Kid Lit Blog Hop #46

30 Sep

Welcome to the 46th Kid Lit Blog Hop! This is a dynamic and engaged community of children’s literature bloggers, authors, and publishers. If you’re looking to discover some great books, you’re in the right place!

We are pleased to be welcoming a few co-hosts this week: Stanley & Katrina, who have just released their latest book, The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals (Stanley & Katrina Book 2) and Rebecca, the author behind the book blog, A Book Long Enough. Welcome to Stanley & Katrina and Rebecca!

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

Kid Lit Blog Hop

Kid Lit Blog Hop Rules

1. We ask that you kindly follow your hosts. You can follow us any way you choose (Email, GFC, Twitter, Facebook, G+, Pinterest, etc.), but we’ve added our preferences below. If you could just give us a quick “follow” or “like” that would be much appreciated! Make sure to leave us a message if you are following us (i.e., on Twitter or Facebook or on our websites) and we will be sure to follow you back. Thanks! :-)

Hostesses:

Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews Facebook * Twitter

Jaymie @ Snacks for Max Twitter * Facebook

Katie @ Youth Literature Reviews Twitter * Facebook

Julie Grasso, Author/ Blogger Twitter * Facebook

Cheryl Carpinello, Author / Blogger Twitter * Facebook

Reshama @ Stacking Books Twitter * Facebook

Stacie @ BeachBoundBooks Twitter * Facebook

Mia @ Pragmatic Mom Twitter * Facebook

Maria@ Music Teaching and Parenting Twitter * Facebook

Co-Hosts:

Stanley & Katrina, Pawthors Twitter * Facebook

Rebecca @ A Book Long Enough Pinterest * Facebook

2. Link up any Kid Lit related post. This can be a link to a children’s book review, a discussion about children’s literature/literacy, or a post on a recently-read children’s book or one that you love from your childhood.

* Don’t link directly to your blog, it must be a specific post.*

* For Authors, we prefer you to link to your blog if you have one. Please link unique posts each time ~ no repeats please. *

* Make sure you include an image relevant to the POST (e.g., book cover), not your blog button or photo of yourself.*

* Feel free to link more than one post.*

3. Please visit AT LEAST the TWO LINKS directly ahead of your own and leave them some love in the form of a comment. We are trying to build a community of bloggers, readers, parents, authors, and others who are as passionate about children’s literature as we are so please CONNECT and follow any or all of the blogs that interest you!

4. If you like, grab the button above and put it somewhere on your blog, preferably the post you’re linking up. If you’d prefer, you can just add a text link back to this Hop so that others can find it and check out all these great book links!

5. It would really help us get the word out about the Kid Lit Blog Hop if you would be so kind as to tweet, share, and spread the word about the Hop!

Interested in co-hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop? If you’ve joined us before, you are welcome to join us again! Please email renee @ motherdaughterbookreviews (dot) com and put Co-Hosting Blog Hop in the subject line.

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list!

Non-Candy Goodies for Trick-or-Treaters

29 Sep

Let’s face it: for most kids, Halloween is all about the candy. But many parents have some concerns about added sugar and artificial dyes, and some of us just don’t want all that candy lying around.

20 Candy Alternatives for Trick-or-Treaters

When I announced that I wasn’t going to be handing out candy to the trick-or-treaters this Halloween, my husband rolled his eyes and asked me if I was turning into “that lady”. I think you know the one I mean:

TheOffice_Pam_Halloween

But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are plenty of easy, affordable alternatives to candy that kids will actually enjoy getting. So consider switching it up this year; you’ll be the talk of the neighborhood with these great goodies!

Glow BraceletsThese glow bracelets are what I’ll be handing out this year. They’re super inexpensive (a box of 100 is less than $9) and kids of every age love them!

Glow FangsPlastic fangs that glow in the dark are another big crowd-pleaser.

StickersStickers are a great option is your neighborhood gets a ton of kids; 500 stickers are less than $10.

TattoosTemporary tattoos are equally popular and cheap!

Jack-o-Lantern BubblesThese mini bottles of bubbles supply lots of fun after trick-or-treating is over!

StampsMy friends’ kids go crazy for these little stamps!

Play-DohTiny jars of Play-Doh, sold in bags, are a ton of fun for younger kids.

BookmarksHalloween-themed school supplies like bookmarks…

Pencilspencils…

Erasersand novelty erasers are fun AND practical!

The list goes on! Some more great options include:

Vinyl Sticky Hands
Bouncy Balls
Slap Bracelets
Spider Rings
Mini Coloring Books
Plastic Dinosaurs
Crayons
Balloons
Mustache Whistles
Flying Frogs

Will you be handing out candy this Halloween? Why or why not?

Picture Books Around the World: Mexico

17 Sep

The eighth and final installment in the Picture Books Around the World series is our first stop in North America… we’re heading to Mexico!

Picture Books about Mexico

What was your favorite stop on the picture book world tour? Was there a country you wish had been included? Let me know in the comments!

Tortilla FactoryThe Tortilla Factory

This is the story of the people who make tortillas; from the farmers who work the soil and plant the corn, to the factory workers who operate the machinery. Featuring rich oil paintings, this book is not only a lovely portrait of Mexico, but a delightful lesson on where food comes from.

Saturday MarketSaturday Market

This book tells the story of a Mexican Saturday market, with each page introducing a new vendor and what they are selling. Throughout the story, readers are introduced to many Spanish words. The illustrations, full-page acrylic paintings, capture the rich culture of the people and the energetic atmosphere of this weekly event.

FiestaFiesta!

This sparsely-worded, bilingual story shows of group of children preparing for a birthday party. This book is perfect for very young readers.

Cinco de MayoCinco de Mayo

With cartoony, kid-friendly illustrations, this book is a wonderful first look at the history of the Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo. The book also has lots of great information about the food, music, clothing, and customs of Mexico.

Off We Go To MexicoOff We Go to Mexico

Vibrantly illustrated and featuring entertaining rhyming text, this book is an excellent introduction to Mexico. It includes a map, a fact sheet, and plenty of Spanish vocabulary.

Book FiestaBook Fiesta!

This energetic book introduces readers to two Mexican holiday (both celebrated on April 30) Children’s Day and Book Day. The colorful painted illustrations are absolutely stunning and make this book a must-read!

Excerpt from "Book Fiesta!"

Excerpt from “Book Fiesta!”

I hope you enjoyed our trip around the world!

Kid Lit Blog Hop #45

16 Sep

Welcome to the 45th Kid Lit Blog Hop! If you’re a parent or kid lit enthusiast looking for great book recommendations, or a blogger hoping to promote your blog and connect with other bloggers, then you’ve come to the right place!

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

Kid Lit Blog Hop

Kid Lit Blog Hop Rules *Please Read*

1. We ask that you kindly follow your hosts. You can follow us any way you choose (Email, GFC, Twitter, Facebook, G+, Pinterest, etc.), but we’ve added our preferences below. If you could just give us a quick “follow” or “like” that would be much appreciated! Make sure to leave us a message if you are following us (i.e., on Twitter or Facebook or on our websites) and we will be sure to follow you back. Thanks! :-)

Hostesses:

Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews Facebook * Twitter

Jaymie @ Snacks for Max Twitter * Facebook

Katie @ Youth Literature Reviews Twitter * Facebook

Julie Grasso, Author/ Blogger Twitter * Facebook

Cheryl Carpinello, Author / Blogger Twitter * Facebook

Reshama @ Stacking Books Twitter * Facebook

Stacie @ BeachBoundBooks Twitter * Facebook

Mia @ Pragmatic Mom Twitter * Facebook

Lina @ Best 4 Future: Bringing Up Baby Bilingual Twitter * Facebook

2. Link up any Kid Lit related post. This can be a link to a children’s book review, a discussion about children’s literature/literacy, or a post on a recently-read children’s book or one that you love from your childhood.

* Don’t link directly to your blog, it must be a specific post.*

* For Authors, we prefer you to link to your blog if you have one. Please link unique posts each time ~ no repeats please. *

* Make sure you include an image relevant to the POST (e.g., book cover), not your blog button or photo of yourself.*

* Feel free to link more than one post.*

3. Please visit AT LEAST the TWO LINKS directly ahead of your own and leave them some love in the form of a comment. We are trying to build a community of bloggers, readers, parents, authors, and others who are as passionate about children’s literature as we are so please CONNECT and follow any or all of the blogs that interest you!

4. If you like, grab the button above and put it somewhere on your blog, preferably the post you’re linking up. If you’d prefer, you can just add a text link back to this Hop so that others can find it and check out all these great book links!

5. It would really help us get the word out about the Kid Lit Blog Hop if you would be so kind as to tweet, share, and spread the word about the Hop!

Interested in co-hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop? If you’ve joined us before, you are welcome to join us again! Please email renee @ motherdaughterbookreviews (dot) com and put Co-Hosting Blog Hop in the subject line.

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

Picture Books Around the World: Africa

15 Sep

Today we are paying a visit to the diverse continent of Africa!

Picture Books about Africa

Africa is the world’s second-largest continent, and it is made up of 53 different countries. The books on this list highlight seven African countries: Kenya, South Africa, Malawi, Ghana, Mali, Morocco, and Uganda.

One HenOne Hen

[Ghana] When Kojo’s father dies, he must leave school to help earn money for his family. One day Kojo receives a small loan, which he uses to buy a hen. He uses the money he earns from selling the eggs to buy more hens, and eventually earns enough money to return to school. This inspiring, beautifully-illustrated book shows how one small bit of aid – when put to good use – can make a huge impact.

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti PlainBringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

[Kenya] This book is a retelling of a traditional Nandi folktale. The enchanting story and rhythmic text make this an excellent read-aloud. Painterly illustrations depict the picturesque landscapes of Africa’s Kapiti Plain.

Mama Panya's PancakesMama Panya’s Pancakes

[Kenya] Mama Panya is planning a pancake dinner for her and her son, Adika, but when Adika invites all of their friends in the village, Mama worries that she won’t have enough to go around. Kids and adults will enjoy the universal message about the rewards of generosity.

For You are a Kenyan ChildFor You Are a Kenyan Child

[Kenya] This lively and vividly illustrated book follows a day in the life of a Kenyan boy. While the book deftly demonstrates Kenyan culture (and even includes some Swahili words) it also illuminates the similarities between Kenyan children and children all over the world.

I Lost My Tooth in AfricaI Lost My Tooth In Africa

[Mali] A young girl who is visiting relatives in Africa hopes that her loose tooth will fall out so she can leave it for the African tooth fairy. The book’s vibrant illustrations are the work of the author’s father, a Mali native.

Beatrice's GoatBeatrice’s Goat

[Uganda] In this uplifting book, a girl and her family receive a goat which they use to dramatically change their lives for the better. This story is based on the real-life organization Heifer International, through which families in developing countries receive donations of livestock that can help them lift themselves out of poverty.

The Boy Who Harnessed the WindThe Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

[Malawi] When his village is nearly destroyed by drought, a teenager builds a windmill to produce electricity and pump water. This book is gorgeously illustrated using a stunning combination of oil paint and cut paper.

At the CrossroadsAt the Crossroads

[South Africa] In a small town in South Africa, children gather in anticipation of the return of their fathers, who have been away for months working in the mines. The love that these children have for their fathers is universally recognizable, allowing children from any part of the world to relate to this story.

The Butter ManThe Butter Man

[Morocco] While a young girl waits eagerly for dinner, her father passes the time by sharing a story of his childhood in Morocco, and the time he spent waiting for his father to return home with food during a famine. The story is based on the personal experience of one of the authors.

Picture Books Around the World: South America

10 Sep

Today’s “Picture Books Around the World” installment takes us to the diverse continent of South America!

Picture Books about South America

This continent is made up of 12 independent countries and three territories. The books in this list feature four South American countries: Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, and Peru.

BiblioburroBiblioburro: A True Story from Colombia

This is the true story of a Colombian man named Luis, who loved books so much that his book collection began taking up his entire house. So Luis decided that he would use two burros to travel into the faraway hills and bring his books to people who had none. He calls his endeavor Biblioburro – “The Burro Library.” This inspiring tale is illustrated with vibrant acrylic paintings and makes an excellent read-aloud.

Up and Down the AndesUp and Down the Andes: A Peruvian Festival Tale

In this inviting book, people travel from every corner of Peru to the city of Cusco, to attend Inti Raymi – the festival of the sun. Part of what makes this book so distinctive is the impressive artwork. The bold, colorful paintings evoke a post-impressionist feel. Eight pages of endnotes includes facts about the history and culture of Peru.

The Magic Bean TreeThe Magic Bean Tree: A Legend from Argentina

In the midst of a massive drought, a young boy goes on a quest to find rain and save his village. In this charming retelling of a traditional folk tale, soft, beautiful, full-page paintings depict the rich landscapes of Argentina.

The Rainforest Grew All AroundThe Rainforest Grew All Around

This singsong, rhyming poem, cunningly adapted from the song The Green Grass Grew All Around, teaches children about some of the unique wildlife and vegetation of the rainforest. Fact-filled sidebars provide deeper learning for older readers as well.

Carolina's GiftCarolina’s Gift: A Story of Peru

A young girl living in a village in Peru visits the Sunday market in search of a birthday gift for her grandmother. Richly detailed illustrations artfully depict not only the bustle of the market, but also the vibrant culture of the people.

Soccer StarSoccer Star

In this uplifting and beautifully illustrated story, a young Brazilian boy dreams of one day becoming a famous soccer player and lifting his family out of poverty.

Picture Books Around the World: India

8 Sep

It’s week three in the “Picture Books Around the World” series, and we’ve already visited Australia, Japan, Italy, and France! Today’s stop on the picture book world tour is India.

Picture Books about India

India is one of the largest countries in the world, ranking 7th in land area and 2nd in population. Here are my favorite picture books set in India.

MonsoonMonsoon

With great anticipation, a young girl describes the days leading up to the arrival of the monsoon rains. This charming story is accompanied by gorgeous painted illustrations that depict day-to-day life in India.

Elephant DanceElephant Dance: Memories of India

In this colorfully illustrated book, a grandfather shares tales of his life in India with his grandchildren. Full of information on India’s geography, culture, foods, and animals, this book is a delightful introduction to the country.

The Road to MumbaiThe Road to Mumbai

In this fantastical adventure, a girl and her pet monkey travel across India on a flying bed to attend a monkey wedding in Mumbai. Along the way, they encounter many of the people and animals native to this beautiful country. Complete with superb full-page paintings, this book is a must-read!

The Story of Little BabajiThe Story of Little Babaji

This updated version of The Story of Little Black Sambo (1899) has been given new illustrations to accurately depict the Indian setting. The book tells a humorous and magical tale of a boy who has a strange encounter with a group of tigers.

Mama's SarisMama’s Saris

A little girl is fascinated by her mother’s collection of beautiful saris (a traditional Indian dress), and longs to wear one herself. This affectionate story of a mother and daughter is an excellent introduction to Indian culture.

Monsoon AfternoonMonsoon Afternoon

On a dull, rainy day during monsoon season, a young boy searches for someone to play with him. His mother, father, brother, and grandmother are all too busy, but his grandfather accepts the invitation to play and the two spend a delightful afternoon together. Soft watercolor paintings of the Indian setting enhance this lighthearted story.

 

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