Monster Needs to Go to School: New book by Paul Czajak

Paul Czajak and Wendy Grieb have teamed up once again to create another exuberant addition to the award-winning Monster & Me™ series. The sixth book in the series, this title addresses back-to-school jitters and the difficulty of dealing with bullies—especially when they’re friends.

Monster is dreading his first day of school. But his classroom is full of new friends and so many fun things to learn that Monster forgets his fears in no time… until he catches his friends bullying. What will Monster do?     Monster School Cover_1_1

The Monster & Me™ series has sold 100,000 copies to date, and is a 2015 Silver Moonbeam Children’s Book Award winner for Best Picture Book Series. Author Paul Czajak is a Huffington Post contributor and New York Journal of Books reviewer. Illustrator Wendy Grieb is an Annie Award-winning storyboard artist, whose use of bright colors and inclusive representation in each spread has brought Monster and his world to life in a cinematic way!

This book addresses universally relatable topics for children including the first day of school, learning new skills, making friends, confronting bullies, and building self-esteem.

Monster has explored many things and taught kids much about social consciousness and confidence. To learn more about Monster’s adventures, visit monstervotes.com or mightymediapress.com/monster.

Book webpage: http://mightymediapress.com/monster-needs-to-go-to-school

Monster’s website: www.mightymediapress.com/monster                         

A ALA San Fransisco 2015: Where I had the pleasure of meeting fellow NJ author, Paul Czajac.

A ALA San Fransisco 2015: Where I had the pleasure of meeting fellow NJ author, Paul Czajac.

Author webpage: http://mightymediapress.com/author/paul-czajak

Darlene Here: I found this latest “Monster” book the perfect introduction for easing “First Time at School” jitters.  It will be a favorite long after school has begun. Join the blog tour for MONSTER NEEDS TO GO TO SCHOOL by visiting the sites below:

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THE ORB WEAVERS by Shiela Fuller

Spiders are fascinating creatures.  On one hand, they can scare the dickens out of us; on the other hand, they create wondrous webs to behold.  and, they do a lot to reduce the population of pesky flies and mosquitoes.  Here is Shiela Fuller with an informative post on orb weavers:

The orb weavers are spiders that can be found throughout the world and as close as your own backyard. If you look outside your window at night, in late summer or early autumn, perhaps you will see their masterful web creation attached to your front porch or eave. This is because many orb weavers tend to build webs attached to human structures. Their webs are large and comprised of concentric circles that radiate outward with an occasional “zig zag” portion, called stabilimenta. Studies have shown that webs containing the stabilimenta catch 34% fewer insects but these visible decorations are damaged less frequently, keeping the webs intact longer.

If you’re familiar with the orb web-building spiders, did you ever notice that the web is sometimes gone during the day? That is because many orb weavers build a new web every day. Orb weavers are nocturnal hunters and as evening approaches they will come out from their hiding location, eat the old web, rest, and then spin a new web in the same location.
They may bite if they are forced to defend themselves but in general are a gentle spider. The bite is not poisonous and no more painful than a bee sting for most folks.
Orb weavers are often identified by their brightly colored, rounded abdomens, and some have angled bumps or spines. When visible in the web, the spider is usually resting head down and waiting for prey.     Triple oaks spider

This argiope photo is a good example of a common orb weaver found in the backyard garden. It’s brightly colored, its head is facing downward, and the stabilitmenta is clear to see in the web.

If you’re lucky enough to have an orb weaving spider building a web near or on your front porch, or in your garden, enjoy and marvel in the creation. The orb weaver rarely lives for more than one season and while they’re here, they’ll aid in reducing pesky insect populations like mosquitoes.

http://www.spiderzrule.com/orbweaver.htm
http://www.cirrusimage.com/spider_orb_weavers.htm
http://insects.about.com/od/spiders/p/Araneidae.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orb-weaver_spider

Shiela Fuller has been a Cornell University Project Feeder Watch participant for many years and an avid birder since 1988. Currently, she enjoys writing picture books, yoga, chicken raising, wildlife photography, and is the legacy keeper for her family.

As part of National Picture Book Month, here are two PB’s about some extraordinary Orb Weavers:

  1. The classic CHARLOTTE’S WEB by E B White tells the story of an amazing pig as seen through the eyes – and web designs – of Charlotte, a spider who weaves words into her webs.
  2.  A new take on “weaving outside the normal web design” comes from a delightful PB called SEAVER THE WEAVER by Paul Czajak  2014-08-25 02.30.30

Five Great Picture Books.

On my early summer trip to the American Library Association (ALA) Convention in San Fransisco, I was thrilled to meet some of my favorite authors and to get signed copies of some great books.  Here are five picture books I highly recommend from some of my favorite authors.

  1. WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? by Debbie Redpath Ohi (Simon and Schuster): Spencer loves his books.  Spencer ADORES his books.  Spencer can’t find his books!  They are disappearing from his shelves and soon they’ll all be gone.  What’s going on?  Young readers will be delighted to help Spencer solve the mystery of his disappearing books in this engaging PB.   2014-08-25 02.19.08

2. SEAVER THE WEAVER by Paul Czajak is the latest book from the author of the popular MONSTER NEEDS Series published by Mighty Media Kids.  Seaver is a spider.  But not an ordinary spider. His webs are extraordinary, marvelous and wonders to behold. This is a delightful tale of how being different is something to be celebrated.

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3. GOODNIGHT, MANGER (Zonderkidz) is the second book from author Laura Sassi, following on the popular GOODNIGHT, ARK published in 2014.  Like ARK, MANGER is a beautifully written and tender story that is perfect for bedtime reading.  As baby Jesus tries to sleep in a manger full of livestock and visitors who come to see him, what will his parents do to quiet the excited crowd?  How will they get their baby to sleep?     2014-08-25 02.19.44

4.  LAND SHARK by Beth Ferry (Chronicle Books) is the second book for the author of the New York Times Bestseller STICK AND STONE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).   Bobby has only one wish for his birthday: To get a pet shark.  He leaves hints all over his house so his parents will know.  Bobby is sure he has a fool proof plan.  Until his birthday arrives and he gets a…puppy?  Can this shark-loving boy learn to love a land critter?  This is a perfect book for kids to sink their teeth into!    2014-08-25 02.18.59

 

5. THIS ORQ (Boyds Mills Press)  by David Elliott is a hilarious “prehistoric” tale of a cave boy and his woolly mammoth friend who have to deal with a couple of bullies.  The whimsical and humorous illustrations by Lori Nichols add to the fun. From the book jacket: “Orq and Woma best friends. Dorq and Caba mean. Story BIG.”  A guaranteed delight!       2014-08-26 01.38.17

Next time you’re at the library or bookstore, why not check out some of these great books?!

ALA SAN FRANSISCO ROCKS!

I just returned from an amazing event:  The Annual American Library Association Convention which was held this year in San Fransisco.  Thousands of people from all over the country gathered together to celebrate books. It was a thrill to be part of it all as an author, spectator and fan of other renown authors of children’s books.  While it is impossible to capture the whole spirit of the event, I hope these photos will give you an idea of the excitement and high energy the comprised the weekend.

It was my first visit to the beautiful city and especially memorable since it was also Pride weekend.   I didn’t get a chance to see the GLBT parade but felt the love, support, and good will that was everywhere.  

Outside the Moscone Center.

Outside the Moscone Center.

t the Creston Books Booth.

at the Creston Books Booth.

With Fellow Creston Books author Georgia Lyon.

With Fellow Creston Books author Georgia Lyon.

Star Spotting! Dan Santat signing BEEKLE. (Wanted a copy, but the line was soooo long)

Star Spotting! Dan Santat signing BEEKLE. (Wanted a copy, but the line was soooo long)

With Author Debbie Ridpath Ohi

With Author Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Rainbow Flags outside the Moscone Center where the ALA event was held.  Rainbows and goodwill was everywhere.  SOMETIMES WE HUMANS GET IT RIGHT!

Rainbow Flags outside the Moscone Center where the ALA event was held. Rainbows and goodwill were everywhere. SOMETIMES WE HUMANS GET IT RIGHT!

Author Laura Sassi's new book on display

Author Laura Sassi’s new book on display.

Breakfast with uber librarian John Schumacher AKA Mr. Schu, Marissa Moss, Robin Newman, Marcia Goldman and Lola at TRACE Restaurant.

Breakfast with uber librarian John Schumacher AKA Mr. Schu, Marissa Moss, Robin Newman, Marcia Goldman and Lola at TRACE Restaurant.

Fellow Creston author Muon Van and Illustrator April Chu.

Fellow Creston author Muon Van and Illustrator April Chu.

Mouse detectives, Wilcox and Griswold were out in search of missing food...

Mouse detectives, Wilcox and Griswold were out in search of missing food… 

Walking to the FERRY Building for the Book Passage signing.

Walking to the FERRY Building for the Book Passage signing.

Signing Books at BOOK PASSAGE in the FERRY BUILDING on the SF waterfront.

Signing Books at BOOK PASSAGE in the FERRY BUILDING on the SF waterfront.

With Katherine Applegate, author of THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, and CRENSHAW.

With Katherine Applegate, author of THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, and CRENSHAW.

With Jacqueline Woodson, Newbery winner for BROWN GIRL DREAMING.

With Jacqueline Woodson, Newbery winner for BROWN GIRL DREAMING.

With Paul Czajak, author of SEAVER THE WEAVER.

With Paul Czajak, author of SEAVER THE WEAVER.