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Friday Kid Lit Round-Up

For a number of years now Oprah’s Book Club has made hits of books for adults.  Now she’s making her way into books for children with her Kids Reading List.  The site even has a list of tips to keep kids reading, including, “Make sure that books are easily accessible within your home.  If Dr. Seuss is closer than the DVR, your children might just be encouraged to reach for something bigger than the remote.”

Brown_bearElephant_4And not to be left behind, Kohl’s continues its Kohl’s Cares for Kids campaign, complete with Eric Carle merchandise.  As stated on their site:

"Everyone knows books are good for children, but Kohl’s brings new meaning to the idea of books benefiting America’s youth. Since the inception of Kohl’s Cares for Kids® in 2000, we have turned our $5 books and plush into more than $102 million for children’s initiatives nationwide while providing affordable books for millions of eager readers."

Yes, you read correctly folks.  Kohl’s is selling copies of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?, and Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? for $5 apiece!
But wait!  That’s not all!  They also have the Eric Carle plush elephant and leopard.  And they’re only $5 a pop as well!

Angela, where do you get the energy?  Your school year has begun, you're blogging like mad and offering super advice and info.  If you haven’t already read her post, Support Your Budding Writers, hurry up and check it out!  She covers journal selection, authors sharing and other writing resources.  Oh, and leave Angela some feedback.  She's earned it!

The New York Times Book Review said "Hugo Cabret sits at the nexus of magic and storytelling and film, and …Brian Selznick shows us a little magic of his own." I think the folks at Kitchen Table Reviews would agree.  The Invention of Hugo Cabret was their recent book feature, but did it live up to its Caldecott Medal?  Read more to find out.

Are you looking for the perfect rocket to tie into your planets unit?  With all the new astronomy books out there, you may want to try your hand at making your own Redstone Rocket. Astronaut Handbook author and illustrator, Meghan McCarthy shows you how.

Last but not least, the folks at Chronicle are having a BRAINIAC sweepstakes to promote the relaunch their World Almanac for Kids series.  If you’re in the mood to win a computer and lots of other cool prizes, check out the site.

Be sure to tune back in on Nonfiction Monday to see what gems Anastasia has unearthed for us.

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