Friday, August 28, 2015

Free Book Friday: Feeding the Flying Fanellis

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It's Friday! Congratulations to Crystal Brunelle, who's won Out of Darkness. Send your address to, and we'll get your book in the mail.

Time for a picture book giveaway! This week, enter to win Feeding the Flying Fanellis: And Other Poems from a Circus Chef, written by award-winning author Kate Hosford and illustrated by award-winning illustrator Cosei Kawa. This playful poetry book is perfect for poetry units and bedtime reading alike. 

Find out what keeps these performers juggling, balancing, and entertaining—meals prepared by their tireless chef! Poems from this jolly cook give a glimpse of his unusual perspective, from delightful to downright funny. Enjoy a front-row seat for this whimsical look at circus life that just might make you hungry!

What do you feed a trapeze family to keep them up in the air? A fire eater with a penchant for hot sauce? Or a lion with a gourmet palate? How do you satisfy a sweet-toothed human cannonball who's outgrowing his cannon? 

Kirkus Reviews had lovely things to say about this fantastical picture book! Read the review here

If you'd like to win Feeding the Flying Fanellis, please leave a comment on this post (including your first and last name), or tweet this line: "Free Book Friday! Tweet to win FEEDING THE FLYING FANELLIS by @khosford_author from @LernerBooks." Make sure to check the blog next week to see if you've won!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Say What?!

Okay, so this very well may just be me, but does anyone else notice how the wording of certain expressions and phrases sometimes suddenly changes—like, almost overnight? Case in point: the phrase “by accident.” I don’t hear people say this much anymore. It seems like everyone’s now saying “on accident.” Not that this difference matters all that much. But when did it start? And why??

Other examples:

● “based off of,” instead of the formerly-more-common (and still-used-by-me) “based on”

● “all of the sudden," instead of “all of a sudden”

● “literally” as a word of emphasis, instead of “seriously” or something like that. (As in, “It’s literally raining so hard right now.”)

9780761378907fc_Medium The fact that I notice bizarre things like this just may be why I love the Lerner series It’s Just an Expression (cover pictured). It delves into expressions like “at the eleventh hour” or “keep your eye on the ball” and explains what they mean and where they came from. Fascinating stuff!

What expressions fascinate you, blog readers? Have you noticed any of them changing over time? Do share, because I always love hearing from you guys…literally!

Monday, August 24, 2015

A Birthday Book

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9781467711630fc_Medium Did you guys know that August is the most popular birth month? It’s true. As someone who loves birthdays (both mine and other people’s), I think that makes August pretty special. It also makes August an apt time to talk about Sam Is Six (cover pictured), a book I wrote because of my love of birthdays.

This book from the My Reading Neighborhood series follows the cast of Reading Neighborhood characters as they celebrate Sam’s sixth birthday. The gang plays games. They eat cake. They watch as Sam enthusiastically opens his presents and blows out his candles.

Like all My Reading Neighborhood titles, the story incorporates words from the Dolch Sight Words list to build literacy skills. It uses sentences that follow a predictable pattern to introduce kids to the rhythm of language. The beautiful artwork by Shelley Dieterichs also supports readers by clearly illustrating the text that appears on each page.

I hope Sam Is Six offers young readers a fun and satisfying early-reading experience—and that it encourages them down the path of lifelong reading. If that happened for even just one kid…well, then I’d be so excited, you just might think it was my birthday.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Free Book Friday: Out of Darkness

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It's Friday! Congratulations to Mindy Rhiger (@mindyreads), who's won the Lab galley giveaway. DM us your address, and we'll choose 5 galleys to send your way.

This week, we're continuing our Lab 5th anniversary fun by giving away a copy of Ashley Hope Pérez's Out of Darkness, which has already earned two stars from Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal.

"This is East Texas, and there's lines. Lines you cross, lines you don't cross. That clear?"

New London, Texas. 1937. Naomi Vargas and Wash Fuller know about the lines in East Texas as well as anyone. They know the signs that mark them. They know the people who enforce them. But sometimes the attraction between two people is so powerful it breaks through even the most entrenched color lines. And the consequences can be explosive.

Ashley Hope Pérez takes the facts of the 1937 New London school explosion—the worst school disaster in American history—as a backdrop for a riveting novel about segregation, love, family, and the forces that destroy people.

Download a free sample chapter and discussion guide on our website, and follow Ashley on Twitter for Out of Darkness updates!

If you'd like to win Out of Darkness, please leave a comment on this post (including your first and last name), or tweet this line: "Free Book Friday! Tweet to win OUT OF DARKNESS by @ashleyhopeperez from @LernerBooks. #LabF15" Make sure to check the blog next week to see if you've won!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Exciting news for Audisee™ eBooks with Audio!

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This week, we found out that Audisee™ eBooks with Audio received an Academics' Choice Award™ Smart Book Award! Congrats to the Audisee team, including all of the interns who tirelessly tested the eBooks.

So what is Audisee? Glad you asked. 

Audisee titles are eBooks with embedded audio books and text highlighting that allow readers to follow along. There are currently 135 titles available, suitable for struggling readers, reluctant readers, auditory learners, ELL/ESL students, and on-level readers in grades 4 through 12. We add more books every fall, too! With titles ranging from curriculum-oriented nonfiction to award-winning young adult fiction, every student will find a book that sparks his or her interest. 

Audisee books work on a wide-range of devices from desktops to hand-held e-readers for easy access. Plus, fixed-format pagination supports instruction allowing groups of readers a common, shared reading experience. Available for purchase in single- or multi-user packages with fluent, professional audio narration, Audisee is an ideal program for any classroom.

Here's what some of the Academics' Choice reviewers had to say about Audisee: 

"The navigation is easy to use and the audio and pages are fast loading."

"With Audisee, I was not only able to get my son hooked on the stories (without him suffering the frustration of reading them himself), but I was able to do it even when I wasn't around."

"It made finding an interesting story for my student a breeze."

Want to try it for yourself? Click here to request a free trial!