Hip hip hurrah! Scholastic Book Clubs has a $9 touch-and-feel paperback edition of Book of Bones available this fall. Big bucket list item for me! Contact your child’s teacher to find out if your school participates in the SBC. See the entire Scholastic Book Clubs October Spooktacular Flyer here.
"Family Friday project for October! After reading about real animal skeletons we created fantastical dinosaur skeletons by pinching scraps of bone-colored paper and gluing to black background, inspired by Book of Bones @g_balkan #kidsnonfiction#handsonlearning🙌🏻 #skeletons#halloweencrafts" - Brooklyn Arbor @Materials Depot
In KTVK's "Look what we found!" segment, Good Morning Arizona hosts delight in being able to "sound like an encylopedia" thanks to the Phoenix spread in #50citiesbook.
This bird claims it can move faster than an Indy 500 race car. Find out whether this bird can do just that and more with children's book author Gabrielle Balkan at the Potawatomi Zoo.
Participants will also learn about animals and their habitats, meet an animal ambassador, make an animal enrichment item, and get to know more about animal skeletons through BOOK OF BONES.
LEARN MORE: https://www.potawatomizoo.org/edzoocation/#safari
FULL EVENING SAFARI DESCRIPTION
Evening Safari: Family Programs
Around the World
Join us for our summer safari series for a trip around the world! Learn about exotic animals and the environments in which they reside. Meet an ambassador animal, make enrichment, and much more! These programs are great for the whole family!
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM (see the zoo after hours!)
Address: Potawatomi Zoo: 500 S Greenlawn Ave, South Bend, IN, 46615
Cost: $6/participant (Members)
Children under 2 get in for free
From the Tiniest Astronaut to Future Engineers: 12 Ways to Jump-Start Kids’ Imaginations
The golden ticket: activities and toys that both entertain your kiddo and encourage their future paths. Here, our picks for inspiring the littles in your life.
From LA to Charleston, kids get to explore the entire country via this beautifully illustrated book. Author Gabrielle Balkan includes every facet of the cities she covers, including facts with an unexpectedly fun cultural bent (we love the Willie Nelson trivia on the Austin page) and a modern spin (city parks and food trucks get prominent mentions).
Korean publisher 키다리의 참좋은날 made a surpasingly useful video showing exactly what it's like to experience the textures pages. They even changed the title to "Touch the best bones" to really make the special feature stand out. Why didn't we think of that?!
"Happy Presidents Day!!! How I am celebrating with a toddler & preschooler: a U.S. Presidents scavenger hunt & bingo game. I did this last year & it was a hit — I illustrated portraits of a variety of past Presidents using the artwork at the back of the “50 States” book as a guide (link in profile). I laminated the cards and made a bingo-type reference sheet. I hid the cards all around the house and the kids hunted for the Presidents with their Easter baskets. This year we also have President flashcards scored from the #targetdollarspot this summer ///// George and Abe peg dolls available over at my Etsy shop ❤️" -- @the.silvan.reverie always has incredible ideas for her homeschool projects that combine art and exploration and lots of other things, too. https://www.instagram.com/p/BfYUrqfnMOI/?hl=en&tagged=50statesbook
"X-ray animals! After reading this stunning & informative book (which also reads well) I had the kids make x-rays of animals from the book using black card stock (I cut the animal shapes) and Q-tips cut to a range of sizes. This book was a huge hit for my animal-loving crew, and the activity has to be one of my favorite things we have done together in recent memory." #xisforxray #letterxunit#bookofbones - @the.silvan.reverie
The best part of publishing as part of a team is seeing what the various geniuses come up with...like this very cool, very fun, very useful The 50 States Matching Game! So happy to have worked with Rock Point Gift & Stationery (Quarto's stationary arm) on this beauty. They've also created a snazzy Flashcard Set that I'll write about later.
DETAILS: Grow your state smarts by matching famous faces, landmarks, and geographical features! The facts and art in this handsome and sturdy USA memory game is culled from the book that School Library Journal called "A colorful introduction to the 50 states" and "an above-average title on a popular topic.”
This 7" x 9" memory game includes 51 pairs to find and match, a legend with extra info about the state, and a sturdy case.
Available wherever books are sold, including your local independent bookstore!
The delightful and talented Meagan Bennett designs every children's book at Phaidon. In addition to keeping an eye out for interesting talent (like Sam Brewster), Meagan helps figure out how a book will come together (such as having a question on one page and an answer when you turn the page), what colors to use (like yellow, instead of say, green for the cover) , what special features to add (such as textured pages).
Meagan ALSO makes book trailers about the finished book so we can engage all of our senses when we learn about bones! Check out some of her handwork here! Isn't she great?
The clever people in the Phaidon marketing department have put together an excellent activity kit for the bones lovers in your life. Download this kit and watch your naturalist enjoy matching facts to animals, helping a lizard find its food, completing a skeleton drawing, and more!
According to the online translator I used, the way I should say "I am happy" in Polish is "jestem szczęśliwy" ... and I am! SO happy, that BOOK OF BONES will soon pub with the Polish publisher Kocur Bury. According to the same online translator, "Kocur Bury is an independent publishing house created by friends whose passion is the book, especially the children."
I love them already! Don't you?
I used Book of Bones (Phaidon, Sept 2017) as our prompt in a K-2 weekly bookmaking workshop held at my daughters' school. In short time, the students came up with incredible skeletons belonging to animals of their own invention, some too big to fit in the frame!
Very pleased to learn about this collection of children's atlases -- the ones on outer space and animals are especially appealing -- and to see THE 50 STATES in the #2 slot! Huzzah!
10 Best Atlases For Kids | January 2017 | Wiki.Ezvid.com
We spent 25 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. The earlier a child begins to understand his or her place in the wider world, the better. Therefore, a book that helps educate a youngster about everything from geography to international politics to global history is a priceless resource. Fortunately, most of the atlases on our list are not very expensive but are bristling with maps, facts, photos, and more.
The 50 States is a bright and playfully-illustrated guide to all things American. The book highlights thousands of important and interesting places around the United States and notes hundreds of historical figures who played a role in the country's past.
- helps with learning state capitals
- loaded with information on nature
- great resource for social studies
On each spread of the upcoming 50 CITIES, Sol and I have hidden five things we think are a good representation of the city. What should we hide in Seattle, Washington: five umbrellas, five heron, or five Seattle dogs?
To help you decide, consider these facts:
10 inches of rain fell in Seattle in October, 2016 alone. That shatters the old record of 8.96 inches set in 2003. The normal rainfall for October is 3.48 inches.
THE KIWANIS MEMORIAL PRESERVE PARK
houses nests of the Great Blue Heron, which weighs a mere five pounds — but has a wingspan of six feet!
WATERFALL GARDEN PARK
Here, grab a "Seattle Dog” — a hot dog topped with cream cheese (!) and marvel at this 22-foot people-made waterfall in the middle of the city.
#voteforit #50cities #Seattle
On each spread of the upcoming 50 CITIES, Sol and I have hidden five things we think are a good representation of the city. What should we hide in San Francisco, California: five tie-dyed t-shirts, five sea lions, or five Yodas?
To help you decide, consider these facts:
THE CORNER OF HAIGHT & ASHBURY
In the mid-1960s, this was perhaps the most famous intersection in the world, a place where young people came to from all over the world in search of love and peace...and often wore tie-dye t-shirts!
As many as 1,700 slippery sea lions bask in the sun along this pier, barking and munching on squid and anchovy.
Animation superstars work on the next Star Wars at Lucasfilm Ltd.'s sleek headquarters in Presido park. Love it, you will.
#voteforit #50cities #SanFrancisco
On each spread of the upcoming 50 CITIES (October 2017), Sol and I have hidden five things we think are a good representation of the city. What should we hide in Tucson, Arizona: five turquoise rings, five Tohono O'odham baskets, or five Arizona Ridge-Nosed Rattlesnakes? Let us know in the comments! or on FB at http://bit.ly/50C_VoteForIt
During a recent visit to The School at Columbia, an inquisitive 4th grader asked an excellent question about the editing process and was interested to learn that it sometimes continues even AFTER the book prints.
For instance, I included the Idaho-born author of the book CADDIE WOODLAWN in the Idaho spread of THE 50 STATES. I had never read it, but since it won the 1936 Newbery Medal assumed it was a good book to recommend. Neither my editor, the copyeditor, the fact checker, or our Idaho librarian thought anything of it. After all--it's a Newbery winner!
Nearly a year after going to press, I came across a description of CADDIE WOODLAWN on Deebie Reese's American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) site, a blog I follow with great interest. In it she describes how upset her daughter was to read the book (with her class) and come across hateful and derogatory content about Native Americans. You can find her experience here: http://bit.ly/CaddieWoodlawn .
I immediately wrote to my publisher to request we replace the book with another Idaho author in our next reprint. She immediately agreed.
So, in the first printing of THE 50 STATES you will find reference to CADDIE WOODLAWN. For books printed after June 2016 or so, you will find reference to CABIN CREEK MYSTERIES by Kristiana Gregory instead. I've read this and many of Kristiana Gregory's books, and am fond of them all.
You can find other books and authors mentioned in THE 50 STATES on this pinterest board.
Readers, I need your help! It is time for my semi-weekly #voteforit #50Cities where YOU share your opinion to help me decide between the inspiring people, interesting foods, curious landmarks, and moments to remember to include in one of the 50 cities in our upcoming book, 50 CITIES (Wide Eyed Editions, October 2017).
VOTE FOR IT: Which ART FACT should we include from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma?
BRICKTOWN MURAL Local artist Rick Sinnett used 400 gallons of paint to create this 100-ft-tall mural dotted with state symbols like scissor-tailed flycatcher.
SAM NOBEL OKLAHOMA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY On display: "Copper Skill." Painted 10,000 years ago, this bison skill is the oldest painted object in North America.
The City that Never Sleeps is filled to the brim with inspiring people, like these three. Take a look at Sol Linero's two portraits and these three mini-bios and let us know who ISN'T pictured?
A] STEFANIE JOANNE ANGELINA GERMANOTTA ~ LADY GAGA
This groundbreaking artist is an advocate for LGBT rights and the Born This Way Foundation.
B] SONIA SOTOMAYOR
Born in the Bronx, this Princeton grad became the Supreme Court's first justice of Hispanic heritage in 2009.
C] VERA WANG
The Chinese American fashion designer known for her wedding dresses was a figure skater as a child.