These animals are having a hilariously good time while the farmer is away, pouncing and pounding their feet across the grass with every tongue-twisting rhyme. Spinning, promenading, and moving in all kinds of ways all over the pages, this is an animal-filled book of perfect proportions for your little bedtime reader.



What child doesn't love a puppy?! From big and small, Boynton's book about pooches has it all. Kids will learn to count with the barks of each dog. For example, 1 Dog goes "Woof!" in a barotone, while you can imagine when the short, chunky fifth dog says "Bow Wow Wow Wow Wow!" It's a cute book with durable pages for years of bedtime reading.

Classic Stories Into Pop-Up Books

How do authors manage to keep classic stories alive to the delight of modern generations? Adaptation! The best pop-up books in 2013 have evolved from the golden bindings of much larger books. Kids as young as 2 can now traipse through wonderland in pursuit of a white rabbit, stroll the yellow brick road with a cowardly lion, and troll the skies as Superman's sidekicks. Tried-and-true, the following classics are rethought for today's children, as much as the stories in the older books were comprised for those parents and grandparents of yesteryear.

For example:


DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book (DC Comics & Matthew Reinhart)

What kid doesn't dream of being a super hero? This book features over 25 detailed pop-up illustrations for children to awe over. There are favorites like the Bat-signal that lights up at the flip of a page, or Wonder Woman's swirling and twirling Lasso of Truth. Future super heroes will spend hours marveling at the life-like pop-ups on every page! Even villains didn't escape the adaptation, as Lex Luthor and The Riddler make a brief appearance in a comic styling. For decades, these super heroes have been coveted as the best, and this pop-up book proves that the likes of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and the rest of the DC gang are here to stay.


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-Up (L. Frank Baum & Robert Sabuda)

Told in only 16 pages of beautifully detailed pop-up illustrations, this book tells the story of Dorothy and her magical journey through the wonderful land of Oz. Kids will go in search of the wizard, traveling down the yellow brick road and meeting an array of interesting friends along the way. Children will be thrilled as the Tin Man tells Dorothy of his literally heartless hardships, while the Scarecrow mourns the lack of brains in his straw head. With pop-up images that seem to shimmer, each page is a true vacation into the classic tale.


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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Animal Picture Books For Kids

Ask any child and they'll tell you that stories are simply better when animal characters are involved. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the best picture books for kids feature puppies, polar bears, penguins, donkeys, and an array of likewise fuzzy, and non-furry, friends.

The following short-list of animal-featured stories tell wonderful tales with lighthearted, humorous life lessons in stunning illustrations:


It's a Book (Lane Smith)

Consumed by technology, we live in a world where real paper and binding books are considered inferior to computers, Kindles, and fancy-schmancy IPads. This story teaches children that there is still value in the traditionally bound books of yesteryear. Monkey is reading when his friend, Donkey, asks to see what he's perusing, asking technological questions along the way. Monkey reassures his buddy that the book needs no password, can't be charged, and requires no scrolling. Filled with slapstick humor, this book lovingly pokes fun at the electronic era.


The Three Ninja Pigs (Corey Rosen Schwartz)

Based on the classic Little Pigs tale, this story has been twisted and mixed to incorporate akido lessons, jujitsu, and the mastered art of karate. These are 3 awesome little pigs who refuse to take anymore bullying from their village's pack of wolves. Action-packed illustrations accentuate each page, as rhymes flow and humor runs amok. A true fractured fairy tale, this book is a bedtime essential!


I Want My Hat Back (John Klassen)

A twist on the tried-and-true tale of a baby duck looking for it's mother, this story starts with an exasperated bear in search of his missing hat. Like the materials of the aforementioned hat, this tale is woven beautifully, mixing with humor and subtle rhyming repetition to thrill and delight kids and adults alike. The big, brown bear goes from one animal to another, questioning them about his hat, and receiving a "No" in silly ways each time. Chaos and lighthearted curiosity ensues!


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Getting Kids Interested In Chapter Books

When introduced to the love of reading, most children will pick up board books and short stories in a heartbeat. However, impressing upon them the best chapter books for kids can be difficult because there are so many stories with the same plots, scenarios, and characters in the children's literary world. How can you get kids interested in chapter books? Read them yourself first! Make sure they delve into your child's personal interests and hobbies, complete with engaging storylines, relatable characters, and feel-good endings. It's a flawless way to instill a deeper respect for reading in children who started on toddler bedtime stories but are ready for more challenging reads.

For example, my favorite children's chapter books are:


Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth (Jane O' Connor)

Best known for her princess roles in the Fancy Nancy series, this spunky little girl is back to join the ranks of heroine detectives. As a new super sleuth, Nancy uncovers the truth with the help of her schoolmate, Bree, and witty clues. In this book, Bree and Nancy discover that a classmate's most prized possessions have disappeared, causing an uproar of finger-pointing, sobbing, and unpleasant vibes between the kids in her school. With the help of an unexpected source, these 2 mystery-solving sweethearts track down the missing items and save the day. Plus, Nancy is just as fancy as ever!


National Geographic Kids Chapters: Dog Finds Lost Dolphins and More True Stories of Amazing Animal Heroes (Elizabeth Carney)

Dolphins, dogs, monkeys, and mice culminate in these chapters inspired by N.G. Kids magazine, bringing children unlikely stories of unexpected animal heroes. With detailed photographs and fun facts on every page, this book features creatures who sniff out danger and save the day, much like miniature detectives of the animal kingdom. Available in a 112-page paperback or the Kindle eReader, the instant classic is must-read for animal-loving, tender-hearted kids everywhere.


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