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Lifelong conversations about books - an infowrap




Lifelong conversations about books - an infowrap







15 Tips for Starting a Lifelong Conversation About Books





This is the standard discussion that we have with our kids about the books they are reading:

So honey, what do you think about the new book we bought together? 
Good

Did you like it?  Was it interesting?
Yea.

What parts did you like the best?
All of it. It was good. 

You are trying to get some deeper insight into their thinking and understanding of their book but all you get are generalities and mostly one word answers and short phrases or sentences. 

Part of the value of reading a book is being able to talk and share about it afterwards. Sharing things about the pictures, questions about the words and the connections that the book had to a child's every day life is a very important ingredient when having a dialogue about the book. 

If that conversation is just a few meaningless monosysyllables then no deeper understanding is reached.  Here are a few things that may help direct that conversation:


By Laura Lambert




1. Point and ask. Toddlers are unabashed know-it-alls. Stop mid-story and ask them to name objects and colors. If they’re old enough, they can count. “How many flowers?” It may seem distracting — and yes, it will drag out storytime — but it’s vital for language development.


2. Make a prediction. At this age, you can simply ask, “What happens next?” They’ve undoubtedly heard the story enough times to know, and repetition won’t bother a 3-year-old. This is the basis of story arc.


3. Pause — and let them fill the silence. With Goodnight Moon, for example, just say, “three little bears / sitting in…” and your little one will undoubtedly say “Chairs!” This works especially well with rhyming books.


4. Make real-life connections. This trick is in the back pocket of every teacher worth his or her salt — and there’s no reason you can’t use it, too. If you’re reading Mo Willem’s Knuffle Bunny for the umpteenth time, you can say, “Trixie has blonde hair. What color is your hair?” “Trixie’s lovey is called Knuffle Bunny. What is your lovey called?” If the dragons love tacos, what kind of food do little 4-year-old girls love? Who else loves tacos?


5. Keep the story going. I learned this one from PBS Parents. Bring book characters into playtime. Really, it’s as simple as, “You be George; I’ll be the Man in the Yellow Hat.” And then see what happens. This kind of creative play helps children work over all the elements of storytelling — and you’ll get a nice glimpse at how their minds work, what details they think are important, and when they might go rogue.



SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN


Once kids begin reading on their own or getting into chapters books, things finally get interesting — and, for some, rather quiet. For a lot of kids, reading is private. This is when to start honing your power to draw your child out.


6. Discuss difficult words. If your child is reading to you, it’s easy to stop and talk about words that are above their pay grade. Bring in the dictionary. Talk about words you are confused about, too — it makes it okay for her to not know.


7. Make the questions personal. At this stage, it’s time to move beyond basic plot-based questions like, “What do you think happens next?” You can invite them to engage a little more personally with the book, to see themselves in a situation. “What would you have done differently?” Explore how their motivations may be different from what’s on the page.


8. Compare and contrast. Early readers love book series, and series easily lend themselves to comparison. How was this book different from the last one you read?


9. Avoid the book report questions. There are many well-meaning lists of questions to ask young readers, with totally reasonable inquiries like, “What was the most exciting part?” “What was the saddest part” and “Were you surprised by anything? Why?” But your kiddo gets a lot of this at school. If what you want is a true dialogue with your child, where you understand their point of view and help them see yours, the questions should go deeper and be more intimate.


10. Make connections to the real world. As the books they read become more complex, you can discuss more complex ideas — even tough concepts like death or prejudice. This is when the conversations get really interesting, and fun.


11. Just riff. Especially if you’re reading aloud or reading together, conversation is easy. The unplanned, stream-of-consciousness discussions are the most authentic and most likely to be engaging.




MIDDLE SCHOOLERS AND BEYOND



Kids this age are reading independently and choosing their own books, so you may have to do some legwork.


12. Read what they read. Even if you aren’t reading aloud or side by side, you can stay on top of what they’re thinking about by putting your nose in the same book — whether it’s comics, fantasy, or YA. You can’t offer insight or critique if you haven’t cracked the spine.


13. Stay authentic. The best conversations are knit together by the interests and points of view you share with your child — and where you differ. Share opinions, but as my daughter says, “Don’t yuck my yum.” In other words…


14. Don’t judge. Your child is developing his own worldview, trying on personas and values that didn’t necessarily spring up underneath your roof. That’s important — and good. Don’t squelch an opportunity to engage by dismissing your child’s take on a book or character as wrong or bad. You’re missing out on an opportunity to see how she or he ticks.


15. You be you — a reader. Bring your passion for books to the table, and let them learn by watching what you do. Read voraciously. Talk about the people, places, and things in your books. Be engaged — and you’ll engage them.





About the author


Lifelong conversations about books - an infowrap


Laura Lambert is a writer, editor, mother of two and flailing book club member living in Los Angeles.








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"The Tiger's Egg" - a bookwrap









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"The Tiger's Egg"





*Ages:  4-8
*Grade Level: PS-2
*Publisher: NorthSouth Books
*Pub. Date:  Sept. 4, 2018
*Language: English



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About the book




This delightful book will pull at your heartstrings.  A crotchety tiger named Herman is in a very bad mood.  He lives in a zoo and his neighbours are driving him crazy trying to show which one of them is strongest so Herman retreats to the roof of his tiger house to find some peace and quiet.  Plink!! Something falls from the sky and hits him on the head.  Oh my!   He discovers it's not his neighbours slinging pebbles at him but it's an egg. How curious! 

Little by little crusty Herman's heart starts to melt as he begins nurturing this little egg to fruition.  He tenderly wraps his soft, furry tail around it to give it warmth and comfort.  

He proceeds to build a nest, collecting pieces of straw.  He even goes so far as to pluck the softest hairs form his chest to make a soft cushion for inside.  He protects it more by pushing it under a bush so he can trot off to have his breakfast.  On his return he finds the egg is in hatching mode and finds himself in a state of both disbelief and excitement.  A baby bird with big feet emerges from the shell and immediately has his beak open wanting food.

Herman's parental skills kick in and he goes off to hunt for food for his little charge.  He gathers grasshoppers, beetles, larvae, caterpillars, flies, worms, spiders and a tick.  He teaches the tiny. bird the art of self-defence by showing him how to roar ferociously.  He calls the sweet hatchling his little tiger bird.

This book is a testament to the power of love and the profound difference it can make in both parties involved despite their differences.  The colour pallet is one of celebration and is a party of vibrant colours, emotions and activity.  It teaches kids that caring for others is very important in our world and reaching out to others can literally sustain and change lives. I highly recommend this book.  



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!










About the author/illustrator 





Nele Brönner was born in Marburg an der Lahn, Germany , and lives in Berlin, where she works as an illustrator, freelance artist, and comic strip cartoonist. She studied visual communications at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and at the Politecnico and the Accademia Brera in Milan, Italy. In 2016 she was awarded the Serafina Prize for young talent in children’s literature. The Tiger's Egg is her first picture book for NorthSouth.





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"The Mermaid Who Couldn't" - a bookwrap











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Authored by Ali Redford
Illustrated by Kara Simpson


Age Range:  4-9
Grade Level:  PS-4
Publisher:  Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Language: English



Editorial Reviews



The little mermaid's journey is captivating as she moves from feeling lost and lonely to finding friends and discovering her voice. This is such an important message, beautifully told, for children who lack self worth and feel that they have nothing about them worthy of love. The Mermaid Who Couldn't' is a moving story of hope! -- Jay Vaughan, Family Futures Clinical Director


 The Mermaid Who Couldn't is a powerful and beautifully illustrated story for children and adults alike, reminding us that even in the depths of self-doubt and despair, the capacity for change can come from something as simple as an act of kindness and a helping hand. -- Rita Soronen, President & CEO, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption


 Themes of belonging, perseverance and hope, gently lap over this rich and poetic tale. A beautiful gem of a book that will delight and encourage all little mermaids learning to sing a different song and those helping them to learn. I heartily recommend it. -- Sally Donovan OBE, author of No Matter What and The Unofficial Guide to Adoptive Parenting



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About the book




This is a story of inspiration and hope.  A lonely little mermaid is abandoned on the floor of the ocean by her careless mother.  She lives off bones and scraps, tries to hide from hideous creatures that lurk in the shadows, and never laughs or plays. Sadly she can barely swim.  Her name is Mariana and she feels totally thrown- away,  forgotten and useless.


She tries to escape her dire circumstances but alas she has no sense of self-worth and she believes she is doomed forever.  One day she is scooped up in a fisherman's net.  He takes one look at the terrified mermaid and throws her back into the deep.  Oh my! 

"I can't even be caught," she thought. 

On her downward spiral to the bottom of the sea a passing turtle named Muriel picks her up and she and her family totally transform Mariana's life into something positive and good.  Muriel befriends the heartsick little mermaid,  grooms her beautifully, feeds her properly and teaches her to how to swim and find her own song.   Then the kind turtle introduces Mariana to other mermaids hoping they will accept her into their pod.  Mariana seems ready to integrate.  She feels confident after all the love that has been bestowed upon her.  Will her miraculous transformation be enough to get her accepted into the coveted mermaid group she so longs to be a part of?  

"The Mermaid Who Couldn't" teaches the reader that love is a very powerful entity and when we receive love and care nothing is impossible for us achieve.  This book is a wonderful catalyst to discuss with children subjects of neglect, empowerment and most of all the power of love.  I highly recommend this book.  It would be a wonderful addition to a classroom and a school library as well. 





Storywraps Rating -  5 HUGS!!!!!











Meet the author








Ali Redford believes in the power of the arts to encourage children and young people to face and start to overcome past trauma. She writes children's books which combine simple storylines and identifiable, young characters with poignant imagery, beautiful illustrations and a necessary expression of hurt.

 
Ali is the daughter of a soldier who often wondered what on earth she was up to. Perhaps surprisingly, she really enjoyed boarding school, until she lost her sister and her mum forever as a teenager. She dealt with these traumatic events by putting on plays, reading great books, cutting her hair short, going on marches and, eventually, getting some therapy. Meanwhile, she worked, in a somewhat random fashion, as an actor, teacher and a marketing and events numpty. She met her husband while teaching English in Istanbul. Nothing could have prepared either of them for the shock and awe of adoptive parenthood.

Ali's books are mainly inspired by the experiences of her much-loved children, adopted from care, and by the need for more inspirational stories for others like them who have been through a whole heap of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). She hopes her stories will also be appreciated by any child, young person or adult who feels sad, lonely, fearful, angry or ashamed, for whatever reason.

The beauty of the books is provided by Kara Simpson, whose dark, quirky and totally empathetic illustrations perfectly complement Ali's elemental, lyrical stories.

Strange fact: Before meeting in a school yard in Plumstead, Ali and Kara were married at exactly the same time, on the same date, in different places, to different people who now play occasional golf together.Ali ALie 




About the illustrator 




After studying Fine Art/Sculpture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, I came to London and did a Masters in Design for Interactive Media at Middlesex University. Here I acquired a love of Photoshop and all its possibilites. I recently illustrated a children's book written by Ali Redford, The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself. Hopefully the first of many published works.






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"Love Agnes" - a bookwrap













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"Love Agnes"
Postcards From An Octopus


Authored by Irene Latham
Illusrated by Thea Baker


Ages Range: 5-9
Grade Level: 1-2
Publisher:  Millbrook Pr
Release date: October 1, 2018
Language:  English



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About the book



Agnes is a giant Pacific octopus.  One day she discovers a random postcard on the ocean floor and decides to respond to it.  Pen in tentacle she becomes quite a prolific corresponder.  She writes postcards to other seafaring animals and to the human that was responsible for the original postcard that she found.

The postcards introduce the young reader to the lifecycle of the Agnes.  She imparts information about her life and her feelings  through her series of her writings.  This is a fun and ingenious way to be educated about this (according to the dictionary) - cephalopod mollusk with eight sucker-bearing arms, a soft saclike body, strong beaklike jaws, and no internal shell. Now that's a great definition for you. 

I love the illusrations. They are expressive and vibrant pulling the reader into the story and enriching the text greatly. The author has cleverly included further information for exploration of this species citing websites and books that readily available for that purpose.  I like the book a lot and would definitely recommend it.




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!







"I can give four hugs at a time or one great BIG wrap-around one!  You choose.  I am a hugging machine." 





About the author 





Irene Latham is the author of more than a dozen current and forthcoming books, including two novels for children: Leaving Gee's Bend and Don't Feed the Boy. Winner of the 2016 ILA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award, her poetry books for children include Dear Wandering Wildebeest, When the Sun Shines on Antarctica, Fresh Delicious and Can I Touch Your Hair? (co-written with Charles Waters). Irene lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her family where she does her best to “live her poem” every single day by laughing, playing the cello, and walking in the woods.





Meet the illustrator






I’m originally from Somerset in the UK. I moved to Australia with my Australian husband. We have one lovely daughter and one ditsy dog. Our house is surrounded (sometimes in a very literal sense) by some loud and colourful Australian wildlife.
I studied at Falmouth College of Arts where I obtained my BA (Hons) in Illustration. My style is a mix of drawing, acrylic paint, collage and digital media.
Clients include Walker Books, Lerner Books, SPCK Publishing, Sparkhouse Family and The Five Mile Press.

To enquire about my work please send me an email from the Contacts page or join in the conversation and follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!





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Are you raising a book-lover? - an infowrap





Unwrapping a guest post today




Are you raising a book-lover? - an infowrap






JUST FOR FUN

#TFW You Realize You’re Raising a Little Book-Lover

by Iva-Marie Palmer





I knew we were in trouble when we began packing for a three-day trip up the coast — five hours each way and a couple of days at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. I packed three paperbacks and my Kindle, which allows me to bring several hundred books anywhere I go.
And then our 6-year-old son, Clark, started packing. “Do you really need six Magic Tree House books?” I asked.
“They’re not all Magic Tree House!” He named the titles and he was right: Two weren’t Magic Tree House. But he had EIGHT books.
As I made room in my suitcase for his reads, I had one of those #TFW moments (“TFW” is Internet shorthand for “that feeling when…”) specific to having a child whose habits remind you of your own. My son’s reading obsession is one of the primary ways I know that my genetic makeup was passed on to him. (He definitely has his father’s eyes.) And judging by the way our 2-year-old son, Nathan, has taken to putting a book next to him in his stroller for even short walks down the block, I see many more such moments in our family’s future. If you have a voracious, packing-eight-books-for-three-days kind of reader at home, you’ll surely recognize these book-inspired #TFW moments:


Are you raising a book-lover? - an infowrap


TFW you have to sacrifice some of your precious shelf space. I’ve always abided by the Anna Quindlen quote, “I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” But having enough bookshelves when you have two baby bibliophiles’ collections joining your own? That’s a real challenge.

TFW you catch your kid reading over your shoulder. I don’t do it as often as I used to but when I get the chance to read with my morning coffee, in a quiet house, it’s bliss. But it’s not uncommon for a little voice to sound behind me, saying something like, “What was the fatal mistake she’s talking about?” I have high hopes for a mom-kid book club one day.

TFW your kid gets into the same author you loved as a child. I brought home a paperback copy of Judy Blume’s Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing and gave it to Clark, not expecting that he’d read it immediately, but hoping that he’d find it in his to-read pile and be charmed. Three hours later, I had to remind him a half-dozen times that he was reading way past his bedtime. (While inwardly beaming.)

TFW you have a debate over dog-earing versus bookmarking. Clark and I are, fortunately, on the same page with this: Dog-earing might bother more than a few book-lovers out there, but you’re far less likely to lose your page if the book gets picked up the wrong way. Plus, if you’re juggling multiple books at once, who has enough bookmarks for all of them?

TFW your local librarian knows your child by name. Last year, we visited our branch so often that by the time the holidays rolled around, it only felt right to bring over a card and a poinsettia. When I make solo visits to look for books for myself, I’m inevitably asked by the librarians where Clark and Nate are.

TFW you catch them sharing their favorite books with their little brother or sister. Is there a better thing to stumble upon than your older kid reading a favorite picture book to your younger kid? No, there’s really not. For that reason, say nothing about how cute it is or the picturesque scene will immediately implode.

TFW you need to ask your child something and hear, “I just need to finish this chapter.” By the way, this is a perfectly acceptable reason to delay an answer to any question.

TFW your kid asks to send his first fan mail to an author.  As a reader and a writer, if I can impart any lesson to my children: Authors love hearing from you and if you love a book, let them know!

TFW it’s hard to leave the bookstore because your child is sprawled in an aisle, halfway through the book he’s buying.There’s an adage that says you should never wake a sleeping child. I find it equally hard to disturb a reading one.

TFW your kid asks for must-read tomes for his birthday and holidays. I will never forget the letter we mailed to Santa that included a rundown of coveted picture books, all neatly listed to include title and author.

TFW you both pack way too many books for a long road trip. See the introduction to this article. And, actually, the trip doesn’t even have to be long. Or on the road. We almost never leave the house without each of my sons toting reading material but, as Lemony Snicket says, “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” We’re raising some very trustworthy kids, apparently.

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About the author of the featured article today



Are you raising a book-lover? - an infowrap


Iva-Marie Palmer lives with her family in a book-laden house just outside Los Angeles. She is the author of two YA novels, The End of the World As We Know It and The Summers. She doesn't need to write a letter of advice to her 9-year-old self because that 9-year-old had already discovered the works of Judy Blume.




It's always wonderful to get other's input and ideas to share on Storywraps.  I want to thank Iva-Marie Palmer for sharing today.  She is a contributor for "Brightly" - Penguin Random House. (http://www.readbrightly.com) 





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"Lulu Is a Rhinoceros" - a bookwrap





I want you to meet Lulu....








 She's a lovely bulldog. But Lulu doesn't think she's a dog. When she looks into her mirror she sees a RHINCEROS looking back at her!  How can that possibly be?  Here's her story. 




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"Lulu is a Rhinoceros"


authored by Jason Flom
with Allison Flom
Illustrated by Sophie Corrigan

Ages: 4-8
Grade Level: 1-2
Publisher: Wicked Cow Studios LLC
Pub. Date:  June 12, 2018





Editorial Reviews 



"You can be whatever you want to be, even when other people can't see it themselves. You are the master of your domain. Just ask Lulu!”
- Michael Strahan, Co-host of ABC's Good Morning America

“Lulu may very well be my spirit animal.”
- Moby, Musician and animal rights activist

“Anyone who roots for the underdog should read this book! Lulu is a bulldog who believes in herself, and I believe in her too.”
- Cesar Millan, Dog Behavioralist and star of the hit TV series The Dog Whisperer

"No creature on our planet is more deserving of our compassion and action than the critically endangered rhinoceros, who is being helped through each and every purchase of this special story. Thank you, Lulu!”
- Lindsay Kosnik, African Wildlife Foundation



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About the book





This heartwarming book inspires and brings hope to those who feel that their feelings inside of them don't match up with what people see on the outside of them.  

Lucy is a beautiful bulldog on the outside but when she looks into the mirror she sees herself as a rhineoceros.  Deep down that is what she believes herself to be.  It is so apparent to her that she is a rhinoceros that she goes off to find a horn to authenticate those deep feelings.  

Although those around her mock and ridicule her she doesn't give up believing that she really is.... a rhinoceros. She tries on an ice cream cone for size... no that doesn't work, it gives her a brain freeze. She thinks a traffic cone might be just the thing... wahhh it's way too big and slips over her eyes so she can't see...no...  that's no good.  She then spots a banana peel.  That might be a perfect horn. She sticks it on her nose and proudly trots off.  A pesky pigeon calls her out on her banana-horn choice and poor Lucy feels humiliated, angry and then just looses it!!!!!  

"That's enough!
I've had it with pigeons:
I've had it with dogs!
I'VE HAD IT WITH EVERYONE! "  

Oh my!! Nobody will believe that she is really a rhino. She's had enough already. 

She angrily chases after that pigeon bully trying to recoup her banana horn that he stole and she ends up in the local zoo where another type of bird, a tick bird, changes the whole trajectory of her dilemma.  I wonder what that little bird proposes to her to make that change and affirm to Lulu that she is indeed a rhinoceros.  Ahhhhh!  Those magic words he utters brings peace to Lulu at long last!  This inspiring tale has a very happy ending. 

The illustrations are wonderfully done with a soft colour pallet and lots of action and expression.  Lulu is an adorable, loveable character that will have you cheering her on. She confirms in her heart once and for all that her true identity is being a wonderful rhinoceros just like she believed she was all along.  I highly recommend this book. 






Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!





Meet the authors



Jason Flom


Jason Flom is the CEO of Lava Records and Lava Music Publishing, having previously served as Chairman and CEO at Atlantic Records, Virgin Records, and Capitol Music Group. During this time in the music business, he has been personally responsible for discovering and launching all-star musical icons such as Kid Rock, Katy Perry, and Lorde, among many others.

Jason is also an active philanthropist as the founding board member of the Innocence Project, and as board member of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, The Legal Action Center, The Drug Policy Alliance, The Anti-Recidivism Coalition, the NYU Prison Education Program and VetPaw.

He is currently the host of the podcast Wrongful Conviction with 46.2k followers on Instagram (@itsjasonflom)



Allison Flom


Allison Flom is a New York City based storyteller. Her work explores themes of identity, justice, and human rights. 





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"Sun Is A Star" - music wrap








"SUN IS A STAR"

the Debut Album Release from
LIKE FATHER LIKE SON

Real-life Father and Son 
Lou Gallo (Lou Gallo & The Very Hungry Band) 
 Frank Gallo (Rolie Polie Guacamole) 

plus Grammy winner Dean Jones
with special guests Grammy nominee Brady Rymer and Katie Ha Ha Ha 









*Ages 3-7
*Release date June 8th
*"Sun is a Star" will be available at CDBaby, iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify, and Amazon.  
*Pre-orders may be place now



Celebrating Father's Day with a father-and-son musical bonanza. Both have teamed up with GRAMMY-winning producer/performer Dean Jones of "Dogs on Fleas" to create a bona fide kindie supergroup: "Like Father Like Son."   Mix in splendid contributions from GRAMMY nominee Brady Rymer and Katie Ha Ha Ha, and you have "Sun is a Star", a stellar album for families. 




In His Own Words


Frank Gallo explains, "My dad and I are a father-and-son team who have each had a lot of experience in kindie music. In fact, "Sun is a Star" is the 7th family album for both of us.  Adding Dean Jones to the mix actually bridges the generations.  In our band "Like Father Like Son", we have Baby Boomer Lou Gallo, Generation X-er Dean Jones , and Millenial Frank Gallo!" 








After years of talking about the possibility of working together on an album, in 2017 Frank persuaded his dad that the time was right, proposing that each of them contribute five or six songs  Together they decided to take Dean Jones up on his invitation to record at Dean's storied No Parking Studio in Rosedale, NY.  They welcomed Dean's production artistry and the added bonus of his superb performing skills (bass, drums, marimba, guitar, trombone, vocals).  Indeed, all indications were that the stars were in the right confluence for a solid record. 


"Sun is a Star" includes several tracks that feature songs with a father-and-son theme.  Some are of a general nature while others explore the Gallo family scrapbook. The album features an expanded musical colour palette with styles with rhythmic energy, an instrumental jam, an awesome calypso beat, and a whimsical dance numbers just to name a few. 


Bios of the artists    


Frank Gallo...  The son of actress Kate Vereau and musician Lou Gallo.  He earned his SAG credentials at the ripe age of two by appearing in commercials and, in later years, was seen in Nickelodeon's Pete and Pete, Prince of Tides, Scenes from a Mall, Mighty Aphrodite, House of Buggin, and Six Degrees of Separation.  By the time he reached middle school, Frank had phased out of acting to start his own band. He recorded his first full-length album when he was 15 and has continued to produce records ever since.  In the kindie world, in 2006 Frank co-founded the award-winning band Rolie Polie Guacamole, which has continued to be the consummate showcase for his writing, recording and performing abilities.

Lou Gallo...  In many ways the birth of his son precipitated the birth of his father Lou Gallo as a vital force in the world of children's music.  Fast Folk Music included on their monthly nationwide CD release the song "She's a Dog," a father-son collaboration that dates from the year Frank turned two. In 1995, Lou began teaching a Songwriting for Children workshop at the Children's Museum of the Arts in NYC. As part of the museum's summer outreach programme, musicians Suzi Shelton, Albert Elias Sholomo Pestcoe, and Lou Gallo toured all five NYC boroughs, entertaining children with comedy skits and original music.  As  The Imagination Workshop Band, the ensemble produced two albums.  Subway Train and It's a Kid's Life.  Lou went on to record five more children's albums. He now performs for families throughout the NYC tri-state area with Lou Gallo & The Very Hungry Band (so called because when rehearsing or recording, band members consume copious quantities of food). 


Dean Jones... likes blueberries, avocados, potato chips, chocolate, vegetables and pupusas.  When he's not eating, singing or playing guitar or trombone with renowned family music band Dog on Fleas he's making music with the environmental puppet troupe,  Art-of-the-Sea Theatre, or recording other musicians at his straw bale recording studio.  In fact, he won a GRAMMY Award in 2013 for Best Children's Album with an album he recorded and produced for The Okee Dokee Brothers! 








                            


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Lable:  L.F. Gallo Records
Run Time: 41 minutes


"Sun is a Star" Track List

Sun is a Star
Halloween Night
Day-O
Shake Shake Shake
Shake Your Shaker
Rain Rain Go Away
Little Bit of Time
Sharks and Dinosaurs
Handle with Care
She's a Dog
Tennis Racket Song
I Got a Beard
Like My Dad
Like Father Like Son  




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"The Red Dots" - a bookwrap









Unwapping








 Created by Atlan



Kika's First Books
xist Publising 
Ages:  1-4

Grade Level: PS+




This book is part of the Kika's First Books series, created by Altan for his young child. Kika's First Books are celebrating their 40th anniversary. 



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About the book




Oh look!  That looks like a red dot in the middle of that huge field... but is it?  Is it merely just an isolated red dot in the heart of nowhere?  

 That's when little imaginations kick in and that lonesome red dot can become a mushroom?  A strawberry? A poppy? A balloon?  A cherry on an ice cream cone?  Or just maybe... a nose on a great big clown!!!  Who could have guessed?  The red dot can be anything they envision it to be and thus the great fun of this wonderful book.  

The simple kid-friendly story will be a happy, thought-provoking experience for babies and toddlers alike.  They will delight in discovering the red dot and then discover what it really is.  I am positive that kids will love this book.  Storywraps heartily  endorses it and all the other great books in the series.  



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!









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Xist Publishing: Books for the Touchscreen Generation



Our mission is to help children develop a lifetime love of reading—no matter what form it takes. As the digital-first publisher for children, eBooks are our top priority. But we also know that parents love to snuggle up with their kids and flip through a picture book—so we do that too. As technology evolves, kids will too. As parents ourselves, we want to make sure that no matter how kids are reading in the future, they’re reading and loving it.

Xist Publishing has grown to be the largest digital children’s publishing start-up with 180 titles from 45 authors and illustrators. For each title, Xist Publishing creates five distinct eBook editions (Amazon, iBooks, NOOK, Kobo, and reflowable ePub for libraries) and often produces a print version as well. The books have been featured on hundreds of blogs from niche children’s book sites to The Pioneer Woman and Alpha Mom.



Key Features



 Distraction-Free Design: We believe books should be books and games should be games. As parents ourselves, the last thing we want bedtime to include is more levels.

Turn Waiting Time into Reading Time: Children’s eBooks make it possible to take story time anywhere. Waiting rooms, carpool lines, and even an older child’s soccer practice all become places where picture books can be shared. 

Niche Titles Find a Market: Our catalog includes stories about ancient saints and modern multi-racial families. By employing a digital-first approach, we’ve been able to publish books for both small and large markets.





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Hidden Fun! 
10 of the Best Seek-and-Find Books for Kids




These books are perfect when you need some activity on a long afternoon at home or an arduous car ride or plane trip because they keep kids engaged for a good length of time.  They are a wonderful gift to give too.  Following are ten that the whole family can enjoy: 




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by Britta Teckentrup


Britta Teckentrup and her seek-and-find books are fabulous. This one is filled with beautifully done animal patterns and you have to find which one doesn’t match the others or which one is a pair and my preschoolers will look through them endlessly.





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by Dr. Seuss, illustrated by George Booth





In this reissued version of a classic Dr. Seuss book, things go crazy on Wednesday and on each page there are lots of funny little details to find, from the wrong kind of fruit growing in trees to a sun that’s green instead of yellow. This book never gets old!




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by Stephen Savage






For the very youngest reader, this is perfect with the walrus escaping from the zoo and then hiding on each page from the zookeeper who is determined to hunt him down.





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by Benjamin Chaud





While I love a book with LOTS of things to find, I also love ones where you’re only looking for one or two things. In this series (which includes The Bear’s Sea Escape and The Bear’s Surprise) you find the Papa Bear and his missing Baby Bear on each page. Plus, these books are oversized, which makes them especially eye-catching.






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by Sarah Williamson




This one is great for the littlest seekers. Bright illustrations and fun text encourage baby and toddler explorers to find where the little pink snake has gone. Along the way, they’ll learn more about place concepts like under/over, up/down.







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by Caitlin Haynes, illustrated by Tom Cook




With its familiar “I Spy” structure, and favorite friends from “Sesame Street,” this book is sure to be a hit with early readers. Kids are invited to look for characters and objects, reinforcing their knowledge of shapes, colors, and sizes as they go.




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by Marc Boutavant




If you love taking an adventure without leaving your couch, this is the most delightful book starring Mouk, a bear who travels the world and discovers all sorts of delightful things along the way.




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by Tony Tallarico




Continue on your travels with this hidden pictures book that takes readers on a trip across America. Hiding in scenes of California beaches and Arizona canyons are all kinds of items. Kids (and parents) will love working their way through the checklist on every page and seeing how many things they can find.



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by B. B. Cronin





This book is so eye-catching with every page a completely different color! It’s gorgeous and surprisingly hard to find the objects hidden on each page. There’s also a new companion that recently came out, called The Lost Picnic. 






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by Anders Arhoj







On the first page, you are introduced to a little character who then hides on each page. When you get to the last page, you meet his friend and it’s time to start backward and move all the way back to the first page finding that new friend on every page. Plus, the cover is just so fun.

What other seek-and-find books do you and your kids love? Share with us in the comments below.



(Thank you to Janssen Bradshaw for this review)  


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In her pre-child life, Janssen was an elementary school librarian. Now she stays home with her four little girls and is constantly maxing out her library card with picture books, cookbooks, and young adult novels. She’s anxiously counting down the days until her girls are old enough to read the Little House on the Prairie books. You can find Janssen over on her blog, Everyday Reading, where she celebrates modern motherhood with a practical twist.






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What other seek-and-find books do you and your kids love? Share with us in the comments below.



Have a wonderful weekend everyone and I invite you to come back and join me again on Monday.  You are so welcome in the Storywraps community. I am blessed ( and humbled )  by the diversity of amazing people who drop by each and every day to read my reviews.  Thank you... each and every one.  You are appreciated so much. 





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I put hours of work finding the best kid's books to review for you each day.  If you enjoy visiting Storywraps and would like to donate something for my time and effort I would greatly appreciate it.

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It's a wrap! 💜💜💜

Lifelong conversations about books - an infowrapPosting later today.... stay tuned"The Tiger's Egg" - a bookwrap"The Mermaid Who Couldn't" - a bookwrap"Love Agnes" - a bookwrapAre you raising a book-lover? - an infowrap"Lulu Is a Rhinoceros" - a bookwrap"Sun Is A Star" - music wrap"The Red Dots" - a bookwrapHide-in-Seek books today - infowrap

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