Alitaptap

Congratulations To Mylene Leumin

Her Beautiful Book Alitaptap Is Our Latest

Reading With Your Kids

Certified Great Read

We had a fun & fascinating time reading Alitaptap, A Philippine Myth of the Firefly by Mylene Leumin. This book is part of Mylene’s tales of Potos series that introduces readers to many of the Philippine origin myths.

The Philippines is also called the Pearl Of The Orient Seas. Mylene derived the name of her book-series in its acronym: POTOS. The Tales of POTOS are stories of animals where each book is a story that unravels how the animal – or the character of the story – earns its distinguishing feature or trait. As a goal, she embedded in the stories, subtle guidance and moral lessons that a young reader can learn from.

The story of Alitaptap begins with a stunningly beautiful introduction to the Philippines. We learn that people lived in harmony with each other and nature. We meet Apong, a wise man who was chosen by the God Bathala to be ruler. Apong is given a magical amulet, called an agimat, to help him rule.

Somehow the agimat is lost, and Apong calls on all of the people and creatures to search for the lost amulet.

One of the things we loved about the story is that of all the mighty creatures who joined in the search is was a tiny fly who saved the day. This is a great reminder for kids that we can all make a difference no matter our size. We also loved that there are many other lessons about kindness and respect found throughout Alitaptap.

The illustrations in the book are bright and fun and really enhance the story.

Alitaptap Tales of Potos CGR announcement on Biteable

The Field Day – Our Latest Certified Great Read

Mr. Shipman’s Kindergarten Chronicles: The Field Day

Our Latest Reading With Your Kids Certified Great Read

Congratulations to Terance Shipman and all of the members of Team Shipman! The latest chapter in My Shipman’s Kindergarten Chronicles, The Field Day, has been named a Reading With Your Kids Certified Great Read!

Dr. Terance Shipman has been teaching young children for over 25 years, including 11 years as a Kindergarten teacher. He is proud of the many strong relationships he has built with his students.  Dr. Shipman calls this ever-developing network “Team Shipman”.  Through Team Shipman, Dr. Shipman offers continual encouragement, leadership, and mentorship to his students, their families, and his professional peers.  ​

Mr. Shipman’s Kindergarten Chronicles brings some of Dr Shipman’s memories of teaching Kindergarten back to life. Each book in the series celebrates the male teacher, in particular the black male teacher.  Acknowledging the under-representation of black men in education, Mr. Shipman presents a positive and strong black male image that children need. Through his first series of books, Dr. Shipman’s Kindergarten Chronicles, Dr. Shipman hopes to make kindergarten an exciting and anticipated adventure for students, parents, and teachers, while casting an even wider net for Team Shipman.

The Field Day Is The Perfect Book for this Uncertain Time

We love “The Field Day: The ultimate sporting event book for kids”, the latest addition to Ternace Shipman’s Kindergarten Chronicles Series. As with all of the books in this series, “The Field Day” is a book that kids and families will love reading together. In this beautifully illustrated story we meet Banicia, a kindergarten student preparing for her very first field day. This fun story is sure to stir up pleasant memories for parents and older kids. I think it is an especially timely read, as children everywhere are being denied this beloved tradition due to the nationwide school closings. Reading The Field Day together as a family will be a great way to talk about the emotions kids might be feeling at this time, as well as a wonderful way to talk about the fun we will have celebrating Field days in the future. Bravo to Terance Shipman and his illustrator Milan Ristic.

 

 

Terance Shipman Field Day on Biteable

Talk, Play And Read With Me Mommy

“Talk, Play and Read With Me Mommy” by Jo Ann Gramlich

Is Our Latest Reading With Your Kids Certified Great Read!

Congratulations to Speech Therapist Jo Ann Gramlich. Her book “Talk, Play and Read With Me Mommy” by Jo Ann Gramlich is a valuable resource for all families with young kids and our latest Reading With Your Kids Certified Great Reads!

Here is the book blurb.

Did you know that you can begin to talk and interact with your child as early as birth? If you did, then youre on the right track to getting your child ready for the infant, toddler, and preschool years. If you didnt, Talk, Play, and Read with Me Mommy will provide you and your child with many stimulating activities and games that are developmentally appropriate and designed to help enhance your childs speech and language skills.

There are interactive activities for infants (e.g., Rattle Time, Lots of Sounds, Peek-a-Boo), toddlers (e.g., Surprise Bag, Flashlight Fun, Bear Talk), and preschoolers (e.g., Listen Up, Hunting for Colors, Silly Stories). These games can be played when you and your child have a few extra minutes during daily routines, playtime, or story time. You can also use this book when you are on the move, so make sure you carry it wherever you go.

Here is our review

We often hear that kids don’t come with instructions. Fortunately Speech Pathologist Jo Ann Gramlich has created a wonderful resource for all families with young children. Parents are a child’s first teacher. This easy to read and follow guide gives parents the knowledge they need to be their child’s best teacher.

The book features interactive activities that will enhance a child’s language development. I love that the book is designed to grow with your child, featuring activities to meet the specific needs of children from birth to age five. There are activities we can engage in throughout the day, there are even learning activities we can do during bath time.

I also love that the book features many activities that we can do with our kids when we are driving in the van, waiting in line, shopping at the supermarket.

This would make an excellent gift for any family, especially a family expecting a first child

Congratulations again to Jo Ann Gramlich!

Covid-19

Seems like the World has turned upside down. A deadly virus is spreading across the World. We are being asked to wash our hands, practice social distancing and stay in our homes. Schools are closed, jobs are put on hold, public events are canceled. We have published two special episodes to help us as we begin this journey together.

Parents, finding it tough to answer your kids’ question about the Covid-19 quarantine? Adina Oberman tells us how we can best answer their questions and put them at ease. #Kidlit #Pandemic #Covid-19 #RWYK #Podcast

 

 

 

 

We have a very important chat with two of our favorite guests, Sheri Fink & Derek Taylor Kent. Sheri & Derek are two very successful children’s authors. They share some thoughts on how authors can adapt in order to survive and thrive as our World confronts the Covid 19 Pandemic

 

 

 

 

 

Reading with Your Kids – Indie Author Tells All!

Reading with Your Kids Podcast: Interview with Indie Author Stacy C. Bauer – Creator of “Cami Kangaroo and Wyatt Too”

Hey there!

If you are an indie author, this episode of the Reading with Your Kids podcast is for you!

Stacy C. Bauer, a self-published author of the Cami Kangaroo and Wyatt Too” series is joining us to share many of the lessons she has learned as a self-published author. Her latest book in the series Cami, Wyatt and Kindness Too is a delightful story that inspires children to be kind and compassionate to others.

 

 

A little more about Stacy C. Bauer:

Follow Cami and Wyatt Kangaroo in this powerful children’s book that focuses on the most important thing we can teach our children: how to be kind and compassionate to others.

From baking cookies for the neighbors to saying hi to the bus driver, this book shows that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted!

In this unique book, you will find coloring pages, journal pages and spaces to draw, as well as ideas to inspire acts of kindness. There are also next steps for teachers, caregivers and parents as well as reproducible pages!

If you agree that compassion and kindness have the power to change the world, then this picture book is for you!! Grab your copy on Amazon!

 

 

A big Thank you to Stacy C. Bauer for doing this Interview! We’re so glad to bring her wonderful books to all our listeners and we hope you’ll check out more of her books in the future!

 

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RWYK Author Interview: Sharks Don’t Sleep, Or Do They?

Meet Katie Hevey, Author/ Illustrator of “Sharks Don’t Sleep”

Hey there!

If you have a kid who LOVES Sharks, this episode is for you!

Today on the Reading with Your Kids, we’re elated to have author/illustrator & educator Katie Havey to celebrate her debut picture book Sharks Don’t Sleep. In this aquatic and informative bedtime story, Bettie Blue fantasizes about running away to live in the ocean but quickly learns, with her mother’s guidance, that everything is very different in the ocean, even sleep!

Sharks Don’t Sleep is Katie’s debut picture book, written from the perspective of an educator and a parent looking to spark a love of science in imaginative and inquisitive young readers. The book also aims to celebrate the many differences among all creatures.

We all know that kids love sharks. Tune in to learn all about the magic of these awe-inspiring animals!

 

 

About the Author

Katie HeveyKatie Hevey is a National Board Certified Special Educator in the Science discipline from Rhode Island. Having grown up in the Ocean State, it seems only natural that Katie’s first book would celebrate the diversity of sea life. Katie has a BA in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island. She started writing and illustrating children’s books as a way to simultaneously educate and entertain her daughter. Katie’s mission in sharing these books with others is to spark curiosity, make information accessible, and invite young readers to share in her love of learning. Katie enjoys nature (especially the beach), learning new things, and spending time with her daughter, Caroline, husband, Corey and loveable mutt, Dahlia.

 

 

Website link: www.katiehevey.com

Facebook link:https://m.facebook.com/Katie-Hevey-AuthorIllustrator-110503083634801/

Twitter handle: @katieheveybooks

 

 

Learn more about “Sharks Don’t Sleep”

Sharks Don't Sleep by Katie Hevey

Bettie Blue doesn’t want to go to sleep. She tells Mama that she will be a Shark and sleep like the sea creatures do. Oh, Bettie Blue, what will Mama do? Follow along in this adorable book by author/illustrator Katie Hevey to find out if Sharks sleep or not!

“Sharks Don’t Sleep“ is now available through Pen It Publications and on Amazon.

 

 

Interview Talking Points & Questions:

  • You mentioned that your daughter has inspired you to write Sharks Don’t Sleep. Please talk about your experience in writing this picture book for kids.  (04:00)
  • In addition to being an author and illustrator, you are a teacher. Can you talk about the power of story and the benefits of reading with kids?  (05:00)
  • Tell us about the story of Sharks Don’t Sleep.  (06:00)
  • What do you want young readers to take away from your book? (10:00)
  • Your book talks about inclusion. Please talk about the importance of diversity and celebrating differences. (11:00)
  • Please talk about your journey of writing and illustrating the book. (14:50)
  • As a high school teacher, what kind of benefits do you think reading with your older kids has?  (17:00)

 

 

 

A big thank you to Katie Hevey for joining us and for sharing her wonderful picture book with us!

 

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RWYK Author Interview: Tracey Hecht

Reading with Your Kids Podcast Ft. Tracey Hecht: Where Is Your Pangolin?

Happy Sunday RWYK Family!

Tracey Hecht is on the Reading with Your Kids podcast to celebrate The Nocturnals, a series of adventure books written by her and illustrated by Kate Liebman. This delightful series celebrates the friendships between Dawn, a serious fox, Tobin, a sweet pangolin, and Bismark, the loud-mouthed, pint-sized sugar glider. The stories all play out in their nighttime world with teamwork, friendship, and humor in every adventure.

Tune in to learn all about a book series filled with adventure, humor, and mystery under the stars!

 

 

More about the Author

Tracey Hecht, a writer and entrepreneur who created The NocturnalsTracey Hecht is a writer and entrepreneur who created The Nocturnals, the critically acclaimed middle grade and early reader series. The American Booksellers Association chose her first book, The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions, as a Kids’ Indie Next List pick. With the New York Public Library, she has also created a Read Aloud Writing Program that has since been conducted in over 100 schools, libraries, and bookstores. Tracey currently splits her time between New York City and Oquossoc, Maine, with her husband and four children.

 

Learn more about The Nocturnals on www.nocturnalsworld.com

 

More about The Nocturnals 

The Nocturnals is a series of adventure books written by Tracey Hecht and illustrated by Kate Liebman, featuring spirited animal characters who deal with real-life scenarios in a relatable way. As well as being light and entertaining, the books celebrate the very meaningful idea of friendship and what it means to forge positive relationships.

In the critically acclaimed middle grade series, we meet three unlikely friends—Dawn, serious fox, Tobin, a sweet pangolin, and Bismark, the pint-sized sugar glider. The adventures continue with captivating plot twists and plenty of humor as the Nocturnal Brigade solves the unpredictable mysteries of the night.

Join the Nocturnal Brigade for a Flabbergastifying Adventure!

 

The Nocturnals series by Tracey Hecht

 

 

 

Interview Talking Points & Questions:

  • How does it feel like to create a children’s book series that is so popular? (04:00)
  • Tell us all about The Nocturnals series.
  • Can you talk about the three main characters in The Nocturnals, and what they stand for?
  • Can you please highlight some of the values of reading with the elder kids who can read? (12:55)
  • The importance of talking to your kids about difficult subjects. (15:00)
  • How can parents use your children’s book series to start a conversation about disarming real-life bullies?

 

 

A big thank you to Tracey Hecht for joining us and for sharing her wonderful books with us!

 

If you haven’t already done so, listen to this episode & feel free to share it by using the social media buttons at the bottom of this page. We would LOVE if you could leave us a review on iTunes.

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Hope you have an amazing day!

Deer Oh Deer: A Max & Tucker Adventure by Ed Ehlers!

Reading With Your Kids Podcast Starring Ed Ehlers, Author Of “Deer Oh Deer: A Max & Tucker Adventure”

Yes! It’s another Reading with Your Kids Podcast!

In this episode of the Reading with Your Kids Podcast, we’re excited for you to meet Max & Tucker, the heroes of two children’s books, Lily & Lucy and Deer Oh Deer.  Both books are true stories and proceeds from the sale of the books are donated to Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation and to Wildlife Rescue League.  During storytimes, we emphasize Max & Tucker’s messages – “Just Act! Imagine the story you will inspire.” and “Those we rescue, really rescue us.”

If you are looking to adopt a new animal or just want to teach your kids about animal rescue and pet care, this episode is not to be missed. Prepare yourself for a cuteness surge and let’s get to know more about Deer Oh Deer: A Max & Tucker Adventure!

 

 

About the Author

Originally from New York, Ed Ehlers has made his home in Northern Virginia since 2000. He lives there with Lisa and their three children. He enjoys the woods and rivers with Max & Tucker, Australian Shepherd brothers. In addition to writing, Ed enjoys making jewelry from local rock and river glass. You can find his work at CliftonStone on Etsy. He has previously published Lily & Lucy. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation.

Contact Ed Ehlers at [email protected], follow on Facebook @maxNtucker and Instagram
@max_n_tucker and visit his author page at http://amazon.com/author/edehlers

 

 

Learn more about “Deer Oh Deer: A Max & Tucker Adventure”

In their second book, Max & Tucker, Australian Shepherd brothers, were doing what they enjoy most:
playing in the woods and creeks of Northern Virginia when they came across a deer that had been
stranded after heavy rain. With the help of their Daddy, Max & Tucker rescued the deer and watched over her until she was strong enough to go on her way. This exciting adventure is about
being rescued by those we set out to rescue.

This true story, which occurred in the Spring of 2017, is captured in the wonderfully illustrated children’s book: Deer Oh Deer: A Max & Tucker Adventure. Proceeds are donated to the Wildlife Rescue League of Falls Church, VA.

Both books are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-a-Million, as well as in eBook format
on Kindle and Apple.

Keep an eye out for Max & Tucker and their new adventures and remember, “Act. Just imagine the
the story you will inspire.” and “Those we rescue, really rescue us.”

All adventures are free. You can easily check their availability and schedule at https://calendly.com/maxandtucker or we can schedule over email.

Interview Talking Points & Questions:

  • Tell us all about your second book in a Max & Tucker adventure series for children, “Deer Oh Deer(03:15)
  • A lot of great information is available in your book about how to approach an animal that’s injured to make sure they are not injured any further. Please talk a little bit about that. (08:00)
  • Max and Tuckers are Australian shepherds dogs. Let’s talk about this breed. (10:30) 
  • At Reading with Your Kids podcast, we encourage parents to read with their kids and we also encourage kids to read aloud to their pets. Please talk about some of the benefits kids can have by following this practice. (19:00)
  • The idea of therapy dogs is quite common in the USA. Can you talk about Emotional Support Animals (ESA)? (21:00)

 

 

A big thank you to Ed Ehlers for joining us and for sharing his wonderful, sweet little book with us!

 

If you haven’t already done so, listen to this episode & feel free to share it by using the social media buttons at the bottom of this page. We would LOVE if you could leave us a review on iTunes.

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Have a wonderful Saturday!

RWYK World Read Aloud Day Special Episode Ft. Pam Allyn

Please Join Us in Welcoming a World-renowned Literacy Expert, Author, and Motivational Speaker, Pam Allyn

World Read Aloud Day illuminates the life-changing power of sharing and discussing stories with kids. Today on the Reading with Your Kids podcast, we are celebrating World Read Aloud Day with Pam Allyn, a senior VP of Innovation & Development at Scholastic Education!

Why is reading aloud important? Reading aloud fosters language development, genre awareness, literary and informational text knowledge, social-emotional well-being, and more. In our exciting interview with Pam, she talks about this global movement that highlights the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. Founded by the nonprofit LitWorld and sponsored by Scholastic, the event is celebrated by millions of people in more than 100 countries.

 

More about Pam Allyn

Pam Allyn, a world-renowned literacy expert, author, motivational speaker, and Senior Vice President, Innovation & Development, Scholastic EducationPam Allyn is a world-renowned literacy expert, author, motivational speaker, and Senior Vice President, Innovation & Development, Scholastic Education. She is the Founder of LitWorld, a groundbreaking global literacy movement serving children across the United States and in more than 60 countries. Pam and LitWorld created LitCamp, in partnership with Scholastic, a transformational summer learning solution that combines social-emotional learning and literacy skills development.

Pam is the author of 27 books for educators, leaders, and families on reading, writing and quality learning, including Every Child a Super Reader (Scholastic, 2015), co-authored with Dr. Ernest Morrell.

For more read-aloud resources, visit Scholastic.com/WorldReadAloudDay and Litworld.org.

 

Connect with Pam Allyn on her website www.pamallyn.com

Here is a link to the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report: 7th Edition™, which includes data on the read-aloud: www.scholastic.com/ReadingReport

 

Interview Talking Points & Questions:

  • Please tell us about the World Read Aloud Day. (03:45)
  • What benefits do kids gain when you read aloud to them? (06:00)
  • The many benefits of reading aloud to your teens and tweens. (14:00)
  • Why does reading to your kid give your child a sense of intimacy and well-being as compared to doing any other activities together? (19:00)
  • How can we use World Read Aloud Day to help support literacy all over the world?

 

A big thank you to Pam Allyn for joining us and for sharing her wonderful insights with us!

 

If you love this episode then please share and please subscribe to us on iTunes. And please spread the word: tell your friends, and leave a rating on iTunes so that others can find it.

We’d love to hear from you!  Contact us and together we can discuss what ideas you think should be included in a future episode, and we can explore potentially setting up an interview. Our goal is to have all voices at the table!

Thanks for tuning in. We’ll be coming soon to entertain and educate you with more author interviews, book reviews & Family game reviews!!!

  stay tuned!

Reading with Your Kids Presents “Odd Dog Out” by Rob Biddulph

In Conversation with Rob Biddulph, A Multi-award-winning Author/Illustrator of “Odd Dog Out”

 

Hey everyone,

We have so much fun speaking to a bestselling and multi-award-winning author/illustrator, Rob Biddulph. He is also the official World Book Day Illustrator for 2019 and 2020.

Today on the podcast, we’re celebrating Rob’s third picture book, Odd Dog Out, which was nominated for a total of eight literary prizes, winning the BSC Festival of Literature Picture Book Award and the UKLA Student Shadower’s Vote Book Award.

Tune in to hear all about this heartwarming and poignant story from award-winning creator Rob Biddulph about the power of embracing your true colors. Perfect for fans of Peter Brown’s Tiger Goes Wild.

 

More about the author

After taking the world by storm with his first two picture books, Rob Biddulph decided to blaze his own trail and is now a full-time author and illustrator. When not working doggedly on creating his characters, he makes up stories for his three daughters and draws pictures to go with them. He lives and works in London, and his very first book, Blown Away, won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

You can visit him at www.robbiddulph.com.

 

Learn more about “Odd Dog Out”

Odd Dog Out by Rob BiddulphIt’s a dog’s life in the big, busy city, but there’s one lonely pup who doesn’t quite fit in. She behaves differently from the rest, sports rainbow in a sea of gray, and marches to the beat of her own drum.

She’s one Odd Dog.

Join Odd Dog as she journeys to the other side of the world to find her place in it, only for her to discover that maybe she’s meant to be right where she started.

And check out Rob Biddulph’s other books for children, including:

Blown Away

The Grizzly Bear Who Lost His GRRRRR!

 

Odd Dog Out Is Available Now:

Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Books-A-Million    IndieBound

 

Interview Talking Points & Questions:

  • Tell us all about your hilariously fun picture book, Odd Dog Out  (02:18)
  • Why did you choose Sausage Dogs to tell your story? (04:45)
  • Do you see yourself as an author who can illustrate or an illustrator who can write? (08:36)
  • Do you see any similarities between serious journalism and children’s literature? (11:00)
  • Odd Dog Out is not your first book, and you have illustrated many books for other authors as well. Please talk a little bit about your experience of illustrating the Flat Stanley series (16:00)
  • Is there a book or a character in your mind that you are looking forward to creating in upcoming projects? (21:00)

 

A big Thank You to Rob Biddulph for joining us! Glad you all could join us for today’s guest interview! We hope you’ve enjoyed this interview and we look forward to introducing you to some great guests in our next episode.

 

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