Kids Nook Reads: How Do Dinosaurs Say ‘I’m Mad’?

Anger is a part of life, no matter whether you’re a human or a dinosaur apparently. Expressing this emotion can be difficult, especially for children. Like most of the “How Do Dinosaurs…?” books, “How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad?” is here to help kids understand how to deal with life… through dinosaurs.

dinosaurs say i'm madHow Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad?
by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

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Kids Nook Loves: Axel Scheffler

If you’re into children’s books, then the chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of Julia Donaldson, author of hit books like The Gruffalo and Stick Man. But what is a children’s book without a great illustrator to bring the words to life? Today we’re going to shine the spotlight on the Gruffalo’s very own illustrator: Axel Scheffler.

Axel Scheffler was born in Germany, but he’s best known for his work with famous writer Julia Donaldson. Regardless of what his projects are, his style is distinctive and silly enough to really stand out on a book shelf.

While we all know and love Scheffler from the Guffalo, he’s done a number of other cool projects. He illustrated a small book called How to Keep a Pet SquirrelHe was also commissioned to redo the illustrations for TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

He’s also known for drawing funny little illustrations on envelopes that he sends to his friends. Tom Bonnick of Nosy Crow publishing created a blog post filled with all of his favorite pieces of art that Scheffler has sent him over the years. It inspires me to not only write letters, but to get a little creative with how I decorate my own envelopes!

What is your favorite book illustrated by Axel Scheffler? I’m a big fan of Charlie Cook’s Favorite Book. Let us know in the comments below!

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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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Setting Goals for 2016 (The Kid Friendly Way!)

Tomorrow is officially a new year, and if you’re like me than you are Pumped and Ready to set some awesome goals! If you want to get your kids in on this goal-oriented action, then take a look at the links below. I’ve rustled up some fun ways to get your kids in a future-oriented mindset. Even if they never achieve their goals (like so many of us), it’s still a good thing to get them thinking about these things.

  1. Get them prepped with some great books about perseverance (I am a sucker for Oliver Jeffers and the Elephant and Piggie series)

2. For your smaller kids, visualizing and drawing out goals can be great!

3. Here’s a great sheet for your older kids…

4. And lastly, find some books about making mistakes (because none of us are perfect when it comes to New Years Resolutions)

Have a happy New Year everyone! See you in 2016!

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Best Posts of 2015

We’ve had an amazing year at Kids Nook, trying all kinds of new programs and new games. Part of the reason that the year has been so great is you guys of course! So as a way to round out the year 2015, we wanted to share our three most popular posts with you guys.

See you in the new year (for some fun new changes!!)

  1. Jungle Links to Get You Swinging
  2. We’ve Got No Strings on Us (Pinocchio Storytelling)
     
  3. Kids Nook Reads: The Lamb Who Came for Dinner
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Enjoy our last days of 2015!!!

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Re-Post: Happy Holidays from Kids Nook

Note: This is a repost of our super fun Christmas party activities from last year. They included lots of food, awesome pajamas, and toilet paper games 🙂 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Kids Nook! To celebrate the occassion we hosted a very special pajama holiday party, featuring the classic story The Polar Express! 

Of course we ate too much food…

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Made our own special Christmas pillow buddies…

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And of course, drank hot chocolate!

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Have a great year!

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