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Good Night, Animal World…A Kid’s Yoga Bedtime Story

About the Book Title: Good Night, Animal World: A Kids Yoga Bedtime Story  Author: Giselle Shardlow | Illustrator: Emily Gedzyk Publication Date: September 20, 2013 | Publisher: Company: Kids Yoga Stories LLC | Pages: 32 Recommended Ages: 2.5 to 6 years Summary: Say good night to the animals of the world! Calm your mind and body… Read more »

Picture Book Biographies to Delight Baby Boomers (and Kids!)

Creative nonfiction is the fastest growing genre in children’s publishing. Simply put, it is non-fiction that reads like fiction. Although everything is factual and actual, these books neither look nor read like a textbook. Instead, you’ll find expressive, colorful—even lyrical— language employed. These stories feature a strong protagonist, interesting settings and an exciting narrative arc…. Read more »

Taking the Polar Plunge

 Some talk the talk Some walk the walk Sunday some took the plunge. I would do many things to promote literacy and to support the Chicago Special Olympics (my son was a coach when he was in Chicago), but taking the Polar Plunge definitely does NOT fall in that category. Fortunately, there are others, apparently… Read more »

Happy Blogoversary!

Grandbooking Turns 1! Sending gratitude and a virtual slice of cake to my followers, supporters, readers, commenters, lurkers, sharers, retweeters and friends. You know who you are. Welcome, if this is the first time you’ve visited. Thanks to the loyal and the curious in 55 countries strewn around the world. You’ve all been part of my… Read more »

Imagine a World Where Everyone Can Read…

LitWorld’s World Read Aloud Day, which was established to raise awareness about the importance of literacy, is coming up March 5 and has been on my mind. How serendipitous to come across a video—actually, a commercial—that is essentially about the transformative power of literacy.

World Read Aloud Day and the Kid Lit Blog Hop

World Read Aloud Day, always held on the first Wednesday of March, falls on the 5th this year. Last year more than one million people participated in this movement established by LitWorld, a wonderful non-profit organization that celebrates the power of word and story and promotes global literacy through their many worthwhile campaigns.

Author Interview and Valentine’s Day Book Giveaway!

Last year, I had the pleasure of hearing author Brenda Ferber speak about the craft of writing and the business of publishing, as well as read from her wonderful picture book, The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever. I found both the author and book to be engaging and was thrilled when Brenda agreed to be… Read more »

Kiddin’ Around in the Kitchen

Other than reading together, what activity can you do with children that creates memories, strengthens bonds and is fun and rewarding? Well…actually, quite a few. But there’s only one that produces a—hopefully—delicious result: cooking! And although any time of year is great for whipping up something delightful in the kitchen—hey, we always gotta eat—winter is… Read more »

A New Year’s Wish… and a Last-Minute Idea

I would like to offer my good wishes for a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year to all my readers and supporters. I sincerely hope that you are able to realize your best visions for 2014.

A Picture Book Tells A Holocaust Story: The Tattered Prayer Book

  The Tattered Prayer Book came across my desk a few months ago, and I found it poignant and well done; however, I got caught up with some other blogging ideas percolating in my brain and never got around to writing about this powerful picture book. Today, I’d like to correct that.