Friday, October 21, 2016

Graphic Novel Giveaway: Stone Cold

Happy Friday! In honor of the season, we're giving away a copy of a Halloween-appropriate graphic novel: Stone Cold, the first book in the Stone Man Mysteries series by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple, with illustrations by Orion Zangara.

When young runaway Craig prepares to jump from a church rooftop, his salvation comes in the unholy shape of Silex: a beast trapped in the form of a gargoyle. Silex runs an investigative service, chasing redemption from atop his perch. And he needs a young lad to do his footwork. 

Craig begins his new life by probing a series of murders that has menaced Scotland. The scenes are frightening, the motivation is a mystery, and the authorities are no help. So along with Father Harris, a hard-edged man of the cloth, Craig steps onto the streets of Edinburgh—and toward the dangerous task of catching a killer. 

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US entries only, please. We'll announce the winner on the blog on Friday, October 28. Good luck!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Very Bumba Halloween

9781512414301fc_LargeIt’s all treats and no tricks here as we speed toward Halloween! My treat today is to introduce you to It’s Halloween! (cover pictured)—a hot-off-the-presses book from our brand-new line of offerings for PreK–1 readers, Bumba Books.

It’s Halloween! is part of a six-book Bumba series called It’s a Holiday! Other books in this set include It’s Christmas!, It’s Chinese New Year!, and It’s Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr! Each Holiday book walks readers through what the holiday is, how it’s celebrated, what special clothing celebrants might wear, what foods they might eat, and when in the year the holiday falls.

It’s Halloween! includes so many features I just love, such as adorable pumpkin icons on the title page, a smiley face in the brand logo (I mean, really—how cute is that?), a table of contents just big enough to introduce this feature to emergent readers without overwhelming them, and “critical-thinking question” sidebars that encourage them to examine the book’s photos and reflect on what they see.

Speaking of the photos: I adore those too. We see glowing jack-o-lanterns, gourds and corn, kids in costume, and a house decked out with a grinning scarecrow—in other words, all the things we love about Halloween.

The text is clear and simple, with each sentence starting on a new line and printed in a highly accessible font. The book ends with a graphic element showing different ways to carve a pumpkin—also useful for teaching kids about facial expressions and what different expressions mean—a glossary defining words such as harvest with a helpful accompanying photo, and a basic index and Further Reading section.

It’s Halloween! is the type of “teachable” nonfiction that also makes a really fun read aloud. If you have kiddos in your life who are the right age for Bumba, I encourage you to treat them to It’s Halloween! as trick-or-treat day approaches. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Happy Halloween from Monster Buddies!

Special thanks to digital intern McKenna Balzer for the following post!

October 31 marks Halloween, popularly celebrated with trick or treating, pumpkins, costumes, scary stories, and creepy, crawly, undead, slimy creatures emerging for a frightful haunt. But have no fear, after all, monsters aren’t real…right?

Have you ever wondered why ghosts like to play tricks, how to fight a vampire, how long dragons live, or why people became afraid of witches?

In the Lerner Digital Interactive Books series “Monster Buddies,” you will learn more than you ever thought possible about monsters. From a friendly ghost named Pablo to a zombie named Roscoe, every book in this series features a fictitious creature with only one desire: to tell you all about themselves.
In the “Monster Buddies” books, authors Shannon Knudsen and Lisa Bullard create a world where monsters aren’t so scary. Each creature begins their story by ensuring the reader knows there is no such thing as ghosts, zombies, witches, aliens, mummies, dragons, vampires, or werewolves. Readers given the chance to learn all about the monster telling the tale as well as the different variations and origins of the monsters that exist throughout the world.

           Titles in this exciting series include:
·                                   I'll Haunt You!: Meet a Ghost
·                                   I'm a Fire Breather!: Meet a Dragon
·                                   I'm a Midnight Snacker!: Meet a Vampire
·                                   I'm All Wrapped Up!: Meet a Mummy
·                                   I'm Casting a Spell!: Meet a Fairy-Tale Witch
·                                   I'm Fearsome and Furry!: Meet a Werewolf
·                                   I'm from Outer Space!: Meet an Alien
·                                   I'm Undead and Hungry!: Meet a Zombie

LernerDigital Interactive Books are designed to help readers gain confidence and improve their literacy skills. Readers can follow along with the narrator through highlighted text with a choice of three speeds of audio. With “Monster Buddies” colorful illustrations and interactive design, exploration of the text is encouraged through a glossary, quizzes, and activities. Readers are given a uniquely exciting experience!

This Halloween, before trekking into the dark night, explore “Monster Buddies” Interactive Books and make friends with all of the creepy Halloween creatures!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Books and a Snack

It’s obligatory, guys: the October edition of Books and a Snack just had to feature pumpkin! Now, pumpkin pie is probably my favorite pumpkin treat—but that's a bit elaborate for Books and a Snack, so we'll be making pumpkin pudding instead.

To get started, you'll need:

● a group of pumpkin-loving kids

● some pumpkin-themed books (see below for my personal favs from the Lerner library)

● 1 cup canned pumpkin

● 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix

● 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

● 1  1/4 cups skim or low-fat milk

● 1 cozy reading corner

First, gather up your books so they’re all ready. Set out a big blanket to sit on in your cozy corner. Toss some throw pillows or seating poufs on it too if you want to make it extra cushy.

Next, in a mixing bowl, stir the canned pumpkin, pudding mix, pumpkin pie spice, and milk together. Place the mixture in individual serving bowls and chill it until it sets. Once it’s set, it’s ready to serve! (Hint: It makes four servings.)

Finally, herd your little “pumpkins” over to the cozy corner, hand out the bowls of pumpkin pudding, and read the pumpkin books aloud while the kiddos enjoy some pumpkin-y goodness.  Youre the one who gets to lick the spoon (and, hey, maybe the mixing bowl too—no judgment here). After all, you’re the one who whipped up the pudding!

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Goodreads Giveaway: Naked '76

Happy Friday, everyone! Today we're featuring a Goodreads giveaway of Naked '76 by Kevin Brooks.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Naked '76 by Kevin Brooks

Naked '76

by Kevin Brooks

Giveaway ends October 21, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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 London, 1976: A summer of creation, destruction, and blistering heat.

 Lili Garcia stands at the edge of London's growing punk scene, playing bass with one of the city's wildest bands. The group's success has only strained things between Lili and Curtis Ray, her cool, rebellious boyfriend and bandmate.

 Lili soon meets William Bonney—a guitarist from Northern Ireland. William is as reserved as Curtis Ray is loud, haunted by the life he left behind, but every bit as brilliant a musician. William's quiet confidence moves Lili to search for what she really wants. But the secrets of William's past could mean danger for both of them . . .

"[T]hrobs with social and political tensions and the raw drive of punk music. . . . Readers will be swept up in Brooks' adrenaline-fueled story of music and rebellion."—starred, Booklist 

Kevin Brooks lives in the UK and is the author of many books for young adults including The Bunker Diary, winner of the 2014 Carnegie Medal.