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The Day You Begin - Listen to this readalong book


“There’s no such thing as a kid who hates reading,” bestselling author James Patterson says. “There are kids who love reading, and kids who are reading the wrong books. If we can put the right book in their hands, the story will do the rest.”
 
Upcoming Days to Celebrate with TumbleBooks
Read these Titles on TumbleBooks as these special days arrive:
 
November 4: King Tut Day

King Tutankhamun - or "Tut" for short - was an Egyptian Pharaoh who lived c.1341-1323 BCE.

Crowned at age 9, he ruled until his death at 18. He was buried hastily in a smaller-than-average tomb for a ruler of his stature, and was lost to history for several millennia.

Until, November 4th, 1922, when archaeologist Howard Carter discovered Tut's tomb in the Valley of the Kings!

*Note that "Kids Who Rule" is available in TumblePremium subscriptions only.

November 13-17: World Nursery Rhyme Week

There are many reasons why we're called TumbleBooks.

One big reason is that we don't do things like everyone else!

This is perfectly illustrated in J. Otto Seibold's classic "Other Goose"!

You want Nursery Rhymes? We have Nursery Rhymes that will curl your hair and make you spit milk out of your nose!

(The good thing about ebooks is that you can wipe your screen after!)

November 8: National STEM Day

STEM stands for "Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math."

There are MANY different fields of study encompassed in these 4 areas.

Like microbiology! Read "A Moldy Mystery" and find out what happens when a hapless younger brother makes a mistake with his elder brother's science experiement and does everything he can to make it right.

November 11:  Veteran's Day (USA) / Remembrance Day (CAN)

Every year on November 11th, the world pauses to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives, and their youth for their country and the world.

We wear poppies over our hearts to honour WWI and WWII vets in particular.

In addition to honouring those who fought, we also honour people like Hana: people whom the Nazi regime imprisoned for no reason other than that they were "different".

Millions of Jewish people - like Hana and her family - were killed during the war, as well as other non-Aryan Eastern Europeans, Romani, disabled people, and LGBT people.

November 13: Born this day... Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Happy Birthday, Robert Louis Stevenson!

If he were alive today, he'd be 168 years old!

Treasure Island is one of the most beloved adventure tales of all time. Enjoy!

November 13: World Kindness Day

It doesn't take much to show kindness to another.

A kind word, subtle encouragement, a pat on the back.

Ramon, in "Ish" is discouraged because even though he LOVES to draw, something his brother says stops him cold.

That is, until his little sister Marisol shows kindness and reignites Ramon's inspiration with a single word.

November 14: Born this day... Claude Monet (1840-1926)

Happy Birthday, Claude Monet!

If he were alive today he'd be 188 years old!

Monet was a prolific painter in his time, finding the beauty in nature, and capturing a moment in time as big as a scenic vista, or as small as a pond full of water lilies.

Join him as he paints a day!

November 16: National Day for Tolerance

There's a lot to be said for Tolerance.

To tolerate something or someone, it's best if you learn more about them, try to put yourself in their shoes, and show them the respect you would like shown to you.

In Enemy Pie, one little boy learns how to tolerate and to make friends with the least likely person.

November 19: World Toilet Day

At first glance, it's got a funny name, but World Toilet Day is more about addressing and raising awareness for a global crisis: waste water and sanitation issues around the world.

What can you do at home? You could try to conserve water by flushing only solid waste. Or, you could install high efficiency toilet that uses less waste.

While you're considering what you can do to help, read "Toilet Tales" and imagine what it would be like if the animal kingdom used toilets like we do!



Top-selling books at Baker & Taylor for children:
  1. Dog Man, by Dav Pilkey
  2. The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson
  3. Grow Up, David!, by David Shannon
  4. The Guardian of the Realm, by Geronimo Stilton
  5. Harbor Me, by Jacqueline Woodson
  6. Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party, by Megan McDonald
  7. Pete the Cat Goes Camping, by James Dean
  8. Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, by Dav Pilkey
  9. Big Nate Goes Bananas!, by Lincoln Peirce
  10. Good Rosie!, by Kate DiCamillo

2018 Children Books Awards
2018 Caldecott Medal for Best Illustrated Children's Book and Honor Book
Winner
: Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Codell

2018 Newbery Medal Winner and Honor Books
Winner
: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
 
2018 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner and Honor Books
Winner: Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder

2018 Coretta Scott King Award Winners and Honor Books
Author Award Winner: Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
Illustrator Award Winner: Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Free Interactive eBook of the Month


A True Princess of Hawai'i by Beth Greenway followed young Nani, a girl who has always dreamed of being a princess. When Princess Luka arrives in her town of Hilo to help save them from a volcanic lava flow, the young girl learns what it means to be a real princess. This is based on 1880-81 eruption of Mauna Loa on the Island of Hawai'i and the real-life Princess Luka.  Click the book cover above to open an interactive eBook that has both English and Spanish audio to listen and read along with!

Read along as the words are highlighted. Tap on the animals to hear them make noises, or hear lightning play. You can even change the reading speed so that new readers can read along at a speed that works for them.

 

Brainteasers, Anyone?
You can go to this site and find 45 brainteasers for kids:
http://tinyurl.com/n9wooou
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Khan Academy - Help with School Subjects
 Khan Academy offers help to lots of teens and adults through online videos with lots of subjects. Now the website also offers help for Elementary Kids who may be needing an extra boost with some subjects. It's like getting your own personal tutor! Just sign up with your email and see what Khan Academy can do for you. Don't get frustrated with schoolwork. Get help.

 
HERE ARE SOME COOL WEBSITES TO HELP WITH HOMEWORK...AND JUST FOR FUN!
 
ONLINE MAGAZINES
Time for Kids
A news magazine for children, this site covers current events and sports, and it offers challenging games.
Weekly Reader
An online educational magazine with content geared to different grade levels.
National Geographic World
National Geographic's online magazine for children with articles, cartoons, and games.
Ranger Rick
This on-line version of a popular children's magazine offers homework help, articles and activities.
Cricket Magazine Group!
Website for the Cricket Magazine Group that includes: Cricket, Spider, Ladybug and Babybug.
EEK!
For children in grades 4-8, this electronic magazine explores environmental education.
 
 
ACTIVITIES, GAMES, AND ENTERTAINMENT
Crank It Up! - Kids can compose and record multilayered rhythms using pots, pans, wooden spoons and even the computer keyboard to create a masterpiece. all ages.
Scratch - Create movies, music and video games at Scratch, developed by MIT Media Lab members. Ages 8 and up.
MakeBeliefsComix.com - Kids write, read and tell stories by creating comic strips online, then printing & e-mailing them to friends or relatives. All ages.
Fidgit on PBSkids.org - Fidgit is a multiplayer game on PBS' Design Squad site. Kids can also design & build their own games & challenge their friends. Ages 8 to 13.
Story Cove - Children can listen to or watch a story unfold on this site. Story Cove folktales come from a variety of cultures and places. They share timeless values and simple, universal lessons.
Hulu.com Family Channel - Family Programming Section of the popular movie and TV show streaming site.
Hoodamath.com Hooda Math is all about making math fun. Visit the games page to play math games which help reinforce math concepts. Watch a tutorial to learn math concepts.
Familyfun.com- From Family Fun magazine...lots of crafts and holiday ideas.
pbskids.org- PBS site for kids that includes learning games, paint box, and links to PBS shows.
Yahoo internet games- Links to internet interactive games.
storyplace.org/storyplace.asp-StoryPlace, is an interactive website providing children with the virtual experience of going to a library. StoryPlace currently consists of two libraries, the Preschool Library and the Elementary Library.
 
 
HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT
Best History Websites- History portal created for students, educators, and history enthusiasts
CNNfyi.com- CNN site for students and teachers with lots of homework resources and current events program support.
History Net- Historical information and access to history related online publications
Presidents of the U.S.- Resource on U.S. Presidents created by Internet Public Library
Stately Knowledge- Information about each of the 50 states, facts, and historical dates
Time for Kids- News magazine for children covering current events and sports.
HOMEWORK
Ask Dr. Universe- From Washington State University...answers questions on many topics.
Ask Jeeves for Kids- Search engine that uses natural language algorithms. Also searches Yahooligans and Education World.
Awesome Library- Over 17, 000 on-line resources organized by topic in 5 languages.
Fact Monster- Almanac, dictionary, and encyclopedia from Information Please Almanac
High School Ace- Detailed reference collection with monthly features.
Homework Spot- Links by subject for all ages.
Zoom School- On line classroom.

MATH
Allmath.com- For elementary and middle school...flash cards, metric conversion, multiplication tables, etc.
KhanAcademy.org -
Learn how to do basic arithmetic with fractions (add, subtract, and multiply).
READING AND WRITING
Bookhive.org- Great lists of books of all genres
Children's Book Council
Funbrain.com- Spelling games for elementary children
Kidsreads.com- Reading suggestions, games, and activities

SCIENCE
Enchanted Learning- Information about animals and habitat
Madsci.org- Ask a scientist archives for elementary age
National Geographic World- Web resources for science experiments
Your Science Fair Project Guide- Web resources for science experiments

 

Arizona Author Dianne White's Top Ten Picture Books Recommendations

In her interview with the Arizona Republic, Dianne White says children need to see the adults in their lives reading. If we want children to read they need to see it happening around them (Morrison, K, 2015). Dianne is a celebrated picture book author, poetry lover and teacher living in Gilbert, AZ. Here are her top ten picture books recommendations.

Bubba and Beau, Best Friends A Mama for Owen Tough Boris Kitten's First Full Moon Product Details
The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story Little Blue Truck Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold Product Details

Morrison, K. 15 Feb. 2015, Rythum and “Blue”: Writer uses poetry to teach kids. Arizona Republic


Great websites to check out!
Here are some newly recommended websites you might want to explore:
 
CBC Kids - http://www.cbc.ca/kids/
CBeebies - http://www.cbeebies.com/lat-am/
Classics for Kids - http://www.classicsforkids.com/
Kids in the House - https://kids-clerk.house.gov/
Learn. Genetics - http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/
Nourish Interactive in Spanish - http://es.nourishinteractive.com/kids
Sparky the Fire Dog – http://www.sparky.org/
 

TumbleBooks
e-Books for e-Kids
 
If you haven't tried TumbleBooks, do it now!! Have great fun with these picture books and chapter books read for you online.
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e-Books for e-Kids
 
 
TumbleBookLibrary is now iPad and Android compatible! Log in with your mobile device and click ok to launch the mobile site. No app is required!

 

TumbleBooks in Spanish
TumbleBooks son libros ilustrados animados, que hablan y enseñan a los niños la alegría de la lectura en un formato que les encantará. TumbleBooks se crea adoptando las ilustraciones de libros existentes con animaciones, sonidos, música y narración para producir un libro electronico de imágenes que usted puede leer, o que es leido a usted. En Español

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. In English

Featured Website
Funbrain Jr. ("A Fun Place to Learn") helps preschoolers and kindergarteners jumpstart their journey of learning with engaging games, stories and printables. Kids love playing and learning with Funbrain Jr., and you'll love that they're building math, early literacy and problem solving skills, while also developing important computer skills. Come discover this world - sit together and play, or let your little learner explore Funbrain Jr. independently - it's up to you!
Suggestions for eBooks
Read them through Freading eBooks.

The Berenstain Bears by Jan & Stan Berenstain

Charming stories geared to pre-schoolers with wonderful illustrations. Each book holds a lesson so they are educational as well! "Storytime Treasury", "The Big Book of Science and Nature", and "Soccer Star" are just a few of the Bear's adventures that are available for reading right now!

 

The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng

Lets readers into the life of Anna, an intelligent fourth grader who does not hang out with the "popular" crowd, is embarrassed by her Chinese mother who does not speak English, and tries to bury her concerns by keeping her nose in books such as "A Wrinkle In Time" and "My Side of The Mountain" at all times. She eventually learns that she can't read about how to make friends. (Ages 6-9)

"This novel is a treasure to share with every middle- grade reader you know" -The New York Times

 

"Readers are left to discover the extraordinary within the ordinary, and to witness how kindness can draw trust and create confidence in the hesitant child"

- School Library Journal

 

Theodosia and The Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers

The story is a part of a series available on Freading. Theodosia is the clever, spirited daughter of an often absent archaeologist and a career obsessed museum worker. She spends most of her time in the museum where he father works and has her own room there. In this installment, her mother brings home an important and cursed artifact from a dig, and Theodosia finds herself in the middle of a mystery. (ages 9-12)

"A combination of Nancy Drew and Indiana Jones"

-School Library Journal" 

 



Sesame StreetCookie Monster in the Library: Watch this Sesame Street video.
 


62 Magical Facts About . . .Harry Potter
Harry Potter's birthday is July 31, the same day as his creator, J.K. Rowling. Click here for those 62 magical facts about the series.

Electronic-only Poetry Anthology For Kids at Amazon & Barnes & Noble
PoetryTagSylvia Vardel, Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas, and poet Janet Wong, have compiled the first ever, electronic-only poetry anthology featuring top poets for children (ages birth-8). PoetryTagTime, available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, for 99 cents, is a collection of 30 new, unpublished poems, ranging from the humorous to serious, about tongues, turtles, and toenails, in acrostics, quatrains, and free verse, written by 30 of the best children's poets. Top talents such as Jack Prelutsky, Joyce Sidman, Carole Boston Weatherford, and Pat Mora, took part in an inventive game of tag, culminating in this collection of connected poems. In the creation of PoetryTagTime, each poet "tagged" another poet and explained how her/his poem connects with a previous poet's offering, in a chain of poets, poems, and play. For more information, visit http://poetrytagtime.com.

SeussvilleVisit Seussville (please click here)!
 
 
 
 


WhyvilleWhyville is a virtual world where boys and girls from all over the real world come to chat, play, learn, and have fun together. You design your face, earn clams by playing games, hang out at the beach, and go to town events at the Greek Theater. You can start your own business, buy a car and give your friends a ride, or write for the town newspaper.