Jul 312011


Children read, sing and play to bring their favorite books alive at school. Starring the students of Lincoln Elementary School, Madison, Wisconsin Written and Directed by Marc Kornblatt Camera and Editing by Tona Williams Inspired by children’s books, art teacher Gwen Kong’s autumn art unit and a song one of his third graders wrote in class, Lincoln School teacher Marc Kornblatt composed the song, “Carried Away.” With the help of student teacher Korinna McGowan, colleagues Lori Gustafson, Angie Hall, Dave Jenks, Carolyn Konkol, Laurie Solchenberger, Susanne Treiber, Julie Young, Lisa Weaver and their students, he produced a music video to show children bringing stories to life. Once again he brought in filmmaker Tona Williams for their third project together and invited local jazz celebrity Hanah Jon Taylor and Conga player Rockameem to join the crew. Featuring the books: TALE OF DESPERAUX by Kate DeCamillo SUPER CHICKEN NUGGET BOY by Josh Lewis THE BOY WHO GREW FLOWERS by Jennifer Wojtowicz THE WHISPERING CLOTH by Peg Deitz Shea, Anita Riggio & You Yang DRAGONLING by Jackie French Koller BOOK FIESTA by Pat Mora and Rafael Lopez THE GIVING TREE by Shel Silverstein

Jul 312011


Join Chaplain Keith Good in Camp Victory, Baghdad as he talks about “The Reading Room”: A unique opportunity for our brave military personnel to connect and communicate with their children from afar. Sponsored by the United Through Reading Military Program, this opportunity allows the men and women of our armed forces to read, videotape, and send the “reading” of a childrens book – AND the actual book they read – to their children back at home! YOUR help is needed to grow this initiative so that many more moms and dads overseas will be able to share a special few minutes with their children! Please consider donating the following thing to the Reading Room: childrens books, envelopes, childrens book labels, and mini DVDs. Please contact kat.dickerson@ptsdusa.org for more details and donation information!

Jul 292011


www.ThinkFastToys.com When we last saw George and Harold, they were about to take their pet pterodactyl Crackers back to the Cretaceous period. But things didn’t work out quite as they had hoped. They’ve entered an absurd alternate reality where teachers are nice, kids are allowed to read banned books, and the cafeteria food doesn’t smell like dirty diapers. Even worse, they’ve discovered alternate versions of themselves–Evil George and Evil Harold–who plan to unleash some preposterous plans on Piqua, Ohio. Now it’s up to George and Harold to defeat the evil twins and THEIR superhero, Captain Blunderpants! “sm”

Jul 272011


Meet author Dan Gutman and the students and teachers from his My Weird School series! The My Weird School books by Dan Gutman follow the adventures of the students and wacky teachers at the Ella Mentary School. Discover all of the My Weird School Books: www.harpercollinschildrens.com

Jul 232011


Here’s another commercial for the Sweet Pickles books for kids. This one does feature a bus, but it’s not a real bus – just cardboard. Also, it doesn’t have the Sweet Pickles jingle – that must have come later. This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, January 7th 1983. Visit – www.FuzzyMemories.TV The Museum of Classic Chicago Television – for more fun!

Jul 192011


Just got back from the last Harry Potter movie and I really enjoyed it. If you really look at it closely you can start to pick a part some things but while it was going on and after I walked out of the theater all I could think of was just how perfect it was. They really did a great job closing up the story and satisfying the audience. My own history of the Harry Potter world didn’t start QUITE at the beginning but it did start about a month before the first movie came out. I was planning on seeing the first film since it did look decent but up to this point I had written off the books as kids books, which at least for maybe the first one they kind of are. Getting past that though the story really takes on an legendary tone. Anyway, I started off by getting the audio books of books 1-4 and listened to them all before the first movie came out and have been hooked ever since. I did read read two of them but I though the audio performance was really really great. As for the movies I think for the most part they did an amazing job with them as well. If you try to compare it to the book too directly though you will be disappointed but taking them as a sort of a story from a parallel dimension they are great. If I were to quickly pick my favorite two movies I’d say the first one and the last one. The rest were good too but these two really stood out. Your Homework: Have you read (or “read”) all the books? Have you been watching the movies? Did you see this last one yet and if

Jul 152011


Actor John LIthgow writes award winning children’s books. Logan J interviews the author for Socal.com at a Barnes & Noble, Los Angeles book signing of “Mahalia Mouse Goes to College”. This is not your everyday book signing event. Watch and enjoy. You can read more at socal.com

Jul 132011


Since the dawn of time, prehistoric shark clans called Shivers have ruled over the earth’s oceans, fierce protectors of all who swim. For eons, the Big Blue has prospered under Shiver Law, and the delicate balance of sea life kept sacred. Until now. Rising sea temperatures and overfishing have caused food to become scarce, and the battle for new hunting grounds has brought with it corruption and warfare. Now, with the ocean on the brink of chaos, a young reef shark named Gray – exiled from the safety of his peaceful reef home – must venture deep into Open Water to unlock the secrets of his destiny and bring peace back to the ocean. But first, he’ll have to discover the truth about who – and what – he really is. Learn more at bit.ly

Jul 132011


Kim Michelle Toft is both a silk artist and author/illustrator of environmental children’s books. Her marine art depicts an array of beautiful sea creatures including tropical fish, turtles, dolphins, whales, sea birds and ocean life. Kim uses her original silk art and childrens books to educate children on the importance of the conservation of the ocean and coastal habitats with her books ‘A Sea of Words’ and ‘The World that We Want’ winning CBCA Notable Book awards. Kim also likes to visit primary schools reading her books and demonstrating her silk art. Kim recently launched her CD ‘The Twelve Underwater Days of Christmas’, with the amazing vocals of Lisa Hunt singing the lyrics from Kim’s book of the same name. Both Kim’s silk paintings depicting the vibrant underwater world and her children’s books are available at Sea Silks Gallery by the riverside in Ballina or from her website www.kimtoft.com.au

Jul 112011


Watch Lucy Cousins, illustrator and creator of the kids’ Maisy Mouse book series, create Maisy from scratch and talk about how she created Maisy Mouse.

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