Author Archive

Guess How Much I Love You

September 24, 2020
Title: Guess How Much I Love You Padded Board Book, Author: Sam McBratney
Children’s author, Sam McBratney died September 18th at age 77. Born in Ireland, McBratney published over 50 books, but is best known for the now classic. “Guess How Much I Love You” story of little Nutbrown hare and his father, who loves him ‘to the moon and back.’ Published in 1994, ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ is now one of the must-have titles for newborns and parents reading books to their babies. The title has sold over 50 million copies and a companion book is scheduled to be released next week.

Free Learning Resources

September 17, 2020
Wide Open School's logo

Wide Open School is a free learning resource available through Common Sense Media. It’s marketed as a tool to ‘make distance learning more effective and engaging.’ Wide Open School allows you to filter the learning activities by age groups as well as type of resource (ex: video, article, ebook, lesson). Each day new lessons and activities are posted. Wide Open School can be used by students, parents and teachers. Subject areas offered include art, STEM, poetry, society and culture, writing, history and more.

Kid’s Podcast to try

September 10, 2020
Julie's Library

If you are like most people with kids these days, the children in your life may be spending a lot of time with screens. One way to try to lure them away may be a podcast. Perhaps suggest they do some arts and crafts, play with the family pet, or go for a walk. All of these activities are enhanced by listening to a podcast. Julie’s Library (Julie Andrews) is a podcast to try that has stories read aloud, activities and music. The podcast offers older classics like ‘Ketzel the Cat who Composed’ along with newer titles like ‘Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress.’

The Twits

September 3, 2020

Roald Dahl’s The Twits has a new digital performance version that will be live streamed for free through the end of November. Billed as a theatrical reading, the 40 year-old book is produced through London’s Unicorn Theater. The performance can be viewed on YouTube or by visiting The Guardian’s web site link. The unabridged reading is a must for all Roald Dahl fans and recommended for children ages 6-12. It’s a great idea to read the book first!

The Guest List

August 31, 2020
The Guest List

If you’re a fan of British mysteries set on islands then make sure you read The Guest List. The wedding of a handsome actor to a high profile magazine publisher brings together a collection of family and friends to a remote island. The past and present collide as actions of the past are slowly revealed and consequences brought to bear. By the end of the reception, revelations brought back to life will cause life-changing events. What secret does the beautiful bride’s half sister keep hidden from her family? Does the bride’s old high school buddy still have a crush on her he can’t forget? What secrets are the groom’s ushers afraid will come to light? Find out by reading Foley’s latest.

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