Deborah Zemke Presents: TALE OF A SCAREDY DOG.

Author/Illustrator Deborah Zemke has just released the third book in her popular BEA GARCIA Chapter Book Series.  I am thrilled to be able to spread the word.  Here’s Deborah:
The third book of my Bea Garcia chapter book series, 
Tale of a Scaredy Dog,is out!
BeaandSophieBea Garcia’s beloved dog, Sophie, is smart, sweet, loyal, and brave—until she meets the monster cat who lives next door. 
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* “Bea Garcia is an honest and funny protagonist with whom readers will identify and want to check back with regularly.” —School Library Journal, starred review.
My Life in Pictures strikes me as the best of the new crop (of chapter books).”–New York Times

Here’s what other critics have to say about this award-winning series:

 

“There isn’t anything real or imaginary that the endearing Bea cannot draw…Readers will find inspiration to write, draw, explore, and imagine.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[Zemke] clearly shows how art, self-expression, and humor can be solid allies when life doesn’t go as planned.”  —Publishers Weekly

“The everyday ups and downs of Bea’s life will be familiar to readers, who are sure to appreciate Bea’s perky humor.” —Booklist

“Zemke has a gift for portraying the trials and tribulations of elementary school…. A promising launch to this new series. Pass this one to aspiring artists, those missing a friend, or anyone who could use a laugh as she navigates childhood.”  —BCCB

You can find Bea and Sophie at your favorite store or online at:
​Help celebrate Bea Day by calling your legislator to fight for liberty and justice for ALL.        Thanks, Deborah
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Deborah Zemke has written and/or illustrated more than fifty books for young readers. She grew up reading, drawing, writing, and climbing trees near Detroit, Michigan and now, many years later, does exactly the same thing in Columbia, Missouri.  

For more about the Bea Garcia series: http://www.bookolage.com/bea-garcia-tale-of-a-scaredy-dog-by-deborah-zemke/

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Want to Be An Archeologist? Get Digging at This Camp!

If you and your family are looking for something different and hands-on, why not try a trip to CROW CANYON ARCHEOLOGICAL CENTER. This 170 acre campus is located in Cortez, Colorado, near the Mesa Verde National Park.  https://www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm  Travel with Crow Canyon in the Southwest and beyond.

For FREE, you can take a one hour tour to explore an archeology lad and curation room.  Or, for a fee, you can SPEND A DAY visiting an active excavation site that was once the home of the ancient PUEBLO people.

http://www.crowcanyon.org    Archaeology for Teens

Looking For A Unique Family Adventure? Try Space Camp.

Family Space Camp, at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama has a program the allows wanna-be astronauts of ALL AGES to simulate missions to the International Space Station. Families can construct and launch model rockets, explore the night sky with telescopes, and much more   file000347090881

For more information and where to sign up visit:  http://www.spacecamp.com

Worried About Your Kids Not Reading This Summer? Join the Dr. Seuss Summer Reading Challenge.

We, and our children, have grown up with the wonderful books written by Dr. Seuss.  Those books taught many of us how to read independently.  What better way to insure that our kids keep their reading skills sharp during the non-school summer months than with a reading challenge.  I heard the groans.  Who wants to have to read TONS of books during the carefree days of summer?

What makes the First Annual DR. SEUSS SUMMER READING CHALLENGE different is the focus: Not how many BOOKS read, but how many WORDS.  The Scripps National Spelling Bee, and the  Carnival Cruise Lines, are teaming up with Dr. Seuss to encourage kids to keep on reading.

To provide readers with extra incentive to read and record their word tallies, Carnival is awarding one registered challenge participant (to be selected at random) with a Caribbean cruise for four and a $1,500 Visa gift card for airfare. Two runners-up will each receive a cache of Dr. Seuss books.

To register or learn more about the challenge visit: http://www.Seussville.com  

The Cat in the Hat (Beginner Books(R))   Oh, the Places You'll Go! (Classic Seuss)Go, Dog. Go! (Beginner Books(R))

Got Donuts? Celebrate National Donut Day.

JUNE 1, 2018 is National Donut Day.  Why not celebrate one of America’s favorite treats by making some of your own donuts?  This recipe, taken from http://www.BiggerBolderBaking.com  is a baked version you can jazz up however you like.  You don’t even need a donut pan for these yummy gems.

This easy to follow video lets you make these NO-KNEAD BAKED DONUTS – easy as 1, 2, 3.

Photo of Baked Mini Doughnuts by theauthenticnut

You can dust them with a cinnamon/sugar mix after baking or use the glaze recipes shown on the video.

Happy Donut Day!

https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=A0geKVzFPAxbbp0AKZgPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw–?p=baked+donuts+without+a+donut+pan&fr=yhs-pty-pty_email&hspart=pty&hsimp=yhs-pty_email#id=3&vid=91f7f190134846dd1584c20359581af0&action=view

 

Author Kathleen Burkinshaw With a Discussion Guide for THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM.

One of the most timely and heart-wrenching middle-grade books I’ve recently read is THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM by Kathleen Burkinshaw.  It is my pleasure to feature the Discussion Guide for this book that should be in every classroom.

 

THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM       

Discussion Guide: By Kathleen Burkinshaw

1.Do you have relatives who were teens during WWII in the U.S.?  What were there worries or fears at that time? Were they similar to what the Japanese children felt? If different, how were they different?

2.Did you or someone you know have to deal with a new step family.  Was it difficult to meld the two households together? What made it easier? Did anything that made it easier surprise you?

  1. Yuriko, like many of us, hated change. How would you have handled the news about her family secrets, if it happened to you?
  2. Why do you think the author chose THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM for her title? What do you think it signifies?
  3. Cite specific examples from the book that show how protective Yuriko was of her Papa. Why do you think Sumiyo came to mean so much to Yuriko? How or when does this change occur?
  4. What aspects of Japanese culture were revealed in THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM?
  5. Which cultural details interested you the most? Which details surprised you the most of life in Japan during the war?
  6. How do you think the time period that THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM took place influenced Yuriko’s personality?

9.What did you know about Hiroshima Japan during WWII, before reading THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM?

10.Does reading THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM change your view on using nuclear weapons in the future? Why or Why not?

11.List the Statistics of Hiroshima and state which surprised you the most? Which surprised you the least? Why?

Kathleen Burkinshaw would love to hear from you. You can email her through her contact page on her website: http://kathleenburkinshaw.com/#contact

For more information on what nuclear weapons could do if used today visit:

www.ICAN.org

Also, for more information on Hiroshima bombing please visit the Kids Peace Station of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum:

http://www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/kids/KPSH_E/top_e.html

Instruction on how to make an origami crane, now a symbol of hope and peace:

http://www.origamiway.com/origami-crane.shtml

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A Book Festival to Remember

Saturday, May 5, 2018, I had the joy of participating in the annual West Deptford Book Festival held at the Riverwinds Community Center.

https://patch.com/new-jersey/westdeptford/calendar/event/20180505/334125/west-deptford-township-book-festival

Here are some photo highlights of the day:

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It was fun sharing the day with PB author Patricia Lugo, and watching the kids dance to a band, get balloon critters, and face painting.

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Sold a few books, and met many nice people.  Thanks to all who participated and attended.