Tuesday, November 29, 2016

WHAT ABOUT MOOSE? Megaphone Craft

What child hasn't formed a sheet of paper into a cone and then used it as a megaphone? Or hollered into an empty wrapping paper tube to hear how it changes their voice?

Megaphones, microphones, and leftover cardboard tubes are fun! Except, maybe, when someone is running around a construction site shouting orders at their friends. Then again, if a child runs around with a paper megaphone pretending to be Moose shouting orders at his friends, then that is a playful and fun reading extension activity. And it's even better if they make the megaphone themselves!

Your kids can make their very own Moose-inspired megaphone using this free template. Simply print the pattern (it works best on card stock), then follow the simple instructions on the pattern to put the megaphone together.

Have fun, but remember: Don't be a bossy Moose!

*Note: the ends of the megaphone handle should be folded out, forming a T shape

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Thanksgiving Giveaway Winners!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who entered the Thanksgiving Giveaway! I hope that, if you didn't win, you will consider buying WHAT ABOUT MOOSE? or HENSEL AND GRETEL: NINJA CHICKS as a gift for yourself or someone else this holiday season. Or check them out at your local library!

The winner of the signed copy of WHAT ABOUT MOOSE? is Kimee C! 

The winner of the signed copy of HENSEL AND GRETEL: NINJA CHICKS is Michele B! (Michele with one L)

Congratulations, Kimee and Michele! Your books will be on their way to you early next week.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wonderful Wordless (or Nearly Wordless) Picture Books

There is something especially special about a story told solely, or primarily, through pictures. Not only are these books often stunning works of art, but the absence of text makes them accessible to a wider audience of readers. They remove barriers by opening up the world of books to pre-readers, struggling readers, and language learners, giving them a chance to enjoy books on their own.

These books also stimulate the imagination in ways that other books may not. Because there is no text (or very little text) to guide them along, readers must interpret the images and form the story in their own minds. This provides an opportunity for parents and teachers to encourage children to tell the stories in their own words. They can be used as writing prompts, or simply as a springboard for creative discussion.

Picture books of all kinds are wonderful things. But in my mind, there is nothing quite as welcoming and disarming as a picture book with few or no words.

Here are several of my favorites:

My Friend Rabbit, by Eric Rohman - Not completely free of text, but the bulk of the story is told in vibrant, action-packed illustrations. It's a gorgeous book!

Journey, by Aaron Becker - A stunning adventure told entirely in illustrations. The first in a series that also includes Quest and Return.

Moo!, by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka - This story is told in illustrations and one word that repeats throughout: Moo!

Red Sled and Red Hat, by Lita Judge - Both of these wintry adventures are told in illustrations as well as text that is primarily onomatopoeia. Scrinch scrunch scrinch scrunch...

The Lion and the Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney - a breathtaking "retelling" of the classic fable, all in incredibly detailed illustrations.

Flora and the Flamingo, by Molly Idle - Adorable story of a little dancer's interactions with a flamingo, told entirely in pictures. Flora and the Penguin and Flora and the Peacocks are follow-ups to this one. 

The White Book: A Minibombo Book, by Elisabetta Pica and Lorenzo Clerici - A very simple, yet completely brilliant, wordless picture book.

Monster Book, by Alice Hoogstad - A vibrant, creative, and colorful wordless picture book!

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Thanksgiving GIVEAWAY!

Thanksgiving is just about two weeks away, and that means people will be shopping for holiday gifts like crazy. Many of you may have already started!

I love to give and receive books at Christmas, so my gift to all you WHAT ABOUT MOOSE? and HENSEL AND GRETEL: NINJA CHCKS fans out there is to give away a signed copy of each book! So, before you head for the stores on Black Friday or hit the internet on Cyber Monday, why not take a chance at winning a free signed book or two?

Click on the image below for details!