MaiStoryBook Library Collection: Room on the Broom + Finger Puppet Character Cast

Introducing the Friday Eve before Halloween, Final spooky book featured in this week’s MaiStoryBook Library Collection:

“Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Book Synopsis and Review

It’s a windy day for a witch on her broom~ especially for a witch on a broom without much room! As the wind pulls her belongings way down to the ground, the witch meets new friends, who what she has lost they have found. As in return, they board her flying broom, it isn’t too long before the whole broom goes *kaboom.* Into the clutches of a dragon the witch falls; can her animal friends save her, or is it all a lost cause???

Told in a steady rhyme to make for a rhythmic, catchy read aloud, this book is filled with spirited, light hearted suspense. The predictable, repetitive plot follows a pattern that kids will love to pick up on. Encourage your children to read along to the parts they come to recognize, and to predict the common scenarios in the story. Additionally, this book has a fantastic cast of characters, making it the perfect book for incorporating  different theatrical voices for different characters. As for the illustrations, the clear and colorful artwork will draw in the kids and immerse them in the reading experience!

Vocabulary List

  • Wailed (p. 2) cried
  • Clambered (p. 4) climbed
  • Reeds (p. 10) tall green plants that grow near the water
  • Bog (p. 14) wet, muddy ground
  • Ditch (p. 17) big hole in the ground

Themes/Main Ideas

  • Two is Better than One: Challenges are less daunting when you work together and use teamwork
  • Kindness: Kindness is contagious; when you are kind to others, they are kind in return

YouTube Video: Guided Shared-Reading Read Aloud Example

Example of a shared-reading, interactive Read Aloud of “Room on the Broom” – how to subtly introduce the vocabulary list words within the text, ask guided questions, and spark conversation!

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Finger Puppet Character Cast Craft

Halloween is *almost* upon us ~ can it be the end of the October already??? Traipsing through the neighborhood as I walk the dog on our daily nature walk, I witness houses deteriorated into haunted mansions, spider webs encroaching on gated driveways, and tombstones staked into the ground while ghastly limbs claw through the ground’s surface. Despite the recent heat wave, evenings still bring the crisp tendrils of chilly air, sending shivers down my spine ~ or maybe they’re just shivers of spookiness as I trek through the transformed neighborhood. In just 4 days, the sidewalks will be crowded with mini witches and wonderwomans,  sorcerers and spidermans~ giddy with sugar and the sweet thrill of tricking ~ or treat-ing, of course. What better way to prep for the Halloween festivities then to delve into this Halloween classic storybook *Room on a Broom.* With this Finger Puppet Character Cast Craft, spend an afternoon with your little one creating your own spooky stories of witches, talking animals, dragons, and magic spells! *Note: This craft will need more adult support*

Materials

  • 2 gloves (preferably red)
  • 1 piece each of green, brown, red, orange, black, yellow, white paper
  • Set of markers
  • Tape (or hot glue gun if you want to permanently stick characters into gloves)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 2 googley eyes

Directions

For the 5 Character glove:

  • Using brown paper, trace a *small* cat head. (make it proportionate to your child’s fingertips so it fits onto their glove) Draw on two eyes, the nose, mouth, and mini stripes. Cut it out.
  • Using white paper, trace a *small* dog head with floppy ears. Draw on two eyes, nose, mouth, and brown spots. Cut it out.
  • Using green paper, trace a *small* frog head with 2 bumps for eyes. Draw on two eyes, two nostrils, and green spots. Cut it out.

  • Using green paper, trace a *small* parrot head with the beak sticking out on one side. Draw on one eye on the side of its head and add some green feather marks. Cut it out.

  • Using brown paper, trace a witch profile, with a hooked nose sticking out on one side, a witches hat on top, a braid behind her head, and a mini stump under her head for her shoulders. Color the hat black, the stem red for her shirt, a red-brown for her braid, and draw an eye, a smile, and a brown wart on her nose. Cut it out.
  • Tape *or glue* the 5 cut-out characters onto the left-hand glove on the palm-facing side, in this order to follow the story order: Witch on the thumb, then cat on the index finger, dog, parrot on the ring finger, and frog on the pinky.

For the Dragon Glove:

  • Lay out the right-hand glove with the back-of-the-hand side facing up. Tape on two googley eyes, one onto the ring finger, and one onto the middle finger, right above where the fingers connect to the hand.
  • Next, cut out a flame shape from the yellow paper, and draw on addition orange flames.
  • To attach the flame, put a piece of double sided tape *or glue* on the bottom edge of the flame, and then turn it upside. Face the front of the flame toward you, and attach it to the top of the middle finger of the glove.

  • Test the glove by putting it on and making a fist. The flame should be pointing out, right-side up underneath your fist.

Enjoy your Finger Puppet Character Cast Craft!

  • Put on both gloves and use them to highlight the characters as you re-read the story.
  • With both gloves on, re-tell the story *without the book* by putting on a puppet show. ~Create a mini puppet show stage with a ledge or some curtains~
  • With both gloves on, create your own spooky, Halloween story puppet show  about witches, talking animals, magic spells, and dragons!

*~Overall, have some *Halloween*  fun acting out spooky puppet show stories using your very own colorful finger puppet character cast. Please comment below  – tag me on Instagram @MaiStoryBookLibrary  – or post on FaceBook to share your photos of your own *Finger Puppet Character Shows* and your own read aloud adventures! I’d love to hear from you!~*

*Check Back on Next Friday for our New Reading Adventure*

*~Until next time, Happy Reading~*

Independent & Self-Published Features: Featuring Authors Brooke & Lee and Ginny Jordan

*Highlighting up and coming illustrators and authors from independent publishing houses and self-publishers*

Please reach out to MaiStoryBook through Instagram, FB, or by commenting on my blog, and *share or tag* books, authors, or illustrators who would fit into this category of independent/self publishing! I’m excited for the wonders we will find!

Now without further ado~

This week’s *Interactive* featured books:

Crayons and Colors by Brooke & Lee

Published by Color Me Reading: Introduces a new reading experience to children by combining the joy of reading with the excitement of coloring.

MaiStoryBook’s number one goal: Inspiring in children a love for books by creating an interactive reading experience~ and authors Brooke and Lee have done just that in their latest book  “Crayons and Colors!” Part of the *Color Me Reading* book brand, with a unique formula involving part reading, part coloring, and part activity, this book weaves together a heart warming story with pages of coloring and mini activities, giving your child an active role in the story as both illustrator and investigator as they scan pictures for hidden images, draw in ~on their own~ missing parts to the story, and interpret the illustrations for key information.

Written and told in playful rhyme, this book follows two youngsters, Isaac and Blake, as they discover the true meaning of friendship. Through colors and conversations, the two friends come to realize, that even though we are all different and unique, we are still very much the same. The colorful characters bring the storybook classroom to life, and the blank coloring pages invite children to explore with colors on their own. This book will have your child reading and creating~ could there be a more perfect combo???~*

 

*~Super excited to have collaborated with these two lovely ladies. I truly admire these two sisters for following their own passions and founding the *Color Me Reading* publishing company and the Brooke & Lee brand. Thanks for joining MaiStoryBook to promote early childhood literacy and inspire a love for reading.~*

A bit more about the Authors: Meet Brooke and Lee

Adria *Brooke* McCardy: Adria is the Creative Director of Brooke&Lee. She recently received her master’s degree in Communications from the University of Central Florida. For years she has loved writing and poetry, and is delighted to be able to utilize her passions to create children’s books. Her goal as Creative Director is to create books to bring joy to children in hopes of encouraging them “To Believe, Imagine, and Inspire”. Learn more about her and her sister on Instagram: @brookeandlee

Kristi *Lee* Collie : Kristi is the Technical Director of Brooke&Lee. She has a degree in engineering, and over 5 years of  construction project management experience. However, her passions lay elsewhere~in the colors and creations she has made!   Currently, Kristi works as a Math Tutoring Coordinator at a community college and loves it. Being a mother has pushed her even more to make a difference in the lives of little ones. Find out more about both sisters through their website: Brooke&Lee. 

*Check here to find this book for your home library!*

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What’s Making Walter C. Laugh by Ginny Jordan

Published by Lulu Publishing Services: self-publishing service making content creation and consumption a simpler and more rewarding experience for authors and artists around the world

What’s making Walter C. laugh??? That is the ever pressing mystery in this laugh-out-loud storybook. Each page presents a new, outrageously, out-of-this-world phenomenon ~ skateboarding monkeys,  *upside down* flying penguins, unicycling unicorns juggling *ice cream cones*  ~ could these be what are making Walter C. laugh?? No?!!?! Young children will squeal with incredulous disbelief as each turn of the page brings a different wacky surprise. This is a book sure to keep children’s imaginations churning and their bellies chuckling.

Plus~ a *bonus* surprise at the conclusion ~ true to MaiStoryBook’s interactive reading philosophy~ “What’s Making Walter C. Laugh” includes an interactive component at the end. As the mystery as to what is making Walter C. laugh is left unresolved, it’s up to your child to solve the conundrum! With several blank pages at the end of the story, children are prompted to draw what they think is making Walter C. laugh. Thus, they became active authors ~ illustrating and writing their own endings to the story. They are challenged to imagine the most whimsical creations and preposterous scenarios possible. Can they solve the mystery??? Whip out those markers and crayons for an afternoon of doodles, giggles, and fun!

A bit more about the Author and Illustrator: Meet Ginny Jordan

Ginny Jordan is an accomplished photographer and has experience being a school teacher. While teaching, she was honored with the *Outstanding Service Reward.* This is her first children’s book~ and she is thrilled to incorporate her experiences of making children laugh into this project. Ginny Jordan currently lives in New York and enjoys travel, fine arts, gardening and sports. To learn more, follow her on Instagram @walterclaughs.

Check here to find this book for your own home library!

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*~Support these independent/self-published authors and illustrators and check out what they’ve been writing and creating.  Please share any books, authors, or illustrators that fit into this category by tagging me on Instagram @MaiStoryBookLibrary,  posting on MaiStoryBook’s FaceBook page, or commenting on the blog below! I’m always looking for new treasures to read, support, and share with all of you!~*

*Plus, checkout out an interactive  read aloud of one of my current Halloween favorites  here. *

*~Until Next Time, Happy Reading~*

MaiStoryBook Library: Stellaluna + “Boo”-tiful Black Bat Craft

Introducing the beloved classic of bats and birds featured in this week’s MaiStoryBook Library Collection:

“Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon

Book Synopsis and Review

Stellaluna is a baby…bat..?..bird? She eats bugs from Mama Bird and lives in a nest~she flies during the day and sleeps at night…but she also hangs upside down and bugs give her the shivers~she hangs by her thumbs on branches and can’t land gracefully on her feet~* This is Stellaluna. Separated from her mama fruit bat as a baby, Stellaluna found family and a home in a bird’s nest. However, as she struggles to fit in and adopt the “nest ways,” something doesn’t quite feel right. Even though she is similar to her bird brothers and sisters, Stellaluna feels different in some ways too. One day, having lost her bird siblings while out flying, Stellaluna meets a new family that shows her, her upside down world is actually the right side up~ for a bat that is! Join Stellaluna on her journey amongst birds and bats to find where she truly belongs*

A charming, heart-warming tale of friendship, belonging, and acceptance of differences, Stellaluna is a tale sure to enchant little ones as they find themselves immersed in the deep blue illustrations and surrounded by a world of birds and bats. Deemed “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children” by the National Education Association, this book is applaudable not just for its theme of acceptance, but for its delve into the realm of science. The perfect book for learning about bats, the story is sure to spark conversation comparing and contrasting birds and bats and other flying creatures. So huddle up with your little ones, wrap yourselves up in the *wings* of your blankets, and prepare to enter a realm of wonder!

Vocabulary List

  • Sultry (p. 2) hot and humid
  • Clutched (p. 5) held onto very tightly
  • Clambered (p. 13) climbed
  • Peculiar (p. 27) strange, odd
  • Mused (p. 41) wondered, to think about

Themes/Main Ideas

  • Celebrating Differences: Our differences make us unique, but our similarities help us connect. Even though we are different, we can find things in common with others to help us become friends.
  • Compare/Contrast Bats and Birds: Using details from the story, discuss how bats and birds are similar and how they are different.

YouTube Video: Guided Shared-Reading Read Aloud Example

Example of a shared-reading Read Aloud of “Stellaluna” – how to subtly introduce the vocabulary list words within the text, ask guided questions, and spark conversation!

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“Boo”-tiful Black Bat Crafts

*It’s a bird!~No, it’s a bat!~ No wait, it’s a….?* ~ One thing I most look forward to is sharing my favorite childhood storybooks with my own children one day~ Joining them on the journey to discovering my own worlds of fantasy and imagination growing up is a dream! Stellaluna was a beloved favorite in my house growing up. This tiny little bat made a Large impression! Days were spent on the play structure and jungle gyms, climbing the bars to hang upside down, wrapping my sweater around my arms and torso to mimic a baby bat. Scarves became my wings as I would glide around the backyard, transforming between a bat and a bird on a whim. Want to welcome your little one to this flying world of fun? Start off with this “Boo”-tiful Black Bat Craft to put you in the perfect *batty* mood~*

Materials

  • Toilet paper roll
  • 2 pieces of black construction paper
  • 2 googly eyes
  • White puffy paint/glitter glue
  • A small branch
  • Black pie cleaner (I used a white one and painted it black)
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Directions

  • Cut out a rectangle of black construction paper that is the same height as the toilet paper roll for the body of the bat. Roll the paper around the toilet paper roll and tape or glue into place.
  • Fold the second black paper in half and cut out a pair of bat shaped wings. Glue or tape the wings to the back of the toilet paper roll body.

  • Cut out two small triangles for the ears of the bat. Glue them to the top-inside-front of the toilet paper roll body.
  • Next, using bottled glue or your glue puffy paint, glue on the two google eyes.
  • Use the white puffy paint/glitter glue to draw on a mouth
    • Painting on two additional little fangs is optional.

  • Then, for the legs, cut the black pipe cleaner in half and tape the two pieces separately to the bottom- front- inside of the body of the bat.
  • Wait for your bat to dry before attaching it to your mini stick from your *nature walk.”
    • To attach to the stick, use the pipe cleaner legs to twist firmly around the branch.

Enjoy your “Boo”-tiful Black Bat Craft!

  • Re-read the story with your black bat reading buddy!
  • Take your bat on a Halloween neighborhood walk to show it the spooky Halloween decor. Maybe your bat will see or meet another bat friend in the neighborhood!
  • Prop up your black bat craft around the house as the perfect festive Halloween decor!
  • Use the craft time opportunity to talk more about bats, and discuss any further wonderings your child may have~

*~Overall, have some *batty* fun comparing bats and birds, and creating your very own upside-down hanging black bat craft. Please comment below  – tag me on Instagram @MaiStoryBookLibrary  – or post on FaceBook to share your photos of your own *Boo*-tiful Black Bat crafts and your own read aloud adventures! I’d love to hear from you!~*

*Check Back on Next Friday for our New Reading Adventure*

*~Until next time, Happy Reading~*

Independent & Self-Published Feature: Featuring Authors Michelle Hackney and Baruch Inbar, & Illustrator Mia Ortiz

*Highlighting up and coming illustrators and authors from independent publishing houses and self-publishers*

Please reach out to MaiStoryBook through Instagram, FB, or by commenting on my blog, and *share or tag* books, authors, or illustrators who would fit into this category of independent/self publishing! I’m excited for the wonders we will find!

Now without further ado~

This week’s featured books:

Mama’s Leche by Michelle Hackney                                                           Illustrated by Mia Ortiz

Published by Hohm Press: Providing books that present readers with alternatives to the materialistic values of the current culture, and promote self-awareness, the recognition of interdependence, and compassion.

A celebration of breast feeding, this precious, bilingual book illustrates the tender mother-infant bond that is naturally established through nursing. Told uniquely from the infant’s perspective, the sweet, simple text evokes the essence of love between the bond of a young baby and their mother. The soft pastel illustrations, bordered by playful patterns of colors and textile, elicit feelings of nurturance, protection and comfort.

This book is part of a distinguished collection from Hohm Press that promotes breastfeeding. An important issue regarding family health and the wellbeing of infants and children, breastfeeding is presented as one of the most precious gifts a mother could bestow upon her child. Breast milk alone can supply infants with disease-protective and nurturing substances. A short, warmly illustrated, and creatively written story, this book makes the perfect gift for parents to be, doctors, nurses, and childcare and childbirth educators.

*~Additionally, for those of you in SoCal, author Michelle Hackney will be at Barnes and Nobles in Mira Mesa promoting her book and its platform! Check out the location here~*

A bit more about the Author: Meet Michelle Hackney

Michelle Hackney is a mother currently full-time homeschooling her five young children. Currently living in Las Cruces, New Mexico, she is a strong advocate for children’s rights, breastfeeding, and attachment parenting. Hackney believes developing connections of trust, respect, and mindfulness with children will help parents raise secure and happy children. To learn more, find her on Instagram @mamasleche.

A bit more about the Illustrator: Meet Mia Ortiz

Mia Ortiz is a public school art teacher and illustrator. Currently living in El Paso, Texas with her two sons and husband, Ortiz offers private art lessons for people with special needs. She believes in using art as a tool to build self-confidence in children, and as an outlet for children to express their emotions and passions. To learn more, follow her on Instagram @mammamiao.

Check here to find this book for your own home library!

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Snurtle by Baruch Inbar

Published by Segr Publishing, LLC: A unique company founded by authors, for authors whose books do not belong in a one-size-fits-all publishing mold.

With a mama snail and a daddy turtle, Snurtle is blessed with a family full of love. But when the other families of snails and snails, and turtles and turtles, aren’t accepting of Snurtle’s mixed family, they are forced to leave in search of  a new home. Thus begins an epic journey of finding acceptance, embracing diversity, and celebrating uniqueness.  In this beautifully written book, Inbar weaves a story perfect to begin a conversation with children about mixed families, different races, and the importance of acceptance and the power of love.

The colorful and bright illustrations leap off the page in this sweet tale! Children will delight in the details of the hybrid animals, gleefully pointing out the two different animal features they can spot in the mixed creatures. A rainbow of colors, the pictures portray the more serious content of this story in an appealing and captivating way for children, drawing them in, provoking inquiry, and sparking curious conversations.

A bit more about the Author and Illustrator: Meet Baruch Inbar

Baruch Inbar lives in Mount Shasta, CA, with his wife and four dogs. His experiences as a foster child raised in Israel inspired him to create this book. He is also the founder of a non-profit organization, Bless the Children, that empowers foster kids to pursue their goals and chase their dreams, as well as teaches them about holistic and healthy living. A portions of all of the proceeds from “Snurtle” goes to support this organization. To support this mission:

*Check here to find this book for your home library!*

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*~Support these independent/self-published authors and illustrators and check out what they’ve been writing and creating.  Please share any books, authors, or illustrators that fit into this category by tagging me on Instagram @MaiStoryBookLibrary,  posting on MaiStoryBook’s FaceBook page, or commenting on the blog below! I’m always looking for new treasures to read, support, and share with all of you!~*

*Plus, checkout out an interactive  read aloud of one of my current Halloween favorites  here. *

*~Until Next Time, Happy Reading~*

MaiStoryBookLibrary: How to Catch a Monster + Ninja-Nabbing Slime Activity

In Honor of Friday the 13th, introducing the spookiest, spectacular storybook featured in this week’s MaiStoryBook Library Collection:

“How to Catch a Monster” by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton

Book Synopsis and Review

Before going to bed, there’s one more task our heroine must complete. Decked in ninja attire and armed with newfound courage, this little ninja ventures into one of the most dangerous realms known to young children: the closet *at night.* She’s out to catch a monster, and won’t rest until she has! However, even with a backpack full of tricks and traps, this little ninja will find out catching monsters is no easy feat. But… what if this monster isn’t so scary after all? What is this monster never meant to scare her, but instead, just wanted to… play? It just may be possible that in this monster closet land, our heroine may find the best surprise of all!

Another fun, rhyming read aloud, this book is a great read for children who’ve ever been frightened of monsters under the bed or in their closet. I know I was definitely scared of what could be lurking under my bed when I was younger. I wasn’t brave enough to catch any monsters back then, but maybe if I had read this book, my monster-fearing days could have come to an abrupt end! The perfect tale for inspiring bravery, this bright and boldly illustrated book takes children into the realm of monsters ~a world of volcano pies and ninja-nabbing slime~ only to reveal that what may have been a scary place with frightening creatures, is really a welcoming land of fluffy friends~* Children will be scrambling to find their monster friends, all fears of fanged creatures vanquished after this inspiring read!

Vocabulary List

  • Courage (p. 4) bravery, not scared
  • Nabbing (p. 11) grabbing
  • Massive (p. 20) huge
  • Whiff (p. 21) sniff
  • Volcano (p. 25) a tall mountain with a crack or opening at the top where hot lava is

Themes/Main Ideas

  • Courage: Things aren’t always as scary as they seem.
  • Friends come in all shapes and sizes! Even *monster-size*

YouTube Video: Guided Shared-Reading Read Aloud Example

Example of a shared-reading Read Aloud of “How to Catch a Monster” – how to subtly introduce the vocabulary list words within the text, ask guided questions, and spark conversation!

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Ninja-Nabbing Slime Activity

Friday the 13th~ a day of ominous omens and furtive second glances~* I remember the reels of bad luck and tales of terror that would circulate my elementary classrooms, whispered into each other’s ears as we squirmed in our seats, attempting miserably to concentrate on the lesson at hand. Today was the day to *beware!* Swerve from ladders, run away fast from black cats, make extra sure NOT to step on the sidewalk cracks! Anyone else remember the classic superstitions?? In honor of this spooky day, what better way to celebrate  than with an equally spooky, spectacular, slippery, slimy activity? Be prepared for an afternoon of eyeballs, glittery spunk, and some ooey gooey, ninja-nabbing slime! Perfect for catching monsters~ especially since they’ll definitely be out lurking tonight! *Friday the 13th is their Monster Bash after all*

*Note: This is a very hands-on *get-your-hands-dirty* kinda activity~ so prepare for some mess!

Materials

  • corn starch
  • water
  • food coloring
  • googly eyes
  • glitter
  • large mixing bowl

Super Simple Slime Directions

  • Pour about 1 cup of corn starch into the mixing bowl
  • Slowly pour in water, mixing the substance with *your hands*
    • using hands will allow you to test for the consistency
    • you will know you have the right consistency when you are able to pick up a solid form of slime

  • Add food coloring of your choice as you mix.
  • After achieving the right consistency, add in googly eyes and/or glitter for a spooky effect!

Enjoy your Ninja Nabbing Slime!

  • The substance you have created is called oobleck. As you may have observed, if you squeeze or punch and apply pressure to the substance, it will feel solid. If you slowly dip your hand into the substance or loosen your grip, it will act and feel like a liquid. Prompt your child to try try squeezing and picking up a piece of solid slime, and then loosening their grip to watch it ooze from their fingers like a liquid. Perfect opportunity to bring in some science talk about solids and liquids.
  • Pretend to oobleck is your own ninja-nabbing net and talk about al the different things you can catch with it!
  • Re-read the story with this tangible slime reading buddy~children will love playing with the goo while a re-reading occurs~*

*~Overall, Have FUN with this Friday the 13th, spooky slime activity with your child! Please comment below  – tag me on Instagram @MaiStoryBookLibrary  – or post on FaceBook to share your photos of your own Ninja Nabbing Slime and read aloud adventures ! I’d love to hear from you!~*

*Check Back on Next Friday for our New Reading Adventure*

*~Until next time, Happy Reading~*

Local Library Book Sale Book Haul: Pirates, Mummies, and 1,000 tortoises

*~Thank you for all the MaiStoryBook love, and 100 subscribers on MaiStoryBook Youtube Channel! To thank you all~ here is a book haul with 10 spectacular titles to check out! More books = more *Happy Reading*!~*

Diving into my local library book sale, I’ll never know what I find~ This week: pirates, mummies, 1,000 tortoises, writing worms, and kissing kangaroos. Curiosity peaked? Check out the titles below!

Every first Sunday of the month, my favorite local library bookstore *shout out to San Clemente City Library* holds an outdoor book sale, taking out books that were saved in their backroom specifically for this monthly event~i.e. books too good to be displayed in the ordinary library bookstore. What this means: treasures and fantastic finds *galore.*

One of my favorite days of the month, I look forward to this monthly outing to San Clemente, a quaint, dreamy town by the sea, a few cities north of home. The book sale coincides with the city’s weekly farmers market, thus making for the perfect combo of first browsing through piles of books, and then sampling and sifting through fresh fruits, vegetables, and organic snacks. The early afternoon is complete with brunch, mimosas, and a warm, gooey butter cake topped with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. Books + Happy Tummy = My Perfect Sunday Morning.

But back to the books, this month’s latest book haul~ I struck gold! 10 beautiful *hardcover* books in great condition, each under $3. I look for not only quality of content in books, but physical quality condition as well, preferring hardcopies of books when affordable- and at these book sales, hardcovers are definitely affordable! Check out these great finds below and see if any titles catch your eye.

San Clemente Library Book Sale Haul

Two adorable books about being unique. Todd Park takes children on a colorful adventure of all the possibilities of being *different*, while Chodos-Irvine introduces us to Ella, a spunky girl determined to show off her style and express who she is. *Notice the price tags: $2.00 + $1.00 for these hardcovers in great condition!*

Road Dahl is one of my favorite authors with his quirky characters and imaginative adventures. I’ve actually never heard of this title before, *Esio Trot* but was able to delight in this quick-read, slightly bizarre love story of a man in love with a woman with a tortoise. His plan to win her heart? Buy 1,000 tortoises. Does it work? *Read the book and find out* Also, ever wonder what a worm does? Best way to find out: read their diary~

Two beautifully illustrated books to read to your little loved ones. “I Love it When You Smile” by McBratney explores how to get your grumpy grouch to break a smile. What’s one fail-safe way to get a young child to laugh? *Hint: some mud and a big splash are involved* Also, for fans of Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown delights again with this sweet, “Goodnight Little One,” book, taking you and your child on a nighttime journey through fields of baby animals.

Couldn’t resist this full collection of the classic comic. Perfect edition for the classroom for comic book readers looking for laughs and a couple new adventure pals.

My last 2 favorite finds. The Ology Book series offer pages of intricate displays of information on captivating topics such as wizardology, dragonology, mythology, and these 2 titles here. Fold-outs, flaps, hidden parchments, secret compartments- with all these interactive resources, these books offer a delve into topics sure to spark the curiosity and interest of any child and young reader.

Overall, I’d say it was quite a successful Book Haul! Please comment and share which titles call out to you, or if you’ve read any of these books~ I’d love to hear your thoughts! Which do you like best??

*~Plus, check out an interactive read aloud of my current Halloween favorite book here.~*

*~Until Next Time, Happy Reading~*

MaiStoryBookLibrary: Piggie Pie! + Halloween Barnyard Masks Pretend Play

Introducing the First Friday of October witchy, twitchy children’s book featured in this week’s MaiStoryBook Library Collection:

“Piggie Pie!” by Margie Palatini and Howard Fine

Book Synopsis and Review

Gritch the Witch is HUNGRY, and grouchy and grumpy, and the *only* thing that will satisfy her is a warm, freshly-baked delicacy *Piggie Pie.* There’s just one Problem~ As Gritch zooms through the ingredients in her witchy pantry ~ NO PIGGIES. Well, where else to look for piggies than Old MAcDonald’s farm? But piggies are quite clever, and in a bold attempt to trick Gritch the Witch, they masquerade around the farm in plain sight, costumed and dressed up as ducks, cows, and even Old MacDonald himself. A not so bright Gritch the Witch grows increasingly aggravated, throwing furious tantrums *until* a mysterious new friend shows up and presents an ironic alternative solution… Will Gritch the Witch get her Piggie Pie in the end…or will she get something even more delicious…?

This book was created for pure enjoyment. Honestly, there aren’t any morals or life lessons to be offered ~ rather the book seems to have been made for the sake of reading for fun and for evoking laughter from readers of all ages. Fun stories such as these help children gain an apprciation and pleasure in reading. This *Fun-October-Halloween* read aloud is full of alliterations and clever allusions to other classic fairy tales that kids love to pick up on and point out.  It also incorporates the classic Old McDonald song, so if your child is familiar with the tune they’ll be able to join along with part of the reading! Additionally, there are plenty of opportunities to change the tone and pitch of your voice during the read aloud, especially with the Gritch the Witch character, so clear your throats *ahem!* and go all out with different nasaly and crackly-witchy voices.

Vocabulary List

  • Buzzard (p.2) big bird that eats dead animals
  • Puny (p.6) small, weak
  • Yellow Pages (p.7) big book with the phone numbers of all the different places you can go 
  • Passel (p.15) a group
  • Lumbered (p.20) moved slowly

Themes/Main Ideas

  • Discuss with children the different allusions that come up in the story~ such as The Three Little pigs and Old MacDonald. If children aren’t familiar with these classics, take the opportunity to teach them about, or read to them, these stories.
  • Flexibility: concept of being flexible~ If there is a problem or something doesn’t go your way, be flexible and try something different. Don’t get too upset. Discuss tantrums and what are more approiate ways to behave if you feel frustrated or upset.

YouTube Video: Guided Shared-Reading Read Aloud Example

Example of a shared-reading Read Aloud of “Piggie Pie!” – how to subtly introduce the vocabulary list words within the text, ask guided questions, and spark conversation!

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Halloween Barnyard Masks Pretend Play Activity

As the beginning of October officially arrives, I can’t help but to already anticipate its end ~ *Halloween!* The holiday of dress up, makeup, ~ the ultimate pretend play experience for little ones! Parading around as witches, lions, ninjas, and superheroes, I can remember fingers sticky with the gummy residue of fruity jolly ranchers, and lips smudged with streaks of Recess cups and KitKat bars. I would carefully lift my snow fairy mask, delivering a portion of candy corn to my eager taste buds. Costumes are a large part of pretend play, adding to the make-believe mystique.  In preparation of Halloween, this week’s activity includes instructions to make 2 different barnyard masks, similar to the costumes the Piggies in the story wore to trick Gritch the Witch. The perfect craft for some pre-Halloween festivities ~ prepare for an afternoon of witches, piggies, farm animals, and a whole lot of trickery and play~*

Materials

  • 2 paper plates
  • 1 sheet each of black, pink, white and brown construction paper
  • 1 sheet each of orange, yellow, and red construction paper
  • Black marker
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter

Directions

For Cow Mask

  • Draw and cut out two eye holes on the paper plate *I used the box cutter for easy cutting*
  • Cut out a medium pink oval for the nose and two black dots for the nostrils. Glue on the dots to the oval, and glue the oval under the eye holes on the mask.
  • Using the black paper, cut out 4-5 small black shapes for cow spots
  • Glue/tape the black spots onto the paper plate (for spots around the edges of the plate, I found tape worked best to keep them in place)

  • For the ears: cut two ear shapes from the white paper, two smaller ear shapes from the paper, and two small black shapes for spots on the ears.
    • Glue on the black spots anywhere along the edges of the white ear shapes. Glue the small pink shapes to the bottom part of the white shapes to mimic the pink part of cow ears. Tape ears to the top-back of the plate.
  • For the horns, cut out two small brown ovals and glue them to the top of the mask, between the ears.

For Chicken Mask

  • Draw and cut out two eye holes on the paper plate *I used the box cutter for easy cutting*
  • For the beak, fold the orange paper in half and draw a triangle along the crease. Cut it out, so that you have a triangle flap for the beak. Glue it below the eye holes.

  • Trace a handprint onto the red paper and cut it out. Tape it to the top-back of the mask. For the little gobble below the beak, cut out a squiggly red shape and glue it to the bottom of the mask.
  • For the feathers, cut out 6 small yellow feather shapes, glueing three onto one side of the mask, and three to the other side.

Enjoy Your Halloween Barnyard Masks with Pretend Play

  • You and your child can use these masks to renact the story with some dramatic play~ Pretend to be the witch searching for the piggies, while your little ones pretend to be the piggies, using the masks to trick you and hide from the evil witch! They’ll love the idea of trickery, so go ahead and be *dramatic* about not finding the pigs ~ they’ll be delighted to see you throw a Gritch-the-Withc-tantrum!
  • Re-read the story using the masks to guide the reading and dress up with the piggies to trick the witch.

*~Overall, Have FUN with these pre-Halloween festivities with your child. Please comment below  – tag me on Instagram @MaiStoryBookLibrary  – or post on FaceBook to share your photos of your own Halloween Barnyard Masks and Pretend Play ! I’d love to hear from you!~*

*Check Back on Next Friday for our New Reading Adventure*

*~Until next time, Happy Reading~*

Independent & Self-Published Features: Featuring Authors Yvette Pais and W. U. Ming

Introducing a new blog series on MaiStoryBook:

Independent & Self-Published Book Reviews

*Highlighting up and coming illustrators and authors from independent publishing houses and self-publishers*

The amount of hardwork, dedication, and creativity that goes into creating a book is inspiring! I want to recognize all of the authors and illustrators out there who’ve found alternative ways to publish their work and share their imaginings with the world! Please reach out to MaiStoryBook through Instagram, FB, or by commenting on my blog, and *share or tag* books, authors, or illustrators who would fit into this category of independent/self publishing! I’m excited for the wonders we will find!

Now without further ado~

Featuring the first 2 books in this new series:

I Want to Be by Yvette Pais

Published by Mercadolivros: Providing children’s literature and educational books in several languages

A delightful ABC book focusing on diversity/multiculrualism, this children’s book encourages little ones of all backgrounds to dream big, and to aspire to grow up to be whatever and whomever they want to be. Brightly illustrated paper puppets model a diverse group of children in a range of different careers, none of which are gender derived.

Through clever alphabetical alliterations, Yvette Pais motivates children to explore a wide variety of different career options, ranging from F for Fabulous Fashion Designer to X for Xenodochial Xylophonist. The careers are highly relevant to today’s generation of children, offering dreams they can relate to such as I for Inventor,  Y for YouTuber, and G for Game Designer.

The perfect book to spark conversations and ideas with students and children of what they want to be when they grow up, and all of their future job and career options, every elementary classroom, library, and home-library would benefit from this dream-provoking book.  Flipping through this book myself, I couldn’t help but exclaim that I wanted to be *every single thing* in this book when I grow up! Below are some of my own dream careers:

A bit about the Author: Meet Yvette Pais

Yvette Pais is an author and illustrator of 2 children’s books: Gus the Traveler and I Want to Be. Born in Mexico, she graduated from university in the United States. In addition to her children’s books, she has written poems, short stories, and educational papers both in Spanish and Portuguese. To learn more, please visit her site mercadolivros.net.br and follow her on instagram @mercadolivros.

Eighty-Otter Teeter Totter by W. U. Ming

Published by  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform: Providng free tools to help you self-publish and distribute your own books

Teeter totters are not much fun without an otter, and one otter on a teeter totter is rather dull without another. But 20 otter friends is better than 2, and twice as many as 20 is 40 times more fun. But how many otters can fit on a teeter totter before it topples over? Watch as this group of otter friends grows larger and larger, balancing precariously on their one teeter totter. A lively book told in delightful rhyme, children will chuckle over the richly colored illustrations, and laugh out loud at the colorful expressions and outfits of the wriggly, giggly cast of otters.

A perfect book for a rhyming read aloud, this book will charm audiences with its humorous illustrations and playful tale. Can 80 otters fit on one little teeter totter? Check out this book to find out! Additionally, author W. U. Ming provides fun worksheets of step-by-step instructions on how to draw an otter from the story. Print these out for your kids, and watch them create their own otter tales! Plus, cool character stickers add an exciting extension of the book. *Every kid loves stickers*

 

A bit about the Author: Meet W. U. Ming

W. U. Ming is actually the pen name for author and illustrator Emily Israd. As an author of a current shapeshifter fantasy series for teens and young adults, the Wildheart Series, Emily Israd wanted a different pen name to keep the genres separate. Working as a graphic designer during the day, Israel writes and digitally paints during the night, working to create magical content for her readers. To learn more, please visit her site and blog emilyisrad.com and follow her on Instagram @emily.israd.art

*~Support these independent/self-published authors and illustrators and check out what they’ve been writing and creating.  Please share any books, authors, or illustrators that fit into this category by tagging me on Instagram @MaiStoryBookLibrary,  posting on MaiStoryBook’s FaceBook page, or commenting on the blog below! I’m always looking for new treasures to read, support, and share with all of you!~*

*Plus, checkout out a read aloud of one of my current Halloween favorites here. *

*~Until Next Time, Happy Reading~*