Show Me How!: Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking by Vivian Kirkfield

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Title: Show Me How!: Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking

Author: Vivian Kirkfield

Publisher/Year: MoneyPenny Press, Ltd./2010

Back Cover Blurb: Do you want to provide fun-filled, educational activities for your young child? Do you wonder which story to choose to read to your child from the overwhelming number found at libraries and bookstores? Would you like to help your child develop a strong positive self-image? Here is your complete guide to planning those activities, choosing those stories and building that high self-esteem so crucial to your child’s success in life!

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I’ve been wanting to read this book for quite some time now. And though it’s not the usual type of book I review here on the Frog (I usually review children’s picture books), it ties in nicely with my picture book theme because it’s all about picture books, along with crafting and cooking activities, that can be used by parents, grandparents, teachers, day care providers, and etc. to help build a child’s self-esteem. 

This is the book that has everyone saying, “I wish it was around when my kids were small.” Author Vivian Kirkfield tapped into her extensive experience teaching, caring for, and raising young children to create this fantastic resource that utilizes one hundred picture book titles, many of them classics, and matches them with simple eco-friendly crafts and kid-friendly (healthful and delicious) recipes. Spread through six chapters, these books, craft activities, and cooking projects help build a child’s self-esteem and strengthen the bond between the child and the adult by focusing on the fundamental components of child development and, most importantly, Positive Parental Participation. I’m truly impressed with this book!

Here’s what you’ll find inside:

  • A simple schedule for a balanced and harmonious day
  • 100 picture books every young child should hear/read
  • 100 child-friendly, healthful recipes and 100 age-appropriate, eco-friendly craft projects
  • True-life scenarios and crucial tips to help every parent identify and deal with six of the fundamental components of child development that contribute to building self-esteem
  • The key ingredient: Positive Parental Participation!

I don’t have any children of my own, but I highly recommend this book for anyone who teaches or cares for young children in any way, be it parent, grandparent, teacher, day care provider, or baby sitter. It’s also a great resource for children’s librarians who often present themed story times with books, crafts, and snacks. I wish this book was around when I was a child!

Picture Books At The Library 16

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In my position as a technical processing assistant at the DeWitt Community Library, I catalog a lot of new picture books. Unfortunately, I cannot review them all, but I do read them all and have assigned a :) to my favorites. Finley Frog's favorite is marked with a 8). Below are a few I've cataloged recently. (Whenever possible, summaries have been taken directly from the books.)

In my position as a technical processing assistant at the DeWitt Community Library, I catalog a lot of new picture books. Unfortunately, I cannot review them all, but I do read them all and have assigned a :) to my favorites. Finley Frog’s favorite is marked with a 8). Below are a few I’ve cataloged recently. (Whenever possible, summaries have been taken directly from the books.)

:) Jenny is feeling out of sorts.

8) When Peep visits Ducky on a rainy day, the little pals have no trouble finding things to do.

:) The only thing better than naptime is naptime with a friend.

:) There once was a bear, a moose and a beaver who loved adventure, though sometimes their competitive natures got in the way of the fun.

:) Celebrates all the things that make one’s home special, including the family that dwells there.

Follow the remarkable adventure of Belle and the bee as they meet every kind of plant and animal proud to call the countryside its home.

Clara is excited to be taking the bus to her grandmother’s house today–it’s the first time she’s going on her own.

With art newly restored and colorized by Peter Spier, a beloved Caldecott Honor Book regains its original glory with this hardcover reissue of Spier’s spirited take on a classic American folk song.

:) In a soft comfy nest in a safe warm place there snoozed a great big orange thing called the Yes.

:) Hungry for learning, Lizzie and her brother Paul attend a new school built for freed slaves.

Just ONE Week Left To Qualify For “The Legend of Dust Bunnies” Giveaway!

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The deadline to win a copy of author Michelle Eastman’s book The Legend of Dust Bunnies: a fairy’s tale PLUS one of her super-cute Dust Bunny Adoption kits is fast approaching! 

I’ll be choosing a winner at random on Friday, May 29. To qualify, you must leave a comment on the original post (Click here to read and comment on the original post) AND share the original post on social media. (There are handy Facebook, Twitter, reblog, etc. buttons right below the post)

I’ll be posting the winner right here on Frog on a Blog that Friday evening, so be sure to check back to see if it’s you! Even better, subscribe to my blog and you’ll get the announcement sent directly to your e-mail (Just enter your e-mail in the subscribe box to the right of this post)! Good luck!

Michelle Eastman's Dust Bunny Adoption Kit

Michelle Eastman’s Dust Bunny Adoption Kit

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Feet, Go To Sleep by Barbara Bottner BLOG TOUR (May 12-May 21)

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When Anastasia Suen put out a call to kid lit bloggers to join a blog tour to help promote Barbara Bottner’s new book, Feet, Go to Sleep, I was happy to jump on board. To ask one of kid lit’s most illustrious authors a question and to host her here on Frog on a Blog was a chance I couldn’t pass up. Barbara Bottner has had a long and varied career in the entertainment industry, including writing for television. So, I was very curious to know how her experience writing for television has influenced her career as a children’s picture book author. I asked, and she very kindly answered. 

But before we hear her answer, let’s find out about her and illustrator Maggie Smith’s new book Feet, Go to Sleep:

Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t) comes a gentle bedtime book that includes a proven relaxation technique parents can use to help their little ones go to sleep after an exciting day.

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The sun has set and dinner is done, but Fiona is still excited about the day and is not at all ready for bed.

So her mom helps her settle down with their nightly ritual of sending each part of her—from her toes to her nose—off to sleep. As Fiona relaxes her body, she recalls a marvelous day at the beach where feet were for stomping in the waves, legs were for running after cousins, tummy was for holding strawberries, and arms were for catching beach balls. And bit by bit, memory by memory, Fiona slips from a great day into a good night.

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Barbara Bottner and Maggie Smith create an action-packed day to remember and provide parents with a wonderful technique for helping their own busy little ones drift peacefully off to sleep.

Knopf Books for Young Readers (May 12, 2015)

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Barbara, how has your experience writing for television influenced your career as a children’s picture book author?

The answer is probably the other way around. I learned from writing picture books how to compress a story, how to deftly draw characters that are vivid, and how to use dialogue. Writing for television came after writing for children. Having said that, I did take a lot from being a TV writer. Things like a tag, which is used in sit-com, is also a great ending note for a picture book story. That last little twist or joke or last image is something in short form TV that’s often there.

Also the format of TV can help me understand when I need to turn the action around in an unexpected way. The truth is, most writing helps most other writing. In writing sit-com, the structure is there independently from the jokes. The structure is dead serious. The logic and progressions have to work. I learned from writing Winnie The Pooh episodes how to create conflict even when the characters are basically mild and benign. With Pooh, there is a droll deadpan humor that was foreign to me until I had to write it. So, a book of mine that comes to mind is Raymond and Nelda, which is quite Pooh like, because the conflict is based on a misunderstanding and an unfortunate moment Raymond has where he laughs at his best friends’ dancing. I probably never would have written that, if I hadn’t had the Pooh episodes under my belt.

Then, I worked for Jim Henson, both in animation and writing lyrics. Writing Sesame Street characters was invaluable because they can be drawn on the head of a pin. Once you ‘get’ the Cookie Monster will always want cookies, you have the core of something. In fact, it would be a great assignment for people to try, to take classical characters like Pooh or the Muppets and write them into other stories. For me, a great deal of the pleasure of writing IS writing character. From character so much comes and vague characters give you a vague experience. My guidepost for years was Eloise. She is so specific and so much fun to write. And once you let loose with her, you are freer to write your own idiosyncratic foibles and make them funny.

The last thing I’ll say about TV, specifically sit-com, is attitude. Sit-com thrives on attitude and attitude in a picture book can take you a very long way. I once shaped a character for a very early book in my career, when I didn’t consider myself a writer, on the phrase, “I won’t.” The book was called Doing The Toledo. And all I knew is that this four or five year old only would say “I won’t.” But it was very resonant to how I was at that time in my life, I was filled with “I won’ts.” So, then I asked the question, won’t WHAT? And I got that she wouldn’t do this tumbling move for her friends. Voila. A story, a very simple story, but real. It was simply based on attitude. So, the cross-breeding of work is very helpful, unless, perhaps, you’re writing for medical journals. Then all bets are off!

Thank you, Barbara! That was truly fascinating! 

Frog on a Blog visitors, please visit the other terrific blogs on the tour:

Feet, Go to Sleep by Barbara Bottner

Blog Tour Schedule

5/12 Booktalking #kidlit

5/13 GoodReadsWithRonna

5/14 Wrapped in Foil

5/15 Teaching Authors

5/16 Big Hair and Books

5/18 Frog on a Blog

5/19 Chapter Book Chat

5/20 In Bed With Books

5/21 Shelf-employed

Barbara Bottner studied painting in Paris, worked as a set desinger, toured as part of an actiing ensemble, and made animate shorts for Sesame Street before turning to writing and illustrating children's books. She is the author of more than thirty-five books, including the New York Times bestseller Miss Brooks Love Books! (and I dont), illustrated by Michael Emberley, and Bootsie Barker Bites, illustrated by Peggy Rathmann. She live in Los Angeles. You can visit her on the Web at BarbaraBottnerBooks.com.

Barbara Bottner studied painting in Paris, worked as a set designer, toured as part of an acting ensemble, and made animated shorts for Sesame Street before turning to writing and illustrating children’s books. She is the author of more than thirty-five books, including the New York Times bestseller Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t), illustrated by Michael Emberley, and Bootsie Barker Bites, illustrated by Peggy Rathmann. She lives in Los Angeles. You can visit her on the Web at BarbaraBottnerBooks.com.

Picture Books At The Library 15

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In my position as a technical processing assistant at the DeWitt Community Library, I catalog a lot of new picture books. Unfortunately, I cannot review them all, but I do read them all and have assigned a :) to my favorites. Finley Frog's favorite is marked with a 8). Below are a few I've cataloged recently. (Whenever possible, summaries have been taken directly from the books.)

In my position as a technical processing assistant at the DeWitt Community Library, I catalog a lot of new picture books. Unfortunately, I cannot review them all, but I do read them all and have assigned a :) to my favorites. Finley Frog’s favorite is marked with a 8). Below are a few I’ve cataloged recently. (Whenever possible, summaries have been taken directly from the books.)

:) Baby Henry is ready to talk, but first he must search for the perfect first word.

A successful but unhappy baseball player finds companionship in the pet walrus he adopts but is soon faced with the great challenge of balancing his responsibilities and maintaining the costly upkeep of his new friend.

:) Big Brown Bear is curious about what the little bears are up to in the kitchen. Could they be baking something special for his birthday?

Illustrations and simple text follow a dog as it chases a ball at the beach.

Do you ever wonder what your friends, enemies, brothers, sisters, and children are doing in the hours when you’re not there? This kooky 24-hour tour of a day in the life of 23 different children will reveal answers you’d never expect.

8) Andrew finds a mysterious box in the hallway with a talking stuffed elephant inside! The two friends set off on an adventure. It’s a wonderful afternoon–until Mommy interrupts. It turns out the box was meant for someone else.

It’s blue, it’s big, and the animals all agree that it HAS TO GO.

:) As their mamas and dads listen, preschoolers describe favorite things to do.

Once upon a time, there was a large brown bear who found a book lying under a tree…

Lauri Fortino: Will Write for Cookies

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Lauri Fortino:

I’m super pleased to share my very first interview! It’s with the fabulous Vivian Kirkfield at Picture Books Help Kids Soar. Check it out!

Originally posted on Picture Books Help Kids Soar:

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INSIGHT – INFORMATION – INSPIRATION

FOR WRITERS

TODAY’S GUEST

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LAURI FORTINO

I’m always talking about the wonderful kid lit community I belong to – filled with incredibly talented and dedicated people. And every day I meet more of them. Recently, I discovered a blog which is a super resource for parents and teachers – Frog on a Blog – and I connected with its creator. When I found out the she had a DEBUT PICTURE BOOK coming out this fall, I knew I’d be inviting her to step into the Will Write for Cookies spotlight. And when my May guest, Katie Davis, needed to exchange her May interview for October, I was thrilled that Lauri was ready, willing and able to step in and fill the spot.

Lauri grew up in the village of Canastota, NY with four older siblings and a twin sister. She tried…

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Perfect Picture Book Friday: The Peddler’s Bed

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Lauri Fortino:

The Peddler’s Bed received its first review today from extraordinary kid lit blogger Vivian Kirkfield at Picture Books Help Kids Soar!

Originally posted on Picture Books Help Kids Soar:

Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday. If you need more picture book recommendations, please head over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s for more picture book reviews.

And do I have a treat for you!

The author of today’s Perfect Picture Book is going to be here tomorrow as the featured author on Will Write for Cookies – hip hip hooray!

I’m so excited! I hope you will all come back on Saturday to find out more about this wonderful lady who runs the incredible Frog on a Blog. But right now, I can’t wait to share her lovely debut picture book which is slated to pub on September 1st and can be pre-ordered on Amazon:

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The Peddler’s Bed

Written by Lauri Fortino

Illustrated by Bong Redila

Publisher: Ripple Grove Press (2015)

Ages: 4 and up

Themes:

Kindness, sharing

Synopsis:

From Amazon:

‘The peddler stopped his cart and climbed down…

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Picture Books At The Library 14

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In my position as a technical processing assistant at the DeWitt Community Library, I catalog a lot of new picture books. Unfortunately, I cannot review them all, but I do read them all and have assigned a :) to my favorites. Finley Frog's favorite is marked with a 8). Below are a few I've cataloged recently. (Whenever possible, summaries have been taken directly from the books.)

In my position as a technical processing assistant at the DeWitt Community Library, I catalog a lot of new picture books. Unfortunately, I cannot review them all, but I do read them all and have assigned a :) to my favorites. Finley Frog’s favorite is marked with a 8). Below are a few I’ve cataloged recently. (Whenever possible, summaries have been taken directly from the books.)

Home might be a house in the country. Or an apartment in the city. Or even a shoe.

:) They play in the woods until Little One’s had enough hullabaloo. Then Big Daddy Rabbit knows it’s time for a lullabaloo–the perfect lullaby for bedtime.

Mamas and papas always want their little dinosaurs to be safe from harm, and that means teaching them how to cross the street, how to handle strangers, and how to call 9-1-1.

A lonely forest monster and a lost bird become friends.

:) It is spring! And one little girl looks everywhere for the robin whose song she remembers from last summer.

:) A boy has fun outside with his family as a storm approaches, and inside when the rain arrives.

A little girl who loves to draw but cannot knit, and her mother who loves to knit but cannot draw, collaborate on a special project neither of them could have done alone.

A spider on a quest to drop the “Bitzy” and become “just Itzy” runs into some challenges–and a few familiar nursery-rhyme characters.

Ever feel like you need a hug, a really big hug from someone? That’s how Felipe the young cactus feels, but his family just isn’t the touchy-feely kind.

Sadie wakes up feeling funny. It isn’t a sore throat or a tummy ache or a rash. It’s Leopardpox!

:) A picture book about Oop, a gorilla, who is second banana to the Amazing Mr. Bubbles, a monkey, until one day, Mr. Bubbles finds himself in trouble and Oop has to save the day.

8) A frog who yearns to be any animal that is cute and warm discovers that being wet, slimy, and full of bugs has its advantages.

Giveaway: The Legend Of Dust Bunnies/Deadline: May 29

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Michelle Eastman's Dust Bunny Adoption Kit

Michelle Eastman’s Dust Bunny Adoption Kit

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Don’t forget the deadline to win a copy of author/illustrator Michelle Eastman’s book The Legend of Dust Bunnies: a fairy’s tale PLUS one of her super-cute Dust Bunny Adoption kits is Friday, May 29.

To qualify, you must do two things: 1. Comment on the original post (Click here to read the original post and leave a comment) AND 2. Share the original post on social media. You have just 2 1/2 weeks left to enter the giveaway!

The Legend Of Dust Bunnies: A Fairy’s Tale by Michelle Eastman (PLUS a Special Giveaway!)

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Title: The Legend of Dust Bunnies: a fairy’s tale

Author: Michelle Eastman

Illustrator: Kevin Richter

Publisher/Year: Byway Press/2014

Back Cover Blurb: Join the Dust Fairies on their messy nighttime adventures, and discover how one misfit fairy uses his talent to create something legendary. His story will have families looking at dust bunnies in a new light and may actually give kids an excuse NOT to clean their rooms.

Before I begin my review, I want to report that the Dust Fairies are frequent visitors to my house and, in fact, I do believe they were here just last night. Now, let’s get to the review.

The Legend of Dust Bunnies: a fairy’s tale answers a question many of us have had, probably for a very long time–Where in the world does all that dust come from? And the answer is Dust Fairies! Dust Fairies come out at night and spread, not just dust, but also crumbs, soot, and cobwebs. And they take pride in their work, all of them, except Artie, a freckle-faced fairy who prefers collecting lint, fur, and hair to spreading around dust and crumbs. Because he’s different from the other fairies, he feels lonely and outcast, so he decides to make himself a friend, and thus the Dust Bunny is born. When the others see his new pal, they each beg to have one too, and Artie, proud of his creation, is happy to oblige.

Together, author Michelle Eastman and illustrator Kevin Richter have created an enchanting fairy world that exists right alongside our world. Michelle’s rollicking, rhyming text is fun to read. And the story moves along at a comfortable, easy pace. Kevin’s colorful Dust Fairy characters are sure to be a hit with even the pickiest fairy fanatics. For me, the best part is the adorable Dust Bunnies, each one a perfect match to his Dust Fairy.

Speaking of Dust Bunnies, how would you like to win one? Michelle is generously giving away one copy of The Legend of Dust Bunnies: a fairy’s tale along with a super cute Dust Bunny to keep for your very own! All you have to do is 1. Leave a comment on this post, and 2. Share this post on social media (Twitter, Facebook, blog, etc.) A winner will be chosen at random on Friday, May 29. Good luck!

Michelle Eastman's Dust Bunny Adoption Kit

Michelle Eastman’s Dust Bunny Adoption Kits

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