Children’s Book Review: Disney Manga: Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.

Children’s Book Review: Disney Manga: Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.

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Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 – 6
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Tokyopop (January 1, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1427858136
ISBN-13: 978-1427858139

Description

From the worldwide blockbuster film, this monster manga hit follows scare master Sulley and his assistant Mike on their mission of scaring the human children of the world. But when one small girl ends up giving them a big scare back, it becomes their job to return her to her bedroom… and the Monsters, Inc. factory back to normal.

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There is a factory which employs skilled monsters to scare human children and collect their screams to power the city. Do you know the name of the factory? Yes, it’s Monsters. Inc. 

My son was attracted by its bright cover and asked me to request this book. He was a little bit disappointed about its black and white illustrations inside. But, it doesn’t affect his enthusiasm for Monsters. Inc. Although this manga is an adaption and some plots are omitted, the text is easy to read for young readers and its plot is easy to follow.

If you are a fan of Monsters. Inc, you can’t miss this one. If you want to start to read the manga, you can start with this one for instruction about manga-reading also included.

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Children’s Book Review: Nouns Say “What’s That?”

Children’s Book Review: Nouns Say “What’s That?”

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Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Grade Level: 1 – 3
Series: Word Adventures: Parts of Speech
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Picture Window Books (August 1, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1515840581
ISBN-13: 978-1515840589

Description

Tour groups, exhibits, paintings, sculptures … The museum is teeming with common and proper nouns, everywhere you look! Person, Place, and Thing make sure readers not only discover factual grammar basics inside, but also lots of fun, laughter, and adventure.

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Grammar is an essential element in learning English. However, grammar learning is boring sometimes. As an English teacher, I tried a lot of ways to motivate my students on grammar learning. I find reading books is an interesting way to introduce grammar rules. Fortunately, I find Word Adventures, the bubbly language-arts series. Nouns Say “What’s That?” is one of this series. It’s about the museum adventure of three monsters— Person, Place, and Thing. A wide range of common and proper nouns in the museum are introduced to readers. At the end of this book, notes on nouns are summarized. The illustration matches perfectly with the text. These nouns in this book are closely connected with the children’s daily life. Following Person, Place, and Thing, readers can get basic grammar rules about nouns and enjoy the joyful museum adventure. If you plan to introduce grammar rules to your younger readers, I think you can start with this one.

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Born in The United States January 01, 1954
Website: http://michaeldahlwrites.com/ Genre:  Children’s BooksYoung Adult
Michael Dahl is the author of over 100 children’s books. Some of his most popular series are Finnegan Zwake, Library of Doom, and Dragonblood. He resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a haunted house.
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Children’s Book Review: Be Kind: You Can Make the World a Happier Place! 125 Kind Things to Say & Do

Children’s Book Review: Be Kind: You Can Make the World a Happier Place! 125 Kind Things to Say & Do

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Age Range: 5 and up
Grade Level: 2 – 3
Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (June 25, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1635861543
ISBN-13: 978-1635861549

Description

In a world where people spend more time engaging through screens than in real-life interaction, showing basic human kindness can feel like a lost art. Be Kind offers children aged 5 and up simple, actionable things they can do in their daily lives that help them cultivate kindness toward others and grow into people with the capacity to make the world a kinder place.

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Smile at one more person each day, pick up trash, compliment everyone, keep a thankfulness jar,… How many ways to express kindness you can think of? Surprisingly, this adorable book tells us more than 100 ways to show kindness.

With colorful illustration and simple text, this nonfiction picture book exposes readers to a wide range of acts about basic human kindness, which serve as a great reminder in our daily life for kids and adults alike. As the words “ you can make the world a happier place” on the cover says, it is your choice that makes a difference to the world. This book is meant to encourage kids to do simple and kind acts in their daily lives.

When I first read this book with my son, five, and when we stopped on the page “ Be a hug ambassador, …”, he hugged me and said, “ Mom, I love you.” It reminds me that kindness is something that needs to be taught and reinforced by showing them how to be kind. So, if you are looking for a book to share kindness with your kids, why not consider picking up this lovely book.

About Author

Naomi Shulman is the author of Be Kind. She is an essayist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Yankee Magazine, Real Simple, and FamilyFun.

She holds a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School and has been writing about children for years, often with an emphasis on emotional, ethical, and behavioral development.

She lives in western Massachusetts with her two daughters.

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Children’s Book Review: You can do it, Squirrel

Children’s Book Review: You can do it, Squirrel

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Paperback: 30 pages
Publisher: Independently published (December 28, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1790452503
ISBN-13: 978-1790452507.

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Squirrel and Elephant are best friends. One day, when Squirrel sees delicious nuts high up in a tree, she is scared to climb it. Elephant motivates her and supports her, and when things go wrong, he is there for her. Together, they overcome the hurdle, and they can’t wait for their next adventure.

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This lovely picture book tells about the genuine friendship between two good friends— Squirrel and Elephant. One day, Squirrel finds nuts in a tree but is fear to climb up the tall tree to get one. Then, Elephant motivates and helps her to overcome her fears.

The beautiful illustrations immediately catch my eyes. I think it will offer kids a great visual. Also, It reminds me of an old saying, “a friend in need is a friend indeed.” What a great teaching book for kids to learn about what true friendship is. Moreover, its bilingual text in German and English makes it really a must-read for raising a bilingual baby.

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Born in Heidelberg, Germany
Website:  https://katebreuer.com
Twitter:  katebreuer
Genre:  Fantasy, Science Fiction, Children’s
With the help of Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs, as well as Bilbo, Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, and the like, she began writing fantasy novels and short stories. One of her first finished books, and one of the most embarrassing choices of her writing career, was a sequel to Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

It was years before she finally went on to original work and even longer before any of it had much value. In 2015, she wrote this very book during NaNoWriMo, well, a very rough first draft. In 2018 it is now finally edited and ready for you to read.

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10 Best Board Books for Baby and Toddlers

10 Best Board Books for Baby and Toddlers

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My son is a little book worm. We never have to remind him to engage in his reading. I think one of the reasons is that I read to him as early as he was born. Board books can bring a safe, simple and fun early reading experience to your baby. This list is my son’s favorite when he was a baby. It makes our read-aloud time really enjoyable and I hope it can also delight your little ones.

Dr. Seuss’s ABC

We have a great number of collections on Dr. Seuss’s work. My son enjoys catchy alliterations and rhymes in his books a lot. There is no exception for this book. It makes learning the alphabet in such a fun and easy way. The colorful illustration will also catch your babies’ eyes.

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?

The cute book is about a baby bear’s journey to find his mother, in which different animals appear along the journey. In this book, beautiful illustration and repeating words will sure to delight your baby.

Dear Zoo

When my son was still a baby, he enjoyed picking up flaps on each page of this book to find different animals. The story tells about a little boy writing letters to a zoo for a pet. But he fails as none of them meets his requirements. Different characteristic of each animal is introduced in such a fun way.

I Love You Through and Through

This sweet simple book is one of my boy’s favorite when he was a baby. We used this book to play games with him. Whenever I read it to him, he will touch his ears, nose, toes or pretend to cry or laugh… Its round corners will be safe for little ones.

I Wish You More

There are 14 different wishes in this book. All of them convey the love message to kids— they are loved by others. It’s important for a little baby to know that. Moreover, its beautiful illustration and simple lines on each page match perfectly with each wish, which makes its content easy to understand by little ones.

Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA

This super simple book is appealing for little ones. “DADA” is repeated to help little baby to recite. Different sounds of animals will delight the ears of your little ones. Read it to your baby and share the humor in this book.

Mommies Say Shhh!

It’s a simple fun book for young ones with different animal noises and the beautiful scenery of the rural area. When my son was about one year old, I read it to him in read-aloud time. He really enjoyed the animal noises and tried to make these noises. It’s really fun.

Little Blue Truck

Animal sounds and truck noises are introduced in this book. Your little ones must enjoy these sounds. You can also play sound-matching game with this book. Meanwhile, this book tells us a great lesson—friendship and teamwork can help us overcome any difficulties.

That’s Not My Bear

It’s one of the sensory book “That’s not my” series for babies. Little ones can touch different textures in this book to develop their sensory. The repetitive lines will help little ones learn to read.

Vegetables in Underwear

As the title says, vegetables in this book wear underwear. It seems so silly, but in this way, little ones can make sense of these adjectives— big, small, clean, dirty, serious and funny. When my son was in his diaper, I read it to him. It brings him a lot of fun. You can’t miss it in your read-aloud time for your baby.
 

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15 Valentine’s Day Books for Kids

15 Valentine’s Day Books for Kids

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Valentine’s Day is coming. What gifts do you prepare for your kids? I think picture books about Valentine’Day is a good idea to share and feel love. (Here are more reading benefits for kids) Read these books with your kids and they will definitely enjoy.

If You’ll Be My Valentine

It’s about a boy’s loving wishes to all the family members. Its rhymic poems and adorable illustrations will be sure to attract young readers. It’s fun to read aloud with kids to celebrate the romantic holiday.

Love, Ruby Valentine

Ruby, a Valentine’s fan, is crazy about Valentine’s Day. In the holiday mood, she prepares it ahead of time. However, accidentally she sleeps through the big day, missing it. What’ll Ruby do next? Read it with your Valentine’s fan and try to get the love message— every day is the perfect day to say “ I love you”.

The Valentine Bears

Hibernating through the winter, Mr. and Mrs. Bear never have the chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day. But on this Feb.14,  Mrs. Bear sets an alarm clock…… How do they spend the special day together? Share the story with kids and feel the true love of these two bears.

10 Valentine Friends

It’s a simple counting book on Valentine’s Day. In this book, the ten friends are eager to make perfect Valentine cards for their friends. It’s such a fun way to learn counting and the special day. Count with your kids and try to get how many cards are there in this book.

Peppa Pig and the I Love You Game

My kid enjoys the TV show of Peppa Pig. This book is one of his favorites. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, on Feb.14 Peppa’s family plays a “ I love you game”. What’s the special game is about? Read this book to your kids and try to get the answer.

Mouse’s First Valentine

The two cute little mice in this book are really fascinating. They tell us about the genuine love between siblings. Besides you can introduce Valentine’s card-making to your kids with this book.

Why? Because I love you!

“Why do I have to wear a hat?” As a parent, you may come across this kind of question with your kids. What’s your answer? In this book, you can get the best one, that is, “Because I love you.” Follow little Dup’s adventure and feel the warm love between child and parent.

Plant a Kiss

What do we usually plant? A tree, a flower or some other things. This time, the little girl plants a kiss. What will she get in the end? Read the cute tale about hope, kindness and sharing to explore the surprise the book gives us.

The Biggest Kiss

This is a perfect book for younger children. Its rhyming text and stunning illustration make it an adorable bed story. Whenever I read it to my kid, he will create kissing noises. We can’t help laughing about it. You can add it to your must-read list on Valentine’s Day.

Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar

If you have ever read the counting book Very Hungry Caterpillar, you must be amazed by its beautiful and vibrant illustrations. In this Valentine’s Day, you can’t miss this book because this book is the typical Eric Carle’s artwork. Read it with your younger ones to join the celebration of this special day.

My Fuzzy Valentine

On Valentine’s Day, Elmo receives an unsigned Valentine. Who’s the sender? Elmo begins his exploration in sesame street to find out the mysterious sender. Read this touch-and-feel board book to your kids and try to figure out the sender.

Love Monster

In Cutesville, the only monster is looking for a friend. He looks everywhere but fails. When he’s about to give up, another monster appears. On this Valentine’s Day, the cute story will send us the love message “love will appear at the most unexpected moment.”

Too Many Valentines

If you are the fan of the Robin Hill School series, you can’t miss this book. Neil thinks Valentines are silly. However, when he doesn’t receive any Valentines at school, he feels left out. I think the most important thing in this book is to tell your kids that other kids also encounter problems in their life.

Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool

One of the great books of Pete the Cat series about Valentine’s Day. At first, Pete isn’t into the holiday. After his friend Callie explains the special meaning of the holiday, he changes his mind and decides to make Valentines to all his friends. The colorful illustrations, stickers, and cards included in this book are great attractions for kids.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!

This is also another good read on Valentine’s Day. A little mouse makes Valentine cards for all his beloved friends to celebrate the holiday. Each Valentine card shows why he loves each friend for their specialty to him. I think your kids will fall in love with it.

Want more Valentine’s Day ideas?

Try the following list to spend an unforgettable Valentine’s Day with your children!

How To Spread Love On Valentine’s Day And All Year Long from Happy Science Mom

Valentine’s Day Activities Your Toddlers and Preschoolers Will Love from Fab Working Mom Life

Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts For Toddlers from Spit Up and Sit Ups

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Infants and Toddlers from A Flourishing Rose

Valentines ideas for dads from life with little and lula

How to Help Kids Make a Valentine’s Day Countdown Calendar from Coffee and Carpool

Valentine’s day – Book gift ideas for toddlers from Reading And Living

 

 

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