Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Summer Reading Giveaway

Mr. Turtle enjoying
 a book in his favorite reading chair.
Another school year is ending and everyone is ready for the break from early mornings, homework and activity schedules. The first week or two are always the best, as everyone is so excited about not going to school. But then, out of nowhere, the "I'm boooored," spirits of summer vacation begin to haunt our children. One of my favorite antidotes for bordem is not the $50 video game, but rather shelves filled with great stories and adventures. Books don't need batteries or  have to be charged and you can bring them just about anywhere.

Celebrate and support ongoing learning by encouraging fun summer reading. Reading is essential for young children, especially during the long break. In Dr. Julie Wood's article, Helping to Prevent Summer Reading Loss, she suggests a few easy ways to keep your young ones—whether they are your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or neighbors—reading during the break:

   Always carry along books, wherever you go this summer
   Let your children choose books they'd like to read
   Read aloud with your children, even if they know how to read
   Participate in a summer reading program

To support summer reading and public libraries, from May 15 through June 15, I am hosting a SUMMER READING GIVEAWAY. Register below to win a donation to your public library of one each of the two published Thurston T. Turtle books.

A charming tale of townspeople named for woodland creatures, who endear themselves to a newcomer to Hubbleville, Thurston T. Turtle. The town's quirky news reporter, Mr. Possum, is determined to get the scoop on the newest resident in town, but always seems to be one step behind.

“…perfect for a 6-8 year old to read to themselves but for any age for reading to! Especially for anyone that loves Turtles or any other Woodland Animal. This book is cute and very entertaining…I will be recommending this book to other friends and family with children of all ages.” Censie Sawyer, mommy blogger, Building Our Story, CO

In this follow-up to Thurston T. Turtle Moves to Hubbleville, our endearing newcomer is settling in when he notices everyone’s homemade butter cookies and lemonade taste the same. However, stories of the recipes’ origins are quite different. While Mr. Turtle’s second grade class uncovers other similarities, it is the discovery of old letters, help from the scattered Mr. Possum and a visit to an old family friend that converge to reveal the legend of the lemonade. And the butter cookies, too, of course!
"Micki Bare has penned another engaging tale of the adventures of Thurston T. Turtle in his new hometown of Hubbleville.  Thurston has settled into his new home and has begun his duties as a teacher in the local school when he comes upon an engaging mystery involving cookies and lemonade!   Children will enjoy reading and discussing the possible answers to all the questions that arise around these special treats, as new information is added with each chapter.  Solving the mystery becomes an exciting class project for Thurston’s students.  As always, the language is rich and colorful, expanding children’s store of expressive words to use as they read and discuss the story.  This is a great book to read and discuss with your children." Linda J. Scheer, primary educator and early childhood education consultant, NY

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  1. My favorite book actually books as a child were the Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel. I read them over and over again as a child. I am not sure to this day why I loved them so much other than possibly the envy I had of having such a close friend, a BFF as some would call it. I was painfully shy so it made making friends very difficult for me and I think Frog and Toad helped me escape to the land of BFFs even though I did not have a BFF of my own.

  2. My favorite book as a child was Ferdinand the bull. He was a sweet giant. He loved to smell the flowers, and I loved that about him. I think I always stop to smell the flowers where ever I am because of that book.

  3. My favorite book as child was "The Secret Raft" by Hazel Kranz. I was six years old and I learned how to use my imagination to take me on great adventures using everyday things. I think that is how I became a tomboy at such an early age despite my mothers intentions of keeping me in ribbons and lace plus the fact that I was the only girl of four. I read everything I could get until I had nothing left to read but Agatha Chirsite's " And Then There Were None (not the real title.) After that, I started to write, and well, there's that.
    As you can see, I can't even post anything less than 200 words.