Kids Nook Reads: The Pied Piper’s Magic

Most of us are familiar with the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. It’s an old legend that cautions listeners about the dangers of trusting strangers and/or not paying your debts, depending on which side of the story you fall on. Regardless, it’s a creepy story, and so when I saw Steven Kellogg had written his own version… Well, I could resist!

What I found was not necessarily the story of the Pied Piper we all know, but rather a beautiful tale about the power of words, names, and having a kind heart.

The Pied Piper’s Magic
by Steven Kellogg

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Kids Nook Loves: Christian Robinson- “The Art of Fun”

christian robinson1This week we’re starting a new section on the blog called “Kids Nook Loves.” This is where our favorite illustrators, artists, and our recommended links for games will go.

 

 

 

 

christian robinson4This week I wanted to share a popular artist Christian Robinson. He’s illustrated books such as Gaston (one of my personal favorites) and Last Stop on Market Street. He also did the illustrations for a historical picture book about Josephine Baker, which is full of fun costumes and whimsical scenes.

In fact, all of his illustrations are fun for kids to look at. His style seems pretty simplistic, but there are details in his illustrations that make going through the stories special. Just look at those cookies on the right! Colorful and delicious!

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His website is over at The Art of FunIf you like what you see there, you should definitely check out his books! And if you’re at Kids Nook, ask for Gastonthe story of a little white puppy who feels a little out of place in his family.

Kids Nook Reads: Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride

What’s this? Two book posts in a week? My stars, what is happening? Well for the last year, the Kids Nook blog has been a combination of books and activities. But coming into the 2016, we decided to make the focus of this blog about books and illustrators. We’re going to go through and update some of our old book posts (as I’m sure some of you have noticed), while also introducing some of the newer ones we’ve found. We’ll still probably have some activity posts, and a few links like we have been doing, but for now: New Year, New Us!

Enough of that, let’s get to the real fun stuff! This week we’re looking at the picture book Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride. 

Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride
by Pam Munoz Ryan
Illustrated by Brian Selznick

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