Children's Books, Education, Summer, Travel

Must Read Books When Traveling With Kids

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Must Read Books When Traveling With Kids

Traveling with kids is a daunting task for some, but it has never been for me. I have my own self-interest in history and geography so going somewhere new is fun for me because I can educate the boys in a fun and engaging way. Our 2 older bonus boys have not traveled as much as our youngest son. Circumstances and also money was different when they were younger. Now that we travel more often and to further locations my son is so enriched and can speak about other cities and recognize sites when we see movies or advertisements from major cities.

I always make sure he knows where we are going. For nights leading up to our travel I talk about distance and things to see and do even for local getaways or camping. Picture books and fact books are the best way to get him excited and Lonely Planet has so many travel and guide books for kids and adults!

City trail books are fun. We just got back from New York City and we saw so many landmarks. This is his second trip to New York from Seattle so he really has a little piece of his heat left in New York. These books were so much fun as we planned our trip and he remembered the guidebook at certain spots.

If your child just wants a general education about the world and major cities, these Big Books are fantastic. They are fun to pull out at bedtime and skim a page or two as they learn about their world outside of their own town and local landscapes.

Having guide books like these has begun to develop a love of museums from my son. He is 10 and just this week, out of the blue, said he really loved the museums we saw best and really wants to go to more museums.

Besides travel you can also find a few other guide books that include all things about Earth and even the humans and DNA makeup of us and the regions. Look for guidebooks for your upcoming travel or for some engaging education around history and geography at Lonely Planet!

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Children's Books, Parenting

The Magical Mindful Day – Children’s Book Review

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The Magical Mindful Day - Children's Book Review

The Magical Mindful Day 

by: Deborah Slazar Shapiro

It is a story about hope for the future on this Earth that you and your child will enjoy together. In the book, The Magical Mindful Day, brings awareness to the world around us. As the subtitle states, it is a story about Mindfulness, Connection, and Caring for the Earth. My son and I read this together and it is so engaging especially with the illustrations on each page.

To be mindful you have to first understand what it means to be mindful and paying attention to what is going on around us. The book talks about recycling, choosing outdoor play over electronics, the element of breathing and taking in Oxygen and so much more that connects us to all living things.

You can visit their website to hear a relative song and more about the book and Author.

Books Reviews, Children's Books, Education, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, STEM Learning

Rocket: A Journey Through the Pages Book

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Rocket: A Journey Through the Pages Book

By: Mike Vago

Need more ideas for the kids this season? How about a book that will take them on a journey through space. Follow the rocket with each turn of the page, around comets and planets and learn while they explore.

Rocket: A Journey Through the Pages Book

The book is for ages 4-8 and you can actually manipulate the rocket. It is 14 pages long and makes a great gift idea!

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

SuperClara: A Young Girl’s Story of Cancer, Bravery and Courage

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SuperClara: A Young Girl's Story of Cancer, Bravery and Courage

SuperClara: A Young Girl’s Story of Cancer, Bravery and Courage

By: Robert Martin with Keira Ely

Putting life challenges and disappointments into a higher perspective is the comfort this book brings anyone especially children. In this story, Clara learns she has brain cancer and being told she will have to endure surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. These are scary unknowns, but Clara is a happy and positive child and that helps her through the process.

This is a great gift to gift to any family struggling with disappointing news or a life change of any kind. It really is a huge help in being encouraged to change your perspective to one of hop and happy thoughts. Available on Amazon. More about the Author and his books.

Books Reviews, Children's Books, Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Learning About Artists in If Picasso Painted a Snowman

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Learning About Artists in If Picasso Painted a Snowman

If Picasso Painted a Snowman

By: Amy & Greg Newbold

If ever there was an engaging way to learn an Artists style it is in this book, If Picasso Painted a Snowman. This book is not all about Picasso but about 17 well-known artists and how they might draw a snowman. With snowman appearing in the most popular pieces from each Artist the kids may recognize the scenes as well on each page.

Snowman

At the end is a small biography about each Artist and their style. Then there is a box for you child to draw their own Snowman. Now that your child learns that in art there is no real wrong or right way to create, it is fun to see how they might feature their own snowman. Available on Amazon and published by Tilbury House Publishers.

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The Nocturnals Book Series for Tweens about Bullying

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The Nocturnals Book Series for Tweens about Bullying

The Nocturnals Book Series for Tweens about Bullying

Book 1 – The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions

The 3 friends: Dawn, a serious fox, Tobin, a sweet pangolin, and Bismark, the loud mouthed, pint sized sugar glider work together to find the mystery of disappearing animals at night. Wit the helps of some other nocturnal friends they use teamwork, friendships and some humor in their journey to solve this mystery.

Book 2 – The Nocturnals: The Ominous Eye

The 3 friends set out again to find the source of violent jolt that fractures the earth. Turns out it is a giant beast who is likely to attack again. They find an animal that can help, but isn’t easily trusted.

Book 3 – The Nocturnals: The Fallen Star

All of the forest’s pomelos have been mysteriously poisoned! Dawn, Tobin and Bismark need to find the cause as other animals are falling ill including Tobin! It is suggested it is monsters from the moon, but the 3 are doubtful. It is a race against time to find the mystery illness source.

Nocturnals (1)

My advice? Just buy all 3 books at once because they are so engaging you want more. It was hard for Anthony to put the books down as he got into the story. They are very well written leaving the reader so curious and really wanting to know the end result. To have book 2 and 3 waiting will encourage this excitement and keep them reading. Anthony is 9 and in the fourth grade. He followed along very well.

If they want even more make sure they visit the Nocturnals website. It is full of so much fun related to the stories. There are videos, discussions, games and more.

About the Author, Tracey Hecht

Tracey Hecht

Tracey Hecht is a writer and entrepreneur who has written, directed and produced for film.  Her first middle grade series, The Nocturnals was launched in 2016 with The Mysterious Abductions and The Ominous Eye. The American Bookselling Association chose The Mysterious Abductions as a Kids’ Indie Next List pick. Her third book, The Fallen Star was released in May 2017. 

In partnership with the New York Public Library, Tracey created a Read Aloud Writing Program in 10 schools around New York City. During the year, she continued to conduct this program in over 35 schools, libraries and bookstores across the country.  In June 2017, she launched a partnership with The Ryan Seacrest Foundation with The Nocturnals program at the broadcast media centers within pediatric hospitals.  The first hospital was the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC.

When Tracey isn’t writing, she can be found hiking, reading or spending time with her family. Tracey currently splits her time between New York City and Oquossoc, Maine with her husband and four children.