Christine Turner's blog

Open A Book to Discover A World of Creative Possibilities

 

 

 When children are given opportunities to explore, discover and create they develop skills, which can be applied to other areas of their lives; such as creativity and problem solving. So, open a book to expand the possibilities in your child’s life. 

 A Book about Color by Mark Gonyea.

Author Highlight, Gary Soto

Gary Soto's books, are sprinkled with Spanish expressions and phrases, and typically portray Mexican-American children and teenagers growing up in California. Although many of his characters are Mexican-American, all readers can easily identify with the situations and emotions of growing up that Soto presents.

Do You Have A Bad Kitty Addiction?

Please, don't be mad at me!!!  I realize that it is only September and Christmas is several months away. So, why in the world would I even think of of Christmas yet?  It's Bad Kitty's fault. 

I, like many of you out there, love Bad Kitty.  So, when I discovered that Nick Bruel's newest book is on order, I knew instantly that I wanted to share the news with you. Therefore, it  simple did not matter that it is a Christmas book. 

Purple Dinosaurs and Twinkly Chimes...Really?

Music is and always will be a huge part of my life, and I enjoy sharing my love for music with children.

At times, however, I am troubled that children's music is not more musically complex.  Children have the ability to experience different types of music at any age, and consequently, it is through these opportunities that they develop an appreciation of diverse compositions and sounds. It's an insult to the intelligence of infants and young people to think that every children's music cd needs to be sung by a purple dinosaur, or that it must include twinkly chimes.

Start the School Year Off Right.

 Wow! I cannot believe that summer vacation is over, and school has begun!  I know that starting school is a huge event in the lives of children and their families. 

So, to start this year off correctly, I wanted to share a few of my all time favorite books, and a few new stories that I’ve included on my personal to read list. Most of the items on this list are packed full of humor and are sure to delight young students. I hope they will help make the transition from summer vacation to starting school a little bit easier. 

Before Your Next "Required Reading List"

Before you go back to school, I wanted to provide everyone with a few really fun books with a touch of humor. My favorite is No More Dead Dogs  Gordon Korman. It's hilarious, and it always leaves me in a good mood. I am a huge believer that reading should be fun, and children should be encouraged to read what they love.  So, let me know if you like these books. I would be happy to offer additional booklists like this one.

 

 

 

 

For the Love of a Bear

 

This weekend, on  August 21, 1921, Winnie the Pooh will turn 90 years old. 

Winnie the Pooh once said, "If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you." Luckily, we will never have to live without Winnie the Pooh for he will live forever in the  pages of books (and  in our hearts).

The original tales and poems by A. A. Milne are charming, and will spark the imagination of young readers. I highly recommend that you give them a try. 
 

End of Summer Pick

Tween girls will especially like this light hearted and often funny story. A perfect pick for the end of summer. 

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything  by Uma Krishnaswami 

It's Time to Plan for Success

To be successful in school it is important to be organized. But, it's not an easy task for young people who have to deal with schoolwork, friends, activities, chores, rooms, backpacks, lockers, desks, and what about fun? No wonder it becomes difficult for children to keep track of everything in their lives! 

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