Jul 30

How to make a PINKALICIOUS cupcake! 

Jul 30
A panel from The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume One by Neil Gaiman (adapted by P. Craig Russell.)
Chapter One ExcerptIllustrated by Kevin Nowlan

A panel from The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume One by Neil Gaiman (adapted by P. Craig Russell.)

Chapter One Excerpt
Illustrated by Kevin Nowlan

Jul 29

Is your kid wild about animals of all kinds? Do they wish they could snuggle with Biscuit or hang with Pete? Bring their favorite animal book characters to life with these fun and engaging crafts that are sure to delight kids of all ages! 

Biscuit + Pipe Cleaner Golden Retriever

image

Now your child can play with their favorite Little Yellow Puppy with this pipe cleaner craft!

Paddington Bear + Fork Painted Bear

image

Learn how to create a Paddington portrait and other animals pictures using just a fork and some paint!

Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses + Cool Cat T-Shirt

image

Your kid can look as cool as Pete does by adapting this cool cat t-shirt using a groovy blue.

Splat the Cat a Whale of a Tale + Paper Bag Whale

image

This easy and fun paper bag whale craft is sure to make a splash with your kids.

Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked + Water Bottle Platypus

image

It’s no mystery that your kids will love this activity and playing with their very own platypus pals!

Stuart Little + Toilet Paper Roll Mouse

image

Now your child can have a Stuart of their very own with this simple, adorable activity!

The Secret Zoo + Clothespin Jungle

image

Your little one can create their very own zoo with these printable clothespin jungle animals!

Stick Dog Chases a Pizza + Pom Pom Dogs

image

Create your own Stick Dog, Stripes, Karen, Mutt, and Poo-Poo with these pom pom pup ideas!

Jul 29
"They took hands, the living with the dead, and they began to dance…"
The first volume of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK Graphic Novel is here! 

"They took hands, the living with the dead, and they began to dance…"

The first volume of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK Graphic Novel is here! 

Jul 28
Vacations are better with books!

Vacations are better with books!

Jul 28

Only a book could contain this much awesome.

Jul 28

We’ve got 10 copies of GALAXY’S MOST WANTED by John Kloepfer to giveaway! 

image

This series is the perfect fit for:

  • Zombie Chasers fans! John Kloepfer is back with his signature middle grade humor and shenanigans
  • Intergalactic audiences. Earthlings and extra-terrestrials alike will both love this rollicking alien adventure.
  • Fast-action fans. Reluctant readers will be drawn in by the quick plot and non-stop laughs!  
  • Aspiring artists. Out of this world illustrations help bring this series to life

Enter for a chance to win below (click here if form doesn’t appear) by Wednesday, July 30th! Open to US residents only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Jul 27
Reading: It’s good for their health.
The facts illustrated on this WHY READING AT A YOUNG AGE MATTERS graphic, paints only a small picture of what books can do for your little one.
Download a printable version of this infographic HERE.

Reading: It’s good for their health.

The facts illustrated on this WHY READING AT A YOUNG AGE MATTERS graphic, paints only a small picture of what books can do for your little one.

Download a printable version of this infographic HERE.

Jul 26

Superheroes don’t just live in comic books! Here are 12 picture and chapter books that your little caped crusader is sure to love!

DC Super Heroes Storybook Collection

image

This collection features eight action-packed superhero tales!

Sidekicked

image

By John David Anderson

Andrew Bean may be a part of a secret superhero sidekick organization, but he still has to attend middle school.

Princess Super Kitty

image

By Antoinette Portis

The author and illustrator of Not A Box brings us an imaginative story where a little girl transforms herself over and over.

The Dark Knight Legend: Junior Novel

image

by Stacia Deutsch

Read about how Bruce Wayne became Batman in this novel for young readers. 

The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy, Book 1: The Hero Revealed

image

By William Boniface, Illustrated by Stephen Gilpin

Everyone in the town of Superopolis has a superpower, everyone except for Ordinary Boy. But when Ordinary Boy and his friends are thrown into the middle of a mystery; he finds his time to shine.

Almost Super

image

By Marion Jensen

Perfect for fans of the Pixar film The Incredibles, this funny story is about a family of superheroes who have to find a way to be heroic, even with powers that aren’t so cool.

Man of Steel: The Fate of Krypton

image

By John Sazaklis, Illustrated by Jeremy Roberts

If your little one is a fan of Superman, they’re sure to enjoy reading about his origin story. 

SuperHero ABC

image

By Bob McLeod

Your little one will have a blast learning the ABC’s with the help of these fun superheroes.

Super Goofballs, Book 1: That Stinking Feeling

image

By Peter Hannan

Your kids will get a kick out of Techno Dude and the Backwards Woman as the go against a super smelly villain!

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

image

By Michael Chabon, Illustrated by Jake Parker

Young superhero fans will become hooked on the adventures of Awesome Man. 

Dex: The Heart of a Hero

image

By Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner

This heartwarming story will teach your children that no matter how small they are, they can still do very big things.

Batman Classic: Meet the Super Heroes

image

By Michael Teitelbaum, illustrated by Steven E. Gordon

Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman join forces to stop an evil dragon that attacks Gotham City.

Jul 25

The very best children’s books are the ones that can be read, savored, and more deeply understood even as a reader grows (very much) older. A Wrinkle In Time, Madeleine L’Engle’s seminal classic, is one such book. Fantastical and beautifully written, it is on one level a vastly imaginative sci fi quest novel about a child’s mission to rescue her father (and subsequently her brother). But it is also a mediation on themes as diverse as sacrifice, love, tolerance, and responsibility.

Here are three of the most important lessons I learned from A Wrinkle In Time:

Different is good.

From the protagonist of the story, Meg Wallace, to the friendly “beasts” who nurse her back to health after she is almost consumed by the black thing, to the peculiar trio of Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, A Wrinkle In Time gives us characters who challenge our preconceived notion of what heros, and heroines, should look, talk, and act like. Meg, in particular, is very flawed—but she is also loving and fierce, proud and protective. Madeleine L’Engle celebrates the ambiguity that exists in all of us, and contrasts that against a horrifying vision of sameness—the dystopic world of Camazotz—in which people have given up their ability to be different and have thus lost an essential part of what makes them human.

The Universe is a vast and beautiful place.

Okay, so I know Madeleine L’Engle wasn’t a scientist and that her worlds weren’t based on direct observation—there may, in fact, be nothing even close to a tesseract, and I suppose it’s possible that the world of Uriel doesn’t exist—but even her imaginary conception of the universe taught me an important lesson about curiosity and also about awe. The fact is, the universe—and even our world—is vast and layered and filled with things we don’t yet, and may never, understand. And for that, we should be grateful.

Love is greater than logic.

In the culminating scene of the book—and, in my opinion, one of the most affecting scenes ever written—Meg must face off against the brain/disembodied entity IT as each of them vies for control of the young Charles Wallace’s mind. What, Meg wonders, does she possibly possess that this powerful, nearly omnipotent, astronomically intelligent IT doesn’t have? How can she possibly hope to fight IT? The answer lies in one of the most mysterious and powerful capabilities with which all humans—different and flawed and strange as we are—are endowed: the power to love. And that’s a lesson worth learning over and over again.

Lauren Oliver is a writer of books for all ages. Learn more about her books at http://www.laurenoliverbooks.com