Friday, May 23, 2008

Fancy Nancy at Target

Selah and I were summer toy shopping in Target when we saw Fancy Nancy in all her splendor! If you have a daughter from 3-8 (My daughter is 8) they will love Fancy Nancy. We have had tea parties, craft parties and Girl Scout parties with the Fancy Nancy Theme. But the books are the best. Girls learn new words. They also learn that it is okay to girly, and individual, and thoughtful.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Children Book Bonanza: P is for Princess

This morning I took Selah to her School's Scholastic Book Fair and I found some great buys. All books were half off and it was get one free, so I loaded up on hardbacks, especially the Caldecott Honors and Coretta Scott King Award books. Can't get enough of those, but the book that I can't put down is my spotlight for today, and perhaps...the start of a new bimonthly feature here at CFB and possibly a new blog. Children Book Bonanza. The book I'm so excited about is P Is for Princess: A Royal Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Alphabets)

Dr. Steven and Deborah Layne wrote this book. Please visit Dr. Layne's site if you want to help to encourage your children to love reading. I am a huge fan now.

The best advice he gave to me as a parent that you can download from his site free here is to schedule a reading night just like a soccer practice or ballet. I am book fool. I host a reader series and never thought of that. Bananas!

What I loved most about this book is that it's multicultural. It is a great geography primer. You learn about Russia, China, Asia, Africa, the Middle East. You learn about fairy tale origin, greek mythology in a way that isn't so overtop an eight-year-old would hate it. Love it!

Robert and Lisa Papp the artists did a wonderful job capturing the glorious beauty that reminds of what a princess should possess. Here are a few pics courtesy of his site.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Children's Choice Book Awards

Awards: Children's Choice Book Awards

Winners of the first annual Children's Choice Book Awards--a new component of Children's Book Week--were announced by the Children's Book Council (CBC), in association with the CBC Foundation.

Ian Falconer won the Illustrator of the year award for Olivia Helps with Christmas (S&S) and J.K. Rowling was named author of the year for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Scholastic).

Award-winning titles included Frankie Stein by Lola M. Schaefer, illustrated by Kevan Atteberry (Marshall Cavendish Corporation) in the kindergarten-second grade category; Big Cats by Elaine Landau (Enslow Publishers) for third-fourth grade; and Encyclopedia Horrifica by Joshua Gee (Scholastic) for fifth-sixth grade.

Children nationwide cast nearly 55,000 votes at bookstores, school libraries and at The awards ceremony was held in New York and hosted by Jon Scieszka, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.

Courtesy of Shelf Awareness

Monday, May 12, 2008

MomFest 2008

Welcome to my new blog, Kiddie Books. I have been praying and waiting for a good time to build a blog devoted to mothers who love to read to their children. So in honor of this year's Mommyfest I decided to do it. The blog's layout will change and be complete by June 1. This week you can hang out with me at Christian Fiction Blog or find me chilling at the MommyFest Blog Party.