Kids Nook Reads: Rhyming Rabbit

Guys, I get  to read a lot of good books here at the store. It’s one of the (many) perks to working at Kids Nook. But this little gem by Julia Donaldson is definitely in my Top 5 favorites. Rhyming Rabbit may seem like a silly book designed with glitter to attract readers, but the story is perfect for those of us who love what words can do.

rhyming rabbit titleThe Rhyming Rabbit by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Lydia Monks

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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 Reads: The Heart and the Bottle

One of the most popular children’s book authors out there right now is Oliver Jeffers. He was the illustrator for The Day the Crayons Quitand the creator of How to Catch a Star and, my favorite, This Moose Belongs to Me. This week we’re taking a look at one of his books of a different ilk: The Heart and the Bottle, a story about loss, grief, and finding your heart again.


The Heart and the Bottle
by Oliver Jeffers

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Kids Nook Reads: Look! A Book!

When I was a kid one of my favorite thing to do was sit down and “read” Where’s Waldo (Where’s Wally for all of you Brits out there).  The weird illustrations of funny people doing silly things would make me giggle, but the best part was looking for the man in the red and white striped sweater. This week though, I may have found my new favorite “seek and find” books called Look! A Book!

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Look! A Book!
By Bob Staake

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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 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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Story Gardens meet Mole and Ant

One of our wonderful new programs at Kids Nook is Story Gardens (Masal Bahçe), where we read wonderful stories about exploring the world with the kids, then make our very own gardens, little things we can take with us when we have to live in a big city. This week’s story was Bahçıvan Köstebek ve Uçan Karınca Kıvırcık, a cute story about a mole who makes a wonderful home for his new little ant friend.

Afterwards we made our own garden homes for our wild friends. We started with some dirt and moss.

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Then we added things like flowers, a miniature home, and pretty rocks to decorate it.

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Last but not least, we added a very special friend… a real life snail!

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What a wonderful little project, don’t you agree? And the kids loved it as well!

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Happy gardening friends!

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