Thursday, November 29, 2012

Flamingos Don't Wear Bathing Suits by Daniel Moskowitz

Good Day Dear Readers,
The Queen here with a different kind of book than I normally present. Flamingos Don't Wear Bathing Suits is a self-published book by Daniel Moskowitz. To purchase a book, click the link for ordering information.

After reading though a few of the poems, I found the book full of cute rhymes and great illustrations. If you enjoy Shel Silverstein, then give this one a look.


Author: Daniel Moskowitz                                                                                                              
Illustrator: Michael Swaim

Book Information:

Publisher and date: Bullmoose Books, (January, 2013)
Reading level: grades 3-8
Book Info: softcover 122 pgs
Genre: poetry
ISBN: 978-1937118-11-2

Book Summary
Flamingos Don't Wear Bathing Suits is a collection of poetry aimed for children and parents alike. In the fashion of the great Shel Silverstein, Flamingos is full of both funny and heartwarming rhymes and stories, each with their own sort of startling quirkiness. The book's poems tackles many common childhood concerns in a fun and fanciful manner.

 Here's a sample of the poetry you'll find in this book:

"The dog ate my homework"
Is a lazy excuse,
They've heard this before,
It is of no use.

If you need a story
Here's one worth a try,
Say, "I ate my homework,
and it tasted quite dry."

There's more! Scheduled to release later in 2013, are more crazy poems.

Activity Adventures:

Explore various types of poems. Go to the library and check out other poem books. Then see if you can pick a crazy, or every day topic and write a poem about it. You know, there's really not enough meatloaf poems out there if you ask me.

Authors Arena

About The Author from author website

Daniel Moskowitz is the author of several yet-to-be written novels including the soon-to-be bestseller, Acne Acres: A Teenagers Guide to Overcoming Life's Blemishes, as well as the highly acclaimed cookbook, Chicken Soup for the Bowl. He is the recipient of the HOPE scholarship, Jewish Star of the Week (Atlanta Jewish Times, October 2004), and several honorable mentions and most-improved sportsman awards.

An Atlanta native and graduate of the University of Georgia, the twenty-five year old literary wit is currently working on his third installment of poetry entitled, Ostrich Legs.

Illustrator: from book website

Michael Swaim is a Houston, Texas-based cartoonist, illustrator and acrylic
painter who is realizing his dream of making it as a full-time artist at the midpoint
of his life. He has created artwork for over 30 children’s books, medical
and dental books, and various magazine articles over the years. Michael is
also a published editorial and political cartoonist. He currently resides in
Houston with his lovely wife Shauna, three Pugs, and one cat.

Monday, November 26, 2012

I Gotta Draw by Bruce Degen

Good Day Dear Readers,
The Queen here with a book I found wonderful for those students who simply can't fit the norm. (If you live with rambunctious dragons, you need all the help you can get.)

I Gotta Draw by Bruce Degen (Jamberry) was one of those students who had to draw. And now look, he makes a living illustrating wonderful stories.

After reading this book, I encourage you to look for ways you can use your child's favorite hobby to enhance their learning experience.

Happy Reading,
The Queen


Book Title: I Gotta Draw
Author/Illustrator: Bruce Degen

Book Information:

Publisher and date: HarperCollins (June 5, 2012)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 40 pages 
Genre: Fiction Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0060284176 

Book Theme:
Talents, Creativity, Learning styles, Incorporating art in Education, drawing, helping students succeed.

Book Summary
Charlie Muttnik is the pup with the pencil, the mutt with the marker, the dog with the drawing pad, the chap with the chalk! He draws all the time.
But when Charlie doodles all over his homework, there's trouble at school. It's only when his strict teacher, Miss Rich, tries something new that both realize Charlie can be a great artist at school and at home.

Activity Adventures:

Does your young scholar enjoy drawing doodles? Or perhaps they have other hobbies or talents they love doing.
Sports? Have your child toss or bounce a ball while they spell words. Pin letters to a fence outside and encourage your child to throw a ball at the letters you call out. This helps develop their large motor skills while they also learn their letters. And incorporating movement into memorization helps the brain retain information easier.

Painting or drawing? Have them illustrate their spelling list, or a lesson they are working on. Perhaps they can create a history book of their own.

If your child has trouble sitting for long periods of time, allow them to stand and work. Let them sit on an exercise ball that allows them to still move around while they work.

What other hobbies or talents do your kids have that you've been able to incorporate into their learning? Please share if you have any other ideas, I'd love to hear them and so would other parents who might be trying to find ways to help their struggling kids in school.

Authors Arena

Author and Illustrator: Bruce Degen
(from Scholastic bio)

When I was a kid, I used to draw all the time. In sixth grade, I had a wonderful teacher who would let me stand in the back of the room and paint all the time. Once I didn't even have to take a spelling test.

I went to a special high school for art, LaGuardia High School — you had to take a test to go there. I went to Cooper Union and got a bachelor's degree in art, and then I went to the Pratt Institute and got a Master of Fine Arts.

I've worked in a lot of art fields. I worked in advertising; I painted scenery for the opera; I was a painter and printmaker; I even taught art in high school and college. But I got to a point where I decided there was something missing — and what was missing was humor! When I was a kid, all the work that I did was funny. And I realized that the kind of art I always loved to draw was the kind you find in children's books. So I did something I had never gone to school for — I became an illustrator.

The nice thing about books is that they go out into the world. When a kid, parent, or teacher tells you how much he or she likes your book, you realize that you've given something that has become part of somone else's life.

Bruce Degen is the bestselling author and illustrator of the beloved, perennial favorite Jamberry and numerous award-winning books for children. He is the author and illustrator of Daddy Is a Doodlebug and Sailaway Home as well as the illustrator of the highly acclaimed Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole; the ever-popular Jesse Bear books by Nancy White Carlstrom; Jazzmatazz! by Stephanie Calmenson; and Shirley's Wonderful Baby by Valiska Gregory (available at your local library).

Monday, November 19, 2012

Tis the Season for Thanksgiving Books!

Happy Holidays dear Reader friends-
Today, since Thanksgiving is this week, I decided to add a collection of books you can find that will teach about this humble holiday, or inspire your youngsters to find ways to enjoy it. I say humble because often Thanksgiving gets crushed in between Halloween's frightening costumes and candy and Christmas' festive shopping and extravaganzas.

But I love Thanksgiving and have nothing but happy memories of family gatherings, laughter, the smell of food prepared by loving Moms and Grannys and Aunties and playing games late into the night. So, today I wish to offer a few books that showcase this holiday. If you're looking for a literary way to teach your youngsters about Thanksgiving, check out one or more of these books at your local library or bookstore.

Oh, and don't be afraid to allow the little ones to get in on the baking and preparing for the family feast. Even if the feast and family is few. Let them crate placemats, let them pinch the edges of pies, let them help you cut out cookie shapes. Any way you can involve them helps little ones understand the specialness of this day.

 And, most important, don't forget to talk about what you're thankful for.

I, for one, am thankful for each and every one of you who stop by our little Castle Library and hope you find inspiration and ideas to make reading enjoyable and important to young ones. You can give your child no greater give than that of abundant love and a love of reading. Oh, the worlds you'll open, the grand possibilities....

Ohhh, where's my tissue?

Happy Reading,
The Queen

Amazon is a great place to start when looking for titles. You can always take the list to your local library or bookstore and see if they have the book in stock. 

Another list, this one by Scholastic. No cover pictures, however, there are links for Thanksgiving bookmarks you can download. 

If you're a member of Goodreads, they also have a list (with pictures) of books about Thanksgiving. At Goodreads, you can see what others think of a book which sometimes help when trying to pick out what to read. 

And finally, since we love having activities to do along with the books we read, Parenting has some kid-friendly crafts and such you can check out.

I wish all of you a very wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy the time with friends and family.and stuff yourselves like crazy. 

The Queen
Who is worried about the dragon's wanting to have a turkey roast. Nothing like charred poultery. Right?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Just a Quick Note....

Good day Dear Readers and Scribes,

I suppose you  may have noticed less book features being posted over the past few weeks. I'd like to take a moment to explain.

Here at the Castle Library, we've been quite busy on a special project and this project has taken up a lot of our time. The good news is this project is nearing completion and we can soon get back to the business of featuring books.

What is the project we've been working on, you ask?

Well, I'm glad you've asked.

Click on over to our resident Author, Jackie Castle's, newest blogsite, The White Road Chronicles, to see what we've been up to. Of course, when the project is completed, we'll feature it here at the library.

Be looking for more information in the next couple of weeks. Oh, and do be sure to stop by the White Road Chronicles site to enter a contest to win a $20 gift card to either Barnes and Noble or Amazon, or to win a free book! Yes, I said book. Because that's what we've all been working on. A book of our own.

Happy Reading,
The Queen and all the others.