Children's Books, Education

New Book Release – Once Upon a Pancake, Stories We Write Together

New Book Release - Once Upon a Pancake, Stories We Write Together

It’s a new book release…sort of. The stories in this book are not yet complete because it is your child’s job to write them. They get a small illustration and beginning prompt then have a few pages and more small prompts to create their own story. These books are called, Once Upon a Pancake and there are different books depending on the ages of your children.

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This is the Once Up a Pancake book for ages 9-12. There is plenty of empty space for kids this age to make their own version of these stories. They can work on the stories alone or pass the pen with a sibling, classmate or friend. These will be such fun keepsakes to pull out one day and share.

Every few pages starts a new story idea. Some stories require a middle and end. Some allow your child to add their own illustrations and some offer a comic-style writing. Once Upon a Pancake has enough variety to keep them engaged in this book for days or weeks to come and the variety introduces them to different writing styles and genres.

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True Story

When my teen was young he wrote a lot! He is the ideal child fro Once Upon a Pancake books. I have kept all of the composition notebooks he had laying around with pages and pages of stories. 3 years ago I actually took one of those stories and sent his words and drawings into a book bound and had it made into an actual (unpublished) hard cover book. I ordered 3 copies – 1 for his Teacher, 1 for us and 1 for a special event I was to surprise him with.

He was (still is) a HUGE R.L. Stine fan and I saw he was coming for a free, local storytelling event and we got in! He not only got to sit 4 rows up from R.L. Stine as he read to the kids, he got to hand him his own version of a Goosebumps book he wrote. That book I had bounded was called, Attack of the Killer Spider (derived from Goosebumps theme). He was so nervous, walked up with a Goosebumps book and asked for an autograph and almost forgot to hand his own ‘Goosebumps’ book over. Then R.L. Stine’s wife saw me signaling him and asked, “Honey! What is that book?” That is when he explained he “…wrote it, my Mom turned it into a book and ordered an extra copy for you” R.L. Stine’s wife took it from him, he glanced at it and says to her, take this one with us…to the hotel..” my son’s face just lit up as he heard that. He got his autograph, a hug and ran back to me almost in tears, “Did you hear what his wife said?”

Harnessing your child’s love of writing is meant to happen with books like Once Upon a Pancake. It will be shared and kept forever. If they are writing, they need this series. Find the book that is right for your child’s age at Once Upon a Pancake’s website or on Amazon at Rick Benger’s Author page.

Want to see me flip through a few pages and see inside Once Upon a Pancake? Visit my IGTV post here!

Children's Books, Education, Toy Reviews

Little Global Citizens Box- Learn about Kenya

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Little Global Citizens Box- Learn about Kenya

It was all about Kenya this month. There was a lot to learn such as what a Kenyan child’s daily life looks like, his school journey and his favorite snacks. In Kenya there are so many animals around and the people live on their land and really are proud and are about their wildlife.

Little Global Citizens is a bi-monthly or box-by-box service that arrives to your home with all you need to absorb places around the world. In our Kenya box we got a story from a child, a snack, craft supplies, activities and a great book that had a recipe.

With so many children learning at home and parents new to embracing their education in a new way Little Global Citizens is great for teaching new cultures and it becomes such a fun family activity. There is so much to absorb in each box.

What you get with every Little Global Citizens box:
  • Authentic Guides
  • 2-3 educator-developed crafts with supplies
  • 2-3 screen-free cultural activities like games and puzzles
  • Language Skills
  • Recipes
  • High Quality Book
  • A huge dose of inspiration

Little Global Citizen boxes are created together with travelers, educators and parents. The ages for these boxes are recommended at 4-10 and that seems about right to me! As soon as they can not only complete a craft but can listen and learn the meaning of their craft, Little Global Citizens is right at their level.

October 2020 Box is: Peru! A percentage of all profits are donated to Room to Read. To get an idea of more and see other countries available in single box options, visit Little Global Citizens.

Children's Books

Children’s Books to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and Love

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Children's Books to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and Love

September is Hispanic Heritage Month and what a great way to share and celebrate the Hispanic heritage than with books. Books are the greatest tools for early learners to begin exploring the world around them. Learning about people and their heritage or traditions promotes love of all human kind.

Pride 1 2 3 by Michael Joosten celebrates all people and the pride of many different families. It is about community, love, and standing up for who you are while counting to ten.

What Am I? by By Diane de Anda is a creative way to learn first words in Spanish.  Rhyme and lift-the-flaps to teach basic transportation names. A great toddler book to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

The list below are links to more titles to explore to teach about love and the Hispanic Heritage Month.

If Dominican Were a Color by Sili Recio is a book for ages 4-8. The colors of Hispaniola burst into life in this striking, evocative debut picture book that celebrates the joy of being Dominican.

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Our Favorite Day of the Year by A. E. Ali is for ages 4-8. A picture book following a group of boys from different backgrounds throughout the school year as they become the best of friends.

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Santiago’s Road Home by Alexandra Diaz for ages 8-12. A young boy gets detained by ICE while crossing the border from Mexico to the United States in this timely and unflinching novel by award-winning author Alexandra Diaz.

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With A Star in my Hand by Margarita Engle for ages 12-99. From acclaimed author Margarita Engle comes a gorgeous novel in verse about Rubén Darío, the Nicaraguan poet and folk hero who initiated the literary movement of Modernismo.

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Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon for ages 14-99. First-generation American LatinX Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all-white school. But when family secrets spill out and racism at school ramps up, she must decide what she believes in and take a stand.

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Find more titles at Simon & Schuster including additional titles for Hispanic Heritage Month and love.